Things To Do This Weekend February 21-23

Sample some suds, reel in the big one, boogie the night away and think spring in this edition of things to do this weekend February 21-23.

Celebrate making it through another work week by planning some stops along the Lake County Libation Trail. Click here to learn about the 23 participants serving up quality suds, vinos and spirits along the trail.

Lake County Restaurant Week kicks off next Friday! Click here for more information on this mouthwatering 10-day event. Savor the flavors around the world without leaving Lake County, continue here to see how you can dine like a seasoned traveler during Restaurant Week!

Here are the top things to do this weekend in Lake County February 21-23.

1. Lake County Craft Beer Festival at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center

Hop on over to the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center this Saturday for the annual Lake County Craft Beer Festival. This Grayslake festival features over 70 national and regional craft beverage makers. Mingle with your fellow libation lovers as the craft brew party is highlighted by live music, ax throwing, an escape room, cornhole (bags), various local fare vendors serving tasty bites and more. Admission to the event includes 25 sample tickets and a souvenir glass. The Lake County Libation Trail participants in attendance Tighthead Brewing Company and Bosacki’s Brewery in Mundelein, 28 Mile Vodka & Distilling in Highwood, Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor., Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake, Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing and ZümBier Brewery in Waukegan, Ravinia Brewing Company in Highland Park  and Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10. All attendees must be ages 21 or older.

Saturday, February 22; 5-9 p.m. (VIP Entry at 4 p.m. Admission: $60-$90. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

 2. LVVA Annual Fishing Derby on Bang Lake in Wauconda

“Perch” a tent out on the lake, and bundle up for the annual LVVA Ice Fishing Derby on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in one of the largest ice fishing, catch and release events in Northern Illinois. Prizes will be awarded to adults and kids who reel in the biggest fish in five different species categories. If that’s not enough to lure you in, check out the live music performed by Toby Keith tribute band Made in America, meet the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Girls, snag a raffle ticket for over 60 pre-drawn items and dine on eats from local fare vendors. Registration opens at 5 a.m., and the derby begins at 7 a.m. running until noon.

Saturday, February 22; Registration: 5 a.m. Derby 7 a.m. Registration: $20. Children ages 14 and younger/active-duty military (I.D. Required): Free. Bangs Lake, 803 Edgewater Pkwy., Wauconda.

3. Mardi Gras Party at Dress Up & Dance! in Mundelein


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Let the good times roll at Dress Up & Dance! in Mundelein, as they host a Mardi Gras Party. Boogie the night way Big-Easy style for the Fat Tuesday celebration as their dance instructors lead the steps. The night begins with a Samba lesson from the instructors. An open dance follows the Latin romp instruction. Complimentary snacks will be provided, while non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Be sure to don some green, purple or gold attire to match the night’s theme.

Saturday, February 22; 7-11 p.m. Admission: $10-$12 per guest. Dress Up & Dance!, 206 Terrace Dr., Mundelein.

4. Creventive Puppet Company at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach

Need a hand making weekend plans? The Creventive Puppet Company makes a stop at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center for the facility’s February Family Fun Friday. This interactive and educational event is led by the company’s host Jeremy J. Giggles entertaining audiences of all ages with his variety show.   This event is entirely free, no strings attached.

Friday, February 21; 1 p.m. Admission: Free. Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach

5. The Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden


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Fellow Chicagoans, not feeling these GRAY days? I’ve got a treat for you! Last week I got to take a break from the winter blahs and experience the brilliance of color again thanks to the @chicagobotanic Orchid Show. These pictures don’t begin to do it justice! Let me send you to the #orchidbrillance show! I’ve got four extra tickets to give away! Entry is simple: 1️⃣Follow @chicagobotanic and yours truly. 2️⃣Like this pic. 3️⃣Leave a comment. ➡️Extra entry if you tag a friend you’d bring along. The giveaway will end Friday, 2/14 at noon CST. The winner will be contacted via DM, and tickets will be mailed to the winner. The Orchid Show is open until March 22nd, so you’ll have more than a month to visit the Garden. Tickets were provided by Chicago Botanic Garden. #gifted #chicagoland #chicagoblogger #chicagobotanicgarden #choosechicago #chicagogram #glencoe #orchidsofinstagram #chicagotourism

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Roses are red, violets are blue. Orchids range from gray, purple, pink and red, and the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a show of it too. Witness a diverse array of Orchidaceae donning their brilliant colors during The Orchid Show at the Glencoe garden, which features over 10,000 exceptional blooms. Explore the beauty of these flowers through unique artistic installations highlighted by a towering kaleidoscope, a floating carpet and a dramatic chandelier that changes color with the angle of the winter sun. Think spring and escape the cold weather by checking out this one-of-a-kind show running through March 22.

Friday-Sunday, February 21-23; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $9-$14 (Parking: $25). Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

For more things to do this weekend February 21-23, click here.

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