The annual Rhubarb Festival in Aledo, founded in 1990 by resident Darlene Johnson, has become much more than just a small-town celebration for locals. This event drives 8,000-10,000 visitors to our city each year during this 2-day event and visitors are known to plan their own summer vacations around the dates of the festival!
The success of this event and the sentiment of togetherness and family-friendly fun that it brings to our community actually led former governor Pat Quinn to officially declare Aledo the “Rhubarb Capital of Illinois”.
With food, crafts, antiques, shopping, historical trolley tours, a kid zone, live music, and of course all things rhubarb, this is an event that leaves no one behind. Make your annual plans to visit the first Friday and Saturday of June, as the city of Aledo turns pink with Rhubarb fun for all!