Spend your Fourth of July holiday under the stars at the 17th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks at Deerpath Community Park! The Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation have cooked up a sizzling lineup of bands, so put on your boogie shoes for the opening act, the Shagadelics, and headliner Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute. After the music, watch the best fireworks show on the North Shore fill the skies! Buy tickets.

We are so grateful to our sponsors who have helped make this event a huge hit! If you would like to be a sponsor for this year's festival or other future events, please visit our Donate page.

This fun family event is brought to you by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation. All proceeds after festival expenses are used to support programs of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department.

Thank you for your support!

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Ticket Details:

Single Ticket Prices:
  • Lake Forest/Lake Bluff residents: $30
  • Non-residents: $35
  • Kids under 5 are free.
VIP Passes & Packages:
  • VIP Adult Pass: $150 (Includes admission, catered food and beverages)
  • VIP Youth Pass: $75 (15 and under. Must be accompanied by VIP Adult Pass)
  • BEST DEAL! VIP Family Pass: $400(Includes 2 Adult and 2 Child VIP passes, 1 Premier parking pass)
Parking:
  • Parking Pass: $20 - Day of event only, as space is available (cash only)
  • Premier Parking Pass: $50 - Online presale only, as space is available

This is a "Rain or Shine" event. All tickets sales are non-refundable.

All proceeds after festival expenses are used to support programs of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department. Thank you for your support!

The Shagadelics, one of Chicago's top Disco bands, brings you back to the 70s with groovy tunes. This talented group of four never fails to dress to impress, bringing flare pants and afros back into style. The band performs a range of 70's classics, so get ready to disco and dance the night away with The Shagadelics!

Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute performs songs spanning the entire career of the beloved 80's Pop band ABBA. Established in 2004, Dancing Queen has been a long-time Chicago favorite. The salute band is currently on tour throughout the Midwest, promising all ABBA lovers a night to remember. This incredibly talented band provides the full ABBA experience, featuring vocals, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Dancing Queen's stellar performance will make you feel like you are watching the real thing!

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own.

We recommend that you bring cash - the closest ATM is located in downtown Lake Forest, a 5-10 minute walk from the park.

In our kids area there are inflatables, the playground, and carnival games to keep them busy and entertained!

Address: Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest, IL.

For the safety of the community and to protect the turf, the following are NOT allowed:

  • Fireworks/Sparklers
  • Grills/Open Flames (Sterno, Candles)
  • No Smoking or Vaping
  • Pets or Service Animals
  • Tents, Tent Stakes (use cones to mark your designated area), or Chairs without Padded Feet
  • Firearms

Created by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation in 2006, the Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks is an annual community event and fundraiser completely run by volunteers to provide a safe and fun environment for families celebrating Independence Day.

Over the years we have brought in award-winning entertainers including The Village People, Dennis DeYoung, KC and the Sunshine Band, Eddie Money, Rick Springfield, Wynonna, and Lou Gramm. We are so grateful to our sponsors who have helped make this event a huge hit!

If you would like to be a sponsor for this year's festival or other future events, please visit our Support page.