Weekend Happenings



Labor Day Weekend is here which means farewell to summer and hello to fall! While we’re said to see the summer go, we’re busy making plans for all the fall fun that is planned. We have compiled our list of fun things to do, see, eat and drink this month in the area.

Bubbles Event of the Month ~ Johnny Appleseed Festival
September 30 | Downtown Crystal Lake

MyBAB kids LOVE going to the Johnny Appleseed Festival for the rides, games, and apple cider donuts – YUM! Check out the Scarecrow that line the street, grab a bite to eat, listen to live music and get a photo op with Johnny Appleseed himself. 

Bubbly Event of the Month ~ CLB Oktoberfest
September 8-9 | Crystal Lake Brewing 

We love supporting local businesses and we {as well as our husbands} love stopping into CLB. They’re celebrating their third Oktoberfest which features Ryan’s Oktoberfest brew, food trucks, music, and a stein-holding competition!

When You Need Alone Time ~ Parents-Kids Night Out
Fridays or Saturdays in October 

Every month we feature the area’s PNO-KNO so you can get some time without the littles and the littles can have dinner and fun for a few hours. Swimming, open gym, bounce around, crafts and more, all in a safe environment.

Where To Go To Get Your Food Truck Fix ~ Truck Off Woodstock
September 16 | Woodstock Square

Get your tickets for this first ever event in McHenry County! Admission is free, pay for your food truck purchases, enjoy live music and street performers and Truck On!

When You Need To Feel Healthy-ish ~ Yoga and a Beer
September 9 & 23 | Scorched Earth Brewing Co.

Make some time to stretch, focus, and reflect as we roll into fall. Back to routines and the busy-ness that comes with the beginning of the school year. Bring your yoga mat, dress in layers {brewery can get cold} and ready to rejuvenate then reward yourself with a beer. Starts at 11 a.m. Contact info@scorchedearthbrewing.com to reserve a spot. $15 For one hour yoga class and one pint.

Where To Take The Kids To Take A Ride ~ Harvard Balloon Fest  
September 1-3 | Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Rd., Harvard

The second year of the festival will offer three days worth of activities – hot air balloon rides, live music on two stages, crafts, inflatables, games, helicopter rides, movies in the park, 5K and 10K, food and drink and more. Admission is Free, Parking is $10. 

Where To Go For Some Family Fun ~ Cary Main Street Fest
September 16-17 | Downtown Cary

Fun for the whole family with music, food, family fun area and more. $5.00 donation requested at the gate. Proceeds benefit local schools and non-profits organizations through the Volunteer Grant Program and other Chamber programs and events.

When You Need A Coffee Fix ~ Taste of Benedicts

Brunch and lunch favorite Benedict’s La Strada in Downtown Crystal Lake have re-opened their quick bite, coffee shop located across the street. Stop in and treat yourself. 

Bubbles Movie Pick ~ LEGO Ninjago
Rated PG | Release Date: September 22


Bubbly Movie Pick ~ Home Again
Rated PG-13 | Release Date: September 8

home again

MyBAB Drink of the Month ~ Sparkling Apple Sangria

Sangria has fruit in it, so it’s somewhat good for you, right? With apple picking trips, we’ll grab a few extra and plan on making a batch or two of this Sparkling Apple Sangria from Spoon Fork Bacon.

Sparkling Apple Sangria
Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 (750ml) bottle of Riesling (can sub Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 red delicious apple, julienne
  • 1 granny smith apple, julienne
  • 1/2 (750ml) bottle of brut champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

1. Pour Riesling into a large pitcher and stir in apples. Place in the refrigerator and allow to sit for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
2. Add champagne/sparkling wine, stir and serve.
**If your apples brown or get limp while infusing into the wine, strain the apples out and replace them with fresh ones before adding the champagne and serving. The fresh apples WILL float to the top for a bit, but the sangria will stay just as delicious.



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