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Things To Do This Weekend August 11-13, 2023

By: Jeff Randolph 08/09/2023

We're in the twilight of summer and are all trying to squeeze in as much as possible before school starts and the weather turns. In Lake County, we can fulfill all of your end-of-summer needs. Let's peruse this edition of things to do this weekend, August 11-13, 2023.

We've put together a list of the top 10 things to do in Lake County in August. To check it out, click here.





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For a list of aquatic centers and pools in Lake County, click here. Don't forget to explore the land of lakes road trips. Continue here to learn more.

Let's look at Lake County's top five things to do this weekend, August 11-14. 

1. Gurnee Days at Viking Park in Gurnee





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Summer days drifting away, to, oh, oh the summer nights," sang Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the classic flick "Grease." The Gurnee Days theme this year is "Super 70s" in honor of the village celebration's 50th born day. Since 1972, Gurnee Days has been a featured social and regarded as one of the county's premier summer festivals. The Gurnee Park District party is highlighted by a 10K and 5K run, a parade, a ribfest, a fireworks display, live entertainment, delectable eats, a car show, an art show, a petting zoo, a dodgeball tournament, and much more. Gracing the stage at the Gurnee show includes The GooRoos, School of Rock Libertyville, a live DJ, and more. The Gurnee Days parade steps off on Sunday, August 13, at noon. For a full schedule of the events, visit for more information.

Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13; Sat.: noon-11 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Some events require admissions. Primary event location: Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee.

2. Lincolnshire Art Festival at Village Green in Lincolnshire





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Art enthusiasts will flock to Route 21 for this weekend's annual Lincolnshire Arts Festival. Over 80 juried artists from across the country will display and sell extraordinary examples of fine art and crafts mediums at different price points. Art mediums from the vendors include jewelry making, oil and acrylic paintings, garmenting, carpentry, mixed media, and more will be showcased. Bring the youngsters along as the Lincolnshire festivities include art fest bingo, spin art, sand sculpting, coloring, drawing, face painting, and more. Adults ages 21 and older can sip a cold one from Lake County Libation Trail partner Half Day Brewing Co. Once you've perused through all of the vendors' works, enjoy live tunes from musicians performing on the Village Green stage. Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the 26th annual edition of the on-site mural.

Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Village Green, 100 Village Green Dr., Lincolnshire.


3. An Evening with John Legend and Blues Traveler with Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park





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John Legend is heading to Lake County to perform for "All of You" for his third appearance Ravinia Festival in Highland Park gives you the "Green Light" to "Get Lifted" and excited as Legend graces the Highland Park stage. The Ivy League grad (University of Pennsylvania) will be on his tour as he released his newest album, "Legend," in late 2022. Legend is not just "Ordinary People," as he has earned 12 Grammy Awards. The Ohio native will perform for two nights. Grammy Award-winning Blues Traveler is also on the docket this weekend with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Lawn seating sold out for Legend's Sunday show. Visit for tickets.

Saturday-Monday, August 12-14; Sat.: 7 p.m., Sun. and Mon.: 8 p.m. Blues Traveler Tickets: $46-$115. John Legend Tickets: $62-$205. Ravinia Festival, 201 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park. 

4. Youth Fishing Derby and Cardboard Boat Race at Lakefront Park in Fox Lake





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Who has created the fastest vessel in Lake County … made of cardboard? Fox Lake hosts its annual Cardboard Boat Race this Saturday. So grab your friends and construct the speediest watercraft on this side of the Mississippi. Don't get stingy with the paper and glue; remember, creativity is a plus (even if it instantly sinks). "Shove right off" to Lakefront Park, but first, you have to register at Fox Lake Village Hall. The registration includes a boat-building kit. Before the big boat race, the kiddies can Get their hook, line, and sinker ready as they try to catch muskie, crappies, bluegills, perch, and walleyes at Fox Lake's Youth Fishing Derby. The angler contest features giveaways, live music, and prizes for the top catches. The Fox Lake derby divides youngsters into two age groups – ages 11 and under and ages 12-18. Participants age 16 and under do not need a fishing license.

Saturday, August 12; Youth Fishing: 8-11 a.m., Cardboard Boat Race: noon. Cardboard Boat Registration: $15-$30. Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake.

5. Afro Fest at Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago





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"Historically, black music has influenced other cultures and genres and created other genres," said Grammy Award-winning alternative R&B singer Miguel. Visit the Lake County Forest Preserves' Greenbelt Cultural Center for Afro Fest. The multicultural event showcases African Americans and other ethnic groups the perform their talents and artistic contributions. The all-day event hosted by Angelo Kyle features live music, dancing, fashion shows, book bags for the kids, a car and motorcycle show, pony rides, and more highlight the event. 

Saturday, August 12; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago.

For more things to do this weekend, August 11-13, click here.

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