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Fred Fest | August 18, 2018


Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 18, from 12–6 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. 

 Tickets for Purchase at the Gate


Entertainment Lineup

Sons_of_Bildor_32012 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_mckillen1:15 pm | Pat McKillen
A prolific songwriter, Pat McKillen finds joy in every part of the creative process. Each of his songs represent a complete cycle of the creative process. Dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the organic nature of his songwritting, McKillen brings life to songs mostly recorded in his Chicago apartment.

earthmother2:30 pm | Earthmother
Earthmother was formed under the philosophy of delivering an unforgettable and unique live experience. They met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music and soon discovered that they shared a love for improvised music. While most of their infleunces come from 60s and 70s rock, each member is influenced by an array of different styles, from funk to progressive rock to country. They use this as an advantage to express their music in as many different ways as possible, while keeping their music dripping with psychedelia.


083-The_Fluffers_(2)3:45 pm | 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. 



5 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. A frequent presence on the Chicago club circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart will take their musical exploits to a whole new level this year, building on a recent hugely successful tour of Scotland, the highlight of which was two mainstage appearances at the prestigious Tiree Music Festival. 


12–4 pm | Enjoy Family-Friendly Activities

  • Join the Lake County Forest Preserves to collect insects and learn about the early Native people of Lake County.
  • Enjoy visiting with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. 
  • Visit with the Waxed Hands Guy and make a keepsake memory or have your face painted. 
  • Head to the preserve before the concert and hike the trails, fish along the river banks, or have a picnic.
  • More information coming. Please check back at a later date. 

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.
  • Beer and wine, food and beverages will be available for purchase from Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co. of Wauconda and Highland Park and Kookers of Barrington and Palatine.
  • 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 $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $25 for families. Tickets are available for purchase at the event gate.


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Call 847-968-3447 or contact us via email


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

View on Google Maps.


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

Body Shop of Barrington 

Doghouse of Barrington 

nhance Your View 

The Miles Family

Lake Cook Ortho, A Division of Illinois Bone and Joint


Omni Wealth Management Group - UBS

Rieke Office Interiors 

SLYCE coal fired pizza company

Wickstrom Auto Group 

Special thanks to our programming partners:

Citizens for Conservation 

Balloons by Amber

Globy the Bubbler

Home Depot 

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois 

Lake County Forest Preserves

ax Hands Guy

          *More information coming. Please check back later. 


David Nelson, Chair

  • Kiffer Allen
  • Elissa Brebach
  • Mandy Garcia
  • Bob Kenney
  • Bob Lee
  • Chrissie Mena
  • PattiAnn Miles
  • Jacob Niggemann 
  • Libby Rieke
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