Autumn is a Second Spring When Every Leaf is a Flower

That quote is especially true in Galena, as all the leaves turn and the drive into town becomes a wonderful mix of reds and yellows.  It really is one of the best times of the year to visit.  Here are just some of the reasons to come into town as the year winds on into Fall and Winter:

Ladies’ Weekend
September 7 – 9

Ladies, gather up your girlfriends and come into town for another year of Galena’s Ladies’ Getaway Weekend!  Grab a wristband for special offers all over town and swing by any of the events, from a wine and cheese reception at River Bend Gallery to a “Quartermania” auction event.  This weekend won’t disappoint!

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September 22

Technically Septemberfest, but still just as fun!  Come by Depot Park from noon to 10 p.m. and celebrate Germany, Autumn, beer, or whatever else you feel like celebrating.  We’ll have wiener dog races, live music, parades, polka dancing, and – of course – beer! Admission for adults is $5.  Check out for more info.

Tour of Historic Homes
September 29-30

Galena’s 51st Annual Tour of Historic Homes is a guided tour of five private, historic homes opened for the weekend for tours.  Get a closer look at some of Galena’s beautiful architecture and a taste of its history.   

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Galena Country Fair
October 6-7








The Galena Country Fair is one of our most popular events, featuring arts, crafts, music, food, dancing, and more!  Come explore the vendors and performers throughout Grant Park all weekend long – there’s more than enough to do and see.  For a list of vendors and events, see

Halloween Parade
October 27

You won’t want to miss this spectacular festival!  Galena’s 40th Annual Halloween Parade & Festival is one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the Midwest, and has everything you can imagine – incredible parade floats, costumes, marching bands, and all the treats you can ask for.  Make sure to get a spot on Main Street early so you don’t miss a thing!

Nouveau Weekend
November 16-17








Come join Galena Cellars as they celebrate the release of their Beaujolais Nouveau wine! This annual celebration of wine is a great way to kick off the harvest season.  Businesses all over town offer special wine-themed food and events as a wine-lovers’ parade makes its way through town.   Galena never misses an opportunity to celebrate wine!

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December 8

There are few sights more beautiful than Galena lit up and decorated for the holidays.  For the Night of the Luminaria, Galena glows with the warmth of over five thousand candles spread all over town, while the windows on Main Street come to life with scenes of holiday cheer.  Grab a hot cocoa and take a stroll through downtown to see Galena in all its holiday glory.   

Mistletoe Stroll
December 15

The Mistletoe Stroll is an annual tour of Galena’s historic homes while they are all decorated for the holiday season.  Lights, Christmas trees, ornaments and tinsel abound throughout town.  Join the self-guided tour and enjoy cookies and refreshments along the way as you see how Galena celebrates the holidays.  The Lamberson Guest House is proudly participating again this year and would be thrilled to have you stay.

Happy Holidays!

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