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Light Up the Night: Come Celebrate Venetian Night

Venetian Night On The Chain

Picture a parade of boats—large and small—sailing by bedecked in dazzling arrays of lights. That’s the heart of Venetian Night. And in Lake County, you’ll have two choices to enjoy this amazing spectacle: In Fox Lake and in Waukegan. No matter what location you choose—it’ll be a night to remember.

Venetian Night: Fox Lake 

Saturday August 052017

Don’t miss the fun and oohs-and-ahhhs’ of Fox Lake’s 10th Annual Venetian Night and Block Party on Saturday, August 5 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Decorate your boat and be a part of the awe-inspiring Venetian boat parade. Or come out and watch, either on your boat or sitting on the shore and watching as beautifully decked-out boats pass by ablaze with light.

There is no cost to watch, but there is a $25 fee per boat in the parade Prizes will be awarded out for creativity, costumes, decorations and lighting. On shore, there’ll be food, music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Fireworks will be held at 9:30 over Pistakee Lake. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on the end of West Grand Avenue. There are shuttle buses and free parking at the Metra station. Find more information here.

Famous Freddies & Dockers
510 Park — Grand Avenue
Fox Lake, Illinois

Waukegan Harbor Days & Venetian Night

Saturday August 052017

Enjoy a full day and night of excitement and fun at North Point Marina in Waukegan. There’ll be plenty family activities in the afternoon, including bounce- houses, face painting, games and entertainment, a boat show, live music (featuring the music from R‑Gang), food & beverages…and we’re getting breathless just talking about it. In the evening, the lights come on as you watch the Venetian Night Lighted Boat Parade, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. More information here.

North Point Marina and the Winthrop Harbor Lakefront
701 N. Point Drive
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

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