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2017 Upcoming Events

Galena, Illinois offers tons for your family and friends to see and do.  There are festivals, parades and sporting events happening all year round.  For additional upcoming events, check out


Chestnut Mountain - All Summer Amenities Open
Memorial Day Weekend May 27th

Chestnut Mountainisn't just a winter wonderland.  It's full of summertime excitement. There's no shortage of amazing activities in the warmer months on themountain.  Take a thrill ride down theAlpine Slide, cruise the mighty MississippiRiver, get your adrenaline going on the SoaringEagle Zip Line or ride a Segwaythrough the scenic Chestnut hills.  Take a BikeRide on the resort's trails and see the area's uniquenatural beauty up close.  Put your putter to the test on our 18-holeMini Golf Course, or let the Frisbees fly on our 9-hole DiscGolf Course.   https:

The Territory Farmers' Market:
  The start of the 2017 Farmers Market season is Mother's Day, May 14, from 8am to Noon.  Followed by May 28, June 4 and June 18.  Starting July 2, the market will be open every Sunday through October 8th. 

JUNE 10-11, 2017   
Historic Cemetery Walk, Greenwood Cemetery -  Former residents of Galena present compelling stories in live theater format during the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society's annual Cemetery Walk. Tickets available at the gate for $15 Gravediggers will guide you on a 75-minute tour. For more information and a complete list of this year's Galenians, visit :

JUNE 16-18, 2017

Great Galena Balloon Race - Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa  - Don't miss this spectacular three day event. Over 20 hot air balloons, three races, night glow extravaganzas, a car show, live music, kid’s activities, a Friday night ale fest and more! Friday -Balloon Launch -Food & Beverage Concessions -Dog agility demos -Tethered balloon rides -Face painting, inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course, balloons and more! -LiveMusic -Ale Fest -Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch, launch and track your own balloon! -Night Glow Extravaganza Saturday -'Crack of Dawn' Balloon Race: Your first chance to see all of the balloons launch at this years event. -Collectors Car Show: check out over 40 collector cars! -Face painting, bounce houses, balloons and more! -Dog agility Demos -Live Music -The Great Galena Balloon Race! -Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch -Night Glow Extravaganza Sunday -'Crack of Dawn' Balloon Race Cost: Gate donation

JUNE 24, 2017

Corkless in Galena -  A festival celebrating the wines of Illinois! Located in a picturesque environment, this event is complimented by an art exhibit, flavorful food and live performances. Taste elegant wines made from American hybrid grapes, grown in exhaustively manicured vineyards. Selections represent unique styles artistically produced by family-owned Illinois wineries.

JULY 16, 2017
Antique Town Rods Run & Car Show   -  It all begins Saturday with a road tour, poker run and 98.9 miles of great scenery. The car show, featuring more than 100 pre-1949 street rods in a beautiful setting along Galena's river front, is Sunday.

AUGUST 12-13, 2017

Midwest Garlic Festival - A celebration of garlic, food, family and music with a goal of bringing naturally grown gourmet garlic to the table, as well as supporting local farms, restaurants, chefs and establishments in the community that help promote a healthy, organic, farm to table lifestyle.

SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2017

Ladies Getaway Weekend - Reconnect, relax and laugh with the ladies that mean the most. Stay busy with not only special activities designed just for this event but also with unique shopping experiences.

SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2017

Mallardfest -

This is one of those great old-fashioned town celebrations, including a fish fry, parade, kids activities, contests, music and fireworks! Besides a home football game, all activities are held in downtown Hanover and in White Park, just a block off the main drag.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Fall Harvest & Arts Festival - This autumn event has it all! Join the vineyard crew for art and wine festivites, including a grape stomping competition, art vendors, pumpkin decorating, live music, food and, of course, wine! It’s quite a combination, and a fun fall adventure.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Galena Oktoberfest - Don't miss this annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverage. Enjoy a bean bag tournament, raffle drawings with great prizes, polka lessons and dancing, beer stein endurance contest, a costume contest and the ceremonial tapping of the keg.

OCTOBER 7-8, 2017

Galena Country Fair - More than 150 vendors offering original, handmade arts, crafts and fine arts. This is a juried event to ensure high quality products. Includes fair food, live entertainment, children’s games, and farmers’ market booths. Fair food favorites include caramel apples, homemade French fries, funnel cakes, fudge, baked potatoes and ice cream. Some of the Galena area's best bakers come together for one of the largest bake sales in northwest Illinois, featuring homemade breads, cakes, pies, cookies and pastries.

OCTOBER 28, 2017
Galena Halloween Parade & Festival
- Finish out October with a bang! The Galena Halloween Parade wows thousands of visitor each year with amazing floats and festivities. Unlike any other parade you’ve seen, Galena lights up Main Street with large bursts of fire! You definitely don’t want to miss this event.

This marks the 39th year that the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual, nearly two-hour long, famous Halloween parade! The popular event promises to be as enjoyable as in years past, featuring spectacular floats, local marching bands, candy galore, and many costumed participants

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