2020, Lake Bluff’s “official” 125th anniversary year, was celebrated with a number of successful socially-distanced events and many more are planned for 2021! These will be hosted by the Lake Bluff 125 Committee and other community organizations, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the Lake Bluff 125 events, contact the Lake Bluff 125 Sponsorship Sub-Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Bluff Walking Tours
Download the Lake Bluff Walking Tours App from the Apple App store or Google Play and start walking! The app launched May 15, 2020 with two tours: Uptown and Camp Meeting Grounds. Six additional tours were added in 2020. Early Settlers and West Lake Bluff launched this spring and Lake Bluff Then & Now will be added later this year.
Upcoming events will be added to this calendar and will be highlighted through social media as schedules and details are confirmed. Thank you for your interest in the Lake Bluff 125 Celebration!
June-October: Picture It: Art Lake Bluff
Beginning in June, some new art work will be POPPING UP around town. On the walls of buildings, no less! Learn more
July 4: The Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade
Say “hello!” as the Lake Bluff 125 Committee marches in the 4th of July Parade!
August 11: CROYA Beach Clean Up and Bonfire
Join us for a beach clean-up, bonfire, food, and music from F.L.A.M.E. at the Lake Bluff Beach from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Sponsored by CROYA, Lake Bluff 125 Committee and Left Bank.
September 11: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Blair Park
Play basketball at Blair Park from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM!
Sponsored by the Lake Bluff Park District.
September 11: Let Nature Be Your Teacher 12-4 pm
“Come forth into the light of things; let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth
As part of Lake Bluff’s 125th Anniversary celebration in 2021, the Union Church of Lake Bluff honors the spirit of Lake Bluff’s Camp Meetings of the late 1800s by hosting a modern Chautauqua from 12-4 pm. The event, Let Nature Be Your Teacher, starts with a 9-11 memorial and features environmental speakers, musical interludes by local musicians, learning activities for children and adults plus Village Historian Kathy O’Hara speaking on the history of the Lake Bluff Camp Meetings and their impact on the Village. Click here for details!
September 17: Fall Downtown Floral and Landscaping Decoration
Brought to you by the Lake Bluff Garden Club!
September 18: 125 Anniversary Quilt Dedication, the Community Photo, and the Birthday Cake!
Come celebrate our 125th Anniversary with the Lake Bluff 125 Committee, the Village Quilters, and Nielsen-Massey!
See the Dedication of the 125th Anniversary Quilt at the Community Room at 1:30 PM, followed by a Community Photo at Village Hall, and a Birthday Cake at the Fire Station at 2:30 PM!
September 25: Anniversary Bash with Fireworks at Blair Park
Happy Birthday Lake Bluff! The Party begins at Blair Park at 5:00 PM and we’re cutting the birthday cake at 5:45! Live music performed by “Bushwood” kicks off at 6:00 PM, and the fireworks start at 7:30 PM.
Sponsored by Lake Forest Bank & Trust, the Lake Bluff 125 Committee, ELCO, the Lake Bluff Library, and the Lake Bluff Park District.
September 26: Community Concert on the Green
Featuring: “American Brass” performing Music of America at the Lake Bluff Village Green from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.
In case of rain, this event will move to the Grace United Methodist Church, 244 E Center Ave.
Sponsored by the Grace United Methodist Church.
October 22: Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Party
Join the Lake Bluff Park District at Blair Park at 5:30 PM with your dog and enter into the Halloween Parade! There are prizes for Best Costume and Best Original Costume!