special events

 


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free concerts in the park series

Tuesdays, June-August, 7 pm

MAIN BEACH, 300 LAKESHORE DR, CL

Each week the Crystal Lake Park District hosts a regional band to perform at Main Beach. Pull out a blanket and enjoy a great night of free entertainment lakeside. Concerts are held on Tuesdays at 7 PM beginning June-August. Food and beverage (beer and wine) and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass please.) In the event of inclement weather, decision to reschedule the concert will be made by 2 pm. Check status by calling 815.410.4475 ext 6.

PARKING

Please park in the following areas for concert evenings: Main Beach parking lot, grass triangle across the street from the Lakeside Arts in the Park (Dole Mansion) and South Elementary. Please do not park at the boat gate, Dole Mansion or Seminary Park.


SCHEDULE

5/28: Kaleidoscope Eyes (Beatles Tribute)

6/4: CL Community Band (Instrumentals)

6/11: Classical Blast (Classical Bach & Rock)

6/18: Valius (Cover Band)

6/25: The Flat Cats (Big Band/Swing)

7/2: Voices in Harmony (Choral)

7/9: No Concert

7/16: 28 Days (Cover Band)

7/23: Rosie & The Rivets (50s Rock)

7/30: CL Community Band (Instrumentals)

8/6: Hillbilly Rockstarz (Country) 6-6:45 Line Dancing!


FOOD TRUCK SCHEDULE

5/28: Kissed by Fire, Hippie Grilled Cheese, Julie Ann's

6/4: Smashed, My Funnel, Julie Ann's

6/11: Brothers BBQ ,Tiki Terrace, Julie Ann's

6/18: Brothers BBQ, Heady Cup Coffee Roasters, Julie Ann's

6/25: Kissed by Fire, Hippie Grilled Cheese, Julie Ann's

7/2: Waffadilla, My Funnel, La Cantrina

7/16: Heady Cup Coffee Roasters, Smashed, Julie Ann's

7/23: Tiki Terrace, Chilo's Mexican Grill, Julie Ann's

7/30: Smashed, Waffadilla, My Funnel

8/6: Kissed y Fire, Hippie Grilled Cheese, My Funnel


PARK PARTNERS

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----summer sing a longs logo.jpg FREE summer sing-a-longs

Grab a blanket and join the Crystal Lake Library and Crystal Lake Park District as we team up to bring you free concerts for kids this summer!
These fun-loving headliners start at 10 am!

FRI JUN 21 @ Main Beach Bandshell: BBR BAND featuring Alina Celeste and Mi Amigo Hamlet
SAT JUN 29 @ Woodscreek Park: Crystal Lake Strikers
FRI JUL 12 @ VA Acorn Alley Shelter: Laura Doherty

Free snack and juice from the Park District while supplies last; Julie Ann's ice cream available for purchase.


*PURCHASE YOUR $5 WRISTBAND AT THE ADMIN OFFICE BEGINNING JUN 24*

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SUN JUL 7, DUSK

MAIN BEACH, 300 LAKESHORE DR, CL

9 am-2:30 pm: Regular Beach Admission

After 2:30 pm: $5 per person/children under 3 free

Join this annual Crystal Lake tradition to end the 4th of July celebrations! Concert begins approximately 7 pm and features the Crystal Lake Community Band and Voices in Harmony. Picnic tables limited to one per family and on a first come, first served basis.

*Avoid the long lines and purchase your wristband in advance. No refunds will be given on pre-purchases.


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sat JUL 13, 8-10 PM

VETERAN ACRES, 431 WALKUP RD, CL

Join us for a technology-free evening outdoors as we recognize Unplug Illinois Day!

We'll host a flashlight scavenger hunt, craft, campfires with music, Nature Center exploration, late night treat and fun bug collection.

Be sure to bring your flashlight and pick up a scavenger hunt kit at the Nature Center or Rotary Building.

Park at Veteran Acres. Alternate lots include the Nature Center and Oakwoods Lodge.

Check out rainoutline.com in case of inclement weather.


