2018 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

From music to food, Chicago has some of the most diverse offerings of summer festivals. Take a look through to see when your favorites are coming and make plans to try new festivals, too.

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Randolph Street Market Festival
When: Various days April through December here
nWhere: 1341 W. Randolph St.
nAdmission: Tickets are $5-$40 and can be purchased at the market's website
n Why Go: The festival, this year celebrating its 15th anniversary, is one of the country's largest urban antique markets. With a slew of dates and both indoor and outdoor markets, the Randolph Street Market Festival has a variety of antique and new items to browse.
Red Frog Events
When: May 5
nWhere: Soldier Field
nHours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
nAdmission: $55-$85
nWhy Go: Drink beers on Soldier Field. General admission gets you 48 2-ounce samples while VIP gets you 60 samples and 30 minutes of early access. More than 30 Chicago breweries are set to show their stuff.
Yumi Wilson
When: May 5
nWhere: Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, Montrose and Wilson
nHours:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Mayor Rahm Emanuel designated 2018 as Chicago's Year of Creative Youth, making this year's Kids and Kites Festival a perfect kickoff to warmer weather. The city will provide kite kits for kids to build, decorate and fly for the 20th annual festival.
When: May 18-20
nWhere: 3100 N. Ashland Ave.
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10
nWhy Go: Mayfest is celebrating its 23rd year with local cuisine, a beer garden and music from local artists.
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When: May 18-20
nWhere: Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.
nHours: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
nAdmission: General admission $20-$85
nWhy Go: The Lincoln Park Wine Festival returns for a fourth year with some additions. Now tasters can enjoy some rosé and sparkling wine Friday night and return Saturday evening. The festival only ran Saturday and Sunday afternoons in previous years.
City of Chicago
When: May 25-May 27
nWhere: 18th Street and Ashland
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: Free, suggested donation of $5 for individuals and $10 for families
nWhy Go: Mole de Mayo has two stages of live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling and "mucho mole," according to the event's website. The full schedule and music lineup will be revealed soon.
When: May 26-27
nWhere: On Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe
nHours: Noon-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $5 suggested donation
Why Go: Popular tribute bands, food, drinks and artists will be back for the 34th annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival. Already on the schedule are Pearl Jam and Sublime tribute bands along with eight others.
Lanny Nagler
When: June 1-2
nWhere: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park
nHours: June 1, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Millennium Park. June 2, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Millennium Park
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Come celebrate gospel in the city where the genre was born. The 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival will feature some of gospel's top acts.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
When: Mondays and Thursdays June-August
nWhere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
nHours: Schedule TBA. Check back here.
nAdmission: Free
n Why Go: Enjoy a variety of music in Millennium Park for free during the summer. Genres include soul jazz, indie and African electronic.
Chicago Ale Fest
When: June 1-2
nWhere: Butler Field in Grant Park
nHours: Friday 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: General admission is $49, early entry is $59, designated drivers are $20
nWhy Go: The fest will feature more than 200 craft beers from around the country, live music, food trucks and games. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Grant Park Conservatory.
When: June 1-3
nWhere: 26th Street and California
nHours: Friday 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Tacos, gorditas, flautas and enchiladas from almost 20 local restaurants. There will also be live music and daily cooking demonstrations.
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When: June 1-3
nWhere: 2701 N. Sheffield Ave.
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: Free; any donation accepted
nWhy Go: Experience the food, music and drinks of Greece without leaving Chicago. Donations are accepted and all proceeds go to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
City of Chicago
When: June 1-3
Where: Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: Optional $5 donation
nWhy Go: There are two music stages booked by The Empty Bottle and Subterranean, and the connected Family Fun Fest takes place 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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When: June 2-3
Where: 57th Street between Kenwood and Woodlawn avenues
nHours: Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
n Why Go: This marks the 71st annual 57th Street Art Fair. More than 200 exhibitors selling photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking and more display their art here every year.
When: June 8-10
nWhere: Millennium Park
nHours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Artists will perform on four stages across three days. The headliners performing for the 35th annual festival include: Mississippi Heat with Billy Flynn and Giles Corey, Willie Clayton and Mavis Staples.
When: June 8-10
nWhere: 47th St. between Ashland and Damen avenues
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go:More than 300,000 people are expected to attend this historic festival, which can be traced back to 1940's Free Fair. Live music, dance groups, cultural performances and over 100 vendors are just some of what attendees can expect.
