Frequently Asked Questions

How much does parking cost?
Parking is free! The majority of our vehicle parking is unpaved, on grass.

Is there motorcycle parking?
Yes. There is a dedicated, paved asphalt motorcycle parking area.

Can/should I bring lawn chairs?
Lawn chairs ARE permitted. There will be many picnic tables and seating under a large tent, too. Picnic tables tend to fill up quickly, but the large tent often has seating available.

Is there any shade?
We have a huge tent filled with tables and 300 chairs. The tent is in the center of the action with a view of the stage and the lake, and it's close to the food & beer.

Can I bring my cooler?
Sorry, coolers are not allowed at the event.

Is wine available?
It sure is! Available by the glass.

Can I bring something to drink?
One factory-sealed, plastic water bottle is permitted per person.

Can I bring something to eat?
No. Our food vendors will be happy to fill you up with a wide assortment of food.

Can I bring baby food?
Yes, assuming you also bring the infant who will eat it.

Can I bring my dog/pet?
Animals are NOT permitted in the park. The only exception are trained service dogs.

Are there activities for kids?
All ages are permitted, but our attractions are aimed at adults 21 and up. There are no kid-themed activities.

Is there an ATM machine?
Yes! An ATM is located near the food & beer tents.

Who is getting rich off this event?
Bands Brews & BBQ is McHenry Area Rotary's premier fundraising event of the year. The event is operated by volunteers, and 100% of the event's proceeds are donated to a variety of local, regional, national, and international organizations who help those in their greatest time of need. Learn more.

Friday, August 16, 2024
gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 17, 2024
gates open at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 18, 2024
gates open at 11:30 a.m.

we thank our generous sponsors

Did You Know?

Bands Brews & BBQ is operated and managed entirely by volunteers! You can help, too. Call (815) 341-0012 or visit to learn how.