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Summer Festival Guide

Summer festivals pack in the fun with rides, games, live music, food, fireworks and more! 

May

May 20-21: Spring Fiber Fling

Enjoy a weekend of various fiber activities and events for the public to partake in. Purchase anything from art supplies to a finished handmade product.

 

Location

McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock

Website

http://mchenrycoutyfair.com

May 26-29: Spring Fling Carnival

Join Lake in the Hills Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Huntley for rides, food and family fun in Huntley.

 

 

Location

Walmart, 12300 Route 47, Huntley

Website

http://lithrotary.org

June

June 2-4: Harvard Milk Days

One of the oldest, continuous hometown festivals in Illinois celebrates 76 years with the theme “Believe in the Future.” Enjoy a parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo, contests and entertainment in Harvard.

 

Location

Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Road, Harvard

Website

http://milkdays.com

June 3: Williams Street Fest

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to announce its second annual event in downtown Crystal Lake with Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, LAVA Rock, Modern Day Romeos, Imaginez Ensemblez (street performers), local food vendors, beer from Crystal Lake Brewing and more. Watch video.

Location

Brink Street Market Parking Lot, Crystal Lake

Website

http://rauecenter.org

June 3: Taste of Summer

Bring family and friends to visit and taste from participating downtown McHenry food and beverage establishments – just $1-$3 per taste.

Location

Downtown McHenry

Website

http://mchenrydowntown.biz

June 8-11: Cary-Grove Jaycee's Family Days

Carnival, food, beverages and live music will be available.

Location

Kaper Drive and Rueben Lane, Cary

Website

http://carygrovejaycees.com

June 10: Rock the Routes

Celebrate summer live bands, food, craft beer, cruise night, 50/50 raffle,  kids’ activities and more where routes 14 and 22 meet in Fox River Grove.

Location

Stone Hill Center, Fox River Grove

Website

http://foxrivergrove-il.org

June 10: MCC Scots Fest

Join a day of fun and festivities, with art, music, food trucks and a car show on McHenry County College’s Crystal Lake campus. Free admission to the public.

Location

8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mchenry.edu/50

June 11: Celebrate Lakewood

The Village of Lakewood presents a community gathering in with food, drinks, music, games, moonwalk, face painting, golf lessons, child safety seat inspections and more.

 

Location

RedTail Golf Club, 7900 Redtail Drive, Lakewood

Website

http://village.lakewood.il.us

June 17-18: Art on the Fox

This annual fine art show attracts artists and attendees throughout the Midwest along the banks of the Fox River in Algonquin on Father’s Day weekend.

 

Location

Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St., Algonquin

Website

http://artonthefox.com

June 25: A Day at Petersen Farm

City of McHenry’s annual Colby-Petersen Farm celebrates “A Hundred Years Ago Today” with hayrides, farm animals, music and children’s games. Watch video.

Location

Petersen Farm, 4112 McCullom Lake Road, McHenry

Website

http://mchenrycfb.org

July

June 29-July 2: Lakeside Festival

It’s “The Granddaddy of All Festivals” in McHenry County attracting 50,000-plus people with live music, Taste by the Lake, thrilling rides, midway games, fireworks, historic tours, and a huge selection of beer and wines on the grounds of the Dole Mansion.

Location

Lakeside Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake

Website

http://lakesideartspark.org

July 6-9: Rockin' Ribfest

A fundraiser for Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, this annual event features nationally renowned professional ribbers and other tasty festival food vendors, plus great live bands and family entertainment. Watch video.

Location

Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills

Website

http://lithribfest.com

July 7-9: Lakefest

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of amusement rides, live music, great food, hotrods, games, prizes, beer tent and a grand fireworks show.

Location

Water Tower Park, 439 W. Hwy. 176

Website

http://villageofislandlake.com

July 9: Heritage Fair

With the theme, “Wheeling Through History,” this year’s fair will include an antique car show, white elephant sale, antique auction, quilt bed turning, pie-baking contest, children’s discovery area, magician, music and more. Union residents will host garage sales throughout town.

Location

McHenry County Historical Society, 6422 Main St., Union

Website

http://mchenrycountyhistory.org

July 12-16: Summer in the Park

The City of Woodstock hosts this five-day festival with something for everyone: Music and concerts, children’s entertainment, food court and beer garden, children’s activities, pool party, bags tournament, a movie in the park and more.

Location

Emricson Park, 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock

Website

http://woodstockfestivals.org

July 14-16: Elkhorn Ribfest

Elkhorn Ribfest is a national rib competition featuring great food, music and fun for the whole family with camping and a carnival.

 

Location

Walworth County Fair, 411 East Court St., Hwy 11

Website

https://wisconsinribfest.com

July 13-23: Fiesta Days

It’s a celebration of family, friends and fun with music, rides, food and beer vendors, ice cream social, arts and crafts fair, parade and more. Watch video.