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When: June 8-10
Where: Addams-Medill Park
nHours: 1 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $69-$289. Purchase here
nWhy Go: This 18+ electronic music festival features some of the genre's biggest names such as Dead Mau5, Steve Aoki, ZedsDead, Alison Wonderland and more.
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When: June 8-10
nWhere: The intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and Damen Avenue
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation, $20 for families
nWhy Go: Two years after being named Best Food Fest in the Chicago Reader's readers' poll, Ribfest is back for its 20th incarnation.
When: June 8-10
nWhere: North Clark Street and West Rascher Avenue
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation. Kids under 12 and seniors free
nWhy Go: The annual Andersonville festival celebrates the neighborhood’s Swedish roots with music, dancing, children's entertainment and ethnic food.
Michael Garzel
When: June 9-10
nWhere: Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street
n Hours: Saturday 10a.m.-7p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
n Admission: Free; $10 suggested donation
n Why Go: The Old Town Art Fair was voted #1 in America and named one of Chicago's favorite festivals. Attendance is expected to be around 30,000 with 250 nationally acclaimed artists showing their work.
Sarah Cammarata
When: June 9-10
nWhere:Wells Street between Division Street and North Avenue
nHours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $8 suggested donation
nWhy Go: More than 225 artist and 50,000 visitors show up annually. Contributions go to schools, arts and culture organizations, homeless services and more.
Sarah Cammarata
When: June 9-10
nWhere: Dearborn Street
nAdmission: Free, with ticketed events
nWhy Go: Avid readers will fall in love with the Midwest’s largest literary festival, formerly called the Printers Row Book Fair. More than 125,000 attendees show up every year to peruse new, used and vintage books and view more than 100 free literary programs on seven stages.
NBC Boston
When: June 16
nWhere: Division Street from Western to Sacramento avenues
nHours: The parade steps off at 2 p.m.
nWhy Go: Celebrate Puerto Rican culture in Humboldt Park with this festive parade.
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When: Various days June 13 through August 18
nWhere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
nHours: Vary by performance. View the full schedule here.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Enjoy free music from the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. There is free seating in the Seating Bowl and on the lawn. If you want to sit extra close to the stage, tickets and membership are available here.
When: June 15-16
nWhere: 2001 N. Clark St.
nHours: 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. daily
nAdmission: General admission $49, VIP $79. Designated drivers get in for $20.
nWhy Go: Attendees get a souvenir tasting glass and 20 tickets for 3-ounce samples of more than 120 craft beers. Beer tasting stations, entertainment and lawn games are scattered around the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Taste of Randolph Facebook
When: June 15-17
nWhere: 900 W. Randolph St
nHours : Friday TBD.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation. VIP tickets are $40-$100
n Why Go: This is the street festival’s 22nd anniversary and will feature food from 16 different restaurants like Chicken Shop, bellyQ and CONE. Proceeds benefit the West Loop Community Organization. Booked bands include Allen Stone, The Devil Makes Three and Chicano Batman.
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When: June 16-17
nWhere: 18th Street between Racine Avenue and Throop Street
nHours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go: The 2018 lineup has not yet been announced, but 2017's lineup had 25 diverse trucks, including everything from pierogis to donuts. Check back at the event's website to find out the lineup.
North Halsted Business Alliance
When: June 16-17
nWhere:Halsted Street from Addison Street to Grace Street
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
nWhy Go: More than 100,000 people are expected to show for this two-day festival celebrating LGBTQ culture. Musicians will take three stages alongside DJs, dancers and drag shows.
When: June 16-17
nWhere: Grant Park
nHours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Admission: Suggested donation $5
nWhy Go: The festival is home to more than 300 artists who work in various mediums and whose works range in price from $25 to $25,000. There will be live demonstrations from artists, speed-painting and interactive art projects.
When: June 21-28
nWhere: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
nHours: Various screening times
nAdmission: Early bird multi-day passes are available now for $100-$175. Check back here for general tickets.
nWhy Go: This is a weeklong horror film festival showing more than 60 films, hosting Q&As with creators and panels with special guests.
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When: June 22-24
nWhere: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
nHours: 2 p.m.-11 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $75.50-$599.50. Ticket prices will increase as more are sold.
nWhy Go: The lineup includes country megastars Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and more.
