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About Founders' Days

The Founders’ Days Festival began in 1961 with a group of local businessmen who wanted to celebrate their community. Fifty-seven years later that tradition continues. Every year a group of dedicated volunteers work to bring families, friends and neighbors together to enjoy a family-friendly four day event, with something for everyone including: Bicycle Decorating Contest, BBQ Cook-Off, Kids Korner, Outdoor Business Expo, Family Olympics, great music, one of the longest standing parades in the state, Trivia Night and the Fireworks Spectacular over the Fox River. As an independent festival that began in 1961, there have been many individuals volunteers over the years who have given selflessly to bring Algonquin a great celebration. As the years have changed so has the festival, though we continue to be a self-sustaining festival without assistance from tax dollars. Every dollar raised brings the festival to life. Everything you see and experience through the festival is generously provided to the community by local businesses and individuals that recognize the value of our community. Ready to make a difference? Ready to volunteer? The Founders’ meetings are held the last Monday of the month, except August & December.

Call or email us for location. Hotline 847-658-5340 email: info@algonquinfoundersdays.com

Where

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Algonquin, IL

When

Thursday, July 26, 2018 (04:00 PM to 10:30 PM)

Friday, July 27, 2018 (11:00 AM to 11:00 PM)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (11:00 AM to 11:00 PM)

Sunday, July 29, 2018 (10:00 AM to 06:00 PM)

Main Stage - Thursday Night

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Pirates Over 40

Jimmy Buffett / Island Music

Thursday - 7:30PM

Pirate's Over 40

Jimmy Buffett / Island Music

Thursday 7:30PM

Since 1999 "Pirates Over 40" have been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest with fun and energetic renditions of your tropical favorites including Jimmy Buffett, punctuated with an eclectic mix of classic rock and oldies - all performed in our own unique tropical flavored style. From festivals to private parties, corporate events to neighborhood clubs, Pirates Over 40 are sure to deliver a fun-filled atmosphere of a tropical getaway.

Main Stage - Friday

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HIFI SUPERSTAR

70's to Today's Hits

Friday 5PM

HIFI SUPERSTAR

70's to Today's Hits

Friday 5PM

Remember when you were a kid and you got your first radio? You took a musical journey as you discovered all the music that was at your fingertips. That's what a HiFi Superstar show is like; with their well constructed medleys which includes your favorite dance & party rock songs, spanning from the 70's through today. You will surely make new memories to the music that you love. Come join us with your friends and family and let's get this party started!

HiFi Superstar is a Billboard and MTV award-winning band who combines great party dance rock covers with a sprinkle of fresh originals. Billboard Award winners for their song "Milk and Honey". One of MTV’s VMA “Best Chicagoland Breakout Bands” for their song “Superstar”. They’ve opened for many national touring acts, worked with WTMX 101.9 FM and WXRT's 93 FM Local Anesthetic, been featured on WGN TV Channel 9 and ABC (WLS) Channel 7. This is one energetic live band you don’t want to miss.

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Libido Funk Circus

70's, 80's, 90's

Friday 7PM

Libido Funk Circus

70's, 80's, 90's

Friday 7PM

LFC's origin dates back to 1996 when a group of guys from Chicago's original music scene decided to throw a disco party for their closest friends. When the disco band they wanted to hire was out of their budget, they decided... "What the heck, let's do it ourselves!" They donned some disco attire, learned about 30 disco tunes and ROCKED that party! The following weeks, the offers for more and more shows poured in and little did they know, that evening was the beginning of a 20+ year career. Through the years as the disco craze died down, they traded the all-disco attire for some flashy, colorful clothing, added 2 female singers and expanded their repertoire to include music from 60's to current and various musical genres. One thing that has always remainedthe same is their love for a "good show."

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Boy Band Review

Boy Band Music

Friday Headliner 9PM

Boy Band Review

90's Boy Band Music

Friday Headliner 9PM

Boy Band Review - Is the best Boy Band Tribute Show in the country! Bringing full production lights, video, dancing, harmonies and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. Bringing some sweet hip thrusts and air grabs performed perfectly “N SYNC”, Boy Band Review, helps you relive the best years.​

Main Stage - Saturday

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Algonquin's Got Talent

Algonquin's Best of the Best Talents

Saturday 1PM

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Algonquin's Got Talent

Algonquin's Best of the Best Talents

Saturday 1PM

Come out and see the talent our town has to offer. Current, future and past rock stars take to the stage for your listening pleasure. Your cheers vote for the best act. An event for the entire family to enjoy.

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7th heaven

Chicago's Premier Rock Band

Saturday 5PM

7th heaven

Chicago's Premier Rock Band

Saturday 5PM

7th heaven is an experience you just have to see and hear! 7th heaven has charted #1 on the Midwest Billboard Charts three times in the past three years. The band has been heard on over 7 radio stations in Chicagoland with their hits “Stoplight”, "Better This Way" and "Sing". Also known for the famous "30 Songs in 30 Minutes" medley of songs from the 70's and 80's, 7th heaven has been an entertainment staple for 30 years. Playing over 250 shows a year, with an average of 100 outdoor events, 7th heaven has earned the right to say ..."We've seen a million faces and rocked them all!"

