Top 10 Things To Do in August 2017

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.

If you haven’t explored the twists, turns and somersaults of Six Flags Great America’s 2017 ride THE JOKER, you must plan your visit! Continue here to view our guide to Gurnee amusement park.

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.

A perfect day in the harbor! 🌸🌊☀️

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1. Hurricane Harbor (August 1-31)

“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.

When Baseball Went to War Exhibit at the National Museum of the American Sailor

When Baseball Went to War Exhibit at the National Museum of the American Sailor

2. When Baseball Went to War Exhibit at the National Museum of the American Sailor (August 1-31)

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.

On stage in Paris… backstage with three generations of Irving Berlin’s family.

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3. Ravinia Festival (August 1-31)

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.

August 1-31. Ticket prices vary. Ravinia Festiva, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.

4. Sunday Tours at the Gold Pyramid House (August 6, 13, 20, 27)

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.

5. Genesee Theatre Presentations (various days in August)

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, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

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.

Kid's Adventure Games at Wilmot Mountain

Kid’s Adventure Games at Wilmot Mountain

7. Kids Adventure Games at Wilmot Mountain (August 4-6)

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

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6. Admission: $60 per person, $150 per team of 2. Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI.

Art and Wine Workshop at Adler! Great job ladies! #paintingparties #adlerexposed #theadlercenter

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8. Art & Wine Workshop (August 18)

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.

Another year at #gurneedays #fireworks

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9. Summer Festivals (August 4-27)

As we approach the halfway point to summer, here are some of the upcoming festivals for August.

10. Bike the Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden (August 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.

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