Music Fest Weekend

 Friday – Sunday, July 12-14, 2024



Friday night only – No charge for admission from 5-6pm.  You must be in the ticket line by 5:55pm in order to enter the park for free.  NO FREE RE-ENTRY for people entering at this time who have not purchased a ticket.  After 6pm, tickets must be purchased for entry.



July 12 – 14, 2024, Petersen Park

Live music from amazing local acts.  Click the button below to learn more about this year’s bands.

Beach Bash

Sunday July 14, 2024, Children’s Activities 12 pm – 4 pm & Bands 5 pm – 9:30 pm – Petersen Park

Beach Bash Presented by Mercyhealth

Family Friendly Activities provided by McHenry Area Chamber businesses.

Perfect for families! In addition to the bands later in the afternoon, children can enjoy activities and entertainment including inflatables, face painting, dunk tank, games and prizes. Home Depot will be providing their Kids Build-It workshop.

FREE Admission Day!


Sunday, July 14, 2024, 9:30 pm – Petersen Park

Sponsored by Ignite Medical Resorts and City of McHenry

After the last band on Sunday, we’ll light up the sky with an incredible fireworks display.  There is no charge to park or at the gate. Limited parking available, so come early!

RC Racing

July 12 – 14, 2024, Petersen Park

Sponsored by Castle Automotive Group

Compete with your friends racing an RC car around the giant 28’L banked oval speedway. Each participant races using a full size steering wheel and shift column. Just like real racing, you get the spectacular crashes, the high-speed spinouts and the bumping and rubbing of real stock car racing. Please note: there is a cost to race.

Yard Games

July 12 – 14, 2024, Petersen Park

Sponsored by McDonald’s – Bear Family Restaurants

FREE family-friendly yard games like cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, and more inside the gate!


July 12 – 14, 2024, Petersen Park

Thrill rides, family rides, games and carnival fun provided by Skinners Amusements. 

40th Annual Car Show

July 14 2024, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

Sponsored by Performance Unlimited

The Car Show features muscle cars, street rods, old school hot rods, rat rods, custom, antique, vintage, domestic and imported cars and trucks of all kinds from all manufacturers.


July 12 – 14, 2024, Petersen Park

A variety of local restaurants and your favorite food trucks will be at the event

Big Wheels Race

Sunday, July 14, 2024 – 3pm at Petersen Park

Hosted by City of McHenry Parks and Recreation Department

NEW DAY AND LOCATION! The Big Wheels Race will take place during Beach Bash Sunday near Petersen Park Beach House. Children (ages 3-5) ride their all-plastic big wheels to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. All children receive a participation ribbon. $5/child (registration accepted day of event)

Lakefront 5K and Kids Fun Run (formerly River Run)

July 13, 2024, Check-in from 7:00 am – 7:45 am –  Race starts at 8:00 am.Petersen Park Beach

Hosted by City of McHenry Parks and Recreation Department

Open to all ages. Course is chip timed. Fee includes t-shirt and swag bag. Awards will be given. Register online in 2024.

2024 Sponsors

We can't wait to see you in July!

Photos by Kelsey Adams of K Adams Foto.