Swedish Days returns to Geneva with food, entertainment, parade and more

The 72nd annual Geneva Swedish Days Festival, supported by Northwestern Medicine, is a must stop for a fun summer destination.

“The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” will take place Wednesday through Sunday, June 22-26, in downtown Geneva. Over 200,000 visitors and residents stop here for a variety of activities, combining traditional events and new attractions.

“The Geneva Chamber is happy and thrilled to bring back the Swedish Days in all their blue and yellow glory,” said Laura Rush, communications manager. “We know that Genevans and visitors are ready for five days of fun.”

Here’s a preview of what visitors can expect.

Shopping and treasures

Some stores will offer promotions during Swedish Days. Sweden Väst on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26 will specialize in Swedish articles. If you’re looking for that Swedish Days souvenir, you’ll find it here.

Free entertainment

Free evening musical entertainment on the central stage will begin on Wednesday with performances by Geneva Park District and Geneva’s Got Talent. On Friday and Saturday bands will play. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m., relax on the courthouse lawn and listen to featured artists.

Swedish Days will feature a car show from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23 on South Third Street.
– Courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce


The Swedish Days Car Show is back on South Third Street from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

Food stalls

Festival-goers can feast on traditional Swedish and American and ethnic favorites including brats, corn dogs, turkey legs, sandwiches, meatballs, pizza, garlic crab pasta and roast corn, to name a few, at the many non-profit food stalls. Desserts will also be available.

Restaurants and pubs

Festival-goers can sample craft beers in the Swedish Days beer tent.

Festival-goers can sample craft beers in the Swedish Days beer tent.
– Courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Don’t forget all the good restaurants in Geneva. From casual bistros to five-star formal dining, a day in Geneva isn’t complete without sampling one or more of its restaurants and brasseries. Or stop by one of the beer gardens which will offer great food, drink and entertainment during the festival, including the Chamber Craft Beer Tent on James Street. Visit genevachamber.com for a list of restaurants, pizzerias and pubs.

Looking for a long-time resident of Geneva

If you’ve lived in Geneva for more than 15 years, join the others for the Geneva Settlers’ Breakfast on Thursday, June 23. This popular event moves to Copper Fox, 477 S. Third St., starting at 8:30 a.m. No reservation necessary. .

For young visitors

The carnival will be open every day during the Swedish Days.

The carnival will be open every day during the Swedish Days.
-Steven Buyansky for the Daily Herald, 2021

Wednesday brings carnival to town. It is open every day of the festival and offers an unlimited opportunity to wear a bracelet every day.

Swedish Days 2022 is packed with favorites including a dodgeball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and mini-golf.

Friday, June 24 is “Children’s Day”, where from early morning until late at night children can stay busy. The day begins with the children’s parade departing from the Kane County Courthouse lawn on the Campbell Street side. The fun continues with a multitude of activities at the Geneva Public Library, both outdoors and indoors.

The Kids’ Day Parade invites children aged 10 and under to enter one of the parade categories.

5K Lopp

Moved to a new location and a new day, the Swedish Days 5K Lopp promises an incredible racing experience. Join the runners at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course. See details on genevachamber.com.

Grand Parade

Special Olympics athlete Mari Landwehr will be the parade marshal for this year's Swedish Days.

Special Olympics athlete Mari Landwehr will be the parade marshal for this year’s Swedish Days.
– Courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, bring chairs and blankets so the whole family can enjoy the Grand Parade – a true community parade that over 45,000 people will see. This year’s grand marshal is Mari Landwehr, 19, a Special Olympics athlete and Geneva high school graduate who volunteers at the church and feeds my hungry children.

Admission to Swedish Days is free. Visit genevachamber.com for a full schedule of events or call (630) 232-6060.

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72nd Annual Swedish Days

What: A St. John’s Day celebration with food, entertainment, carnival, kids’ activities, Swedish offerings, shopping and more.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, June 22 to 26. Activities for each day generally start at 11 a.m.; see calendar for exact times.

Where: Most activities take place throughout downtown Geneva; see map for specific locations.

Cost: Free general admission; cost of certain activities.

Parking: Public festival parking is nearby, with four parking lots located within a few blocks of the festivities, courtesy of Geneva merchants. Search Find Us/Parking on the genevachamber.com homepage. Details: (630) 232-6060 or www.genevachamber.com/swedish_days.php

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