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Fred Fest | August 20, 2016


Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 20, from 1–8 pm. There is no rain date. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. Fred Fest benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

Fred Fest raises funds for restoration of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington. Efforts include restoring nearly 100 acres along the Fox River to its presettlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species. 

Entertainment Lineup

Sons_of_Bildor_3201–1:45 pm | Sons of Bildor 
Sons of Bildor is an acoustic rock duo comprised of Barrington brothers Rob and Charlie Knapik, covering popular music of all decades and genres. Join Sons of Bildor as they feature your favorites with a mix of rock n' roll, classic rock, alternative and indy rock, and today's current hits.  

pat_mckillen_21:45–2:30 pm | Pat McKillen
Named Chicago's "Best Emerging Artist" in 2014, Pat McKillen is a prolific songwriter who finds joy in every part of the creative process. Drawing on influences such as Bon Iver and Coldplay, McKillen creates a sound that expands the notion of a traditional singer-songwriter.  

johnballantyne2:30–3:30 pm | John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart
Fast becoming recognized as one of Chicago's premier country singers and songwriters, Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, though you'd never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and immaculate lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic honky-tonk country, also known these days as Americana.

Hudson4–5 pm| Hudson–McCoy 
Known for their high-energy interpretation of classic rock, as well as mood-settling ballads, Hudson-McCoy is classic rock! Honing their craft opening for such legendary classic rock acts, including Iron Butterfly, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, and Canned Heat, the "Boys" will entertain you as if you're an old friend.


083-The_Fluffers_(2)5:30 - 6:30 | The Fluffers
Since 2005, the Fluffers have been entertaining audiences with their beautiful renditions of dance-hop, rock, lounge and blues. The uniqueness of their originals and obscurity of covers will leave you intrigued and eager for more. 

Kevin_Purcell7:00 - Dusk | Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Known throughout the Chicagoland region for their red hot, rockin' swamp boogie blues, Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners will interpret their Windy City blues roots in a uniquely individual way. Don't miss thie International Blues Challenger Finalist Band. 



Appearing between sets |US
US is a youthful rock power trio from Lake County, IL. Since age 9, the boys have been pleasing audiences from Chicago, Wisconsin and all the way to Northern Minnesota. US won a North Shore Battle of the Bands for the 3rd year in a row. Now at age 14 Axel, Ryan & Aaron deliver high energy hits from the 60s through today and ensure the future of Rock and Roll! 


1–5 pm | Enjoy Family Friendly Activities 

  • Join the The Home Depot in a building project.
  • Learn about mammals with Barrington's own Citizens for Conservation.
  • Join our educators to collect insects and learn about the early Native Americans of Lake County.
  • Enjoy games and crafts with the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. 
  • Visit the L.L. Bean booth to learn about their Outdoor Discovery School and what's happening at their local store.
  • Head to the preserve before the concert and hike the trails, fish along the river banks, or have a picnic.

Event Details

  • Free parking.
  • Dress for the weather. Fred Fest is held outdoors under a large pavilion.
  • Limited, first-come, first-served seating is available under the pavilion. Arrive early to secure a spot.
  • Lawn space is also available. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the main event space for your use and enjoyment.
  • Pack your own food and beverages, or purchase at the event.
  • Limited food and beverages available for purchase from Grassroots, SlyceSide Lot BreweryKookers and Riverside Chocolates.  
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted; those drinking must be 21 years of age. No alcohol consumption within 100 feet of parking lot.
  • With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted. 


Tickets are available

at the gate.


Fred Fest Event Photos

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Special thanks to our sponsors for their generosity and support of Fred Fest. Please remember them with your business throughout the year.




Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

The Miles Family

Van Dam Dermatology & Laser Center 

Wickstrom Auto Group 


Body Shop of Barrington 

Living 60010

Rieke Office Interiors

lyce Coal Fired Pizza Company 

UBS Financial Services 

Special thanks to our programming partners:

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Citizens for Conservation

Home Depot 

Lake County Forest Preserves

L.L. Bean


Call 847-968-3447 or email Gina Wedekind.


The preserve entrance is on Roberts Road west of River Road in Port Barrington.

View on Google Maps.


David Nelson, Chair

  • Kiffer Allen
  • Matt Kraus
  • Bob Lee
  • Susan Lenz
  • Chrissie Mena
  • PattiAnn Miles
  • Jacob Niggemann 
  • Todd Rhodes
  • Libby Rieke
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