Easter Egg Hunt
When spring arrives, it’s time to celebrate with a traditional egg hunt for kids in the Big Foot area. This annual event is held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday at Duck Pond Recreation Area in Fontana. The hunt is sponsored by the Village of Fontana, Big Foot Recreation District, Dean’s Foods and The Abbey Resort.
- Arrive early to park & find your age area
- The hunt starts promptly at 10:00am with the arrival of the Easter Bunny
- Free Coffee & Milk are available
- Don’t forget your basket
- We recycle eggs – please empty them before you leave
4th of July Fireworks
The Village of Fontana hosts the annual Independence Day Fireworks display each year on July 4 at dusk at the lakefront. The fireworks shoot off from a barge off Fontana Beach. You can watch this amazing display from the land or on the water.
Dan Green’s Pig in the Park
On a Saturday evening in early July, Fontana’s Reid Park is the site for Dan Green’s Annual Pig in the Park fundraising event. This festival was named for Dan Green, who was a devoted member of our community.
Serving as Fontana Park Commissioner, volunteer firefighter, and a contractor for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Dan tragically lost his life in a construction accident, leaving behind a powerful legacy of entertainment and philanthropy.
In his honor, Dan’s wife, Mary, now spearheads the yearly pig roast fundraiser, which serves BBQ pulled pork, hot dogs, sides, and beverages. There are plenty of activities for kids, such as water tag, face painting, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides, and more!
This is a fun, family-friendly community event with 900 to 1,000 in attendance in recent years. There will be a table ready with your tickets/wristbands, at the event, when you purchase them online. Your generous, tax-deductible donation directly supports the following causes:
Rock the Lake
In mid-July, Rock Central hosts the Rock the Lake concert at Duck Pond Recreation Area in Fontana.
Rock the Lake is not held every year, so check out Rock Central’s website for the latest information.
Rock Central is a non-profit music school located in Lake Geneva. Their goal is to make sure every kid with a desire and passion for music has the opportunity to pursue it. They even offer an adult program! Rock Central’s seasoned instructors provide an avenue for those interested in learning an instrument to be able to do so.
Part of the teaching process involves giving students the chance to perform. Rock the Lake is just that. Students (from kids to adults) fill the opening act slots, followed by a headliner to finish off the evening.
With headlining bands as notable as Kansas and The Guess Who, Rock the Lake is a unique summer celebration that offers thrilling musical performances, a variety of food and beverage providers, on-site parking, and much more!
Tickets are available for online purchase. Proceeds are tax-deductible and go to support Rock Central’s ongoing mission of bringing music to all ages.
Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil & Steak Fry
Each year, on the last Saturday in July, the Big Foot Lions Club holds its famous Lobster Boil & Steak Fry at Reid Park. Come enjoy food, fun, and Fontana’s biggest social event of the year as you meet up with old friends.
Live music runs all day – beginning at noon – and lighter fare is available all day, including burgers and hot dogs. Beer, wine, and wine coolers can also be purchased at the beer tent.
There is a children’s area open in the afternoon with bouncy houses and other kid-friendly entertainment. Dinner starts at 2pm and is served until 9pm. A drive through service is also offered at the park house from 2pm until 8pm.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Daniel’s Sentry in Walworth and Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn in Fontana. You can also contact any Big Foot Lions Club member, or call Andy Pearce at 262-215-5550.
The Big Foot Lions Club is associated with the Wisconsin Lions, District 27-A1 and is a member of Lions Club International. Their aim is to serve our community with pride and loyalty. Much of the money we raise is donated back to our schools, parks, and families in need.
Fontana Farmer’s Market
On Saturdays from 8am to Noon – June through September – Fontana holds its weekly Farmer’s Market for locals and visitors to enjoy along Porter Court.
Featuring a tremendous selection of locally-sourced fresh flower bouquets, cheese, organic vegetables, honey, herbs, homemade quiche, handmade soaps, and more, The Fontana Farmer’s Market is the perfect way to begin a relaxing weekend.
If you have interest in becoming a vendor, please contact Coffee Mill at 262-275-0040. Space is limited.
Just looking for a fun, Saturday morning activity? Simply stop by, say hi, and shop!
Visit Walworth County Visitors Bureau for a complete list of area events