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 www.visitgalena.org/galena-attractions

Elizabeth Farmers MarketEvery Friday from May 4th to October 5th at Elizabeth Park on Route 20 West, starting at 3pm.

Hanover Farmers Market – Every Saturday starting at 9am.

Saturday, May 5 – event time checkin – 7:30 – 9:30 am. Location:  CTE Academy 950 US HWY 20, Elizabeth, IL  This bicycle ride is a one-day tour of beautiful Galena Country (Jo Daviess Country) that features hilly terrain,spectacular ridge top panoramas and long valley views.

May 13, 2018 – MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH –10am-2pm at Chestnut Mountain Resort, Reservations Requested: 800-397-1320

May 19, 2018, Galena Sky Trail Race – at Chestnut Mountain Lodge, website: galenaskytrailrace.com, call 800-397-1327.

May 19, 2018 –  8 am – 11am – Galena River Trail Run, Location: Galena Depot Park, 101 Bouthillier Street, Galena, IL  61036. The race will take place on the popular Galena River Trail, adjacent to the old Galena Rail Depot in Galena.  The race will take place on the popular Galena River Trail located adjacent to theold Galena Rail Depot in Galena.   Options: 10K – runners only, 5K – runners and walkers, Kids fun run – children 12yrs and under, Chip timing provided by J3 Timing, Finishers’ medals to all participants who complete the course, Awards for overall top male and female finishers, Age-division awards for top three male and female runners.  Package pickup – May 17th  or 18th 3-6pm at Illinois Bank& Trust, 971 Gear Street, Galena.

June 2, 2018, 9am – 12 pm- Valley Eden Bird Sanctuary, 5559 E. Rush Creek Road,Stockton, IL  Call815-858-9100, website, www.jdcf.org.  Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is opening a 409-acre property near Stockton, IL, with self-guided tours.  Bird experts will be on hand with spotting scopes to answer questions. The Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will also attend with their American white pelican ambassador,Marshmallow, for a live bird program.

June 9th 2pm to June 10th, 4pm.  25th Annual Historic Cemetery Walk.  Location:  Greenwood Cemetery, Gear Street, and Shadow Bluff Drive, Galena, IL.  Every June the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society honors the lives and contributions of past Galenians.  Local performers portray select individuals buried in Galena’s Greenwood Cemetery and recount key episodes of their lives.

June 15 – June 17, Great Galena Balloon Race. Located: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, IL.  Spectacular 3-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.

June 30, 7:30pm to July 1, 10:30pm. Shenandoah Pro Rodeo and Fireworks.  Located at Shenandoah Riding Center, 200 N. Brodrecht Rd., Galena, IL. The Three Hills Rodeo Company compete in Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling,Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.  Stay for the free fireworks immediately following the rodeo.  For a general hillside seating bring a blanket or lawn chair.

June 30, 2018 – Apple Canyon Lake 4th of July Fireworks, Apple River, IL

July 4, 2018 – 4th of July Celebration – 9am – Stockton, IL

July 4, 2018 – 3pm on Main Street, 22nd Annual Galena Independence Day Celebration.   


July 21 – 10am to 6pm.  The 4th Annual NW IL Art & Jazz Fest. Located at the Stockton Lion’s Memorial Park, 600 N. Pearl Street, Stockton, IL. Visit with regionally and nationally recognized artists and musicians. Wander among the art, join a class, watch a demonstration, listen to live entertainment, sample local wine & beer, and taste the local cuisine.  A wall-sized mural will be painted downtown during the festival.