Lake County Fall Festivals Guide 2017

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile,” said by poet William Cullen Bryant.

From the beautiful foliage on the trees in Lake County Forest Preserves, to the spooks and spirits to Oktoberfests to pumpkin patches, to Halloween and watching football at the sports bars, Lake County is the place to be during fall.

The weather is comfortable, and we get to celebrate the season’s changes with Lake County’s fall festivals.

As much as we love the summer, we must wave farewell for now. This is your Lake County fall festival guide 2017.

First Fridays on MainStreet (September 1, October 6, November 3)

MainStreet Libertyville invites one and all to their monthly celebration of First Fridays on MainStreet. A variety of fantastic drinks, mouth-watering eats and live entertainment surrounds the event as you peruse the Lake County local mom and pop stores offering promotional sales. Be there or be square! The Friday celebration is a free admission event.

Fridays, September 1, October 6 and November 3; 6-9 p.m. Downtown Libertyville, Route 21, Libertyville.

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Bristol Renaissance Faire (September 1-4)

Even if you don’t own a DeLorean, you can take a trip back to the past to experience the 16th-century Elizabethan era located just over the Wisconsin border. The renowned Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha features sword fighters, maidens, minstrels and jesters. There are many photo opportunities like having the chance to meet and greet with legendary celebrities such as Queen Elizabeth and Robin Hood. The Faire also offers games, rides, arts & crafts, eats, live music and one-of-a-kind encounters with a spectacular cast of characters. This is the final weekend of the summer-long event.

Friday-Monday, September 1-4; 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Bristol Renaissance Faire, 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha.

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Ravinia Festival (September 1- 17)

Lake County’s summer marquee event is Ravinia Festival and it comes to a close in September. This festival is the oldest outdoor music event in North America. The Highland Park concert series has hosted everyone from Tony Bennett to Luciano to Miles Davis to B.B. King to Lauryn Hill to Dolly Parton to Bob Dylan and a host of other unbelievable acts. Ravinia also connects thousands of children in Lake County and the Chicagoland area with professional musicians to work as mentors. You also have the opportunity to see some of these child prodigies perform live. When you visit Ravinia, don’t forget your wine, picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs so you can thoroughly enjoy your experience in Highland Park complemented by excellent tunes. These are the final shows of another glorious Ravinia Festival:

September 1-September 17. Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.

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Annual Jubilee Days Festival in Zion (September 2-4)

All Labor Day weekend, Zion throws their Annual Jubilee Days Festival. The festivities kick off with the annual 5K run Saturday morning, and the fun continues until Monday night. This event includes a Miss Zion pageant, ice cream social, arts & crafts festival, live music, delectable eats, the Mayors Breakfast, the largest Labor Day parade in Lake County – the Jubilee Parade and fireworks.

Saturday-Monday, September 2-4; Sat 8 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Shiloh Park, 25th Street and Emmaus Avenue, Zion.

Long Grove Irish Days (September 2-4)

Ready to celebrate Long Grove’s Irish Days, American style? Join Long Grove as they celebrate heritage by featuring authentic Irish cuisine, traditional Irish brews, live entertainment that features musicians and dancers, a best-dressed dog competition, kiddie festivities and more. Everyone loves St. Paddy’s Day in September.

Saturday-Monday, September 2-4. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

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Rock the Block Party in Lake Zurich (September 9)

Are you ready to fight for your right to party? Lake Zurich hosts their Fifth Annual Rock the Block Party between Church Street and Old Rand Road. Enjoy the live music, the adult beverages and delicious dishes from the food trucks. The kids will be immersed in the giant slide, face painting and balloon art. Admission is free but the donations of three unopened, non-perishable food products encouraged. Donors will receive a raffle ticket. Drinking wristbands are available for $1 for individuals 21 and over. The block party features live music from Rockstar Radio, Boy Band Review and 7th Heaven.

Saturday, September 9; 5-11 p.m. Downtown Lake Zurich, East Main Street, Lake Zurich.

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Mundelein Arts Festival (September 9-10)

The weekend long juried event will showcase the talents of exceptional artists and craftspeople in a variety of media. Student artwork from Mundelein and Carmel Catholic High Schools will also be highlighted. Bring the family! Come share a magical day in the park enjoying original artwork, live music and a tasty assortment of food from local eateries.

Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein.

ArtWauk on MainStreet Waukegan (September 16 & November 18)

Fill your artistic void with the ever-extravagant monthly ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan. Enjoy a plethora of talented individuals showcasing their work in many different art mediums. In addition to the portraits, sculptures and other artistic vibes, munch on some delicious dining options downtown or feel the flow of the tunes from the live entertainment at this free event occurring every third Saturday of the month.

Saturdays, September 16 & November 18. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street, Waukegan.

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Legions of Craft Beer Fest in Gurnee (September 16)

Searching for a suds-filled Saturday? Gurnee’s Third Annual Legions of Craft Beer Festival will cure what “ales” you. A plethora of over 50+ beer vendors will be featured at this event. The Gurnee Mills event also features live entertainment and food trucks. The Gurnee fest offers a shuttle service from the Metra train stations in Libertyville and Waukegan.

