Bucket List Events in Galena, Illinois
Galena Illinois is a looker, there’s no denying it. With its historical downtown district and gorgeous landscape, you’ll feel less like you had a weekend getaway and more like you stepped foot into the European countryside. And the best part? Stoney Creek Hotels is positioned right on the edge of it all! Our General Manager Trevor Harris at Stoney Creek Galena has lived in the area his entire life and shared the events that he grew up with – and some new ones – that you simply cannot miss.
GALENA HISTORY HUNT- April 27th
The Galena History Hunt is a scavenger hunt for families and friends to enjoy in downtown Galena, basking in the history of the town. There is a $500 grand prize to the winner of the scavenger hunt, and people can enter by paying $10 per scavenger map. Hunt for prizes along the way!
FOOD TRUCK FIGHT- June 4th
A brand-new event to Galena, the city will be hosting a ‘food truck fight’ where over 20 food trucks will park by Grant Park in the Depot Lot from noon- 8pm. There will be live music and entertainment, not to mention an assortment of food selections! Admission to this event is free, and more information can be found here. We’ll see you there!
GREAT GALENA BALLOON RACE- June 17th-19th
Taking place at the Eagle Ridge Resort, the Galena Balloon Race is a sight to see. There will be more than 20 hot air balloons taking off at dusk, and there will be an opportunity to learn about the hot air balloons, their history, and the mechanics behind it all. Admission is $5, cash only. Don’t miss this!
CORKLESS IN GALENA- June 25th
Corkless in Galena is a wine event for Northern Illinois, featuring live music and of course, wine! There will be tasting from multiple vineyards in the area, including the 4 vineyards that call Galena home. This will take place at Grant Park in downtown Galena from Noon-6pm.
LADIES GETAWAY WEEKEND- September 9th-11th
Take a girl’s trip to Galena, and enjoy discounted drinks, dining, and shopping around Galena at participating businesses over this weekend. Stoney Creek Hotels will take 10% off your room stay for this weekend, just call our Galena front desk before booking.
GALENA CELLARS FALL HARVEST AND ARTS FESTIVAL- September 24th
From 11am-6pm, enjoy the colors of Galena at Galena Cellars Vineyard, another event that you can’t miss if you’re wanting the full Galena experience!
GALENA HALLOWEEN PARADE- October 29th
On the Saturday before Halloween, over 30 thousand people will gather for what some say is the biggest event of the season—the Halloween Parade. This is a family-friendly experience, including a 2 ½ hour parade downtown where groups from around the world build floats to be on display. More information can be found here.
GALENA COUNTRY FAIR- October 8th-9th
The biggest longstanding weekend in Galena, the Galena Country Fair has over 100 vendors in Grand Park where they will be selling handmade and fine arts along with selections of food and beverage options.