No online tickets sold. Please purchase your tickets at the entrance booth on the days of the Lakeside Festival.

$5 Gate Charge
Free Admission for Kids 12 & under
$2 for Seniors 65+
Free for ACTIVE military with a valid ID

Not Allow In

No coolers, drones, bicycles, skateboards, guns, dogs, or other pets allowed
exception for Service Dogs.

Lakeside Festival Accessibility Information

Voted Best Festival in McHenry County by the Northwest Reader’s Choice Awards!

Save the Date: 

Thursday, July 1st 3:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday, July 2nd 12:00pm(noon) – 11:00pm

Saturday, July 3rd 12:00pm(noon) – 11:00pm

Sunday, July 4th 12:00pm(noon) – 11:00pm

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!
  • An 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!

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.





Baggo Tournament

This isn’t your Grandpa’s worn-out wooden bag toss set from the 1940s, this a BAGGO!

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See the full schedule of bands here

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Volunteer at Fest

Every beer tent volunteer gets free entry into the fest and 2 drink tickets for after your shift. Invite your friends, spouse, and family to volunteer with you, and then…

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Check out Lakeside Festival Band Schedule

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

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