Annual Festivals & Events
There's so much to see and do in Darlington. Here is just a glimpse at some of our annual events.
- Fiesta Latina ~ Cinco De Mayo (May)
- Memorial Day Parade (May)
- Darlington Canoe Festival (June)
- Murph Classic (June)
- Relay for Life (June)
- Lafayette County Fair (July)
- Tunes at Twilight (July)
- Pecatonica Valley Antique Days (Sept.)
- Witches, Warlocks & Wine (Oct.)
- Christmas Parade & Festival (Dec.)
The festival kicks off at 11 am at the festival grounds on Main Street. We start off the day with children games, soccer and basketball tournaments. Food vendors offer authentic Latin and American Cuisine. Music and demonstrations of salsa making and salsa dancing are featured. A Mariachi Band will perform in the afternoon and the evening is reserved for dancing accompanied by an authentic Hispanic Orchestra. Fun for the whole family!
Memorial Day Parade
Hosted Annually on Memorial Day
Main Street, Darlington, 9:00 AM
This meaningful tribute to our Nation's Veterans includes a short parade, memorial service, releasing of white doves, music, and more. Hosted by the Bates-O'Brien-Howe-Wiegel-Roelli American Legion Post.
Hosted the second full weekend annually in June
June 11-14, 2020 -POSTPONED
The festival presents 35+ events in four days, including Little League and softball tournaments, stock car races, 2-mile and 5-mile road runs, volleyball tournaments, talent show, and fireworks. On Sunday morning, there is the Canoe Race from the Jean's Shop on HWY 23 to Darlington on the Pecatonica River. Beowulf MC also hosts their summer party at the fairgrounds. Canoe Festival also includes arts & crafts fair, chicken barbeque, carnival, a parade, and much more!
Knights of Columbus' Murph Classic
Hosted the 4th Saturday annually in June
June 27, 2020, 4:00 PM
Darlington Public Golf Course
Relay for Life
June of 2020 at the Pecatonica River Trails Park
Opening ceremonies at 5:00 PM
Tunes at Twilight
Hosted annually each Sunday night in July In Veteran's Memorial Park on Main Street
July 5, 12, 19, 26- 2020 at 6:30 pm
Relax under the shade trees and enjoy this evening concert series. Bring a lawn chair. Concessions available.
Pecatonica Valley Antique Days
Hosted the first weekend annually after Labor Day
September 12 & 13, 2020
Two days of flea markets, antique tractors and machinery displays.
Lafayette County Fairgrounds; Louisa Street; Darlington
Witches, Warlocks, and Wine
Hosted Annually in October
Christmas Parade & Festival
Hosted the first Saturday annually in December
December 5, 2020
Lighted Christmas Parade on Main Street, ending with a visit from Santa in his Candy-striped tent on the banks of the River. Christmas carols, hot chocolate, bonfires, and lighting of the famous floating Christmas Trees. Fun for the whole family!