Things To Do This Weekend September 6-8: Fall Kickoff 2019

There was so much to do this weekend September 6-8 we had to double our list as we kickoff the fall season.

Sure, fall doesn’t begin until September 23, but Lake County has every reason to celebrate early once the autumn feels appear.

Continue here to view other happenings of everyone’s favorite orange and brown season with the top 10 things to do in September. Today is also the beginning of the Chicago Bears 100th season. Click here to find the perfect location for you and the squad to watch the game against the cheeseheads.

The guide to fall festivals will be available soon.

Here are your top things to do this weekend September 6-8.

1. Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze in Spring Grove Opens for the Season


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You’ll be amazed by their maize mazes. Richardson’s Adventure Farm & Corn Maze is known for having the world’s most massive corn maze. The Spring Grove area spans 33 acres of land and is equipped with 11 miles of trails. Richardson Farm celebrates the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and NASA landing on the moon in 1969. Besides the renowned maze, the Adventure Farm features another five mazes, a zip line, a pumpkin patch, ORBiting rides (a ride inside a giant 11-football), live pig races, a wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, pedal trikes, a goat farm, a corn cabin and wagon rides. Other activities have separate admissions. Richardson Farm is open through Sunday, November 3.

Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission:$14-$17. Richardson Adventure Farm and Corn Maze, 909 English Prairie Rd., Spring Grove.

2. Northern Illinois Air Show: Wings over Waukegan

Viewers will witness an unbelievable flight performance by the world-renowned aerobatic pilots at the Waukegan Regional Airport. The Northern Illinois Airshow: Wings Over Waukegan features vintage military crafts like the F-86 Sabre, delicious eats, mouthwatering drinks, photo-ops with the brave pilots and more. Don’t forget your camera so you can capture the best snapshots and get there early to find the most optimal seating. The gates open at 9:30 a.m. As these captains of flight have said in the past and what pilots will exclaim in the future, “Aim High…Fly-Fight-Win.”

Saturday, September 7; noon-4 p.m. Waukegan Regional Airport, 2882 W. Plane Rest Dr., Waukegan.

3. Rock the Block in Lake Zurich

There’s a party in downtown Lake Zurich this weekend, and everyone is invited. The village is hosting its annual main street block party, Rock the Block, this Saturday from 5-11 p.m. Treat the entire family out to a superb evening of delicious dining options, satisfying libations, face painting, balloon art, live entertainment and so much more.  The Lake Zurich celebration is highlighted by the tunes from Exit 147, Hello Weekend and Bella Cain. This weekend: dine, dance and discover on the block.

Saturday, September 7; 5-11 p.m. Downtown Lake Zurich, 70 E. Main St., Lake Zurich.

4. The Lake County Film Festival in Grayslake, Waukegan and Lake Forest


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The Lake County Film Festival makes its triumphant return this September at three locations: College of Lake County Grayslake campus and Waukegan campus as well as Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. The three-satellite location cinema fest features over 60 showings of documentaries, shorts, music videos, narratives, international presentations and a slew of other flicks. Some of the feature films include “QWERTY,” “5-25-77,” “Rendezvous in Chicago,” “Pizza: A Love Story,” “While I Breathe” and more. This is a can’t-miss event! For more information about the festivities, visit The festival runs through September 10.

Friday-Sunday, September 6-8; Fri.: 5:45 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m., Sun.: 10 a.m. Tickets: $7 per film. College of Lake County – Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. College of Lake County-Waukegan Campus, 111 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest.

5. Annual Bourbon & Beer Fest at the Vine Wine & Martini Bar in Grayslake


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The annual Bourbon & Beer Festival thrown by The Vine – Martini & Wine Bar is the party to pick your poison of your favorite libations. The Grayslake festival features over 80 whiskeys, 30 craft breweries, live entertainment, cigars and delicious eats. Attendees must be over 21, and with entry, you will receive a custom beer/bourbon tasting glass. The Grayslake extravaganza also offers designated drivers.

Saturday, September 7; 6-10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$60. The Vine – Martini and Wine Bar, 101 Center St., Grayslake.

6. Kesha and Lenny Kravitz at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park


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Lenny Kravitz and Kesha are performing at Ravinia Festival this weekend. Kravitz takes the stage Saturday, while Kesha performs Sunday. Kravitz has enjoyed an illustrious career as he was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, winning four times. Kravitz is known for such hits as “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” “Fly Away,” “American Woman” and many more. Singer, rapper, activist and actor, there isn’t anything Kesha hasn’t done. The Tennessee native is making her debut on the Highland Park stage. She has attained ten top-10 singles on the Us Billboard Hot 100 as a songstress or as a songwriter. Her track “Tik Tok” was at one point the best-selling digital single in history.

Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8; 7:30 p.m. Saturday Lenny Kravitz Tickets: $38-$100, Sunday Kesha Tickets: $33-$85. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.

7. Deerfield Historical Society’s 40th Fall Festival

The Deerfield Historical Society celebrates its  40th annual Fall Fest this weekend. The history festivities are highlighted by vintage cars, games, a barnyard petting farm, artisan demonstrations, live music and more. Explore Lake County’s eldest facility, the Caspar Ott log house that was erected in 1837. The event also provides fare for purchase.

Sunday, September 8; noon-4 p.m. Deerfield Historic Village, 450 Kipling Pl., Deerfield.

8. Ninth Annual Mundelein Arts Festival

The ninth annual Mundelein Arts Festival is a weekend-long juried event will showcase the talents of exceptional artists and craftspeople utilizing a variety of media. Student artwork from Mundelein and Carmel Catholic High Schools will also be highlighted. Bring the family! Share a magical day in Kracklauer Park gazing upon original artwork, listening to live music and devouring a tasty assortment of eats from local restaurants.

Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein.

9. Deer Park Art Show

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,” said esteemed theologian Thomas Merton. This show hosted by the Deer Park Town Center will feature juried artists showcasing and selling fine arts and crafts. Festival-goers can jive to the live tunes. The kiddies won’t fret because there are dozens of activities like an art scavenger hunt. This is a free admission event, and leashed dogs are welcome.

Saturday-Sunday, September 7-9; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park.

10. Final Weekend of Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville


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As the Marvel live cinematic world continues to thrive in the box office worldwide, the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County in Libertyville will display the Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross exhibit. Ross, a 30-year veteran in the comic book industry, has portrayed revitalized illustrations through his lens to give these characters a more modern appearance. Some of the works he has created include Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Storm, the Avengers and other storied heroes from the Marvel Universe. The exhibit runs through September 8. Excelsior!

Friday-Sunday, September 6-8; Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.: noon-5 p.m. Admission: $3-$6. The Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

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