Today's Hours

Our 3rd Birthday Celebration

Forge Fest

Music, Fireworks, Activities, and more!

July 14th - July 16th, 2023

Come join us for a 3-day festival to celebrate our 3rd Birthday with live music throughout the entire weekend, including renowned cover band Maggie Speaks, and end the night with a firework show! 

Three years of adventures calls for 3 days of celebration! We’re filling the weekend with fun that encapsulates all that The Forge stands for: exhilaration, education, and entertainment! Get ready to spend the weekend outside in our gorgeous park with live music, entertainment, family-friendly activities, hands-on educational workshops, volunteer opportunities, challenging races, and more! 

For a festival like no other, come out to The Forge: Lemont Quarries from Friday, July 14th to Sunday, July 16th and enjoy all that The Forge has to offer!

Location:
Lemont Quarries, 227 Heritage Quarries Dr Lemont, IL, 60439

Details

Date:
July 14th - July 16th, 2023
Price:
FREE

Schedule

FRIDAY
6:00 PM
Forge Fest Races: Short Course Twilight MTB Race
7:30 PM
 - 11:00 PM
Glow In The Park
8:15 PM
Forge Fest Races: Night Trail Run
SATURDAY
NOON
 - 10:00 PM
Vendor Village
3:30 PM
 - 5:00 PM
Good Time Heroes
6:00 PM
 - 9:00 PM
Maggie Speaks
Dusk
Fireworks Show
SUNDAY
10:00 AM
 - 12:00 PM
Forever Homes Pet Rescue
10:00 AM
 - 1:00 PM
Face The Color Face Painting
10:00 AM
 - 1:00 PM
Model Act Studios Photo Booth
10:00 AM
 - 1:00 PM
HRET Pony Meet & Greet
10:00 AM
 - 1:00 PM
Nature Crafts
11:00 AM
 - 1:00 PM
Foam Party
3:00 PM
 - 5:00 PM
Led Zeppelin 2
***Arrive early for prime parking and seating!***

Performances

Maggie Speaks

SATURDAY at 6:00 PM

Maggie Speaks

Meet The Band

 

Having shared the stage with acts like Earth Wind and Fire, The Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, rapper Ton Loc, Loverboy’s Mike Reno, and Starship’s Mickey Thomas, among many others, Maggie Speaks is considered one of the hottest live cover bands in the Midwest. Covering music from the ‘60s through today, Maggie Speaks knows no musical limits ~ Rock, Pop, Top 40, Dance, Funk, Country, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, R&B, and more.

Led Zeppelin 2

SUNDAY at 3:00 PM

Led Zeppelin 2

Meet The Band

 

BRUCE LAMONT

The Chicago southsider is no stranger to the city’s rock scene. Bruce has been the frontman for the critically acclaimed avant-metal group Yakuza, touring all over the world.

 

GREG FUNDIS
Greg Fundis is a highly sought-after Chicago-based drummer known for bringing energy, groove and chops to his live performances spanning a multitude of musical genres.

 

MATTHEW LONGBONS
After winning Downbeat awards on jazz trumpet in high school, Matthew picked up the bass. Matthew was voted best unsigned bassist in America at the 2004 National Emergenza battle of the bands.

 

PAUL KAMP
By age 12, Paul was playing lead guitar in bands on Chicago’s southwest side. Kamp is recognized for his work with Busker Soundcheck, a Chicago trio known for inventive, interactive rock songs, including bowed-guitar and a range of electric and acoustic styles, a staple of the 1990’s Chicago music scene.

Activities & Workshops

Glow In The Park

FRIDAY

Glow In The Park

Friday, July 14th from 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Come climb at night! On specific Friday nights, experience their Climb & Zipline Adventure under the stars with special lights, music, glow sticks, and more.

Dog Rescue Spot

SUNDAY

Dog Rescue Spot

Sunday, July 16th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Forever Home Dog Rescue

  • More details coming soon

Face Painting

SUNDAY

Face Painting

Sunday, July 16th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Face The Color

  • More details coming soon

Foam Party

SUNDAY

Foam Party

Sunday, July 16th

11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, & 12:30 PM

  • 60 people admitted per party
  • Foam parties will begin every half hour until 1:00 PM
  • More details coming soon

Nature Crafts

SUNDAY

Nature Crafts

Sunday, July 16th

10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, & 12:30 PM

  • Join The Forge's Quarry Camp crew for fun nature crafts like making kindness rocks, mandalas, and more
  • More details coming soon

HRET Pony Meet & Greet

SUNDAY

HRET Pony Meet & Greet

Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy (HRET) "Empowers people through the Spirit of the Horse."  Their program serves the varied ability and veteran communities, improving their quality of life physically and emotionally by riding and bonding with horses. Come meet the HRET team and have your photo taken with their ponies!

