Things To Do This Weekend August 3-5

Summer may be dwindling for the kiddos, but thrilling Lake County events and activities are doing just the opposite. The top things to do this weekend August 3-5 are sure to make you both ‘wine’ and grin.

August has just begun, and we don’t want you to miss out on our picks for the top 10 things to do this month. Learn more!

We’re all on a budget and are pinching our pennies from time to time. Lucky for us, there are dozens of things to do in Lake County for under a Washington or less! Save some money and have some fun! For all other events and activities happening in Lake County, continue here.

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1. Whoopi Goldberg at Ravinia

Side-splitting actress and comedian, Whoopi Goldberg, is traveling to the Ravinia Festival this weekend, and you should too. Only a handful of people have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy award (EGOT), and Whoopi is one of them. The highly-accredited actress graces the Highland Park stage with an evening full of unique observations on current events and a wide variety of topics that are on her mind. Goldberg’s routine is an 18 and older show.

Friday, August 3; 8 p.m. Admission: $20-$90. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.


2. First Fridays Festival of the Arts Dessert Walk in Libertyville

Lose yourself in Libertyville this weekend at one of the many festivals and events occurring throughout the quaint village. Visit the various shops and restaurants in the heart of the town at this month’s First Fridays event. Live music will fill the air as attendees shop and dine from dozens of available discounts. Come back on Saturday for the David Adler Music & Arts Center’s 38th annual Festival of the Arts, which will feature up to 75 artists, live music, children’s activities, artisan food vendors and more throughout beautiful Cook Park. The two-day, family-friendly event will showcase various mediums of visual arts. Also on Saturday, the fifth annual MainStreet Dessert Walk will be held in conjunction with the Adler Center festivities. Pick up your ticket and stroll around the magnificent downtown sampling delectable desserts and perusing through the top-notch shops. Tickets for the sweet tooth event are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event.

First Fridays: Friday, August 3; 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Festival of the Arts: Saturday-Sunday, August 4-5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Dessert Walk: Saturday, August 4; Noon-3 p.m. Admission: $15-$20. Downtown Libertyville.


3. 7th Annual Jazz & Wine Festival

Fine wine and modern jazz collide this weekend at Deer Park Town Center. Visit the shopping center’s gazebo area near Yankee Candle to hear the sweet sounds of jazz from artists such as the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Big Band, Henry Johnson Quartet, James Sanders & Conjunto and more. The Deer Park event will offer food, wine and craft beer for purchase. The festival is an all ages event and offers activities for children such as free face painting, balloon artists and more. It is advised to bring your own lawn chairs as limited seating will be available. Outdoor alcoholic beverages and coolers are not permitted.

Saturday, August 4; 12:30-9 p.m. Free admission. Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park.

4. Wilmot Mountain’s Kid’s Adventure Games

Wilmot Mountain’s Kid’s Adventure games is an event like no other as children ages six to 14 years old will compete in an array of competitions. The outdoor challenge course involves dozens of obstacles; whether its mountain biking, running or trenching through water obstacles, children will earn points as they pass each checkpoint. This timed, team-oriented competition is categorized by age. The group of players that post the fastest time of the three-mile course, in each age bracket will receive an award. Children must provide their own helmet, backpack and bike gloves to participate. Register your child at

Friday-Saturday, August 3-4; Fri.: 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.. Team Registration: $180. Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI.

5. North Point Marina’s Harbor Days / Venetian Night

Walk the plank to North Point Marina’s Harbor Days Festival and Venetian Night this Saturday.  The pirate-themed event will feature everything from a boat show (courtesy of SkipperBud’s North Point), to bounce houses and dunk tanks, vendor areas, live music from R-Gang & the BayDrifter Band, tons of eats and beverages, fireworks and more. Stay late to see the lighted boat parade and don’t miss your chance to find assorted valuables in the big treasure chest. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the parade following at dusk.

Saturday, August 4; 6-9 p.m. Free admission. North Point Marina, 701 North Point Dr., Winthrop Harbor.


6. Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Friday National Night Out

Food and forensics clash this weekend in Lincolnshire with another Food Truck Fridays and the village’s national night out. Sack lunch not cutting it? Meander to the Lincolnshire Corporate Center Parking Lot from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to grab some gourmet grub from your favorite food truck at the staple event. Cruise to North Park later that evening for the Lincolnshire’s National Night Out. Attendees will visit with local law enforcement, view a K-9 demonstration, touch a police car, interact with a forensics table and more. Other kiddie activities at the Lincolnshire event include carnival games, ice-cream eating contests, inflatables, laser tag and a giant waterslide.

Food Truck Fridays: Friday, August 3; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Lincolnshire Corporate Center Parking Lot, 300 Knightsbridge Pkwy., Lincolnshire. National Night Out: Friday, August 3; 5 – 8 p.m. Free admission. 1025 Riverwoods Blvd., Lincolnshire.


7. Butterflies and Blooms Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden

“Float like a butterfly,” bloom like a bee balm flower at Chicago Botanic Garden’s celebrated annual exhibit. The Glencoe sanctuary’s Butterflies & Blooms event allows attendees to be fully immersed in a habitat full of hundreds of live butterflies in a 2,800 square-foot mesh enclosure. The exhibition is filled with species native to North and South America, Asia and Africa and those also native to Illinois. The exhibition is located on Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Learning Campus.

Friday-Sunday, August 3-5; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $6-$8. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

8. Back to School with Hawthorn Mall

Have a howlin’ good time by giving back at Hawthorn Mall this weekend. Bring at least five back to school items including, but not limited to scissors, pencil cases, facial tissues, crayons, highlighter, markers, pens and more to take your photo with the Hawthorn Pups. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, back to school crafts and fashions from your favorite stores at the Vernon Hills event. A full list of requested items can be found at

Meet n’ Greet: Saturday, August 4; Noon-4 p.m. Admission: Donation, Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills.

For even more things to do this weekend August 3-5 in Lake County, continue here.

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