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Top 10 Things To Do in July 2018

Before you create your seventh-month schedule, scour the top 10 things to do in July.

July is the summer’s warmest month. Find your adventure this summer at Hurricane Harbor, a community festival, one of the serene bodies of water Lake County offers and more.

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Scroll down to see Lake County’s top 10 things to do in July.

1. Hurricane Harbor (All of July)

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“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.

2. July Festivals (All July)

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It’s festival season in Lake County. The sun is out, the streets are over saturated with humans hunting for a party to cut a rug to live Spotify, exploring their palate for a bite of enchanting eats and drinks, seeking the thrills of a lifetime on all of the carnival rides and so much more.

3. Ravinia Festival (All July)


Summer’s marquee event is in full swing. North America’s longest-running outdoor festival is featuring a plethora of humongous acts. Pack some snacks and sun hats and head out to Ravinia Festival. Here is your July schedule:

4. Fourth of July in Lake County (July 3-4)


From neighborhood block parties and backyard cookouts to community festivals to parades, to live music and fireworks, honor Independence Day by donning your red, white and blue garb in Lake County. Lake County loves to party, and we always do it the good ole “‘Murrican” way. Here is your 2018 Guide to the Fourth of July in Lake County. Naval Station Great Lakes 4th of July Festival and Red, White & Boom in Lincolnshire are the area’s to largest Independence Day festivals but click the button below to see everything Lake County has to offer for July’s fourth day.

5. Murder for Two (Opens July 3)/Pinkalicious (Opens July 14) at Marriott Theatre


The perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! Murder for Two is a hilarious mystery starring just two actors: one a suspicious sleuth and the other…who is the rest of the cast? All of the suspects and the murderer are interpreted by one other actor who swaps guises, accents and so much more throughout the musical. Guess what, both can play the piano too! One fateful night a small town cop named Officer Marcus Moscowicz investigates a surprise birthday party of the great American novelist Arthur Whitney. Visit the Lincolnshire theatre to find out whodunnit!


It’s everything you think it is, except pinker. Pinkalicious is a kiddie tale based on the book written by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann donning the same title. The story follows a young girl (yes her name is Pinkalicious) who is obsessed with pink cupcakes. Unfortunately, the child is diagnosed with ‘pinkitis’ where her skin changes to her favorite color. Only Pinkalicious can figure out how to reverse the curse.

6. Dog Days of Summer (July 6-8)


Join man, woman and their best friend as they stroll down the streets of MainStreet Libertyville for Dog Days of Summer.  Experience the exhilaration of watching these four-legged creatures fly in the Dock Dogs Regional Finals when nationally ranked jumping dogs run down a 40-foot dock and jump into a 27,000 pool of water. The event also features a gratitude ceremony, a pet blessing, a 3K fun walk, a sheriff K-9 demonstration, over 30 vendors and much more.

7. Bristol Renaissance Faire (Starting July 7)


Even if you don’t own a DeLorean, you can take a trip back to the past to experience the 16th-century English Elizabethan era just over the Wisconsin border. The renowned Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha features sword fighters, maidens, minstrels and jesters. There are many photo opportunities like having the chance to meet and greet with legendary celebrities such as Queen Elizabeth and Robin Hood. The Faire also offers games, rides, arts & crafts, eats, live music and one-of-a-kind encounters with a spectacular cast of characters.

8. Constellation Senior Players PGA Championship at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park (July 9-15)


Fresh off the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Lake County is host to yet another pro golf event. For the first time in over a decade, the Constellation Senior Players Championship is taking place in the Chicagoland area. The Highland Park event is one of the tour champions’ five majors. The field consists of 78 of the top champion players fighting for a chance to secure their slot at THE PLAYERS Championship. Exmoor Country Club is the location and competitors will be battling for a portion of a nearly $3 million purse.  Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly and Miguel Angel Jimenez are currently are the concurrent top five of the Senior World Golf Ranking.

9. Didier Farms Farmstand opens (July 12)


Experience a variety of locally grown, delectable ripe fruits and vegetables at Didier Farms as they open their doors for the season. The fare offered at the Lincolnshire stand is picked daily. This unique stand features cider, apples, honey, freshly-baked pies, old-fashioned candies, gourmet soups, loaves of bread, jellies, preserves and so much more. The farm stand is open daily until November 30.

10. 90th Annual Lake County Fair (July 25-29)


For nearly a century, the Lake County Fair has provided a great family experience for members young and old spanning generations. The annual six-day event in Grayslake turns 89 years old this year. This Lake County staple will include live entertainment, food vendors, live farm animals, the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, parades, carnival rides, games, motocrossing, a demolition derby, a flower show, the Miss Lake County Pageant and so much more. Live music acts include Bella Cain, 7th Heaven and American English.


For events not listed on the top 10 things to in July, continue here. 

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