ABOUT GURNEE DAYS

Run by the Gurnee Park District, Gurnee Days is a family-oriented weekend of music and entertainment for all ages! Gather the family to enjoy three days of delicious food, carnival rides and games, amazing fireworks, a themed parade and much more!

EVENTS

Gurnee Days offers three days of amazing entertainment that is fun for the whole family! From concerts in the park, to amusement rides and games, to a variety of food vendors, themed parade and more, Gurnee Days will provide the fun you and your family have been waiting for all summer! 

View our Gurnee Days events here

Parade Application (Online Submission)

Parade Application (PDF)

FOOD AND DRINKS

Gurnee Days offers a variety of local food choices, including 13 local food vendors in the food court on the south side of Viking Park, refreshments and treats in the amusement ride area, beer garden, and the Exchange Club of Gurnee's Ribfest on Saturday, August 8.

Hours for food and drink are listed in the chart below:

Food/Drink Area

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Food Court

5:30 - 10:30 pm

11:00 am - 11:00 pm

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Carnival Concessions

5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

1:00 pm - 11:00 pm

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rib Fest

NA

12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

NA

Beer Garden

6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

NA

EXHIBITS

General exhibit booths at Gurnee Days can help showcase your business or organization and are a fun way to engage visitors with activities and games (both of which are highly encouraged at each exhibit booth!). 

Exhibitor hours:

Saturday, August 8th

Sunday, August 9th

11:00am-7:00pm

11:00am-5:00pm

Exhibitor Booth Application (Online Submission)

Exhibitor Booth Application (PDF)

For any questions regarding renting a booth, please contact our Recreation Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SPONSORS

Gurnee Days appreciates the generous support of our sponsors!

A Platinum Sponsor partnership opportunity includes the following:

  • Partner exclusivity at the Gold level
  • Gurnee Days premier exhibitor booth (high traffic area)
  • Flutter flags placed near band shell
  • Stage mentions throughout the festival
  • Emcee recognition at parade
  • Gurnee Days parade entry
  • Banner on band shell
  • Logo in event advertising
  • Logo on Gurnee Days website
  • Logo on program cover
  • Logo on our "thank you" boards
  • Logo in Gurnee Park District program guide
  • Social media - 3 posts/tags leading up to the event

A Gold Sponsor partnership opportunity includes the following:

  • Gurnee Days premier exhibitor booth (high traffic area)
  • Flutter flags placess near band shell
  • Stage mentions throughout the festival
  • Emcee recognition at parade
  • Gurnee Days parade entry
  • Banner on band shell
  • Logo in event advertising
  • Logo on Gurnee Days website
  • Logo on program cover
  • Logo on our "thank you" boards
  • Logo in Gurnee Park District program guide
  • Social media - 3 posts/tags leading up to the event

A Silver Sponsor partnership opportunity includes the following:

  • Banner on band shell or in the "Kid's Zone" area
  • Logo in event advertising
  • Logo on Gurnee Days website
  • Logo on program cover
  • Logo on our "thank you" boards
  • Logo in Gurnee Park District program guide
  • Social media - 3 posts/tags leading up to the event

A Bronze Sponsor partnership opportunity includes the following:

  • Logo in event advertising
  • Logo on Gurnee Days website
  • Logo on program cover
  • Logo on our "thank you" boards
  • Logo in Gurnee Park District program guide
  • Social media - 3 posts/tags leading up to the event

Be a partner, provide a service and receive support from Gurnee Days.

Monetary discounts and labor must align with the Gurnee Days sponsorship pricing model (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze).

Cost coverage for In-Kind sponsorship is preferred.

Services, products and/or attractions must enhance the overall event experience.

Apply to become a sponsor!

If interested in becoming a Gurnee Days supporter, please click on the button above. You will be contacted within 48 hours of your application. Should you have any additional questions, contact our Sponsorship Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VOLUNTEERS

Gurnee Days would not be complete without all of our hardworking volunteers from throughout the community!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:

Date

Event

Time

Volunteers Needed

Friday, August 7

Food Booth Setup

2:00-5:00pm

2

Saturday, August 8

Gurnee Days 5K/10K Race

6:30am-TBD

3

Exhibit Booth Setup

7:00-10:30am

10

Ice Cream Eating Contest

1:30-2:30pm

2

Sunday, August 9

Petting Zoo

1:00-4:00pm

3

Parade

TBD

10

Volunteer Application

Volunteer applications, once completed, can be sent via email to our Recreation Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by mail (4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. 60031), or by drop off at any of our facilities.

PARKING/SHUTTLE BUS INFORMATION

Parking at Viking Park during Gurnee Days is very limited due to the volume of traffic and some parking areas are in use for the event (amusement rides).  It is highly recommended to park in the free public parking areas as indicated in the map below.  Other parking may be available from local businesses, and they may charge.  As this is private property, Gurnee Park District has no authority over the use or fees that may be associated with these areas.

In addition, on Saturday a shuttle bus service is provided.  Please see the map below for the shuttle bus routes.

Finally, Viking Park is not far from some residential areas.  Please be respectful of peoples' personal property and please stay on public walkways if you must walk by their homes.  

Parking near Viking Park can be found at the following locations:

Village Hall, 325 O'Plaine Rd., Gurnee, IL
Warren-Newport Library, 224 O'Plaine Rd., Gurnee, IL
Warren High School, 500 O'Plaine Rd., Gurnee, IL
Welton Plaza, Old Grand Ave. (next to Dairy Queen)
Viking Park West, 940 Kilbourne Ave., Gurnee, IL
Viking Middle School, 4460 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL

gurnee days parking map

Shuttle bus service is available for FREE beginning at 3:00 pm on Saturday of Gurnee Days and runs constantly until the conclusion of fireworks (and whenever traffic to the shuttle bus pick-up spot ends). All guests will be dropped off at the Viking Middle School and can walk to the festival from there. Stops are made at the following locations:

Warren High School (North Parking Lot), 500 O'Plaine Rd., Gurnee, IL
Welton Village Plaza, Old Grand Avenue (next to Dairy Queen)
Viking Middle School, 4460 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL

Please note: School buses are used for transportation so riders must be able to go up and the stairs on their own.