Things To Do This Weekend September 22-24

Today is officially the first day of fall in Lake County. So there are plenty of pumpkin-y, harvesty, haunted-y things to do this weekend September 22-24.

Continue here to find out where you can get a family pumpkin this fall.

Don’t forget that everyone is beginning to release their Oktoberfest/pumpkin beers for the season. Continue here to learn more about the Lake County Libation Trail.

Also for a full list of the fall festivities in Lake County, click here.

Here are your top 5 things to do this weekend September 22-24.

1. Long Grove’s Apple Fest

Are you ready to compare apples to apples? These succulent red and green treats are celebrated and placed in pies, salads and doused in caramel. The Long Grove Apple Fest also features other apple-inspired treats, live entertainment and family fun in beautiful, quaint Historic Downtown Long Grove. Live entertainment at the fruit festival includes performances from Modern Day Romeos, Sixteen Candles, American English and many other talented acts. The annual fest was ranked no. 18 on Thrillist’s Illinois Cities Food & Drink list.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24; Entry is free. Other activities and rides are varying ticket prices. Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

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2. Didier Farms Pumpkinfest

You haven’t lived unless you’ve been to Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest. The farm favorite features hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, an exotic petting zoo, a parakeet exhibit, a corn maze and pig races (the sprinting porkies only gallop on the weekends). A new addition to this event is Buffalo Creek Mining Co, an area where kiddies can sift through the water to find gems. Don’t forget to visit Grandma D’s Bake Shop for scrumptious pies, cookies, fudge, homemade apple cider, kettle corn and pumpkin donuts. The farm’s doors are open through Tuesday, October 31.

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Didier Farms, Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View.

3. Farm Heritage Days & Harvest Festival

The Farm Heritage Days & Harvest Festival is a three-day event that celebrates Lake County’s historic agricultural tradition. The Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center affair features Farm Heritage tractors and displays, live entertainment, live animals, kid’s activities, sheep herding, a pumpkin carving demo, a beer garden for adults, delicious eats, fall plants & decor sale, an auction, tractor pulls and so much more.

Saturday-Sunday, September 22-24. Admission: $5-$10. Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

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4. Vernon Hills Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

Visit Vernon Hills as the festival features family fun for all at their annual Oktoberfest. Attendees will enjoy arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, live entertainment, a petting zoo, raffles, inflatable activities and so much more, while adults can enjoy the seductive suds and gourmet food from a variety of vendors. Brats, burgers, hot dogs, taffy apples and delectable bites are available for purchase from a local not-for-profit organization.

Saturday, September 23; 3-10 p.m. Vernon Hills Metra Station, 75 Route 45, Vernon Hills.

5. Deerfield’s Harvest Fest

Celebrate the transition of summer to fall at Deerfield’s Harvest Fest. The party begins at the Deerfield Farmers Market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The farmers market offers an array of fruits, vegetables, plants and specialty foods as well as kid activities like balloon creations, face painting, touch a truck and more. After a five-hour break, return at 5:30 p.m. for an event of free eats, live tunes, the Deerfield Annual Bags Tournament hosted by Playground Games and delicious libations for purchase. The live entertainment includes performances from Rosie & the Rivets and Hi Infidelity.

Saturday, September 23; 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 5:30-9 p.m. Downtown Deerfield, the intersection of Deerfield Road and Park Avenue.

For more information on things to do this weekend September 22-24, click here.

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