We’ve reached the midway point of summer in this edition of Lake County’s top 10 things to do in August 2017.
Even though we just enjoyed a splendid weekend of thrills, live tunes, live entertainment and other phenomenal experiences at the Lake County Fair, there is still a slew of excellent festivities scheduled for the rest of the summer.
Be sure to peruse our Lake County summer guide before it’s too late!
What’s better than sipping on an adult drink while basking in the Lake County sun with your closest pals? Stroll down the Lake County Libation Trail and indulge in the locally-crafted beverages the area has to offer.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 things to do in August 2017.
“There is a-splishin’ and a-splashin,’ reelin’ with the feelin,’ movin’ and a-groovin,’ rockin’ and a-rollin'” at Hurricane Harbor water park at Six Flags Great America. This Gurnee water park offers 17 refreshing attractions to help you beat the summer heat. Take a dip in the drink, recline, relax and experience all the thrills of your adventure at Hurricane Harbor. Hurricane Harbor is open through September 2.
August 1-31. Ticket prices vary. Hurricane Harbor, 542 N. Route 21, Gurnee.
More than 500 Major League Baseball players served in World War II including Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio. The National Museum of the American Sailor exhibit “When Baseball Went to War: From Ship to Shore” explores the history of Navy baseball from its earliest years through present day. The first ship-based baseball teams formed in the 1880s, and by World War I, America’s favorite pastime was integrated into Navy training. The league expanded by WWII flourishing on a plethora of U.S. Naval bases, European and Pacific theaters. The exhibit highlights Navy players like Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Phil Rizzuto and Williams. The National Museum of the American Sailor free admission event runs through December 31.
Mondays-Saturdays, August 1-31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Free of admission. National Museum of the American Sailor, Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes.
The nation’s oldest outdoor music festival is staging its final full month of performances. Ravinia Festival, one of Lake County’s summer marquee events hosts a variety of unbelievable acts and runs through September 17. When you visit Ravinia, don’t forget your wine, picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs so you can thoroughly enjoy a warm summer night in Highland Park with fantastic tunes. Here is a list of all of the performances in August.
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Michael Stern performing “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and other classic favorites (August 1)
- Danish String Quartet plays “Shostakovich Piano Quintet” with Juho Pohjonen (August 2)
- CSO and Pinchas Zukerman (August 3)
- Tony Bennett (August 4)
- Darius Rucker (August 5)
- CSO & Sir James Galway play “Mancini & Moon River” (August 6)
- Galway Recital (August 7)
- James Levine, CSO & Chorus performs Haydn’s “The Creation (August 8)
- Morris Robinson (August 9)
- CSO presents “All-Russian Evening” (August 10)
- Santana (August 11-12)
- CSO & Leslie Odom Jr. (August 13)
- American Acoustic with Punch Brothers (August 14)
- Dashboard Confessional & The All-American Rejects (August 15)
- Vladimir Feltsman plays Brahms and Schubert (August 16)
- The Knights & Susan Graham (August 17)
- CSO performs the score of “Lord of the Rings” (August 18-20)
- Behzod Abduraimov plays Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev (August 21)
- Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (August 23)
- Twin Pianos: The Naughton Sisters (August 24)
- Alanis Morissette (August 25)
- John Mellencamp (August 26-27)
- Pentatonix (August 28)
- Lifehouse and Switchfoot (August 29)
- John Butler Trio and Brett Dennen (August 30)
- Four-Hand Mahler with Inna Faliks and Daniel Schlosberg (August 31)
August 1-31. Ticket prices vary. Ravinia Festiva, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.
Capture a taste of Egypt in Lake County as you take a guided Sunday Tour of the Gold Pyramid House. The tours are usually between one-to-two hours long. Visit King Tut’s tomb, tour the inside of the pyramid, drink their legendary water and discover exciting artifacts in the Wadsworth pyramid’s gift shop. Groups of six or more can call for private tours. The Gold Pyramid House conducts tours on Sundays through November 5.
Sundays, August 6, 13, 20, 27. Tickets: $10-$18. Gold Pyramid House, 37921 Dilleys Rd., Wadsworth.
