Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at 2023 Geneseo Music Festival

Geneseo Music Festival

GENESEO, Illinois – This Father’s Day weekend, the 2023 Geneseo Music Festival will bring musical performances, food and family-friendly activities to this Henry County community.

The 55th annual event – which takes place this year from Friday to Sunday, June 16-18 – features the popular annual Father’s Day Musical Festival Parade sponsored by Geneseo Communications. It is set to step off in downtown at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

“The parade is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with fathers, grandfathers, and uncles with a classic Midwestern summertime festival backdrop,” the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce said in a news release announcing the event. “It offers a chance for Geneseo and guests to come together and enjoy the festive spirit.”

Event organizer Zack Sullivan, of the Geneseo Chamber, added “We are thrilled to bring this festival to Geneseo and provide a fun and memorable experience for all attendees. The Father’s Day Parade is always a crowd favorite, and we are excited to see the community come together for this special occasion.”

For music-lovers, the weekend festival features a wide range of musical genres, including rock, country, jazz and blues. Foodies will encounter vendors offering dishes from different cultures. Festival-goers also can participate in activities including carnival games, crafts and gifts from more than 60 vendors at the City Park Craft Fair, and more, city leaders said.

Geneseo leaders also are urging motorists to watch for street closures throughout the weekend, especially in the City Park area. For more information, call the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce at (309) 944-2686 or visit the chamber’s website here.

The Geneseo Music Festival’s Gold Sponsors are: Avasek, Eye Surgeons Associates, Fareway Meat & Grocery, Farmers National Bank, Gendron McDonald’s, Geneseo Communications, Orthodontic Group Associates, UpLoved and Wireless Central – US Cellular.

Music festival schedule

Friday, June 16:

  • 6 p.m. 2023 Geneseo Music Fest begins and food trucks open.
  • 6-8 p.m. Geneseo Rotary Ice Cream Social, Geneseo City Park.
  • 6 p.m. Kiwanis Annual Doo Dah Parade – downtown Geneseo.
  • 6:15 p.m. Geneseo Panic!, City Park Bandshell.
  • 7 p.m. Geneseo Music Fest Queen Pageant presented by Geneseo Rotary at City Park Bandshell.
  • 7-10 p.m live music, Ryan Bizarri, Geneseo Brewing Company.

Saturday, June 17

(All acts are at the Geneseo City Park Bandshell.)

  • 7-10 a.m. Maple City 4 Run presented by Geneseo Rotary Club.
  • 10-11 a.m. Jazzercise Strength 45 in the Park by Jazzercise.
  • 11:30-2 p.m. Musical Memories Recital.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. GHS Cheer Clinic.
  • 4-5 p.m. Shaun Easton & Friends.
  • 6-8 p.m. Josh Duffee’s Big Band Orchestra.

Saturday, June 17:

  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Geneseo Farmers Market, North City Park.
  • 8 a.m. – 6 pm. AETA Tractor Display – North City Park.
  • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundance For Our Soldiers, Miniature Equine Express Therapy, – North City Park.
  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family Fest (inflatables, fire truck sprinkler and more) presented by Geneseo Park District & Geneseo Fire Department, Geneseo City Park.
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Geneseo Music Fest Art & Craft Fair, Geneseo City Park.
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Pony Rides by Tri-Co Equestrian Center, LLC, $10 per ride,  Geneseo City Park near the intersection of State & North Streets.
  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live Music Party on the Patio, In-A-Godda-Da-Vida Music.
  • 11 am – 1 p.m. FFA Ag Alumni Lunch Cookout, Geneseo City Park. 
  • 12:30 p.m. FFA Pedal Tractor Pull,Geneseo City Park, trophies sponsored by Clements Farm.
  • 5 –7 p.m. Ice cream social, Geneseo Art League, Geneseo City Park. 
  • 8 – 1 p.m. Live music: Geneseo Music Festival Street Dance featuring X-Krush – Central Bank Pavilion.
  • 8 p.m. Outdoor movie series, Sing 2 presented by the Geneseo Park District Foundation at District Athletic Field.

Sunday June 18:

  • 7 a.m.–11 a.m. Father’s Day Fly-In Breakfast, Gen-Airpark.
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Geneseo Music Fest Art & Craft Fair, Geneseo City Park.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sundance For Our Soldiers, Miniature Equine Express Therapy, North City Park.
  • 10:30 a.m. Sunday church service, First Lutheran Church. Live Music from the River City 6, Geneseo City Park Bandshell.
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. –  Father’s Day Parade Staging, Geneseo High School parking lot.
  • 1 p.m. 2023 Geneseo Music Fest Father’s Day Parade. State Street/downtown Geneseo. Sponsored by: Geneseo Communications.
  • 2:30 p.m: Live music,  River City 6, Geneseo City Park Bandshell.
  • 4 p.m. 2023 Geneseo Music Fest concludes.

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