Things to Do in Geneva IL
The peaceful environment of Geneva offers residents and guests an unmatched escape from the fast-paced world of today. From perusing through the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown district to whiling away a day at one of the city’s beautiful park sites, visitors have endless possibilities when it comes to spending time in Geneva.
For those craving a bit more excitement, Geneva offers four highly acclaimed annual festivals. The most renowned of these events occurs each June with the Midsommar Festival – Swedish Days, supported by Northwestern Medicine, a celebration of Geneva’s Swedish heritage that will mark its 70-year anniversary in 2019. This “Granddaddy” of Illinois festivals features a host of family-friendly activities such as a carnival, Sweden Väst, musical entertainment, Kids’ Day, a Grand Parade, Swedish and American food, plus great shopping.
The Geneva Arts Fair annually welcomes more than 155 artisans in a host of mediums from around the country during the fourth weekend in July. Historic downtown Geneva serves as a picturesque backdrop for the outdoor fine arts show that was voted a Top 10 Best Art Fairs in the country by artfaircalendar.com and a recent winner of “Best Craft or Art Show” by West Suburban Living magazine. Victorian homes-turned-businesses in the downtown historic district serve as a picturesque backdrop for the show.
September’s Festival of the Vine is a three-day event consisting of food, wine and events; a flower market; a craft show; and carriage rides. The Flavor Fare features Geneva restaurants, plus musical entertainment. Festival of the Vine is consistently chosen as a top festival in readers’ polls.
The Christmas Walk in December is complete with visits from Santa Lucia (Sweden’s symbol of the season) and Santa Claus, the melodic voices of carolers, the inviting aroma of roasted chestnuts and an old-fashioned candy cane pull. Coinciding with the Christmas Walk is our House Tour, a self-guided tour of five distinctive homes festively decorated for the holidays.
The Geneva Concours d’Elegance, Good Templar events, Kane County Fair, the Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Wedding Walk and the Classic Car Shows are among the other annual events that make Geneva a must-see destination. For a complete listing of Geneva festivals and events, visit genevachamber.com.
Sports enthusiasts looking for an exciting day at the ballpark revel in the offerings of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cougars take on team rivals at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. Family-friendly events include firework shows, human bowling, pedal car racing, giveaways, autographs from the players and the KidZone Playground.
Enjoy fast-paced family fun at Fox Valley Ice Arena, September through May. Future college and pro stars play for the Chicago Steel in the nation’s best junior hockey league (USHL).
Delve into the area’s history with a trip to the Geneva History Museum. The 17,000-square-foot center opened its doors in 2004 and is bursting with award-winning educational programming as well as the stocked archives and reading room. Tours are also offered through the city’s historic district.
Visit Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden in the Fabyan Forest Preserve or tour our local brewery, Penrose Brewing, and learn more about the craft beers that they create.
Just to the south, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), is a United States Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics. Self-guided tours are available and include both the outdoor areas and limited indoor facilities.