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SAT JUL 20, 9 AM-3 PM

MAIN BEACH, 300 Lakeshore Dr, CL

Join the tradition of our Cardboard Regatta! Don't miss out on the laughs and fun! Pick up your cardboard as early as May 11 or buy a Kwikie Boat kit the day of the race. Many levels of prizes will be awarded. All proceeds from the event go toward the Crystal Lake Park Initiative Foundation.

REGISTER

 


* REGISTRATION CLOSED *

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sun jul 28, 9am-12 pm

SHAMROCK HILLS PARK, 6204 HILLSIDE RD, CL

Let's get fishing! Join us for a morning of fishing with some of our favorite local law enforcement! Bring your own rods or borrow one of ours.

Prizes awarded for first fish caught, largest fish, smallest fish and most fish!

Bait will be provided.


NO BEACH ADMISSION ALL DAY!

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SUN AUG 11, 2024, 12:30-4:30 PM

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE, CL

The Monarch Coalition is bringing to the beach an engaging Monarch Fair loaded with activities, games and monarch education. Buy a pollinator plant and help us repopulate the monarchs! Wander to the band shell where we will be showcasing local bands for your entertainment.

12:30-4 pm: Monarch Fair

Migrate to the beach for the afternoon to enjoy Monarch Mania and learn all about Monarchs. A Monarch extravaganza with butterfly and pollinator plants information, face painting, science table activities, art activities, a big migration route map, information on how Mexico, Canada and USA are collaborating! We will have pollinator plants available for you to purchase from our participating nurseries.

1-4:30 pm: Community Band Showcase

1-1:45 PM
KNOCK ON WOOD CLARINET ENSEMBLE
2-2:30 PM
COR CORPS HORN ENSEMBLE
2:45-3:15 PM
ENCORE CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
3:30-4:15 PM
CLCB "BIG BAND" JAZZ BAND



The Crystal Lake Community Band hosts a music showcase at the band shell featuring performances by local bands and ensembles.

Hosted by the Monarch Coalition and the Crystal Lake Park District.


 

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SAT OCT 26, 2024 10 AM-12 PM

MAIN BEACH, 300 LAKESHORE DR, CL

Jump into your Halloween costumes and head over to Main Beach for a morning of trick or treating! Climb aboard some of the neat trucks on display! Don't forget your treat bag! Rain or shine.


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SUN MAR 24, 10-12 Pm or 1:30-3:30 pm

GRAND OAKS REC CENTER, 1401 W. ROUTE 176, CL

10 am-12 pm (teams who have placed in previous tournaments or want to be challenged)

1:30-3:30 pm

Do you think you have what it takes to be a puzzle champ! This highly popular event will amaze the best of puzzlers! 2 and 4 person teams race against each other to finish the same 500 piece jigsaw puzzle first. The four person teams finish in about 50-70 minutes, depending on the difficulty of the puzzle. Snacks are allowed and after awards are presented, puzzlers may enjoy a sundae bar provided by our friends at Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake.

FEE: $30 PER TEAM

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DEC 4-7, 2024 - 4:30-7:30 PM

VETERAN ACRES, 431 N. WALKUP

Enjoy a breathtaking stroll under the stars as we light a trail through Veteran Acres!

Wed DEC 4-Fri Dec 6: walk the lit trail (no activities)

Sat Dec 7: Campfires, Hot Cocoa, Cookies, Candy Cane Forest and Mrs. Claus!

$1 per person/$5 per family donation appreciated. Donations are purposed for future Nature Center education programs.

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Have you been a good boy or girl? Write a letter to the "Big Guy" and get a letter back from the North Pole! Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your letter. Letters cannot be returned. Deadline: Dec 8

Mail to: Santa, c/o Crystal Lake Park District, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

 


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2025 tbd, 9 am-4 pm

LIPPOLD PARK BONCOSKY SOFTBALL FIELDS, 851 W. ROUTE 176, CL

Get a team together and enter our 16" Snowbird Softball Tournament. A single elimination with consolation division guarantees all teams a min of two games.
Fee: $250/team

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2025 tbd, 8 am-3 pm

MAIN BEACH, 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE, CL

WE'RE GOING TO KEEP TRYIN'! Join us for this 54-year tradition and play a nine hole game of golf on Crystal Lake. Foursomes start every 6 minutes.