Things To Do This Weekend April 5-7, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 04/03/2024

With the glorious weather beckoning, there's no better time to dive into all the fun awaiting in Lake County! From countless options to suit every taste, narrowing down to just one activity is tough—it might be time to throw the plan out the window and embrace a weekend full of adventures, April 5-7, 2024, without a worry in the world!





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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 5-7, 2024.

1. #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest





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Visit Lake County launches its fourth installment of #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo. Photographers are encouraged to showcase the beauty of Lake County. With six categories, including outdoor scenes, family/people photography, dining and libation experiences, events, videos and other travel culture (i.e., architecture, drone, downtown areas, photo manipulation, shopping and more), participants can submit up to five photos for a chance to win the grand prize of a $100 gift card. Participants who win other categories could win a $25 VISA gift card for winning one of the six categories. Winners will be featured in tourism marketing materials, celebrating Lake County's natural landscapes, vibrant communities and cultural richness. Interested shutterbuggers can submit via the Visit Lake County or by utilizing the hashtag #LetsSnapLakeCounty on Instagram. Share your perspective and explore Lake County’s wonders through your camera’s lens. Head to for more details and to submit your photos. The contest runs through Thursday, June 20. 

Friday-Sunday, April 5-7; Various locations around Lake County.

2. Waukegan Harbor is Open for the Season





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As the weather warms and the days grow longer, boating enthusiasts are invited to set sail and explore the pristine waters of Lake Michigan from this vibrant waterfront destination. With 700 slips available, boaters can quickly secure a spot to dock and enjoy the convenience of a well-equipped harbor. Whether you're embarking on a day trip or planning an extended excursion, Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the perfect launchpad for your maritime adventures. For information on slip fees and any additional services provided, visit Boating season at the City of Progress harbor extends through November 2.

Friday-Sunday, April 5-7; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Waukegan Harbor & Marina, 9 North Harbor Pl., Waukegan.

3. Deerfield Indoor Farmers Market at St. Gregory's Church in Deerfield





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The beloved Deerfield Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church offers a vibrant array of fresh produce, artisanal goods and locally-sourced products to brighten up the colder months. In addition to the abundance of fresh produce and culinary delights, the market often features live music, cooking demonstrations and special events to enhance the shopping experience. For more information and updates on vendors and events, please call 847-451-5084. The market runs on select days through April 27.

Saturday, April 6; 9 a.m. Free admission. St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 815 Wilmont Rd., Deerfield. 

4. First Friday on MainStreet Libertyville





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Downtown Libertyville is gearing up for another exciting evening of community camaraderie and local flavor as First Friday on MainStreet returns. This monthly event promises an array of entertainment, shopping opportunities and culinary delights. Enjoy wine tastings, live music and exclusive discounts at local shops, First Friday on MainStreet has something for everyone. One of the highlights of the event is the chance to explore the eclectic array of boutiques, galleries and specialty stores that line Mainstreet. From artisanal crafts to unique gifts, there's no shortage of treasures waiting to be discovered. Some of the offers include 25% off spring merchandise, wine specials, complimentary bites and live tunes by Chris Calhoun at The Joyful Gourmet, a stand-up comedy show at Improv Playhouse, bar bite specials from The Board Room and much more. For more information and updates on participating vendors and activities, visit This monthly event runs on the first Fridays of every month through December.

Friday, April 5; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. MainStreet Libertyville, Milwaukee Avenue, Downtown Libertyville.

5. Windy City Wedding Show at the Hyatt Deerfield





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Calling all brides-to-be and wedding enthusiasts! Get ready to say "I do" to the wedding of your dreams as the Windy City Wedding Show is hosted at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield. This premier event features over 50 wedding professionals with various products and services, from exquisite bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses to floral arrangements, photography services or entertainment options. One of the event’s highlights is the designer fashion show, featuring the latest trends in bridal couture. Also, Visit Lake County’s Wedding Specialist Teresa Lewis, will be in attendance to assist in your planning. If you fill out the request for proposal for your wedding plans, you can win a $500 VISA gift card towards your special day. Whether you're planning an intimate gathering or a -grand celebration, the show provides a wealth of resources and ideas to help you create the wedding of your dreams. For more information and to register for the event, call 847-945-3400.

Sunday, April 7; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Hyatt Regency Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield. 

For a guide to vegetarian options during Lake County Restaurant Week, click here.

To see more things to do this weekend April 14-16, 2023, click here.

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