Summer has arrived! Oak Fest celebrates its 28th season from July 1 through July 5 at 159th and Central. This five-day event is packed with free family fun. From concerts to crafts there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There’s also a carnival for kids of all ages (even the adult ones). Carnival Mega Passes will get you access to all rides during the entire festival and are $50 now through July 1 and available at City Hall, or $75 at the festival grounds. There are also daily ride pass specials throughout the week. Don’t forget to head to the Craft Fair, which will be going on all five days long – admission is free.
The 28th season kicks off at 6 p.m., with Bingo and the Carnival. Pamela Rose and Windy City Country will take the stage at 6:30 and is brought to you in part by Rockin’ Horse Saloon & Grill, quickly becoming an Oak Forest institution. Be sure to stick around because there will be a Salute to Hometown Heroes fireworks display presented by the Oak Forest Veterans Commission at 9 p.m.
Doors open again at 6 p.m. with food vendors, Bingo and the Carnival waiting to delight guests. Make It Last will showcase an acoustic set at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by Maggie Speaks, one of the most popular live bands in Chicago. Dance the night away with this one-of-a-kind cover band.
Spend #FridayFunday at Oak Fest. Come early or stay late … the doors are open until midnight. PriSSillas start rocking the crowd at 6:30 p.m. and then Infinity will bring its tour to Oak Forest and take the stage at 9 p.m. This is another top cover band, sure to please the crowd and get everyone up on their feet.
Family Fun Day starts at 3 p.m. with performances by local children’s groups. Have a child with special needs? Come early for the Special Needs Children only time from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Show off your tossing skills at the Bean Bag Tournament, which starts at 4 p.m., registration opens at 3. Bullwinkle performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. And don’t forget to head over to the Watermelon Eating Contest, which starts at 6:30 p.m. When the sun goes down, another fireworks display will go on. April’s Reign will take you into the night with their rocking sounds starting at 8:30 p.m.
The final day starts off with a vroom with a Car & Bike show at 11 a.m. Bingo and Carnival begin at noon. If you like music, you will love Day 5. 13 Tikis will take the stage at 11 a.m. followed by Cadillac Groove at 1 p.m. Make It Last returns to Oak Fest with a set at 4:30 p.m. Then the Headbangers Ball closes out the 28th season starting at 7 p.m.
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