Things To Do This Weekend August 13-15, 2021

Kids weep everywhere in this edition to things to do this weekend August 13-15 as school is officially back in session around Lake County.

However, don’t let the trudge back to school days fool you as it’s still summertime in Lake County. Continue here to learn about the buzz around the land of lakes for the youngsters.


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Let’s give the land of lakes a shot, as we strum our axe, blast our cannons, row our boat, sing the solid gold soul jams and fill our bellies in this edition of things to do this weekend August 13-15.

1. Libertyville Days: “Let’s Give it a Shot”

It’s the party of the year in Libertyville! Libertyville Days is a staple in the community, and the 2021 theme is “Let’s Give it a Shot.” For three memorable days and nights, beautiful downtown Libertyville provides an extended weekend full of activities, including a parade, a pageant, carnival rides, Church Street eats, a beer garden, an arts and craft fair, eating competitions, a car show, a baggo tournament, live entertainment and more. Visitors can visit the historic Cook Mansion for their open house hosted by Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society for a nominal fee. Some live entertainment acts include Ivy Ford, Soul Kitchen, Members Only, Sneezy and many other talented musicians, dancers magicians and K-9 demonstrations. Individuals ages 21 and older can indulge in the delectable drinks served in the beer garden. Unlimited rides at the carnival start at $28 per person.

Friday-Sunday, August 13-15. Various admissions for different activities. Downtown Libertyville, Church Street and Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville.

2. Willie Nelson and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park


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There’s nothing Willie Nelson can’t do. Musician, actor, activist and martial arts guru, the catalyst of outlaw country music, makes his triumphant return to Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. The Texan has a legacy that has made him into an American icon. A 1993 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Kennedy Center Honoree, 10-time Grammy Winner and many other honors and awards, Nelson has quite a library with over 70 albums to his name. “After the Fire is Gone,” and the show is through, there will be “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Nelson is accompanied by his family band and singer/songwriter Nate Smith will open the show. On Sunday, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) closes their Ravinia residency for the season. Everyone knows the epic “1812 Overture.” CSO is performing their annual ode to Pyotr Ilyich “Tchaikovsky Spectacular.” This version of the “1812 Overture” (formerly known as Opus 49) will have live cannon fire during the climax of the renowned tune. The concert honoring the Russian composer also includes “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” and “Symphony No. 5.”

Saturday-Sunday, August 14-15; Sat.: 7:30 p.m., Sun.: 5 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $49-$155. Sun. Tickets: $10-$145. Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.

3. Village of Fox Lake’s Cardboard Regatta and Rubber Duck Derby


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Who has created the swiftest vessel in Lake County…made of cardboard? Assemble your team and set out to construct the speediest schooner this side of the Mississippi at the Fox Lake Regatta Race. The Lakefront Park competition also includes a Rubber Duck Derby, where onlookers can adopt a duck or a group of ducks through the Fox Lake Richmond Spring Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. The winning ducks will receive cash prizes. As for the cardboard races, paddlers should not get stingy with the paper and glue, and remember, creativity is a plus. “Shove right off” to Lakefront Park as registration includes a boat building kit providing a four by eight-foot piece of cardboard, a box cutter and a roll of duct tape. Registration is preferred by August 13, but onsite registration will be available.

Sunday, August 15; Duck Derby: 11 a.m., Cardboard Races: noon. Registration: $15-$30. Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake.

4. “Higher and Higher: A Rock N’ Roll Soul Party” with Chester Gregory at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire


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Artists Lounge Live Summer Concert Series has returned to Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory swaggers back to the Lincolnshire stage to stun crowds with his “Higher and Higher: A Rock N Soul Party.” Gregory has starred in Broadway hits like “Motown: The Musical,” “Hairspray,” “Dreamgirls” and “The Jackie Wilson Story.” The charismatic thespian and songster will highlight his show by performing the tunes of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, The Temptations and more. Dance, jive and boogie with Gregory as Marriott Theatre feature his art for two nights this weekend.

Saturday-Sunday, August 14-15; Sat. show: 7 p.m., Sun. show: 3 p.m. Tickets: $55. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

5. Taste of the Towns in Lake Zurich


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Indulge in a fare journey this weekend at Lake Zurich’s annual Taste of the Towns. The Paulus Park event will feature samples from dozens of local restaurants, eateries, caterers, food retailers, food trucks, breweries, distilleries and wineries. The sweet sounds of live music will complement the delectable bites. The event is also highlighted by dozens of kiddie activities as well as a bags tournament. Admission includes one taste from each vendor; additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. If you pre-purchase a VIP Taste Lanyard, you could win a $30 free cooler. Lake Zurich’s mainstage features local rock band Nothing Personal.

Sunday, August 15; 3-7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.

To see what other things to do this weekend August 13-15, continue here.

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