This year’s Fiesta Days in McHenry mixes things up a bit with an extra day of music and a fresh carnival.
The 69th annual festival – one of the largest in Illinois – runs July 13-23, with events taking place at Petersen and Veterans Memorial parks and throughout McHenry. Instead of drawing a national music act this year, organizers added an extra day to the Music Fest, running July 13-16.
That way, ticket prices can be kept at a minimum, and festival-goers tend to enjoy the popular local bands quite a bit, said Kay Bates, president of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event.
“It’s not that we’re never going to [bring in the national acts] again, but we just wanted to explore something a little different this year,” she said.
A fresh carnival company will be used for this year’s festival. And with a free day on Sunday, the fest aims to bring in families with inflatables, face-painting and giveways, Bates said. The food vendors throughout the festival all offer $3 items “so everyone gets the chance to try everything without spending a fortune,” she said.
The event typically draws anywhere from 12,000 to 20,000 people throughout its run, she said. Tickets cost $5 a night for the July 13-15 Music Fest. Tickets can be bought at the gate and are available online this year at www.mchenryfiestadays.com. For information on the festival, visit www.mchenryfiestadays.com or 815-385-4300.
5 to 10 p.m. – Taste of Fiesta Days, The Beer Experience – a craft beer night with Crystal Lake Brewing Company offering their newest brews – and designated driver booth
5:30 to 11 p.m. – Carnival rides
6:30 p.m. – Friction, a Chicago-based cover band
8:30 p.m. – Suburban Cowboys, one of the most sought after country cover acts in the Midwest
5 to 11 p.m. – Taste of Fiesta Days, The Beer Experience and designated driver booth
5:30 to 11 p.m. – Carnival rides
5:30 p.m. – Blackwater Gold, classic rock and originals
7:30 p.m. – Heartache Tonight, Eagles tribute band
9 p.m. – Think Floyd USA, celebrating the music of Pink Floyd with a full-production tribute
8 a.m. – McHenry River Run. Check-in at McHenry High School East Campus. Information and registration: www.ci.mchenry.il.us/special_events
3:30 to 11 p.m. – Taste of Fiesta Days, The Beer Experience and designated driver booth
4 to 11 p.m. – Carnival rides
4:30 p.m. – EFF’m Radio, rock band
6:30 p.m. – GooRoos, a high-energy rock show
9 p.m. – Modern Day Romeos, motown classics, classic rock, metal anthems, hits of the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s.
Free admission and Family Fun Day
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Northern Illinois Street Rod Association Car Show at Petersen Park
10 to 11 a.m. – The Chapel of McHenry service
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taste of Fiesta Days, The Beer Experience and designated driver booth
1 to 9:30 p.m. – Carnival rides
1 to 6 p.m. – Family Fun Day with inflatables, face-painting, dunk tank and games.
2 to 4:30 p.m. – Bags tournament
2 p.m. – The Aunt Janet Band, party rock favorites
4 p.m. – StateLine Band, a Top 40 country band
5 to 10 p.m. – Carnival rides
5:30 p.m. – Big Wheel Race. Check-in from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Petersen Park. Race begins at 6:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – Open Track Meet. Check-in from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at McCracken Field. Race starts at 5:15 p.m. Registration and information: www.ci.mchenry.il.us/special_events
5 to 9 p.m. – Fiesta Days Parade Marshall Ceremony & Concert in the Park at Veterans Memorial Park. Parade Marshal Ceremony at 7 p.m. Includes food vendors and a beer tent.
3 to 8:30 p.m. – Kid’s Ice Cream Social at Veterans Memorial Park. Cost: $5 a child. Includes games, inflatables, food vendors and free ice cream. Learn to Hula Dance with Disney’s Moana and see Batman (4 p.m.), Mar Ray Dance Studio (5 p.m.), Flying Fox Animal Show (6 p.m.) and Magician Kevin Sarnwick (7 p.m.)
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Outside Sidewalk Sales
9 a.m to 4 p.m. – Arts and Crafts in the Park at Veterans Memorial Park. Includes food vendors.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dream St. Chalk Fest 2017 at Green Street. International 3D Speed Chalker Shaun Hayes will perform from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Daddy Long Legs music from 1 to 4 p.m.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Food vendors at Veterans Memorial Park
1:30 p.m. – Fiesta Days Parade from Main Street to Green Street to Pearl Street to Riverside Drive. Parade concessions and seating available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.