Things To Do This Weekend October 15-17, 2021

You can see it in the trees that fall is in full swing. The temperatures are just right and now is a great chance to take a look at the things to do this weekend October 15-17.

Pumpkin patches, hayrides and the lovely scenes created by the fall season make it easy to snap a picture for our #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest.  Submit your photo by clicking here.

You can walk among the undead in downtown Waukegan. They are having beer, breakfast and a nice stroll in Antioch. If you like model trains then Lambs Farm is the place to be. You just might spot a “ten second” car in Vernon Hills. Reptiles are a plenty in Lake Forest. Let’s take a look at the top five things to do this weekend October 15-17.

1. ZombieWAUK in Waukegan 

It’ll be like a scene out of “The Walking Dead” with downtown Waukegan as the backdrop. The 11th  annual ZombieWAUK returns with its salute to the undead art-horror scene and a slew of other Halloween-inspired happenings. The spooky season event is highlighted by pumpkin painting, costume contests for kids, adults and pets plus artwork displayed by many of the talented. ZombieWAUK also features performances from live bands including Low-Reen and The Lazy Dogs. The City of Progress’s downtown area will be bustling as the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum hosts its inaugural comic book convention, Wauke-Con 2021. The GreenTown author’s museum will house comic book vendors, artists and authors like “Marvel Legends,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Star Wars writer Warren Freeman, jeweler and accessories-maker Danielle Gregory and more. The Waukegan museum also features a costume contest for cosplayers, the lighting of the Halloween Tree and more.

ZombieWauk, Saturday, October 16; 5-9 pm. Admission is free. Downtown Waukegan.

Wauke-Con 2021, Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17; noon-6 p.m. Admission: $3. Ray Bradbury Experience Museum, 13 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

2. Breakfast and Beer in Antioch


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Who says that you can’t have beer for breakfast? Be a part of Antioch’s Breakfast and Craft Beer Walk this Saturday. Start out with delicious eats at the Rivalry Alehouse in downtown Antioch. After breakfast, adults ages 21 and older receive a map guiding suds aficionados to craft beer sampling locations. There will be locations marked where you can stop for snacks along the way. The event’s admission includes a keepsake beer mug for sampling and a coupon for a complimentary four or six-pack of beer. Seating accommodations at the Antioch brewery run from 10-11 a.m.

Saturday, October 16; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. Downtown Antioch.

3. Model Train Day at Lambs Farm


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All aboard! Lambs Farm in Libertyville is hosting its annual  free event that is perfect for train enthusiasts. Model Train Day features a mini locomotive display that visitors can operate courtesy of Valley Model Railroad Club. The choo-choo event also features crafts, train-related treats and other activities. With the purchase of a fun pass, visitors can experience the homestead’s Dogwood Pet Shop, Magnolia Café & Bakery, and other attractions like the farm animals, the miniature golf course, the Old World Carousel and more.

Saturday, October 16; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. (Separate admissions for some crafts/activities). Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville.

4. Cars and Coffee at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills

Catch a glimpse of some amazing vehicles and grab a cup of joe. Cars and Coffee at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills runs for its final weekend of the season on Sunday morning. Breakfast and coffee options will be available for purchase through a partnership with Tous les Jours and Cinnabon. The cars will be parked in the outer lot located near AMC.

Sunday, October 17; 9-11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills.

5. CROCtoberfest at Wildlife Discovery Center

“It’s the crocodile that you don’t see you have to worry about,” as said by British biologist Jeremy Wade. The ancient and modern-day reptiles will be celebrated as part of CROCtoberfest at Wildlife Discovery Center. The resident animals at the Lake Forest sanctuary will be featured in special feeding demonstrations in a safe environment. Special guests will be in attendance. There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted to support Wildlife Discover Center’s efforts in crocodile conservation.

Sunday, October 17; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. Wildlife Discovery Center, 140 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.

To receive more details on the top things to do this weekend October 15-17 click here. You can look at the top five Halloween things to do in Lake County by continuing here.

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