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Focal Point

70’s 80’ 90’s to hits of today

Saturday 7PM

Focal Point

70’s 80’ 90’s to hits of today

Saturday 7PM

Delivering a concert rock experience that will take you thru the best of the 70’s 80’ 90’s to hits of today. Focal Point features 5 talented musician’s with great chops, strong harmonies and a passion to perform. Featuring songs from Journey, Van Halen, Boston, Styx, REO, Def Leppard, Queensryche, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Maroon5 and more…

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Modern Day Romeos

Algonquin's Own Premier Party Band

Saturday Headliner 9PM

Modern Day Romeos

Algonquin's Own Premier Party Band

Saturday Headliner 9PM

Put on your partici-pants!! MDR strives to be the most entertaining band you will see. Jim is in the crowd half of the time, separating them and assigning singing parts and leading a "bad dancing" competition, while Justin is showing off his majestic cowbell moves. Even if you attend by yourself, we will make sure that you meet the people next to you and high five and cheers the rest. We don't want you to come see a show, we want you to be a part of it.

Main Stage - Sunday

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Kevin Lee and The Kings

Big Hooks & Chunky Guitars

Sunday 1:30PM

Kevin Lee and The Kings

Big Hooks & Chunky Guitars

Sunday 1:30PM

Kevin Lee & The Kings leave their audiences begging for more. Their impressive live shows and Kevin's energetic and timeless songs are the measure of quality, and the blueprint for how a great classic rock concert can still be. This legendary group continues keeping that tradition alive today, delivering a fun, exciting, and high-octane show, the combined decades of experience and talent exploding from the stage and into the delighted eyes and ears of the audiences fortunate enough to experience their memorable performances. Kevin Lee & The Kings were "Built to Burn," and night after night, that is exactly what they do.

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New Age Americans

Cover Rock Band

Sunday 2:30PM

New Age Americans

Cover Rock Band

Sunday 2:30PM

Band Members
Tyler Hodgett
Jake Smith
Axel
Kieren Schoaf

New Age Americans - An alternative rock band from the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. These four teens rock original music & cover all your favs

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Unforgiven

Mostly Metallica Tribute

Sunday 3:30PM

Unforgiven

Mostly Metallica Tribute

Sunday 3:30PM

Born out of a desire to be the most exciting Metallica tribute band ever… Four veteran members of the Chicago metal scene, 3 of whom have collectively put in over 15 years in area Metallica tribute bands, are looking to have a little fun…. Metallica is what we were born to do. Metallica is the reason we play. Metallica is what we sound like when we write originals.. So that is what we are going to do. Play a bunch of Metallica songs and have a ton of fun doing it.

There is also a desire to be creative in this band as all of us come from original projects in one form or another. There will be some songs done in a slightly different manner and a bunch of other non-Metallica songs being done in a Metallica Style.. Or Metallica-ized if you will. Think of it more as a tribute to the Metallica style… Every show should be something unique.

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Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band

Non Corporate Rock N Roll

Sunday Headliner 4:30PM

Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band

Non Corporate Rock N Roll

Sunday Headliner 4:30PM

Lets ROCK THE FOX Sunday, July 29th as Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band Headlines the Algonquin Founders Days. Bring your friends and family for what promises to be a fun filled night of celebration and music. Live tube driven guitar solos will flow down the Fox River like shooting stars and everything will be most excellent! NO CORPORATE RADIO BASTARDS ALLOWED

You've heard the Fox Rocker song and Mr. Capone's screaming guitar licks all over the Chicago airwaves on 103.9 The Fox and now you can watch it all happen live. "The band and I are super excited to be joining you for this cool event.. and we have worked out some whickedly cool tunes especially for this show that I know you'll really like. THIS IS IT! Let's PARTY!" - pc

Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band features the outstanding musicianship and talent of Chicago area veterans JimmyJamz Fernandez, Gary Vermette, and Mike Streicher who all donate their time and skill in order to benefit worthy causes like the Algonquin Founders Days.

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Algonquin, IL

July 26 - 29, 2018

Online Tickets Available

Food & Drinks

The Taste of Algonquin

Event Schedule

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EVENT TIME VENUE QUICK LINK
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 04:00 PM SOCIAL GARDEN VOLUNTEER
VIP AREA OPENS 04:00 PM VIP AREA
TASTE OF ALGONQUIN 04:00 PM FOODIE ARENA
CARNIVAL OPENS 04:00 PM CARNIVAL
PIRATES OVER 40 07:30 PM MAIN STAGE BAND OVERVIEW
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 10:30 PM ENTIRE PARK

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Event Time Venue Volunteer Sign Up Link
1 SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 04:00 PM SOCIAL GARDEN
2 OPENING CEREMONIES 05:00 PM MAIN STAGE
3 TASTE OF ALGONQUIN 06:00 PM TASTE OF ALGONQUIN
4 BAND 1 TBD 07:00 PM MAIN STAGE
5 FEST AWARDS 08:00 PM MAIN STAGE
6 BAND 2 TBD 09:00 PM MAIN STAGE
Event Time Venue Volunteer Sign Up Link
1 SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 04:00 PM SOCIAL GARDEN
2 OPENING CEREMONIES 05:00 PM MAIN STAGE
3 TASTE OF ALGONQUIN 06:00 PM TASTE OF ALGONQUIN
4 BAND 1 TBD 07:00 PM MAIN STAGE
5 FEST AWARDS 08:00 PM MAIN STAGE
6 BAND 2 TBD 09:00 PM MAIN STAGE
Event Time Venue Volunteer Sign Up Link
1 SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 04:00 PM SOCIAL GARDEN
2 OPENING CEREMONIES 05:00 PM MAIN STAGE
3 TASTE OF ALGONQUIN 06:00 PM TASTE OF ALGONQUIN
4 BAND 1 TBD 07:00 PM MAIN STAGE
5 FEST AWARDS 08:00 PM MAIN STAGE
6 BAND 2 TBD 09:00 PM MAIN STAGE
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$5
Per Day

- Standard Entry Line
- Standard Gate Fee
- Pay onsite at the Gate

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$15 $12
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JULY 26 - 29, 2018

Founders' Days,
Algonquin, IL