Things To Do This Weekend July 27-29

July is ending but Lake County’s slew of festivals, events and activities are not slowing down. The top things to do this weekend July 27-29 are fun, fair and festive. For other events not mentioned, continue here.

One of the largest events of the summer is upon us this weekend. The Lake County Fair boasts events for people of all ages and backgrounds. Here are the top 5 things you can’t miss at the Lake County Fair. What’s a good fair without great fare? See our choices for the best foods to try this year.

Summer has us thirstier than ever and although school is still out for a few more weeks, how about taking a class in Lake County Summer Libations 101? This is the class you wish you could have taken in college as opposed to that one elective that seemed irrelevant at the time…

Buckle in and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times, and let’s see our picks for the top things to do this weekend July 27-29 in Lake County.

Lake County Fair

1. 90th Annual Lake County Fair

It’s ‘fair’ to say that the 90th annual Lake County Fair will be the biggest and best yet. Dozens of family-friendly food, live entertainment from headliners 7th Heaven on Friday and American English on Saturday, Midway carnival rides, games and more are featured throughout the weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The Grayslake event is also highlighted by the newly added Timberwork’s Lumberjack show, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, monster truck shows, an antique tractor parade and more. Hungry for fare? This year, the fair has expanded their selection of delectable bites throughout the grounds to conquer your cravings as the nine-decade fest spotlights 36-food vendors.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29; Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m. – midnight. Sun.: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Single tickets: $5-$10, Weekend passes: $25-$35. Lake County Fairgrounds & Events Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

2. Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Great America

Earn your beads at Six Flags Great America’s all-new Mardi Gras Festival. The New Orleans-themed party will host nightly shows, Mardi Gras-style floats, beads, stilt walkers and unique food options at the theme park. Roam the Mardi Gras area of the Gurnee fun zone each night to dance in the streets with performers and to enjoy interactive parades. Be sure to ride the Mardi Gras Hangover, the 16th coaster that opened this year at Six Flags Great America. The Mardi Gras Festival runs through August 12.

Friday-Sunday, July 27-29; 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Various admission. Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.

3. International Bog Day at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Don’t be bogged down by your schedule this weekend. Visit Volo Bog State Natural Area for their International Bog Day event this Sunday. Celebrate the naturally soft grounds with an art show, kids crafts, bog tours and a silent auction followed by an artists’ reception and live music from World Music Ensemble and Back Porch Revue. The DNR Illinois site is home to the sole quaking bog in the Land of Lincoln, which is sure to cure your bog blues.

Sunday, July 29; Noon – 4 p.m. Free admission. Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside.



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4. The Lost ’80s Live at Ravinia

Gone but never forgotten, the best of the 1980s are back at Ravinia with help from some of the biggest names in music in that decade. “The Lost 80s Live” event  showcases performances from A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung, Animotion, Farrington and Mann, Nu Shooz, Dramarama, Gene Loves Jezebel, Christopher Anton and Trans X. Hop in your time machine and take a ride back to one of the greatest music decades of all time at the Highland Park venue.

Sunday, July 29; 6:30 p.m. Admission: $20-$70. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.

5. RennCon Weekend at Bristol Renaissance Faire

The best of two worlds clash at the Bristol Renaissance Festival as the Kenosha site hosts RennCon Weekend™. The quirky weekend combines the 16th century-renaissance period with comic-con characters and themes throughout the venue. Take in the sounds of the Steam Powered Giraffe, a steampunk rock band that combines musical automatons with sketches, android banter and more at the Globe stage on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The multi-day event also features costume contests, meet and greets with the renaissance, Marvel, Star Wars and other characters, trivia and other fantasy breakout sessions.

Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bristol Renaissance Faire, 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI.

For more events/activities this weekend July 27-29, continue here.

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