We do our best to provide the most relevant and timely information to our readers, but please confirm dates, times, and availability before attending an event.

Events are posted on Little Lake County from information found on, but not limited to, attraction sites, government city sites; as well as submissions from individual attractions, press releases, and PR firms. All events are subject to change without notice and Little Lake County cannot be held responsible.

Little Lake County loves hearing about events!!  Events must be low cost or free and for kids, families or parents. Events must not require pre-registration to attend, and must welcome walk-ins. To submit your event for the calendar please click the green +Post Your Event button on the calendar below.

Questions about the calendar? Please contact Melissa.

{TR} = Ticket Required – this are free events that require a ticket, generally they are handed out just prior to the event.

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Small Serendipity 10:00 am
Small Serendipity @ River Trails Nature Center
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Join River Trail Nature Center for a nature story and craft or other activity. Ages 3-6 w/adult. COST: FREE  
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Nature Playdates 10:00 am
Nature Playdates @ Heller Nature Center
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Play at Heller and learn a thing or two about nature. Each date offers a different themed activity (one per family) and a self-guided I Spy hike. Afterwards, bring a picnic lunch or play In [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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CROCtoberfest
CROCtoberfest @ Wildlife Discovery Center
Oct 6 all-day
CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptiles, the crocodilians. Wildlife Discovery Center will be exploring a new group of crocodilians each Sunday in October. The events will feature special feeding demonstrations [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
BACT’s Oaktober Fest 12:00 pm
BACT’s Oaktober Fest @ Far Fields Preserve
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Barrington Area Conservation Trust for its annual fall family festival. All ages are invited to enjoy live music and a bonfire in beautiful Far Field Preserve. Plant native plants and learn about nature! This [...]
Oaktober Celebration 12:00 pm
Oaktober Celebration @ Round Lake Area Park District Prairie Grass Nature Museum
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Did you know that in Illinois the month of October is known as OAKtober? Join the Prairie Grass Nature Museum in a FREE event celebrating our state tree, the White Oak, and all Oaks, with [...]
Autumn Voyagers 1:00 pm
Autumn Voyagers @ Crabtree Nature Center
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enjoy a seasonal outing discovering some of our “Autumn Voyagers,” including birds, mammals, insects and more.
Creatures of the Night 1:30 pm
Creatures of the Night @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Experience some creepy, spooky and nocturnal animals of the forest preserves.
Guided Hike Lake County at Grant Woods 2:00 pm
Guided Hike Lake County at Grant Woods @ Grant Woods
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session. Complete this year’s Hike Lake County challenge with a forest preserve educator. Out of respect for all program [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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Moon over Wheeling 7:00 pm
Moon over Wheeling @ Indian Trails Public LIbrary District
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
All ages. Volunteers from the Lake County Astronomical Society will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the moon and other celestial objects. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the [...]
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Wee Wanderer Wednesdays 10:00 am
Wee Wanderer Wednesdays @ Crabtree Nature Center
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a special program for little naturalists. Children ages 2-6 w/adult. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9:30 am. Limit 16 children. COST: FREE
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Connecting Kids with Nature 10:30 am
Connecting Kids with Nature @ Greenbelt Cultural Center
Oct 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Unite kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn the benefits of nature play.As kids explore and play in nature they gain confidence, build skills, and use their imagination. Children who connect with [...]
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Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
Birdwatching Hot Spots: Fort Sheridan 12:00 pm
Birdwatching Hot Spots: Fort Sheridan @ Fort Sheridan
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join LCFPD at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for waterfowl, raptors and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.FREE. No registration required. Adult supervision required. Park in main parking lot and [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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CROCtoberfest
CROCtoberfest @ Wildlife Discovery Center
Oct 13 all-day
CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptiles, the crocodilians. Wildlife Discovery Center will be exploring a new group of crocodilians each Sunday in October. The events will feature special feeding demonstrations [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
Falling into Autumn Walk 1:30 pm
Falling into Autumn Walk @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Spectacular fall colors to view while enjoying a casual walk in the woods.  
Guided Hike Lake County at Van Patten Woods 2:00 pm
Guided Hike Lake County at Van Patten Woods @ Van Patten Woods
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.Complete this year’s Hike Lake County challenge with a forest preserve educator. Out of respect for all program participants, [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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Playdate with Nature 1:00 pm
Playdate with Nature @ Old School Forest Preserve
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for all ages. Celebrate seasonal fun outdoors. Exploration and imaginaton; Build forts, find fall color, follow a trail. Nature provides infinite possibilities to express [...]
Falling into Autumn Walk 1:30 pm
Falling into Autumn Walk @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Spectacular fall colors to view while enjoying a casual walk in the woods.  
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Small Serendipity 10:00 am
Small Serendipity @ River Trails Nature Center
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Join River Trail Nature Center for a nature story and craft or other activity. Ages 3-6 w/adult. COST: FREE  
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Community Campfire Friday Nights 7:00 pm
Community Campfire Friday Nights @ Greenbelt Cultural Center
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night. Gather with friends and family roasting marshmallows over the fire, stroll peacefully on a nature walk, share a story or bring [...]
Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area 7:30 pm
Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Third Fridays 7:30 pm                  Open to the Public NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME   7:30 pm Business Meeting 8:30 pm Classroom Topic 9:45 pm Star Party: Join LCAS astronomers to view planets, stars, constellations and [...]
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Fall Fun in the Garden with Play Educator Linda Semel 9:30 am
Fall Fun in the Garden with Play Educator Linda Semel @ Glencoe Community Garden
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
As the GCG transitions from summer to fall, discover the Garden through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell with play educator, Linda Semel. All ages welcome with a parent or caregiver. Bring an umbrella in [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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CROCtoberfest
CROCtoberfest @ Wildlife Discovery Center
Oct 20 all-day
CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptiles, the crocodilians. Wildlife Discovery Center will be exploring a new group of crocodilians each Sunday in October. The events will feature special feeding demonstrations [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
Autumn Hues 1:00 pm
Autumn Hues @ Crabtree Nature Center
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Take in the colors of the season and learn a little about the science behind the changes. Please be prepared to be outdoors for up to 1.5-2 hours, as we will be hiking approximately 1.4 [...]
Guided Hike Lake County at Independence Grove 2:00 pm
Guided Hike Lake County at Independence Grove @ Independence Grove
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session. Complete this year’s Hike Lake County challenge with a forest preserve educator. Out of respect for all program [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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Wee Wanderer Wednesdays 10:00 am
Wee Wanderer Wednesdays @ Crabtree Nature Center
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a special program for little naturalists. Children ages 2-6 w/adult. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9:30 am. Limit 16 children. COST: FREE
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Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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CROCtoberfest
CROCtoberfest @ Wildlife Discovery Center
Oct 27 all-day
CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptiles, the crocodilians. Wildlife Discovery Center will be exploring a new group of crocodilians each Sunday in October. The events will feature special feeding demonstrations [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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Small Serendipity 10:00 am
Small Serendipity @ River Trails Nature Center
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Join River Trail Nature Center for a nature story and craft or other activity. Ages 3-6 w/adult. COST: FREE  
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12 Comments

  1. The events seem to revolve in most part around children and families and although that is nice, there is not a lot for single adults. is there a separate web site for those events?

  2. Is there a way to print out the calendar of just the month of June in one page? A printer friendly version?
    When I try to print it, it is wanting to print 25 pages in strange columns.
    Thanks.

  3. Rockin Jump no longer has rockin tots on Saturdays in the summer if you want to make that change. They said it would return in the fall.

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