Watch hot air balloons light up for a night glow. Enjoy the best of local food while strolling downtown and listening to live music. Look up to see Stearman planes flying overhead. Find out what it was like to live during the Civil War. Walk amongst hundreds of classic cars lining Main Street and beyond. Explore the bike paths and fishing around a scenic lake. Join the plentiful activities of the city’s signature railroad themed event. 

These are just some of the things that you might experience when visiting Knox County, Illinois, and more specifically, Galesburg, Illinois. A small city located in West Central Illinois, right in between Peoria and the Quad Cities, the Galesburg area never lacks in activities and events. Whether you are traveling as a family, looking for a romantic getaway, or just hitting the road solo, you will have more opportunities for fun and relaxation than you might have time to experience. 

Knox County is chock full of special events and festivals celebrating everything from the freshest corn around to area livestock to arts and crafts. Here are just some of the events you can expect in Knox County this summer:

Railroad Days, 41st Annual: Thursday, June 21-Sunday, June 24

Standish Park Arts and Crafts Market: Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24

Knox County Fair: Tuesday, July 10-Saturday, July 14

Taste of Galesburg: Thursday, July 26

Great Balloon Race: Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29

Oneida Sweet Corn Festival: Saturday, July 28

River 2 River Cruise Night: Friday, August 17

Heritage Days: Friday, August 17-Sunday, August 19

National Stearman Fly-In: Monday, September 3-Sunday, September 9

Knox County is known for beautiful scenery and plenty of options for enjoying the outdoors. One popular attraction is Lake Storey, a favorite spot for fishing, camping, picnicking, running, and bicycling. At 132.5 acres in size and a shoreline length of 5.8 miles, it is a great spot for catching Channel Catfish, Walleye, Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, and Redear Sunfish. The running and biking trails are paved with unpaved options for the more adventurous. 

If you’re looking for more than what the lake offers, pack your golf clubs. Knox County is home to three public and two private golf courses, with each one different from the others. You can even make the rounds by practicing your swing at all three public courses. 

Make your trip a true outdoor adventure by sleeping outside. After a hard day of hitting the links, catching fish, or pedaling trails, kick back and relax with a campfire at one of the three campgrounds in the county. 

Galesburg has many indoor attractions that have made it a favorite Midwest destination for adults and children. The Historic Orpheum Theatre keeps a full calendar packed with plays, concerts, films, and other special features. The Galesburg Civic Art Center exhibits thought-provoking works from near and far. Discovery Depot Children’s Museum provides science and technology-based exhibits for children of all ages in addition to special programs.

Known also for its unique shops and restaurants, many small, specialty businesses call Galesburg home. From a brew pub to a bicycle shop, you are sure to find spots you will want to pop inside to see for yourself. Seminary Street hosts several spots to find handmade items, creative gifts, and delicious treats like artisan pizza, organic baked goods, and Spinach Bisque, a local staple. Continue walking, and you’ll find more shops and restaurants and late-night spots to grab a drink or hear live music. 

Make Knox County and Galesburg, Illinois your next road trip destination. For more details and help planning your trip, go to: visitgalesburg.com. 

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