Special Events

The Crystal Lake Park District organizes a variety of special events for everyone! We bring communities together with events that make lasting memories! For specific information on pricing and program dates, please view the links provided below. All one day trips and special events are also posted on our calendar of events.

Current Events


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GRAND OAKS, 1401 W. ROUTE 176, CRYSTAL LAKE

SON DATE NIGHT: SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 5-7 PM

Dress up like a tourist or someone from your favorite country! Grab your passport and don't forget your favorite person because we are taking you for a trip around the world! Enjoy an afternoon of dinner, dancing, crafts and fun on this adventure. Food catered by Breaking Bread includes All American mini corndogs, Mexican chips and salsa, Italian meatballs with mostaccoli, fruit and French pirouette cookies.

Res: $20/Non-Res: $25 per person

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Forts on the Courts

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 6:30-8:30 PM

THE RACKET CLUB - 9101 S. ROUTE 31, LITH

The Racket Club introduced its first Fort Building battle in March 2017 which turned out to be a great success! Teams made up of family and friends are given three sheets of cardboard (96 w x 48 h) and one roll of duct tape to design and build a fort of their choice. Additional materials are allowed to finish the masterpiece. This battle combines quality time, team work and creativity to ultimate heights. Prizes will be awarded to the three favorite forts. A complimentary ice cream bar from Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake finishes off a fort-astic March evening!

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List of Approved Fort Building Materials

THANK YOU BASKIN ROBBINS CRYSTAL LAKE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION! CARDBOARD SUPPLIED BY AMERICAN EAGLE PACKAGING IN ELGIN!


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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 10 AM-12 PM

MAIN BEACH PAVILION, 300 LAKESHORE DR, CRYSTAL LAKE

Come out the lake where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast catered by Breaking Bread and Dunkin' Crystal Lake. Our bunny will hop over to every table so your little ones have plenty of time to take photos with our furry friend. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage links, silver dollar pancakes, assorted mini-muffins and sweets, bagels, donuts, fruit, coffee, orange juice and water. Small crafts and an egg hunt is included in the fun!

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----DOGGY EGG HUNT.jpgDOGGY EGG HUNT

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 1-2 PM

LIPPOLD PARK HOUND TOWN, 851 W. ROUTE 176, CRYSTAL LAKE

Help your dog sniff out treat-filled eggs scattered throughout our very own Hound Town Dog Park! Please bring a basket to collect the eggs. Each dog will be able to collect up to 10 eggs. Arrive on time as the hunt will start promptly at 1 pm.

After the hunt, dogs and owners are invited to visit with the bunny, make their own dog toy, play doggy games and participate in our Easter costume contest for a chance to win an Easter basket filled with dog toys and treats. All dogs must be on leashes and an adult must accompany dog owners under the age of 18.

EVENT IS FREE TO ALL HOUND TOWN PARK PASS HOLDERS

NOTE: Families and all friendly dogs without a Hound Town pass are welcome but a $5 pre-registration fee and proof of vaccinations is required.

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MIDSOMMAR FESTIVAL

FREE ON SATurday, JUNE 6, 11 AM - 3 PM

COLONEL PALMER HOUSE

660 E. TERRA COTTA AVENUE

RAIN OR SHINE
Did you know Crystal Lake has a large Swedish population? Explore our Swedish roots at this fun and educational festival of folklore! Activities include maypole decorating and raising, crown crafts, Swedish traditions, Scandinavian dance group, Swedish treats, CL Brewing and more!
Check out a special presentation on the Swedenbergers of Crystal Lake from Kurt Pearson, member of the Crystal Lake Historical Society. Kurt will cover the immigration story, historic maps and genealogy.


bike with your neighbor

free on sunday, june TBD 2020, 12-2:30 pm

Main Beach - 300 LakeShore Drive

Hosted by the City of Crystal Lake Sustainability Committee, Bike with your Neighbor showcases three fun bike routes for all ages! Stop back at Main Beach after the ride for prize drawings and a Bike Safety Rodeo hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District Police.
Raindate: June 30


BEACH BASH

FREE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2020 11 AM-3 PM

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

Head on down to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! We will have lots of activities and entertainment for all ages! More details to follow.


CArdboard cup regatta

saturday, july 2020

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

Grab your duct tape and head to the beach for a side splitting afternoon of soggy cardboard and sinking ships! Admission is $3. Beach open at 9 AM and race begins at NOON.

