Strawberry Festival

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, wonderful shopping at the local stores and pop-up craft and merchant booths (see below for listing), 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.

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2019 Long Grove Merchant Big 3 Application

No strawberry picking here- but we do have a farm selling fresh strawberries – it’s a street festival!

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

$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
3 Day passes (save $5 per person! – available online only)

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 Saturday & Sunday:
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.


Friday           11AM – 8 PM*     $20 Unlimited rides** 11AM – 4PM & 5PM – 8PM
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
**Wristbands not available during inclement weather and sales end 1 hour prior to end of event time

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

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
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
Mr. Blotto -Dead Tribute 4pm – 6pm
The Doors of Chicago 2pm – 3:30pm
Crawford’s Daughter 12pm – 1:30pm
Brian Hoyt 4pm – 6pm
Mike Vinopal 2pm – 3:30p
Acoustic Explosion 4pm – 6pm
Makena Hartlin Duo 2pm – 3:30p
Brad Hides 12p – 1:30p
 Daniel Wade 4pm – 6pm
Adam Greenberg 2pm – 3:30p
 Timothy Flynn 12p – 1:30p
 Cary Kanno 4pm – 6pm
Dina Bach 2pm – 3:30p
Mikey Perez 4pm – 6pm
The Pheromones 2pm – 3:30p
Adam Linder 12pm -1:30p
 Eugene Grey 4:30pm – 6:00pm
David Hayes 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Matt Derda 12pm – 2pm

Music at the Gazebo – outside Signature Popcorn & Covered Bridge Creamery:
1:30-3:30  Trey Hobbs Country Trio
4:00-6:00  Bruce Moon
6:30-8:30  The TMNT Quartet

*11:30-1:30 From Nature
2:00-4:00    Ticking Time Bomb
4:30-6:30    The ACME Music Band
7:00-9:00    Andrew LaGioia
12:00-1:50  Jacob Shellist
2:10-3:50    Mark Theo
4:10-6:00    The Laughing Hearts
Fun at the Long Grove Historical Society:
June 23 & 24 Strawberry Fields, Whatever (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Strawberry Fest) You’ll have a berry, berry good time enjoying the history and humor associated with our beloved fruit! The Gridleys are back!

The Food:

Long Grove Merchants will be featuring:

Signature Popcorn:
Chocolate covered strawberry popcorn

Long Grove Confectionery:
Donuts, kabobs, strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry lemonade, Strawberry Ice Cream Bars (in store) Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (in Store)

The Olive Tap:
delicious Strawberry Balsamic Vinegars

Strawberry Watermelon Sangria, made with a Sparkling Mint Rose
Champagne Strawberry Jello Shots
Strawberry Tiramisu layered with mascarpone and ladyfingers dipped in Port wine

Village Tavern of Long Grove:
Fresh squeezed lemonade & strawberry vodka mason jar coolers, strawberry brownie boat sundaes, strawberry cupcakes, Godiva chocolate covered strawberry martini, old fashion strawberry shortcake and strawberry caesar salad.  

Morkes Chocolate of Long Grove:
Strawberry topped chocolate brownie and a strawberry cake donut, chocolate covered strawberries

Country House of Long Grove:
Strawberry slicer and pitcher with strawberry sangria (Lions Club serving outside the store)

Buffalo Creek Brewery:
Red Headed Step Child (our rendition of a German Strawberry Blond) is on tap!

Some of the featured Strawberry Foods around town:
Funnel Cake with Strawberries
Strawberry Smoothy
Strawberry Blintz
Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Strawberry Water
Strawberry Banana Nutella Crepes
Deep Fried Strawberries on a stick
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strawberry Donuts
Strawberry Shakes
Strawberry Icecream
Chocolate Strawberry Sunda
Walking Strawberry Shortcakes

Kids Zone (across the street from Village Tavern)
sponsored by Long Grove Confectionery

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Food Street Vendors – open until 11pm: 

Covered Bridge Creamery / Signature Popcorn (available year-round in downtown Long Grove)
Scout and Forge / Best Made  (available year-round in downtown Long Grove)
Strawberry Patch
Brothers BBQ
George’s Fun Foods
Home Bakery / Dumpling House
La Cebollita Grill
Milos-Mediterranean Foods
Smoking T’s BBQ

Thank you to our sponsors:

Matrix Bath Systems Renewel by Anderson Chicago Tribune
Chiro One Bath Fitter Everdry Waterproofing
Medieval Times Bath Planet Midtown Athletic Club
Passanante Home Food Srvs Window Works Chicago Window Guy
Midwest Gutter Guard Lakeshore Beverage Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts
Bowlero Cadillac Long Grove Confectionery Co.
The Home Improvement Network Wyndham Vacations First Student

2018 Straw Sponsors

Merchants/ Crafters/ Vendor booths
(most stay open until approximately 7pm-ish):

A Spice Above
All Tied Up Boutique
Amber and silver
BG Hats and More
Black Angel Designs
Broken Earth  – available year round in downtown Long Grove
Buffalo Creek Brewery – available year round in downtown Long Grove
Calla Love
CC’s Specialty Foods Inc.
Chicago Wax Hands
Chuck Senties Productions
Coconut Critters
Colson Cotton Candy
Covered Bridge Creamery / SIgnature Popcorn –  available year round in downtown Long Grove
Creative Hands
Cutco Cutlery
Designs By Myra
Dylan’s Designs Inc
Eden Jewels & Accessories
Ethnic fusion
Face painting by Mr.Krist
Folklore Crafts
Frank’s Farms
Gourmet Goodies
Grin And Wear It / GAWI Ent.
Henna by Bridget
J&K Essentials
JJ Salsa
Jo Sales
just for fun novelties
Kitchen Craft
Literary Alterations
Long Grove Coffee Co. –  available year round in downtown Long Grove
Long Grove Confectionary –  available year round in downtown Long Grove
Lovin’ Tails
LulaRoa – Susan
Luv Your Doggie
Mellie’s Chocolate & Co.
Midwest Citrus Smashers
MION Artisan Soap
Morkes 1 RPC
My Urban Poncho
Name Droppers
Natural Element Jewelry Designs
Nectar of the Vine
No Obsticle Marketing
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Olive Tap –  available year round in downtown Long Grove
OMG! Olive Oils
Pop Can Jewelry
Real Time Pain Relief
redefined salon –  available year round in downtown Long Grove opening later this year!
Roots Therapeutic Academy
Silver Mine
Sno Daze Tropical Sno
Strawberry Patch
The Sheet Lady 1
tori’s bitty bows
Wacky Wonderworks
Whole Earth


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