Fred Fest raises funds for Fox River restoration

Daily Herald report
Posted8/15/2018 12:15 PM
  • Fred Fest will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington.

    Fred Fest will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington. Daily Herald File Photo

Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve, 28500 W. Roberts Road, in Port Barrington, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. 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.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids or $25 for families. Parking is free. Tickets are available for purchase at the event, or you can purchase them at

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 pre-settlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species.

The entertainment lineup includes Sons of Bildor at noon, Pat McKillen at 1:15 p.m., Earthmother at 2:30 p.m., The Fluffers at 3:45 p.m., and John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart at 5 p.m.

Family-friendly activities from noon to 4 p.m. include:

• Join the Lake County Forest Preserves to collect insects and learn about the early Native people of Lake County.

• Enjoy visiting with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois.

• Visit with the Waxed Hands Guy and make a keepsake memory or have your face painted.

• Head to the preserve before the concert and hike the trails, fish along the river banks, or have a picnic.

Tips for a fun time

• 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 Barrington and Palatine.

• 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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