Things To Do This Weekend September 20-22

Apples and pumpkins and beers, oh my! The leaves are still green, but that doesn’t stop the fall fun from happening this weekend September 20-22!

We are more then half way through the ninth month of the year, continue here to see the top 10 things to do in September. Does your Instagram need a splash of color? Find the best photo spots that will have you saying, “happy fall y’all.” by clicking here.

Our fall festival guide is here! Click here to keep up with the fall festivities going on in Lake County.

Here are the top 5 things to do this weekend September 20-September 22.

1. Long Grove Apple Fest


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The 28th annual Long Grove Apple Fest in the village’s historic downtown area is the place for our favorite red and green treats. What would this fest be without a variety of apple-themed cuisine and drinks? Enjoy the classics such as apple pie or caramel apples or branch out and try something unique like apple tempura.  Whether you have a big appetite, you want to watch the festival favorite pie-eating contest or take a spin on a carnival ride, this apple party is fun for the entire family. Make your way to the stage areas for an awesome lineup of live entertainment featuring Petty Kings, MellenCougar, Sixteen Candles and much more. The event to kick-off fall also is highlighted by a Kid Zone in Towner Square providing “throwback games,” Medieval Times junior knight training, arts and crafts and other family activities.

Friday-Sunday, September 20-22; Fri.: noon – 11 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m.–11 p.m. and Sun.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $5-$15. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

2. Didier Farms Pumpkinfest


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Didier Farms Pumpkinfest is the ultimate fall activity to celebrate the beginning of sweater weather. Activities down on the farm include a petting zoo, hayrides, a corn maze, pig races (weekends only) and much more. While enjoying all the fun the Lincolnshire fest offers, you may need some fall treats to fill you up. Grandma D’s Bake Shop is the place on-site for pumpkin donuts, homemade pies, fudge as well as hot apple cider to wash it all down. Don’t forget to grab some pumpkins on the way out and bring that festive feel back home. The Didier Farms Pumpkinfest is open daily through Thursday, October 31.

Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Didier Farms, 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire.

3. Fall On The Farm At Lambs Farm


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Visit the farm for some good ole-fashioned, family fun. Lambs Farm is kicking off the season of colorful leaves with their Fall on the Farm event.  Enjoy fall-themed crafts and activities such as pumpkin painting, sand art, cookie decorating and more. The Lake County Farm Heritage Association will be joining in with tractors that kids can touch and barrel train rides. The Libertyville autumn affair is also highlighted by a tent sale, fare and beverage for purchase, music and more.

Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8-$15. Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville.

4. Oktoberfest In Highland Park


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Highland Park has a lot going on during their 150-year celebration. The celebration continues Saturday as they kickoff their inaugural Oktoberfest. Participate in the German-themed event by experiencing German cuisine such as brats and pretzels, watch the youth talent showcase and relax and listen to live music. The headliner for the fest is Daniel Cronson, a musician who mixes blues, R&B and soul rhythms into his personal style called blue-eyed soul. Of course, as is an Oktoberfest tradition, the suds will be flowing all day—raise your stein to a good time!

Saturday, September 21; noon-10 p.m.  Downtown Highland Park, between Second and Central Streets, Highland Park.

5. Fox Lake Fish Fest: Mayor’s Fish Fry & Youth Fishing Derby

Floundering to come up with weekend plans? Come (tr)out to the Fox Lake Fish Fest. On Friday, visitors can enjoy a fish fry with Mayor Donny Schmit. The village’s renowned fundraiser and social event includes all-you-can-eat fish, two sides and a non-alcoholic beverage. Libations are available for purchase. On Saturday morning, kids can grab their tackle box, fishing pole and cast a line competing for the biggest fish at the derby.  The derby is also highlighted by giveaways, prizes and much more. A fishing license is required for children ages 16 and older.

Friday-Saturday, September 20-21; Fri.: 4:30-8 p.m., Sat.: 9 a.m.-noon. Lakefront Park and Building, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake.

Honorable Mentions

  • Petpalooza at Lehmann Mansion INFO»
  • Barnfest at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center INFO»
  • Peter and the Star Catcher at the Citadel Theatre INFO»

For more things to do this weekend September 20-22, continue here.

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