Things To Do This Weekend August 20-22, 2021

It may be back to school for some, but there is plenty of summer fun things to do this weekend August 20-22.

Fall is rapidly approaching. Stay tuned to our Lake County fall festivals guide.

Summer in Lake County is almost through, so don’t forget to capture all of the memories.


Happy Birthday to Waukeganites, Bess Bower Dunn and Ray Bradbury!

So “What are you doing THIS weekend in Lake County. Let the ride take you to the land of lakes as you take a gander at your top five things to do this weekend August 20-22.

1. Grayslake Summer Days 125+1 Festival

Because of COVID-19, Grayslake didn’t get to celebrate turning the ripe old age of 125 properly in 2020. This year, as they celebrate “125 years+1,” Grayslake Summer Days has returned and is dubbed as one of the final summer fests of the season in Lake County. This family-fun festival features live entertainment, carnival games, bingo, beer tents, arts and crafts, fare vendors, a business booth area, go-cart races and more. Don’t forget to find a good viewing location on Whitney Street for the annual Bike and Pet Parade and Summer Days Parade Saturday evening. Dance in the streets as bands like 7th Heaven, Modern Day Romeos, American English, Total Recall Band and more grace the Grayslake stage.

Friday-Saturday; 5 p.m.-midnight, noon-midnight. Downtown Grayslake, Whitney Street.

2. Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills

Summertime and ribs have an excellent relationship together. Taste what’s cooking at the Little Bear Ribfest held at Vernon Hill’s Century Park. Besides Lake County’s “best ribs in show,” explore the live entertainment, kid’s events, firework show and various other exciting activities at the 10th installment of the barbecue event. Boogie to the fantastic tunes from Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hell Raisers, Mississippi Heat, Rocky Athas and Kevin Purcell & The Night Burners. Attendees can purchase libation tickets at the foodie fest until 10:30 p.m. Bon appétit, Lake County!

Friday-Saturday, August 20-21; Fri.: 6-11 p.m., Sat.:  4-11 p.m. Admission: $5. Children age five and younger receive free admission. Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills.

3. Hurricane Harbor Chicago in Gurnee

Take a dip in the drink, and experience the thrills at Hurricane Harbor before it’s too late. The H2O haven is equipped with over 25 rides, waterslides and attractions like waterslides, a main swimming area called Monsoon Lagoon, a kid zone play area that utterly soaks individuals, an interactive surf area and so much more. Joining the ranks at Hurricane Harbor Chicago and Six Flags Great America is Tsunami Surge. The aforementioned slide is the soon-to-be world’s tallest water coaster. Hurricane Harbor Chicago is open through September 6.

Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: Starting at $29.99 each. Hurricane Harbor Chicago, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.

4. Tempel Lipizzans Highlight Performance in Old Mill Creek

The famous white stallions of Old Mill Creek have entertained audiences for six decades with their flying horse movements, four-horse ballet and other historical nuggets. The Tempel Lipizzans have been an enchanting fixture in Lake County for 60 years. The program includes a tribute to the Olympic sport of equestrian showcasing dressage and performance of the maneuvers of Middle Ages battle techniques utilized by soldiers of yesteryear. The steeds will run through its five-segment routine that includes the Quadrille. The aforementioned movement demonstrates the classical dressage technique and the distinguished level of communication between trainer and horse. In addition to the stallion ballet, equestrian aficionados can explore the bond between mares and their babies as the Lake County farm hosts their Foals Presentation. Tickets can be purchased at

Sunday, August 22; 1 p.m. Admission: $25-$80. Tempel Farms, 17000 Wadsworth Rd., Old Mill Creek.

5. ArtWauk in Waukegan

Fill your artistic void with the ever-extravagant monthly ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan. Experience a plethora of talented individuals showcasing their work in utilizing a slew of different art mediums. In addition to the portraits, sculptures, live jazz music and other artistic vibes, munch on some delicious dining options at various downtown Waukegan locations like La Casa de Samuel, Green Town Tavern, Win Win Restaurant, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing Co., Oppidan Spirits. Jerk N’ More and others via carryout, curbside pickup as well as indoor and outdoor dining. Saturday makes for a great pizza and beer night as Zümbier and Quonset Pizza provide edibles and drinkables outside the downtown area.

Saturday, August 21; 5-9 p.m. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street, Waukegan.

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