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Annual Events

Annual Events

There is always something going on in the Galesburg area. From festivals that celebrate our history, arts, culture, seasons and heritage to a national fly-in, a local film festival, classic car show and a cardboard boat regatta. Our annual events are not to be missed.

January 28, 2017
Also known and the I-Fair sponsored by the student International Club, the I-Fair is a chance for the students from around the world to highlight…
February 11 & 12, 2017
Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It is an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more; a…
February 26, 2017
Founder's Day Celebration for Galesburg's 180th Birthday Celebration will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4 pm at Central Church, Central Square, Galesburg.  It is…
April 4-8, 2017
April 4-8, 2017 The 2017 Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, April 6-8, features the Victor Garcia Organ Quintet, Gretchen Parlato Quartet, the Knox Alumni Big Band, Faculty…
April 27-29, 2017
22nd Annual Carl Sandburg Festival March & April 2017 GALESBURG, ILLINOISBig Read activities March & April – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson; Carl Sandburg Days…
June 4, 2017
Half Marathon, 5k and 1 Mile options.  It starts and ends in downtown Galesburg at 7:00 a.m. Visit rungalesburgrun.com for more information.
June 17, 2017, 9 am
SEMI TRUCK CRUISE IN (June 17, 2017) The Knox County Fairgrounds, 1392 Knox Hwy 9 in Knoxville, IL will host the 3rd Annual Western Illinois…
June 17 & 18, 2017
MORE ON 34 (June 17 & 18, 2017) Always Father’s Day weekend 100+ Miles of Yard Sales through seven counties from Sandwich, Illinois to Galesburg,…
June 22-25, 2017
GALESBURG RAILROAD DAYS (June 22 - 25, 2017) Always the 4th full weekend in June Annual event celebrating the city's railroad heritage with a carnival,…
July 5-9, 2017
KNOX COUNTY FAIR (July 5-9, 2017) Come celebrate the 166th Knox County Fair held in the historic Knox County Fairgrounds, which has been in existence…
July 27, 2017
TASTE of GALESBURG (July 27, 2017) Always the 4th Thursday in July Sample food from numerous area restaurants; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden Sue…
July 28-30, 2017
GREAT BALLOON RACE (July 28-30, 2017) Always the 4th week end in July A colored filled weekend of 25 plus hot air balloons flying overhead.…
August 18-20, 2017
GALESBURG HERITAGE DAYS (August 18-20, 2017) Always the third week end in August A family friendly annual event with no parking or admission fees.  Featuring…
August 18-19, 2017
RIVER 2 RIVER CRUISE NIGHT (August 18-19, 2017) Always the third Friday in August. Saturday is a new addition to event. Hundreds of vintage cars,…
September 4-9, 2017
NATIONAL STEARMAN FLY-IN (September 4-9, 2017) Always starts Labor Day thru Sunday Annual event that hosts the largest gathering of Stearman bi-planes in the world…
September 9, 2017
3rd MONARCH MIGRATION FESTIVAL (Saturday, September 9, 2017) Migrate to the Lakeside Nature Center for a day of activities, education and fun events. There will…
October 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 2017
Enjoy historic sites, displays, demonstrations, and country cooking as you take a self-conducted driving tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the historic…
November 25-26, 2017
Friday through Sunday. Always the weekend after Thanksgiving on Knox Station Road in Knoxville.  Cherish family traditions! Begin your winter holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend…
November 30, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
An adult only enchanted holiday evening complete with Christmas trees, wreathes, swags, center pieces and more.  Food and beverages included in the evening.   Live and…
December 9, 10am-6pm
There’s a popular event returning for the holiday season that will delight children of all ages. Galesburg Express – Believe in the Magic is a…