Food & Beverage

Flyin' Hawaiian Food Truck

DATE TBA

Flyin' Hawaiian Food Truck

Transport to a beach in Hawaii with tropical meals and treats from Flyin' Hawaiian!

Tacomotora Food Truck

DATE TBA

Tacomotora Food Truck

With tacos, bowls, churros, street corn and more, Tacomotora offers Mexican Street Food perfection!

Holy Smoke Food Truck

DATE TBA

Holy Smoke Food Truck

What is a summer fest without quality barbecue? Enjoy the comfort foods and backyard staples at Holy Smoke.

My Funnel Truck

DATE TBA

My Funnel Truck

Satisfy your sweet tooth with carnival confections at My Funnel Truck!

Bricks On Wheels

DATE TBA

Bricks On Wheels

Ready made pizzas fresh from a wood fired oven!

Forge Fest Olympics

West X Climbing Time Trials

ALL WEEKEND

West X Climbing Time Trials

Feeling competitive? Get on the leaderboard for your chance to win Forge Fest Competition awards!

  • How To Sign-Up: Sign up when you check-in at Climb & Zipline Adventure
  • How To Compete: Let your activity host know that you will be competing and they will give you directions for how their activity is scored.
  • How To Win: Be sure to submit your scorecard when you are finished with all your desired competitions to be eligible for awards

Get your Climb & Zipline Adventure for Forge Fest weekend to compete!

 

Kayak Race

ALL WEEKEND

Kayak Race

Feeling competitive? Get on the leaderboard for your chance to win Forge Fest Competition awards!

  • How To Sign-Up: Sign up when you check-in at Explorer Day Pass
  • How To Compete: Let your activity host know that you will be competing and they will give you directions for how their activity is scored.
  • How To Win: Be sure to submit your scorecard when you are finished with all your desired competitions to be eligible for awards

Get your Explorer Day Pass for Forge Fest weekend to compete!

Archery High Score Competition

ALL WEEKEND

Archery High Score Competition

Feeling competitive? Get on the leaderboard for your chance to win Forge Fest Competition awards!

  • How To Sign-Up: Sign up when you check-in at Explorer Day Pass
  • How To Compete: Let your activity host know that you will be competing and they will give you directions for how their activity is scored.
  • How To Win: Be sure to submit your scorecard when you are finished with all your desired competitions to be eligible for awards

Get your Explorer Day Pass for Forge Fest weekend to compete!

Axe Throwing High Score Competition

ALL WEEKEND

Axe Throwing High Score Competition

Feeling competitive? Get on the leaderboard for your chance to win Forge Fest Competition awards!

  • How To Sign-Up: Sign up when you check-in at Explorer Day Pass
  • How To Compete: Let your activity host know that you will be competing and they will give you directions for how their activity is scored.
  • How To Win: Be sure to submit your scorecard when you are finished with all your desired competitions to be eligible for awards

Get your Explorer Day Pass for Forge Fest weekend to compete!

Forge Fest Races ($)

Twilight MTB Race

FRIDAY at 6:00PM

Twilight MTB Race

Friday, July 14th at 6:00 PM

Race into Forge Fest weekend with us! We’re kicking off our Forge Fest weekend with unique night trail runs and an MTB race on our single track trails. Grab your headlamps or a glow stick and join us for cool evening races.

  • Register here
    • Tier 1: $45 (until July 13th)
    • Tier 2: $50 (until Race Day)

Night Trail Run

FRIDAY at 8:15 PM

Night Trail Run

Friday, July 14th at 8:15 PM

Race into Forge Fest weekend with us! We’re kicking off our Forge Fest weekend with unique night trail runs and an MTB race on our single track trails. Grab your headlamps or a glow stick and join us for cool evening races.

  • Register here
    • Tier 1: $45 (until July 13th)
    • Tier 2: $50 (until Race Day)
Terms & ConditionsPrivacy Policy
cross