Lakeside Festival

Voted Best Festival in McHenry County for 2011 – 2014, 2016, and 2017 by the Northwest Herald Readers’ Choice Awards!

Lakeside Festival



Save the Dates for 2018

Wednesday, July 4th – Saturday, July 7th

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It’s “The Granddaddy of All Festivals” in McHenry County, and proud to be celebrating 39 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.

Thank you for 16 great years of support of Lakeside Legacy Foundation! Attending and volunteering at Fest ensure the future of cultivating the arts, historic preservation, and community events!

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.

Lakeside Festival is the foundation’s LARGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT!

Hotel Rooms

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for July 3rd –  8th  at The Holiday Inn and Country Inn & Suites in Crystal Lake. To book your reservation, please call the hotel directly at the number provided. When calling to make your reservation, please mention “Lakeside Festival” in order to receive a discounted rate. Be sure to book your hotel room by the deadline date in order to receive the discount.

Holiday Inn 800 S. Il. Route 31 Crystal Lake, IL  60014 | Phone: 815-477-7000 | Discounted rate $99/night & Deadline date: June 5th

Country Inn & Suites 600 Tracy Trail Crystal Lake, IL  60014 | Phone: 815-477-3500 | Discounted rate $109/night & Deadline date: June 8th



2018 Lakeside Festival 4-Day Entrance Wristband

Skip the line EVERYDAY for Lakeside Festival! Buy your 4-day entrance wristbands online today!

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2018 Schedule


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Check out the band lineup for Lakeside Festival

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Sign-Up Today to Volunteer!

Sign up for a shift as an individual or a business and wear your company's logo!

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Baggo Tournament

This isn’t your Grandpa’s worn out wooden bag toss set from the 1940’s, this a BAGGO! JULY 7th at 1:30PM

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Program Guide

The Program Book will be distributed to approximately 20,000 homes, businesses and advertisers in the Crystal Lake area through the Northwest Herald Newspaper.

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Become a Sponsor

We appreciate the support of local organizations by being a Sponsor of Lakeside Festival!

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Taste by the Lake

Stay tuned for a listing of the participating restaurants in the 2018 Taste by the Lake.

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Thank you to our donors/sponsors for their support. Please visit their businesses.

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