Little Lake County parents are active, mobile and always seeking adventure! Sometimes we even traverse outside of our fair county to find family entertainment beyond our borders. Due to popular reader demand, we introduce “Little McHenry County,” a monthly column dedicated to finding fun with our neighbors to the west, written by McHenry County Moms in the know. Explore and enjoy!
Little McHenry County is supported by the Raue Center for the Arts.
Time to Start Jamming…
Watching your kids building sand castles on the beach, checking out the boats swaying on the water, running into neighbors and friends, sharing laughter, snacks, and drinks and listening to local music…sounds like a vacation, right? At Crystal Lake Summer Concerts on the Beach, you can make this perfect night happen every Tuesday during the summer months.
My typical happiness factor living in McHenry County is always pretty high, but it does increase when the summer months hit and we are able to take advantage of the variety of outdoor events and activities offered to families. Main Beach in Crystal Lake hosts a free summer concert series each year which is our very own Ravinia, but on a cozier scale.
A variety of bands and musical styles are offered from week to week, so you can support the community listening to the Crystal Lake Community Band, do the Calypso with Mr. Myers, teach your kids to Country Line Dance to Wild Daisy, or listen to top 40’s hits when Ear Candy performs.
After 5:00 p.m., there is no admission fee or parking charge, so you can try to get to Main Beach early and reserve a picnic table or a spot in the grass. Pack up your folding chairs and blankets and even a picnic dinner if you want to make an entire evening of it. Bring juice boxes for the kids and mommy/daddy drinks if you so desire, as alcohol is permitted. Clean beach bathrooms are open and available to patrons as well. Main Beach closes once the music stops, usually at dusk after a spectacular sunset over the water…ahh.
Summer Concert Lineup
The lineup for the summer concert series is as follows:
June 6 – Crystal Lake Community Band
June 13 – Cadillac Groove (Classic Rock, Blues, and R&B)
June 20 – Mr. Myers (Caribbean)
June 27 -Voices in Harmony
July 2 – 4th of July Fireworks Show and Patriotic live music by Crystal Lake Community Band and Voices in Harmony
July 11 – Wild Daisy (Country)
July 18 – Ear Candy (Pop and Top 40’s)
July 25 – Shindig (60’s Cover Band)
August 1 – Diva (Women of Pop Cover Band)
August 8 – Rhythm Rockets (Jazz, Rhythm, and Blues)
Please note there is also a Crystal Lake Community Band Showcase on Sunday, July 23rd from 12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, August 5th, the Blast on the Beach (which is another fun family-friendly event in town) will feature Dick Diamond and the Dusters at 6:00 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, some concerts will be moved to Park Place Banquets at 406 W. Woodstock Street in Crystal Lake. Decisions will be made by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the concert. Outside food and beverage are not permitted at Park Place. If the weather is bad, the June 27 concert will be outright canceled due to space restrictions.
There are few better things in life to me than watching my carefree kids dance in pure happiness with their friends (and of course me, if they will allow it!) This is an amazing opportunity to see this childhood joy every week throughout the chaos of summertime and to be reminded of what’s important in life…family, friendship, and living every day to it’s fullest. If you enjoy music and the beach, make sure to check out this fun Tuesday night tradition. Warning: once you start attending these concerts, you will be “busy” on Tuesday summer nights from here on out…
Little McHenry County is graciously supported by the Raue Center for Arts. The Raue Center for the Arts is McHenry County’s premiere theater destination, hosting unique events and performances which include theater, comedy, music and family productions in a charming and historic venue in downtown Crystal Lake. The Raue Center For The Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts.
- WSR Comedy Night, 3rd Thursday of the month
- Dueling Pianos, June 16, July 27, September 14, March 8, April 12, 8:00 p.m.
- One Night In Memphis, June 17, 8:00 p.m.
- Lucy’s Comedy Cafe, June 23, 8:30 p.m.
- Guys and Dolls, June 30, July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 p.m.; July 2, 9, 15, 16, 23 at 3:00 p.m.
- Jim Belushi, September 22, 8:00 p.m.