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2020 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Fred Fest | August 17, 2019

Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 17, 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 are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (five and under free) or $25 for families. Tickets can be purchased directly at the event. 

Entertainment Lineup

Sons_of_Bildor_Resize_212 pm | 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 indie rock, and today's current hits.  



pat_21 pm | Pat McKillen finds joy in every part of the creative process. Each of his songs represent a complete cycle of the creative process and the result is an evolving sound that couples a powerful and passionate voice with a fusion of musical genres. Expect to enjoy McKillen renditions of folk, pop, and rock.

The process of recording, mixing, producing and creating the artwork for his musical endeavors is a labor of love. He is always looking for new ways to bring words and his soul to sounds.



2:15 pm | Wichita Jacks are a bunch of buddies who first got together on a Sunday afternoon to play a fill-in gig for a band that didn't show up to perform. Prior to that day in 2013, the band didn't exist but has since come together as this combo. The name came from a guy named Jack Straw, who was from Wichita, or so the story goes! Wichita Jacks will perform songs by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels to the classics by CCR, John Mellencamp, and of course, songs by the Grateful Dead. 



3:30 pm | The Gritland Band is the result of an interesting thing that happened at Main Street Outfitter (the center of the live music universe) in Wauconda, Illinois in early 2018. Five very talented lifelong musicians from four different Lake County bands decided it was time for something a little different…with a large dose of fun! Paul Wheatland and Steve Gritman named their new idea after themselves on a lark, but here they are with a rousing combination of genres, sometimes mixing Classical with Bluegrass, or Country music with Rhythm and Blues, or Classic Rock with some serious fiddle.  



4:45 pm| Expo '76 and the Total Pro Horns is a cover band unlike any other out there. Their already huge and ever-expanding set list careers wildly through decades and genres as the band simply follows its own muse, playing music they love. Along the way, you'll find yourself hearing favorites that you haven't heard in years, songs that you loved but had forgotten about, and new favorites that you're hearing for the first time.

12–4 pm | Enjoy Family-Friendly Activities

  • Have your face painted by Ballons by Amber while watching "Glowby" perform a bubble show. 
  • Visit with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Cosley Zoo. 
  • Learn more about Citizens for Conservation through hands on activities. 
  • Explore the world around you by insect netting with the Lake County Forest Preserves. 
  • Form a team and play bags. 
  • Paint a bird house or a planter with the Home Depot. 


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 Lake Zurich. Enjoy desserts from My Flavorite Place. 
  • 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. 


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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 & donors for their generosity and support of Fred Fest: 

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Body Shop of Barrington 

Chrissie and Rey Mena

College of Lake County 

Doghouse of Barrington 

nhance Your View 

Lake Cook Ortho, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint

The Miles Family

The Nelson Family 

The Onion Pub & Brewery 

The Rieke Family 

SLYCE Coal Fired Pizza Co.

Turf Design

Wickstrom Auto Group

Special thanks to our programming partners:

Balloons by Amber

Citizens for Conservation 

Cosley Zoo

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois 

Glowby the Bubbler

ome Depot 

Lake County Forest Preserves

          *More information coming. Please check back later. 



David Nelson, Chair

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