Things To Do This Weekend April 26-28

Just when we thought spring was here, we go backward in this edition of things to do this weekend April 26-28.

Don’t fret you wonderful visitors, Lake County plenty to do indoor and out.

Many of the Lake County Libation Trail is being featured this weekend at the Long Grove Craft Beer Festival and A Celebration of Illinois Craft Beer. Scroll down to learn more.

Also, Six Flags Great America is open for the season. For those first-timer coaster riders (soon to be come junkies), continue here, to learn the 411 about your visit to the theme park.

Happy Earth Week Lake County as we drink libations, learn about mother nature and art like we’ve never arted before in the top things to do this weekend April 26-28 in Lake County.

Happy Born Day MainStreet Libertyville!

1. Long Grove Craft Beer Festival


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Have you bought your tickets to the Long Grove Craft Beer Fest 2019 yet??? * * Ticketed attendees get a commemorative glass and unlimited 3 oz. pours from several of the best local beer makers, and some wineries, while live music and local food options round out this day dedicated to the almighty brew. * * Tickets for 21+ only. Purchase your advance tickets for $40: * * * #craftbeer #buffalocreekbrewing #chicagoland #drinklocal #instachicago #brewery #craftbrewery #chicagosuburbs #chicagobeer #chicagocraftbeer #drinkillinois #eaterchicago #enjoylonggrove #chicago #beer #craftbeerlove #craftbeerlife #chicagoevents #eaterchicago #timeoutchicago

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Our hop and barley-loving friends over the age of 21 will not want to miss yet another craft festival, this time at the Long Grove Craft Beer Festival. This sudsy event’s ticket includes a commemorative glass and unlimited three-ounce samples. Lake County Libation Trail™ participants for the fest include Buffalo Creek Brewing of Long Grove, Half Day Brewing Co. of Lincolnshire, Ravinia Brewing Co. of Highland Park, Tighthead Brewing Co. of Mundelein, Wild Onion Brewery of Barrington, Zümbier of Waukegan and more. The beer sipping affair also features live tunes from Anderlik & Otto from noon-2 p.m. and Charlie Foxtrot 2:30-5 p.m. Don’t forget to peruse the niche stores of beautiful Historic Downtown Long Grove. Tickets can be purchased at the Long Grove Visitor’s Center prior to the event or online at

Saturday, April 27; noon-5 p.m. Tickets: $40-$50. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.

2. Fear No Art Festival at James Lumber Center in Grayslake

Every year, the James Lumber Center gives audiences slews of eye-opening performances at the Fear No Art Festival. This year is no different as the Grayslake art festival reaches its 21st year at the College of Lake County. This lively festival features a variety of artists performing music, dance and poetry. Also, there will be a stunning display of other art mediums like paintings, photography and sculptures by CLC students and community artists.

Friday-Saturday April 26-27; Fri.: 7:30 p.m., Sat.: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Admission: $3-$10. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

3. A Celebration of Illinois Craft Beer at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville


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Illinois’ oldest brewpub celebrating our 25th Anniversary!@mickey_finns April 27th. For tickets go to @ilcraftbeer @brewersassoc @libertyville_il @visitlakecounty @hoppy_katt @95wiilrock @lakeshoreharley @perfect_brewsupply @tightheadbrew @onlychildbeer @churchstbrew @theluckymonk @halfdaybrewing @ltlbrewery @crystallakebrewing @harborbrewingco Only 200 tickets available. @libertyville_il #brewerylife #craftbeer #brewpub #drinklocal #beerporn #microbrew #chicagobeer #craftbeerlover #beer #beerbar #libertyville #lakecounty #brewery #drinkgoodbeer #beerfest #yes #brewerylife #beerfest

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If you didn’t celebrate National Beer Day two weeks ago, now is the time. Mickey Finn’s is hosting a Celebration of Illinois Craft Beer. The brewhouse fest features Lake County Libation Trail™ participants including the Libertyville host, Harbor Brewing Co. of Winthrop Harbor, Light the Lamp Brewery of Grayslake, Roaring Table Brewing of Lake Zurich, Half Day Brewing Co. of Lincolnshire, Tighthead Brewing Co. of Mundelein and Only Child Brewing of Gurnee. The tickets include a 16-ounce tasting glass and a $10 Mickey Finn’s gift card. Meet, greet and taste an array of unique beers while being serenaded by the live music from Uncle Frank.

Saturday, April 27; 12:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets $50-$75. Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

4. Arbor Day Celebration in Highland Park


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Cycling into summer with @fatdaddykatz and @lilybkatz #greenbaytrail #mdw

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“You can’t see the wood for the trees?” Highland Park celebrates the tree holiday as dozens of local business plant trees, shrubs and flowers around the city. The event features a live raptor chat (falcons), a community art project, story time and a touch-a-truck exhibit for the kiddies. While supplies are available, the city will give away 500 free oak tree seedlings.

Saturday, April 27; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jens Jensen Park, 486 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park.

5. Malott Japanese Garden Spring Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden

Celebrate spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden by writing a seasonal haiku and making a cherry blossom hanging scroll and/or try other hands-on activities like a suminagashi paper marbling demonstration. The Malott Japanese Garden Spring Festival kicks off with a tea ceremony as it teaches visitors about the island’s children celebrations. Experience traditional storytelling, a koto harp and Skahuachi flute music performance, create a miniature carp kite, construct a kimono-clad paper doll, take a walk in the Chicago Botanic Garden Japanese Garden and more.

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

For more things to do this weekend April 26-28, continue here. 

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