 

Location

Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry

Website

http://mchenryfiestadays.com

July 16: Woodstock Folk Fest

Expect an extraordinary afternoon of music on the Woodstock Square with main stage acts and a kids’ area with arts and crafts, and hands-on activities.

Location

Woodstock Square

Website

https://woodstockfolkmusic.com/folkfestival

July 21: Mac and Cheese Fest – SOLD OUT

Mac and Cheese Throwdown is McHenry County’s first-ever competitive taste fest. Sample mac and cheese from EPIC DELI, D.C. Cobb’s, BBQ King Smokehouse, Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, Meals Like Mom’s/Stucky’s. Vote for your favorite and see who the judges choose (Joe Cicero of Star 105; Wayne Jett Mayor of McHenry, etc.). Beer tastings and beer for purchase by Chain O Lakes Brewing. Music by Catfish Conspiracy. Tickets here.

Location

Mixin Mingle

Website

http://mchenrycountyliving.com/event/mac-cheese-throwdown

Phone

815.900.8522

Email

info@mchenrycountyliving.com

July 27-30: Founders' Days – CANCELLED

This annual celebration features a parade, carnival, live music, dog and cat show, games, petting zoo, parade, carnival, contests, bags, food and beer, kids’ activities, battle of the bands, family olympics and more.

Location

Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin

Website

http://algonquinfoundersdays.com

August

July 30, August 6, August 13: Midwest Mozart Festival

On July 30, see the festival at the Sanfilippo Estate. On August 6 and 13, the festival will be at the Woodstock Opera House.

 

Location

Barrington Hills & Woodstock

Website

http://midwestmozart.org

August 1-6: McHenry County Fair

This year’s fair is full of favorites, such as the annual talent show, 4-H and fair judging, McHenry County Queen Contest, demolition derby, variety of food, carnival rides and exhibits. Watch video.

Location

11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock

Website

http://mchenrycountyfair.com

August 5: Blast on the Beach

Truly a blast with live music, Mr. Bubble, games, craft fair, sandy treasure hunt for the kids, beer and wine garden, and more. Watch video

 

 

Location

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

Website

http://crystallakeparks.org

August 11-13: Lakemoor Fest

Enjoy live bands, carnival rides and games, food vendors, beer tent, bags tournament, fishing derby, live bands and entertainment, plus one of the best fireworks displays in Lake and McHenry counties.

 

Location

Morrison Park, 110 S. Lakeshore Drive, McHenry

Website

http://lakemoorfest.net

Aug. 16-20: Venetian Festival

Highlights include a carnival, water ski show, live music, craft fair, lighted boat parade and the areas largest fireworks display over Geneva Lake, brat stand and beer tent.

 

Location

Flat Iron Park, 1550 S. Lake Shore Drive

Website

http://venetianfest.com

August 18-20: Blues, Brews and BBQ

McHenry Rotary presents a fun-filled, three-day blues festival with quality barbecue, roasted corn on the cob and delicious desserts, plus craft beer and a pro-level barbecue contest.

Location

Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry

Website

http://mrbbb.com

August 25-26: Woodstock Jazz Fest

This annual fundraiser features Chicago-area jazz artists and promotes appreciation and understanding of the genre.

 

Location

Stage Left Cafe & Woodstock Square

Website

http://jazzonthesquare.com

Aug. 30-Sept. 4: Walworth Co. Fair

The Walworth County Fair takes place on nearly 100 acres of fairgrounds with concerts, a carnival, food vendors, games, contests, exhibitions, demo derby, monster trucks, competitions, tractor pulls, car show and more.

Location

411 E. Court St., Elkhorn, Wis.

Website

http://walworthcountyfair.com

September

September 1-3: Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2nd Annual Harvard Balloon Fest expects more than 20 balloons, rides, bands, food, magic, helicopter rides, inflatables, 5K/10K, movies in the park and more. Watch video.

Location

Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Road, Harvard

Website

http://harvardballoonfest.com

September 1-3: Summer Sunset Fest

This community festival over Labor Day weekend includes fireworks, food and beer vendors, bags tournament, carnival, car show, talent showcase, horseshoes, kids’ activities, music, parade, 5K, wine tasting and more.

Location

Sunset Park, Miller and Albrecht roads

Website

http://summersunsetfest.com

September 9: Soul Jam

A day of great live music and food to raise money and awareness for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

 

Location

Soulful Prairies, 4706 Alden Road, Woodstock

Website

http://soulfulprairies.com

September 16-17: Cary Main St. Fest

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce presents this outdoor block party with craft beer, local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, dynamic live entertainment and a children’s area. Watch video.

Location

Main Street, Cary

Website

http://carymainstreetfest.com

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