Coming Soon

September 1st - 5th 2016
New Location
951 McHenry Road
Fun for All Ages



Our parade will continue to run on Sunday, September 4th, down Bernard Drive and Raupp Boulevard, as it has for many years.
Launches from Bernard Drive and Indian Hill Drive, with the parade running east on Bernard to Raupp, then turning north to St. Mary’s Parkway.

For further info and applications, email


The Buffalo Grove Days BBQ Challenge is a friendly competition, meant for the backyard BBQer. There are 5 categories: Burgers, Poultry, Ribs, Brisket, and Pulled Pork. Contestants may enter as many categories as they desire. Entry fee is $5 per plate. This year’s Challenge will be held on Saturday Sept. 3. If you think your BBQ is the best, or you just want to have a great time, then get your entry in and let us be your judge.
Click Here for Rules and Application: BBQ Challenge rules and App 2016


Thanks to our sponsors, without whose generous support, we would not be able to provide this exciting and fun community festival.

We urge you to patronize our sponsors, and tell them you appreciate their community involvement.


The Arts & Crafts Fair at Buffalo Grove Days has featured many crafters since its introduction nearly 30 years ago. Each year, handmade crafts are brought in by these very talented people from everything  from handmade jewelry, candles, and clothing for the entire family, to clocks, baby blankets, and table runners.

There is certainly something for every room, taste, and style. So kick off your weekend or right before you leave the festival, stop and shop at the Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday (11:00 am – 6:00 pm) and Monday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)

For information on being part of the Arts & Crafts Fair, please contact


The Business Fair is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, and Monday from Noon to 4:00 pm.

List of participants coming soon

For information, contact the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce at 847-541-7799 or


Every year, the Buffalo Grove Days Committee and the Commission for Residents with Disabilities team up to present the Food & Fun Program. This is a special program for people with disabilities and their immediate families (living in the same household) to enjoy the fun of the festival.

Event takes place in the Carnival Area and Food Tent on Monday from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Pre-registration is required for this event. Attendance is limited to the person with a disability and no more than 4 immediate family members or caregiver living in the same household; additional people are $10 per person.

To register, email to


The Buffalo Grove Days food tent will again provide festival goers with a full plate! We like to think of it as a Taste of Buffalo Grove and Area. You can plan on a full course meal from appetizers to desserts, under one tent! There is something for every age and every taste from all your favorite restaurants.

The restaurants are presenting “signature items” that we all know and love. Local not-for-profit organizations complete the meal selections by providing water, pop, coffee, hot chocolate, and other goodies.

Vendors scheduled to participate :

               Food vendor list and menu list coming soon!



main stage info here

beer tent info here


Ryan Freeman Balloons
Ryan Freeman Balloons

Carnival & Rides

Carnival Hours


  • Thursday 6:00 – 10:00 pm (Wristband Option for Unlimited Rides)
  • Friday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday 1:00 – 11:00 pm (Wristband Option for Unlimited Rides 1:00 – 6:00 pm only)
  • Sunday 1:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Monday 12:30 – 6:30 pm (Wristband Option for Unlimited Rides)



30 Tickets for ONLY $30, Buy at Village Hall During August or Buy Tickets on Site: Tickets are $1.25 each or $25 for 22 tickets. $60 buys you 55 tickets.

Wristband Specials


  • $25 Gets You Unlimited Rides
  • Good ONLY on the day purchased
  • Valid ONLY for use Thursday 6:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 – 6:00 pm, Monday 12;30 – 6:30 pm


Credit Cards or Cash are accepted for ride tickets. Food and games are cash only.



Ride tickets are $1.25 apiece, with sheets of 22 tickets for $25, and family sheets of 55 tickets for $60. The number of tickets required per ride varies from 2-4 tickets, and is posted in front of each ride. Unlimited ride wristbands will be available for $25. The wristbands will be valid ONLY on Thursday 6-10pm, Saturday 1-5pm, and Monday 12:30 - 6:30 pm. The wristbands are valid only for the date of purchase. Carnival games can be played for cash only. Prices will be posted at each game.
Unfortunately, no. Due to the proximity of homes to the festival grounds, it is not safe to conduct a fireworks show at Mike Rylko Community Park. If the fireworks remained at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course, where they’ve been held in past years, the show would not be visible from the new Buffalo Grove Days grounds. There will still be musical entertainment each night of the festival, and the Village of Buffalo Grove will continue to host Fourth of July fireworks at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course.
While we are all animal lovers, the village municipal code 6.12.130 prohibits "any dog, even though on a leash, to be in or on any public property during festivals , or special events." The only exceptions are for trained and registered service animals - "dogs leading special needs persons."
No. Buffalo Grove Days is held entirely on Buffalo Grove Park District property. A park district ordinance prohibits the use of any tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes.
Beginning in 2016, Buffalo Grove Days will be held at Mike Rylko Community Park, 951 McHenry Road. The park is located on the east side of McHenry/Route 83, between Buffalo Grove Road and Deerfield Parkway, next to the spray ’n’ play park.
The Village of Buffalo Grove wanted to find a location that would allow all Buffalo Grove Days activities to be on the same grounds so that attendees would not have to cross a busy road to navigate the festival. At the same time, Cook County announced plans to reconstruct and widen Lake-Cook Road beginning in 2016. Although the Lake-Cook Road construction project has been postponed, Buffalo Grove Days’ relocation plans proceeded with the public’s current and long-term safety in mind. The new location was chosen after extensive work by village hall and police staff, members of the volunteer Buffalo Grove Days committee and Buffalo Grove Park District officials.
There is no general parking available at the festival site. Public parking is available on nearby residential streets. Free shuttle service will also be available from remote lots. (See our “Parking & Shuttle” section for details.) Handicapped parking for vehicles displaying valid placards or license plates will be available on festival grounds (by the Fitness Center).

Yes! The parade route and day (Sunday) remains the same. The only change is a NEW START TIME to make it easier for families to enjoy ALL the activities of Buffalo Grove Days:

11:00 am (NOTE NEW START TIME!!!!

The parade will start from the intersection of Bernard Drive and Indian Hill Drive. It will travel east on Bernard and continue north onto Raupp Boulevard until it reaches St. Mary's Parkway.

Our New Location


Parking & Shuttles

Parking and Shuttle Information goes here

As in the past in our previous location, we are not able to provide general parking on-site. Parking is available at several locations throughout the Village, with Shuttle Service to the festival grounds. These locations include: (still being finalized)

  • Willow Stream Park
  • Buffalo Grove High School – shuttle stops at north end of parking lot only)
  • Federal Express Building on Lake Cook Road
  • Buffalo Grove Village Campus

Shuttles will pick up at the General Parking locations above. Hours of Operation are:

  • Thursday 6:30 pm – midnight
  • Friday 6:30 pm – midnight
  • Saturday 10:00 am – midnight
  • Sunday 7:00 am – midnight
  • Monday 10:00 am – midnight


Route Map – (still being finalized)

On-site parking for persons with disabilities will be available in the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center lot, for vehicles displaying proper placards or plates.

An on-site shuttle will be available to assist persons with disabilities within the festival grounds.

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