The weather’s getting warmer and it’s time to bust out the shorts in this edition of things to do this weekend May 19-21.
We’re under a month to the start of Ravinia Festival 2017. Continue here to see the schedule in its entirety.
We’re also under a week for Memorial Day (Hooray, a three-day weekend). Also on Memorial Day weekend, we finally get to take a ride on Six Flags Great America’s new ride: THE JOKER. Also, Hurricane Harbor opens for the season that same weekend.
So many events coming up, so little time! This weekend is action packed. After a lovely weekend with mom, we take some time for ourselves.
Here are the top things to do this weekend May 19-21.
Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate. The annual Long Grove Chocolate Festival kicks off this weekend as we celebrate the slow change to spring. Be in a chocolate lover’s paradise as Long Grove Confectionery will be in attendance as well as a plethora of other vendors, live entertainment and of course your chocolatey vices. Fan Favorite bands including Arra, Gooroos, Wedding Banned 97Nine, Mr. Myers and Cowboy Jukebox (just to name a few) will perform throughout the weekend.
Friday-Sunday, May 19-21; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $5. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.
#ExploreWaukegan – A short time from now, in a community very, very close to you…Presenting #StarWauk on Saturday, May 20th from 5pm to 10pm in downtown Waukegan Arts and Entertainment District. This first annual celebration of the science fiction genre during the monthly ArtWauk will feature FREE LIVE entertainment, art exhibits, unique shops, costume contests, food and more. Join us and Explore Waukegan at our very own out-of-this-world experience. Find us on Facebook or visit ArtWauk.com for more info. Be a part of the conversation… #StarWauk #ArtWauk #WeirdWaukegan #WaukArts #ScienceFiction #SciFi #Waukegan #LetsGoLakeCounty #LittleLakeCounty #GeneseeTheatre #DowntownWaukegan #WaukProud #EnjoyIllinois @dinosaurstudiotattoo @littlelakecounty
The City of Waukegan is altering the ArtWauk, pray they don’t alter it any further. It’s not a trap because this edition of the Waukegan artsy celebration is transforming to StarWauk. This inaugural festival of the Star Wars saga and science-fiction genre during the monthly ArtWauk features free live entertainment, art exhibits, unique shops, costume contests, delicious eats and more. The Buckinghams, the Cryan’ Shames, the Ides of March, the Shadows of Knight and New Colony Six will perform at Genesee Theatre at 7 p.m. Have fun, you will.
Saturday, May 20; 5-10 p.m. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street.
For over half a century, the Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon has been a hit. The 18.5-mile marathon in the historic Des Plaines River begins in Libertyville at the Oak Springs Road Canoe Launch. This is the United States’ second oldest canoe race. If you are with the family, there is a brand new 5.25-mile mini-thon available starting in Potawatomi Woods in Wheeling. There are races for each age group to accommodate all. Be sure to look port and starboard when you cross the stream!
Sunday, May 21; 8 a.m. Admission: $22. Oak Springs Road Canoe Launch, 15562 Oak Springs Rd., Libertyville.
The opportunity is now to treat yourself to something new for lunch. Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays in the Corporate Center Parking Lot will display a variety of gourmet selections. The foodie frenzy will occur every Friday until the end of the summer as a variety of delicious aromas waft through the air, while a delectable dish is prepared right in front of your eyes.
Friday, May 19; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lincolnshire Corporate Center Parking Lot, 300 Knightsbridge Pkwy., Lincolnshire.
Time to live on island time and head to the ‘Key West of the Midwest’ as Blarney Island in Antioch opens its doors for the season. This two-day unofficial start to summer features drink and food specials (with an updated menu) and live music featuring Two Tones, Pirate Radio, Yesterday’s Children and a DJ.
Saturday-Sunday; May 20-21. Blarney Island, 27843 W. Grass Lake Rd., Antioch.
For more information on things to do this weekend May 19-21, continue here.