Summer festivals pack in the fun with rides, games, live music, food, fireworks and more!
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.
Join Lake in the Hills Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Huntley for rides, food and family fun in Huntley.
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.
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.
Bring family and friends to visit and taste from participating downtown McHenry food and beverage establishments – just $1-$3 per taste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of amusement rides, live music, great food, hotrods, games, prizes, beer tent and a grand fireworks show.
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.
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.
Elkhorn Ribfest is a national rib competition featuring great food, music and fun for the whole family with camping and a carnival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 30, see the festival at the Sanfilippo Estate. On August 6 and 13, the festival will be at the Woodstock Opera House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This annual fundraiser features Chicago-area jazz artists and promotes appreciation and understanding of the genre.
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.
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.
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.
A day of great live music and food to raise money and awareness for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
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.