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JANUARY

Bald Eagle Bus Tours: 4-hour bus tours to observe wintering bald eagles along the Upper Mississippi River. The tour bus will leave from the Best Western parking lot on the east side of Galena, IL promptly at 8:00 am on the mornings of Jan. 21st, Feb. 11th, and the 25th in 2017.

 


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FEBRUARY

Special Olympics State Winter Games: Cheer on over 400 athletes as they go for the gold in Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing! For three days, athletes from around the state will compete in the Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena. Head to downtown Galena for the Winter Games Opening Ceremony. (Feb. 7-9, 2017)

Winter Carnival: Celebrate all the snow fun of winter with the whole family.  Meet giant malamutes, enjoy a cozy bonfire while watching the Fire and Ice Glow show, play snow games, watch ice carving and more. The complete schedule of events is listed on our website or picked up at the desk at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. (Feb. 10-12, 2017)

Ice Golf Classic: Golfers will enjoy this outdoor event where teams of four actually play golf on the ice at the Midtown Marina.  Bring your clubs (we provide the tennis balls) and your sleds and have a good time out on the ice while enjoying the 18 hole course.Not the best golfer? Don’t worry, there will be awards for best sled and best dressed team. There will be a raffle, food, drinks and prizes. Proceeds help the St. Mark’s Enrichment Center. (Feb.10, 2017)

 

Bald Eagle Bus Tour: 4-hour bus tours to observe wintering bald eagles along the Upper Mississippi River. The tour bus will leave from the Best Western parking lot on the east side of Galena, IL promptly at 8:00 am on the mornings of Jan. 21st, Feb. 11th, and the 25th in 2017.


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MARCH

Galena Goes 50’s Sock Hop: Two nights of dancing in downtown Galena. Live Music both nights. Sign up for Dance Workshops – Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Swing – All stages of dance experience welcome. (March 3-4, 2017)

Friday Night Dance – $5/pp. Live Music at the Galena Brewing Company beginning at 7:30pm
Saturday Workshops – $15/pp per class. Sign up for any class and your Saturday Night Dance ticket is FREE. Class begin at 9:30am and are offered all day.
Saturday Night Dance – $10/pp. Doors Open at 6pm. Band performs 7-11pm
This is a fun dance weekend sure to keep you swingin’ all night long. Don’t miss out! Register for classes and/or dance tickets.

Big Nut Open: Compete in Big Air, Rail Jam and Slopestyle snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain ResortAge Divisions: 13 and under, 14-17, 18 and over/Open, Girls, Skiers 16 and under, Skiers Open. Cash prizes for open class, product from sponsors for non-open divisions. (March 4, 2017)

St. Patrick’s Day: Galena Elk’s Lodge presents their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, fun for the whole family! New to this event is the Shamrock Shimmy, a family-friendly walk/run. (March 11, 2017)

Wine Lovers Weekend: Be a part of the largest indoor wine tasting event in the state of Illinois! Featuring more than 40 distributors from across the United States and over 300 varieties of wine and spirits, the Grand Tasting is a wine lover’s dream. (March 24-25, 2017)


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APRIL

President Grant’s Birthday: A weekend celebrating the legacy of Ulysses S Grant in Galena, IL. Enjoy a Grant Home Lamplight Tour, free admission and refreshments at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, 3rd Iowa Light Artillery Encampment, Main Street Walking Tour with General Grant, Home Front Pie Auction, Spy Trial, presidential presentations and more!

There will also be a historic Methodist Service, with circuit-rider preacher, at the Galena United Methodist Church, where the Grant family worshipped. (April 21-23, 2017)

Grants Home Front-Civil War Encampment: The two day event will include Living History stations, Civil War reenacted battles, Period Dance, Bazaar offering period items. living history stations in camp will include, black smith, infantry, artillery, medical, musicians, and dance. Children 12 and under are free. Boy Scouts dressed in their Class A uniforms are also free. (April 21-23, 2017)

U.S. Grant/Boy Scout Pilgrimage: The U.S. Grant Pilgrimage is a weekend full of activities for the general public and scout groups, celebrating Ulysses S. Grant’s birthday. Enjoy Civil War reenactments & encampment, the Galena Fire Department’s bucket brigade and watch as Midwest scouting groups parade down Galena’s Historic Main Street. (April 21-23, 2017)

 


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MAY

Ride the Ups and Downs Bicycle Ride: This bicycle ride is a one-day tour of beautiful Jo Daviess County, Illinois that features hilly terrain, spectacular ridge top panoramas and long valley views. Choose one of four clearly marked routes, ranging from 26-63 miles, on rolling, low traffic, paved roads throughout our rural setting: Rain or shine.

