Labor Day Weekend Festivals in McHenry County

It’s the final weekend of summer festival season. Savor the concluding moments of summer with a final weekend of picture perfect summer events–festivals, concerts, car shows and more! We’ve rounded up the Labor Day Weekend Festivals in McHenry County for you to send summer off with a bang!

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Labor Day Weekend Festivals in McHenry County

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Friday, August 31

  • 3:00 p.m. 18th Annual Summer Sunset Fest, Lake in the Hills
    Friday night features a carnival, car shows, family bingo, and live music.
  • All Day 3rd Annual Harvard Balloon Festival, Milky Way Park
    Event includes 15+ Hot Air balloons, live music, inflatable rides, tethered balloon rides, open air market, balloon ascensions, and night glows.

Saturday, September 1

  • 11:00 a.m. 18th Annual Summer Sunset Fest, Lake in the Hills
    Saturday features a carnival, Martial arts demo, magic show, kids entertainment, and live music.
  • All Day 3rd Annual Harvard Balloon Festival, Milky Way Park
    Event includes 15+ Hot Air balloons, live music, inflatable rides, tethered balloon rides, open air market, balloon ascensions, and night glows.
  • 1:30 p.m. Sunset Doxie Derby, Bark Park Dog Park, Lake in the Hills
    This friendly competition of family pets and companions is different than the Kentucky Derby, and is run on a much smaller course, by much smaller animals. All spectators welcome!
  • All Day Labor Day Weekend at the Illinois Railway Museum
    On Saturday night, the museum’s 1918 steam locomotive, Frisco 1630, will be pulling a train of restored passenger coaches from the 1910s and 1920s.

Sunday, September 2

  • 11:00 a.m. 18th Annual Summer Sunset Fest, Lake in the Hills
    Sunday features carnival, Martial arts demo, magic show, kids entertainment, and live music.
  • All Day 3rd Annual Harvard Balloon Festival, Milky Way Park
    Event includes 15+ Hot Air balloons, live music, inflatable rides, tethered balloon rides, open air market, balloon ascensions, and night glows.
  • All Day Labor Day Weekend at the Illinois Railway Museum
    On Sunday night, the famous Nebraska Zephyr streamliner will run at night. Accompanying it will be pre-1910 wooden interurban cars from the Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railroad.

What are you doing Labor Day weekend? Share it with us in the comments!

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