Things To Do This Weekend September 11-13, 2020

Fall is approaching in this installment of things to do this weekend September 11-13.

We also remember our fallen citizens as we think of those involved on the September 11 attacks in 2001.

School is in full swing, and the kiddies could use a break. In this jam-packed weekend, the land of lakes calls all shutterbugs, maze runners, fruits and veggie shoppers, superhero joggers and music lovers to experience all that is going on Friday-Sunday.

Here are your top things to do this weekend September 11-13.

1. #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest

Alright, Mr. or Mrs. Shutterbug, the land of lakes is ready for its close-up. Visit Lake County invites you to submit your phenomenal pictures in the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest. There is an abundance of beautiful, scenic, historical, adventurous, heritage, character and just downright “#InstaGood” shots of Lake County. Visit Lake County would like to showcase where you live, work, eat, play or shop by sharing your best pictures of the county. VLC will accept submissions for five categories: Outdoors, Family/People, Masked, Dining/Libations and Other Travel Culture. There will be a grand prize winner, as well as five other category winners. Individuals may submit up to five photos. Winners of the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest will win an exclusive prize and photo credit in future tourism marketing materials. The contest will reveal winners in multiple categories. Participants can submit entries through October 31 at

Friday-Sunday, September 11-13; Various locations around Lake County.

2. Richardson Adventure Farm Opens For The Season in Spring Grove


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Our 2020 maze theme is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! 🌎 The first Earth day was April 22, 1970, and history tells us it mobilized 20 million Americans to take to the streets, parks, and college campuses to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward to our planet. According to, the first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Our design features the words “Earth Day – 50 yrs” in bold font across the top. Central in the design is our planet Earth cradled in the hands of a person signifying that we, collectively, love and care for our entire planet Earth. Lower left has a frog as a symbol of our diverse animal life. The right side of the design features an outdoor scene with the sun shining above a mountain with a waterfall, lake, trees, plants, and a stream flowing toward the entrance of our maze. It’s spectacular and we can’t wait for you to see it in person! Our farm and activities are outside with plenty of room to enjoy the day with your family. We have over 40 acres of open air activities at the Adventure Farm. If you’re not comfortable being around anyone, then we encourage you to rent a picnic/campfire site for a private area for your group.

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You’ll be amazed by their maize mazes. Richardson’s Adventure Farm & Corn Maze is known for having the world’s most massive corn maze. The Spring Grove area spans 33 acres of land and is equipped with 11 miles of trails. The design commemorates the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about our planet’s state, and since 1970, we’ve celebrated this holiday in the United States. Besides the famous maze, the Adventure Farm features another five mazes, a zip line, a pumpkin patch, Zorbing rides (a ride inside a giant 11-ball available on weekends), live pig races,  a wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, pedal trikes, a goat farm, a farm carousel and more. Richardson Farm is open through Sunday, November 8. Visit for details about COVID-19 protocols.

Saturday-Sunday, September 12-13; Sat.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun.: noon-9 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Various other costs for other activities. Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Rd., Spring Grove.

3. Lake Zurich Farmers Market

Lake County’s Farmers Markets are more than just places to find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables. They’re also a place where neighbors, friends and family shop for unique handmade goods and explore the never-ending variety of local items from welcoming vendors. Lake Zurich Farmers Market provides premier farm-to-table and locally made items. Vendors at the market include Nothing Bundt Cakes Kildeer, Patz Maple & Honey Farms, Six Generations’ Farmin’ Local Inc., Tropical Chill Ice Cream Trucks, The JamLady, Kiki’s Cotton Candy and more. With the public health crisis, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure everyone’s safety. Visit for more details. The village’s farmers market extended its season two weeks on Fridays through September 25, from 3-6 p.m.

Friday, September 11; 3-7 p.m. Lake Zurich Farmers Market, Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Rd.

4. Virtual George Bridges 5K Run in Waukegan

And they’re off. Runners will gather for the George Bridges Virtual 5K run in Waukegan with a superhero theme. In this fifth installment of the race, joggers will compete with others by completing the 3.1-mile race on their own pace. Participants will receive a traditional race packet and a commemorative t-shirt that can be picked up at the Waukegan Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center. Proceeds will benefit the Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County – Waukegan. Results must be sent to by Monday, September 14.

Saturday, September 12; 9 a.m. Admission: $10. Virtual event in Waukegan. Waukegan Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center, 800 Baldwin Ave., Waukegan.

5. HarborPalooza in Winthrop Harbor

Did you think music festivals were canceled for 2020? Think again, as Harbor Brewing Co.’s Harborpalooza Live at the Biergarten kicks off at noon this Saturday. North Point Marina will be where the party’s at as two stages will be moving with stellar bands, fare vendors will be on-site and of course, the Winthrop Harbor Lake County Libation Trail participant will be serving it’s delectable craft suds. The schedule includes artists like Kim Banis, Ben Mulwana, The Rough Cut, Scott Mears and The Usual Suspects. Come by land or by boat!

Saturday, September 12; noon-10 p.m. Harbor Brewing Co. Lakefront Craft Biergarten, 701 North Point Dr., Winthrop Harbor.

For more things to do this weekend September 11-13, continue here. 

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