It began in the summer of 1942, partly in celebration of the victories of World War II, volunteer and service organizations came together to establish what we know today as Alpine Fest™. The Lions Club with it's newly established park in downtown Lake Zurich afforded a prime location for this event.
Over the years, as more and more people became active in the Lions Club, the carnival grew. Today the event is bigger and better than ever, drawing more than 10,000 people to the park for the three days of carnival rides, games, food, family events and entertainment. The final day of the festival includes the Alpine Fest™ Parade down Main Street is the largest parade in Lake County. It is also the biggest single event of the year in Lake Zurich.
Conducting this festival on the third weekend in July each year requires an enormous amount of planning, a major financial investment in food, bands, tents, and carnival entertainment, it also requires the dedicated time of Lake Zurich Lions Club members and hundreds of other volunteers from the community.