Still Plenty to Do This Summer: August Neighborhood Festivals

Wed, 08-03-2011
By: Jeff Dutton

                It seems like the miserable, long winter we were forced to endure this past year in Chicago just recently came to an end.  Yet, here we are in August, and summer is already beginning to draw to a close.  Before you begin to lament the end summer remember there is still a whole month left, and plenty to do.  Here is a look at street festival’s occurring in the month of August throughout the city:

Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Garfield Park (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Jul 9, 2011 - Aug 19, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Garfield Park on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods while doing fun, hands-on activities such as fishing in the Tarfield Park lagoon and a visit to the Conservatory.  Garfield Park , Loop  

Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Hyde Park (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Jul 23, 2011 - Aug 5, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Hyde Park on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods while doing fun, hands-on activities such as taking an art class and touring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.  Hyde Park, Loop

 Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Jackson Park (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Jul 29, 2011 - Aug 27, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Jackson Park on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods while doing fun, hands-on activities such as fishing in the Jackson Park lagoon and discovering Wooded Island.  Jackson Park, MSI, Loop

 Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Lincoln Park (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Jul 8, 2011 - Aug 6, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Lincoln Park on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods while doing fun, hands-on activities such as fishing in the lagoon and discovering the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.  Lincoln Park, Loop   

Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Pilsen (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Jul 22, 2011 - Aug 26, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Pilsen on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods while doing fun, hands-on activities such as an art workshop at the National Museum of Mexican Art.  Loop, Pilsen, Heart of Chicago

 Summer 2011: Get Up & Go!: Free Weekly Talks With Neighborhood Experts
Jun 7, 2011 - Sep 20, 2011

Check out the free Get Up & Go conversation series on Tuesdays at the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center and learn about what to see and how to get there from the experts – the people who live and work in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

 Randolph Street Market Festival
May 28, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011  |  312.666.1200

The Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market comprise the Randolph Street Market Festival, Chicago's biggest vintage, fashion, art and antiques event. The annual festival kicks off Memorial Day weekend and takes place one weekend a month through November.  West Loop

 Serb Fest 2011
Aug 5, 2011 - Aug 7, 2011  |  773.693.3367  |  Free Admission

Holy Resurrection Cathedral hosts its 20th annual, neighborhood festival. Chicago's largest Serbian fest offers free admission, live music, mouth-watering foods, and free parking!  Norwood Park

 Festival Cubano
Aug 6, 2011 - Aug 7, 2011  |  Free Admission

Enjoy the best of Cuban and Latin food, dancing and family-friendly entertainment at this free festival, August 6 & 7 in Riis Park. Catch performances by Grammy Award winning headliners, Hansel y Raul and Willy Chorino.  Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Retro on Roscoe

Aug 6, 2011 - Aug 7, 2011  |  773.665.4682  |  Free Admission

Retro features Chicago’s top talent and entertainment on 3 main stages. Artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants will provide a shopping experience that is second to none. Local restaurants fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats.  Roscoe Village, North Center

Taylor Street Festa Italiana
Aug 11, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011  |  630.962.7000  |  Free Admission

Incredible food and wine from the restaurants of Chicago’s Little Italy will be featured with 4 stages of entertainment, cultural exhibits and authentic merchandise. This is Chicago’s official celebration of Italian culture and tradition.

 Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Lincoln Square (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Aug 12, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Lincoln Square on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods while doing fun, hands-on activities such as a sing-along at the Old Town School of Folk Music and lunch at the Chopping Block.  Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Loop

56th Annual Ginza Celebration
Aug 12, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011  |  312.943.7801

The 56th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT).  Old Town

Northalsted Market Days
Aug 13, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011  |  773.868.3010  |  Free Admission

Fun! Eclectic! Exciting! People-Watching Galore! These are just a few of the ways to describe the 30th annual Northalsted Market Days, the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest that takes place on Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14.  Boystown

Wrigleyville SummerFest

Aug 13, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011  |  773.665.4682  |  Free Admission

Wrigleyville may be most recognized for Wrigley Field home of the Chicago Cubs, but it’s also known for the Wrigleyville Summerfest! Resurrection Lutheran Church is proud to announce the 9th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest. It is a grand slam of a festival featuring only the most sought after bands, food, and fun!  Lakeview, Wrigleyville

Notre Dame August Fest
Aug 13, 2011  |  312.243.7400  |  Free Admission

Historic Notre Dame de Chicago Church welcomes all to a festival that includes multi-ethnic foods, bilingual DJ/live music and games for all. The Fest features no admission fee and a variety of raffles all day.  Little Italy, UIC  

Annunciata Parish Fest
Aug 19, 2011 - Aug 21, 2011  |  773.221.1040  |  Free Admission

The parish of Annunciata, located at 112th and S. Ave G invites all who are interested in a weekend of good food, good music, and a fun time.  Southeast Side

 Taste of Austin
Aug 19, 2011 - Aug 21, 2011  |  773.921.2121  |  Free Admission

The three day weekend festival is filled with food vendors, non-food vendors, music, entertainment, businesses and local agencies promoting their products and programs.  Austin

Summer 2011 Family Adventures: Chinatown (Summer 2011: Family Adventures)
Aug 20, 2011  |  312.742.8497

Explore Chinatown on an affordable, fully-guided adventure created just for kids and their families! Learn about exciting Chicago neighborhoods. Enjoy fun activities at the Chinese-American Museum and take a water taxi back downtown!  Chinatown, Armour Square, Loop

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
Aug 20, 2011 - Aug 21, 2011  |  773.761.4477  |  Free Admission

The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend long street fair that features 100 artists, live entertainment on three outdoor stages and an art walk, ARTery, to indoor art displays along the Fest route.  Rogers Park

Ukrainian Festival - 28th Annual
Aug 20, 2011 - Aug 21, 2011  |  773.772.4500

Ukrainian festival featuring ethnic food, entertainment, cultural attractions and performances.

 Boulevard Bash
Aug 26, 2011 - Aug 28, 2011  |  773.665.4682  |  Free Admission

Boulevard Bash will be an incredible 3-day festival that features live music, artisans, and great food and drink.  Logan Square

Fashion Fest
Aug 27, 2011  |  773.772.2772  |  Free Admission

An all day outdoor event incorporating fashion showsm kids activities, DJ's, fashion vendors with clothing and accessories and so much more. Moonshine offers drink and food specials all day.  Wicker Park, West Town

 

 

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