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A Guide to Lake County's Annual Libation Festivals
Explore Lake County's list of annual wine, beer and spirit festivals. We make our own...

Lake County is known as a haven for a serious amount of beverage selections. To celebrate the collection of drinks the area offers, Lake County throws annual adult refreshment festivals that not only showcase Lake County local sips, but also the talents of worldwide 'sauce' creators.

Savor the frothy selection of brew, the zesty fruits of vino or a neat spirit at one of these annual Lake County libation festivals.


  • Antioch's Winter Wine Walk in Downtown Antioch (late January)
  • Let's Wine About Winter on MainStreet Libertyville (late January)


  • Lake County Beer Fest at Lake County Fairgrounds & Expo Center (mid February)


  • Uncorked! Wine Tasting in Downtown Barrington (early March)
  • Vernon Hills Craft Beer Tasting (mid-March)
  • Uncorked! Wine Tasting in Grayslake (mid-March)


  • Antioch Spring Wine Walk (mid-April)


  • Wine, Woman and Shoes at Ravinia Festival (early May)
  • Lake Zurich Craft Beer Festival (mid-May)
  • Fox Lake's Spring Wine Walk (late May)
  • DiCarlo's Spring, Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival in Libertyville (late May)


  • Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival in Waukegan (early June)
  • Mundelein's Craft Beer Festival (early June)
  • Grayslake's Craft Beer Festival (early June)
  • Antioch's Summer Wine Walk (early June)
  • Wheeling Park District's Craft Beer Fest (late June)


  • Uncork! Barrington/Barrington Brewfest (mid-July)
  • Lake Villa's Craft Beer Festival (mid-July)
  • Beer, Brats, and Beethoven at Ravinia (late July)
  • Wine-n-Wander in Lake Barrington (late July)


  • Jazz & Wine Festival (early August)
  • North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival in August (late August)


  • Blues, Brews & Burger Fest in Wauconda (early September)
  • Bourbon & Beer Festival at the Vine of Grayslake (mid-September)
  • Gurnee Legions of Craft Beer Fest (mid-September)
  • Grayslake Annual Arts Festival and Wine Tasting (late September)
  • Antioch's Fall Wine Walk (late September)


  • Half Day Brewing Co. Oktoberfest (early october)
  • Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. Oktoberfest (early October)
  • Grandwood Park's Oktoberfest (early October)
  • Vernon Hills Oktoberfest (mid-October)


  • DiCarlo's Fall Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival in Libertyville (early November)
  • Rotary Club's Craft Beer Festival in Lake Zurich (late November)

For more Lake County Libation Trail information, continue here. Click here to see other award-winning brewpubs, wineries and distilleries in Lake County. 

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