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Fred Fest


Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 19, 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. 

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.  

dennis_21 pm | Dennis Caravello
Hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Dennis Caravello has a contemporary sound steeped in roots music. While his approach to songwriting stays true to most things modern, it is the music of yesterday that continues to inspire the foundation on which he builds.

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083-The_Fluffers_(2)3:15 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. 



4:30 | Hudson-McCoy 
Known for their high-energy interpretation of classic rock, as well as mood-setting ballands, 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 an old friend. 




1–6 pm | Enjoy Family-Friendly Activities

  • Learn about mammals with Barrington's own Citizens for Conservation.
  • Join the Lake County Forest Preserves 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 and become a Nature Detective. 
  • Visit Cosely Zoo for a touch table and to learn what is happening at the Zoo. 
  • Enjoy visiting with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. 
  • 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 Kookers 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 availble for $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $25 for families. Tickets are available for purchase at the event, or you can purchase online. 


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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.

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