Lollapalooza, Aug. 2-4, Grant Park
– An annual massive music festival with line-ups such as Mumford and Sons, The Killers, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and many more.
Edge Fest, Aug. 3-4, Edgewater
– In this festival, bacon is the center of attention. Enjoy bacon and more bacon with friends and family. Donation: $5
Wrigleyville Summerfest, Aug. 3-4, Lakeview
– Wrigleyville Summerfest is organized by Resurrection Lutheran Church of Wrigleyville. Bring your friends and family for a weekend of food, live music and family fun activities.
Tall Ships Chicago, Aug. 7-11, Navy Pier
– Tall Ships Chicago returns to the windy city after three years of absence. Navy Pier will have 14 sailing vessels where visitors can tour and interact with crews. A competition between sailors from around the world will also be held.
Ginza Holiday, Aug. 9-11, Midwest Buddhist Temple
– Come and appreciate Japanese culture preserved by The Waza made up of Japanese artisans. Midwest Buddhist Temple is located in the Old Historic Town.
Serb Fest, Aug. 9 – 11, Jefferson Park
– Experience Serbian culture at this festival for whole weekend.
Bub Billiken Parade and
Picnic, Aug. 10, Bronzeville
– Bob Biliken is one of the oldest African American parades in the United States which is held annually.
Chicago Korean Festival, Aug. 10-11, Korea Town
– At the Chicago Korean Festival, you can witness a Korean wedding ceremony, participate in a Kimchi eating contest, and experience other cultural activities.
Retro on Roscoe, Aug. 10-11, Roscoe Village
– You will find six blocks of food, shopping, and 3 main stages for live music.
Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 10-11, Lakeview
– There will be 3 main stages featuring big names in music with an estimated crowd of 100,00 in this two-day event.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, August 16-18, Rogers Park
– Walk on cobblestone street as you enjoy food, music, and theater.
Chicago Air and Water Show, August 17-18, Gold Coast
– This year is going to be Chicago Air and Water Show’s 54th year. Performers in the past include U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thuderbirds.
Festa Italiana, August 22-25, Little Italy, Taylor St.
– Approximately 40 food vendors will present you with various types of Italian dishes that should not be missed.
The Boulevard, August 23-25, Kedzie and Logan Boulevards and Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Square
– If you’re a hipster or enjoy watching hipsters, The Boulevard is the place for you.
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Aug. 23-Sept. 2
– This is a week-long event for shopping and fashion lovers.
Brasil Fest, Aug. 23-25, Logan Square
– Brasil Fest will highlight Brazilian culture at its finest.
Bucktown Arts Fest, Aug. 24-25, Bucktown
– This arts festival highlights artists from all around
Bucktown and supports
education of the arts within the community.
Taste of Greece, Aug. 24-25, Greektown, noon-11 p.m.
– The Taste of Greece is a culinary festival that is sure to attract all lovers of Mediterranean food and
Ukrainian Days Festival, Aug. 24-25, Ukrainian Village
– This celebration highlights all aspects of Ukranian food and culture.
Chicago Fringe Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 8, Pilsen
– This performance-based festival emphasizes theatre based on the untried and strange— theatre goers from all walks are sure to be amazed.
Taste of Polonia, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
– Taste of Polonia brings Chicagoans a slice of Polish culture over Labor Day weekend. People will be lavished with Polish food, musical and theatrical performances, and traditional folk dance. You can also learn to cook Polish food for free.
North Coast Music Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Union Park
– The North Coast Music Fest is a 3-day long festival, starring stellar performances from big name musicians such as Wu-Tang, Afrojack, and Big Gigantic.
Windy City Wine Festival, Aug. 6-8, Grant Park
– This festival is a grand celebration of food and wine, accompanied by great music and community.
Festival de la Villita,
September 6-8, Little Village, 26th St. and Kostner
– The Festival de la Villita is a 3-day event that celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain as well as all aspects of Mexican culture.
Ukrainian Village Fest, Aug. 7-8, Ukrainian Village
– This festival showcases many degrees of Ukranian culture on the stage—ranging from ballet to singing. You can also stop by street vendors selling special arts and crafts, or try out some of the local ethnic cuisine!
Guinness Oyster Fest, Aug. 7-8, Roscoe Village
– The Guinness Oyster Fest presents the community with delicious seafood. Arts and crafts booths are additional highlights, as well as the great lineup of live musicians.
North Side Irish Fest, Sept. 13 – 15, Lincoln Ave. at Irving Park
– The North Side Irish Fest expects turnout of 20,000 people from all over Chicago. This bash features live music, eating contests, as well as a great array of food vendors.
Riot Fest, Sept. 13-15,
Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.
– This event is a 3-day music festival that features several widely known artists such as Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy.
Oktoberfest Chicago, Sept. 27-29, Southport and Lincoln
– Oktoberfest Chicago celebrates the changing of the season with plenty of food and beer. There is also the “Kinderfest,” offered early Sunday afternoon, which presents fun family activities for the kids.
Design Harvest Festival, Sept. 28-29, West Town
– There will be many activities for making art in addition to pumpkin painting, hay rides, face painting, and a petting zoo.