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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.

April 23 - 26, 2014
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 10, 2014
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 1, 2014
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 14-15, 2014
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 28 & 29, 2014
40th Annual event celebrating the city's railroad heritage with a carnival, exhibits, a street fair, railyard tours, 5 & 10k runs, hobby train show, flea…
July 16-19, 2014
Come celebrate the 163nd Knox County Fair held in these historic fairgrounds which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, food,…
July 24, 2014
Always the 4th Thursday in July. Sample food from numerous area restaurants and vote for your favorites; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden. Tompkins Street…
July 25-27, 2014
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 15, 2014
Hundreds of vintage cars, street rods, trucks, antiques, special interest vehicles, with a cruise on Main Street Friday night.  Food, entertainment, vendors -  fun for…
August 15-17, 2014
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…
September 1-7, 2014
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 6, 2014
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 7, 2014
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 4-5, 2014
Enjoy the 12th Annual Scarecrow Festival held in Standish Park Arboretum. Enjoy live entertainment, handmade crafts, children's activities, food and much more. Visitors view and…
October 4-5 & 11-12, 2014
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 28-30, 2014
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, 2014 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…