Weekend Events for August 23-25

Well, Fall officially starts on September 22 this year, and that means that as of yesterday, we only have a month of summer left!  Just four full weekends left to soak in as much summer fun as we can.  Lucky for us, this weekend promises beautiful weather and plenty of things to do around Lake County.

Grab some wet naps, cuz it’s time for Little Bear Ribfest.  This Friday, August 23, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., and Saturday, August 24, 3 p.m. – 12 a.m., Vernon Hills will host Real Urban Barbecue, Smokin T’s Bar-B-Que,

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Sweet Baby Rays Brisket and Fries. Photo from Instagram User ReginaldLampkin

Sweet Baby Ray Barbecue, Uncle Bubs and The Full Slab in this inaugural event.  Each vendor will be cooking up special recipes for ribs, brisket, and more.  Don’t miss this 2-day event, full of food & drink for purchase, and live musical entertainment.  They are definitely pleased to meat your barbecue needs!  Cost of entry is $5.   Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

In it to Vin it?  The Northshore Wine, Beer, Cigar and Food Festival, is this Saturday, August 24, 4-8 p.m.  The field at Brainerd will be transformed into a fabulous outdoor festival featuring fine wines, craft beers, cigars, delicious food, live music from some of the area’s finest musicians and more.  Try one of a kind beer and be sure to stick around to see what beer wins the Besley’s Homebrew Competition.  Brainerd Building, 416 W. Park Ave., Libertyville

Celebrate Native-American heritage history, traditions and customs with this unique event.  The 20th Annual  Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow, is this Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. & Sunday, August 25 from 10 to 5.  Be inspired by storytelling, traditional music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader’s market featuring Native-American inspired items.   Shiloh Park, 27th Street, Zion.

Long Grove by Instagram User taralyn1230

Long Grove by Instagram User taralyn1230

Stop and smell the rosè!  A longtime favorite for art lovers in Lake County and beyond, Long Grove Fine Arts & Wine Festival never disappoints.  More than 90 juried artists will display and sell paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more, this Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Original works have a wide price range, ensuring something for everyone.  Live music and great food all day Saturday and Sunday means you can grab a bite to eat with some good tunes while experiencing great art.  Long Grove Historic Village, Archer Municipal Lot near Fountain Square, Long Grove

Lake Zurich is having their Taste of the Towns on Sunday, August 25, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. This fun, family event will also offer live musical entertainment from local artists.  Because this event is right on the lake, don’t forget to bring a blanket and enjoy Lake Zurich’s finest foods, while kicking back to some outdoor tunes.  The Tasting Menu pre-event tickets are $30 each, 2 for $50 through 8/23/13, or $35 on-site.  The Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich

Wherever the ride takes you this weekend, be sure to share your Lake County pictures and experiences with #VisitLakeCounty

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