Mardi Gras Celebration

If you’re thinking you need to wait a few more months to visit Galena, think again! This wonderful vacation town is bursting with winter fun.

Our Mardi Gras Celebration kicks off on Friday, February 24th with a Pub Crawl and scavenger hunt through 9 local establishments down the Helluva Half Mile from 6-10 p.m. Sign up beginning at noon for just $15 at The Grape Escape on Main Street and receive a limited edition beer mug. After a leisurely breakfast on Saturday, spend the day in town or rest up for another night of excitement. The Mardi Gras Parade begins at dusk on that evening. Don’t forget to bring your beads! The culmination of your evening begins at 8 p.m. with the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, featuring drinks, food, fun, and music by the Smiley Tilmon Band at Galena Brewing Company.

The following weekend, Galena is going 50’s! Start with a Meet n’ Greet on Friday, March 3rd at Galena Brewing Company. Craft beer, great food, and a truly vintage musical experience right down to the instruments from “ROSIE & THE RIVETS”. End your evening with a luxurious rest and sign up for a dance workshop on Saturday at to prepare yourself for the Saturday Sock Hop at Turner Hall. Get up and dance to early Rock & Roll with “THE TAILFINS”.

A hop, skip and a day later, Galena celebrates quilters with the Galena/Jo Daviess Quilt Show. A wine and chocolate reception with Janette Dwyer, professional quilt appraiser, lecturer and collector will be held on Friday evening, March 10th. Quilt classes, presentations, and a luncheon on Saturday are all part of the quilt-lovers weekend.

Just as Mother Nature is deciding to thaw out a bit, Galena opens its arms to all wine lovers with the annual Wine Lovers Weekend. Your entire weekend will be spent in celebration of fine wine, great food and time spent with friends. The celebration begins on Friday, March 24th with a Grand Tasting & Auction. On Saturday, enjoy a lunch paired with wine at Galena Cellars Vineyard. Saturday’s Grand Tasting will be held on March 25th at 3:30 p.m. With over 300 varieties of wine, craft beer and spirits, along with complimentary fruit and cheese, there is something for every palate. Your ticket includes entry into the grand prize drawing, as well as complimentary shuttle to and from the event from downtown. When making your reservation at the Lamberson Guest House, be sure to purchase your tickets under the “add ons” tab at

We look forward to seeing you around Galena soon, for these events and more.

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