2020 Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest


Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, our festival committee has made the difficult decision to CANCEL our annual festival for this year.

Please click here to view the full cancellation notice which includes a detailed explanation as to what exactly went into making this difficult decision.

We hope to see you all next year, July 15th thru 18th, 2021

Held In the Braidwood Park District's Old Smokey City Park (245 W. First St. Braidwood, IL. 60408)

Rides, Games, Food, Free Nightly Entertainment, Bingo and much, much more for the entire family.

**Scroll Down The Page For More Information** 

Scroll down the page to find the following entry forms or applications which are now available:

** A special thank you to all of our sponsors.  Be sure to visit the Summerfest Sponsors Page to find out which Star Sponsors are helping to make Summerfest shine. **

Click here for a map of the festival grounds

**Please Note** No Unauthorized Vending, Soliciting, Peddling or Concession Sales Allowed On Braidwood Park District Grounds During The Festival.  All Vendors, Solicitors, Peddlers or Concession Vendors Must Be Registered And Approved By The Braidwood Lions Club.  Any Unauthorized Vendors, Solicitors, Peddlers or Concessioners Will Be Asked To Leave Park Grounds.


For safety reasons, no pets will be allowed on festival grounds in the carnival midway area, food court, entertainment areas, flea market areas, parking lots or baseball field areas, regardless of size, temperament, or leash.  Only certified ADA service animals will be permitted.  Anyone found walking about the festival grounds will be asked to take their pets back home.


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                          Exelon Generation Entertainment Stage Line Up


**Free Live Musical Entertainment Nightly**

Each night during the festival live musical entertainment takes place on the Exelon Generation Entertainment Stage.  Bands from around the area perform a wide variety of styles and hits. 

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find a complete entertainment lineup.


                                          Other Events, Activities & Entertainment

Check Back In The Months Prior To The Festival To See What Events, Activities & Entertainment Are In Store For Summerfest



**2020 Summerfest Carnival Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details.

The carnival midway is provided by A&A Attractions.

Click here for A&A Attractions' web site.

- Carnival Hours -

Thursday :  6:00pm. to 11:00pm.   

                        **Family Night Ride Special $1.50 Per Ride**

Friday :  6:00pm. to 11:00pm.  

                    Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides All Night (Wristbands)

Saturday :  1:00pm. to Midnight  

                        Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides From 1-5pm.  OR 6-11pm. (Wristbands)

Sunday :  2:00pm. to 10:30pm.

                      Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides From 2-6pm. (Wristbands)

- Purchase an unlimited rides wristband from the carnival midway ticket booth on Sunday and receive a chance to win one of two bicycles.  Winners must be present to win.  Drawing will be held at 6:30pm. at the midway ticket booth.  Bicycles provided courtesy of A&A Attractions.

Each Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides Session Requires A New Wristband To Be Purchased

**Family Night ride special pricing applies to tickets purchased at the carnival midway ticket booth only**

Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show        Saturday & Sunday


Please see the detailed explanation posted at the top of this page 

The flea market is located at the south end of the Braidwood City Park (First & Center St.)   For more information about the flea market please call  Flea Market Coordinator Andy Kaminsky at (779)233-1026.   

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show vendor application form.

Hometown Proud Parade       Sunday

                                  Coordinated by:

  Braidwood American Legion Koca Post #39 


The annual Hometown Proud Parade will take place on Sunday  starting at 1:00pm on Braidwood's Main Street.  

Line up will begin at 12:30 on Mitchell St. next to Casey's.  The parade will begin at Main & Mitchell Street, travel down the Main Street to Walker Street, turning south on Walker Street and ending on Walker Street behind the Reed Custer Intermediate School.  For more information on the Hometown Proud Parade please call Parade Coordinator Jim Canup at (815)458-2642. 

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form.

Car Show     Saturday

**2020 Summerfest Car Show Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details

Coordinated by:  The RC Gridiron Club

We're adding a car show to this year's Summerfest. 

All Makes, Models & Years are welcome to participate.  There will be a $15.00 registration fee.  Registration will take place on the day of the event from 9:30am to 10:30am.  All participants must be parked by 11am to be judged.  Free goodie bags to the first 100 registrants.  Trophies will be awarded at 2pm to the top 25 participants.

Show cars can enter thru the north entrance gate off of Third Street.  Follow signs to show area.

Spectator parking will be available in the north parking lot off of Third Street or the south parking lot off of First Street.

All proceeds from registration fees will benefit the RC Gridiron Club's activities and missions.

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Car Show informational flyer.

Baby Contest     Saturday

**2020 Summerfest Baby Contest Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details

Coordinated by: The Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition

The annual Summerfest baby contest coordinated by The Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition will take place on Saturday at the main entertainment stage starting promptly at 10:00a.m.  For more information, please call the Coalition office at (815)390-5024 and leave a message for a return phone call.

