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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.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the essence of Chicago right in the suburbs. Join us on May 25th for Blues, Brews & BBQ at The Forge, where music, beer from 15+ local breweries, and barbecue come together for an unforgettable Chicago festival experience.
Sat, May 25th, 2024, 12:00pm

The Forge Sings Disney

Do you know all the words to all the Disney songs? Join The Forge Sings Crew for two days filled with your favorite Disney songs to sing along with!
June 8th - June 9th, 2024
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Art About Dads

Join us to hear about Dads in Nature and some unique animal parenting styles and create a Father’s Day Nature Card & Bookmark for the Dads in your life OR simply keep for yourself!
Sun, June 16th, 2024, 11:00am
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Lemont Food Truck Festival

Indulge in a culinary adventure as 12+ food trucks converge for a day of delicious bites, accompanied by live music, a vibrant array of vendors, and of course, adventure at our third annual Lemont Food Truck Fest!
Sat, June 29th, 2024, 1:00pm

Movie In The Park: Frozen Sing Along

Get ready to sing your heart out at the Frozen Sing Along, where the magic of Disney comes to life at The Forge!
Sun, June 30th, 2024, 10:30am
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Forge Fest

Come celebrate our 4th Birthday with live music throughout the weekend, including renowned 80s cover band The Neon Night and end the night with a firework show!
Sat, July 13th, 2024, 5:00pm

Slackliner Workshop

Experience the thrill of slacklining as skilled instructors guide you through balance, coordination, and focus while walking the line and mastering various tricks and techniques.
Sun, July 21st, 2024, 11:00am
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Exotic Reptile Show

From colorful snakes to majestic lizards, learn about these amazing animals up close and personal in an engaging and educational setting with Crosstown Exotics on Sunday, July 28th.
Sun, July 28th, 2024, 11:00am
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Taco & Margarita Fest

Fiesta time! Indulge in a variety of taco creations from 8+ food trucks while sipping on mouthwatering margaritas, a variety of beers, and a vendor village. (Two complimentary margaritas included with each ticket)
Sat, August 3rd, 2024, 5:00pm

Market In The Park

Shop from a curated collection of 50+ small business owners and their handcrafted / sourced goods while also enjoying food trucks, live music, and more, in partnership with Curated Collections Events!
Sun, August 4th, 2024, 12:00pm

Movie In The Park: Arthur The King

Join us for a heartwarming evening under the stars at our "Movie In The Park" event featuring "Arthur The King" followed by a Q&A with racing experts from The US Adventure Racing Association on Sunday, August 11th, as part of Forge Family Fun Sundays! 
Sun, August 11th, 2024, 10:00am
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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ready, set, hunt! Grab your list of nature items and activities you need to collect or do to solve this nature scavenger hunt!
Sun, August 18th, 2024, 11:00am
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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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