Labor Day Weekend in Lake County {2018}

Labor Day weekend is the official end of summer, however that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! Lake County is full of fun parades, festivals, and events so you can end summer with a bang. We have rounded up a list of all those events so you can make the most of this final weekend of summer.

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Labor Day Weekend in Lake County

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Labor Day Parades in Lake County

September 2, 11:00 a.m. – Buffalo Grove Days Parade
Parade Starts at Bernard and Indian Hill Drive, proceeding East on Bernard to Raupp, turning north to disperse at Raupp & St. Mary’s Parkway. Sponsored by Buffalo Restaurant

September 3, 1:00 p.m.  Jubilee Days
Over 100 units strong, it’s Illinois’s largest Labor Day Parade. The parade steps, as always, from Shiloh Blvd. (25 St.) and Emmaus Avenue and heads north to 23rd St.  It then turns east on 23rd to Sheridan Road and will proceed south on Sheridan, ending at 29th St.

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Labor Day Events & Festivals in Lake County

August 30

  •  Buffalo Grove Days, Village Hall Campus
    This annual festival has fun for everyone, including the Chamber Beer Garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, carnival, games, special events, and Sunday night fireworks. Runs daily through September 3.

August 31

  •  Buffalo Grove Days, Village Hall Campus
    This annual festival has fun for everyone, including the Chamber Beer Garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, carnival, games, special events, and Sunday night fireworks. Runs daily through September 3.

September 1

  • All Day Long Grove Irish Days, Historic Long Grove
    All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. Runs daily through September 3
  • All Day Annual Jubilee Days, Shiloh Park 
    Zion’s Labor Day Festival features community-wide activities, including a Queen’s Pageant, concerts, Illinois’s largest Labor Day Parade, fireworks, and many more events and attractions! Runs daily through September 3.
  •  Buffalo Grove Days, Village Hall Campus
    This annual festival has fun for everyone, including the Chamber Beer Garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, carnival, games, special events, and Sunday night fireworks. Runs daily through September 3.
  • Wauconda Street Dance-  Main Street, Wauconda
    Saturday of Labor Day weekend brings the 19th Annual Street Dance hosted by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Village of Wauconda.  Main Street is closed from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., and fills with residents enjoying live bands while gathering groceries for the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry.
  • Taste of SerbiaSt. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church, Lake Forest/Mettawa
    Come early. Stay late. Don’t miss a great time. Taste of Serbia will have great ongoing array of entertainment, things to do, traditional cuisine, music, and beverages. Plenty to do for children and guests of all ages. Learn about the culture. Learn to dance a kolo. Free admission and parking. Runs daily through September 2.

September 2

  • All Day Annual Jubilee Days, Shiloh Park 
    Zion’s Labor Day Festival features community-wide activities, including a Queen’s Pageant, concerts, Illinois’ largest Labor Day Parade, fireworks, and many more events and attractions! Runs daily through September 3.
  • All Day Long Grove Irish Days, Historic Long Grove
    All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. Runs daily through September 3
  •  Buffalo Grove Days, Village Hall Campus
    This annual festival has fun for everyone, including the Chamber Beer Garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, carnival, games, special events, and Sunday night fireworks. Runs daily through September 3.
  • Taste of SerbiaSt. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church, Lake Forest/Mettawa
    Come early. Stay late. Don’t miss a great time. Taste of Serbia will have great ongoing array of entertainment, things to do, traditional cuisine, music, and beverages. Plenty to do for children and guests of all ages. Learn about the culture. Learn to dance a kolo. Free admission and parking. Runs daily through September 2.

September 3

  • All Day Annual Jubilee Days, Shiloh Park 
    Zion’s Labor Day Festival features community-wide activities, including a Queen’s Pageant, concerts, Illinois’ largest Labor Day Parade, fireworks, and many more events and attractions! Runs daily through September 3.
  • All Day Long Grove Irish Days, Historic Long Grove
    All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food, and drink. Runs daily through September 3
  •  Buffalo Grove Days, Village Hall Campus
    This annual festival has fun for everyone, including the Chamber Beer Garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, carnival, games, special events, and Sunday night fireworks. Runs daily through September 3. 

How will you be spending your last weekend of summer? Share your favorite with us in the comments!

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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