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.

  • 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.)

Fiesta Latina ~ Cinco de Mayo

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Hosted annually the second Saturday in May at the Festival Grounds on Main Street

May 9, 2020

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.

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Darlington Canoe Festival

Hosted the second full weekend annually in June
June 11-14, 2020

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

Lafayette County Fair

July 15-19, 2020

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

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.

Branson, Missouri entertainer Jason Chase performs for Tunes at Twilight.

A packed river bank crowd enjoys music and fun during Tunes at Twilight.

Branson, Missouri entertainer Jason Chase performs for Tunes at Twilight.

A packed river bank crowd enjoys music and fun during Tunes at Twilight.

Branson, Missouri entertainer Jason Chase performs for Tunes at Twilight.

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!