Includes plays, films, festivals, art exhibits and receptions, concerts, dance shows and more. Deadline is two weeks before event.
Long Grove Strawberry Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Historic Downtown Long Grove, 307 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Long Grove's 29th Annual Strawberry Festival. Enjoy strawberry- inspired treats including chocolate-dipped fresh strawberries, strawberry doughnuts, ice cream, and fruit smoothies, as well as live music and distinctive shopping. Admission is $5 per person; free for kids younger than 12. There will also be rides, face painting, outdoor activities, and tents full of family products. Visit www.visitlonggrove.com.
Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Celebrate the band's second decade with a gala performance. Hear members of the band from duets to ensembles of up to 12 people in an intimate chamber concert setting. Free. Call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.
Lake County Folk Club: 7 p.m. most Sundays, The In-Laws Restaurant, 720 N. Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee. Upcoming events include a song circle June 23 and a performance by Annie and Rod Capps, with opening performer Cath Kasmer June 30. No charge for open stage and song circle events; admission for performances is $10 for members, seniors and students; $12 for nonmembers. To reserve concert seating, call (847) 271-1584 or visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org.
Sensational Fourth of July Celebrations: 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda. Take your Independence Day menu beyond basic burgers with star-spangled creations prepared by Chef Michael Maddox. Recipes and food samples provided. Free. Visit www.wauclib.org.
Author Will Schwalbe: 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, Cook Memorial Public Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Will Schwalbe chronicled the eclectic array of books he and his highly accomplished mother, Mary Anne Schwalbe, read as she faced the end of her life, the wide-ranging and deeply personal conversations that ensued, and their shared passion for reading in his memoir "The End of Your Life Book Club." Free. Visit www.cooklib.org.
The Lone Ranger Rides Again: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, Cook Memorial Public Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Lone Ranger. College of Lake County sociology professors John and Maria Jose Tenuto will tell the story of how the Lone Ranger and Tonto were created. There will also be a display of collectibles and rare photographs, including pictures from the family of actor Clayton Moore. Registration required. Free. Visit www.cooklib.org.
Music on the Esplanade: 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 27, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Enjoy the gardens before sipping a drink and having a light supper. Live music varies weekly. June 25 will feature Hector & Mari Fernandez, along with Tom Kimball performing on Spanish guitar. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/ evenings/esplanade_evenings.
Jim Gill 'Family Play' Concert: 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. Room C. Award-winning author and musician will perform on banjo while the audience claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along. Free. Visit www.cooklib.org.
Stars and Stripes Concert with Rick Pickren: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, Fremont Public Library, 1170 N Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Rick Pickren will perform some of America's most loved patriotic and official state songs. Free. To register, click on "events calendar" at www.fremontlibrary.org or call (847) 918-3225.
Wauconda Fest: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 27; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 28; noon to midnight Saturday, June 29; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Wauconda Park District, 600 North Main St., Wauconda. Includes carnival ride specials, Taste of Wauconda, wine tasting tent, tie-dye tent, car show, 5K/10K Race, Wauconda Fest has Talent, and more. Visit www.waucondaparks.com.
Hillbilly Rockstarz: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Cook Park, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda, and Friday, June 28, Village of Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, Round Lake Beach. Hillbilly Rockstarz specialize in covering the latest hits in country music and classic favorites. Visit www.hillbillyrockstarz.net/ fr_home.cfm.
Round Lake Beach BeachFest: Thursday, June 27, to Sunday, June 30, at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. The Festival kicks off June 27 with the Miss Round Lake Pageant and includes live music, cultural foods and events, children's entertainment, bingo June 28, crafters market June 29 and 30, and a classic car and motorcycle show June 29, with a lowrider show June 30. From 2-7 p.m. June 29, the Skyknights Aeromodeling Team will do demonstrations. Free admission. For band and event details and festival hours, visit www.villageofroundlakebeach.org or call (847) 201-9032.
Waukegan Library summer concerts: Noon Fridays through Aug. 30, Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan. Free concerts in front of the library. In case of rain, concerts will move indoors to the Bradbury Room. Listeners can bring their own lunch or pick up lunch available for sale on-site from Jerry's Tacos. Drinks and baked goods are also available for purchase. On June 28, the Jim Jacobs Trio will perform.For more information, call (847) 623-2041 or visit www.waukeganpl.org.
Out to Lunch: 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, Milwaukee and Church, Libertyville. Each Friday through Aug. 16, "Out to Lunch" will feature a local band, nine local food vendors, including Mexican food, brats, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, sushi and ice cream. Admission is free. Visit www.mainstreetlibertyville.org.
Fox Lake Firemen's Festival: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 29, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Fox Lake Fire Department Bingo Hall, 114 Washington St., Fox Lake. Food and raffles throughout the weekend. Music and entertainment Saturday. Water fights at 10 a.m. Sunday, with events running until 6 p.m. Free. Call (847) 587-3975 or visit foxlake.org.
John Schneider: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo. Meet John Schneider, "Bo Duke" from "The Dukes of Hazzard," reunited after 35 years with the real General Lee car. Visit volocars.com.
Art in the Garden: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Knupper Nursery and Landscape, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. Local artists will be displaying and selling their work, including handmade jewelry, ceramics, original oil paintings, watercolors and more, with live music. Admission is free. Knupper's will collect nonperishable food items for the Palatine Township Food Pantry. Visit www.knuppernursery.com.
Fun and Fit Family Day: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland, Libertyville. A free day of activities for all ages designed for families to spend a day outdoors and learn how to be healthy together. There will be a variety of vendor and information booths, as well as several demonstrations and competitions that encourage physical activity. Advocate Condell Medical Center is sponsoring a free day at the farmyard and attractions June 29 only. Visit lambsfarm.org/event/ funandfitfamilyday.
'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change': 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays, 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, now through June 30 and July 17 to Aug. 11, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. A musical comedy romp through everyday relationships. Cost is $40-$48. For more information, visit www.marriotttheatre.com.
'The Liar': 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through July 21, Writers Theater, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Hours after arriving in Paris, the charismatic pathological liar Dorante is smitten by a pair of comely young ladies and confounded by a case of mistaken identity. Misunderstandings, secret agendas and witty wordplay abound. For tickets and to confirm showtimes, visit www.writerstheatre.org.
'Yellow Moon': 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 4, Writers Theater, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. Leila and Lee are a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde on a wild ramble across the Scottish highlands. Performance schedule subject to change. For tickets or schedule information, visit www.writerstheatre.org.
Carillon Concerts: 7 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 2, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Bring a blanket and dinner and picnic on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, or stop by the Garden Grille for a preconcert dinner. Carillonneurs from around the world will perform the music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert and even try your hand at ringing the bells. For details, visit www.chicagobotanic.org.
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