the sweet sound of Christmas music being sung by carolers. Call 815-776-9200.
PROGRESSIVE DINNER -Dec 5. BestofGalena, a distinguished group of bed and breakfasts, presents its annual progressive holiday dinner. The meal, which includes appetizers, main course and salad, and desserts, will be presented at three distinctive Bed and Breakfasts. bestofgalena.com.
BEETHOVEN’S STRING TRIOS -Dec 6, Aldrich Guest House, 900 3rd St, Galena. An exclusive evening of music with the Juliani Ensemble, wine and hors d’oeuvres in the parlors of the historic mansion built by Congressman Aldrich, the floors of which were once walked by Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln. Come and experience music, history and elegance. There will be two concerts each of which are limited to 40 guests. Call 815-777-3323. aldrichguesthouse.com
GALENA STUDIO TOUR -Dec. 5-6, downtown Galena and Jo Daviess County. A self-guided studio tour through historic Galena. Call 815-291-0618. galenastudiotour.com
MISTLETOE STROLL -Dec 12 and Dec 19. BestofGalena. a distinguished group of bed and breakfasts, presents Mistletoe Stroll. Tour the inns festively decked out with their holiday decorations. Of course no tour would be complete without some tasty morsels offered at each location. bestofgalena.com
LIVING WINDOWS & NIGHT OF LUMINARIA -Dec 12, 4-6 pm for Living Windows, 6-9 pm for luminaria. Stroll down Main Street and watch the windows come alive with animation, and then don’t
miss one of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. From the Main Street to the hills overlooking the park, all of Galena will be glowing with over 5,000 candle-lit luminaria on streets, steps and sidewalks. Call 815-776-9200.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES -Feb 2-4, Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena. The culminating competition for those participating in alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Approximately 400 athletes will compete in the
Daviess County Historical Society. Call 815-777-
9129 or visit galenahistory.orgfor information and
OKTOBERFEST -Oct 3, noon-10 pm, Depot Park, 99 Bouthillier St, Galena. Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races and lots of food and beverage. Enjoy a bean bag tournament,
raffle drawings with great prizes, polka dancing and lessons, beer stein endurance contest, and the ceremonial tapping of the keg. Don’t forget the Pub Crawl on Friday, Oct 2. Call 815-331-0180. galenalions.org
SCARECROW FESTIVAL -Oct 10, downtown Elizabeth. An old-fashioned fall festival with a scarecrow display and judging, pumpkin weighing competition, fall face painting and a baked apple pie contest. Plus five museums will be open for touring. Call 815-858-2014. elizabeth-il.org
GALENA COUNTRY FAIR -Oct 10-11, Grant Park, Galena. More than 150 vendors offering original, handmade arts, crafts and fine arts. Fair food, live entertainment, children’s games, farmers’ markets. Call 815-777-0817. galenacountryfair.com
TWENTY DIRTY HANDS POTTERY TOUR -Oct 16-18, various locations in Jo Daviess County. Twenty Dirty Hands invites you on a self-guided tour of the beautiful Galena countryside Enjoy the fall colors and visit some of the area’s best known pottery and sculpture studios. Some studios are open just for this weekend-–featuring special exhibits and events and allowing visitors a unique view of their kilns, forges and workspaces. Call 815-777-0364. twentydirtyhands.com
HALLOWEEN PARADE & FESTIVAL -Oct 31, downtown Galena, festival begins at 2 pm, parade at 6:30 pm. One of Galena’s biggest events, the annual Halloween Parade drew over 14,000 people last year. Halloween Festival taking place on Washington & Perry Streets starting at 2. Enjoy food and beverage. Call 815-777-9050.
NOUVEAU WINE WEEKEND -Nov 20-21, Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, 515 S Main St, Galena. Raise a glass as we celebrate the release of Galena Cellars’ Nouveau Wine! Area businesses offer Nouveau-inspired lunches. In the afternoon will be a traditional horse-drawn wagon parade delivering Galena Cellars’ Nouveau wine to area businesses. Call 800-397-WINE. nouveauweekend.com
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS & SANTA’S ARRIVAL -Nov 28, starts at 5:30 pm, tree lighting at 6, Old Market House, 123 N Commerce St, Galena. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend and start your holiday season celebration off with the big man himself, Santa Claus! Visit with Santa and sign his book. Enjoy gift bags, hot cocoa, popcorn balls and three-day event. soill.org
MARDI GRAS -Feb 5-6, various locations downtown Galena. Pub crawl Friday night. Snow and ice sculpting throughout the day Saturday at the Old Market House, 123 N Commerce St, and Washington Park on Main Street. Watch as snow sculpting groups turn blocks of snow into works of art. Parade begins at dusk Saturday on Main Street. Call 888-9-GALENA.
MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE BALL -Feb 6, 7-11 pm, Galena Brewing Company, 227 N Main St, Galena. Enjoy music, food, drinks and fun! Grab your beads and Mardi Gras mask and head to the Galena Brewery after the Mardi Gras parade for the Masquerade Ball. Call 815-776-9917.
GALENA BRIDAL FAIR -Feb 20, 11 am-2 pm, Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Dr, Galena. Exhibits for every service and product brides need as they plan their special day. galenabridalfair.com
GALENA GOES 50s WEEKEND -Feb 26-27, Turner Hall, 115 S Bench St, Galena. Slip on your poodle skirts and slick back your hair. Live music, dance workshops, sock hop, contests, prizes and more. Call 815-776-9917. galenaswingdance.com
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE -March 12, 4 pm, downtown Galena. A fun-for-the-whole-family parade including marching bands, costumed clans and floats. Call 815-776-9200.
WINE LOVERS WEEKEND -March 18-19, various locations in Galena. Wine-inspired dinners, spirit tastings, spa experiences, history tours, cooking demonstrations and shopping enchant visitors. Sample from 300 varieties of wines and spirits at the Grand Tastings held Friday and Saturday at the Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Dr. Friday from 6-8 pm and Saturday from 4-6 pm. Call 815-747-6335. wineloversweekend.com
GRANT’S HOME FRONT -April 23-24, banks of the Galena River and Depot Park. Civil War reenactment, living history, bazaar, live music and dancing. Civil War battle will be reenacted during the weekend. Civil War civilian life will be depicted and experienced at Depot Park. tristatehistoricalpresentations. blogspot.comor facebook.com/tristatehistoricalpresentations