Cask and Barrel Night

Sunday, July 14, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A kickoff to our 71st annual Fiesta Days, this high-end tasting event includes high quality whiskey from a variety of distilleries, unlimited tastes of craft beer from local breweries, and bacon-based culinary samplings. Only 300 tickets will be sold!

Located at Petersen Park
4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Music Fest Weekend

Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14

Beach Bash

Sunday, July 14, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Beach Bash Sponsored by Mercyhealth
Inflatables, Face Painting, and Games provided by The Chapel
Family Friendly Activities provided by McHenry Area Chamber businesses
1 FREE ICE CREAM per child provided by Riverside Chocolate Factory

Perfect for families! In addition to the bands, children will enjoy activities and entertainment including inflatables, face painting, dunk tank, games and prizes.  Home Depot will be providing their Kids Build-It workshop. The beach opens at 1pm.  FREE Admission Day!

Located at Petersen Park
4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Bags Tournament

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Bags Tournament presented by McHenry Area Chamber’s Referral Group MC3. Sign up for an afternoon of fun with your friends! Portion of proceeds to benefit a local non-profit.

Located at Petersen Park
4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Concert in the Park/
Parade Marshal Ceremony

Thursday, July 18, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy a concert in the park.  Food and beer vendors will be available. A special recognition ceremony for our 2019 Parade Marshal, former Alderwoman Geri Condon, takes place at 7:00 pm with concert by The Allstars to follow.

Located at Veteran’s Memorial Park
3400 Pearl St.
McHenry, IL 60050

36th Annual Northern Illinois Street Rod Association Car Show

Sunday, July 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Fiesta Days Car Show features street rods, old school hot rods, rat rods, custom, antique, vintage, domestic and imported cars and trucks from all manufacturers. Back by Popular Demand: Valve Cover Racing—think Pinewood Derby for the Car Guy!

Located at Petersen Park
4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050

The Fiesta Days Art and Street Fair includes Arts and Crafts in the Park, Sidewalk Sales, the Student Art Show, and “Make Your Own Art” craft stations on Pearl Street.  Attendance is free.

See Below For Additional Info on Each Event

If your organization would like to help at a “Make Your Own Art” craft station, please contact the Chamber office at 815-385-4300.

Student Art Show

July 8 – 21

The Student Art Show is a juried competition for 6th – 12th grade and college students under the age of 25. Art is displayed in downtown McHenry business windows throughout Fiesta Days.


Congratulations to the Student Artists who participated in the event.  Below is a list of winners:
Best of Show – Caitlynn Meintz – “California Bay” (Painting)
1st Place – Benjamin Reuter – “American White Pelican”
2nd Place – Caitlynn Meintz – “California Bay”
3rd Place – Caitlynn Meintz – “I Open at the Close- Harry Potter”
1st Place – Allison Tomaszewski – “In the Lines”
2nd Place – Allison Tomaszewski – “Gathering Sun
3rd place – Allison Tomaszewski – “Witches Brew”
1st Place – Madison Weber – “Picnic Love”
2nd Place – Adam Camara – “Self Portrait”
3rd Place – Hunter Savell – “Train Ride To Paradise”
1st Place – Gwenyth Pleva – “Venom”
2nd Place – Gwenyth Pleva – “Girl with Peace Sign”
3rd Place – Gwenyth Pleva – “Jonah Marais”

Photography and Digital Art
1st Place – Mikayla Phannenstill   – “Twisted Colors”
2nd Place – Max Chrusniak –  “Freezing Spring”
3rd Place – Alex Moss  – ‘The Morning Saturation”
1st Place – Emma Ostap – “Broken”
2nd Place – Emma Billy – “Angel + Bird”
3rd Place – Luke Ostap – “Green

Mixed Media

1st Place – Breanna Darcy – “Nova”
1st Place – Luke Ostap – “Cupcake”

Arts and Crafts in the Park

Saturday, July 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Featuring some of the Midwest’s finest hand crafters including florals, potters, photographers, woodworking, handmade jewelry, and more!

Located at Veteran’s Memorial Park
3400 Pearl St.
McHenry, IL 60050


Sidewalk Sales

Saturday, July 20, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Many downtown McHenry businesses participate in the sidewalk sales all day on Saturday. Come and enjoy outdoor shopping and help support local businesses.

Dream Street Chalk Fest

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$10.00 entry fee for a 4’x4′ blacked out asphalt field and basic washable chalk.  Win CASH PRIZES! This years theme is “ANIMALS”.  For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

DamYak Challenge

Saturday, July 20, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Registration at 7:00 am at Miller Point.

Come enjoy the morning on beautiful Fox River while challenging yourself to paddle from Miller Point down to the McHenry Dam and back. Entrance fee is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

Online registration will begin June 1st, 2019.


Fiesta Days Parade

Sunday, July 21, 1:30 pm start
Premiere Parade Sponsor: Meijer

Main Street to Green Street to Pearl Street to Riverside Drive. Appearing will be Midwest Renegade Horse Show, Jesse White Power Tumblers, Flat43 BMX Stunt Team, Becky and Tina’s German Wheel, and the Lake County Shrine Club’s All Terrain Coolers.

Parade Concessions and seating for the parade are available from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 3400 Pearl St., McHenry, IL 60050.

Route:  Main Street to Green Street to Pearl Street to Riverside Drive.

If you would like to participate in the parade, please complete a Parade Application.


Fiesta Days Events Sponsored by McHenry Parks and Recreation

For more information on these events, please visit

McHenry River Run
Saturday, July 13 8:00 am check-in at McHenry High School East Campus.
Pre-registration in Parks office or online. Event is chip-timed.

Big Wheels Race
Monday, July 15 5:30 pm Check-in; Race 6:30 pm at Petersen Park.
Pre-Registration by July 10 or register at the event.

Open Track Meet
Wednesday, July 17 5:00 pm check-in at McCracken Field
Pre-register at McHenry Municipal Center or at event.

McHenry Fiesta Days

July 11 - 21, 2019


Photos by Kelsey Adams of K Adams Foto.

Petersen Park

4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050