Festivals and Fairs in Lake County {Summer 2018}

We’ve barbecued and paraded and now it’s time to get summer into full swing. Nothing is more quintessential summer than a festival. We’ve gathered up the Festivals and Fairs in Lake County that are great for families and put them all in one place. Check back often as we will update as we find more!

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Festivals and Fairs in Lake County

Festivals and Fairs are listed in chronological order under each month and category. Please click on links for full information — events are subject to change and cancellation at any time. Little Lake County does it’s best to confirm dates, times and locations but is not responsible for changes or errors.  If festivals span multiple days, links are provided for the first day only.

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June Festivals and Fairs in Lake County

May 31 – June 3 Summer Fair & Carnival, Winthrop Harbor
The annual Summer Fair & Carnival is held at 38-Acre Park and features carnival rides, games, food, live bands, contest, and more. Unlimited ride specials available daily, and on Saturday, children who purchase an unlimited ride special are entered to win a bike.  Fireworks are on Saturday.

June 10 Celebration of Summer, Lake Villa
Celebrate Summer in Lehmann park with inflatables, music and fireworks.

June 14-17 Libertyville Days Festival, Libertyville
Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides, food, beer tent, arts and crafts, a parade, live entertainment, and much, much more.

June 17 Beach Bash, Mundelein
Mundelein is kicking up the fun for all ages and a chance to connect with the community at the sandy beach on Diamond Lake. Day-long event includes beach fitness classes, paddle board, kayak an paddle boating, games, sand castle showcase, Youth Ninja Warrior Competition and Wonder Lake Ski Team Show.

June 17 & 18 Wizards Weekend, Antioch
Wizards, Witches and Muggles alike will gather in Downtown Antioch, IL for their Annual Wizards Weekend. Event will feature Kids Hogwarts School of Magic, Magical Attire Contests, Wizard & Muggle Craft Fair, TriWizards Chess Tournament, Scavenger Hunt and Horcruz Search and more.

June 21-24 Wauconda Fest, Wauconda
Enjoy a carnival, concerts, bingo, rides and more with the whole family.

June 23 -25 Long Grove Strawberry Festival, Historic Long Grove
Long Grove Strawberry Fest, which includes a broad array of bands, art, shopping, family activities, food and yes, strawberries too! Admission is $5 per person per day, children 12 and younger are free.

June 24 Green Fair, Buffalo Grove
This free event for the whole family will provide information and activities to help residents learn about the small steps they can take at home, work and in the community to improve our environment and make Buffalo Grove a greener and healthier place to live.

June 27 Inferno Fest, Highwood
Inferno Fest will test the taste buds of the most daring food enthusiasts with the hottest and spiciest foods and beverages.

June 28 – July 1 Mundelein Community Days, Mundelein
The festival includes premier musical performances, food, drinks, a car show, a carnival, a parade, fireworks, activities for kids and adults, and much more. Read Cheryl’s Mundelein Community Days experience.

June 30 Celebrate Fox Lake
Parade starts at 4pm and goes down Grand Avenue. Festivities at Lakefront Park immediately following the parade, where there will be food, activities, and music! Fireworks start at dusk.

June 30 Annual Family Picnic and Fireworks, Grayslake
Head to Central Park for a community picnic featuring Taste of Grayslake, business booths, kids rides, games, music and more.


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June Art Fairs in Lake County

June 2 Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival, Waukegan
Held in Bowen Park the event features a drum circle, dance and music performances, family activities, art and more.

June 16-17 Artists on the Bluff Festival, Lake Bluff
Work from over 30 local artists will be featured, along with entertainment including music, theater and dance and art activities for all ages.

June 16 Summer Arts & Crafts Faire, Antioch
Enjoy Antioch’s largest Arts & Crafts Faire of the year! You’ll find numerous treasures from some of the county’s finest Artisans. We have added lots of free, children’s fun, so bring the kids and enjoy the weekend!

June 16 ArtWauk, Waukegan
ArtWauk is a monthly celebration of arts in the Arts and 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. Join the throngs exposed to art, music, performances, theatres, shops, and restaurants!


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July Festivals and Fairs in Lake County*

July 12 BeachFest, Round Lake Beach
BeachFest is a free community event that is held during the month of July and, is promoted to the residents of Round Lake Beach and regional communities.

July 19-22 Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, Vernon Hills
This annual summer celebration will take place in Century Park with food, carnival rides and entertainment.

July 19-22 North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days, Highwood
This year marks the 49th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, live music and tons of food from local vendors, this is the most traditional festival that does not disappoint.North Shore Taco Fest will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations.

July 19-22 Antioch’s Taste of Summer, Antioch
Days of fun in downtown Antioch are a must for summer pleasure. Carnival rides and games add up to fun for the whole family.