The Waukegan theatre is providing visitors with glorious nostalgia as they feature some of our favorite 1980s and 1990s films. There are also legendary musicians gracing the theatre’s stage this month. Here’s what’s going on this month at Genesee Theatre.
- Genesee Theatre Film Series (GTFS): “Wayne’s World” (August 3)
- GTFS: “Clue” (August 10)
- Dave Koz & Larry Graham Side by Side Tour (August 11)
- GTFS: “Dirty Dancing” (August 17)
- Happy Together Tour 2017 featuring the 1960s and 1970s bands: The Turtles, The Association, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills and The Archies (August 24)
- Olivia Newton John (August 25)
Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
Casey Wood, 13, of Vernon Hills and Kurt Lawrence, 15, of #Mundelein paddle toward shore with a winning time of 2 minutes, eight seconds during the Mundelein Park and Recreation District Cardboard #Regatta Saturday at Diamond Lake Beach. Photo by Daily Herald photojournalist Joe Lewnard. #cardboardregatta #diamondlake #summer #boatrace
6. Cardboard Regatta Races (August 4-5 & 19-20)
Who’s created the fastest vessel on in Lake County … made of cardboard? Grab your friends and set out to construct the speediest watercraft this side of the Mississippi. Don’t get stingy with the paper and glue, and remember creativity is a plus (even if it instantly sinks). “Shove right off” to one of these August competitions.
- Six Flags Great America’s Cardboard Regatta in Hurricane Harbor (August 4)
- Mundelein’s Cardboard Regatta in Diamond Lake (August 5)
- The 20th Annual Cardboard Cup Regatta at Lakefront Park (August 19-20)
It doesn’t have to be in the dead of winter to enjoy Wilmot Mountain. The Wisconsin fun zone is hosting an event for youngsters to strengthen physical and emotional bonds through a series of challenges centered on building grit and resilience. The Wilmot Kids Adventure Games course features biking, trekking, rope swings, mud pits, cargo nets, a giant Slip ‘N Slide, zip lines and other exciting obstacles. Register now at Wilmotmountain.com.
Friday-Sunday, August 4-6. Admission: $60 per person, $150 per team of 2. Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI.
Escape from reality with a paint brush, a blank canvas and a glass of vino at the David Adler Center. The Libertyville facility hosts an Art and Wine Workshop that features a step-by-step instruction by local artist Tanya Facchini and background music to inspire your masterpiece. Participants are encouraged to bring their own food, beverages and buddies. The $35 admission includes all art supplies.
Friday, August 18; 7-9 p.m. Admission $35 per person. The David Adler Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
- First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville (August 4)
- Jazz & Wine Festival at Deer Park Town Center (August 5)
- David Adler Center Festival of the Arts in Libertyville (August 5-6)
- 45th Annual Gurnee Days “Let’s Play Ball” (August 10-13)
- Blues on the Water & BBQ Festival (August 12-13)
- Chicago Botanic Garden’s Annual Kite Fest (August 12-13)
- The 20th Annual Lincolnshire Art Festival (August 12-13)
- Blarney Island’s Fantasy Fest Weekend (August 17-20)
- Grayslake Summer Days (August 18-19)
- Little Bear Rib Fest in Vernon Hills (August 18-19)
- Crab & Beer = Love Festival (August 19)
- Long Grove’s Vintage Days (August 19-20)
- Taste of the Towns in Lake Zurich (August 20)
- Fifth Annual Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival (August 26)
- Windy City Dub Fest at Lake County Fairgrounds (August 26)
- 24th Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow in Zion (August 26-27)
Your eyes will enjoy a kaleidoscope of colors and scenic views as you pedal your two wheeler through the Glencoe sanctuary. Bicyclists of all ages can ride the full perimeter of the Chicago Botanic Garden only to cross the finish line with a celebration. The finale of the event provides festivities, vendors and information tables at the McDonald Woods pavilion. Visitors that register in advance are placed in a raffle for a chance to win a mountain bike.
Sunday, August 27; 7 a.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.