Matt Stroshane
When: June 22-23
nWhere: Old St. Pat’s Church campus in Chicago’s West Loop
nHours: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Saturday
nAdmission: Tickets cost $10 at the gate, with free entrance from 5 - 6 p.m. on Friday
nWhy Go: The lineup includes Tripping Billies, Maggie Speaks, Mike & Joe, 7th Heaven. Saturday will also feature family activities like bounce houses, face painters, games and more.
Mamby on the Beach
When: June 23-24
nWhere: Oakwood Beach
nHours : 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $69-149. Kids under 10 are free with a parent or guardian.
nWhy Go: Enjoy the summer sun and everything Chicago beaches have to offer while listening to some of your favorite bands. This year's lineup includes Common, Cold War Kids and Towkio.
When: June 23-24
Where: Ravenswood and Berteau avenues
nHours: Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go: Ravenswood on Tap returns for its second year. The outdoor festival will feature beer and spirits from local breweries, and people will be able to get something to eat at a variety of food trucks.
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When: June 24
nWhere: Uptown to Lakeview
nHours: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Chicago’s Pride Parade is one of the country’s largest and goes all the way from the intersection of Montrose and North Broadway in Uptown, south through Boystown and ending at Diversey Avenue and Cannon Drive, according to the City of Chicago website.
When: Thursdays-Sundays, June 28-Aug. 25
nWhere: The Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park and various other locations
nHours: TBD. Check back at the City of Chicago website, which currently has last year's dates and times posted.
nAdmission: Free
Why Go: This summer-long event features 48 different bands and DJs and free dance lessons in different locations around the city.
City of Chicago
When: June 29- July 1
nWhere: Lawrence Avenue and Broadway Street
nHours: Friday and Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation suggested
nWhy Go: Windy City Ribfest in Uptown is returning for its 10th anniversary. The event always has live music, arts and crafts and—of course—ribs. Last year saw ribs from as far away as Australia.
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $25-400. Early birds get a discount, bringing the price range down to $15-$139 for the remainder of the early special. Buy tickets here.
nWhy Go: The IFOL is a self-proclaimed "carnival of nations" dedicated to creating change for all. The festival brings in about 50,000 attendees, 200 vendors and 70 performing acts every year.
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
nHours: 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday; 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday; 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
nAdmission: $10 if purchased by July 3, and $15 after
nWhy Go: Celebrate Irish American culture with a weekend of music, food, dance, exhibits, vendors and children's activities.
Amdur Productions
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Lake Street east of Michigan Avenue
nHours: Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: This is the festival's 10th year. People can interact with artists through demos and booth chats. There will also be live music and food.
When: July 6-8
nWhere: Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street
nHours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: $5 donation requested
nWhy Go: The festival is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, meaning that all the food and talent are local. The music stage is booked by the Empty Bottle, which offers diverse and original music. There are also two specialty festivals inside West Fest: Kid Fest and Pet Fest.
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When: July 7
nWhere: Jackson Park
Hours:TBD. Check back here for full details when they are posted.
nAdmission: $40-$175. Buy here.
nWhy Go: Celebrate house music with world-famous DJs like Basement Boys, Ralphi Rosario and Sheree Hicks.
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When: July 11-15
nWhere: Grant Park
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Taste the variety of food Chicago has to offer, all without having to leave Grant Park. Taste of Chicago has taken place annually since 1980 and is now the world's largest food festival, according to the City of Chicago website.
Jeff Marini
When: July 13-15
nWhere: 560 W. Grand Ave.
nHours: 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: $40+. Purchase here
nWhy Go: Ribs, music and beer. What more could you ask for? Twenty pitmasters, brewers from across the country and a host of musicians including Brothers Osborne and Brett Eldredge round out the lineup.
When: July 13-15
nWhere: Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson avenues
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.
nAdmission: Suggested donation $10 for adults, $5 for seniors or kids and $20 for families
nWhy Go: Anyone from local indie rockers to Old Town School of Folk Music students will take the stage at this music and craft beer festival. Donations help fund the Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce farmers market and concerts.
Special Events Management Roscoe Village Burger Fest
When: July 14-15
nWhere: Intersection of Belmont and Damen avenues
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
Why Go: Chow down on some of the finest burgers Chicago has to offer. Already confirmed for this year are Bareburger, Billy Goat Tavern, VPT, Select Cut Steakhouse, Reggies Chicago and Mrs. Murphy & Sons.
