Riverfest – South Elgin’s annual summer celebration – takes place Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 19 at Panton Mill Park in the Village Center at 10 N Water Street. Riverfest has always featured a wide-array of entertainment options, including: free and live music, carnival, Special Night for Special Kids, local food vendors, beer tent, craft and business expo, car show, fireworks, model railroad layout and trolley rides. This year is no exception.
Special Night for Special Kids is held the night before the festival actually begins – Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 6pm-8pm and allows children or adults with special needs and a registered guest to enjoy carnival rides at no cost. If additional guests wish to enjoy the carnival rides, wristbands may be purchased at the event for $10. Dinner is provided to everyone in the special guest’s party. Registration after July 30 is limited, please call the Riverfest hotline at 847-774-1151 to inquire.
Festival hours run Friday from 5-11:30pm, Saturday 1-11:30pm and Sunday 1-9pm. The carnival typically closes 30 minutes before the fest ends. Wristband Specials allowing unlimited riding from 1-5pm on either Saturday or Sunday will be available for purchase at the festival – visit a ticket booth for information. Mega Wristbands vouchers (redeemed in person at the festival) allow unlimited rides throughout the entire weekend for $60. Vouchers may be purchased Saturday, August 3 and 10 from 9am-noon at Village Hall, 10 N. Water Street. Vouchers are also available online until August 15 via Windy City Amusements: http://bit.ly/RiverfestMEGA
A car show takes place Saturday and Sunday until 4 pm. Each day features a different array of vehicle entries. The Village also recommends festival attendees take time to visit Fox Valley Trolley Museum adjacent to the park and enjoy a few-mile antique trolley ride along the Fox River.
The festival includes a generous array of food vendors, a beer and wine tent and a non-stop variety of free, live music. A full music line-up is available at southelgin.com/riverfest. From afternoon through evening, attendees will enjoy everything from country and bluegrass to pop and rock. Headliner bands include Lava Rock, Friday, August 16 from 9:30-11:30pm, Sixteen Candles, Saturday, from 9-11pm, and Smokin’ Gunz from 7-9pm, Sunday, August 18.
The live music will only stop temporarily during the fireworks show, Saturday, August 17 at 9:30 pm. Riverfest also includes small business and craft expo tents as well as a model railroad display.
The Village of South Elgin thanks their generous community sponsors, and invites the community to enjoy Riverfest, August 16-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.southelgin.com/Riverfest or call 847-742-5780.