FRIDAY, JULY 2ND, 8:45 PM: Join the illuminated parade of boats around the lake. Spread the word about Venetian Night on July 2nd. No need to sign up - just show up at dusk (around 8:45 PM) at Yacht Club Island in White Oaks Bay with your lighted boat, it's the island with the flag pole. For more information contact the Wonder Lake Yacht Club at Event is sponsored by the Wonder Lake Yacht Club. See Flyer

SATURDAY, JULY 3RD, 4:30 PM: Award Winning Wonder Lake Water Show Ski Team will present their current show at Center Beach. At DARK: Fireworks over Wonder Lake! Pick out your favorite viewing location, on land or on water. Fireworks will be launched from a floating barge, and great viewing is available from Wonder Center Beach. Boaters please be aware of the barge located in the middle of the lake between West Bay & Center Beach. Please note: Wonder Center Beach is owned by the Wonder Center Property Owners Association, it is a private beach that opens up to the public for scheduled special events. Please be courteous and do not leave items behind, and deposit any trash in the provided containers.

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainties of the times, there will not be a Parade, Kids Zone or any of the other activities normally included in our celebration. Despite the bad times, the cost of fireworks has not decreased, but the Coronavirus has had a very negative impact on our local businesses.  So, since we do not expect to see the same business donations that we have received in the past we really do need to see a significant increase in street corner donations and generous personal donations. Click to donate to the fireworks fund!

JULY 9th-11th: Visit for more information, and to purchase tickets. Event is held at Petersen Park, McHenry IL. Friday, July 9: Rok Brigad, and Hairball 9pm. Saturday, July 10: Nashville Electric Company, and Semple 8:00pm, Sunday, July 11: Modern Day Romeos, and GooRoos – 3:30pm.

Annual Garden Walk sponsored by MCC is Saturday July 10th 9-4pm. Advanced tickets are $12 each by calling 815-455-8588 or online at (through July 3), or purchase purchase your tickets the day of the walk at the Extension Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden at MCC for $17. All tickets are to be picked up the day of the event at the Demonstration Garden, just off parking lot C — no tickets will be mailed. Your ticket is required to enter each garden. For information, call 815-479-7570, visit or email

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is located on 30 wooded acres, just west of I-94’s Russell Road exit, near Kenosha, Wis. Open rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Every Saturday and Sunday, July 10th through Sept. 6th,. Tickets are $24.50 for adults and $10.00 for children, ages 5 to 12. Advance ticket discounts are available online or by calling (847) 395-7773

Sunday’s Heritage Fair is on July 11th  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Highlights include children’s activities, Garden Glitz plant sale, strolling magicians, a “baby” white elephant sale, silent auction, bake sale and a pie-baking contest. This year’s contest features three categories: Fruit, berry and mixed fruit/other. No cream pies, please. Interested bakers can register their pies between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. the day of the Heritage Fair in the West Harmony School, located on the museum grounds. The entry fee is $2. Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each category, plus a special award for the grand champion. Pies will be sold by the slice immediately following the judging at the Heritage Fair’s bake sale. Heritage Fair is at the museum campus, 6422 Main St. in Union. See Car Show

July 31st 6pm, The Johnsburg Men’s Club Super Raffle. Tickets are $100 each, which includes a complimentry dinner, additional dinners are available for $30.00 each. The chef plans to offer steaks and chicken breasts that will be grilled to perfection on the premises. The drawing, as in past years, will be double elimination Calcutta. 159 tickets will be sold. 160th ticket will be raffled when only 3 containers are left. The 4th place ticket will win $250.00. Questions? Visit

Aug 3rd-8th, Gates open at 7 AM and close at 10 PM daily, Vendors open at 10 AM and close at 10 PM daily. Visit our carnival! Rides and games in the Midway area will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 10pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Season Pass $25. For more information on events, please visit their website.

McHenry Rotary sponsors the Blues, Brew & BBQ at Peterson Park, 4300 Peterson Park Rd, McHenry, IL 60050, August 20th-22nd, Friday: 4:30 pm – 11pm, Saturday: 3:20 pm – 11pm, Sunday: Noon  – 5 pm. Free Parking, lawn chairs are allowed. No coolers, no pets, no planned children-themed activities will be present.

September 3rd-5th, Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills. Parade, carnival rides, craft show, Sunset 5K Run/Walk, Battle of the Bands, Classic & Custom Car Show, horseshoe and bags tournaments, arts, Got Talent competition, wine tasting, fireworks and more. Free admission.


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