In any given year, no month begins on the same day of the week as June (this year a Friday.) How neat is that? What’s even neater, though, are the events and activities that the month brings in Lake County. We’ve compiled our picks for the top things to do this weekend June 1 – 3.
June also brings the official start to summer and everyone can agree that there’s no better way to celebrate than by a body of water. Visit our ‘Life’s a Beach‘ blog for your guide to Lake County beaches. For all other events and activities in Lake County, continue here.
Apply some SPF 50 and continue reading to see our choices for the top things to do this weekend June 1 – 3.
1. Opening Weekend at Ravinia Festival
June has arrived and so have a handful of spectacular headliners set to take stage at the Ravinia Festival this weekend. The Highland Park venue will host Los Lobos, Lonely Boys and Ozomatli for the season opener on Friday, Diana Ross on Saturday and Loverboy and Survivor on Sunday. Los Lobos are sure to make concert-goers dance the night away as they are known best for their hit cover of “La Bamba.” There ain’t no mountain high enough to keep music lovers away from Diana Ross. Previously the lead singer of the Supremes, she is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. The Canadian superstars, Loverboy, open for local legends, Survivor, on Sunday. Known best for “Working for the Weekend” and “Eye of the Tiger” respectively, don’t miss the chance to be a part of a nostalgic night of rock.
Lost Lobos, Lonely Boys and Ozomatli: Friday, June 1; 6:30 p.m. Admission: $15-$55.
Diana Ross: Saturday, June 2; 8:30 p.m. Admission: $44-$110.
Loverboy and Survivor: Sunday, June 3; 7 p.m. Admission: $27-$70. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.
“I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library.” –Former Waukegan resident, Ray Bradbury. Celebrate the start of summer with the Waukegan Park District’s 19th annual Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival. The free, family-friendly festival will offer a variety of performances, entertainment, activities and art exhibits. The Bowen Park event is dedicated to showcasing local and regional artists and venues.
Saturday, June 2; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan.
Hop and barley lovers will flock to the quaint main street at Grayslake’s Sixth Annual Craft Beer Festival. Attendees can sample from 250 varieties of craft beer and food pairings from many local restaurants as live music fills the air. Participating breweries include: Buffalo Creek Brewing Co., Roaring Table, Only Child, Half Day Brewing Co., Tighthead, Mickey Finn’s and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship funds of the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club of Grayslake.
Saturday, June 2; 1 – 5 p.m. Designated driver admission: $10. Regular admission: $35. VIP admission: $65. Downtown Grayslake, Center & Whitney St., Grayslake.
Put your weekend into gear at the Lambs Farm Champion Car Show this Sunday. Peruse dozens of classic automobiles at the free Libertyville event and enjoy a variety of music and raffles from Lovin’ Oven, Rollands’ Jewelers, Shakou Cares and more. Once you’ve procured your appetite, head to the beer and food tent to tame your hunger and quench your thirst.
Sunday, June 3; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville.
Float like a butterfly to the Chicago Botanic Garden for the second weekend of the beloved Butterflies and Blooms exhibit. The butterfly exhibition gives attendees an immersive experience in which the special mesh enclosure allows hundreds of live butterflies to freely fly around those walking through. Up to 500 butterflies can be seen at any one visit in the expansive 2,800 square foot enclosure located on the Regenstein Learning Campus.
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $6-$8. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.
For even more things to do this weekend June 1 -3, continue here.