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Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.


WHEN: July 12-21

WHERE: Petersen and Veteran’s Memorial parks, McHenry

COST & INFO: Music Fest, July 12-14, Big Wheels Race and Teen Night July 15, McHenry River Run July 16, Concert in the Park July 18, Children’s Ice Cream Social July 19, 30th annual Arts & Crafts in the Park and Shakespeare Festival July 20, parade July 21. Bands include Firehouse, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Queensrÿche and Libido Funk Circus. (Note: Puddle of Mudd has canceled its July 12 performance. Full presale refunds will be given. For those who who bought tickets online, allow three to five days for your account to be credited. For those who purchased tickets in the chamber office, bring all tickets in for full credit.) For information on pricing, visit or call 815-385-4300. Full schedule.


WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. July 13

WHERE: 175 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Second annual music event featuring The Skelters, Platypus Teddy, Good Safari, Tyler and Tygercat Do Science, Lever and Alex Manfredo. Free. Information:


WHEN: 8:30 a.m. July 13

WHERE: Lippold Park, 8597 Route 176, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Featuring 14 survival and frontier-days events spread out over 5 miles. Registration fee: $65. Information: 815-814-1100 or


WHEN: July 11-14

WHERE: Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills

COST & INFO: Barbecue and family entertainment festival featuring the bands Soul Asylum, Chicago Tribute Anthology; Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Concert; Cover Gurl; Bruce in the USA: The World’s No. 1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Ricky Lindy & The Wild Ones; The Fortunate Sons: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute; Heartache Tonight: The Midwest’s Premiere Salute to the Eagles; Dave Rudolf’s Beach Party; Hot Rocks: The Rolling Stones Show and 7th Heaven. Information:  Full schedule


WHEN: July 14

WHERE: McHenry County Historical Museum, Union

COST & INFO: Themed “Hip for History,” featuring antique car show, the barbershop quartet “The Clef Hangers,” quilt bed-turning demonstration, pie-baking contests, cake walks, sales, antique auction, magic show and hula hoop and frisbee contests. Inside, see the two-year exhibit “Return to Woodstock – All-Amercian City.” Information: or 815-923-2267.


WHEN: 7 p.m. July 12

WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: A documentary about Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II. Tickets: $10. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or


WHEN: July 14

WHERE: downtown Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: A new event hosted by the McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau along with the City of Crystal Lake and the Crystal Lake Park District. Competition features international pro male and female cyclists racing at speeds exceeding 35 mph. Also includes a family fun race, bike rodeo, musical entertainment, sales, drinks and more. Information:


WHEN: 7:30 p.m. July 12-13 and July 19-20

WHERE: Jacobs High School Auditorium, 2601 Bunker Hill Drive, Algonquin

COST & INFO: Musical production presented by District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence in a classic story about a group of gamblers and showgirls. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets and information:


WHEN: noon to 4 p.m. July 13

WHERE: Lakewood Commons, 8505 Redtail Drive, Village of Lakewood

COST & INFO: Featuring a health fair, music, video game bus, carnival games, prizes, food and more. Free. Information: 815-893-0888 or


WHEN: July 12-28

WHERE: Willow Creek Community Church, 220 Exchange Drive, Suite A, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Juried show featuring the work of local artists. Opening night of the exhibition is 6 to 9 p.m. July 12. Information: 224-512-1737 or