Things To Do This Weekend June 19-21, 2020

This installment of things to do this weekend June 19-21, we welcome back our favorite season: summer. We also celebrate dear old dad, as this weekend marks Father’s Day.

Take a trip to the Sunshine State, putt your way to victory, sip spirits in honor of summer, channel your inner Jean-Michel Basquiat or have a meet and greet with some furry, scaley or feathery creatures.

Maybe let papa bear tag along in the process since it’s his honorary day of the year. Here are your top things to do this weekend June 19-21

1. Key West Fest at Blarney Island


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First day of the boating season! Celebrated by hittin up good ol Blarney island. #islandtime #boatlife

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Travel to the Key West right now might not be on the radar of most with the effects of the public health crisis. The Sunshine State trip can be put on hold for the time being, because Blarney Island brings the Key West to the Midwest. This party is highlighted by parties with the Thunder on the Chain boat races on Thursday, drinking down a cold with the pals (while maintaining social distancing restrictions), live entertainment like John Solinski, Wapatui, Mr. Meyers and other island festivities. Let’s not forget you can score a boat ride out to the party on the chain if you don’t have a boat for $10.

Thursday-Sunday, June 18-21. Shuttle: $10. Blarney Island, 27843 W. Grass Lake Rd., Antioch.

2. Par-King Miniature Golf Course in Lincolnshire

“It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips.” Par-King Skill Golf in Lincolnshire has reopened FORE the season. Work on your short game with papa bear as Father’s Day this weekend. The innovative course with imaginative design opened its doors in 1977. Since then, the size has doubled donning two 18-hole courses, 19 moving obstacles and seven waterholes that linksters will find enjoyable and challenging. The course is open through the fall. Admission is cash only. The Lincolnshire course was voted in the Travel Channel’s “Top Ten in America.”

Open daily through September; opens at 10:30 a.m. Admission: $8.50-$9.50. Par-King Skill Golf, 21711 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire.

3. Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest

After nearly two months of Facebook Live visits at the Lake Forest sanctuary, Wildlife Discovery reopened the outdoor habitats on the interpretive trail. There are a slew of critters to say hello to on their outdoor path like bobcats, owls, eagles, reptiles, their newest little buddy named Oliver the opossum and so many more.

Friday-Sunday, June 19-21; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.

4. Midsommar Celebration at North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks

To kick off summer, weather permitting, the North Shore Distillery hosts their Midsommar Celebration alfresco style. The day on the Scandanavian calendar marks the longest day of the year. The Green Oaks distillery event is highlighted by unique cocktails utilizing North Shore’s decadent spirits, flower crowns, paper witches and a Midsommar pole for the traditional frog dance. The Lake County Libation Trail partner is practicing social distancing and permits 16 individuals with a max group size of six at a table. North Shore Distillery is still offering online orders and curbside pickup. Be sure to sip on the Midsommar Queen cocktail.

Saturday, June 20; 6-9 p.m. North Shore Distillery, 13990 Rockland Rd., Green Oaks.

5. Chalk Art Contest at Lake Zurich


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Artists in LZ

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton. While you’re spending more time at home to ride out the pandemic, now is the time to explore your inner art masonry…with chalk. Lake Zurich calls all creators to design their own chalk masterpiece throughout the summer. Take a picture of your driveway chalk sketch and post to the Lake County village’s Facebook page. This weekend’s theme through June 20 is Disney Week, while starting June 21 and running through June 27 is favorite fare or restaurant. Two Lake Zurich residents will win a small prize and judged anonymously. The Chalk Art Contest (only open to Lake Zurich dwellers) runs through August 8.

Friday-Sunday, June 19-21. Your Lake Zurich home.

For more things to do this weekend June 19-21 click here. Continue here to learn about things you could do at home in Lake County.

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