Celebrate the end of summer and send them back-to-school with carousel dream in their head. Festivals, carnivals, fairs, street fests whatever you call them they mean food, music and FUN! Find out where and when you can celebrate summer fun here!
August Festivals in Lake County
Please follow the links for more details. If the festival is more than one day the link provided is for the first day of the event. Please see our calendar for following days.
For Independence day festivals and fireworks please see our Guide to 4th of July in Lake County.
Food Truck Fridays
Every Other Friday through September 23, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Lincolnshire
Event features 10 food trucks for lunchtime picnicking.
Out to Lunch
Fridays June 24 – August 19, Cook Park, Libertyville
It’s a party in the park! Food vendors, music and lots of fun.
83rd Annual Lake Villa Days
August 4-7, Lehman Park
The Lake Villa Firefighters Association is sponsoring their 83 rd Annual Lake Villa Days featuring food, carnival, games and water fights on Sunday.
August 4-7, Village Green Park
Come join us for Rides, Games, Food and LIVE Entertainment! All money raised will help benefit Scholarships and Grants in Northbrook.
3rd Annual Down on the Farm
August 5, 11:30 a.m., Antioch township
Lots of family fun! Face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, and more!
Admission is $1.00 + donation to food pantry.
August 5, 6:30 p.m. Belvidere Park, Waukegan
Think you can beat the heat? Head out for this fun and spicy event in which we invite all families to enjoy a night out with lots to do!
August 5, 5:30 p.m. Family Aquatic Center, Vernon Hills
$5 per person at the door, $2 per person in advance at the Sullivan Center
This popular event features poolside music, kids carnival games, concessions and the popular Duck Race!
North Chicago CommUNITY Days
August 5-7, Foss Park
North Chicago Community Days highlights appreciation for our residents, while invoking unity, city pride and invigorating the positive image of North Chicago.
Highland Park Kids Fair
August 6, 10:00 a.m. Port Clinton Square
Come see what Highland Park has to offer all things Kids! Sample classes from Ballet Makkai, The Box, The Music Gallery and The Performers School. Food, Arts and Crafts and your favorite HP Shops!
Old School Montessori Anniversary Celebration
August 6, 11:00 a.m., Old School Montessori, Grayslake
Fun for the whole family! You may try the 40 foot obstacle course, bounce house, join in a Baggo tournament, and enjoy the entertainment. The Taste of Paris food truck will be available with several lunch selections for purchase.
Jazz & Wine Festival
August 6, 1:00 p.m. Deer Park Town CenterThe fifth annual Deer Park Jazz and Wine Festival will feature Grammy award winning artists as well as face painting and balloon artists for the kids.
August 6, 6:00 p.m. Pistakee Lake
Block Party begins at 6PM Boat Parade Leaves Famous Freddies at 7:30PM Fireworks Finale at 9:30PM
Gurnee Days – Go for the Gold
August 11-14, Gurnee
Gurnee Days 2016 is celebrating their 44th year with activities for all ages. Join us August 11-14, 2016 as we celebrate our theme, “ Gurnee Days Goes for the Gold ”! The event calendar is packed with concerts, entertainment, food, contests, open houses, fireworks, a parade and more!
August 11-14, Village Hall Center, Lindenhurst
This four-day festival includes carnival rides, a parade, games, bingo, food, live entertainment, Battle of the Bands, Mayor’s Auction and pageant.
August 13-14, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Kite-Flying Performances and Kite-Making Workshops
Jewel-Osco Back to School Fair
August 13, 11:00 a.m. Jewel-Osco Grayslake
Jewel-Osco is partnering with End Allergies Together and over 20 allergy-friendly brands to help connect parents with safe and delicious products your kids will enjoy. Partake in free samples, giveaways and kids’ activities while learning ways to keep your children safe as they return to school.
Blues on the Water
August 13-14, The Harbors Edge, Waukegan
Two day music festival featuring live blues music, food vendors, family activities, and free admission.
23rd Annual Duck Race and Pool Party
August 13, 4:00 p.m. Aqualusion Pool, Barrington
Join JourneyCare for an afternoon of “spec-Quack-ular” competition at the annual Barrington Duck Races and Pool Party. Swimming, food and games will be available for the whole family.
Family Fun Night
August 19, 5:00 p.m. Wheeling Family Aquatic Center
Fun for all ages! Bring the whole family for a special night at the pool featuring games, activities and music.
Grayslake Summer Days
August 19-20, Center and Seymour Ave.
Family music festival with activities for the entire family. Music, carnival games, food vendors, business booth area, bike parade and Go Kart races.
August 20, 1:00 p.m. Fox River Forest Preserve, Barrington
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids (free for ages 5 and under). Family Pass is $25.
Fred Fest is an all-day music festival featuring local bands and activities for the whole family. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. Fred Fest benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Fox Lake’s Cardboard Boat Regatta
August 21, 8:00 a.m. Lakefront Park
Boat races have made the Chain O’Lakes famous, and now, Fox Lake is pleased to provide their own! This is an event for the whole family, with food, games, shop vendors, and a DJ!
August 27, 12:00 p.m. Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Antioch
Celebrating 20 years! Join us for an old-fashioned Family Fun Carnival! Games, music, food, prayer tent, talent show, and more, all at no cost to you!
4th Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival
August 27, 4:00 p.m. Grayslake Central Park
Hot Air Balloon festival and evening glow. Musical entertainment, Civil War Era baseball game, children’s activities, storytelling, business booths.
Passport to the World Festival
August 27, 4:00 p.m. Heritage Park, Wheeling
Celebrate cultures from around the world with ethnic music, dance, an eclectic range of food for purchase and unique arts and crafts, representing Wheeling’s tremendous diversity.
Final Beach Bash
August 28, 1:00 p.m. Beach Park, Wauconda
Admission: $8 non-residents, $6 residents, $1 pass holders
Bring the entire family to our traditional cookout finale of the beach season. Get ready for some wacky games, prizes, raffles, entertainment by a DJ, and much more.
Art Festivals in Lake County
Art festivals are fun for the whole family when you take our Art festival Scavenger Hunt Printable with you!
Lincolnshire Arts & Eats
August 13-14, Village Green
Lincolnshire Arts & Eats celebrates its 19th year with artistic fun. Managed by Amdur Productions, the festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points.
August 20, 5:00 p.m. Waukegan Arts District
A monthly celebration of arts in the Arts & Entertainment District in Waukegan. Each month this event showcases different art and artists at over 20 venues, offering free access to each site and a chance to meet the artists.
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