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October is a big month for our area…the landscape explodes into an autumn kaleidoscope and the crisp Midwest air draws a crowd to Galena & Jo Daviess County. The scenic drive down Hwy 20 is an event in itself, but here are some tools and ideas for your Fall Getaway!

  • The Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB website, just click the leaf at the top of the page for Fall Fun!
  • Use the Trail of Terror website for festivals, activities, and trip planning tools in Illinois.
  • Check our Facebook Page for updates and postings by local businesses.
  • Enjoy this sampling of local events (click the links for details):


Galena Cellars Fall Harvest & Art Festival

ditmmar farms

Dittmar Farms Pumpkin Patch


Galena Lions Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Noon to 10 p.m.
Old Train Depot Park


Galena Country Fair
Grant Park, October 11-12, 2014


Fear Forest at Shenandoah Riding Center


Let us know if you have any questions, you can contact us on our Facebook page or email
Tag us in your photos at the events (Instagram @galenajdccvb) and use the hashtags #galena, #jodaviesscounty and #enjoyillinois!




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