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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Sat, Oct 23, 10AM-12 PM

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake

Wear your costume and bring a treat bag. Gather candy treats while you visit trucks and other fun vehicles on display.

FREE-just drop in!

Visit Rainoutline for inclement weather updates


2021 HAUNTED HOME DECORATING CONTEST

Submit a photo or video of your haunted home masterpiece! Entries limited to houses in Crystal Lake/Lakewood. Entry with the greatest # of votes wins a $50 Crystal Lake Park District gift card

Register by Sun, Oct 24

Upload photo/video by Oct 27 (registrants will receive email with instructions on Mon, Oct 25)

Voting held Oct 28-31

Winner announced Oct 31

FREE, advance registration required

register online

Registration is accepted until Oct 24. Entry is limited to Crystal Lake and Lakewood addresses only. The list below will be updated as new entries are received.

Address

1465 Alexandra Blvd, Crystal Lake
1559 Crabtree Dr, Crystal Lake
173 Dartmoor Dr, Crystal Lake
997 Camelot Dr, Crystal Lake
1637 Stockton Ln, Crystal Lake
604 Elsinoor Ln, Crystal Lake
1452 Loch Lomond Dr, Crystal Lake
952 Camelot Dr, Crystal Lake
1422 Snowberry Ln, Crystal Lake
1096 W. Stone Creek Cir, Crystal Lake
531 W. Woodstock St, Crystal Lake
315 Forest Dr, Crystal Lake
Public voting opens on Th, Oct 28 at 9 am and continues through Sun, Oct 31 at 9 pm (CST).

Voting is allowed 1x per day per IP address.

Winner will be the entrant receiving the greatest number of public votes during the voting period (Oct 28-Oct 31 at 9 pm). Please note: if there are any indications of compromise of the online voting system, the Crystal Lake Park District reserves the right to suspend the public voting portion of the contest. Winner announced on October 31 after the close of voting. Winner receives a trophy and a Crystal Lake Park District gift card.

VotE Oct 28-Oct 31


**SOLD OUT** **SOLD OUT**

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SAT, NOV 6, 10 AM-12 PM

New location: Grand Oaks Recreation Center, 1401 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake

$30 per team

Registration Deadline: Oct 26

2 person team: register for code RCPUZZLE-01

4 person team: register for code RCPUZZLE-02

Four person teams race against each other to complete the same 500 piece puzzle. Bring snacks and enjoy an afternoon with family or friends. Prizes for winners. Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake Ice Cream Sundae Bar is back for 2021. Face coverings and spectator viewing will be determined closer to event.

Contest Rules

----21 LUMINARIA SLIDE REV.jpg2021 Luminaria Walk

Enjoy a beautiful night under the stars as we light a trail through our magnificent Veteran Acres. Our illuminated trails (approx. 1.3 mi) is a mixture of paved, gravel and grassy surfaces.

Location: Trail entrance will begin at the Veteran Acres Picnic Shelter, 431 N. Walkup Avenue, Crystal Lake

FREE to attend but donation of $1 per person/$5 max per family appreciated to support future Nature Center programs.

Advance registration not required, just stop by.

Dec 1-Dec 3, 5-7 pm

Walk the lit trail (no activities)

Dec 4, 5-7 pm

Campfires & Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane Forest

TRAILS
  • In case of inclement weather, please call 815.410.4475 or go to rainoutline.com for up-to-date cancellations.
  • Low mobility trail is located around the Veteran Acres pond. Handicap parking is located at Oakwoods Lodge, 46 E. Terra Cotta Avenue.
  • A map of the trails can be found below.

PRINTABLE MAP

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2021 Kris Kringle german holiday tea

Many of the early settlers in the Crystal Lake area were of German ancestry including Henrietta and Gustavus Palmer. Experience a holiday tea with historic German roots and traditions. Suitable for all ages.

Location: Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake

Sat, Dec 11, choice of Noon-1:30 pm or 3-4:30 pm

Sun, Dec 12, choice of Noon-1:30 pm or 3-4:30 pm

$29 resident/$38 non-resident

Register online



2021 HOLIDAY LIGHTS!

Ring in the holidays with this Light Up! Crystal Lake contest! Submit a photo or video of your holiday home masterpiece! Entries limited to houses in Crystal Lake/Lakewood. Entry with the greatest # of votes wins a $50 Crystal Lake Park District gift card

Register by Wed Dec 15

Upload photo/video by Dec 17 (registrants will receive email with instructions on Mon, Oct 25)

Voting held Dec 18-20

Winner announced Dec 20

FREE, advance registration required

register online
Please note: if there is any indications of compromise of the online voting system, the CLPD reserves the right to suspend the public voting and staff will select the winner.

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2022 date: TBD

MAIN BEACH, 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE, CL

Come join the coolest volleyball event ever! Only for adults 21 and older, this event includes organized volleyball games in the snow with many breaks for hot chili and cold adult beverages (included-limited!)

Bring your friends to compete in the 4-person recreation division or if you are a competitive athlete, join the 2-person tournaments. All teams are guaranteed at least 4 games to 21 and make the playoffs too! Awards are for championship teams and a national bid will be given to the top team in each division. Registration Deadline: Feb 7. Face coverings not required while playing.

REGISTER

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chili open

2022 Date: TBD

CRYSTAL LAKE/MAIN BEACH PAVILION - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

Our 50th Anniversary! 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. Foursomes receive some swag and a bowl of chili "to go."


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LIPPOLD FAMILY GOLF CENTER, 1251 W. ROUTE 176

Bundle up and tee up for our first-ever Family Mini-Golf Event! Lippold Family Golf Center's miniature golf courses will be open for one day only this winter season. While playing our 18 hole course, families will complete fun challenges and win prizes! We'll be providing hot cocoa! Face coverings recommended.

$30/Family of 4 or less

$35/Family of 5-6

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----CONCERTS TMOBILE LOGO.jpg 2022 Concerts in the Park

Tuesdays, June-August, 7 pm

Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake

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2021 Concerts in the Park attendees! We would love your feedback. Please take our post season Concerts in the Park Survey:

2021 concerts in the park survey

Each week 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.

FREE ON TUESDAYS @ 7 PM

Main Beach - 300 LakeShore Drive

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.


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----CONCERTS TMOBILE LOGO.jpg 2022 Monarchs and Music

FREE , Sunday, in August, 2022 date TBD

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.

Hosted by the Monarch Coalition and the Crystal Lake Park District