After a long and chilly Spring, things are finally starting to warm up around here! Summer in Galena is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. The sun is shining, flowers have bloomed, and town is buzzing with visitors. No matter what your reason for travelling, you’ll find something going on in Galena this Summer that you won’t want to miss – or you can just sit out on the porch at the Lamberson with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by. Here’s a look at some of what’s going on in town over the next few months:
25th Annual Historic Cemetery Walk
June 9-10, 2018
Take a stroll through Galena’s history a the 25th Annual Historic Cemetery Walk as Galena honors the lives and achievements of prominent residents buried in the historic Greenwood Cemetery. Performances by local actors provide a glimpse into the stories of some of Galena’s most celebrated historical figures. Visit http://www.galenahistory.org/event/cemetery-walk for tickets and more information.
Great Galena Balloon Race
June 15-17, 2018
Head out to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa for this amazing, three-day hot air balloon extravaganza! Three races, a nighttime balloon glow, a car show, live music all weekend, and food and drinks for the whole family make this a wonderful Summertime getaway. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Friday Night AleFest craft beer tasting and the Saturday night WineFlight wine tasting, go to https://www.greatgalenaballoonrace.com.
Corkless in Galena
June 23, 2018
Wine lovers rejoice! This summertime wine tasting festival in Depot Park has everything you need for a great, relaxing weekend – live music, an art show, food, and – of course – the wine! Corkless in Galena features selections from family-owned wineries from across Northern Illinois. Tickets are available at the event, or in advance at https://www.corklessgalena.com.
22nd Annual Galena Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2018
There’s nowhere better to enjoy the 4th of July than in Galena. The annual Independence Day Parade will roll through downtown starting at 6:00 p.m., featuring bands, marchers, and floats from local businesses. Fireworks will launch from Grant Park at dusk, and nobody in town has a better view of the show than the Lamberson Guest House!
Market House Square Arts Festival
August 11-12, 2018
You won’t want to miss Galena’s 10th annual outdoor art festival. Come by the Old Market House State Historic Site to browse exhibits and offerings from local artists, including paintings, woodworking, jewelry, pottery, baskets and more. Live music and food and drinks from local vendors round out what is sure to be a great weekend!