Things To Do This Weekend October 2-4, 2020

Hoisting steins, supporting a local mom and pop shops, playing some crocodile rock and doing it for the ‘gram is on the agenda for the top five things to do this weekend October 2-4.

View everything going on throughout the year’s spookiest month, as we have the top 10 things to do in October. Continue here to learn more.

Searching for a place to stay and a libation to wet your whistle? Click here to for the land of lakes Hotel Spotlight, and continue here for the Lake County Libation of the Month.

Finally, don’t let the summer blues get you down, as fall’s fab five triumphantly returns – because it’s Autumn FTW!

Here are your top five things to do this weekend October 2-4

1. #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest


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The phrase, “take a picture it’ll last longer,” takes new meaning as you take your impressive imagery of Lake County. The land of lakes invites you to submit your phenomenal pictures in the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest. 📸🤳🖼 Enjoy Illinois Tourism Currents U.S. Travel Association. A Grand Prize and five category winners will be selected. The Contest runs through October 31. Click the link in the bio to learn more. . . #LetsGoLakeCounty #enjoyillinois #illinois #chicago #doitforthegram #instagood #photocontest #crowdriff #lakecountyil #imagery #photography #shutterbug #lcfpd #antiochil #gurnee #foxlakeil #highlandparkil #deerfieldil #lincolnshireil #grayslake #libertyville #mainstreetlibertyville #zion #waukegan #mundelein #lakezurich #longgrove #vernonhills

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“Alright, Mr. or Mrs. Shutterbug, the land of lakes is ready for its close-up.” Visit Lake County invites you to submit your phenomenal pictures in the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest. There is an abundance of beautiful, scenic, historical, adventurous, heritage, character and just downright “#InstaGood” shots of Lake County. Visit Lake County would like to showcase where you live, work, eat, play or shop by sharing your best pictures of the county. VLC will accept submissions for five categories: Outdoors, Family/People, Masked, Dining/Libations and Other Travel Culture. There will be a grand prize winner, as well as five other category winners. Individuals may submit up to five photos. Winners of the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest will win an exclusive prize and photo credit in future tourism marketing materials. The contest will reveal winners in multiple categories. Participants can submit entries through October 31 at or post via Instagram with the #LetsSnapLakeCounty.

Friday-Sunday, October 2-4; Various locations around Lake County.

2. First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville


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Thank you @michael_delott_photography for sharing such beautiful and unique photos of our community. Don’t forget, we‘re in this together 👍🏻👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾👍🏿 . The community is at the heart of everything we do. And amidst this uncertainty, one thing is clear: We have an essential role to play supporting each other #ittakesaville #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #shoplocal60048 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #communityphotos #ilovethiscommunity #libertyvillestrong #libertyville #mainstreet #mainstreet60048 #localbusiness #thisplacematters #community #family #fun #friends #enjoyyourself #laugh #drink #eat #havefun #instacool #instagood #instadaily #picoftheday #instalike #communitymatters #antiracism

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MainStreet Libertyville invites one and all to their monthly celebration of the First Fridays celebration. A variety of fantastic drinks, mouth-watering eats and live entertainment surrounds the event as you peruse the Lake County local mom and pop stores offering promotional sales. Be sure to dine on delectable eats and wet your whistle at participating MainStreet Libertyville restaurants like Café Pomigliano, Chrissoulas Restaurant, Mickey Finn’s Brewery, Main Street Social, O’Toole’s Libertyville, Shakou Libertyville and more. Café Pomigliano offers half-priced appetizers, while dessert munchers can save 10% at Sweet Home Gelato.

Friday, October 2; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. MainStreet Libertyville, Milwaukee Avenue.

3. CROCtoberfest at Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest


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It may be cold outside but our Philippine Crocs are toasty warm in their winter homes!

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“Smee, that crocodile would have had me before this, but by a lucky chance it swallowed a clock that goes tick, tick inside it.” – James Matthew Barrie in the play “Peter Pan.” Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest throws its annual CROCtoberfest celebration of reptiles. The outdoor lizardry event explores the lifestyle, temperament and science behind these scaly creatures up-close and personal in a safe environment. The Lake Forest croc haven asks that visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. You may say “after while crocodile” this weekend, but the center will host a second installment of CROCtoberfest on October 18.

Sunday, October 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission, donations accepted. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.

4. ZümBier’s Oktoberfest in Waukegan

Hail to the ale as ZümBier throws their third annual Oktoberfest. The Waukegan Lake County Libation Trail participant event will feature a slew of Rhineland inspired suds like Baron Von Ricchio, Bürgermeister, Der Chef and, of course, their October FestBier. The brewery’s biergarten autumn bash is also highlighted by delectable eats provided by Grub N Go and live music by acoustic artist Magneen.

Saturday, October 3; 2-11 p.m. Zümbier, 3232 W. Monroe St., Waukegan.

5. Buffalo Creek Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest in Long Grove

Visitors will exclaim “Prost!” when they attend Buffalo Creek Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest-themed weekend. Join in on the socially-distanced German romp as the Long Grove suds aficionados release their new beer called Bus Wedgie (Munich Dunkel). The brew’s backstory takes light in the recent news breaking of a school bus crashing into the newly reopened Historic Downtown Long Grove bridge. The Lake County Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble will be in attendance on Friday and Saturday from 5-8 p.m., while Smokin T’s Food Truck will be on hand preparing traditional Oktoberfest bites.

Friday-Sunday, October 2-4; Fri.: 5 p.m.-midnight, Sat.: noon-midnight, Sun.: noon-6 p.m. Buffalo Creek Brewing Co., 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.

To learn more about things to do this weekend October 2-4, continue here. 

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