Things To Do This Weekend October 19-21

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and cider is warm. Life is good in Lake County.

To create the the top things to do this weekend October 19-21, mix one cup fun, a pinch of frights and a dash of salt to taste.

We’ve ‘fall’en for the season and don’t want to ‘leave’ anyone out. Check out our recent blogs to make the most out this beautiful time of the year!

For all other things fall and autumnal, continue here, and for all other events and activities happening this weekend, you may continue here.

Grab a cup o’ som’n’ cozy and let’s discover the top things to do this weekend October 19-21.



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#ZombieWauk invades downtown Waukegan on Saturday, October 20th from 5pm to 10pm. The 8th annual celebration of zombie and horror arts features LIVE performances by Audiobeings, Dead Man’s Carnival, Ghost Machines, and the Dread along with the 8th Annual Metal on the Rocks Concert. Don’t miss the Zombie Classic “Night of the Living Dead” performed LIVE on stage at Three Brothers Theatre’s Upstage, zombie shooting gallery presented by Hauntingly Fun Entertainment. WAGS pictures with pets and costume contest at Three Brothers Downstage. Themed art exhibits at participating galleries, guest attractions, eats and treats from downtown Waukegan’s restaurants and specialty food trucks all with FREE trolley service and more. Come prepared…to enjoy. Find us on Facebook or visit for more info. #ExlploreWaukegan #WeirdWaukegan #DowntownWaukegan #ArtWauk #Wauk #WaukArts #GeneseeTheatre #ThreeBrothersTheatre #DeadMansCarnival #MetalOnTheRocks #TheyWauk #Zombies #GhostMachines #LittleLakeCounty #LetsGoLakeCounty #GoWaukegan @genesee_theatre @dinosaurstudiotattoo @siftedswts @rick_city85 @professorxyloma @hayze_vape @janeferry34 @misterfeelnothing @kapheim_studio @kapheimstudio @badkatzproductions @mtsfx @mrf104 @greentowntavern @jonrev @nicoleeromany @billzilla_rex @visitlakecounty @littlelakecounty @ghostmachineswi @thedreadnet @3brostheatre @horsefeathersinc @ExploreWaukegan

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1. Waukegan’s ZombieWauk

The living dead return to take over the streets of Waukegan this weekend for the eighth annual ZombieWauk. The thrill-themed art walk (ArtWauk) celebrates zombies and horror arts with various live performances by Audio Beings, Dead Man’s Carnival, Ghost Machines, the Dread and more. The free community event also features cosplay, fare from local restaurants and specialty food trucks, themed fun, art shows and more. Some downtown Waukegan stores and shops will remain open late, despite all warnings, offering discounts to zombies and survivalists. A Free trolley service will be provided courtesy of Greentown Trolley from 5-10 p.m. Those who purchased tickets will creep towards the Genesee Theatre at 3, 7 and 11 p.m. for the Ultimate Paranormal Experience. The historic theatre has its share of ghostly tales to tell including the girl with the brown shoes, the ghost puppy and the man in the tall hat. Chicagoland’s Supernatural Investigation Crew, who also hosts a YouTube series called “In The Shadows” debuting this fall, will provide a hair-raising hunt of haunts. The Genesee Theatre event is an 18 and older event.

ZombieWauk: Saturday, October 20; 5-10 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Waukegan, Corner of Clayton and Genesee Streets.

Ultimate Paranormal Experience: Saturday, October 20; 7 and 11 p.m. Admission: $50. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.



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2. Antioch’s Fall Arts & Crafts Faire, Monster Bash, Treat the Streets and Weiner Races

Help put the ‘howl’ in Halloween at Antioch’s Fall Arts & Crafts Faire, Monster Bash, Treat the Streets and Weiner Races this Saturday. Meander through more than 85 artisan booths in the heart of downtown Antioch to find the latest “howl-iday” treasures and goodies. The festival will feature trick-or-treating at various downtown businesses, dachshund races, a pumpkin roll, a costume contest, a monster mash bash and plenty of other family-friendly games.

Saturday, October 20; Noon -4 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Antioch, 900 Skidmore Dr.



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3. Six Flags Great America Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge

Six brave souls voluntarily registered to spend more than one day inside of a hand-crafted sarcophagus for Six Flags Great America’s 30 Hour Coffin Challenge. The contestants will begin their torture at 1 p.m. on Saturday and must stay inside the coffin until 7 p.m. on Sunday, to remain in the running. Any contestant that chooses to escape, outside of designated restroom breaks, is immediately disqualified. Visit the Gurnee theme park to see the competition unfold as ghosts, ghouls and frightening freaks lurk in the darkness to scare everyone and everything in sight.

Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21; Sat.: 11 a.m.-midnight. Sun.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Various admissions. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.


4. CROCtober Fest at the Wildlife Discovery Center

Take a bite out of the weekend with the Wildlife Discovery Center’s CROCtoberfest. Members of the Chicago Herpetological Society will showcase a handful of the Wildlife Discovery Center’s own crocodiles, reptiles and other animals with informative short talks and demonstrations. Other family-friendly activities include face painting, storytelling, craft vendors and more. The Lake Forest facility provides free shuttle services from the Lake Forest High School West Campus Southwest Lot, Elawa Farm and West Lake Forest Train Station. Admission to the event is a $10 donation per participant. Kids age three and under are free.

Sunday, October 21; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $10 donation. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.



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5. Focus on Illinois Exhibit

Commemorate the state’s bicentennial with several themed-events at the Grayslake Heritage Center Foundation this weekend. Meander to the historic edifice on Friday to celebrate local craft at the Toast to Art event. Attendees will participate in a silent art auction, wine tasting, music and more. Prior to the event, the Grayslake Public Library teams up with the Heritage Center to showcase B-IL-N-G-O – Illinois Bicentennial-themed bingo. Test your luck (or skill) for a chance to win. Return to the remarkable building on Sunday to listen to the sweet sounds of sweet music featuring Brooks Williams and Scott Engstrom presented by the Lake County Folk Club. It’s a jam-packed weekend in Grayslake!

Toast to Art: Friday, October 19; 7-9:30 p.m. Admission: $40.
B-IL-N-G-O: Friday, October 19; 6 p.m. Free admission.
Folk Concert: Sunday, October 21, 7-10 p.m. Admission: $13-$18. Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake.

For all other things to do this weekend October 19-21, continue here.

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