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 26th and 27th
  • Fiesta Latina ~ Cinco De Mayo May 11th, 2024
  • Saturday Morning Farmers Market 8 am-Noon @ the Festival Grounds next to Casey's May-Oct.
  • Memorial Day Parade (May)
  • Darlington Canoe Festival June 7th-9th, 2024
  • Murph Classic (June)
  • Cruisin for a Cause Car Show June 15th, 2024
  • Relay for Life (June)
  • Lafayette County Fair   July 10-14, 2024
  • Tunes at Twilight Sundays (June - July)
  • Pecatonica Valley Antique Days 2nd weekend in September
  • Darlington Chamber Main Street Annual Golf Outing Sept 6th
  • Fall in Love with Darlington & Fall Night Market September 18th
  • 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,

May 11th 2024 

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.

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 7-9, 2024

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

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 6, 2024

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 of 2025.  Watch for updates

Hosted at the Lafayette County Historical Society

Fall in Love with Darlington &
Fall Night Market

Sept 18th, 2024

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

Follow Darlington 175 Celebration on Facebook for details

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!