Music Fest Beach Day

Sunday, July 15, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Beach Day Sponsored by Chiro One
Inflatables, Face Painting, and Games provided by The Chapel

Perfect for families! In addition to the bands, children will enjoy activities and entertainment including inflatables, face painting, dunk tank, games and prizes.  FREE Admission Day!

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

Bags Tournament

Sunday, July 15, 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

35th Annual Northern Illinois Street Rod Association Car Show

Sunday, July 15, 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

Concert in the Park/
Parade Marshal Ceremony

Thursday, July 19, 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 2018 Parade Marshal takes place at 7:00 pm.

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

Kids Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 20,  3:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Cost: $5 per child

Each paying child gets a handstamp that includes all games, inflatables (courtesy of Ed’s Rentals), and free ice cream (courtesy of Riverside Chocolate). Catering to children 8 years and under, McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce businesses will have booths featuring games, fun activities, and promotional goodies.  McHenry Masonic Lodge #158 will be hosting the ILCHIP (Child Identification Program).  We will also have the McHenry Township Fire District Safety House and fingerprinting by McHenry Police Department. Food vendors will be selling a variety of treats, like ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and kettle korn.

Scheduled entertainment:
4:00 pm Princess Sing-a-long
5:00 pm Mar Ray Dance Studio
6:00 pm Animal Quest Animal Show (see and learn about many exotic creatures)
7:00 pm Jedi Training

If your organization would like to host a booth at the event, please complete the Ice Cream Social Business Volunteer form.

NEW THIS YEAR!  The Fiesta Days Art and Street Fair still includes traditional favorites like Arts and Crafts in the Park and Sidewalk Sales.  However, this year, it will also include the Student Art Show, a Plein Air live art competition along the Riverwalk, and “Make Your Own Art” craft stations on Green 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 9 – 22

The Student Art Show is a juried competition for 6th – 12th grade and college students under the age of 25. Art will be displayed in downtown McHenry business windows throughout Fiesta Days. Community members will be encouraged to cast their vote for their favorites at participating downtown businesses.

Plein Air Live Art Competition

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bring your supplies and paint or draw with your fellow artists or just come watch the artists in action along the McHenry Riverwalk. General entries are free. Juried entries (eligible for cash awards) are $25. Juried entry deadline is July 18, 2018. General entries accepted day of the event at check in.

General Entries
General Entries are free, however registration is required. General entries may choose to sell their completed entry, however, they are not eligible for cash prizes.

Juried Entries
To be eligible for a juried entry, you must be registered by July 18 and pay the $25 fee. Juried entries will be judged for cash awards and will have the option of selling their completed entry.

Contest Rules and Requirements

Arts and Crafts in the Park

Saturday, July 21, 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 21, 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.

Fiesta Days Parade

Sunday, July 22, 1:30 pm start
Premiere Parade Sponsor: Meijer

Additional Parade Sponsors: Centegra Health System and Medela

In addition to local businesses, schools, and politicians, the parade will feature the Midwest Renegade Horse Show, Jesse White Power Tumblers, Tebala Motor Patrol, the Wacky Wheeler, and the Medinah Flying Carpets.

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.

DamYak Challenge

Saturday, July 21, 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.

Fiesta Days Events Sponsored by McHenry Parks and Recreation

For more information on these events, please visit

McHenry River Run
Saturday, July 14 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 16 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 18 5:00 pm check-in at McCracken Field
Pre-register at McHenry Municipal Center or at event.

McHenry Fiesta Days

July 12 - 22, 2018



Photos by Kelsey Adams of K Adams Foto.

Petersen Park

4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050