Editor’s note: The following is a sponsored post brought to you by the Romeoville Recreation Department.
Have you heard of RomeoFest? It’s a four-day-long celebration in Romeoville, filled with non-stop free entertainment for all ages to enjoy. The event is located at Deer Crossing Park (1050 W. Romeo Road) and Village Park (900 W. Romeo Road) and runs this year from Thursday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 6.
Here’s some “insider” knowledge for those wanting to plan a trip to this fun, family-friendly festival:
Admission: There is no admission price to get into the festival. You’ll pay to ride the carnival rides and for food, of course, but there are lots of free activities every day. There is a minimum carnival entrance fee for individuals 11 years and older attending the carnival (not including families with children). See more under the “carnival” section.
Joliet Junior College Family Stage: RomeoFest really puts an emphasis on family fun, and as a result it has a dedicated “Family Stage” with performances by acts including Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures, Jim and Jayne of Scribble Monster, Magical Balloon Dude Dale, Robin’s Dog Stars and the Jim Jensen Magic Show. Find the exact schedule for those performances here. Other events that kids will love include character appearances, a petting zoo, $2 pony rides, face painting and a car show.
Fireworks sponsored by Citgo: Fireworks aren’t over in July! RomeoFest will feature a fireworks show at Village Park on both Friday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 6 at 9:30 p.m. The show is best seen from Village Park (900 W. Romeo Road), but can be viewed anywhere on the grounds.
Carnival: Of course RomeoFest features a carnival. After 5 p.m., there is an admission fee to the carnival, although kids 10 and under are free, parents and children together are free, seniors are free and Mega Pass holders are free. Individuals 11 and older pay $5 each to enter the carnival area. Once there, you can purchase tickets individually for rides, but if you have kids who love a carnival and you’re going to visit more than one day, there’s a Mega Pass available for unlimited rides for all four days. That costs $45 cash (or $47 credit/debit) and is available to purchase through Aug. 2 at the Recreation Center (900 W. Romeo Road) during regular business hours. If you purchase it at the carnival, the cost is $50 (cash only). Alternately, there is a daily wristband that allows for unlimited rides on the day of purchase; that is $30 (cash only).
Food: Great food is a huge part of RomeoFest! Enjoy good eats like pizza, sausage, tacos, snowcones, burgers, Chinese, sandwiches and lots more!
Parking: Shuttle bus services with parking lots are available at the Carillon Club House, Grand Haven, Irene King School, Kenneth Hermansen School, RC Hill School, Romeoville High School and Volunteer Park. Shuttle buses operate on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There is limited onsite parking along 135thstreet/Romeo Road.
Toyota Main Stage: Enjoy live music at the kid-friendly Toyota Mainstage! Grad a blanket or lawn chairs for performances including a DJ Kickoff Party during the Food Fest 1 Mile Race, 7th Heaven, The Boy Band Night, The Hair Band Night, local Talent Show, Deacon Blues, 97nine, RHS Alumni Show, Nick Lynch Band & Rodd Tuffcurls and the Benchpress. Find the exact schedule for those performances here.
Go West readers: Do you have any tips on RomeoFest to share?