Rock the Block showcases a wide variety of food vendors ranging from local Lake Zurich establishments to food trucks. Since space at our event is limited, local restaurants/food vendors and returning vendors are given a priority registration period to participate in the event. After the priority period, the Rock the Block sub task force is responsible for identifying potential new vendors that may be a good fit. Please be aware that the sub-task force does encourage local participation, but we are also mindful that not all restaurants have the capacity and resources to be mobile at our event (off-site equipment, additional staff, etc.).
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There is no fee to attend Rock the Block. Any individual who wishes to purchase alcoholic beverage tickets at the event, must first produce a photo ID demonstrating 21+ and wear a free wristband identifying your age has been confirmed. Prices for adult beverages vary; $4 for domestic beer and $6 for craft beer, specialty drinks and wine. Prices vary per food vendor. For updated information on adult beverage selections and food vendors present at the fest, please visit lakezurich.org.
Annually we see approximately 7,000 people.
Yes. Rock the Block is geared more towards adult activities, but all ages are welcome to attend. There is a community playground at Lions Park for youth to use.
Backpacks, bags, purses, gym bags, food etc. can be brought onto the Rock the Block grounds. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed into the event. If alcoholic beverages are brought onto the grounds, the Lake Zurich Police Department will confiscate it or ask you to dispose of it immediately.
We have two locations on the Rock the Block grounds with porta-potties including handicap options and sinks.
There is a Rock the Block sub-task force that meets throughout the year that assists the Village with event operations. The task force reviews all survey feedback (annually surveys vendors, volunteers and community), assists with the booking of food vendors and event promotions and choses the entertainment at the Rock the Block event each year. The task force reviews bands based on emailed submissions and does make a point to see bands perform live prior to booking them for Rock the Block. You can find further information on the event including the bands by visiting lakezurich.org. If you perform or represent a band and would like them to be on the list that Rock the Block sub-task force reviews, please email information to Bonnie.Caputo@lakezurich.org. Please note that the sub-task force does selects bands for the following year within 60 days after the current event, so get your submissions in early.
The event is rain or shine! Come dressed to rock!
All sales are final; refunds are not available.
There are no ATMs at Rock the Block. Rock the Block does accept both debit and credit cards for wristbands/beverage tickets; however, this feature is not always accepted by every food vendor so we encourage you to also bring cash. There are a couple ATMs available within walking distance of downtown at Mo’s Liquor and Scoreboards Bar & Grill but you may want to call to make sure they are in service.
Volunteers are the backbone of our Rock the Block event! We have volunteer opportunities for everything from set-up, event operations (beverage server, ticketing, kids activities, volunteer check-in, etc.) to clean-up. Please visit lakezurich.org for further information on volunteer opportunities and to sign up electronically.
If you have any questions about Rock the Block in general, please contact the Village of Lake Zurich Park & Recreation Department at 847-438-5146 for assistance. We will do our best to return all messages in a timely manner.