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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 31, 2015
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 14-15, 2015
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 26-28, 2015
The Black Earth Film Festival will feature films made by independent filmmakers from all over the world. The festival will held at Cherry Street Brewing…
April 9-11,2015
Knox College and the City of Galesburg host the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival. 'Baga, as it is affectionately known by band members, features performances by big…
April 21-25, 2015
Annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting,…
May 9, 2015
Take the family on a cruise!  Follow the signs & balloons!  Let Mom choose her gift!  Shop til you drop!  There will be entertainment, flea…
June 7, 2015
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 13-14, 2015
100+ Miles of Yard Sales through seven counties from Sandwich, Illinois to the Mississippi River...Hats, cats, bats, slats, shoes, muse, cockatoos, cleats sheets and antiques.…
June 27-28, 2015
Annual event celebrating the city's railroad heritage with a carnival, exhibits, a street fair, railyard tours, 5 & 10k runs, hobby train show, flea market,…
July 15-18, 2015
Come celebrate the 163rd Knox County Fair held in these historic fairgrounds which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, food,…
July 23, 2015
Always the 4th Thursday in July. Sample food from numerous area restaurants and vote for your favorites; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden. Simmons Street…
July 24-26, 2015
A colored filled weekend of 25 plus hot air balloons flying overhead.  Featuring night glows, competition, opportunity to view up close and talk to pilots.…
August 14-16, 2015
Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring a Civil War Battle Reenactments and Pre 1840’s Rendezvous.  A traveling family…
August 21, 2015
Hundreds of vintage cars, street rods, trucks, antiques, special interest vehicles, with a cruise on Main Street Friday night.  Food, entertainment, vendors -  fun for…
September 7-12, 2015
The National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport is the world’s largest annual gathering of these World War II-era biplanes.  Events during the week include…
September 12, 2015
A fine art fair featuring painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, basket makers and jewelers as well as food, entertainment and a children's art project booth taking…
September 13, 2015
Annual regatta, held at Lake Storey Recreational Area, features competition among a wide variety of cardboard boats created to be attractive and unique as well…
October 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 2015
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 27-29, 2015
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…
December 4, 2015 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…