BeachFest, hosted by Round Lake Beach, has a new chairwoman, a new date and new stages this year.
The free admission event will be held from Thursday, June 27, to Sunday, June 30, at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach and on the surrounding festival grounds. The festival kicks off Thursday with the Miss Round Lake Pageant in the banquet room of the center.
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"We have music for everyone and every taste. From country to rock, Irish, blues, Hispanic, Latin, African, rap and more," said Chairwoman Kathy Hill.
Round Lake Beach is excited about a new change this year to its festival. Not only will there be the large, permanent main stage with popular bands such as ARRA, Final Say and Hillbilly Rockstarz performing until 11 p.m., but two additional stages have been added for cultural and children entertainment the entire weekend.
"Family and children entertainment is an important part of the fest this year," Hill said.
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. Friday with the Hawaiian Dancers on the main stage. The Children's Entertainment Stage and Area has wonderful performances and activities going until 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to a full carnival there will be an exotic petting zoo, the Frog Lady with all kinds of reptiles to see up close and something you don't want to miss -- camel rides.
Other activities for all ages include: Friday evening bingo; crafters market on Saturday and Sunday; and a classic car and motorcycle show on Saturday, with Sunday's lowrider show for all the auto enthusiasts.
From 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday the Skyknights Aeromodeling Team will be doing demonstrations and letting people fly and land these model airplanes on Hook Lake.
Ethnic and festival foods and beverages available for purchase throughout the weekend.
Visit www.villageofroundlakebeach.org or call (847) 201-9032 for band and event details and festival hours.
The Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach and the festival grounds are off Hook Drive behind Regal Cinemas on Rollins Road and behind Home Depot on Route 83.