 


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JUNE

Hillinois Bike Race: A challenging, three-stage omnium stage race in beautiful and hilly Western Illinois.

24th Annual Cemetery Walk: Costumed re-enactors bring to life some of Galena’s most interesting residents in this historic cemetery. 75-minute guided walking tour. (June 10-11, 2017)

Gourd FestivalGourd art and other art along with live music. The music starts at 1 pm. Enjoy a day in the country at Council Hill Station, the grill is on, the beverages are icy cold. Great place for families and people of all ages. A river runs through it. (June 10, 2017)

Great Galena Balloon Race: Spectacular three-day event with more than 20 hot air balloons, three races, a night glow extravaganza, a car show, live music, activities for the whole family an Alefest on Friday night and a wine flight on Saturday afternoon. (June 16-18, 2017)

Corkless Wine Festival: A wine festival in Galena’s Train Depot park, overlooking the Galena River, featuring wines for tasting from amazing Illinois wineries. Selections represent unique styles artistically produced by these family owned Illinois vineyards. (June 24, 2017)

Hunter Furste and His Vintage Orchestra at Turner Hall: The Galena Foundation Concert features the nationally recognized, 14-piece Hunter Fuerste Orchestra. You’ll be transported to another time with their authentic re-creations of the hits from the big band era from 1935 to 1945. Orchestra Director, Hunter Fuerste, painstakingly scored the music for each musician in his entire orchestra by listening to vintage recordings on 78 rpm records. Performances regularly feature the hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. Sponsorship tables available. Located in historic Turner Hall in downtown Galena.


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JULY

Star Spangled Shenandoah Pro Rodeo and Fireworks: Pro rodeo action featuring bareback riding steer wrestling cowgirls barrel racing and bull riding. Stay for the free fireworks immediately following the rodeo. For general hillside seating bring a blanket or lawn chair. (June 30 & July 1, 2017)

Galena Independence Day Celebration: Galena’s downtown Fourth of July celebration, which is organized by the Kiwanis Club of Galena will kick off with live music by Dr. Mark and the Sutures at the Green Street Plaza at 2:30pm. The annual community parade begins at 6 pm, featuring local businesses, floats, bands, marchers and fireworks. Following the parade, enjoy the live entertainment provided by Ten Gallon Hat and food and beverages by the GOATS cycling club in the Green Street Plaza until the fireworks begin. The fireworks will launch from Grant Park at dusk. With free admission and a full day of fun. (July 4, 2017)

Stockton Independence Day Celebration: Stockton, Ill. has a population of 2,000, but on July 4th thousands more people roam the Stockton Memorial Park to take part in festivities and witness an amazing fireworks display. This celebration is easily the largest and longest-running in the region, having grown into a “must-do” event throughout it’s more than 50 years in existence. (July 4, 2017)

Galena Festival of Performing Arts: The Festival was founded in 2001 and is committed to bringing wonderful artists and educational programs to the music lovers of the tri-state area.

NW IL Art Fest: Over 40 artists from the tri-state region and will fill the Stockton Memorial Park with art, wine & jazz.

The Elizabeth Community Fair: The Elizabeth Community Fair is only one of a few community fairs left in the State of Illinois. The Elizabeth Community Fair is located in Elizabeth, IL.


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AUGUST

Jo Daviess County Fair: Celebrate at the oldest fair in Illinois. Livestock shows, exhibits, Badger State Tractor Pull, Rodeo, Demolition Derby, live entertainment, fair foods, carnival rides, and more.

Galena/Jo Daviess County Quilt & Fiber Arts Show: More than a dozen vendors and crafters showcasing an array of quilts, quilt-related products and handmade crafts. Join us for special dinners and lunches with trunk shows and classes throughout the weekend.

