The peaceful environment of Geneva offers residents and guests an unmatched escape from the fast-paced world of today. From perusing through the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown district to whiling away a day at one of the city’s beautiful park sites, visitors have endless possibilities when it comes to spending time in Geneva.
For those craving a bit more excitement, Geneva offers four highly acclaimed annual festivals. The most renowned of these events occurs each June with the Midsommar Festival–Swedish Days, a six-day celebration of Geneva’s Swedish heritage that will mark its 63-year anniversary in 2012. This “Granddaddy” of Illinois festivals features a host of family-friendly activities such as a carnival, pet parade, musical entertainment, Kids’ Day, Grand Parade, Swedish and American food, plus great shopping.
The Geneva Arts Fair annually welcomes more than 150 artisans in a host of mediums from around the country during the fourth weekend in July. Victorian homes-turned-businesses in the downtown historic district serve as a picturesque backdrop for the show. September’s Festival of the Vine is a three-day event comprised of wine tastings, seminars and events, a flower market, kids’ activities, a craft show, food and floral demonstrations, Flavor Fare featuring Geneva restaurants, plus musical entertainment. The Christmas Walk & House Tour in December is complete with visits from Santa Lucia (Sweden’s symbol of the season) and Santa Claus, the melodic voices of carolers, the inviting aroma of roasted chestnuts, an old-fashioned candy cane pull, and a self-guided tour of five distinctive homes festively decorated for the holidays. The Geneva Concours d’Elegance, the Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, the Geneva Film Festival, Gardenology, Black Hat Day and the Classic Car Shows are among the other annual events that contribute to make Geneva a must-see destination. For a complete listing of Geneva festivals and events, visit www.genevachamber.com.
Sports enthusiasts looking for an exciting day at the ballpark revel in the offerings of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Cougars take on team rivals at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva. Family-friendly events include firework shows, human bowling, pedal car racing, giveaways, autographs from the players and the KidZone Playground. The newest sport addition to Geneva is the Chicago Hitmen junior hockey club. The Hitmen call the Fox Valley Ice Arena home and play games September–March.
Tours provided through the Geneva Chamber of Commerce invite visitors to discover the city’s historic district. Hosted by a knowledgeable guide dressed in period clothing, tourists will view revamped storefronts and treasured Third Street Victorian homes that presently house a diversity of specialty shops and eateries.
Delve even further into the area’s history with a trip to the Geneva History Center. The 17,000-square-foot center opened its doors in 2004 and is bursting with award-winning educational programming as well as the stocked Archives and Reading Room.