Plainfield Fest Returns

Three-day fest brings food, games and fun to downtown Plainfield.

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Plainfield Fest, the annual three-day fundraiser benefitting the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, will return to downtown Plainfield Friday through Sunday, July 18 to 20.

As always, the community event will include carnival ride from North American Midway Entertainment, games and food, as well as a brand-new beer tent and live music. This year, fest hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Midwest Bags Tournament, sponsored by Durbin's of Plainfield, will return to the fest's beer tent starting at noon Sunday, July 20. The event is a two-person team, double-elimination format, with an entry fee of $50 per team. A minimum of 32 teams are required for full payout on the prizes of $1,000 for first place, $300 for second, $200 for third, $130 for fourth and $50 for fifth. Click here to register or for more information. Last year, more than 50 teams participated in the tournament.

For the second year, the "Best Pizza" contest featuring local pizzerias will return to the activity tent. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, guests can pay $5 to sample a slice from each contestant and cast their votes for the winner.

Musical lineup

Plainfield Fest will once again feature plenty of live music in the beer tent. Here's this year's schedule:

  • 6 to 8:30 p.m.: Alter Ego
  • 9 p.m. to midnight: Spoken Four
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m.: KDL
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Gruband 
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Drunken Skunk 
  • 9:30 p.m. to midnight: ARRA
  • 1 to 3 p.m.: One of These Nights - Maggie Speaks

More fun stuff

New this year is Paint Nite, which will allow fest-goers to create their own masterpieces by choosing from three classes/portraits (click the links to sign up):
During each class, a Chicago Paint Nite performing artist will guide participants through creating their own unique painting. Organizers are asking residents to sign up for classes by the July 10 deadline — and they expect space to fill up quickly.

Other entertainment includes live remotes and musical performances at the food court/family entertainment stage:

  • 6 to 8 p.m.: 95.9 The River
  • 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Junkyard Groove
  • Noon to 2 p.m.: Radio Disney/toy check up by Doc McStuffins
  • 2 to 4 p.m.: WLRA 88.1 The Start (Lewis University radio)
  • 4 to 6 p.m.: QRock 100.7
  • 6 to 8 p.m.: Star 96.7
  • 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Michael Heaton acoustic
  • Noon to 2 p.m.: 98.3 WCCQ
  • 2:30 to 4 p.m. K-Hits 104.3
On Sunday, guests can also enjoy unlimited carnival rides for $23.

The Plainfield Business and Craft Expo is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday along Lockport and Des Plaines streets.

What's cooking

Plainfield Fest 2014 food vendors are:
  • Annabelle’s Bar-B-Q
  • Coach’s Catch
  • Frank’s Night Out
  • Maui Wowi Hawaiian
  • RS Concessions
  • Suzie’s Fun Foods
  • TCBY
  • Wild West BBQ
For more information on Plainfield Fest, visit the fest website or follow the event on Facebook.

Ericus Alanas July 18, 2014 at 06:34 PM
I cant recall having to pay to enter the beer tent, just need to show ID.
Vicky Polito July 18, 2014 at 06:37 PM
I think it was Midwest Brewers' Fest (later in summer) that had a cover charge but this is just a step on up and buy yourself a nice beer set-up.
Ed Arter July 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Friday quiting time--- Eddie Happy---hope Saturday will demolish all previous attendance records. Saw more patrons than I ever anticipated...all for the improvement to our Riverfront. We are starting to look like a Village of over 40,000. Looking to top this next year wil take some hard work.
RB July 19, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Congratulations to all people involved with the organization of Plainfield Fest. It keeps improving year over year and it's a fun event for the whole family.


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