Top Ten Things to Do in August 2018

Our Picks for Guaranteed fun in August

Our August Top 10 is presented by Jurassic Quest coming to the Fairgrounds August 31

I flipped my kitchen calendar, it is August, and I don’t even want to discuss school.  My family loves summer and all of the freedom that it brings so we’re going to live it up the rest of the month.  August is full of incredible events that your family won’t want to miss as we all hang on to the last days of summer!

top august events for families

Top August Events for Families in Lake County

Events are listed in no particular order, please follow the links for more information.

  1. Ride the Disney Bus at the Volo Auto Museum
    August 11 – In 1956, Disneyland started running a double decker bus through the park and it is here in Volo restored and ready to ride for one day only!  Characters will be present for this awesome experience for all!  Tickets range $7-15.
  2. Jurassic Quest Evolved
    August 31-September 2 – Is your child a dinosaur fanatic like my whole crew?  This is a can’t miss event right here in Lake County for only three days!  Activities include: Dinosaur exhibits, science stations, coloring, and crafts.  VIP tickets include all of the features from bounce houses to dinosaur rides, fossil digs and more!  With baby dinosaurs, life size dinos and so much to see and explore you’ll enjoy a full day or night out!

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    Photo provided by Jurassic Quest
  3. Lindenfest
    August 11 – Enjoy one of summer’s many carnivals including rides, vendor food, balloon sculpting, live music and more.  The festival is easy to find and beside a fun park with something for everyone.
  4. Gurnee Days Celebrates the Decades
    August 10 – Gurnee Days is historically one of the best summer festivals my family attends.  The park is filled with vendors, concerts, contests, shows, live music and more to keep your family entertained all day and well into the night!
  5. Kid’s Nature Funfest
    August 19 – Learn about animals, build forts, and enjoy arts and crafts at this free family friendly event.  We’ll learn about planting, seed bombs and even fairy gardens.
  6. Radical Root Farm Market
    August 18 – Locally grown produce and created products are available at the Radical Root Farm – Casey Farm on Route 21 in Libertyville.  Seeking duck eggs, grass fed butter, kim chi and kombucha?  Don’t miss out while the market is open.

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  7. Antique Fire Truck Show and Open House
    August 25 – Tour the Barrington Fire Station, enjoy bounce houses, food trucks and antique fire trucks on display.  This is a can’t miss for every mini fire fighter!
  8. Little Bear Ribfest
    August 18 – Blues music will bring BBQ lovers together at Century park for this annual Ribfest event.  Adult beverages will also be available with a new bourbon tasting tent.
  9. Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival
    August 25 – Grayslake’s festival, putting the spotlight on hot air balloons is rounded out with music, children’s activities and a Civil War era baseball game is a crowd pleaser.  Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic to relax as a family.
  10.  Vintage Days
    August 18 – Long Grove boasts their outdoor market for all things vintage- right on trend!  Come out for the event to find treasures repurposed, reclaimed, handmade and more!


What’s on your Must-Do list for August? Have you been to one of these activities? Comment below and tell us about it!

Jurassic Quest
Photo Provided by Jurassic Quest
Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs.
Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has over 100 true-to-life-size dinosaurs at every event. In collaboration with leading paleontologists, each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing this realism to life. In Jurassic Quest’s world of dinosaurs, the dinosaurs roar, move, and even walk around.

Jurassic Quest Evolved
Friday 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., August 31
SaturdaySunday, & Monday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., September 1 and 2
Lake County Fairgrounds & Expo, 1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL 60030

Kid’s Ticket (2-12): $20
Kid’s VIP Ticket
(2-12): $34
Adult Ticket (13-64): $20
Senior’s Ticket (65+ with valid ID): $18
*Active Duty Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, Active and In-Active Military Personnel, their spouses and kids save $2 on each ticket. Must present appropriate ID at event.
Get your tickets for this one of a kind experience!

Disclosure: Jurassic Quest is a promotional partner of our August 2018 Top Ten Must-Do events Guide. Some events listed feature Little Lake County partners. All thoughts and opinions are that of the writer.

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Alli is a boldly authentic mom to three- because who has time to fake it? She enjoys almost all things that moms get to do and strives to find joy in every day. Along with her supportive husband, Alli can be seen (or heard) around Lake County chasing runaway children, eating ice cream and holding someone's hand.

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