Summer festivals pack in the fun with rides, games, live music, food, fireworks and more!
Milk Days is one of the oldest hometown festivals in Illinois. There’s so much fun to be had — a parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo, contests, entertainment, milk chugging contests, and more!
Come with family and friends to visit and TASTE from participating downtown food and beverage establishments! Try everything from pizza, sliders and sandwiches to breakfast, beers and cupcakes. Specials and discounts at downtown shops and businesses.
Learn about the “sheep to shawl” process with livestock expos, clinics, and demonstrations. Watch a dog herding competition or participate in a fiber art class — purchase art supplies or finished, handmade products!
Celebrating its 12th year, the Father’s Day Weekend “Art on the Fox” art show attracts artists and attendees throughout the Midwest.
Head on down to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! Enjoy activities and entertainment for all ages, including a magic showcase, family bingo, and live music.
Tastings from about 50 breweries, live entertainment with Felix & Fingers and food trucks. Have great fun while you support the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Division!
Celebrate history with music, magic, cow milking, hayrides, farm gardens with master gardeners, children’s activities, food vendors, AND the opening of the 1860 Colby-Petersen farmhouse and barn!
It’s “The Granddaddy of All Festivals” in McHenry County, attracting 50,000+ attendees 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 historic Dole Mansion.
Prepare yourselves for four days of delicious BBQ and live entertainment at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. Taste some of the best BBQ in the country as well as other carnival food — and a cold beer (or two)!
A fundraiser for the 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.
Fiesta Days is 11 days of great music, food, drinks, and family fun! Kick-off the celebration with a high-end tasting event of whiskey, craft beer, and culinary samplings on July 11.
The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum will host its 34th Annual Heritage Fair this year, with an antique car show, white elephant sale, auction, children’s activities, and pie-baking contest!
Sponsored by the City of Woodstock, this five-day festival had something for everyone — music and concerts, children’s entertainment, food court and beer garden, bouncies and other children’s activities, pool party, bags tournament, Movie in the Park, and much more!
Celebrating its 34th year, the Woodstock Folk Festival features a Blues Workshop, children’s activities, and live music — including an open mic stage.
Enjoy a family-friendly, four-day event, with something for everyone including: great music, food, carnival, kids korner, outdoor business expo, family olympics, and one of the longest standing parades in the state. The fest concludes with Algonquin’s Founders’ Days Fireworks Spectacular.
The America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta is an annual event filled with fun for the family! No matter if you’re an avid sportsman or a novice, you are guaranteed to enjoy participation in the Cardboard Cup. Proceeds go to local charities that support a variety of causes and services for those less fortunate.
The McHenry County Fair is a 71-year tradition held in Woodstock. See 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It’s an event for families to come and create summertime memories that last a lifetime.
Lakemoor Fest features a spectacular fireworks show as well as delicious food, cold beverages, and family fun.
The Rotary Club of McHenry’s three-day festival features acclaimed blues performers, craft beers (and other libations), and food vendors — plus a pro-level barbecue contest.
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, a car show and more.
The Summer Sunset Festival is an annual event that offers the community an opportunity to enjoy a wealth of activities, food, and entertainment as the summer season comes to a close.
Truck Off is the region’s biggest food truck festival bringing foodies from all over Chicagoland to throw down on the best food trucks, while enjoying live music, entertainment and family activities. A limited number of VIP tickets are available here.
An annual event, Soul Jam is a day of good music, good people, and a good cause — all proceeds go to Hope Through Horses. Bring a lawn chair, pack a cooler, and get ready for live music, farm animals, and local artisan goods.
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.