Amdur Productions
When: July 14-15
nWhere: Southport Avenue from Waveland Avenue to Grace Street
nHours: Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
nWhy Go: This acclaimed festival has art of all mediums. TimeOut Chicago rated the festival as one of the city's best.
When: July 15
nWhere: 2200 S. Wentworth Ave. from Cermak Avenue to 24th Place
nHours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The 39th annual festival will celebrate Far East beauty and culture with Chinese classical dance, music and martial arts. Last year's fest opened with a lion dance procession and various performances followed.
City of Chicago
When: July 15
nWhere: 45 W. North Boulevard
nHours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
nAdmission: Tickets on sale in April. Check back here to buy.
nWhy Go: Tickets for the 60th annual Dearborn garden Walk include access to more than 20 private gardens, a narrated architectural walking tour of Dearborn Street and live classical music.
City of Chicago
When: July 15
nWhere: 61st Street between Cottage Grove and King Drive
nHours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Why Go: The outdoor book fair celebrates reading and literary arts in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Last year there were more than 4,500 attendees, 72 exhibitors and more than 100 books from black authors showcased at the fair.
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When: July 20-22
Where: 435 N. Michigan Ave.
nHours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The festival takes place at the base of the Chicago Tribune building overlooking the river. The festival will feature 120 artists.
When: July 20-22
nWhere: Ward A. Montgomery Park
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday noon – 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Admission: $5 suggested donationnWhy Go: Come taste the restaurants of the River North neighborhood. While the vendors and bands are still being selected, bands from last year include Lucky Boys Confusion and Sixteen Candles. Participating restaurants from 2016 include Redhead Piano Bar, Da Lobsta and El Hefe.
City of Chicago
When: July 20-22
nWhere: Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
nHours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
nAdmission: $10 daily for adults, kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult
nWhy Go: The festival celebrates Colombian history, culture and independence. The festival director and founder Jorge L. Ortega was born in Colombia and lives in Chicago.
When: July 20-22
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $75-$375. Purchase here.
nWhy Go: The 13th annual Pitchfork Music Festival has a lineup full of current indie darlings such as Tame Impala, Julien Baker, Fleet Foxes and Chaka Khan.
Ruido Fest
When: July 22-24
nWhere: Addams/Medill Park
nHours: Friday 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $64.99-$249.99. Purchase here
nWhy Go: Ruido Fest is Chicago's only three-day Latin music festival. This year's headliners include Caifanes, Los Ángeles Azules, Panteón Rococó, Plastilina Mosh and more.
When: July 27-29
nWhere: Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation
nWhy Go: This iconic festival is running for three days for the first time this year and is expanding its space past Paulina Street. It is also adding fashion shows every evening in addition to more than 40 bands on three stages.
Fiesta del Sol
When: July 27-30n Where: 1400 W. Cermak Roadn Admission: Free Why Go: Fiesta del Sol is the Pilsen Neighbor Community Council’s annual fundraising event. The proceeds help provide scholarships to Latino youth, help create jobs and allow local organizations and schools to raise money.
Chicago Margarita Festival
When: July 28-29
Where: Navy Pier
nHours: Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7 p.m.-11:59 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
nAdmission: $20-$70. Purchase tickets here. Drink tickets must be purchased in advance.
nWhy Go: Drink margaritas to your heart's content at Navy Pier. A huge addition this year is a firework show over the lake Saturday evening.
City of Chicago
When: July 29 Where: Midway Plaisance, 60th & Ellisn Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.n Admission: Free Why Go: Bantu Fest promotes cultural exchange and diversity among nations. There will be food, art and music from more than 20 different countries around the world.
When: August 2-4
Where: Grant Park
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
n Admission: $120-$4,200
n Why Go: This year’s lineup includes megastars like The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Post Malone and Tyler, The Creator.
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When: August 3-5
nWhere: Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Why Go: This year the annual arts and music festival will have wine tastings Saturday and Sunday evening for $20 per person. Jeff Fest proceeds go to the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.
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When: Aug. 4-5
nWhere: Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore avenues
nHours: Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 suggested donation
nWhy Go: Edge Fest is a fundraiser for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. All donations go to pay for the festival, and any money left over is invested in the community. Plus, your donation gets you the Edge Card community discount card.
