Things To Do This Weekend April 12-14, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 04/11/2024

Lake County is bursting with excitement this weekend, April 12-14, 2024! With a vast array of activities to choose from, picking just one might be a challenge.  This is your chance to ditch the itinerary and embrace a worry-free weekend packed with adventure!

Don't forget to check out all of the spring festivals Lake County has to offer and for more events click here.

Here we look at the top five things to do this weekend, April 12-14, 2024.

1. Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man’ at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire

In an era where musical theatre continues to enchant audiences with its timeless stories and unforgettable melodies, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" stands out as a shining example of the genre's enduring appeal. As “The Music Man” graces the stage at the Marriott Theatre, be sure to check out this five-time Tony Award-winning comedy. The musical follows traveling salesman, Harold Hill, conning the people of River City with his charm and whit. A family classic, “The Music Man” is more than just a musical; it's a celebration of community, resilience and the power of music to unite even the most unlikely of companions. With its infectious tunes, witty dialogue, and heartwarming themes, this production promises an unforgettable evening of entertainment for the entire family. “The Music Man” runs on select days through June 2. For tickets and more information visit

Friday-Sunday, April 12-14; Fri.: 8 p.m., Sat.: 4 and 8 p.m. and Sun.: 1 and 5 p.m., Admission: Starting at $60. Marriott Theatre at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

2. Maker Faire at College of Lake County in Grayslake

Get ready to craft and innovate at the Maker Faire! Join others who enjoy the curiosity of learning and exploring, from artists to scientists there’s something for people who love to create. This family-friendly festival celebrates the maker movement, allowing attendees to show off their imagination and skill. Participants are treated to an array of exhibits, workshops and interactive experiences that showcase the latest innovations in technology, art, engineering, 3D printing, robotics, woodworking, traditional gifts and beyond. To get involved or simply attend, visit

Saturday, April 13; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

3. 2ECOND Wrestling: Taking Names at Hi-Five Sports Zone at The Hawthorn in Vernon Hills

“Get ready to rumble” as 2SECOND Wrestling competes in an electrifying all-ages show at The Hawthorn’s Hi-Five Sports Zone. Featuring a notable lineup of wrestling talent, such as 2ECOND Champion and National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) star, Missa Kate. The Vernon Hills event will also feature All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) Billie Starkz, Leila Grey and Maxwell Street Heritage Champion Ezio Orlandi. But the excitement doesn't stop there – fans will also have the opportunity to see two former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) talents showcase their prowess in the ring. From the high-flying acrobatics to the dramatic storylines, 2ECOND Wrestling at Hi-Five Sports Zone Hawthorn is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. To learn more about this pulse-pounding event, visit

Sunday, April 14; 3 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Hi-Five Sports Zone at The Hawthorn, 122 Hawthorn Center, #515, Vernon Hills. 

4. Camping at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion

Join other outdoor enthusiasts across Illinois for the opening of camping season at Illinois Beach State Park. Stretching over 6.5 miles, Zion state park offers a mesmerizing panorama of dunes, swales, marshes and oak all found within its 4,160-acre expanse. As the only remaining beach ridge shoreline in the state, the park boasts a rich tapestry of plant and animal life. From swimming and boating to hiking and fishing, there's no shortage of adventures to be had amidst the park. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a first-time visitor, Illinois Beach State Park welcomes you to experience the magic of its pristine landscapes and serene surroundings. Camping season runs daily through November 15. Make your online reservations at ExploreMoreIL™.com.

Friday-Sunday, April 12-14. Admission starts at $25. Illinois Beach State Park, 1 Lake Front Dr., Zion. 

5. Pelican Palooza in Fox Lake

Fox Lake is ready for a two-week celebration of community, nature and the iconic American White Pelican migration. From March 30 to April 14, the town will host the eagerly awaited "Pelican Palooza," showcasing the best of local businesses, parks and public spaces. Throughout the two weeks, visitors can explore the charming streets of Fox Lake and discover the diverse array of local businesses participating in Pelican Palooza. From boutique shops to cozy cafes and restaurants, there will be special promotions, discounts and themed offerings to delight patrons. One of the highlights of Pelican Palooza is the series of events planned in collaboration with Fox Lake's parks and public spaces. Families can enjoy picnics by the lake, nature walks, birdwatching sessions and educational workshops about the American White Pelicans and other local wildlife. For more information about Pelican Palooza and a schedule of events, call 224-225-1404. The event runs daily through April 14.

Saturday-Sunday, April 12-14; Various times. Various locations in Fox Lake.

To see more things to do this weekend April 12-14, 2024, click here.

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