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A Perfect Blend of History and Fun
Every fourth weekend in June, we take a moment to celebrate our past. The railroad industry was integral in the growth of Galesburg, IL and remains a proud symbol of our heritage. Our annual celebration, Railroad Days, is entering its 38th year and it has never been better. Come and join in the fun with us on June 27th and 28th.
This year we have an exciting slate of events, historical tours, flea markets, scrumptious food selections, and much more. Whether you're into the carnival atmosphere, finding unique crafts or having an unmatched educational experience, Galesburg Railroad Days has something interesting and exciting for everyone in the family.
Join the 5k or 10k race, enjoy the toy show, or watch historical steam engines roll down the track or get your face painted - the fun never ends.
Attention Vendors and Volunteers
We are still accepting requests for space from vendors and happily welcome any volunteers. The application deadline for vendors is on April 1st. The rules and regulations for the event, as well as an application can be downloaded here.
From the Galesburg Railroad Museum, to the Railyard Bus Tour, to the Historical Tour of Homes, Railroad Days gives visitors a unique look at the proud heritage of Galesburg and the profound impact of the railroad.
Railroad Days is a fun festival filled with a ton of events the whole family can get excited about. We're featuring the rib cook off, the annual toy show, a firemen's water fight, live music, and an antique tractor display - just to name a few things.
If you don't come out to learn about the history of Galesburg, just come out to enjoy the carnival experience of the year. Cotton candy, rides, funnel cakes, shows, face painting, and everything else you think of when you think of a carnival will be here at Galesburg Railroad Days. Admission is $20 per carnival session.
You won't be able to find more flea markets, antiques, and craft shows in one venue anywhere in Illinois during Railroad Days! If you're a person who likes unique trinkets and goods in your home, you'll love all of the interesting things our vendors will have for sale.
If you're looking to catch a cheap ride to Galesburg, Amtrak is offering a 10 percent discount on fares to Galesburg during the week of the celebration.
Largest Event in Galesburg
People who love to party and have fun will feel right at home at the Galesburg Railroad Days, which grows bigger and stronger with each passing year.
Become Part of Tradition
How many celebrations can you think of that have been going on for nearly four decades? Not too many. Make sure you make yourself a part of our annual tradition.
What was once a small event has exploded into one of the most recognizable celebrations in all of Illinois. Just as our nation's history was built on railroads, so was our city's. Please join us in our 38th year of celebrating our railroad roots in Galesburg Railroad Days.
Galesburg Railroad Days attracts visitors from all over Illinois and even some out of state tourists. We want to make sure you're receiving the best possible accommodations for your budget and are able to get to us no matter where you're staying.