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Summer Concerts in the Park Series


FREE ON TUESDAYS @ 7 PM

Main Beach - 300 LakeShore Drive

Each year, the Crystal Lake Park District hosts a regional band to perform at Main Beach. Pack a dinner, pull out a blanket and enjoy a great night of free entertainment lakeside. Concerts are held on Tuesdays at 7 PM beginning June-August. Food and beverage (beer and wine) and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass please.)

In the event of inclement weather, decision to reschedule the concert will be made by 4 pm. Check status by calling 815.410.4475 ext 6.

Check back for 2020 schedule in May 2020

PARKING

Please park in the following areas for concert evenings: Main Beach parking lot, grass triangle across the street from the Lakeside Arts in the Park (Dole Mansion) and South Elementary. Please do not park at the boat gate, Dole Mansion or Seminary Park.

THANK YOU 2019 PARTNERS


monarchs & music

FREE

aug 2020, TBD 12:30-4:15 pm

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

The Monarch Coalition is bringing to the beach an engaging Monarch Fair loaded with activities, games and monarch education. Buy a pollinator plant and help us repopulate the monarchs! Wander to the band shell where we will be showcasing local bands for your entertainment.

HAUNTED HOME DECORATING CONTEST

Enter our popular Haunted Home decorating contest! You put all of the work into your look, so show it off!

Winner gets full bragging rights and a trophy donated by Awards Plus.


PUZZLEPALOOZA! JIGSAW PUZZLE TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2020 11 AM - 2 PM

THE RACKET CLUB - 9101 S. ROUTE 31, ALGONQUIN 847-658-5688

NEW! 2 Person and 4 Person teams race against each other to complete the same 500 piece puzzle. Bring snacks and enjoy an afternoon with family or friends. Ice cream sundae bar for all participants provided by Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake. Awesome prizes for winners. ALL AGES WELCOME

THANK YOU BASKIN ROBBINS CRYSTAL LAKE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION!

Contest Rules


LUMINARIA WALK AT VETERAN ACRES PARK

SAT DECEMBER 14, 5-7:30 PM

431 N. Walkup Avenue

Enjoy a beautiful night under the stars as we light a trail through our magnificent Veteran Acres. Stop at any of these locations to warm up at our cracklin' campfire: Nature Center-fire & candy cane forest; Oakwoods Lodge-fire & caroling; VA Playground Shelter-fire & s'mores

WALK WILL START AT THE VA PLAYGROUND SHELTER

Parking available at Veteran Acres (431 N. Walkup Avenue); Nature Center (330 N. Main Street) and Oakwoods Lodge (2nd Street and Route 176)

Suggested donation (pay at the event) $1 per person/max $5 per family
Donations to be used for Nature Center outdoor education programs

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2019 HOLIDAY LIGHTS!

AND THE WINNER IS.....62 CLOVER DRIVE!

Take a drive through beautiful Crystal Lake and enjoy the twinkling lights of the Light Up! Crystal Lake entries:

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chili open

due to lack of ice, the chili open has been cancelled for 2020

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 - 8 AM

CRYSTAL LAKE/MAIN BEACH PAVILION - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

A 49-year tradition in Crystal Lake, the Chili Open features a traditional 9-hole golf tournament held on our frozen Crystal Lake! This February tournament is steeped in generations of memories.

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ice fishing derby

due to the lack of ice, the fishing derby is cancelled for 2020

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6AM-12 PM

WEST BEACH - 2330 LAKE AVENUE

We are keeping the Crystal Lake Anglers tradition alive! Be the fishing tale of the town when we award our prize winners for overall biggest catch as well as musky/pike, bass, and walleye catches! Advance registration is required but $10 fee will be taken at the gate (cash, check or credit card accepted.) Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Participants must be 16 years of age and have a valid IL fishing license.

Advance registration requested by February 6, free raffle ticket for those pre-registered. Raffle prizes include ice shanty, auger, propane heater and more!

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CATEGORY/Largest Fishing by Length
Grand Prize
Largest Fish Overall -Any Type
Pike/Muskie
Pike/Muskie, Adult with Child
Pike/Muskie Pike/Muskie, Adult
Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass, Adult with Child
Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass, Adult
Walleye Walleye, Adult with Child
Walleye Walleye, Adult

Payout is based on 50% of entrance ticket sales

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