“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” – Billy Shakes (or William Shakespeare if you’re looking for a government name source).
Are we past the summer’s midway point? Not entirely, but August is jam-packed full of splendid warm season events for you and the family to put on the docket.
The festivals reign supreme in Lake County. To find a full schedule of the summer party sessions, continue here.
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. Click here to learn more.
If you haven’t experienced the largest loop coaster in the world, the Mardi Gras Hangover, you must head to Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor immediately. Not only has the Gurnee amusement park added its 16th coaster to the park, but they’re also celebrating Fat Tuesday for the next two weeks in honor of the thrill ride.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 things to do in August 2018.
“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 Labor Day weekend.
August 1-31. Ticket prices vary. Hurricane Harbor, 542 N. Route 21, Gurnee.
The Highland Park deity is entering it’s final full month of excellent performances of the summer. Also in August, the Ravinia Stearns Music Institute also celebrates 30 years being active. When visiting the nation’s oldest outdoor music fest be sure to pack some snacks, blankets, lawn chairs and of course a healthy dose of vino. Ravinia runs through September 16.
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs the film score of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” with the movie playing on the lawn screen (August 1)
- CSO performs the film score of “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the movie playing on the lawn screen (August 2)
- Whoopi Goldberg (18 and older show) (August 3)
- Laurie Berkner (August 4)
- Vasily Petrenko conducts CSO playing “Beethoven’s Fifth” (August 4)
- An Intimate Evening with David Foster (August 5)
- Ravinia Stearns Music Institue (RSMI): Master Class featuring Thomas Hampson (August 6)
- Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti & the Positive Force (August 6)
- No Tenors Allowed (August 7)
- RSMI Program (August 8)
- Bonnie Koloc and Howard Levy (August 8)
- James Conlon conducts CSO playing “Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20” starring Garrick Ohlsson on piano (August 9)
- RSMI: Master Class featuring James Conlon (August 10)
- Michael Fabiano, Nadine Sierra and Kevin Murphy present Bernstein and Friends (August 10)
- Metropolitan Opera Stars Nadine Sierra and Matthew Polezani sing Italian Opera Favorites accompanied by CSO and conductor James Conlon (August 11)
- Steve Martin & Martin Short with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko (August 12)
- RSMI Singers: Classic Canciones from Spain and Latin America (August 13)
- Michael Feinstein & Kristin Chenoweth (August 14)
- CSO performs the film score of “Vertigo” with the movie playing on the lawn screen (August 15)
- Earth, Wind & Fire (August 17)
- Opera for the Young presents “Rusalka: A Mermaid’s Tale” (August 18)
- Igor Levit solos as Marin Alsop conducts Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5” accompanied by CSO (August 18)
- Marin Alsop, J’Nai Bridges and CSO present the First Symphonies of Bernstein & Mahler (August 19)
- Miloš Returns! The Voice of the Guitar playing everything from Bach to the Beatles (August 20)
- Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas (August 21-22)
- Joshua Bell plays the Oscar-winning soundtrack of “The Red Violin” in concert (August 21)
- Cake & Ben Folds (August 22)
- Dominic Cheil (August 23)
- Sugarland (August 23)
- Timo Andres and David Kaplan perform two-piano works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky (August 24)
- The Beach Boys and special guest The Righteous Brothers (August 24)
- Pacifica Quartet (August 25)
- Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen (August 25)
- Aaron Pilsan (August 26)
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (August 26)
- Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish present the Midwest premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s Narrow Sea(August 27)
- Christopher Park plays All-Schumann Program (August 28)
- Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (August 28)
- John Hiatt & The Goners (August 30)
- The Culture Club with Boy George, The B-52s and the Thompson Twins with Tom Bailey (Aug 31-Sept. 1)
As we approach the halfway point to summer, here are some of the August box socials to save the date for summer festival season.
- Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Great America (now-Aug. 12)
- First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville (August 3)
- Jazz & Wine Festival at Deer Park (August 4)
- Harbor Days/Venetian Night at North Point Marina (August 4)
- MainStreet Libertyville’s Annual Dessert Walk (August 4)
- David Adler Center Festival of the Arts in Libertyville’s Cook Park (August 4-5)
- Gurnee Days Celebrate the Decades (August 9-12)
- Lincolnshire Arts Festival (August 11-12)
- Blues on the Water & BBQ Festival at Harbor’s Edge (August 11-12)
- Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills’s Century Park (August 17-18)
- ArtWauk in Waukegan (August 18)
- Long Grove Vintage Days (August 18-19)
- Grayslake Summer Days (August 18-19)
- Taste of the Towns in Lake Zurich (August 19)
- North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival in Downtown Libertyville (August 25)
- Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Fest (August 25)
- Waukegan Music Festival (August 24-26)
- Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow in Zion (August 25-26)
The famous white stallions of Old Mill Creek have entertained audiences for six decades with their flying horse movements, four-horse ballet and other historical nuggets. They just celebrated their 60th Birthday last month and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Tempel Lipizzans if anyone says you didn’t age well, Visit Lake County will say neigh!
August 1, 5, 15, 19, 22, 25; Various times. Various admissions. Tempel Lipizzan, 17000 Wadsworth Rd., Old Mill Creek.
This Lake Forest facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The center is available for visitors to connect, converse, learn, listen and perform. Gorton Community Center has a slew of events in August.
- RoboThink Summer Camp (now through August 3)
- Film Appreciation Series with Victor Aronovich (now through August 7)
- Fencing (now through August 20)
- Cooking with Romie: Grilled Caribbean Delights (August 3)
- Palettes and Pours ( August 3)
- Drinking through the Decades – a cocktail infused series (August 7)
- The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (August 10)
- Alice Peacock in concert (August 18)
Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays is located in the Corporate Center Parking Lot and offers a variety of choices in the gourmet eats department. The foodie frenzy includes trucks such as Mothers Truckin Good Food, Mario’s Cart Race for the Taste, Toasty Cheese, Grill Chasers, Toasty Taco, Happy Lobster and more. Take in the aromas that waft through the air, while a delectable dish is prepared right in front of your eyes.
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 3-5; Fri.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI.
The big bears are practicing in the teenage cougar’s habitat. Vernon Hills High School (Cougars) are hosting a Chicago Bears training camp practice on their field on August 22. While the pros will take Rust-Oleum Field, VHHS players have the opportunity to practice at the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. The gates and parking open at 4 p.m (there are only 1,000 parking spaces available). “Da Bears” will play in full uniform and practice from 6-8:50 p.m. Fireworks will follow the event. To attend the “training camp dress rehearsal,” Monster of the Midway fans will need to purchase the tickets at chicagobears.com. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold for the event.
Wednesday, August 22; Gates 4 p.m., Practice 6 p.m. Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills.
The Illinois Office of Tourism is celebrating the state’s Bicentennial year. Illinois is offering special events that encourage visitors to experience the state’s many contributions to architecture, history, culture and agriculture in a new way. Doors Open Illinois is a program featuring Village Tavern in Long Grove and various other sites where you can hear all of the stories that make the Land of Lincoln what it is today. The Village Tavern is Illinois’s longest standing bar and restaurant. The tavern that opened its doors in 1847 still entices suds aficionados and food fanatics to this day. The Long Grove entity will open their doors early to shed some light on some historical nuggets – also you can have a brew as well as their Bourbon Street skirt steak, prime rib, broasted chicken or crusted tilapia.
Saturday-Sunday, August 25-26; Free entry. Food and drink have various costs. Village Tavern, 135 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.
The Lincoln Funeral Train is a historically accurate full-sized re-creation of the locomotive and rail car that carried the body of President Abraham Lincoln from Washington, DC, to Springfield, IL, in 1865. The Lincoln Funeral Train debuted in May 2015 as a highlight of Springfield’s sesquicentennial funeral events and toured the Midwest throughout 2015 as part of the nation’s 150th commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. This replica artifact will be on display in Antioch until September 9. The event will also have Civil War re-enactors, 1860s music and more on Labor Day weekend.
August 25-September 9; Daily 9-10 a.m and 1-6 p.m. Admission: $5. Antioch.
For more information on the top events in August, continue here.