5 cool things to do in McHenry County

1. Lake in the Hills’ Summer Sunset Fest is set to start Friday, Sept. 3, and run through Sunday with carnival rides, food and beer, and fireworks.

The festival will start at 3 p.m. Friday in Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, and conclude after Sunday’s fireworks show, scheduled for 9:30 p.m., according to the event’s website.

On Friday, a classic and custom car show will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., a wine tasting tent will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m., and family bingo is set for 6:30 p.m. The live music is being headlined by the This End Up Band, which will perform from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the Flood Brothers Main Stage.

Festival grounds will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and a parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the corner of Grafton Farm and Miller roads, travel east down Miller for 1 mile and conclude at the corner of Albrecht and Miller roads. Food and beer tents will open at 11 a.m., the Doggie Derby Dash will be held at 11:30 a.m., and carnival rides open at noon.

Live music Saturday will start up at 2:30 p.m. with Istvan and His Imaginary Band, followed by The Instinct at 4:30 p.m., and from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Shining Start, a tribute band to Earth, Wind & Fire. The Saturday headliner is Too Hype Crew from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

On Sunday, a bags tournament is planned, and so is more live music, starting at 1 p.m. The Fireworks 5K will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For information, go to summersunsetfest.com.

2. Christ Community Church is holding a grand opening for its new campus in Huntley with free Celebrate Huntley events that are open to the public.

On the schedule is an outdoor family movie night starting at 7 p.m. Friday with free popcorn and ice cream. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.

A family carnival follows the next weekend with jump houses, an obstacle course, wind tunnel, tattoos and face painting, free popcorn and ice cream, and a taco truck. The event starts at 3 p.m. Sept. 11.

The next day will be the church’s grand opening worship service and picnic, which starts at 10 a.m. and includes a free lunch.

For information, go to ccclife.org.

3. The McHenry Outdoor Theater is holding an ‘80s throwback weekend this Friday and Saturday with a double-feature of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The first movie will start at 8:10 p.m., according to the theater’s Facebook page. The box office opens once the line of cars at the entrance reaches the roads or 6:30 p.m., whichever comes first.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 11 and younger, as well as for older adults ages 60 and older and current and former members of the U.S. military.

4. Live music will continue as part of Summer Music Sundays at Miller Point along the Fox River and Boone Creek.

This week’s performance, which will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, will be by Lara Bell, a Chicago-based country singer and songwriter.

Attendees are welcome to grab some food from one of the local downtown bars or restaurants and bring their own lawn chair.

For information, go to mchenryriverwalk.org.

5. The final show of the season by the nationally ranked Wonder Lake Ski Team is set for this Sunday.

The show will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wonder Center Beach, 4110 E. Lake Shore Drive, where attendees are welcome to bring their own blanket or chair. Admission is free and on-street parking is available.

Soft drinks and team sportswear are available to buy through the boosters.

For information, go to wonderlakeskiteam.org.