Things To Do This Weekend February 2-4, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 02/01/2024

As we navigate the final stretch of winter, let's seize the opportunity to embrace the season's offerings. Explore the myriad activities available this weekend, February 2-4, 2024.

 

 

 

 

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Don't forget, Valentine's Day is right around the corner on February 14th. If you find yourself in need of inspiration for pampering your significant other, peruse our curated compilation of Valentine's Day date ideas in Lake County

 Let's delve into the top five activities to embrace this weekend, February 10-12, 2024.

1. Lake County February Flavor Festival

 

 

 

 

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Indulge your taste buds in a month-long celebration of gastronomic delights with the Lake County February Flavor Festival (LCFFF). From February 1-29, Visit Lake County invites residents and visitors to embark on a culinary journey through the culinary landscapes of Lake County. This delectable event is the fusion of two beloved initiatives – Lake County Restaurant Week and Libation Trail. Participating establishments, including restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries, are set to offer exclusive dining experiences, creative drink pairings, chef demonstrations, live entertainment and a host of exciting promotions. The festival aims to spotlight the diverse culinary scene in Lake County, encouraging participants to explore the rich tapestry of flavor. Restaurant-goers can win a number of prizes by “checking in” to five or more eateries, brewpubs, wineries and distilleries via mobile app. Guests who visit five or more restaurants are entered into a sweepstakes with the opportunity to win an overnight dinner/theatre package at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Three Embers Restaurant and Marriott Theatre, a cooking class at The Joyful Gourmet in Libertyville and/or gift cards to participating restaurants. By noting your attendance at five or more Libation Trail participating locations, cocktail connoisseurs could win a long-sleeve T-shirt donning the names of the breweries, wineries and distilleries.  To capture the essence of this culinary event, attendees are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtags #LCFlavorFestival, #LakeCountyRW, #LCLibationTrail or #LetsGoLakeCounty.  For a comprehensive list of participating venues, exclusive offers and events, be sure to check out the official LCFFF map, dining guide, event details and more at LakeCountyFlavorFestival.com. The fare and drink event runs on select days for select venues through February 29. 

Friday-Sunday, February 2-4; various hours. Various locations in Lake County. 

2. Winterfest at Century Park in Vernon Hills

 

 

 

 

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Embrace the winter spirit at the much-anticipated Winterfest at Century Park Arboretum. This Vernon Hills family-friendly event offers a delightful assortment of winter activities. A major highlight of Winterfest includes a performance by a team of sled dogs, showcasing their strength and agility. For those seeking warmth on a chilly day, gather around a crackling campfire available for attendees. Toast marshmallows and craft delicious s'mores. Weather permitting, seize the opportunity to don your skates and take a glide across the ice and rentals are available for your convenience. Vernon Hills Winterfest promises a day brimming with frosty fun and the creation of cherished memories. Bundle up, save the date on your calendars and join the community for a celebration of winter delights. For additional details and to plan your visit, explore the official Vernon Hills Winterfest website at VHParkDistrict.org. 

Saturday, February 3; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Century Park, 1400 Indianwood Dr., Vernon Hills. 

3. Illinois Vintage Fest at Lake County Fairgrounds and Events Center in Grayslake

 

 

 

 

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Get ready for a journey through time as the Illinois Vintage Fest descends upon the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center. This two-day Grayslake event promises a treasure trove of vintage finds and nostalgic delights. Attendees have the chance to explore this free indoor event featuring over 200 vendors. From vintage clothing to unique artisans, antiques, home goods, collectibles and beyond – the Illinois Vintage Fest has something for every collector and enthusiast. Don't miss your chance to step back in time at the Illinois Vintage Fest. Whether you're on the hunt for a timeless fashion piece or a one-of-a-kind collectible, this event is a must-attend for vintage enthusiasts and history buffs alike. For more information, visit LCFairgrounds.com or contact 847-680-7200. 

Saturday-Sunday, February 3-4; 11 a.m-6 p.m. Free admission. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake. 

4. Tapping History Pub Crawl in Downtown Grayslake

 

 

 

 

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Plunge into a unique journey through the historical streets of downtown Grayslake as the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum presents the Tapping History Pub Crawl. This engaging pub crawl offers participants the chance to delve into the rich history of their favorite Grayslake watering holes while supporting the village’s museum foundation. Attendees not only get the opportunity to explore the town's vibrant pub scene but also receive an exclusive "Tapping History" t-shirt as a keepsake from the event. Starting at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum at 164 Hawley Street, participants can choose to begin their pub crawl journey at any of the following locations: 129 Center Cut, Abel's Cantina, Beer Bazaar, Charlie's, Emil's Tavern on Center, First Draft Grayslake and The Vine Wine and Martini Bar. Secure your spot today, and get ready to raise a glass to the past while enjoying the lively atmosphere of downtown Grayslake. For more details and to purchase tickets, call 847-543-1745 or visit VillageofGrayslake.com. 

Saturday, February 3; 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Must be 21 and up to attend. Various locations in downtown Grayslake. 

5. Lunar New Year Celebration at Park District of Highland Park

 

Usher in the Lunar New Year with an immersive celebration at the Park District of Highland Park. This special event invites participants to experience the richness of Chinese traditions through dance, crafts and good luck festivities. The Highland Park shindig kicks off with a traditional Chinese dance lesson led by an experienced instructor from Hao Dance of Buffalo Grove. Participants of all levels are encouraged to relish in the art, using fans and ribbons to learn delightful choreography set to the beats of traditional Chinese folk music. Participants can indulge in a celebratory snack while channeling their creativity into crafting a special New Year keepsake. The celebration continues as attendees take home red envelopes filled with good luck sentiments, a cherished tradition during the Lunar New Year. This captivating Lunar New Year Celebration is designed for individuals ages three and older. Welcome the Year of the Dragon in style! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PDHP.org. 

Sunday, February 4; 2-3:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Park District of Highland Park, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park. 


Remember that our annual Lake County February Flavor Fest going on all month long! And don't forget to join the Libation Trail and Flavor Fest Check-In Challenges. Click here to learn more about this month-long celebration. 

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