Little Lake County parents are active, mobile and always seeking adventure! Sometimes we even traverse outside of our fair county to find family entertainment beyond our borders. Due to popular reader demand, we introduce “Little McHenry County,” a monthly column dedicated to finding fun with our neighbors to the west, written by McHenry County Moms in the know. Explore and enjoy!
Huntley Fall Fest
Ahh, here we are, entering my favorite season of the year. Autumn in Illinois is always such a spectacular time for weather, family, fall activities and fun! Kick off the beginning of this beautiful season at Huntley’s 12th annual Hometown Fall Festival this weekend, September 21 – 24, 2017. And the best part of all…admission is FREE!
This Fest is a four-day celebration that features entertainment by several energetic bands, a beer garden, food vendors, a full carnival and fall activities, plus an amazing fireworks display on Saturday night! Fun for the whole family, this is a chance to celebrate the season with your community and have a great time.
The Main Stage features a variety of awesome bands, from County to Beatles to cover bands featuring hits from the 70’s on. Bands play from 6:00pm – 11:00pm on Friday night, from 12:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturday, and from 12:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday. See the band lineup here.
Windy City Amusements will provide the carnival rides and games and standard carnival treats too. A pre-sale Mega Pass is available through September 20th that cost $60.00 per person and provides unlimited rides all weekend long throughout the duration of the event. Passes can be purchased online or at the Huntley Rec Center. If you (like me) are totally fine with handling just one day of carnival time, unlimited ride passes are available as follows:
Thursdays: 5pm – 9pm for $25
Friday: 6pm – 10pm for $30
Saturday: 1pm – 5pm for $25, 6pm – 10pm for $30
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm for $30
In addition to the exciting bands and carnival rides, a book fair, a model train display (which will encompass most of the gym!) a craft and home business show, a car and tractor show, a Scarecrow building contest and hay rides are also available at different points in the weekend. See the Fest Schedule here.
Food and Beverage…
And then there’s food…and lots of it! Butcher on the Block will offer delicious grilled specialties. Texan BBQ, Huntley Tacos Locos, Parkside Pub, Sammy’s Bar & Grill, Dumpling House (Polish Specialities), Alfredos Pizza, Pasta and Catering, and Plum Garden will all provide you with a huge range of delectable foods to satisfy any palate. And then you can indulge your sweet tooth at one of the food booths from Morke’s Chocolates, Manny’s Handcrafted Gelato & Cafe, Kona Ice, or Culver’s. And of equal importance to food…after a day of festing with the kids, the beer garden is readily available and stocked with beer, Mike’s Hard Lemonades, Ciders, and Bob Chinn’s beverages.
So while the weather is gorgeous and it’s fun to be outside…let’s get out and celebrate the start of fall and the holidays to come at the Fall Fest in Huntley! See you there!