Day Trippin’ 101: Your Go-to Guide for Summer Events in Henry County

Day Trippin’ 101: Summer Events
July 29, 2019 Admin

Summer isn’t over yet. We still have some more fun under the sun experiences ready to attend in the eclectic cities and towns of Henry County, IL. Come join us for any of these one-of-a-kind celebrations!

Come See It Live!

Get lost in the music when the 6th annual Back Road Music Festival returns August 10 in Galva Park District. This year’s headliner is Justin Moore along with Tyler Farr, Parmalee, and Clare Dunn. Get your tickets soon! Promote and participate in the arts by attending the Levitt Music Series June 2 – August 4 at Wiley Park in Galva’s city center. Expect art and global, live music for this second annual music series.  The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Concert in the Park is also back again for another year of Sunday evening concerts, food stands, and dancing. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets!

infographic of the 2019 back road music festival
close up photo of a man holding raspberries

Get Wild About Berries

Grab your buckets, flats, or baskets and head to your nearest berry picking farm. The Country Corner in Alpha is a must-see, u-pick adventure where you can pick blueberries, raspberries, and pumpkins until your heart’s content. Be sure to call ahead of time as blueberries are available by appointment only; raspberries are usually available July through September. Try to get there before the raspberry robot takes your fun away.  The original gangster Strawberry Flats in Geneseo is another u-pick farm that is worth the drive. Did you know it’s been around since 1979? Now, the farm focuses on u-pick and we-pick blueberries, sweet corn, and blueberries for around $2/pound. Get your fresh pickin’s from early July to mid-August.

Classic Summer Celebrations

Cooler weather brings smaller crowds and more time to enjoy your favorite places – in peace. Near the end of August, the Orion Fall Festival nears, bringing pie auctions, carnival rides, and arts and crafts. The Kewanee Hog Days is next in line happening on Labor Day. Expect four days of mud volleyball, flea markets, craft shows, and the Model T and A Rally – not to mention the world’s largest outdoor pork barbecue.  Lastly, just plan a summer potluck with family and friends at your favorite local campground – you may even end of spending the night. Try Timber Campground in Cambridge or rent a canoe or kayak at the Geneseo Campground. The Geneseo Campground is a 104-mile park that follows the historic Hennepin Canal.

vendor tents set up at fall fest
women holding an eggplant with other locally grown produce around a table

Building Your Green Thumb

Before the leaves turn orange and the snow starts falling, take in your last garden harvest at your local farmers market. The Kewanee Farmers Market has fresh, local goods you can bring home and enjoy. Bonus:  your goods are 100% proof that you had an amazing adventure. The market is held every Wednesday and Saturday at Berrien Park. Another must-see market is the Geneseo Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8 am to noon. Find fresh produce, homemade baked goods, jams/jellies, and more – all made by local artisans. Along the way, be sure to stop at the first annual Bishop Hill Hummingbird Festival on August 18, it’s a new part of the third annual Plein Air painting event. Most of the event is free!

Local Art and Culture

If you enjoy family-fun activities surrounded by vintage cars, antique tractors, crafters, and vendors then either the Cambridge Car Show or The Galva Freedom Fest Car Show should suit you well. Perhaps you could grab a bite to eat at the drive-in then watch a movie in the park during the Drive-In Sock Hop in Orion. Then make your way to Trains, Planes, and Automobiles in Geneseo to revel in the 300 vintage automobiles on display downtown. You’ll also expect a wood artists demonstration, farmers market, food vendors, historical museum, and military tribute. If you want to go wayyyy back in time, head on over to the Bishop Hill Chautauqua where you’ll see historical re-enactments with the likes of George Washington Carver and Charles Darwin. The theme this year is An Encounter with Visionaries: Exploring Boundaries. The event is free and will be held in the village park.

community members walking down the street at an auto show while looking at cars

Henry County wants to host you and your family to a summer you won’t forget! Come learn more about our little corner of the world, while enjoying any of these classic festivals, events, and celebrations. But the fun doesn’t stop with the summer sun. There are events here all year long.

Did ya happen to miss one this season? Don’t fret! We’ll see you next season for even more fun!