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The Galena Pride Picnic

Updated: May 8

Galena, IL is #AmazingforAll!

Check out our Photo Gallery from 2022. Learn about the Galena Pride Steps, and the History of the Pride Picnic. View a list of LGBTQI+ Businesses located in/near Galena, Illinois to support. All the details for the 2023 Pride Picnic are below!





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Read more on the weekend below!


MORE ABOUT THE PRIDE PICNIC - June 10 from 12-pm

Guests are encouraged to bring their best picnic lunch and enjoy live music, entertainment, and prizes from Galena local businesses. All are welcome to attend.

The entire month of June is a beautiful celebration called #AmazingForAll.

From 3-5pm get ready for a fierce Drag Show from a few of our favorite local queens!

(Anna Mae, Cynthia Mooseknuckle, Elektra Supernova, Sage Umbra, and Scylla Kone. 2023 queens to be announced soon!)


June 10th from 12pm-5pm in Grant Park

Pride Photo Ops: New this year! Almost every booth at the Galena Pride Picnic will have a photo opportunity for a trendy twist. Come celebrate & snap a pic with us.

Goat Meet-Up from Hoof It Galena from 12pm-3pm!

Crafts from The Galena Public Library.

Bracelet craft from The Riverview Center.

Games from the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association.

Salads & Snacks from the Jo Daviess Local Foods.

Empanadas, Snacks, Sweets, Cold Brews, & Canned Wine and Beer from Galena Bakehouse.

Ice Cream Treats from Udderly Delicious.

Charcuterie, Wine, Beer and Sangria from Galena Cellars.

Birds Food Truck & other food trucks!


Support small businesses throughout town as they celebrate pride weekend in town with the following fun events:

  • Thursday, June 8th: Pride Trivia & Wine Night at Galena Cellars hosted by the Galena Public Library. 6pm-8pm

  • Friday, June 9th: Pride Ride @ Shenandoah Riding Center. 4pm Register here. LIMITED SPACE. Guests will paint horses, take a guided trail ride, & enjoy a drink after the trail! Event is 21+

  • Friday, June 9th: Drag Bingo @ The Grape Escape. Reservations required for Bingo with Cynthia Mooseknuckle. Lojo Russo on guitar at 9pm.

  • Saturday, June 10th: Galena Pride Picnic in Grant Park. FREE! 12pm-5pm

  • Saturday, June 10th: Pride Drag Show at the Grant Park Pavillion at 3pm.

  • Saturday, June 10th: Pride After Party at the Lion's Den Speekeasy 5pm-? 21+

  • Sunday, June 11th: Drag Brunch @ Ashton Hill. Ticketed 21+ event.

  • Thursday, June 15th: Live at the Plaza: Amazing for All - Free! Family-friendly event to feature regional musicians, food and drink, & giveaways!

Other must-dos if you are visiting Galena during Pride Weekend:

  • A trolley ride! Super fun historic guided tour of the town.

  • Try a rainbow flight at Champagne on Main!

  • Make a reservation to eat at Savory Kitchen.

  • Snap a photo on the Pride Steps & Bridge!

  • The Grape Escape is hosting Drag Bingo on 6/9 (reservations required 779-214-0003)

  • Support Matthew's Haunted Pub Crawl.

  • Make a candle or perfume at the Scent Workshop. (They have a Pride Scent!)

  • Sporty Spice? Rent an e-bike from downtown Galena to Chestnut Mountain & back.

  • Read more about Pride Month in Galena here.

Click here to learn about Galena Public Library Pride programs 2023.

Galena Pride Steps and Bridge

To celebrate Pride Month, rainbow flags and stairs will take over the Galena Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Galena. It is a stunning tribute to those who have fought for inclusivity and equal rights. It is also a fabulous photo opportunity for visiting tourists, and locals! Pride flags will be given away at the NEW visitor center in the Galena Train Depot all month of June.

History of the Pride Picnic

Previous Innkeepers Alex and Geoff were proud to plan the first pride event in Galena, the Galena Pride Picnic. They had to cancel the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but kicked off the event in 2021 with the help of community members, Visit Galena, and The Riverview Center! Alex & Geoff continued planning in 2022 with the Galena Public Library as the new sponsor. They are happy to help coordinate the first pride celebration.

Local LGBTQIA+ Owned Businesses in Galena, Illinois:

Galena Bakehouse

The Neighborhood

Savory Kitchen

Serendipity Galena

Linmar Garden

The Aldrich Guesthouse

Hawke Valley Retreat & Cottages

Jail Hill Inn

Irish Hollow (Inn)

Clara Joyce Flowers

Life's a Feast Catering

Did we miss you or know of a business that we can add?

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Pride Picnic Mission Statement

The City of Galena continues to evolve as a safe space for all LGBTQ+ people. The Galena Pride Picnic is committed to encouraging LGBTQ+ tourism through building alliances within the City of Galena and surrounding areas, as well as advocating cooperation and support from all who value diversity and inclusion.

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