Things To Do This Weekend August 28-30

It can be easy to jump into that predictable routine after a long and arduous work week.

The kids are back in school, and everything is busy again. However, with these top things to do this weekend August 28-30, you can take back your leisure days.

Howl as you slide at high speeds, discover land of lakes historical nuggets, scour artistic creations, peruse the market or play a game of bumper-crosse fusion from Friday through Sunday.

Whatever you do, enjoy the fruits of what Lake County has to offer as we take a look at the top things to do this weekend August 28-30.

Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee Opening Weekend

Ahhhwooooo! The wolf has risen. After being closed to the public for much of the pandemic, Great Wolf Lodge in Illinois opens up for slip n sliders. Whatever the temperature may be outside, it’s always a comfortable 84 degrees in the Gurnee resort. Your woodsy adventure starts and ends with the 80,000 square foot facility with water slides, a river to be lazy on, a wave pool, a kiddie area and so much more. Great Wolf Lodge is also highlighted by mini-golf, an arcade, a bowling alley, fun and games with Wolf characters and so much more.

Friday-Sunday August 28-30. Accommodation rates vary; visit for more information. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee.

Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County in Libertyville Reopens

The born day celebration for Lake County’s first historian continues as the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County reopens their doors. Explore the Lake County Forest Preserve District museum’s special exhibits like “Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression, Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military, Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross and more. One of the Libertyville museum’s most renowned exhibits, the dryptosaurus, is a dinosaur that roamed Lake County will be masked up. To help keep visitors safe, the Dunn Museum implements a reduced schedule and online timed ticketing (an hour and a half) to maintain visitation at reduced capacity. The museum will then close for a half-hour for sanitation of the facility. Visit to claim your advance ticket. Reopening day admission is free. All visitors must wear a mask inside the facility.

Saturday, August 29; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets: Free, but admission must be reserved. Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park


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“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Frida Kahlo. Port Clinton Art Festival runs Saturday and Sunday in Highland Park. The city’s art party features a select group of juried artists showcasing painting, jewelry, sculpture, photographs, fashion wearables, furniture and more. Entry is free to the Highland Park fest, but visitors must reserve an hour-long time slot before arriving at the event. A special opening will run from 9-10 a.m. for those with compromised health. Enjoy the festivities and peruse the city’s bustling downtown business district to support Lake County local.

Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. VIP Tickets: $10. Port Clinton Art Festival, 1700 Saint Johns Ave., Highland Park.

Antioch Street Market


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“Summer’s here and the time is right, for dancing in the street.” Martha and the Vandellas may not be able to join, but you can scour through Antioch Street Fair’s goods in the village’s downtown. The market offers a variety of items from rural, urban and local street fairs. The downtown area’s street fair has added a kid’s flea market, featuring businesses all owned and run by kids. This monthly event occurs on the last Sunday through September 27.

Sunday, August 30; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Antioch Street Market, 900 Skidmore Dr., Antioch.

WhirlyBall in Vernon Hills

Bump, collide and compete against your friends in the unique bumper car sport WhirlyBall. Everyone’s favorite lacrosse/basketball/bumper car fusion game returns in Vernon Hills. The play place also has a little something for adults. Besides delectable eats, WhirlyBall has a vast selection of brews while the youngsters duke it out (or you join in on the fun). You can also continue the competition in the darkroom, as you can live a Star Wars lifestyle in their laser tag arena. The Vernon Hills facility offers billiards, bowling and a delectable dinner menu.

Friday-Sunday, August 28-30. Admission: $15-$225. WhirlyBall Vernon Hills, 285 Center Dr., Vernon Hills.

For more things to do this weekend August 28-30, continue here. Looking for Labor Day plans? Click here to learn about everyone’s favorite three-day weekend.

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