Things To Do This Weekend June 11-13, 2021

As we enter Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan this weekend, we can expect more fun events in Lake County and full capacity operations at many beaches, water parks, amusement parks, special events and more!

This weekend is full of splashes and is rich in history. Have some fun in the sun at Diamond Lake Beach, learn the history behind the heroic women of Lake County and the Village of Antioch, support your local farmers and small businesses and shop and sip a glass of local vino in downtown Grayslake.

Here’s this weekend’s edition of the top five things to do in Lake County, June 11-13.

1. Mundelein Park District Beach Bash at Diamond Lake Beach


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The time for tossing beach balls and taking it easy in the sun is finally here. Take a dip in the drink at the Mundelein Park District’s Diamond Lake Beach Bash! The fun-filled day begins with a relaxing yoga class, a sand castle contest and beach games. The afternoon festivities include a watermelon-eating contest, paddle boat races and a School of Rock Concert. Jump in the lake at any time of the day for free swim, take advantage of the free boat rentals and cruise on Diamond Lake or dance and jump around all day long with games, live music and inflatables. Mouthwatering beach snacks will be available at the park district’s concession stand and at the visiting food truck. To register for the watermelon eating contest and paddle boat races, visit Face coverings are required to enter the Diamond Lake facility.

Saturday, June 12; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free admission, special contests require registration and a small fee. Diamond Lake Beach, 1016 Diamond Lake Rd., Mundelein. 

2. Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military Exhibit at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County


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The inspiring civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou once said, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” Celebrate our she-roes at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County exhibit, “Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military.” Honor the stories and service of many Lake County residents that helped defend our nation in roles as nurses, auxiliary personnel, enlistees and officers in the U.S. military as the museum hosts their last weekend of the exhibit. To purchase timed tickets and register for a visiting session at the Dunn Museum, visit Registration for museum visits will close at midnight the day of the program. 

Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13; Sat: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sun: noon – 3:30 p.m. Admission: $3-$10 per person, children ages three and under are free. Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. 

3. Sawmill Tour in Antioch

Relish in the rich history of Antioch at the Hiram Buttrick Sawmill Tour. During the tour, visitors will learn about the economic importance of sawmills in the 1800s and will tour the replica facility. Constructed in 1976, the sawmill was built 500 feet downstream of the original site and made of abandoned sawmill material. During construction of the replica, builders salvaged existing pilings from the original structure. 

Saturday, June 12; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free admission. Hiram Buttrick Sawmill, 800 Cunningham Dr., Antioch

4. Deerfield Farmers Market

Buy fresh and locally-grown food right from the farmer this weekend! Celebrate Deerfield’s 27th market season with fresh, homegrown fare and unique treats including honey, meats and cheese, sweets for you and your furry companion, bath and body products, fresh fruits and vegetables and more. In compliance with the Farmers Market Committee and Village of Deerfield, all four-legged friends are not allowed at the market this season. Deerfield Farmers Market runs Saturdays through October 9.. 

Saturday, June 12; 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Deerfield Farmers Market, 828-836 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield. 

5. Shop’n’Swirl Wine Walk in Grayslake

Sip, savor and repeat at Grayslake’s Shop‘n’Swirl Wine Walk. Participants will receive a swag bag, a map of Grayslake, a wine glass, hand sanitizer and a special aerating wine pourer. On the day of the event, oenophiles will explore the businesses and restaurants of Grayslake to collect  tasting tickets.Tasting tickets are earned by visiting three participating locations, where visitors can also get their raffle card signed. The signatures enable wine connoisseurs the opportunity to win various prizes and venture to any of the five outdoor locations to taste a dozen different wines. Participating businesses include Somethings Brewing, Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum and Lake County Libation Trail partners Glunz Family Winery & Cellars and Light the Lamp Brewery. Participants must be ages  21 and older to partake. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds from the event will support the Grayslake Heritage Center Foundation. 

Saturday, June 12; 3 – 5 p.m. Admission: $30 per person. Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. 

To get your sun and sand on and learn more about the beaches open this season in Lake County, click here. 

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