Strawberry Festival 2018

Historic Downtown Long Grove’s annual homage to strawberry season is one of the annual summer highlights in Chicagoland.  Beloved by children and adults alike, Strawberry Fest consists of three consecutive days dedicated to all things strawberry, from cooks doling out strawberry BBQ to hungry young bellies competing in strawberry pie-eating contests.  Although the festival begins and ends with the almighty strawberry, in no way is it an exclusive strawberry party.  There will be something for every taste bud at Strawberry Fest 2018, including a classic carnival, three stages of live music, and the legendary Kid Zone with enduring summer entertainment and games.

The first area of attraction at Strawberry Fest is, well, the strawberries.  Some of the area’s best restaurants and chefs set up shop to serve up unique strawberry-centric food and drink.  This year, featured items include: strawberry BBQ sauces, deep fried strawberries on a stick, chocolate strawberry popcorn, strawberry kabobs, strawberry jams, strawberry fudge, funnel cakes with strawberries, strawberry smoothies, strawberry blintz, strawberry banana Nutella crepes, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry donuts, strawberry shakes, strawberry ice cream, chocolate strawberry sundaes, and much more.  In respect to non-strawberry eats, a wide variety of vendors will be on-hand dishing out everything from BBQ to other summer delights.

Next is the live music.  With three stages of non-stop, high-quality tunes, there’s “never a dull moment.”  Main stage headliners include 80’s & 90’s cover group, Wedding Banned (Friday), 80’s rock powerhouse, High Infidelity (Saturday), and the Grateful Dead tribute, Mr. Blotto (Sunday).  The full music lineup can be found below.

For the kiddos, Strawberry Fest organizers are planning thrilling activities all weekend long in the Kid Zone (across from Village Tavern), including: Medieval Times Jr. Knight Training, dance performances, bag sets, spin art coloring, face painting, crafts, and much more.  There will be ongoing strawberry pie-eating competitions on Saturday and Sunday for both kids and adults.  To cap it off, a full carnival – with classic carnival rides and games from Fantasy Amusements – will be held the Archer parking lot all three days.

We are a dog-friendly community – if your dogs are well-behaved and on a leash.  There is a water bowl and treats (along with waste bags) located outside the visitor’s center – 308 Old McHenry Road.

June 22, 23. 24

Dates/ Hours:
June 22:  Friday, 11am – 11 pm
June 23:  Saturday, 10am – 11pm
June 24:  Sunday,  10 am – 6 pm

Admission:
$5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free.

Tickets (can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time)
$5 per day for anyone over 12

PIE EATING CONTESTS:
Towner Green – Kids Area
Sign up at the Red Long Grove Confectionery Tent
Saturday:  1:30pm & 3:30pm
Sunday:  1:30pm & 3:30pm

Parking is FREE at all public lots:
Stempel Municipal Lot – 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 60047
Archer Lot – 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School – 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047
SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES STARTING at 12:30pm:
Buffalo Grove Old Dominick’s Lot
Chase Plaza
1172 Lake Cook Rd. (intersection Lake Cook Rd. & Arlington Heights)
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Saturday 12:30pm-11pm
Sunday 12:30pm-6pm
The last shuttle will leave 5 – 10 minutes after the event closes.

CARNIVAL HOURS/ SPECIALS

Friday           11AM – 9 PM*     $20 Unlimited rides (11AM – 4PM) & 5PM – 9PM
Saturday      11AM – 9 PM*      $20 Unlimited rides (11AM – 4PM) & 5PM – 9PM
Sunday         11AM – 6 PM*      $20 Unlimited rides (11AM – 5PM)

*subject to change based on weather and crowd size

Location:
Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

MAIN STAGE
FRIDAY
Wedding Banned 9pm – 11pm
Cowboy Jukebox 6:30 -8:30pm
Ten Foot Tail 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Julianne Q & The Band 2:30 – 4:00pm
Aaron Williams Band 12pm – 2pm
SATURDAY
Hi Infidelity 9-11pm
Lincoln Don’t Lie 7 – 8:30pm
Six to Midnight 5 – 6:30pm
Kevin Mileski Trio 3:15 – 4:30pm
Saturday June Band 1:30pm – 2:45pm
School of Rock Arlington Heights 12pm -1pm
SUNDAY
Mr. Blotto -Dead Tribute 4pm – 6pm
The Doors of Chicago 2pm – 3:30pm
Crawford’s Daughter 12pm – 1:30pm
MILL POND STAGE
FRIDAY
Brian Hoyt 4pm – 6pm
Mike Vinopal 2pm – 3:30p
SATURDAY
Acoustic Explosion 4pm – 6pm
Makena Hartlin Duo 2pm – 3:30p
Brad Hides 12p – 1:30p
SUNDAY
4pm – 6pm
Adam Greenberg 2pm – 3:30p
12p – 1:30p
FOUNTAIN SQUARE
FRIDAY
4pm – 6pm
Dina Bach 2pm – 3:30p
SATURDAY
Mikey Perez 4pm – 6pm
The Pheromones 2pm – 3:30p
Adam Linder 12pm -1:30p
SUNDAY
4:30pm – 6:00pm
David Hayes 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Matt Derda 12pm – 2pm

Straw fest Merch app     Straw fest REST app

 

Kids Zone (across the street from Village Tavern)

 

 

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