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When: Aug. 4-5
nWhere: Festival location TBA. Check back here. The parade is at the intersection of Montrose and California avenues to Kimball Avenue
nHours: Festival is 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 4. Parade steps 12 p.m. Aug. 5.
nAdmission: TBA
nWhy Go: Celebrate Ecuadorian culture and independence with floats, folklore and Andean music and dancing.
City of Chicago
When: August 10-12
nWhere: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.
nHours: Friday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go: This festival celebrates Japanese culture and will have stage performances, cultural displays and food. Four master craftsmen, or Waza, from Tokyo, are scheduled to give some demonstrations on their crafts. The temple will also be open for visitors who are interested in observing and learning about Buddhism.
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When: Aug. 10-12
nWhere: 2000 W. Roscoe St.
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m
nAdmission: $10 suggested donation
nWhy Go: Return to the past with Retro on Roscoe through retro music, vendors, food and a car show with more than 50 classic cars. The proceeds from the festival go to local projects and schools.
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When: Aug. 10-12
nWhere: RIIS Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $15-$90
nWhy Go: Grammy-winning artists, 30 restaurants, 75 vendors and carnival festivities guarantee a great time at the 9th annual Festival Cubano.
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When:Aug. 11-12
nWhere: Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street
nHours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation
nWhy Go: Billed as the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days draws a crowd of around 200,000 fairgoers and spans six blocks with music on five stages.
City of Chicago
When: Aug. 17-19
nWhere: Glenwood & Morse Avenues
nHours: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
nWhy Go: The free fest kicks off with the Friday Night Cobblestone Jam before the main event begins Aug. 18. It features more than 150 artists and live entertainment on three outdoor stages.
When: Aug. 17-19
nWhere: Taylor Street at Ashland Avenue
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $10 donation
Why Go: The fest celebrates Italian heritage with lots of food like authentic pizza, eggplant sandwiches and cannolis. And don't forget the meatball eating contest.
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When: Aug. 17-19
nWhere: Edison Park
nHours: Friday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
nAdmission: $5 donation
nWhy Go:Edison Park Fest first started in 1972 as a sidewalk sale on Northwest Highway. The annual community fundraiser draws about 20,000 people, and proceeds help free community programs and beautification projects.
When: Aug. 18
nWhere: Nationwide
nWhy Go: Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption event hosted by NBCUniversal TV studios that aims to get animals into the loving homes they need. More than 80,000 pets were adopted for last year's event.
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When: Aug. 18-19
nWhere: North Avenue Beach
nHours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: This is the largest free show of its kind in the United States, according to the City of Chicago website. The show can be seen along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street and from Ohio Street Beach. Food vendors will be stationed along the lakefront selling food like hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.
When: Aug. 24-26
nWhere: 400 S. Halsted St.
nHours: Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The restaurant lineup for Taste of Greektown’s 29th year has not yet been announced, but last year included grub from The Ambassador Public House, Artopolis, Athena Restaurant and more local Greek eateries
When: Aug. 30- Sept. 3
nWhere: Various locations throughout Jefferson Park
nHours: Shows run 1 p.m.-9:30 p.m. daily
nAdmission: $10 for each performance
nWhy Go: The Chicago Fringe Festival selects its performance groups by lottery, and performers get 100 percent of their box office revenue. The festival is put on by an all-volunteer group, and allows new artists from all over the country to break into the theater scene.
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When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2
nWhere: Union Park
nHours: Schedule not yet announced. Check back here.
nAdmission:Early bird 3-day passes are on sale now and go for $75-$149
n Why Go: Enjoy everything from electronic to hip hop to jam band to indie rock music at "summer's last stand." Last year saw performances from deadmau5, Les Claypool, Chance the Rapper and the Cool Kids.
When: Sept. 9
nWhere: 26th Street from Albany Avenue to Kostner Avenue
nHours: Parade steps off at 12 p.m.
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Celebrate Mexico’s liberation from Spain in 1810 in one of the city’s largest parades. Tens of thousands of people show up annually to see Mexican floats, mariachi bands and dancing.
When:Sept. 14-16
nAdmission: Tickets TBD
nWhy Go: Riot Fest returns to Chicago in 2018. When will the lineup be announced? "When it’s ready. When we feel like it. And yes we know, last year’s lineup was better," organizers wrote online. Follow the fest on social media or sign up for emails to be among the first to know.
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