Things To Do This Weekend May 11-13

The workweek is wrapping up and we’ve set our sights on the weekend! As predicted, there are dozens of great things to do this weekend May 11-13.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday and if you’ve been too busy or have simply procrastinated, browse through the following guide for 21 ways to treat mom for Mother’s Day in Lake County.

There are still plenty of phenomenal events and activities that are included in our choices for the top 10 things to do in May. Visit that blog here. For all other Lake County events and happenings this weekend and beyond, continue here.

Spring into your two-day mini-vacation with the top things to do this weekend May 11-13.

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1. Antioch Civic Club’s annual Spring Carnival

Swing, slide and zip to downtown Antioch for the 885 Civic Club’s annual Spring Carnival. Enjoy dozens of thrilling rides, fun games and a plethora of delectable bites at the exhilarating weekend event. Carnival admission is free, however, attendees may purchase ride tickets individually or an unlimited daily pass for $20 per person.  Carnival donations benefit many local charities and organizations.

Friday-Sunday, May 11-13; Fri.: 5-11 p.m., Sat.: 1-11 p.m., Sun.: 1-6 p.m. Free admission. Lakes Historical Society, 815 Main St., Antioch.


2. Zion Park District’s Mama’s 5K

Show mom how much you appreciate her by walking or running 3.1 miles by her side. Race to Zion Park District’s Mama’s 5K for a morning of quality time together. The fun run begins and ends in front of the Zion Leisure Center. Following the mom jog, competitors can enjoy delicious eats and see the awards presentation. Runners can register at, or sign up onsite before the race.

Saturday, May 12; 8 a.m. Admission: $25-$30. Zion Park District’s Leisure Center, 2400 Dowie Memorial Dr., Zion.


3. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Curtain Call

Marriott Theatre gives its final curtain call to “The Emperor’s New Clothes” this weekend. The Hans Christian Andersen tale is the feel-good story of outward appearance and character. Marcus, the story’s, protagonist, is a young emperor who is swindled into purchasing expensive magical clothing to gain confidence in taking the throne. Upon realizing he has been fooled, Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy tries to help Marcus out of this royal mess. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” runs through Saturday, May 12.

Friday-Saturday, May 11-12; 10 a.m. Admission: $18.23. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.


4. Foodie 5K

Lace up your running shoes and build up your appetite for the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s “Foodie 5K.” Register to walk or run at the Libertyville event and afterward enjoy a family-friendly festival featuring live entertainment, food trucks, a kid’s zone and more. Paid participants will receive a T-shirt, a $2 food truck voucher and a ticket for any 2018 Schaumburg Boomers home game. All proceeds will go towards the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Competitors can register online at or signup onsite before the race.

Saturday, May 12; 9 a.m. Child admission: $15, adult admission: $35. Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 Buckley Rd., Libertyville.


5. Gurnee Mill’s Traveling Carnival

Indulge in a thrilling, family-fun weekend at Gurnee Mill’s Traveling Carnival. Choose from a plethora of thrill and family rides, food and games and other special attractions at the Gurnee festival located near the Value City Furniture entrance. Stick around to peruse in over 200 stores, dining and entertainment options in the Simon mall.

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-13; 2-6 p.m. Admission $18-$25.Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

For all other events besides the top things to do this weekend May 11-13, continue here.

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