Found among the lush Forest Preserves of Cook County, Oak Forest is a destination rich in natural beauty, restaurants, and community events. From championship level golfing to bike riding on miles of forested trails, the city offers something for every outdoor lover. Those looking to golf should check out the George W. Dunne National Golf Course, which is considered one of the top public golf courses in America. The city is also a haven for food lovers. Hungry patrons will find a variety of cuisines available at popular local establishments including Jack Gibbons Gardens, Rockin’ Horse Saloon and Grill, and more.
Oak Fest has been the premier early summer event in the Oak Forest area for more than 30 years, and it will take place July 3-8 in downtown Oak Forest. Attendees will encounter a family-friendly celebration of the community, complete with live music, a car show, carnival, vendors, contests, and more. Each night of the event presents patrons with performances by unique regional bands such as Infinity, The Flex Group, and Night Train. Families in attendance will love the carnival area, which will include rides and carnival games for everyone from kids to adults. At the craft and vendor showcase, people can browse a variety of vendors selling some exceptional handmade crafts, art, and more. The ever-popular Car and Bike Show will return this year and feature an impressive collection of factory originals, restorations, customs, and brand new machines. Foodies looking for a fix are at the right event. Here attendees can purchase a variety of meals and refreshments from 10 popular vendors. Those looking for some friendly competition will love participating in the Bean Bag Tournament, which will award the top three teams with fun prizes. Make sure to stick around because the event features one of the best fireworks shows in the region. ResortsandLodges.com interviewed Deborah Houtz to learn more about this unique extravaganza.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
DH: This is the 31st year of Oak Fest.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
DH: We typically see about 30,000 attendees over the six days of the event.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
DH: All, we have something fun for everyone to enjoy.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
DH: All proceeds from this event go to nonprofit organizations that volunteer at the event. So every dollar raised goes right back into the community.
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
DH: Attendees can enjoy live music, carnival rides, food vendors, craft fair and several beer tents serving over 20 beers! Plus, we have one of the region’s top fireworks displays.
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
DH: We have several local radio personalities on hand celebrating with our attendees.
RAL: What dining options will patrons find?
DH: There will be some great meal and refreshment options from 10 different local food vendors.
RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere?
DH: It’s a fun and festive family atmosphere with entertainment for all ages and FREE admission.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
DH: There are no lodging specials, but there are a variety of hotels in the area. Follow the link for some local options.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
DH: Absolutely! People attending our event spend money at businesses throughout the community.
RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?
DH: All proceeds from the event go-to local nonprofits working at the event. It's an excellent way for people to connect and support local organizations that benefit the community.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
DH: We have something for everyone. It’s a great experience for families, couples, singles, and friends. We encourage everyone to join us!
For more information about Oak Fest, please visit the event website.