Heartland Connections Family Members, are other festivals, venues, arts groups, non-profits and more, that host or support local arts & entertainment. Heartland Connections and our Family Members have made a partnership for mutual benefit & support. Together, we promote, share resources and keep growing those connections that strengthen all organizations. Prices at events vary from free to very economical. Events are hosted all over the West Central Illinois area between the Quad Cities and Peoria, with special emphasis in Henry County, Illinois.

The Back Road Music Festival
2nd Saturday in August.
Just 6 miles or 9 minutes from Bishop Hill! What happens when two life long friends, a bartender and a banker, get a crazy idea? Normally the result doesn’t impress their parents. In this case, it has transformed rural Henry County Illinois for years to come. Specifically, the small town of Galva, population 2,700.  Every August thousands flock to see some of the biggest country stars in the business. The festival grounds are unlike any other. The stage rises out of a natural amphitheater surrounded by cornfields, windmills, with a panoramic country view that allows fans to see for miles. In it’s 7th year, the sense of community couldn’t be more evident. When you come to The Back Road Music Festival, you make memories for life, and it feels like home no matter where you are from. By attending the festival, you will also be supporting the long list of charities we support. We take pride in using our platform to help others in need. If you want a safe, family friendly environment, that helps others, then we are the perfect summer festival for you. One ticket, 7 acts, charity, good food, drinks, and a whole lot of #1’s. What are you waiting for?

Levitt AMP Galva Music Series
Just 6 miles or 9 minutes from Bishop Hill!
Galva’s Arts Council hosts this wonderful 10 week summer music series every Sunday night, late May-August at Galva’s beautiful Wiley Park. Winning a matching $25,000 dollar grant through the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, and being one of the smallest of only 20 grant recipients across the country, Galva’s Arts Council hosts this FREE and family friendly music series. Each week’s concert begins at 6:00PM and ends around 8:00PM. The shows feature two acts per night. The line-up is very diverse and includes a variety of performers from all over the globe. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the park or guests may bring in a picnic dinner.
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The Galva Arts Council
The Galva Arts Council has been dedicated to bringing people together to promote and participate in the arts.  A network of volunteers bring a passion for sharing talents with the local community and sponsoring events.
The Arts Council Center, provides the people of Galva, IL and surrounding communities a place to enjoy a variety of visual and performing arts.  The Center is home to many activities throughout the year: monthly Coffeehouses, seasonal luncheons, arts & crafts workshops, yoga classes and more.
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128 Exchange Street, Galva, IL
(309) 932-4042