Rotary GroveFest in Downers Grove: Carnival Rides, Outdoor Fun, Booths, Prizes, and More

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Our neighbors in Downers Grove are featuring the Rotary GroveFest today through Sunday after not having it last year with the pandemic. This wonderful four-day festival is presented by the Rotary Club of Downers Grove and will have carnival rides, games, live music, delicious food, local beer in the beer garden, and more in the Downers Grove downtown area. 

What: Rotary GroveFest 2021 


Aug. 19 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Aug. 20 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (carnival rides open at 12 p.m.)

Aug. 21 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (carnival rides open at 12 p.m.)

Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Downtown Downers Grove

Carnival Rides and Midway 

GroveFest’s carnival rides will be set up along the midway. In addition to the Tilt-a-Whirl, carousel and other great rides, they will include the following: 

  • Zero Gravity 

  • Iron Dragon 

  • Pharaoh's Fury

  • Orbiter 

  • Tea Cups 

  • Tornado 

  • Combo Cars 

There will also be a gigantic slide and a funhouse! 


A $30 wristband is available on-site to get unlimited access to rides at certain times during the local festival. 

Special times: 

  • Aug. 19: 5 pm to 11 pm

  • Aug. 20: 12 pm to 5 pm 

  • Aug. 21: 12 pm to 5 pm 

  • Aug. 22: until 10 pm

Live Music 

Live music will be featured every day, and in order to get into the concert area and beer garden, there is a $5 cover. Check out the music schedule below. 

Aug. 19 

7:15 pm: Black Bolts 

9:30 pm: 7th Heaven 

Aug. 20 

5 pm: Billy Elton 

7:15 pm: Electro Retro 

8:45 pm: Briley 

9:30 pm: Serendipity 

Aug. 21 

4:30 pm: Mason Rivers 

6:15 pm and 8:45 pm: The Pack Drumline and Dance Crew 

7 pm: Valius 

9:30 pm: The Millennials 

Aug. 22 

5:45 pm: Wild Daisy 

8 pm: Sushi Roll 

About Rotary GroveFest, courtesy of

Proceeds from Rotary GroveFest benefit more than two dozen nonprofits in and around Downers Grove. Throughout the four-day event, a number of Downers Grove restaurants and retailers are offering Rotary GroveFest specials.

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