August may be nearing its end, but thrilling Lake County events are far from over. The top things to do this weekend August 24-26 are full of festivals, celebrations, fun and more! If none of those are your cup of tea, continue here for all other events and happenings throughout this great county of ours.
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Without further adieu, throw another patty over the charcoal and let’s get cookin’ on the top things to do this weekend August 24-26.
Take a deep breath and help blow out the candles for Illinois’ bicentennial birthday. The Illinois Office of Tourism is throwing a party and you’re invited. Doors Open Illinois: Chicago and Beyond celebrates some of the oldest and most historic places from around state providing free admission to several locations for self-guided tours. The longest standing bar and restaurant in the Land of Lincoln is The Village Tavern in Long Grove. The tavern that opened its doors in 1847 still entices suds aficionados and food fanatics to this day. The quaint pub will be open to the public for walk-throughs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees can tour the Historic Downtown Long Grove as well. Make sure to order lunch at the state’s oldest tavern and dine on a few of their signature dishes like their Bourbon Street skirt steak, broasted chicken or crusted tilapia.
Saturday-Sunday, August 25-26; Sat.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Village Tavern, 135 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.
Prepare for takeoff in Grayslake this weekend at the sixth annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival. Dozens of hot air balloons will inflate in front of attendees and compete to land closest to the Fox River. When the gigantic inflatables have returned, the balloons will be internally illuminated to display their stunning designs. The Central Park event will also feature musical entertainment, a Civil War-era baseball game, an array of children’s activities, storytelling and business booths. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner as the event won’t have food vendors onsite. Free parking is available at Grayslake Central High School, Grayslake Middle School, Grayslake Aquatic Center and the Grayslake Library.
Saturday, August 25; 3- 9 p.m. Free admission. Central Park, 250 Library Ln., Grayslake.
“It takes and endless amount of history to make even a little tradition,” said American writer, Henry James. The 25th annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow celebrates Native American culture and traditional teachings to Zion’s Shiloh Park this weekend. This unique event is highlighted by several traditional live Potawatomi music, storytelling, dance presentations, educational sessions, crafting-making, beading and porcupine quillwork demonstrations, face painting and more.
Saturday-Sunday, August 25-26; Sat.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $2-$8. Shiloh Park, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion.
The City of Waukegan is shutting down Genesee Street between Grand Avenue and Washington this weekend for the inaugural Waukegan Music Festival. The epic three-day event will feature nearly 25 acts including Orquesta Leyendas De La Salsa, Toby Love, DJ Julian Jumping Perez, George Lamond, Chicago Latin Groove, Angel de Cuba and more. The massive music party will also feature food and merchandise vendors, a carnival, beer and wine tastings, classic cars and bikes, cooking demonstrations, music workshops and more. Visit waukeganfest.com for more information.
Friday-Sunday, August 24-26; Fri.: 4-11 p.m., Sat. and Sun.: Noon-11 p.m. Free admission. Genesee Street between Grand Avenue and Washington Street, downtown Waukegan.
Extraordinary indulgences await this weekend at the Northshore Wine, Beer & Cigar Festival. The ninth annual Libertyville Sunrise Rotary event will offer over 100 different wines, brews and cigars for sampling throughout the evening. Sip on local and national suds from Mickey Finn’s, Roaring Table, Tighthead Brewing and others or taste many complex wines and spirits from Main Street Social, North Shore Distillery, Glunz Winery and more. When the libations and tobacco have procured your hunger, visit one of the handful of food vendors on site. A general admission ticket includes entry to the event, 10 tasting tickets and a tasting glass. All proceeds of the festival will go to the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Foundation for distribution to qualified local, regional and international charities. The foundation will hold a raffle for cash prizes (tickets sold separately). For more information, visit northshorewineandbeerfest.com.
Saturday, August 25; 4:30-8:30 p.m. VIP Wine Tasting; 2:30-4:30 p.m. Admission: $40-$200. Church Street, downtown Libertyville.
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