Libertyville Days packs in fun with carnival, music, parade

The Libertyville Days Festival returns Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16, with most events taking place in Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. The festival raises funds to support the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation. Festival activities include a carnival all four days, an arts and crafts fair Friday through Sunday, live entertainment, food, the Miss Libertyville pageant on Thursday and more.

One of the highlights of Libertyville Days is the carnival, which runs all four days, with unlimited ride specials available and sensory-friendly hours on Friday. Daily Herald file photo

The carnival will take place on Church Street and Cook Street and in the Church Street Municipal Parking Lot and Sunrise Rotary Park, with special “Flower Hours” from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, a sensory-friendly time where lights and sounds will be reduced. Unlimited ride specials will be available for $35 from 5-10 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and for $32 from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Libertyville Days parade will take place on Milwaukee Avenue on Saturday, June 15. Daily Herald file photo

The parade, featuring marching bands, horses and community floats, steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Metra Train Station, heading down Milwaukee Avenue to Rockland Road. The Grand Marshal will be retired Libertyville Fire Chief Rich Carani.

Entertainment will include Gizzae and Sneezy on Thursday; Uncle Pigeon and Tim Gleason on Friday; Mellencougar, Rock City Seven and Pino Farina Band on Saturday; and Ivy Ford and Expo'76 on Sunday.

Church Street Eats will feature an array of food and beverage options for purchase on West Church Street, between Brainerd and Milwaukee avenues. Participating vendors include Antioch Pizza, Boonie Mac Schack, Grillville, Mama Jerk & Things, Blackhawk Concession, Dos Amigos, Kona Ice, Tamales Diana, Rosati's Pizza and Something Sweet Lemonade.

A Beer Garden will be available in the Civic Center Parking Lot and Church Street, offering a large selection of beer from Kloss Distributing, wine from Main Street Social, Bloody Marys from Mickey Finn's and mai tais from Austin's Saloon & Eatery.

Admission is free, though some events have a fee to participate, such as the Bags Tournament for ages 21 and older from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, which has a $5 entry fee. For information, visit

Libertyville Days 2024

Most events take place in Libertyville’s Cook Park.

Thursday, June 13

5-10 p.m. Carnival

5-10 p.m. Beer Garden

5-11 p.m. Church Street Eats

5-7 p.m. Gizzae performs

6:30 p.m. Miss Libertyville Pageants

8-11 p.m. Sneezy performs

Friday, June 14

10 a.m. to noon Children's Party (ages 8 and under)

10 a.m. to noon Child Finger Printing & ID

10 a.m. to noon Tricocci University of Beauty Culture

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Church Street Eats

Noon to 11 p.m. Carnival

Noon to 8 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair

​1-3 p.m. Cole Brandt performs

12:15-12:45 p.m. St. John's Choir performs

3:15-3:45 p.m. Elite Dance Co. performs

4 p.m. to midnight Beer Garden

4-7 p.m. Uncle Pigeon performs

4:30-5:30 p.m. Improv Playhouse performs

6:30-8 p.m. MoJo Daddies Band performs

8-11:30 p.m. Tim Gleason Band performs

Saturday, June 15

10 a.m. to noon Parade

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Church Street Eats

Noon to 11 p.m. Carnival

Noon to midnight Beer Garden

Noon to 1:05 p.m. Libertyville Talent Forum, tap, jazz & hip hop performances.

Noon to 3 p.m. Libertyville Fire Department Fire Safety Demonstration

Noon to 3 p.m. Mellencougar performs

1-3 p.m. Fireman's Rib Cook Off Contest

1:10-1:50 p.m. Meet a member of the Lake County Sheriff's canine team.

2-4 p.m. Cook Mansion Open House

2:45-3:30 p.m. Todd Downing Music performs

3:45-4:45 p.m. Karaoke Time with TJ Taylor

4-7 p.m. Rock City Seven performs

5-6:15 p.m. Da Little Aloha Hawaiian Luau Show

6:30-8 p.m. Joey Acopiado Band performs

8-11:30 Pino Farina Band performs

Sunday, June 16

Noon to 6 p.m. Carnival

Noon to 1 p.m. Root beer making demo and participation

Noon to 2 p.m. Ivy Ford performs

Noon to 5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair

Noon to 6 p.m. Church Street Eats

Noon to 6 p.m. Beer Garden

1-6 p.m. Bags Tournament

1:30-2:30 p.m. Special Gifts Theatre performs

2-4 p.m. Cook Mansion Open House

2:45-3:15 p.m. Vest Dance Troupe performs

3-5:30 p.m. Expo'76 performs

3:30-5:30 p.m. School of Rock Libertyville performs

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