Plainfield Fest Returns To Downtown Plainfield
PLAINFIELD, IL — Plainfield Fest returns this month with another change of venue. The annual event, featuring live bands, food, a carnival and a bags tournament, benefits the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation’s efforts to revitalize the DuPage riverfront in Plainfield. This year’s Plainfield Fest kicks off Friday, July 14, and ends Sunday, July 16.
This year, the festivities were slated to move from downtown Plainfield to Electric Park/the riverfront. But on Thursday, Plainfield police announced that “numerous events beyond our mutual control have prompted both the Riverfront Foundation and the Village to agree to a modified plan which includes a portion of the downtown and Lockport Street.”
Plainfield Riverfront Foundation Executive Director Rob Epley said organizers and village officials had concerns due to the Nicor pipeline replacement project. “They’re now working on the riverfront,” Epley said, adding safety comes first. He said fest organizers, the village, police and fire departments quickly worked together to find a solution.
“We know how the old model works downtown,” he said. “We’ll still have the best fest ever.” With bigger and better rides, Epley said the carnival will still move to Plainfield High School – Central Campus.
Epley said the fest will move to the riverfront in 2018.
Police said locations for this year’s events are now as follows:
- The beer tent and main stage will return to Des Plaines Street north of Lockport Street and include the old fire station property on Des Plaines Street.
- A vendor area will include Lockport Street from Illinois Street west to Fox River Street.
- The food court will include the municipal parking lot behind Andreasen Travel and Des Plaines Street south of Lockport Street.
- The carnival will move to Plainfield High School – Central Campus, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive.
Fest hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Performers for Friday will be locals Gruband; Semple, fronted by “The Voice” contestant and area resident Keith Semple; and country singer Stephen Neal. Saturday’s lineup includes performances by School of Rock, Cortney Ferretti, Burning Bridges, The Boy Band Night and Hi Infidelity.
The bags tournament — dubbed “the Midwest’s largest bags tournament” by fest organizers — starts at noon Sunday in the beer tent on Des Plaines Street. Online registration is open for the pool play-format tournament, which guarantees each team at least four games. There is a $50 entry fee per team, with a maximum of 80 teams. Teams will vie for cash prizes, and check in starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 16.
The following road closings will start at 5 p.m. July 13 and end before 5 a.m. July 17:
- Lockport Street will be closed from Illinois Street to James Street.
- Des Plaines Street will be closed from Oak Street to Chicago Street.
- Fox River Street between Ottawa Street and Commercial Street will be one-way, southbound. The east side will be sectioned off to serve pedestrians traveling to/from the Carnival through the gate at the south end of Fox River Street.
- There will be limited access to those portions of Lockport Street between James Street and Fox River Street and from Illinois Street to Route 59 (with a right-turn-only onto southbound Route 59). There will be no access to westbound Lockport Street from Route 59.
Parking will be available in the municipal parking lots on Des Plaines Street north of Oak Street and on Illinois Street north of the Library. Limited parking will be available at Plainfield Central High School in the parking lot north of the stadium, parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts, and in the south parking lot off of Fort Beggs Drive. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available in the municipal parking lots and at the High School. Parking will be restricted to one side of the street on the following roadways: Commercial Street, Ottawa Street, Chicago Street, Fox River Street, Des Plaines Street and Oak Street.
Get Plainfield Fest updates on the event Facebook page.