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July

Lakeside Festival at the Dole
June 29 - July 2
Lakeside Arts Park | 401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake

It's "The Granddaddy of All Festivals" in McHenry County and proud to be celebrating 38 great years of Lakeside Festival!
Attracting over 50,000 people to this annual favorite, come experience live music, plenty of scrumptious food at the
"Taste by the Lake," thrilling rides, midway games, reunions with friends, historic tours, an incredible selection of beer
and wines, and fun for the whole family.


Rotary's Rockin' Ribfest 2017
July 6 - 9
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 much more. After you have had your fill of food kick back and
stay to enjoy the rockin' sounds of some of the best bands in the Chicagoland area.


Lakefest
July 7 - 9
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 9 
McHenry County Historical Society | 6422 Main St, Union

"Unwind Like it's 1899:, at the 32nd annual Heritage Fair! This festival is home to an antique car show, White Elephant
sale, pie-baking contest, antique auction, and plenty of children's activities to keep the whole family entertained!
Admission is free!

 


Summer in the Park
July 13 - 17
Emricson Park | 1313 Kiswaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock

Woodstock's signature event, Summer in the Park, will be held July 12 - 16 in beautiful Emricson Park. Sponsored by the
City of Woodstock, this five-day 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! 

 

 


Fiesta Days 
July 13 - 23
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!
ith 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! 


Wizarding World of Woodstock
July 27
Woodstock Square | 121 W. Van Buren St, Woodstock

A new addition to the Woodstock events calendar is the Wizarding World of Woodstock. Numerous downtown businesses
will transform into locations in the Harry Potter books, there will be children's activities, a costume contest, quiddich match,
trivia and much more! 

 

August

McHenry County Fair 
August 1 - 6
McHenry County Fair Grounds

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. This year, the fair is welcoming Sawyer Brown on Friday, August 4th.

 

 

 

 


Midwest Mozart Festival
August 6, 13
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. 

 

 


Blues, Brews & BBQ's 
August 18 - 20
Petersen Park

Family-friendly music fest featuring top locally, internationally renowned talent, great barbecue, craft beers, more. Barbecue contest on Sunday - must see! Benefits local, global humanitarian efforts. 

 

 


The Great Outdoors Beer Trail
August 19
Fel-Pro Conservation Area

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

 

 

 

September

2nd Annual Harvard Balloon Fest
September 1 - 3
Milkyway Park

2nd Annual Harvard Balloon Fest will host over 20 hot air balloons over Labor Day Weekend. More activities are scheduled this year including More seats to purchase Hot Air Balloon Rides, additional tethered balloons for tethered rides, helicopter rides, RUN WITH THE BALLOONS 5K/10K, 2 musical stages, Movies in the Park after the Night Glows, Amature and Pro Photo Contest, Inflatable rides and activities, Games, and much more!

 

 

 


Summer Sunset Festival
September 1 - 3
Sunset Park

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 16 - 17
Downtown Cary

Two Day Outdoor Festival with live music, family fun, food, vendors and more!!

 



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