Every year, Joliet residents and local communities’ countdown for one of the greatest summer festivals: The Taste of Joliet. The Taste of Joliet will be held Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at Joliet Memorial Stadium.
The Taste of Joliet includes food vendors, live music, a carnival, and more. Every year includes a Friday rock concert, country Saturday, and a combination of blues and family entertainment on Sunday. According to The Taste of Joliet, Huey Lewis and The News will be kicking off the show Friday, June 22. Brothers Osborne will be headlining the festival on Saturday, June 23. The taste will also feature performances by Chase Rice, Chris Lane, Stephen Neal, and Raelyn Nelson.
The taste is open from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $11 dollars online and $16 dollars at the gate on Friday and Saturday. Tickets on Sunday are $5 dollars online and $10 dollars at the gate. However, if you want to be in the front section for the musical acts tickets are $47.50 dollars on Friday and Saturday and $20 dollars on Sunday.
A Carnival Mega Pass, available online for $60 dollars, is good for unlimited rides from open to close all three days of the fest. Daily unlimited ride passes, good from 1p.m. to 5 p.m., are available for $25 dollars per person.
According to the Herald News, last year’s taste had an average of 24,000 to 25,000 people in attendance each night. In 2016, the taste had its largest crowd of 55,000 people. With the crowds getting bigger and bigger, more security has been added. People attending the taste will have to enter through metal detectors and wands. The Deputy Park District Director, Brad Stabb stated “We’re doing it just in light of recent events. We want to be proactive in security.”
As a born and raised resident of Joliet, the Taste of Joliet is one of the highlights of the year. The Taste of Joliet brings old and new friends together for a great weekend. Every year I run into old friends and colleagues that make the experience even better. The Joliet Park District does a great job organizing and getting great musical acts. As the years go on, the Taste gets better and better every year. I cannot wait for the 2018 Taste of Joliet.