Submitted by the city of Geneva.
In a few short weeks, downtown Geneva will be transformed into a must stop for affordable and local summer fun with the 65th Annual Swedish Days Festival, which runs Tuesday through Sunday, June 17-22.
Do you like to twist and shout or do the hustle? Celebrating 65 years of Swedish Days, each night on Third Street will feature free nightly musical entertainment representing a decade. Starting Tuesday with the 50s and The Crown Vics and closing out the week with 7th Heaven. To be in full rockin' spirit, why not pull out your bell bottoms and leg warmers and dress for the decade. Relive the jukebox, eight track and vinyl days when some of the top area bands come to the Swedish Days Festival.
Join performers Majors Junction, Dennis O'Brien, Kim Green and Lindsey O'Brien for afternoon Concerts on the Lawn Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Geneva's Got Talent semifinalists and finalists will take the stage Wednesday and Saturday to vie for a chance to win $1,000 first place cash prize.
Favorite fun for young visitors includes the Creation Station Art projects, Quad Power Jump and Carnival. Tuesday the kids kick off the fest with Fair in the Square on Third Street. In fact, Friday is entirely dedicated to kids with the Kids' Day Parade and numerous other child-friendly attractions including the Dunk Tank and lawn games.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the merchant specials and great food. When hunger pains hit, favorite American and ethnic fare combined with traditional Swedish delicacies-meatballs, pancakes, and pastries-will be among the many tempting treats. Craft Brew@402 debuts on the corner of S. Fourth & State streets, Thursday. Enjoy lagers, ales and more under this tented event.
Lots of Swedish activities too! Sweden Väst is back, bigger and better on Saturday & Sunday. A block of all things Swedish - entertainment, gifts, art, food & games. Again this year, you can take a step back into history at the Swedish Cottage Walk and Viking Ship Tour in Good Templar Park on the weekend.
On Sunday, bring some chairs and blankets so the entire family can enjoy the renowned Grand Parade and create memories that last a lifetime.