Market House Square Arts Festival: Browse the many exhibits by local and regional artists showcasing their paintings, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and more for our 10th annual outdoor art festival. Local musicians will perform throughout the day. Plenty of food and beverages available for purchase.

Midwest Garlic Fest: Taste what Jo Daviess County has to offer with fresh produce, spices and dishes prepared by local businesses featuring the main ingredient – garlic! Live music, lots of fantastic food & beverages and fun for the kids!

Civil War Re-enactment: Farmers Market, Drills, First Person Contest, live music, Pie Auction, General Grant Presentation, Artillery Dress Parade, Battle, Night Fire, Bon Fire and Sing Along, Baseball Game, Church Service, Raffles, Food all day. 2 day event.


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SEPTEMBER

Ladies Getaway Galena: Spend the weekend relaxing and laughing with your BFFs with so many special events, shopping deals contests catered to ladies.  There will be prizes, Quartermania and adventure tours.

Mallardfest in Hanover: Celebrate fall with this Old-fashioned weekend festival, starting with a fish fry and everyone’s Birthday party on Friday night. Festivities start at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning with the Farmer’s market and continues through dusk with a parade at noon, inflatable obstacle course for kids and  activities all day.  A variety of live music starts at 2 p.m. with Ten Gallon Hat performing Southern Country-Rock for the evening. Fireworks finish the night off at Dusk. Lots of food and beverages available for purchase.

Fall Harvest & Art Festival in the Vineyard: Purple feet. Paint brushes. Pumpkin decorating. Horses. Music. Food. Spa treatments. And wine. It’s quite a combination, and promises to be a fun fall adventure!

50th Annual Tour of Historic Homes: Guided tour of five private historic homes open only for this weekend, plus the 1858 Barrows mansion, home to the Galena History Museum. Free shuttle.

Warren Pumpkin Festival: Old fashioned festival with antique tractor pulls, parade, carnival rides, pumpkin-themed games, lots of food and beverage and much more. Fun for the whole family.

Galena Oktoberfest: (Sept. 30, 2017) Annual German celebration featuring non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons, German-style food and beverage, bounce house and games for the kids, and much more.


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OCTOBER

Galena Country Fair: More than 150 vendors offering original handmade arts, crafts, and fine arts. Fair food, live entertainment, children’s games, farmers’ markets.

Autumn Craft Fair: More than 90 talented artisans and crafters offer unique handmade artwork, crafts and jewelry. This indoor event in Hanover has something for the whole family with a delicious food court. sponsored by the River Ridge PTO.

Doors open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.  Plenty of on-site parking.

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour: A self-guided pottery tour through some of Illinois’s best known pottery studios and sculpture studios.

Galena Halloween Parade: The largest and spookiest parade in the tri-state area. The popular event promises to be as enjoyable as in years past featuring spectacular floats, local marching bands, many costumed participants, prizes, and treats for guys and “ghouls” of all ages.


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NOVEMBER

Galena Half Marathon: Information coming soon from the Galena Arts & Recreation Center (galenaarc.org)

Nouveau Wine Festival: Calling all wine lovers–epicureans of all levels! Join Galena Cellars as they celebrate the French-inspired tradition of Nouveau previewing a sampling of the vintage from the fall harvest. Also enjoy wine dinners, wine-inspired spa packages, lodging packages, shopping, and all that brings wine lovers bliss. Raise your glass and let the adventure begin! Pre-purchase your ticket and get the complete list of weekend happenings online.


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DECEMBER

A Taste of Christmas Progressive Dinner: Join the members of Best of Galena as they open their Bed and Breakfasts for this annual event. Your evening will include appetizers, main course, and desserts, which will all be served at a different location. A wonderful opportunity to visit three different locations, meet new friends, and start of your holiday festivities. Reservations required.

Night of the Luminaria & Living Windows: One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. The streets, steps, and sidewalks of Galena will be lined with nearly 5,000 candle-lit luminaries. Stroll down Main Street and watch the windows come to life with holiday cheer. This also includes the Wedding in A Window at Vignettes of Galena.