Things To Do This Weekend October 13-15

Oh, October. What is not to love about you? From exciting seasonal events, to post-season Cubs baseball, you have a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

There’s no time to waste this weekend with so much going on, so put down that Pumpkin Spice Latte (or bring it with), and let’s have a memorable time!

But first, continue here to mark your calendars for all of the fall festivals in Lake County and click here to learn about Lake County’s Spooks & Spirits Autumn Celebration.


1. Honeymoon in Vegas at the Marriott Theatre

When the New York Times rates a show as excellent, it must be worth seeing. Honeymoon in Vegas at the Marriott Theatre, makes its last performance of the year this weekend. A musical comedy in the Golden Age tradition, with gags, gams and great tunes, Honeymoon in Vegas is raved to be a real-live, old fashioned, deeply satisfying Broadway musical in a way few new shows are anymore! If you don’t believe us, look up the reviews, they’re spectacular.

Friday-Sunday, October 13-16. Friday:  8 p.m., Saturday:  4:30 & 8 p.m., Sunday:  1 & 5 p.m. – Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

2. Long Grove Historic Downtown’s Scarecrow Day

This one is sure to please children and adults of all ages. Build and dress your own scarecrow to your liking, to be displayed along the streets of Long Grove at the historic downtown’s Scarecrow Day. Long Grove Business District will provide attendees with the basic scarecrow structure, bales of straw and building guidance. Attendees are encouraged to bring scarecrow accessories like old clothing, shoes, hats, gloves and other primping materials and the leftover clothes will be donated. A $5 voluntary donation with cover materials and proceeds will benefit local food shelters. Not only are you going to have a blast decorating your own scarecrow for the whole town to see, but you will also be doing good for the community. Now that’s quite the win-win.

Saturday, October 14; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission/voluntary donation, Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

Just a few more weeks until Halloween! Share one of your favorite ghost stories!

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3. Volo Bog State Natural Area’s 32nd Annual Ghost Stories Event and ‘Of Bogs and Books’

Ingleside is being invaded by ghosts, ghoulies and scary stories at the 32nd annual Volo Bog Ghost Stories event. Children ages five and older and their adult companions will enjoy this spooktacular event together at Volo Bog State Natural Area. A tour of the nature preserve runs 5-6:45 p.m. and the scary story is 7-9 p.m. Reservations are required.

Furthermore, get to know your ancestors this weekend without sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table. This weekend’s “Of Bogs & Books” event will feature ‘The Last Neanderthal’ by Claire Cameron. Come join this long-standing tradition on Saturday, October 14; 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15; Free admission, Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside.

Farmer’s Market Thursdays is one of our favorites 🍁

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4. The 16th Annual Libertyville Junior Woman’s Club Pumpkin Fest

For another excellent family-fun event, make your way to Libertyville. With events such as pumpkin painting, live entertainment and touch-a-truck, this pumpkin fest will have thrill all ages. Attendees of the 16th annual Libertyville Junior Woman’s Club Pumpkin Fest are encouraged to bring a donation item for the Libertyville Township Food Pantry in exchange for a free pumpkin. A little charity sure never hurts, especially when it’s this easy!

Saturday, October 14; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission/voluntary donation, Cook Memorial Park, 600 N. Main St., Libertyville.

5. Light Up the Sky at the Citadel Theatre

There might not be a spooky full moon this weekend to Light Up the Sky but with some help from the Citadel Theatre, we might have found an alternative.

The Broadway smash-hit comedy aptly named, you guessed it, Light Up the Sky, will be the star this weekend at the Citadel Theatre. The play takes you backstage with a bustling New York theatre troupe on opening night of a new show. This 1948-set show features an unpredictable blend of characters as the Lake Forest theatre opens their 15th anniversary season. Critically acclaimed, Light Up the Sky is sure to entertain.

The show runs on select weekends through October 29.

Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15; Saturday:  8 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m.  Admission: $15-40 – Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.

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