There’s only one week left of summer in this edition of things to do this weekend September 15-17.
While the fresh breeze has been common for the last few weeks, we will enjoy summer-like temperatures to give summer its final farewell for 2017.
Since it will be in the 80-degree range, you may want to take a dip in one of over 75 inland lakes that Lake County has to offer. Visit one of Lake County’s beaches while it’s still hot.
Fall is Lake County’s specialty. To learn more about everything all of the festivals scheduled continue here.
Let’s see what’s going on in this installment of things to do this weekend September 15-17.
The thrills and chills are at Six Flags Great America as the legendary Fright Fest makes its spooky return to the Gurnee Amusement Park. Fright Fest presented by Snickers is when the park is totally transformed for seven weeks in ghoulish fashion featuring live shows, street entertainment, haunted houses and of course 15 exhilarating roller coasters. Fright Fest is open on weekends until October 31. Enjoy the “thrills by day” and the “frights by night.
Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee.
For the third time in five years, the BMW Championship returns to Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. The tour’s top 70 golfers compete for a share of the $8.75 million purse. The winner of this prestigious tournament earns $1.53 million and the J.K. Wadley Trophy. See official world ranked PGA golfers like defending 2016 BMW Champ Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and more.
Friday-Sunday, September 17. Tickets prices vary. Conway Farms Golf Club, 425 S. Conway Farms Dr., Lake Forest.
Searching for a suds-filled Saturday? Gurnee’s Third Annual Legions of Craft Beer Festival will cure what “ales” you. Over 50 top-notch beer vendors will be featured at this event at Gurnee Mills parking lot. Attendees will also enjoy the delectable treats from urban cuisine and live entertainment. The music headliner is 7th Heaven. DJs from 102.3 XLC will entertain beef aficionados all day. A shuttle service from the Metra train stations in Libertyville and Waukegan will be in operation for out of the area attendees.
Saturday, September 16; 2-7 p.m. Adult admission: $40. Gurnee Mills Parking Lot E (near Bass Pro Shop), 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.
For 43 years, William Robinson (a.k.a Smokey) has written, sung and produced notable contributions to pop music. The Motown vice president has scored a plethora of top 10 hits as a solo artist and as the lead singer of the Miracles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for his lifetime of achievements in the music industry. Robinson tallied three Grammy Awards in his solo career and four as a member of the Miracles. It’s set to be a memorable evening as the sound of Robinson’s falsetto resounds through the Ravinia speakers. This is the final weekend of Ravinia for the season, and it features other acts like TLC, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (on Saturday, Sept. 16), Los Tigres Del Norte (on Sunday, Sept. 17) and more.
Friday-Sunday, September 15-17. Ticket prices vary. Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.
The 11th Annual Bourbon & Beer Festival thrown by The Vine – Martini & Wine Bar is the party to pick your poison on your favorite libations. The Grayslake festival features over 70 whiskeys, 30 craft breweries, live entertainment, cigars and delicious eats. Attendees must be over 21, and with entry, you will receive a custom beer/bourbon tasting glass.
Friday, September 15; 6-10 p.m. Tickets: $20-$50. The Vine – Martini & Wine Bar, 101 Center St., Grayslake.
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