Things To This Weekend September 10-12, 2021

Fall is approaching in this installment of things to do this weekend September 10-12.

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School is in full swing, and the kiddies could use a break. In this jam-packed weekend, the land of lakes calls all shutterbugs, maze runners, aviators, art aficionados and music lovers to experience all that is going on Friday-Sunday.

Continue here to plan your entire September. Here are your top things to do this weekend September 10-12.

1. #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest in Lake County

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 county’s best pictures. VLC will accept submissions for five categories: Outdoors, Family/People, Lake County Events, 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. The #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest winners 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

Friday-Sunday, September 10-12. Various locations in Lake County.

2. Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze Opens in Spring Grove

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. This year’s theme to the renowned maze is the celebration of the Spring Grove farm’s 20th anniversary. The design features the elements of their farm from their overlooking structure of the maze, to the barn, to the Christmas Tree Farms, to the pumpkins and the tulip fest launched earlier this year. The Spring Grove area spans 33 acres of land and is equipped with 11 miles of trails. Besides the famous maze, the Adventure Farm features another five mazes, a zip line, a pumpkin patch, Zorbing rides (a ride inside a giant 11-ball available on weekends), live pig races,  a wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, pedal trikes, a goat farm, a farm carousel and more. Richardson Adventure Farm runs on select days through November 7.

Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12; Sat.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun.: noon-9 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Rd., Spring Grove.

3. Northern Illinois Air Show in Waukegan (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, tasty 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.” Kids ages 12 and under receive free admission.

Saturday, September 11; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $15. Waukegan National Airport, 3580 N. McAree Rd., Waukegan.

4. 10th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival


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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see,” said French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas. The decade-old Mundelein Arts Festival will showcase the talents of 45 exceptional artists and craftspeople spanning various mediums. The juried festival will award makers in six different categories as well as participating Mundelein and Carmel Catholic High School students will receive scholarship money. The Kracklauer Park art party hosted by the Mundelein Park District and Mundelein Community Connection also features feature local musicians and tasty eats.

Saturday-Sunday, September 11-12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein.

5. Rock the Block in Lake Zurich


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Dine, dance and discover at Lake Zurich’s Rock the Block Festival. The downtown southwestern Lake County village’s party is highlighted by food trucks, an outdoor bar and, of course, toe-tapping tunes from live bands. The free admission event features live music from Lava Rock, Libido Funk Circus and Bella Cain. So, hit up Main Street and clink some adult beverage glasses with your neighbors as they party like it’s 2021 in Lake Zurich.

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

For more things to do this weekend September 10-12, continue here.

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