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Check out our event listings for our special events. We've got art, food, music, and so much more. There is an event to suit every kind of visitor to The Forge.

Pollyanna Oktoberfest

Pollyanna Oktoberfest is back at The Forge and better than ever!
Sat, September 23rd, 2023, 2:00pm

"Forge On!" Scouting Adventure

"Forge On!", Three Fires Council's main Scouting Adventure, is open to all Scouts and their scout-aged siblings and friends. Come with your Pack, Troop, or family and enjoy all The Forge has to offer!
September 29th - October 1st, 2023

Fall Food Truck Fest

Catch all your favorite fall treats & autumn cuisines at our Fall Food Truck Fest!
Sat, October 7th, 2023, 3:00pm

Fall Adult Day Camp

Did you love camp when you were growing up? Make some new memories at this one-day camp just for adults!
Sun, October 8th, 2023, 9:00am
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Fall Kids Day Camp

Outdoor and active fall break camps for 7-14 year-olds that foster personal growth through education & recreation in our 300-acre adventure park.
Mon, October 9th, 2023, 10:00am
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"Back In Time" 80's Halloween Bash

We're gonna party like it's 1980-something! With tons of 80s-themed activities, photo ops, fall fun, and more, this Fall Bash is not one to miss.
Sat, October 14th, 2023, 1:00pm
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Character Meet & Treat

Both Meet & Greet and Trick-or-Treat with your favorite characters, heroes, and princesses!
Sun, October 22nd, 2023, 10:00am
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is check in for Concerts & Special Events at The Mount?

Once across the footbridge south of Lot 2, follow special event signage to head towards The Mount.  Please have your confirmation QR code ready upon arriving.

Can I buy tickets at the park or do I have to purchase ahead of time?

We highly recommend purchasing your tickets prior to visiting as this will expedite your check-in process.  However, for most events, you can purchase tickets on-site. 

Is it ADA accessible?

Yes, events at The Forge: Lemont Quarries are accessible. The venue is accessible via a crushed limestone path. For easiest access to the venue, please follow the below directions:

  • Handicap spots will be available in Parking Lot 2, the closest lot for easiest entry to The Mount (spots available on a first come, first serve basis. Must have valid handicap parking placard or plates).
  • For easiest access, it is recommended that guests use our dedicated drop-off/pick-up area prior to parking. This is located at the East Footbridge near Parking Lot 2.
  • Within the venue, there will be a designated ADA area for guests that provides the easiest access to the crushed limestone path and restrooms.
Can I bring in my own Food & Beverage?

Outside beverages are not permitted within The Mount lawn for ticketed events.  We have non alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages, and snacks available for sale.  All bags are subject to search.

Can I arrive early?

“Doors” to the lawn will be stated on the website per each event.  We recommended arriving 30-45 minutes early to allow time for parking and walking to check-in. 

Can I smoke or vape in the park?

No, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a smoke-free venue.

Can I bring in coolers?


Can I bring in outside alcohol?

Nope. We will happily take your alcohol and donate it to our Forge team outings.

What is seating like?

Seating is first come first serve unless otherwise stated.  We recommend guests bring their own chair or blanket to sit on. 

Are chairs provided?

Nope. BYOC! Unless otherwise stated for VIP seating areas.

What if it rains?

We are a rain or shine venue.  In the event of severe weather situations, The Forge reserves the right to reschedule and/or cancel special events.

Can I get a refund on the ticket I purchased?

All ticket sales for special events at The Mount are final, we hope you enjoy the event!

If I leave the event is there re-entry?

There is no re-entry to ticketed events at The Mount unless otherwise stated on event materials.

Are umbrellas permitted?

Handheld umbrellas are permitted, but large canopy umbrellas are not.

Are tents permitted?


Where should I park?

Please refer to your confirmation email & website event details for best parking instructions.  In some cases guests may be directed to auxiliary lots and be shuttled in. 

Can I tailgate?

No. Security will be present in parking lots. 

Is there camping?

Not yet!

What COVID-19 protocols are in place?

The Forge: Lemont Quarries implements the Restore Illinois COVID-19 guidelines as they are updated for outdoor recreation parks & amphitheaters. Please refer to our website for the most up to date precautions.

Where do I check in for VIP tickets?

Please follow park signage indicating VIP check in areas. There will be a separate line at the main entrance for VIP tickets.


What is included with my VIP ticket?

Please refer to specific event ticket details.

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