Things To Do This Weekend August 31-September 3

Everyone’s favorite Monday of the year has arrived and we deserve to reward ourselves. Celebrate your Labor Day in Lake County with the top things to do this weekend August 31-September 3.

September has arrived and you know the drill; we’ve compiled a list of the top things to do this September in Lake County. No need thank us, we’re just doing our job! 😉

This weekend is stuffed to the brim with Labor Day celebrations, thrilling festivals, and good fun all around. For a complete list of all events and activities, continue here.

Add another cinnamon stick to your apple cider, (the unofficial drink of the month) and read on to discover the top things to do this weekend August 31-September 3.

1. Richardson Adventure Farm Opens for the Season

It’s an a’maize’zing way to begin September as the world’s largest corn maze and more at Richardson Adventure Farm is open for business on Saturday. The Illinois Bicentennial-themed attraction boasts nearly ten miles of winding corn trails featuring prominent landmarks and icons from the state such as the Mississippi River, Abraham Lincoln’s portrait, Navy Pier’s Ferris Wheel, the Chicago skyline, the capitol building and more. The extraordinary fall farm is also home to a 700-foot zip line, live pig races, jumping pillows, giant slides, pedal carts, wagon rides, picnic areas and an enormous pumpkin patch. The Spring Grove farm is open through November 4.

Saturday-Monday, September 1-3; Sat.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.: Noon-10 p.m. Mon.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Various admissions. Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze, 909 English Prairie Rd., Spring Grove.


2. 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car in Antioch

It’s all aboard in Antioch this Labor Day weekend. Visit the quaint town to view one of the most historic train cars in American history. The Lakes Region Historical Society presents the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Funeral Car in line with Illinois’ Bicentennial. The historical recreation is open for tours daily over the holiday weekend from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. through September 9. View the display on Saturday and see Civil War reenactors, cannon fire and a free concert from the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin in the bandshell at 1:30 p.m. Renowned actor and Lincoln impersonator, Fritz Klein, will give two performances this weekend – one on Sunday at Antioch Community High School at 7:30 p.m. and one on Monday at 2 p.m. at the historic PM&L Theatre. Admission for the performances is $10.

Friday-Monday, August 31 – September 3; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $5. Downtown Antioch, 845 Main St. Antioch Community High School, 1133 Main St., Antioch. PM&L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch.


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3. Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor Labor Day Celebration

“Coast” into the holiday weekend as Six Flags Great America hosts their Labor Day weekend event. The special celebration marks the final summer experience for the Gurnee park until the facility is transformed into Fright Fest. The three-day affair is also the last call for guests to make a splash at Hurricane Harbor. Don’t miss your chance to ride, swing, zip and swim before the season ends.

Saturday-Monday, September 1- 3; Great America: Sat. and Sun.: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Hurricane Harbor: Sat.-Mon.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Various admissions. Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.

4. Zion’s Jubilee Days/Largest Labor Day Parade in Illinois

Jump for joy as Zion’s Jubilee Days returns for its 70th celebration. The Labor Day weekend affair is the quintessential festival for the extended weekend. The 39th annual Jubilee Days 5K Run kicks off the party followed by the Miss Zion Pageant and an ice cream social. The fest is also highlighted bya performance from the Lake County Symphony Orchestra at Zion Park District bandshell, the Gala Jubilee Days fireworks display, the 49th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Zion-Benton High School, the 39th annual Jubilee Days Arts & Crafts Festival, food booths and Illinois’ largest Labor Day Parade. For more information, visit

Saturday-Monday, September 1-3; Various times. Free admission. Various locations throughout Zion.


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5. Labor Day Weekend at Ravinia Festival

Audiophiles can rejoice! Ravinia Festival is the place to get your musical fix over the long weekend. The gigantic lineup will please audiences both young and old with artists such as Culture Club, Boy George, the B-52s and the Thompson Twins for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins on Saturday only, O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson on Sunday and Ian Anderson presenting a special Jethro Tull 50th anniversary tour on Monday. The star-studded weekend combines for several dozen accolades including two Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide. Grab a spot on the lawn or reserve your seats. Reserved seats for Jethro Tull are sold out.

Friday-Monday, August 31 – September 3; Various times and admission. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.


6. The Tempel Lipizzan’s Final Performances

The Lipizzaner Stallions have been enchanting fixture in Lake County for 60 years. Catch the magnificent Tempel Lipizzan steeds at their final performance of the year. Each of the equine’s routines are set to music, displaying classical horsemanship that has been practiced in Europe since the 16th century. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness art and history come alive before the performances expire for the season. The Tempel Lipizzan performances run through September 2.

Sunday, September 2; 1 p.m. Tempel Farms, 17000 Wadsworth Rd., Old Mill Creek.


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7. Bristol Renaissance Faire’s Final Weekend

Lords and maidens have one final opportunity to travel back in time to the Bristol Renaissance Faire just over the Wisconsin border. Explore a handful of 16th century marketplaces, thrilling pub crawls, mouthwatering food, live entertainment and an abundance of fun with fellow fantasy fanatics. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Renaissance-era attire while enjoying the sights and sounds of old-timey England. The Bristol Renaissance Faire runs through September 3.

Saturday-Monday, September 1-3; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: $25.95, Bristol Renaissance Faire, 12550 120th Ave., Bristol, WI.


8. Long Grove’s Irish Days

Visit the Emerald Isle this Labor Day without leaving your backyard. Historic Downtown Long Grove’s Irish Days Festival will have attendees sham’rockin’ all day long. Grab a seat near Fountain Square to see some of the region’s top Irish musicians, singers and dancers including Rory Makem, the Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, the McNulty Irish Dancers and more. The multi-day festival brings together a celebration of Irish culture, music, food and drink. Pamper your taste buds with eats the isle like corned-beef sandwiches, fish and chips and other traditional cuisine provided by Harrington’s Catering and Deli. Bring along your furry friend as one of the top events at the festival is the Irish Dog competition. Dress Fido in the greatest costume for a chance to win the contest.

Saturday-Monday, September 1-3; Sat.: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sun.: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.: 11 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Honorable Mentions:

Jurassic Quest 2017

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Butterflies and Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden »

Jurassic Quest at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center »

Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays Final Weekend »

For other top things to do this weekend August 31-September 3, continue here.

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