Things To Do This Weekend March 6-8

Explore your wild side, sail the open waters, shop ’til you drop and grab your fork as you devour this edition of things to do this weekend March 6-8.

Lake County Restaurant Week wraps up this weekend! Click here to learn all about this mouthwatering dining extravaganza. Don’t miss your chance to savor  all of the tasty offerings this event has to offer. Use these guides to assist you on your journey to dine across the county during this 10-day food adventure!

Spring into the month and say goodbye to winter (fingers crossed) and check out the top things to do in March by clicking here.

Here are the top things to do this weekend in Lake County March 6-8.

1. Lake County Restaurant Week

Discover delectable new dishes from over 75 restaurants during Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days to Savor. This Visit Lake County dining extravaganza is the perfect opportunity to branch out and try some new places to dine or enjoy old favorites serving up unique cuisine. Restaurants offer a prix fixe menu, offer or special dish. Get your forks ready and learn and view each eatery’s menus and offers at Round up your friends, family and fellow foodies for one last cuisine crusade as you devour your way across Lake County before the food event of the year comes to a close on March 8. Share your experiences on social using #LakeCountyRW. Bon Appétit.

Friday-Sunday, March 6-8. Various times and locations throughout Lake County.

2. Northern Illinois Boat Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center


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Set sail to the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center for the Northern Illinois Boat Show. This nautical Grayslake event displays over 200 new and used boats for sale from over 50 of the premier watercraft brands. The northern land of Lincoln show is highlighted by a variety of vessels such as pontoons, family runabouts, ski boats, jet boats, deck boats, fishing boats, cruisers and much more. Peruse the tremendous selection of boat trailers, parts and other watercraft accessories from over 30 exhibitors like SkipperBud’s Sequoit Harbor, Volo and North Point and more.

Friday-Sunday, March 6-8; Fri.: Noon-8 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $6-$8. Children ages 12 and under free. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

3. Waukegan Harbor Opens for the Season

Ahoy sailors, the 2020 boating season is officially underway at the Waukegan Harbor and Marina. Raise the anchor and take your vessel out on the open waters of the scenic Lake Michigan. The city’s full-service harbor and marina can accommodate any watercraft from sailboats to luxury cruisers as the Waukegan Port District offers nearly 700 slips. Visit for more boat slip information. Experience an aquatic adventure and explore the beauties of the Lake Michigan boating season extends through the fall.

Friday-Sunday, March 6-8; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visit for slip and launch admissions. Waukegan Harbor and Marina, 55 South Harbor Pl., Waukegan.

4. First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville


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Share your FAVORITE Libertyville photo and tag it with #ilovelibertyville!!! 📷📷📷 . From November 01 through December 31, @mainstreetlibertyville is hosting our first ever photo challenge!!! 📷🤗💗 . There are THREE different types of themes in this challenge, #community #villagescapes #dineshopplaylive. . Visit our Facebook page for more information and to start submitting your photos!!! We can’t wait to see how much you love #libertyville!!! . . . By entering the challenge you grant MainStreet Libertyville a royalty-free non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute and reproduce, in whole or in part, in MainStreet Libertyville social media or online website. Any photograph will include a credit, as feasible. . #mainstreet #mainstreet60048 #shop #localbusiness #thisplacematters #community #family #fun #friends #enjoyyourself #laugh #drink #eat #havefun #instacool #instagood #instadaily #igdaily #picoftheday #instalike #photochallenge #suburbchallenge #winterchallenge #novemberchallenge #decemberchallenge

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Stroll and shop Milwaukee Avenue as MainStreet Libertyville kicks off their opening First Friday event of the year. This monthly celebration features a variety of mom and pop shopping deals, phenomenal libations, mouth-watering bites and live entertainment as you peruse the downtown streets. While in downtown Libertyville, treat yourself to a plethora of MainStreet Libertyville eateries participating in Lake County Restaurant Week including Café Pomigliano, Chrissoulas Restaurant, Dangela’s Dumplings, Main Street Social, Mickey Finn’s Brewery and O’Toole’s Libertyville. Experience cunning punch lines at the downtown area’s Improv Playhouse at 8 p.m. The stage’s First Friday Stand-Up Comedy features funny men and women Mike Maxwell, Jerry Tran, Jeffery Brumfield Jr., Liz Stockwell and David Carter.

Friday, March 6; 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Improv Playhouse First Friday’s Stand-Up Comedy: $5-$25. Various locations throughout downtown Libertyville.

5. Lake Zurich Polar Plunge


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Make a big splash this weekend by taking a dip into the frigid waters at Lake Zurich’s annual Purple Plunge. Proceeds to the brisk dive go to cancer research. Following the plunge, participants and spectators are invited to warm up at Scoreboards Bar & Grill Post Party in Lake Zurich. The after-party is highlighted by live music, delicious fare and libations, a photo booth, auctions and raffles. Dress to impress in your best eccentric garb as the Purple Plunge awards prizes to the most innovative costumes. Registration runs from 9-10:45 a.m., while the plunge begins at 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 7; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Participants a minimum of $25. Free admission for spectators. Breezwald Park, 125 N. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich. Scoreboard Bar & Grill, 84 N. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.

6. Wildlife Discovery Center’s Reptile Rampage at the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Center

Lizards and turtles and crocodiles, oh my! Get in touch with your cold-blooded side at the Lake Forest Recreation Center as the Wildlife Discovery Center’s Reptile Rampage visits. Attendees can meet, handle and learn about more than 150 animals, including lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, an assortment of frogs and much more. Besides Wildlife Discovery Center, reptile expert exhibits from the Chicago Herpetological Society, The Field Museum and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of Chicago, Roaming Reptiles of Wisconsin and many more habitats and sanctuaries will be in attendance conducting educational programming. The event is also highlighted by arts and craft activities, face painting, a scout patch challenge and a photo booth.

Sunday, March 8; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10 donation per person. Children ages three and under free. Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest.

For more things to do this weekend March 6-8, click here.

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