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Baby Contest entry form

Pie Eating Contest       Saturday

**2020 Summerfest Pie Eating Contest Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details

The Annual Summerfest Pie Eating Contest will take place on Saturday under the hospitality tent next to the Bingo pavilion starting at 1:00p.m.  With several age categories, both young and old can showcase their pie eating talents without the use of their hands or utensils.  

Walk up registration on the day of the contest will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis starting at 12:30pm.  There will be no pre-registration.

7th Annual Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament

**2020 Summerfest Baseball/Softball Tournament Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details

Sponsored by:  Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association 


The Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association (BBSA) will be holding their

7th Annual Youth Baseball/Softball Tournament 

during Summerfest.

Tournament Divisions:

Baseball:  8U, 10U, 12U & 14U (double elimination tournament)

Softball:  10U, 12U

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official 2020 Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Team Registration Form.

For more information please email [email protected].

Braidwood Fire Department Booth & Displays

       Be Sure To Stop By The Braidwood Fire Department's Fire Prevention Booth Located Just North Of The Bingo Pavilion

            - Equipment Displays               - Fire Prevention Information 

            - Blood Pressure Checks          - Blood Glucose Checks

Fireworks Display                  Sunday

**2020 Summerfest Fireworks Display Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details.

Be sure to grab your lawn chairs or blankets and come on down to the park for the grand finale.  

The annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest fireworks display will bring the festival to a close with a bang on Sunday night starting at 9:30pm.  Always a crowd pleaser, the annual fireworks display is sure to amaze you as you get a close up seat to all the action. 

The fireworks display is provided by Mad Bombers Fireworks Productions.

Click here to visit Mad Bombers Productions' web site

Food Court

10 food vendors make up the food court which is located just off the entertainment area.  

A wide variety of choices are available to fit every taste.  American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and BBQ are among the wide variety of foods to choose from.

Food Court Hours:

Thursday   5:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.

Friday   5:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)

Saturday   12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)

Sunday   12:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.


**2020 Summerfest Bingo Canceled**

Please see the detailed explanation located at the top of this page for full details.

Bingo games are played nightly throughout the festival under the Lions pavilion.  

Bring your friends!!

Bingo schedule:

Thursday :  6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Friday     :   6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Saturday :   2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

                           6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Sunday   :   2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

                           6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

$0.25 per card

Must be 18 years or older to play.






Parking is available on either the north end of the park (3rd Street entrance), the south end of the park (1st Street entrance) or the east side of the park (Center Street temporary entrance).  Handicap parking is available on a first come, first serve basis next to the Lions bingo pavilion.  Handicap permits or license plates are required to park in a handicap zone.  There is also handicap parking available near the flea market on a first come, first serve basis. 

Contact Information

Summerfest General Information:   Wayne Saltzman    (815)458-6444

                                                         Josh Bolatto      (815)791-8093

              Fax:  (815)458-3842         Email:  [email protected]

-2020 Summerfest Committee-

Festival Chairman:                                             Wayne Saltzman      (815)458-6444

Festival Operations Coordinator:                        Josh Bolatto            (815)791-8093

Carnival Coordinator:                                        Gary Bumgardner      (815)458-6548  


Flea Market Coordinator:                                   Andy Kaminsky         (779)233-1026

Parade Coordinator:                                          Jim Canup                (815)458-2642

Bingo Coordinator:                                            Mary Kaminsky         (815)685-2198

Beer Garden Coordinator:                                  Chris Earley             (815)325-8402

Utilities Coordinator:                                        Rob Grivetti              (815)791-0755

Sponsorship Coordinator:                                   Josh Bolatto             (815)791-8093

Carnival Ticket Pre-Sale Coordinator:                 LuAnn Bolatto          (815)458-6055

Publicity & Advertisement Coordinator:             Josh Bolatto             (815)791-8093

BAHCC Baby Contest Coordinator:                     Pam Dell'Aquila         (815)712-7767

BBSA Fast Pitch Youth Tournament:                   Jerry Curl                 (815)701-3494

Click here for a map to Summerfest


All events, activities, performances and entertainment are held in an outdoor setting and are subject to the weather elements.  Events & activities are subject to change or cancellation with little or no advanced notice due to the weather.  Vendors are responsible for providing their own shelters, canopies, tents or awnings.  Carnival rides may be shut down at the discretion of A&A Attractions management and operators due to hazardous weather conditions and/or safety concerns.  No refunds will be given for carnival ride tickets or wristbands due to cancellations caused by hazardous weather and/or safety concerns.  Live photography and video/audio taping will be taking place throughout the festival grounds each day.  Your presence on festival grounds and/or participation in any festival activity, event or tournament shall serve as consent to photograph and/or video/audio recording.