Geneseo will celebrate 50 years of music and more at the 2018 Music Festival.

Geneseo will celebrate 50 years of music and more at the 2018 Music Festival.

Each year Music Festival festivities highlight Father’s Day weekend in Geneseo.

Music, music and more music will fill the air in and around Geneseo City Park during the Festival, June 15-17.

The annual event is sponsored by the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce and most of the activities will be at the Geneseo City Park.

Rhonda Ludwig, executive director of the chamber, said, “The Music Festival has evolved over 50 years. In the early years it was less festival and more competition, with a Spectacle of Brass. In recent years it has focused more on a festival atmosphere featuring music and family activities, along with food and craft vendors. I’m sure in another 50 years it will evolve into something else. The one common thread is music; there will always be music.”

Even though the format of the Music Festival was changed for two years, the event returned to its roots in 2014. The ever-popular arts and crafts show was gone for two years and has returned and will be showcased two days, Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17.

“It’s Magical” is the theme of this year’s parade which is sponsored by Vibrant Credit Union, and will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, from Geneseo High School and continue through downtown to the city park.

A popular attraction is the Family Fest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, which includes a bike rodeo sponsored by the Geneseo Park District. Other activities include inflatables and face painting.

The Doo-Dah Parade, sponsored by the Geneseo Kiwanis Club, is celebrating its 32nd anniversary as part of the 2018 Music Festival.

The parade kicks off the weekend of activities and will start at 6 p.m., Friday, June 15, in downtown Geneseo. The parade will organize at 5:30 p.m. on June 15 at the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot to the rear of the bank at 121 West First St.

More information about the 2018 Music Festival weekend is available at

 Friday, June 15
• 5 p.m. — Rotary Club will have sandwiches, beverages and ice cream in City Park
• 6 p.m. — Kiwanis Club Doo-Dah Parade through downtown
• 6:30 p.m. — Introduction of Little Miss Henry County Pageant contestants, City Park band shell
• 7 p.m. — Rotary Club-sponsored Queen Pageant, City Park band shell (rain location is Geneseo High School)
Saturday, June 16
• 8 a.m. to Noon — Geneseo Farmers Market
• 8 a.m. — Maple City 4 Run starting at Geneseo High School
• 9 a.m. Yoga with Kim Windisch of the Geneseo Park District in the bandshell
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Family Fest –activities for the entire family, including a bike rodeo
• 10 a.m. Chris Stevens in the bandshell
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Arts and Crafts Show
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Pork chop lunch, sponsored by Ag Alumni and FFA
• 11:30 a.m. Jazzercise in the bandshell
• Noon — Maple Leaf Squares (square dancing) in the bandshell
• 1 p.m. — FFA Pedal Pull
• 1:30 p.m. Lewis Knudsen in the bandshell
• 3:30 p.m. Sarah & The Underground in the bandshell
• 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. — Beer Garden hosted by Raelyn’s
• 5 p.m. — Steak sandwich/tenderloin supper by VFW Auxiliary
• 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Ice Cream Social sponsored by Geneseo Art League
• 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Steve Little and Kix Orchestra in the bandshell
• 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Past Curfew in the bandshell
Sunday, June 17
• 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast at Gen-Air Park
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Arts and Crafts Show along with food vendors in City Park
• 10:30 a.m. — Worship service by First United Methodist Church in City Park
• 1 p.m. — Music Festival Parade – “It’s Magical,” sponsored by Vibrant
• 2 p.m. — Artists in Motion in the bandshell
• 3 p.m. — Musical Memories in the bandshell