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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

Click here for our 2018 Fest Guide

Where

SPELLA PARK

2550 Harnish Dr.

Algonquin, IL

FEST OPENS

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

Friday, July 27, 2018 (09:00 AM to 11:00 PM)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (01:00 PM to 11:00 PM)(Parade @ 11AM)

Sunday, July 29, 2018 (08:00 AM to 06:00 PM)

Main Stage - Thursday Night - July 26

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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 - July 27

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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 - July 28

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Algonquin's Got Talent

Algonquin's Best of the Best Talents

Saturday 1PM

REGISTER FLYER

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Algonquin's Got Talent

Algonquin's Best of the Best Talents

Saturday 1PM

REGISTER FLYER

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 - July 29

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ALABASTER

Blues Rock Jam Band

Sunday 1:30PM

Alabaster

Blues Rock Jam Band

Sunday 1:30PM

Alabaster is a Chicago-based improvisational Blues Rock Jam Band. Our live sound and stage performance is the most important part of the experience. Our style is a mixture of covers and original material, usually mixed into each other as creative medleys.

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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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Rebel Souls

80's, 90's & 2000's

Sunday 3:30PM

Rebel Souls

80's, 90's & 2000's

Sunday 3:30PM

Rebel Souls is a hard hitting local cover band playing some of your favorite rock songs from the 80's 90's and 2000's based out of Algonquin IL, Rebel Souls provides a high energy show full of all your favorite songs even some you may have forgotten! The band has played numerous shows all over the Chicagoland area and are no strangers to the fest circuit so if your ready to sing along and party then Rebel Souls is the band for you!

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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.

SPELLA PARK

2550 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL

July 26 - 29, 2018

Online Tickets Available

Food & Drinks

The Taste of Algonquin

Event Schedule

BEST VIEWED IN LANDSCAPE / SIDEWAYS ON YOUR PHONE.
We are putting together the best line up of food, entertainment, games, and more for you and the entire family to enjoy.

EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
CARNIVAL FOR SPECIAL KIDS 4PM VOLUNTEER
CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA 4PM VOLUNTEER
SPELLA PARK OPENS 5PM VOLUNTEER
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 5PM VOLUNTEER
VIP AREA OPENS 5PM GET VIP
TASTE OF FOUNDERS 5PM
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 5PM
CARNIVAL FOR ALL OPENS 6PM
OPENING CEREMONIES 7PM
PIRATES OVER 40 7:30-9:30PM GET VIP
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 10PM
EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
FOUNDERS' EXPO / TRASH & TREASURE 9AM SIGN UP
DOG AND CAT SHOW REGISTRATION 9AM FLYER
DOG & CAT SHOW 10AM VOLUNTEER
CHILDREN'S GAMES 10AM VOLUNTEER
MOONWALK / BOUNCE HOUSE 10AM
TASTE OF FOUNDERS' 11AM
BAKE OFF - REGISTRATION 11AM
BAKE OFF - JUDGING 12PM VOLUNTEER
CARNIVAL WRISTBANDS ONLY 12PM
CARNIVAL OPENS FOR ALL 5PM
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 5PM
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 5PM VOLUNTEER
VIP AREA OPENS 5PM GET VIP
HIFI SUPERSTAR 5-6:30PM GET VIP
LIBIDO FUNK CIRCUS 7-8:30PM GET VIP
BOY BAND REVIEW 9-10:30PM GET VIP
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 11PM
EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
FOUNDERS' GOES MEDIEVAL PARADE 11AM REGISTER
PACKET
SPELLA PARK OPENS 1PM VOLUNTEER
TASTE OF FOUNDERS 1PM
ALGONQUIN'S GOT TALENT 1PM REGISTER
FLYER
CARNIVAL OPENS FOR ALL 1:30 PM
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 2PM VOLUNTEER
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 2PM
VIP AREA OPENS 2PM GET VIP
PARADE AWARDS ANNOUCED 4:30 PM
7TH HEAVEN 5PM GET VIP
FOCAL POINT 7PM GET VIP
MODERN DAY ROMEOS 9PM GET VIP
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 11PM
EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
BOY SCOUT TROOP 151 PANCAKE BREAKFAST 8AM VOLUNTEER
FOUNDERS' RUN CHECK IN 7AM VOLUNTEER
FOUNDERS' RUN 1 MILE 8AM REGISTER
RACE MAP
FOUNDERS' RUN 10K, 5K 8:30 AM REGISTER
10K RACE MAP
5K RACE MAP
FOUNDERS' 5K WALK 8:40 AM REGISTER
RACE MAP
FAMILY FUN DAY 9AM SIGN UP
FREE YOGA CLASS IN THE PARK 9AM
JUNIOR EAGLES PUNT, PASS & KICK COMPETITION 9AM
KIDS KRAFT KORNER 11AM VOLUNTEER
CARNIVAL OPENS - TICKETS & WRISTBANDS 11AM
TASTE OF FOUNDERS' 12PM
COMPETITIVE CAR SHOW (JCPENNY PARKING LOT) 10AM VOLUNTEER
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 12:30 PM VOLUNTEER
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 12:30 PM
VIP AREA OPENS 12:30 PM GET VIP
FAMILY OLYMPICS 1:30 PM VOLUNTEER
ALABASTER 1:30 PM GET VIP
NEW AGE AMERICANS 2:30 PM GET VIP
REBEL SOULS 3:30 PM GET VIP
MR. CAPONE'S BOOTLEGGER BAND 4:30 PM GET VIP
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 6PM
FOUNDERS' DAYS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 9PM RIVERFRONT PARK
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Daily Pass

$5
Per Day

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

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Online Only Special

$15 $12
All Weekend - BEST VALUE!!!

- Save 20% on Daily Pass Price
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- Custom Founders Pass Wristband
- VIP Koozie

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Online Only Special

$80 $35
All Weekend

- Over 50% off
- Express Entry Line - (All 4 days)
- 2 Drink Tokens
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- Full Access to VIP Social Garden
- Full Access to VIP Side Stage
- Private VIP Beer/Wine Line Access
- Private VIP Bathrooms and Sinks

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Food Vendors

... ... Knights of Columbus - Burgers, Dogs, Curds, and more
... ... Fat Tomato - Gourmet Mexican Food Truck Cuisine
... ... Rotary - Corn Roast
... ... RS Concessions - Italian Ice, Pretzels. Nachos, Lemonade and Flavored Lemonade
... ... Ruthella's - New Orleans Cuisine
... ... Midwest Citrus Smashers - Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, and offering Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango, Peach, Watermelon, Passion Fruit Lemonades and Limeade.
... ... Papa Saverio's - Pizza, Beef Sandwich, Gondola dogs, Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich
... ... Black Hawk BBQ & Seafood - Pulled Chicken and Pork Sandwich, Boneless Rib Sandwich, corn dogs, fish and chips, coconut butterfly shrimp
... ... Uncle Zorbas - A taste of Greece. Gyros, Shiskabob
... ... Manny's Handcrafted Gelato & Cafe
... ... Cheese Market Food Truck
... ... Perk N Pickle Food Truck
... ... Greek Tavern

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JULY 26 - 29, 2018

SPELLA PARK
Algonquin, IL