Festivals & Events

Annual Festivals & Events

There's so much to see and do in Darlington.  Here is just a glimpse at some of our annual events.

  • City Wide Garage Sale April 28th and 29th
  • Fiesta Latina ~ Cinco De Mayo May 6th, 2023
  • Saturday Morning Farmers Market 8 am-Noon @ the Festival Grounds next to Casey's May-Oct.
  • Night Markets
  • Memorial Day Parade (May)
  • Darlington Canoe Festival June 9th-11th, 2023
  • Murph Classic (June)
  • Cruisin for a Cause Car Show June 17th, 2023
  • Relay for Life (June)
  • Lafayette County Fair   July 12-16, 2023
  • Tunes at Twilight Sundays (June - July)
  • Pecatonica Valley Antique Days 2nd weekend in September
  • Darlington Chamber Main Street Annual Golf Outing Sept 8th
  • Fall in Love with Darlington & Fall Night Market September 20th
  • Witches, Warlocks & Wine Walk (October)
  • Holiday Festivities and Santa 1st Saturday in December

Fiesta Latina ~ Cinco de Mayo

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Hosted annually the 2nd Saturday in May at the Festival Grounds on Main Street,

(* for 2023 it is going to be held May 6th, 2023)

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.


Darlington Canoe Festival

Hosted the second full weekend annually in June
June 9-11, 2023

Check out  Darlington Canoe Festival on Facebook for a complete schedule of events!
Interested in participating in the parade? Fill out the Parade Entry Form


Knights of Columbus' Murph Classic

Night Markets

Lafayette County Fair

Midway thrills, 4-H and FFA exhibits and judging, demonstrations, grandstand shows, tractor pulls, food and fun, and much more.

Lafayette County Fairgrounds; Louisa Street; Darlington

Visit Darlington Tractor Pull Website

Tunes at Twilight

Sundays, June-July.

Darlington Chamber Main Street Golf Outing

September 8, 2023

Second annual golf outing hosted at the Darlington Country Club
Save the date for fun, golfing, and friendship.

Pecatonica Valley Antique Days

Hosted the first weekend annually after Labor Day

Two days of flea markets, antique tractors, and machinery displays.
Lafayette County Fairgrounds; Louisa Street; Darlington

Night & Day at the Museum

September 15-17, 2023

Hosted at the Lafayette County Historical Society

Fall in Love with Darlington &
Fall Night Market

September 20, 2023

Food, vendors, entertainment, and more from 4:30 pm-8:30 pm
Downtown on West Ann Street.

Wine, Witches, Warlocks

More Info Coming Soon!!! Watch for new exciting offerings!

Christmas Weekend and Lighted Laps/Living Windows

Hosted the first Saturday annually in December

Kick off Saturday night with Living Windows at participating merchants. Then enjoy our Lighted Laps  & Parade on Main Street.  End your evening with a drive through Riverside Reflections' outdoor lighted display, and a visit from Santa!! Christmas carols, hot chocolate, bonfires.  Fun for the whole family!