This year's fest takes place on
July 20, 21 & 22, 2018
It began in the summer of 1942, partly in celebration of the victories of World War II, volunteer and service organizations came together to establish what we know today as Alpine Fest™. The Lions Club with it's newly established park in downtown Lake Zurich afforded a prime location for this event.
Over the years, as more and more people became active in the Lions Club, the carnival grew. Today the event is bigger and better than ever, It opens Friday night with The Fire Fighters Water Fights. Drawing more than 10,000 people per day to the park. For three days of carnival rides, games, food, family events and entertainment. The final day of the festival includes the Alpine Fest™ Parade down Main Street is the largest parade in Lake County. It is also the biggest single event of the year in Lake Zurich.
Conducting this festival on the third weekend in July each year requires an enormous amount of planning, a major financial investment in food, bands, tents, and carnival entertainment, it also requires the dedicated team of Lake Zurich Lions Club members to make and sell all the food, pop, funnel cakes, cotton candy, snow cones, pizza, pretzels, beer & wine, and thank you to the hundreds of other volunteers that help from the community.
Parade Kick-off time is 11:30 am Sunday, July 22, 2018
Participants may begin lining up at 9:30 am. No groups may enter the line up later than 10:30 am. All parade vehicles must enter the line up area through Paulus Park. Paulus Park is the first light on Route 12 North of Route 22. Turn right at the light to enter the park; continue right to the parking area where a member of the Lion’s Club will assist you. Please be prepared for the weather; sun screen and water are a good idea.