July 20-22 Alpine Fest, Lake Zurich
Kicks of Friday night with The Fire Fighters Water Fights. Drawing more than 10,000 people per day to the park. For three days of carnival rides, games, food, family events and entertainment. The final day of the festival includes the Alpine Fest™ Parade down Main Street, which is the largest parade in Lake County.

July 25-29 90th Annual Lake County Fair, Grayslake
Summers best fest with motocross, demo derby, rodeo, concerts, rides, games, agriculture, tractors, animals and more. Admission for Adults (age 13 and older) is $10 per day, children and seniors are $5 per day and children 5 and younger are free (rides require additional purchases). Read our 10 tips for tacking the fair with kids!

*Watch for a full Independence Day Guide coming soon!

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July Art Fairs in Lake County

July 21 ArtWauk, Waukegan
ArtWauk is a monthly celebration of arts in the Arts and 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. Join the throngs exposed to art, music, performances, theatres, shops, and restaurants!

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Carnival Games at Mundelien Community Days

August Festivals and Fairs in Lake County

August 1 Lake Forest Day, Lake Forest
Lake Forest day has been held in West Park since 1908 and includes a 5K, parade, and carnival.

August 1-5 Northbrook Days, Northbrook
The fest includes rides, games, live music, food, beer & wine, and much more! It’s been a summer tradition at the beautiful Village Green Park in downtown Northbrook for decades. Better yet, the money raised funds need-based college scholarships and grants for local organizations that serve our community.

August 4-5 North Chicago CommUNITY Days, North Chicago
Event is held in Foss park and includes a parade, car show, food, entertainment, kids zone, petting zoo, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, an fireworks.

August 9-12, Gurnee Days, Gurnee
Celebrate Gurnee Day’s 45th year of the festival. The events will be packed with concerts, entertainment, food, contests, open houses, fireworks, a parade, and more.

August 9-12 , Lindenfest,Lindenhurst
|Held in mid-August, this four-day festival includes carnival rides, a parade, games, bingo, food, live entertainment, Battle of the Bands, Mayor’s Auction and pageant.

August 11 & 12 Kite Festival, Glencoe
Chicago Botanic Gardens hosts this kite-flying performance and kite-making event on the  meadows of Evening Island. Festival is free but standard parking rates apply.

August 17-18 Little Bear Ribfest, Vernon Hills
The 7th Annual Little Bear Ribfest will bring another amazing line-up of award-winning blues music and of course ribs.

August 17-18 Grayslake Summer Days, Grayslake
Family music festival with activities for the entire family. Enjoy music, carnival games, food vendors, and a business booth area.

August 18-19 Vintage Days, Long Grove
Long Grove Vintage Days is a two-day street market for all things vintage, antique, reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled and handmade.

August 18 Fred Fest, Barrington
Fred Fest is an all-day music festival featuring a full lineup of local bands and activities for the whole family to benefit the Preservation Foundation. Tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for children 5 and older (f and younger are free). Family passes are $25.

August 18-19 Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival, Glencoe
Learn about the summer festivals (matsuri) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer — make fish prints (gyotaku), create a paper fan (uchiwa), design a kite, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

August 19 International Festival, Wheeling
Heritage Pavilion will be transformed into the United Nations as they celebrate the diversity of our community at the annual international and cultural arts festival. Enjoy and experience a wide-variety of performances and food provided by local vendors. Learn more about the many organizations in our community that promote and support our unique and diverse population.

August 24-26 Waukeganfest, Waukegan
The Waukegan Music Festival will bring a level of global talent and entertainment.

August 24-26 Nashwood, Highwood
Highwood will turn Nashville for an entire weekend. Every restaurant and bar in Highwood will bring live country, southern rock, blues, blue grass, folk, jazz, gospel and more from day into the latenight hours. There will be live music everywhere. There will be no cover charge at any establishment, as tips will support the bands when you jump from place to place.

August 25 Color Aloft Balloon Festival, Grayslake
Central Park will fill with colorful hot air balloons, musical entertainment, Civil War Era Baseball game, children’s activies, storytelling, business booths and a fox and hound balloon race. The event ends with a balloon glow at dusk.

August 25-26 Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow, Zion
The Potawatomi Trails Pow-Wow, the only event of its kind in this area, is a celebration of Native-American heritage. Its purpose is not only to celebrate this heritage, but also to heighten public awareness of Native- American history, traditions, and customs. Specific activities will include demonstrations, music and dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.


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August Art Fairs in Lake County

August 25 ArtWauk, Waukegan
ArtWauk is a monthly celebration of arts in the Arts and 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. Join the throngs exposed to art, music, performances, theatres, shops, and restaurants!


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