Carnival rides, live bands, food and beer, and fireworks are sure signs that the summer festival season has begun.
The annual Elk Grove RotaryFest, among the first Northwest suburban festivals, kicked off Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Each year, the event draws thousands of visitors to Lions Park, 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., in Elk Grove Village.
The festival began at 6 p.m. Wednesday with carnival rides followed by performances by Flyte, a six-piece classic rock tribute band, and Kashmir, recreating a 1970s Led Zeppelin performance with vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects.
The festival will feature a hometown parade at 6 p.m. Saturday along Elk Grove Boulevard, from Tonne to Lions Drive, and culminate Sunday with additional performances by Serendipity, The Fortunate Sons and The New Invaders.
For details, visit dailyherald.com and search for RotaryFest.