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 23,24th
Fiesta Latina ~ Cinco De Mayo (May)CANCELED for 2021
Saturday Morning Farmers Market 8am-Noon @ the Festival Grounds next to Casey's May-Oct.
Night Markets May, July, and Sept. 3rd Wed. 5:00-8:00pm
Memorial Day Parade (May)
Darlington Canoe Festival (June)
Murph Classic (June)
Relay for Life (June)
Lafayette County Fair (July)
Tunes at Twilight Sundays Beginning June 27th-July25th 2021
Pecatonica Valley Antique Days 2nd weekend in Sept.
Witches, Warlocks & Wine Walk Sat. Oct. 23, 2021
Living Windows, Holiday Festivities, and Santa Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
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 11-13 2021
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
Darlington Public Golf Course
3- Night Markets May 19th, July 21st, & September 15th 2021
Wednesday, May 19th ; Wednesday, July 21st; Wednesday, September 15th 5:00-8pm
Located Downtown Darlington Food, Music, Drinks, Vendors & Fun for the whole family.
Tunes at Twilight
Hosted annually each Sunday night in July In Veteran's Memorial Park on Main Street
July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021 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 11&12 2021
Two days of flea markets, antique tractors and machinery displays.
Lafayette County Fairgrounds; Louisa Street; Darlington
Christmas Weekend and Lighted Laps/Living Windows
Hosted the first Saturday annually in December
December 3 &4 2021
Kick of 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 at the Historic Train Depot. Christmas carols, hot chocolate, bonfires. Fun for the whole family!