Blast on the Beach schedule of events

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The Black Diamond Blast on the Beach returns to Crystal Lake Main Beach with free live music, a craft fair, a Kids Fun Fair, a treasure hunt, food vendors, a beer and wine garden and more from 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9.

Last year’s event drew roughly 4,000 people, and organizers are expecting a larger crowd this year with more family activities.

Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical in Crystal Lake underwrites the cost for the event, while the Crystal Lake Park District hosts it at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive.

More than 35 art and craft vendors are expected to showcase jewelry, toys, paintings, clothes, woodwork, purses and more. And more than 26 local businesses and organizations are hosting game stations with prize give-aways for children.

The Crystal Lake Food Pantry will have a booth to accept donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items. Among the pantry’s most requested items are chili, soda crackers, canned fruit canned pasta, canned beans, Jell-O, paper towels and Kleenex. A complete list can be found at

Growing in popularity annually, the BMO Harris Treasure Hunt challenges kids to find trinkets and toys buried in the sand. Winners in various age groups will find keys to unlock a fully stocked treasure chest they can take home.

A beer and wine garden will be available from 3 to 9 p.m. For information, visit

Following is a complete schedule of events:

Entrance gate performance by Potts and Pans Steelband – 3-4 p.m.

Craft Fair – 3-7 p.m.

Fun Fair – 3-7 p.m.

BMO Harris Bank Treasure Hunt (gold coins and other treasures) – 4 p.m.

Dave Rudolf Family Beach Party – 5:15 p.m.

Bad Medicine (A tribute to Bon Jovi) – 6:30 p.m.

Beer and Wine Garden – 3-9 p.m.

Food Vendors – 3-9 p.m.

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