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 Marshals, Kathy and Jim Marinangel, 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 Home Depot Kids Build It Workshop, McHenry Township Fire District with gear try-on, 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 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 in each category:
Best of Show – Alison Anthony – “Reflections” (Drawing)
Category: Drawing
9-12 Grade Division
1st Place – Alison Anthony – “Berlin”
2nd Place – Alison Anthony – “Gobbler”
3rd Place – Alison Anthony – “Scholar”
6-8 Grade Division
1st Place – Alexandria Sorg – “Sad Angel”
2nd Place – Luke Ostap – “Depression”
3rd Place – Adelynn Kuhlemeier – “Sunglass City”

Category: Mixed Media
9-12 Grade Division
1st Place – Lauren Toepper – “Warm Energy”
6-8 Grade Division
1st Place – Luke Ostap – “One Gray Hair”
2nd Place – Brianna Sorensen – “Orbs”

Category: Painting
9-12 Grade Division
1st Place – Benjamin Reuter – “Solitude at the Gate”
2nd Place – Lauren Toepper – “Saturation”
3rd Place – Benjamin Reuter – “Autumn at the Shanty”
6-8 Grade Division
1st Place – Brianna Sorensen – “Turtle”

Category: Photography/Digital Art
9-12 Grade Division
1st Place – A. Renee Phistry – “Bridge before the Flood”
2nd Place – Kristina McKeehan – “Sunset at McHenry Dam”
3rd Place – Mikayla Phannenstill – “Beautiful Bean”
6-8 Grade Division
1st Place – Emma Ostap – “A View From the Ant”
2nd Place – Madeline Ostap – “Feminist”
3rd Place – Luke Ostap – “Hungry”

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.

Dream Street Chalk Fest

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$10.00 entry fee for a 5’x5′ blacked out asphalt field and basic washable chalk.  Win $100.00 or $200.00 in CASH PRIZES (2 age groups)! This years theme is “LOVE & PEACE”.  For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

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 11 - 21, 2019



Photos by Kelsey Adams of K Adams Foto.

Petersen Park

4300 Petersen Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050