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GENEVA | Swedish Days 2024

Swedish Days 2023 in Geneva June 21-25


74th Annual Swedish Days Festival

GENEVA–A must stop for a summer fun destination is Geneva’s 74th Annual Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine.  “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” will run Wednesday through Sunday, June 19-23, 2024.   More than 200,000 visitors and residents stop by for a variety of activities – combining traditional events and exciting new attractions.  Look for more information in the online brochure to be posted mid – late May throughout Geneva.


“The Geneva Chamber is pleased and excited to bring back Swedish Days in all its blue and yellow glory,” says Johanna Patterson, Communications Director.  “We know Genevans and visitors are ready for five days of fun.”


Here’s a sneak peek at Swedish Days 2024:.


Shopping & Treasures

Some shops will be offering specials during Swedish Days.  Select stores will be open until 8pm or later on Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20.  Sweden Väst, on Saturday & Sunday, will specialize in Swedish items.  If you are looking for that Swedish Days souvenir, this is where you will find it.


Free Entertainment

Free nightly musical entertainment on Central Stage kicks off Wednesday with Geneva Park District performances and Geneva’s Got Talent.  Thursday and Friday we welcome bands to Swedish Days for the first time.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in the Craft Beer Tent, enjoy featured artists.


Food Booths

Festival goers can feast on traditional Swedish and favorite American and ethnic foods including, brats, corn dogs, turkey legs, sandwiches, meatballs, pizza, garlic crab pasta and roasted corn to name a few at the many non-profit food booths.  Sinfully good desserts will also be available.


Restaurants, Pizzerias & Pubs

Don’t forget all the fine restaurants in Geneva.  From casual bistros to 5-star formal dining, a day in Geneva isn’t complete without sampling one or more of our fine restaurants and eateries.  Or stop by one of the beer gardens that will offer good food, drink, and entertainment during the festival, including the Chamber’s Craft Beer Tent on James Street. Visit for a listing of our restaurants, pizzerias and pubs. 


Long-Time Genevans – They are looking for you

If you have lived in Geneva for over 25 years, join others for the Geneva Settlers Breakfast on June 20.  This popular event is at Copper Fox, 477 S. Third Street with breakfast served at 8:30 am.  No reservations necessary.


Activities For Young Visitors

Wednesday brings the carnival to town.  Open every day of the festival and each day offers an unlimited ride wristband opportunity. 


Swedish Days 2024 is packed with favorites – Dodgeball Tournament, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and mini golf.


June 21 is “Kids’ Day” where from early in the morn to late into the night, kids can stay busy.   The day kicks off with the Kids’ Parade leaving from Campbell & Fifth streets (look for the registration sign).  The fun continues with activities galore at the Geneva Public Library, outside and inside. 


The Kids’ Day Parade invites children through the age of 10 to enter in one of our parade categories.


Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun

The Swedish Days 5K Lopp promises an unbelievable race experience.   Join runners Saturday, June 22.  More information will be available at


Grand Parade

On Sunday, bring some chairs and blankets so the entire family can enjoy the Grand Parade – truly a community parade that over 45,000 will be viewing. 


Free admission with easy access via the Metra.  Events, hours, and schedule will be available at or call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060.  Visit for the what, when and where for the week.


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