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PrairieFest…The Festival You Know By Heart


PrairieFest 2019

PrairieFest, the area’s popular community festival is back this June 13-16, 2019. Presented by the Oswegoland Park District and First National Bank, the fest combines small town charm with a stirring summer celebration over Father’s Day weekend.

Free concerts from a mix of national and local bands, along with entertaining performances have always been a highlight of the weekend, and this year’s lineup is sure not to disappoint. Partnered with free parking and free admission, the PrairieFest schedule fills a great weekend.

For family entertainment, PrairieFest is going to the dogs. Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show will be wowing crowds all weekend. Chris’s talented furry best friends are amazing stunt dogs who have been rescued from shelters all across the country. With tours to state fairs, national theme parks, and the Oprah Winfrey show, the Oswegoland Park District is excited for the original stunt dog show to stop at PrairieFest.  

Thursday’s celebration begins with talented student groups, culminating with The PrairieWinds Community Concert, a PrairieFest tradition for musicians in our area. Anyone interested in joining the community band can contact Kristie Vest at or 630.554.4425.

The Park District partners with the Oswego Public Library to host a Midwest favorite for the Friday Family Concert. Jim Gill will have little kiddos and their parents dancing across the festival lawn on Friday, June 14.

Music from the First National Bank Main Stage will be a thrill and chill all weekend. Regional crowd favorite, Mike & Joe will open the festival on Thursday. Local act Tricky Mission will kick off Friday for the 90s band Spin Doctors on Friday night. Fans will be looking for Spin Doctor’s hits, “Two Princes”, and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”. Saturday night Naperville’s Summer Son will open for alternative heartland rock sensation, the BoDeans with their “Closer to Free”, “Only Love”, and “Good Things”.  Father’s Day will bring everyone back to the grounds for a special performance from the Beatles Tribute band, American English.

PrairieFest weekend is always entertaining and this year’s schedule delivers on the tradition again. Community groups looking to be a part of the Expo Village, present an event, or march in the parade are encouraged to check out additional information at Contact festival director Kristie Vest at 630.554.4425 or by email at for more information. Area businesses looking to support the community festival are encouraged to contact Kristie as well.

You can also get the latest festival information at See you at the Fest!

Thursday, June 13

  • Me Too @PrairieFest Afternoon
  • Prairie Winds Community Band Concert
  • Expo Village
  • PrairieFest Princesses and Superheroes
  • Mike & Joe, First National Bank Main Stage

Friday, June 14

  • Jim Gill, First National Bank Main Stage
  • Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Shows
  • Hillbilly Science Show
  • Expo Village
  • Tricky Mission and Spin Doctors, First National Bank Main Stage

Saturday, June 15

  • Fishing Clinic at Chesterfield Park
  • Expo Village
  • Sip & Savor PrairieFest Gastropub
  • Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Shows
  • Summer Son and Bodeans, First National Bank Main Stage

Sunday, June 16

  • PrairieFest 5K and One Mile Prairie Dog Jog, Prairie Point Center
  • PrairieFest Parade
  • Rotary Duck Race, Hudson Crossing Park
  • Expo Village
  • PrairieFest Car Show, PrairieFest Park
  • American English, First National Bank Main Stage

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Pony Rides
  • Miller’s Petting Zoo
  • Windy City Amusements
  • Quilt Show, White School Museum
  • Community Group Activities



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