After an action-packed July, there are still plenty of things to do in Galesburg in August. Here are five events to check out this week in the Galesburg area, courtesy Galesburg Tourism & Visitors Bureau.
All-American Ale kick-off
Reserve Artisan Ales has partnered with Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory to create the “All American Ale” beer to honor the Knox County Honor Guard. All proceeds go to The Honor Guard, local volunteers who provide military rites at ceremonies of fallen veterans. The first keg will be tapped at the Kick-Off event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Reserve Artisan Ales, with food provided until 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the event, though cash donations are appreciated, along with your purchase of the All-American Ale. Find out more by visiting Reserve Artisan Ales on Facebook.
Mixtape Mayhem meets Big Catz Sound Garden
Music hits center stage at Big Catz Sound in Knoxville, featuring first-timers, Mixtape Mayhem! The female-fronted party band rocks out on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Listen to live music, devour delicious barbeque, and enjoy the summer night under the Sound Garden roof.
Movie in the Park: Encanto
Join IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union for the rescheduled Movie in the Park on Friday, showing a new Disney favorite, Encanto! Movie will be shown on the west lawn of the Pavilion at Lake Storey Park. Feel free to bring your own blanket, food, and beverages to enjoy while watching. This is a free event at dusk. Kids that are 12 or under need to be accompanied by an adult. We don’t talk about Bruno, but this event is one to talk about! Don’t miss out. For updates, visit IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union on Facebook.
115th Maquon homecoming
It’s “A Groovy Weekend in Maquon” celebrating its 115th homecoming! On Saturday, enjoy the parade starting at 2 p.m., followed by a small carnival from Boden’s, 3 to 8 p.m. A BBQ Pork Dinner takes place downtown from 3 to 4 p.m., with the Baking Contest Auction at 6 p.m. The Night Life Band will play for the community at 7 p.m. Sunday, enjoy homemade Chicken & Noodles at noon, with the Pedal Tractor Pull at 2 p.m., and more carnival fun from 3 to 8 p.m. Stay for the Ice Cream Social and Talent Show, happening at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, before ending the groovy weekend with live music from Carol Jean & Jera at 6 p.m. Free, family-fun for everyone in the only town named Maquon!
Sunday’s Songbag Concert Series
Enjoy an afternoon of music with David G. Smith! The internationally acclaimed songwriter will present a variety of original songs crossing multiple genres at the Carl Sandburg Historic Site on East Third Street. First set starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the second at 3:15 p.m. Songbag Concerts are a collaboration between the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The concert series is named in honor of Sandburg’s book “The American Songbag,” published in 1927. There is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit www.sandburg.org.
This article originally appeared on Galesburg Register-Mail: Patriotic beer, movie in park 2 major events in Galesburg this week