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2018 Summer Festival Guide

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Lakeside Festival at the Dole

July 4 - 7
Lakeside Arts Park | 401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake

Lakeside Festival at the Dole is the ultimate Independence Day celebration. This four-day festival is filled with great local food and drink, live music and thrilling carnival rides. Join them for their 39th annual celebration right off the banks of Crystal Lake!



July 6 - 8
Water Tower Park | 439 W. Hwy 176, Island Lake

If you are looking for one of the best firework displays in the area, you won't want to miss Lakefest! Each year Island Lake, IL puts on a summer festival with all of the bells and whistles from concerts, to amusement rides, food and drinks there's fun for the whole family! Make sure to stick around for the firework show! You won't regret it!


Heritage Fair

July 8
McHenry County Historical Society Museum | 6422 Main St, Union

Dress in red, white and blue to mark the state's bicentennial. Features an antique car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; White Elephant Sale starting at 9 a.m.; pie-baking contest at 9:30 a.m. Antique auction with auctioneer Russ Davis will be at 10:30 a.m. Appearances by Abraham Lincoln and the Clef Hangers barbershop quartet. Pioneer experience for children, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Freddy Fredericks and other magicians will stroll the grounds throughout the day and give a special performance at 2 p.m. in Eckert Hall. Baked goods, books, vintage clothing, garden plants are on sale. "The James" mobile museum will be open and food will be available. 

Rotary's Rockin' Ribfest 2018

July 12 - 15
Sunset Park | 5200 Miller Rd, Lake in the Hills

Come join us for 4 days of unbelievably delicious, mouth watering barbecue, and entertainment on the beautiful grounds of Sunset Park. This family-oriented event will feature nationally renowned professional ribbers and great family entertainment. Not only will you experience some of the best grillers and BBQers in the country but other favorites like funnel cakes, homemade LemonAide, roasted corn and more! After you have had your fill of food, kick back and enjoy the rockin' sounds of some of the best bands in the Chicagoland area.


Fiesta Days

July 12 - 22
Petersen Park | 4300 Petersen Park Rd, McHenry

If you are looking for the ultimate music festival, carnival and family friendly festival you won't want to miss Fiesta Days! With headliners like the Modern Day Romeos you know that they are serious about a fun time! In addition to music and amusement rides, there is a kids ice cream social, arts and crafts in the park, a car show and of course the annual Fiesta Days parade!


Harvard Food Truck FEAST-ival

July 14
N Ayer St | Harvard, IL 

Food trucks, live music, beer, art fair, craft fair, and a classic car show will all encompass 3 blocks of downtown Ayer St. Come enjoy tasty bites from a variety of food trucks and enjoy live music! $5 entry fee and kids 12 and under are FREE!


Summer in the Park

July 18 - 22
Emricson Park | 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, McHenry

Woodstock's signature event, Summer in the Park, will be held July 18 - 22 in beautiful Emricson Park. Sponsored by the City of Woodstock, this festival has 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! Come on out to Emricson Park this July and enjoy Summer in the park! 


Midwest Mozart Festival

July 29 - August 12
Sanfilippo Estate & Woodstock Opera House

Concerts provide Northern Illinois with the highest caliber performances featuring music by Mozart and other great composers which offer the unique cultural experience of fine musice to a diverse public audience at an affordable price.

McHenry County Fair

July 31 - August 5
McHenry County Fairgrounds | 11900 Country Club Rd, Woodstock

You'll find all your county fair favorites, from exhibits, vendors and livestock shows to all the fair delicacies (funnel cake, anyone?) Of course, there's a carnival and you don't want to miss the excitement of the Queen Pagent. Family-friendly musical entertainment is always popular.


Wizarding World of Woodstock

August 9 
Woodstock Square | Woodstock

The smash-hit event of 2017 is back by popular demand! Join us as we once again transform the Woodstock Square Historic District into a world of enchantment. This all-ages event features games, crafts, shopping, amazing food and all manner of entertainment. Find the perfect wand, as well as other accessories no witch or wizard should be without. See if you can find all the people in our living scavenger hunt, or dress up yourself! Stop into participating businesses to find out how they are putting their own spellbinding spin on this entrancing event. It'll be a fantastic night for all who find their way! 

Blues, Brews & BBQ

August 17 - 19
Petersen Park | 4300 Petersen Park Rd, McHenry

McHenry Rotary proudly presents a fun-filled, three day Blues Festival at McHenry's Petersen Park located on scenic McCullom Lake. An array of quality barbecue foods, grilled to perfection by well-known restaurants, coupled with roasted corn on the cob and delicious desserts are sure to satisfy everyone's appetite. Sit back and enjoy some of the best Blues music the Chicago area has to offer while you sip on an ice cold brew.


Great Outdoors Beer Trail

August 18
Fel-Pro RRR | 1520 Crystal Lake Rd, Cary

If you love sampling good craft beer and spending time outdoors, this event is for you! Walk the one mile partially wooded trail while visiting various regional brewers along the trail. Listen to live music and grab some grub at one of the food trucks. Play pick-up games of bags, sand volleyball or basketball and visit outdoor recreation retailers. $45 Commemorative Glass & Tastes from each brewer. Ages 21+ $15 Designated Driver, Commemorative glass unlimited water/soda


Harvard Balloon Fest

August 31 - September 2
Milkyway Park | 300 Lawrence Rd, Harvard

15+ Hot Air Balloons 5K and 10K Running with Balloons Live Music Inflatable Rides Extreme Rides Helicopter Rides Tethered Balloon Rides Open Air Market Food Beer On Site Camping. 5 Scheduled Ascensions. 3 Scheduled Balloon Night Glows. Scheduled Balloon Ascensions, Tethered Balloon Rides, and Balloon Night Glows are subject to inclement weather and winds greater than 8mph. Balloons operate in the early morning and late evening. Balloons do not operate during the middle of the day due to the nature of thermals which are caused by the heating of the air in the atmosphere by the Sun.


Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival

August 31 - September 2
Sunset Park | 5200 Miller Rd, Lake in the Hills

Wrap up summer at this old-fashioned Labor Day weekend party, featuring lots of food, arts & craft show, battle of the bands, horseshoe tournament, 5K run, parade, classic and custom car show, carnival rides on the midway, melon propelling contest and a super fireworks show on Sunday evening.


Cary Main Street Fest

September 15 - 16
Downtown Cary

Cary Main Street Fest features two days worth of live music, food from local restaurants, a marketplace, a steak fry and a family area with booths, games and entertainment.

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