We’re all reaping the benefits from post-Independence Day in this edition of things to do this weekend July 7-9.
A short work week, warmer weather and so much more as we move further in July. Continue here to see the top things to do in July.
The tradition returns to Downtown Waukegan as the hot rod holiday, Scoop 2017 kicks off July 7. Save the date to experience your favorite vehicles at the Car Show & VIP Scoop, Lake County eats and beers, a carnival and plenty of live entertainment that includes performances by Low-reen & the Lazy Dogs, Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society and more. Running alongside Scoop (located a few blocks north at the Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park) the Waukegan Park District is throwing their Annual Tanabata Festival on Friday, July 7 from 6-7 p.m. The Tanabata, known as a Japanese star celebration, is when the two stars named Altair and Vega meet on the seventh day of the seventh month. Attendees can make a wish or attach a personal haiku to the ‘wishing tree’ for good luck of the upcoming year.
Friday-Saturday, July 7-8. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street and Water Street, Waukegan.
Even if you don’t own a DeLorean, you can take a trip back to the past to experience the 16th-century Elizabethan era just over the Wisconsin border. The renowned Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha features sword fighters, maidens, minstrels and jesters. There are many photo opportunities like having the chance to meet and greet with legendary celebrities such as Queen Elizabeth and Robin Hood. The Faire also offers games, rides, arts and crafts, eats, live music and one-of-a-kind encounters with a spectacular cast of characters. This event runs on weekends until September 4.
Saturday-Sunday July 8-9; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Box office prices: $11.50-$25.95. Discounted tickets are available at renfair.com. Bristol Renaissance Faire, 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI.
Join man, woman and their best friend as they stroll down the streets of MainStreet Libertyville for Dog Days of Summer. Experience the exhilaration of watching these four-legged creatures fly in the Dock Dogs Regional Finals when nationally ranked jumping dogs run down a 40-foot dock and jump into a 27,000-gallon pool of water. The event also features a gratitude ceremony, a pet blessing, a 3K fun walk, a sheriff K-9 demonstration, over 30 vendors and much more.
Friday-Sunday, July 7-9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Libertyville, Cook Street, Libertyville.
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“If all you want to do is have some fun and you’ve got a feeling that you’re not the only one, you can be entertained until the sun comes up over,” Ravinia Festival. The talented Sheryl Crow makes a stop at the U.S.’s oldest outdoor music festival as she continues her ‘Be Myself’ tour. Crow is a nine-time Grammy winner who seamlessly blends a variety of music genres like pop, rock, folk, country and blues. Over the span of her career, Crow has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. The ‘Soak Up The Sun’ singer visits the Highland Park stage with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
Friday, July 7; 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49-$115. Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.
It’s a celebration of the sweet treats from Jelly Belly as the Pleasant Prairie factory hosts their annual summer carnival. For three days, attendees can enjoy summer with carnival rides, midway games, the factory tour, face painting, balloon art and a magician. From noon-4 p.m., guests can experience unlimited carnival rides for $20 per person. Don’t forget to take advantage of the ‘belly flops deal.’ If visitors purchase three bags of jelly beans for $30, they get two bags free. Be one of the first 500 adult carnival goers and receive a free two-pound bag of jelly beans.
Friday-Sunday, July 7-9; Fri noon-10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Carnival rides: $20 per person. Jelly Belly Candy Co., 10100 Jelly Belly Ln., Pleasant Prairie, WI.
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