• 05/27 - 05/30blarney island

    2016 Memorial Weekend

    Summer has started! Check out the biggest area bands outside on the water!

  • 06/02 - 09/01/2016 Thursday nights - Thunder on the Chain!

  • 06/24-06/26blarney Island

    key wesy fest 2016

    As part of the Conch Republic, it only makes sense to bring in entertainment straight out of Key West to deliver you everything that made the islands famous. Our first festival weekend of the year!

  • July 1stSister Hazel

    2016 Lighter in the Dark Tour

    Kick off your BIG holiday weekend right with Sister Hazel at Blarney Island! This is a ticketed event with VIP options, Tickets available May 31st.

  • 06/30-07/04blarney Island

    4th of July Weekend!

    Starting with the Biggest Boat Races of the Year and continuing with great bands through the weekend. Come celebrate at the Island, Happy Birthday America!

  • 07/15-07/17blarney gras 2016

    the party not to miss!

    What the island is all about, combining; Key West, New Orleans, Rock Concerts, Beads, Bikinis, and your favorite Refreshments - mixed together to create the perfect summer cocktail. THIS is the biggest party of the year.

  • Friday Nightsat blarney Island

    Country Night

    Country Music night is every Friday at Blarney Island with the best bands in the area bringing you country and country rock.

  • 08/19-08/23blarney Island

    fantasy fest 2016

    Blarney Gras 2 - Key West style! Summer isn't over at Blarney Island with our Fantasy Fest Party still going strong! Body Painters and great entertainment in store!

Thursday Night Boat Races -- THUNDER on the CHAIN!

Now entering its 36th season, Blarney Island on Grass Lake is the only location in the world where high performance drag boat racing takes place every Thursday Evening, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Get on the Island with expanded free boat parking during the race then stick around for the after-race party every Thursday Night!

Boat Races

The BIGGEST Party Weekends of 2016

BIG Weekends 2016

June 2016 Weekend Line Ups

BIG Weekends in JUNE

Don't have a boat? We do! Ride the Shuttle to the Island!

Park your car in our 5 acres of free parking and grab a Shuttle Boat! They depart from the Port of Blarney (27843 W Grass Lake Rd Antioch,IL) for the island about every half an hour. The shuttle service roundtrip is $8 most days and a great way to get to the party!

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