Things To Do This Weekend October 5-7

Round up your gourds and gather all your ghouls because we’ll need as many as we can get for the top things to do this weekend October 5-7!

Autumn’s most comfortable month has finally begun and there is so much to cover! We’ve tried our best to narrow down all that Lake County has to offer into the top 10 things to do in October, and believe you me, it was no easy task.

If you like fall just as much as we do, check out the following articles we’ve written to help you make the most out of the season in the best place to celebrate it.

For all other events and happenings this weekend, continue here.

“Carve” some time into your frightful schedule and check out the top things to this weekend October 5-7.



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1. The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

The City of Highwood is looking to break a Guinness World Record and they need your help. “Carve” the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival into this weekend’s schedule and help make history as they look to shatter the record for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once – a whopping 30,851. The three-day festival includes events for all ages including the Superhero 5K, carnival rides, pie-eating contests, costume contests, treasure hunts, trick-or-treating and the attempt at breaking the orange-fruit record. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own pumpkin will receive a free admission pass as the quantity of delivered pumpkins will not be enough to make history.

Friday-Sunday, October 5-7; Fri.: 4-10 p.m. Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Superhero 5K begins at 9 a.m. on October 6. Daily Admission: $3, Weekend Pass: $5. Superhero 5K: $35. Downtown Highwood, Sheridan Road and Waukegan Avenue.


2. Shrek the Musical at the Marriott Theatre

“And in the morning, I’m making waffles!”  said Eddie Murphy’s beloved character, Donkey in the animated motion picture “Shrek.” Marriott Theatre brings “Shrek the Musical” to their stage this weekend. The family-friendly musical is based on the Oscar-winning film and hilarious book written by William Steig. Tag along on the ogre’s journey as he seeks to guide the captured princess to the land of Duloc for the current lordship in exchange for Shrek’s swamp. The Lincolnshire production will bring the entire cast of characters to life on select days through December 30.

Friday-Saturday, October 5-6; 10 a.m. Admission: $15.23. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.


3. MainStreet Libertyville’s First Fridays

Autumn has begun, and First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville is throwing a party. Besides the local mom and pop stores offering promotional sales, the free event features an array of delicious drinks, divine dishes and live entertainment. Parking is free and plentiful with MainStreet Libertyville’s covered parking garage located at Lake Street and Brainerd Avenue. Save money with promotions from Café Pomigliano, Improv Playhouse and more. TGIF on MainStreet Libertyville.

Friday, October 5; 6-9 p.m. Downtown Libertyville, Route 21, Libertyville.


4. Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fall Bulb Fest

“Fall” in love with the season all over again with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fall Bulb Festival. A cornucopia of events and activities are planned for the Glencoe festival including a harvest market, live music, hard libations, a gourd mountain, straw bale maze, a dozen food and craft vendors and more. The bulb festival boasts a catalog of over 250 varieties of daffodils, tulips, crocus and other specialty bulbs for sale to be planted before winter, ensuring a colorful spring.

Friday-Sunday, October 5-7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free though regular parking fees apply. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.



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Join us for our first annual Oktoberfest. October 6th, 12-10. Lawns will be tented.

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5. Oktoberfests at Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. and Half Day Brewing Co.

Pack your bags because you’re heading to Germany. Maybe not physically, but Lake County Libation Trail hosts are offering the next best thing. Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove and Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire are both throwing separate Oktoberfest events. Families are welcome to the Bavarian style taprooms for an afternoon of live music from Die Musikmeisters German Band, Frank “K” and Company and Edgar Gabriel’s Continental String Ensemble at Buffalo Creek and Bellwether Blues and Hillbilly Liars at Half Day. The Lincolnshire brewery is offering 20 different styled suds from local brewhouses including Lake County Libation Trail participants Roaring Table Brewery of Lake Zurich and Tighthead Brewing Co of Mundelein, Attendees will enjoy delicious craft brews, delectable food and fun games for your household. Prost to Oktoberfest!

Buffalo Creek Brewing Oktoberfest: Saturday, October 6; Noon-10 p.m. $10 advanced admission; $15 at the door. Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.

Half Day Brewing Co. Oktoberfest: Saturday, October 6; Noon-5 p.m. $35, Half Day Brewing Co. 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire.

For all other things to do this weekend October 5-7, continue here.

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