Events in the Area

There are many annual events in the region that celebrate local food, farms, and community. Please check the link provided to the business or organization’s website for updated information about dates, times, and location.

Prairie Wind Family Farm’s Pizza on the Farm Events:

Join Prairie Wind Family Farm for an evening of wood-fired pizzas on the Prairie Crossing Farm in Grayslake. Pizzeria Deville's Chef John Durning brings his wood-burning oven to the farm to create delicious, farm-fresh pizzas for purchase. Bring your picnic, listen to music, and enjoy the sunset on the farm.

Dates: Aug. 26, Sept. 30, and Oct. 28

Time: 4-7pm

Address: Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030

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Gleaning at Prairie Wind Family Farm:

Volunteers harvest produce that otherwise would not be harvested from Prairie Wind’s fields. The fresh vegetables are then delivered to local food pantries to feed vulnerable Lake County residents. The program is run in partnership with the Liberty Prairie Foundation.

Dates: Sundays June 10 Through Mid-October

Time: 1-5p.m.

Address: Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030

Notes: RSVP required, dates may vary due to weather and crop availability, so please check the link below or email [email protected].

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Radical Root Organic Farm Public Tours:

Radical Root Farm in Libertyville provides public tours on every third Saturday of the month. Tours are 45 minutes long and take place rain or shine, so dress for the outdoors. Walk-ins welcome and a donation of $5 is suggested or pay-what-you-can per person. All proceeds go to organizations involved with food and environmental justice. Radical Root also hosts classes on the farm such as fermentation and kitchen herbalism. Class dates and times vary, so please check the link below for more information.

Dates: July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Address: 31330 N. IL Route 21 (N. Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, IL

Notes: $5 suggested donation

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Lake County Farm Heritage and Harvest Festival:

Farm heritage tractors and displays, live entertainment, animals, kids activities, sheep herding, pumpkin carving demo, beer garden, fun foods, fall plants and decor sale, auction, tractor pulls, and more.

Dates: Sept. 22-23

Address: 1060 E. Patterson Road, Grayslake, IL 60030

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Lake County Farm Stroll:

A free, self-guided tour of Lake County’s diversified family farms. The event is sponsored by the Lake County Farm Bureau, College of Lake County, and University of Illinois Extension, and is designed to show residents the types of farms that are still in the region. The inaugural event was held in 2017.

Dates: 2018 Date TBD

Smart Farm to Table:

Join Smart Farm of Barrington for an evening of great local food, drinks, and music. Proceeds support the organization’s work to donate thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables each season and provide education to the community about the importance of fresh, local food.

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 29

Address: 490 W. Rte. 22, Lake Barrington, IL

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Wild Ones Lake-to-Prairie Chapter:

A local group that explores ways to contribute to the idea of restoring and preserving natural habitats. The group hosts several educational events and meetings throughout the year.

Dates: Ongoing

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2019 Events

Plant Sales

Most of the local plant sales listed below are held early to mid-May each year.

Liberty Prairie Foundation’s Organic Plant Sale and Farm Open House, Grayslake: Features organic plants and other farm products from local farms and vendors, free hayride tours, and more on the Prairie Crossing Farm; typically held the second Saturday in May.

Date: 2019 date TBD

Openlands Native Plant Sale, Grayslake: Choose from more than 100 species of native perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees.

Date: 2019 date TBD

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners Plant Sale, Grayslake: Features perennials, homegrown vegetable plants, and advice from Master Gardeners on gardening and lawn care.

Date: 2019 date TBD

College of Lake County Annual Horticulture Plant Sale, Grayslake: Features annuals, prairie grasses, perennials, vegetables, and herbs.

Date: 2019 date TBD

Grayslake Greenery Garden Club Plant Sale, Grayslake: Features a variety of perennials, annuals, vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, tools, and supplies.

Date: 2019 date TBD

The Gardeners of Central Lake County Plant Sale, Libertyville: Choose from a variety of mature perennials, herbs, vegetables, native plants, ground covers, and more dug from members’ local gardens.

Date: 2019 date TBD

Lake County Forest Preserves and SWALCO Native Plant Sale, Libertyville: Choose from a variety of native plants, shrubs, and trees suited to almost any backyard, as well as rain barrels and compost bins.

Date: 2019 date TBD

Earth Day Events

One Earth Film Festival: A Chicago area film festival that creates opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion. The Festival is a production of Green Community Connections. Showings are often held in early March and later for Earth Day in April. There are typically several showings in Lake County throughout the festival.

Date: 2019 date TBD

College of Lake County Earth Week Events: Features an indoor farmers market, presentations by local experts, movies, restoration workdays, and much more. Activities are free and open to the public.

Date: The week of April 22, 2019; specific activity dates and times TBD

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