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Little Bear Ribfest – Vernon Hills Lions

August 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Vernon Hills Lions still looking for volunteers to assist on Saturday night.

The 7th Annual Little Bear Ribfest is returning to Vernon Hills  on August 18th and 19th. We have put together another amazing line-up of award-winning blues music in addition to several restaurants serving their most delectable ribs and side dishes! Grab your lawn chairs, head to Century Park, and enjoy this fun festival along the shores of Little Bear Lake.

Little Bear Ribfest is truly a community event. Our special thanks to the Village of Vernon Hills and the volunteer groups who support the event each year. Everyone works tirelessly to bring you this event, and it shows! Vernon Hills has arguably the best festival site in all of Lake County. Now let’s eat barbecued ribs!

Tickets ($5 for individuals over 5 years old) are available for purchase at the event gate on festival dates.


Century Park 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. The park is located 3 miles west of I-94 and just north of Route 60/Townline Rd.

Admission Fee $5 per person ( 5 years  & younger are free).  Tickets are available for purchase at the event gate on August 18 and 19. Additional fees are charged for food & beverage. Alcoholic beverage tickets can be purchased with cash or credit/debit cards until 10:30 pm each evening.  A wristband is required before purchasing tickets.

Seating There will be picnic tables in the park, however, you are welcome to bring in a lawn chair or blanket.

Parking Free parking & free shuttle service are available at the Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills.  Shuttle service starts nightly at 6 pm. Please do not park in business parking lots adjacent to the event site. Police will be towing illegally parked vehicles.

Handicapped Parking or Drop-off There is a limited number of parking spots located in the southbound lanes on Lakeview Parkway. Please let a traffic attendant know that you need access to the handicapped parking area.


Q. Is there an ATM on site? There will not be an ATM on park grounds, but there is an ATM directly across the street at Vernon Hills Bank & Trust. Credit/debit cards are accepted at the main entrance, beer ticket booth, and at some food vendors.

Q. Can I bring in a cooler or outside food? Coolers and outside food are not permitted at Ribfest. However, we do make an exception for food and beverage for young children.

Q. Can I bring my dog to Ribfest? Only approved service animals will be allowed into the park during Ribfest.

Q. Does the park close if it rains? Ribfest will remain open if it rains, but will close temporarily during periods of lightning. Ribfest works with the local emergency management weather team to monitor the weather. If the event does need to close temporarily due to lightening, all guests will be asked to leave the park at that time. When the lightning is safely past the park, Ribfest will reopen.


August 18, 2017
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Maggie Jabeck


Century Park
1001 Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL United States
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