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Great events happen in McHenry County

Looking for McHenry County's best summer events? Well you're in luck, we are home to some of the best festivals the summer has to offer. Many are family friendly and some are perfect for a night out with friends. No matter what you're looking for, let us help you plan the ultimate summer right here in McHenry County!






Lakeside Festival at the Dole

July 1 - 4, 2021
Lakeside Arts Park | 401 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake

Lakeside Festival at the Dole is the ultimate 4th of July celebration. This four-day festival is filled with great local food and drink, live music and thrilling carnival rides. The weekend wraps up with an out of this world firework display on July 4th on the banks of Crystal Lake. 

Red White & Blue FEAST-ival

July 3, 2021
Milky Way Park | 300 Lawrence Rd, Harvard 

Don't miss the 1st Annual Red White and Blue FEASTival. Food trucks, live music, beer garden, games for kids and FIREWORKS!

Rotary's Rockin' Ribfest

July 8 - 11, 2021
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.

Heritage Fair

July 11, 2021
McHenry County Historical Society Museum | 6422 Main St, Union

McHenry County is brimming with history, and there's no better way to experience that than with McHenry County Historical Society's annual Heritage Fair. Activities include an antique car show, white elephant sale, children's activities, magic show, live music and pie baking contenst. This is truly good old fashioned family fun!

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Fiesta Days

July 8 - 17, 2021
Petersen Park | 4300 Petersen Park Rd, McHenry

If you are looking for the ultimate music festival, carnival and family friendly fun you won't want to miss Fiesta Days! With headliners like the Hairball and SEMPLE 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! Don't miss Cask and Barrel Night on Thursday, July 8th. This high-end event will kick off the Annual Fiesta Days event with tastings of high quality whiskey, craft beers and bacon-based culinary samplings. 

Summer in the Park

July 14 - 18, 2021
Emricson Park | 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock

Woodstock's signature event, Summer in the Park, will be held July 14 - 18 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! 

Algonquin Founders' Days

July 22 - 25, 2021
Spella Park | Algonquin, IL

The Founders’ Days Festival began in 1961 with a group of local businessmen who wanted to celebrate their community. Fifty-nine years later that tradition continues. Every year a group of dedicated volunteers work to bring families, friends and neighbors together to enjoy a family-friendly four day event, with something for everyone including: Great music, Food, Carnival, Kids Korner, Outdoor Business Expo, Family Olympics, one of the longest standing parades in the state.


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McHenry County Fair

August 3 - 8, 2021
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.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

August 20 - 22, 2021
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.


Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival

September 3 - 5, 2021
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.

Great Outdoors Beer Trail

September 25
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. GreatOutdoorsBeer.jpg

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