Voted Best Festival in McHenry County by the Northwest Reader’s Choice Awards!
Four fun-filled days for the whole family!
- Exciting live music – 15 bands over 4 days on 2 outdoor stages!
- Scrumptious food – seriously mouth-watering summer fare!
- Thrilling, unlimited carnival rides for all ages!
- Incredible selection of beer and wines!
- Midway games for the whole family!
- Kids activities: Face-painting, Balloon Twister, Stilt Walker, Team Mascots, Magician
- Baggo tournament – Got a competitive streak? Bean bags abound!
Thursday, July 4th: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm Friday, July 5th: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm Saturday, July 6th: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sunday, July 7th: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lakeside Festival is one of the largest and longest-running summer festivals in McHenry County. Held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Dole Mansion and Lakeside Arts Park over Independence Day weekend, Lakeside Festival has been honored multiple years as “Best Festival” by Shaw Media’s Best of the Fox Readers’ Choice Awards.
Lakeside Festival is the largest fundraiser for Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s year-round arts, education, history, and community programs. The Festival collaborates with the City of Crystal Lake to coordinate Lakeside Festival activities with the Independence Day parade and fireworks displays.
Thank you to the Community, Our Neighbors, Volunteers, Sponsors & Supporters for a Successful and Fun-Filled Fest! Thank you to our sponsors for their support. Please thank and visit their businesses.
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Calling ALL Volunteers
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