Things To Do This Weekend August 9-11

It’s another edition of things to do this weekend August 9-11, and we have to remind you all that it’s still the summertime!

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Hooray for Hollywood, art festivals, Saturdays in the park, soaring toys and shopping sprees. Here are the top things to do this weekend August 9-11.

1. Gurnee Days – Hooray for Hollywood

Since 1972, Gurnee Days has hosted this four-day premier festival. The party in Gurnee features an array of unique events including a bicycle rodeo, a parade, live entertainment, farmers market, Gurnee Idol, golf tournament, a bounce house village, a magic show, amusement rides, a 10K race, a baby contest, a fireworks show, a car show, an ice cream eating contest, a rib fest and so much more. The theme for this year’s installment of the event is “Hooray for Hollywood.” The live entertainment includes performances by Boy Band Night, King By Friday, Hi-Infidelity and more.

Friday-Sunday, August 9-11; Fri.: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat.: Events beginning at 7 a.m. and Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Many locations. Primary event location: Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee.

2. Lincolnshire Art Festival

The Lincolnshire Art Festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the nation at the town’s Village Green. Formerly known as the Arts & Eats Fest, this Lincolnshire outdoor gallery offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. The festival is the perfect family experience highlighted by live tunes, mouth-watering bites, fun activities for the kids and so much more. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive demos and have the chance to take part in a booth chat to discover their inspiration. Festival-goers of all ages have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to an on-site mural at the festival. The live sounds are performed by duet Cirrus Falcon.

Saturday-Sunday, August 10-11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Village Green, the intersection of Olde Half Day Road and Milwaukee Avenue, Lincolnshire.

3. Chicago the Band at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park

“Is it 25 or six to four?” Everyone’s favorite Windy City-named band, Chicago, is heading a few miles north to don the Ravinia Festival stage for two performances. The rock band, originally named the Chicago Transit Authority after the Second City’s bus and “L” system, has sold over 40 million units registering 23 gold 18 platinum and eight multi-platinum albums. The band has also achieved 10 Grammy Nominations and one win for “Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus” with the song “If You Leave Me Now” in 1976. Chicago is also known for hits like “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Hard Habit to Break” and so many more records. Lawn tickets for the Saturday night performance are sold out.

Saturday-Sunday, August 10-11. Tickets: $43-$125. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.

4. Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Fest in Glencoe

“With tuppence for paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings.” Enjoy the soaring majesty of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and the members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Annual Kite Festival. This event includes children’s kite-making workshops, a parade of kiters, a stunt kite performance, a grand launch, live music and so much more. Head to the Glencoe sanctuary so you and the family can send your kite  soaring “to the highest heights,” “through the atmosphere” and “where the air is clear.” The event is free of admission, but regular parking fees apply.

Saturday-Sunday, August 10-11; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

5. Zurko Antique & Flea Market in Grayslake

For nearly half a century, Zurko Promotions has provided quality antique shows and flea markets to the Midwest. This weekend’s show and market at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake features an array of vendors offering a variety of antiques and collectibles including furniture, estate jewelry, vinyl records, dated instruments, postcards, glass and porcelains, vintage advertising items, home décor, coins, old-fashioned toys and much more. Visit the Grayslake market this weekend, because each item “has a story to tell.” The flea market will return to the Grayslake facility September 7-8, October 12-13, November 9-10 and December 7-8.

Saturday-Sunday, August 10-11; Sat.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun.: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission with an adult. Tickets: $7-$25. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

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