The weekend finally is drawing near.
From a pirate treasure hunt for the kids at Indian Trail beach in Lake in the Hills to the weekend-long annual Harvard Milks Days festival, we want to make sure you are well-informed on what the area has to offer for summer fun.
Below, we've listed some events you might want to check out this weekend. Did we miss one you think the community should know about? No problem — let us know in our comments' section.
Indian Trail Beach Opening; Pirates Treasure Hunt
Indian Trail Beach, 228 Indian Trail, officially opens for the summer season at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2.
As has been the case in past years, the village of Lake in the Hills will host a pirates' treasure hunt at 1 p.m. June 2 to celebrate the opening of the beach. Children will be led to where the "treasure" is buried in the sand. Then it is every pirate for him- or herself as the children dig up the buried treasure.
The beach has a sand volleyball court and boats and kayaks are available to rent.
Last year, hundreds visited the beach on its opening day — a day when temperatures neared 90 degrees. This year, temperatures are forecast to reach a high of 70 degrees.
Mini-Taste of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills; Summer Reading Program Kickoff
For the first time this year, the Algonquin Public Library will host a Mini-Taste of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills as a way to kick off its summer reading program.
The “Mini-Taste” event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the , 2600 Harnish Drive, and will include food and drink from Cafe Firefly, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Moretti’s Ristorante, Jamba Juice and Morkes Chocolates. Those who sign up for the library's reading program will get one ticket to the “Mini-Taste” event.
Algonquin Public Library card holders will be able to register for the summer reading program between 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.
Milk Days Harvard
The annual event will be held June 1 through June 3 and will include a carnival, food, petting zoo, races, a parade, fireworks and more.
The event includes contests, such as bed races and big wheel races, and entertainment at night, according to the Milk Days website. There is no entry fee to the grounds but parking is $5 daily or $10 for a three-day pass. Visit milkdays.com for a full schedule of events.
Gilberts Community Days
Gilberts Community Days will be held at Town Center Park, Route 72 and Center Drive in Gilberts, this weekend and will feature carnival rides, food, drinks and live entertainments. The event is free.
Taking the stage at 8 p.m. Friday will be the Beatles tribute band American English.
Other bands include Deep Six, Storm Crow, Fam Jam and Swampthing. The hours for the festival are 5 to 10 p.m. June 1; noon to 10 p.m. June 2; and noon to 6 p.m. June 3.
If you are in the mood to hit up some rummage sales this weekend, the Algonquin Lake Neighborhood Garage Sale is the perfect spot to do so.
More than 25 homes will participate in the rummage sale, which started Thursday and runs through Sunday. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The sale will be held in the area of 260 Lake Gillilan Way, Algonquin.
Sausage Fest Chicago
Feeling like a trip into the city? Why not make a stop at the second annual Sausage Fest, which is this weekend.
The street festival will feature sausage vendors from local butcher shops as well as bands and will be located at Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street in Chicago, according to MetroMix Chicago. Company of Thieves, HaHa Tonka, Lovehammers and Treaty of Paris, among many more, will take the stage at Sausage Fest.
The event kicks off at noon June 2 and will continue through 9 p.m. June 3. The street festival also features arts and crafts and the crowning of the “Sausage King of Chicago,” according to Metormix.
A $5 donation is requested for those attending Sausage Fest.