What could be more idyllic than a summer night enjoying music by the lake? That’s what loyal fans of the Concerts in the Park anticipate each year at Crystal Lake’s Main Beach.
The beloved concert series returns this summer with regional bands performing at the beach band shell every Tuesday at 7 p.m. from June through August. Best of all, the concerts and parking are free to the public.
“This year we are happy to announce we have a new and improved sound system,” says Jenny Leech, Crystal Lake Park District marketing manager. “This amenity will provide our guests with much easier listening throughout the band shell area, adding to an even more enjoyable atmosphere.”
The 2023 schedule encompasses 10 weekly concerts the entire family can enjoy. This year’s regional bands represent country music, cover bands, tribute bands, big bands, Latin favorites, instrumentalists and choirs.
Mark your calendars and don’t miss a beat. This year’s performers are: Mackenzie O’Brien Band (May 30), Crystal Lake Community Band (June 6), Jose Valdez & The Mambo All Stars (June 13), The Four C Notes (June 20), Voices in Harmony (June 27), Sushi Roll (July 11), Billy Elton (July 18), Crystal Lake Community Band (July 25), Rhythm Rockets (Aug. 1), and HiFi Superstar (Aug. 8).
Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, though there are some picnic tables, too. Folks can bring their own food and beverage (including beer and wine), and small charcoal grills are allowed.
“Food trucks will be on hand to tempt concertgoers with a variety of yummy specialties, too,” says Leech.
Another benefit for concertgoers is free parking. A variety of convenient locations are available, not just at Main Beach, but also at the grass triangle across the street, and a block away at South Elementary School.
Inclement weather is always a possibility. Decisions to reschedule are made by 4 p.m. the day of the concert.
Find out more about Concerts at the Park at crystallakeparks.org/special-events. Main Beach is located at 300 Lakeshore Drive, in Crystal Lake, (815) 459-0680.