Our fundraising events bring friends, families, and the entire community together! Proceeds from these events help support the enhancement of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department's programs, services, facilities, and need-based activity scholarships for families in the community.


Friday, June 5: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Annual Fred Jackson Golf Classic is one of the major fundraisers for the Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation. This fun-filled event at Deerpath Golf Course features 18 holes plus a cart, lunch and beverages, several contest prizes, player's gifts, and the presenting of the Mayor's Cup. Please join us for a beautiful day of golf!

Registration opens March 15


Saturday, July 4: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Spend your Fourth of July holiday under the stars at the Friends Festival and Fireworks on July 4th at Deerpath Community Park! Music starts at 6 pm and after the show (approx. 9:40 pm), enjoy the greatest fireworks display on the North Shore set to an amazing playlist of patriotic music. A variety of food, desserts, beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale, or you may bring your own. Happy 4th!

Ticket sales open May 1

lake forest music festival

Saturday, August 22: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Save the date for an end of summer bash in the parking lot behind City Hall. This year we will be featuring bands, burgers, bourbon, and fun for all ages! More information coming soon.


Friday, November 27th: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Don't miss out on the annual tree lighting ceremony in Market Square. The entire family will enjoy an evening of live entertainment, warm drinks, carolers, and Santa!


Saturday, December 5th & Sunday, December 6th

Northcroft Park's enclosed and heated pavilion will be transformed into Santa's Workshop for this magical event! Decorate cookies, help Santa's elves create holiday toys, and listen to Santa Claus read a Christmas story. Dinner will be served and Santa will take special time to visit with each family. Tickets go on sale in October.