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Summer Starts with PrairieFest!


PrairieFest 2023

Once again, Summer Starts at PrairieFest this June, with the largest festival in Kendall County occurring the four days of Father’s Day weekend, Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 18.

Free concerts and performances have always been a highlight of the weekend, so there has been excitement at the reveal of this year’s entertainment lineup. Partnered with free parking and free admission, the PrairieFest schedule fills a great weekend.

Each year the festival begins with amazing entertainment coming from our community. Local high school groups perform. The tradition of the Thursday PrairieWinds Community Concert continues with local musicians coming together on several pieces. Local talent is a great lead into the Thursday night band Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press.

Local band, Yankee Cowboy, kicks off the night of Friday, June 16. The band will open for the night’s headliner, Country powerhouse Sara Evans. With such enduring hits as “Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “Perfect,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” she’s earned recognition as the fifth most played female artist on country radio.

With the help of generous business partners, PrairieFest continues to offer outstanding entertainment for Saturday. Nicci & the Ultrasonic Gin & Tonics, a local cover band will kick off the day with songs that will have toes tapping. Starlight City will captivate the crowd with a show to remember. For our headlining act, PrairieFest welcomes the Pop2K Tour. NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick will host a show featuring Ryan Cabrera, “On the Way Down”, LFO “Summer Girls”, and O-Town “All or Nothing”.

Father’s Day will continue the tradition of having Beatles Tribute band American English come out after the parade. Their music is so well done, it’s hard not to sing along to every song.

Throughout the weekend, there will be pony rides, petting zoos, and a community art project led by Fox River Academy of Music and Art. Folks are invited to participate in the PrairieFest 5k or the One Mile Prairie Dog Jog on Sunday, June 18. Father’s Day Sunday is also the annual PrairieFest Parade down Main Street. With a slew of firetrucks, Shriners, marching bands, and stilt walkers, thousands can watch a beautiful Sunday afternoon march on by.

Get the latest festival information at or follow the PrairieFest on Facebook at See you at the Fest!

Thursday, June 15

  • Thrill-Able (a modified carnival experience for special needs families)
  • Prairie Winds Community Band Concert
  • PrairieFest Princesses
  • Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press

Friday, June 16

  • Wheels Go Round Touch a Truck event
  • Leonardo Children’s Concert
  • Belliveau Magic Show
  • Yankee Cowboy
  • Sara Evans

Saturday, June 17

  • Leonardo Childrens’ Concert
  • Belliveau Magic Show
  • Fishing Clinic at Chesterfield Park
  • Nicci and the Ultrasonic Gin & Tonics
  • Starlight City
  • Pop2K featuring NSYNC’s Chris Kilpatrick, Ryan Cabrera, LFO, and O-Town

Sunday, June 18

  • Juggling Show with Jason Kollum
  • PrairieFest 5K and One Mile Prairie Dog Jog, Prairie Point Park
  • PrairieFest Parade on Main Street
  • PrairieFest Car Show, PrairieFest Park
  • American English

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Free Pony Rides
  • Free Miller’s Petting Zoo
  • Windy City Amusements – Carnival
  • PrairieFest Expo Village
  • Quilt Show, Little White School Museum

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