Saturday, September 16; 2-7 p.m. Gurnee Mills Parking Lot E (by Bass Pro Shops), 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

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Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America (weekends September 16-Halloween)

The thrills and chills are at Six Flags Great America as the legendary Fright Fest makes its return to the Gurnee Amusement Park. Fright Fest presented by Snickers is when the park is totally transformed for six weeks in ghoulish fashion featuring live shows, street entertainment, haunted houses and of course riding the all of the 15 roller coasters and thrill rides at night. As Halloween approaches, the kids can embark on a unique trick-or-treat trail. Fright Fest is open on weekends until October 31.

Weekends from September 16-Halloween. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy, Gurnee.

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Long Grove’s Apple Fest (September 22-24)

Ready to compare apples to apples. These succulent red and green treats are celebrated and placed in our pies, salads and doused in caramel (our personal favorites). The Long Grove Apple Fest also features other apple-inspired treats, live entertainment and family fun at beautiful, quaint Historic Downtown Long Grove. The annual fest was ranked no. 18 on Thrillist’s Illinois Cities Food & Drink list.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24; 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.

Farm Heritage Days & Harvest Festival at the Lake County Fairgrounds (September 23-24)

The Grayslake two-day event features Farm Heritage Tractors and displays, live entertainment, live animals, kid 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 23-24. Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

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Didier Farms Pumpkinfest (September 23-October 31)

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 (only on the weekend). A new addition to this event now features Buffalo Creek Mining Co. The Lincolnshire farm’s doors are open till Halloween night. Don’t forget to visit Grandma D’s Bake Shop for scrumptious pies, cookies, fudge, homemade apple cider, kettle corn and pumpkin donuts.

September 23-October 31; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Didier Farms, Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View.

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Vernon Hills Annual Oktoberfest Celebration (September 23)

Visit Vernon Hills as the festival features family fun for all. 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.

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Antioch’s Fall Wine Walk (September 30)

Stroll the quaint streets of downtown Antioch, stopping at unique boutiques and stores. Along the way, you can taste samples from 45 different wines and delicious dining options at each venue. Bring a memento home with you as the Downtown Antioch event provides visitors with a commemorative wine glass and a complimentary bottle of wine.

Saturday, September 30; noon-4:30 p.m. Downtown Antioch, Main Street, Antioch.

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival (October 6-8)

This festival has pumpkins stacked to the sky. Get into the spirit with your friend Jack while holding a lantern and journey to Highwood for the Great Pumpkin Festival. Once again, the festival will be jam-packed with daily events, a variety of food and drink vendors, a carnival, live tunes, hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, nightly pumpkin lightings, a parade, Superhero 5K/10K and so much more.

Friday-Sunday, October 6-8; Fri 4-10 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Highwood Metra Station, 317 Green Bay Rd., Highwood.

Antioch's Fall Arts & Crafts Faire with Monster Bash, Treat the Streets and Weiner Races

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

Antioch’s Fall Arts & Crafts Faire with Monster Bash, Treat the Streets and Weiner Races (October 21-22)

Find numerous treasures from some of the country’s finest artisans. The faire features over 85 booths with a beautiful array of arts and crafts, activities for children and delicious fare. Attendees can take home beautiful seasonal crafts for the upcoming holidays. Halloween lovers will enjoy the monster bash while the kids can fill their sweet tooth void during the treat the streets portion. You don’t want to miss the exciting wiener dog races!

Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22; Sat 10-4, Sun 10-3. Downtown Antioch, Antioch Bandshell, Antioch.


#ZombieWauk #Waukegan

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ZombieWauk in Waukegan MainStreet (October 21)

Every third Saturday of the year, you get a touch of culture with the different mediums you see from ArtWauk. However, downtown Waukegan is transformed into Halloween town as ArtWauk runs alongside their Annual ZombieWauk. The event will feature live entertainment, suds and eats vendors, face painters and flesh-eating abominations clutter the streets as they attempt to hunt you down. Beware of the walking dead.

Saturday, October 21. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street, Waukegan.

CROCtoberfest at Wildlife Discovery Center (October 22)

CROCtoberfest at the Wildlife Discovery Center is a fun-filled event for all ages in a safe environment to meet live crocodiles. Jim Nesci, Illinois’s lone licensed gator owner, is in attendance and brings Bubba, the world famous American Alligator. The expert staff and members of the Chicago Herpetological Society and the Madison Area Herpetological Society will speak on crocodiles and other cold-blooded critters. The event also features kid-friendly activities, face painting, a story teller, craft vendors, food and refreshments.

Sunday, October 22; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.

Antioch’s Halloween Fest & Carnival (October 26-29)

This spooky, four-day fest features a Halloween carnival, costume contests, a pumpkin totem pole contest and so much more.

Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29. William E. Brook Entertainment Center, 902 Skidmore Dr., Antioch.

Antioch’s Beer & BBQ Walk (October 28)

Sample beer and BBQ while enjoying Antioch’s quaint Downtown. Besides indulging on the tastes of mouth watering suds and fare, attendees also receive a keepsake beer mug, a coupon for a complimentary six-pack of beer and a bag to carry any extra munchies. The Antioch Chamber of Commerce also holds a raffle.

Saturday, October 28; noon-4 p.m. Downtown Antioch, 884 Main St., Antioch.

Dickens Holiday Village (November 4-December 25)

Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the charming streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens from the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also, enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities.

November 4-December 25. Downtown Antioch, Lake Street and Main Street, Antioch.

Other Fall Festivals in Lake County

Beautiful Fall day @ The Chicago Botanic Gardens. #Fallbulbfestival#ChicagoBotanicGardens

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