Top 10 Things To Do in March 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 02/28/2024

Welcome to our guide on the top 10 must-do activities in Lake County for the vibrant month of March! As winter gradually bids adieu and nature awakens, Lake County becomes a hub of activity, offering various experiences to suit every taste and preference. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a culture connoisseur or a seeker of adrenaline-pumping adventures, Join us as we embark on a journey through the very best that Lake County has to offer during this lively and exciting time of year. 





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Take in the third-month mania, as we take a look at the top 10 things to do in March 2024.

1. Northern Illinois Boat Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center (February 29-March 3)





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Experience the ultimate showcase of Lake County's finest vessels at the Northern Illinois Boat Show, hosted at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Events Center. Immerse yourself in the summer spirit as you explore a variety of pontoons, runabouts, ski boats, and more with your loved ones. With over 60 vendors offering special sale pricing, this four-day event in Grayslake promises excitement for boating enthusiasts of all ages. Don't miss out on this festive celebration of all things nautical.

2. Maple Syrup Hikes at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area (March 2-17)





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Embark on a flavorful journey this March at Ryerson, where guided hikes offer insights into the enchanting world of maple syrup. Delve into the secrets of sugar maples and uncover how they yield the delectable syrup that graces your breakfast favorites. With walks tailored for families and seniors alike, there's something for everyone to savor. Join in for an unforgettable exploration of nature's sweetness!  

3. March Festivals (All Month)





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March in Lake County is a time of vibrant festivals celebrating everything from maple syrup to boating, offering something exciting for everyone to enjoy. Find you favorite festival: 

4. March Theatre (Select Days Throughout March)





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Don’t sit wasting your winter with chestnuts roasting by an open fire. When the temperature drops, a March winter festival in Lake County will cure your cabin fever. Continue scrolling for the March festivities:

5. Miller's Dog N' Suds Opens in Ingleside (March 12)





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Get ready to step back in time and indulge in classic Americana at Miller's Dog N Suds Drive-In! Reopening for the season on March 12th, this beloved Ingleside establishment brings back the nostalgia of the 50's with car hops serving up frosted mugs of homemade Root Beer, mouthwatering Coney Dogs and Texasburgers right to your car window. Don't miss out on their delectable shakes and malts made to order! Whether you're craving a taste of the past or looking for a fun family outing, Miller's Dog N Suds Drive-In promises a memorable experience.

6. St. Patrick's Day in Lake County (Select Days All Month)





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Green beverages shall be passed around, maybe a folk song (or “Danny Boy” far too many times) will be sung and clinks of beer mugs will resonate through the air. But, besides beer, these places provide your St. Paddy’s Day starter kit: potatoes, corned beef, cabbage and shepherd’s pie. Here are some of the St. Paddy's Day happenings:

7.5k's in Lake County (Select Days All Month)





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In Lake County, March ushers in a flurry of activity with 5K runs, shuffles and races dotting the landscape, captivating fitness enthusiasts and competitive runners alike. Whether it's the thrill of crossing the finish line or simply relishing in the camaraderie of fellow participants, March in Lake County is synonymous with a celebration of movement, vitality and the spirit of healthy competition.

8. Spring Breakout at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee (Begins March 1)





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Indulge in the excitement of Spring Breakout at Great Wolf Lodge, where every moment is packed with joy and adventure. From thrilling water slides to cozy family suites, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this renowned family-friendly destination. Whether you're splashing in the water park or crafting memories together in arts and crafts sessions, this getaway promises to create lasting moments of laughter and connection. Welcome the season of renewal and rejuvenation with open arms at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois. Book your stay now and let the springtime fun begin!

9. Princess and Superhero Day is March 25 at Volo Museum (March 22)





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Extend the life of your Halloween attire for another day at the 24th edition of the Princess and Superhero Spring Break extravaganza hosted by the Volo Museum. Volunteers will be adorned in capes, masks, elegant gowns, and regal crowns, eagerly interacting with young attendees and posing for memorable snapshots. Additionally, seize the opportunity for photo opportunities alongside iconic Hollywood vehicles, indulge in face painting sessions by InnoKreative Arts, and savor the offerings from various food trucks. Children aged 12 and under dressed in their preferred costumes will enjoy complimentary entry to the museum, making it an event brimming with excitement and enchantment for the whole family.


10. Golfing in Lake County





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In our area, Lake County has 46 scenic courses with pristine wall-to-wall fairways. With the beauty, complexity and elaborate terrain, Golf Courses in Lake County have hosted some of the most extraordinary talents in the PGA and LPGA. Get out there and hit the links as spring is finally here! Below are a select few of chipping spots.

For more things to do in March 2024, continue here. 

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