Chicago events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Chicago, Illinois.

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August 2014

Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in August 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.


August 1 - 3, 2014

1.5 miles south

Lollapalooza is a three-day music festival with more than 100 popular alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, and hip hop bands; comedy and dance; and craft booths in Grant Park. Cost.

Latino festival

August 1 - 3, 2014 (begins July 31)

4 miles SW

Fiesta del Sol delivers live entertainment, local art, diverse cuisine, carnival rides, but no alcohol on W. Cermak Rd. between Morgan and Ashland. Free.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 16, 2014 (begins June 11)

Chicago locations

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. Free.

Black film festival

August 1 - 28, 2014

0.5 miles SW

Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience with dozens of films at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Ravinia music festival

August 1 - 31, 2014 (June 16 - Sept. 20)

23 miles north

Ravinia Festival is billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival, with a long series of performances at Ravinia Park in Highland Park. Cost.

Beer & BBQ

August 2, 2014

8 miles NW

Vote for your favorite BBQ pork and beer pairing by 10 teams of chefs & local brewers at Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge outside St. Viator Elementary.

Beer festival

August 2, 2014

27 miles west

Sample 100 micro brews, sample food, and hear live music at Wheaton Brew Fest in Wheaton. Cost.

Corn festival

August 2, 2014

28 miles NW

A ticket to Corn Fest gets you a hamburger or hot dog, pop, watermelon, and all the fresh-picked corn you can eat. Includes art & craft fair and bazaar, at Community Church in Rolling Meadows. Cost.

Women’s obstacle race

August 2, 2014

58 miles SW

Diva Dash is a 5K run with a dozen obstacles, bling, and an after party at Sandwich Fairgrounds. Cost.

Co-ed obstacle race

August 2, 2014

66 miles north

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3.1-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer in Wilmot, WI.

Wrigleyville summer festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

5 miles north

Wrigleyville Summerfest has food, drink, music, and a kids’ zone at 3300 N Seminary Ave. Donation.

Latin American festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

6.5 miles NW

Taste of Latin America: Food, Wine, Art Festival is a neighborhood festival with cooking demonstrations, food, world music, beer & wine tents, a kids’ area, and arts & crafts on W Armitage Ave. from Central Park Ave to Avers Street. Free.

Edgewater festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

8 miles north

Edge Fest [website has sound] is known for its bacon theme, but it also serves art and local bands on N Broadway from Thorndale to Ardmore. Donation.

Evanston arts festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

13 miles north

Lakeshore Arts Festival showcases 120 artists, live jazz and classical music, a silent art auction, a children’s craft tent, and food vendors at Centennial Park in Evanston. Free.

Glencoe art festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

24 miles north

Glencoe Festival of Art offers fine works from 120 artists, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors in downtown Glencoe. Free.

Fairy festival

August 2 - 3, 2014

38 miles west

The World of Faeries Festival welcomes you with or without costume for dance, music, games, shopping, and tea parties at Vasa Park in South Elgin. Cost.

French fair

August 5, 2014

11 miles west

Immerse yourself in French art, food, wine, music, activities, and films at Art dans la Rue in Oak Park.

Coin collectors convention

August 5 - 9, 2014

17 mile NW

At World’s Fair of Money, collectors network, buy, sell, trade, and view rare and historical coins and paper money in Rosemont convention center. Cost.

Rubber duck race

August 7, 2014

0 miles

Send a rubber duck downstream for charity and enjoy family fun at Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby. Cost.

Prairie festival

August 7 - 10, 2014

25 miles NW

Wood Dale Prairie Fest offers live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, bingo, and Saturday fireworks at the Town Square in Wood Dale. Free.

Thursday jazz

August 7 - 28, 2014 (begins July 24)

0.5 miles south

Enjoy a concert every Thursday at Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz in Millennium Park. Free.

Fashion event

August 8, 2014

0.5 mile south

Macy’s Glamorama is a fashion show for charity with performances by chart-topping musicians at Harris Theater in Millennium Park plus a rooftop after-party.

Japanese festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

3 miles north

Ginza Holiday offers Japanese dance, martial arts, drumming, bonsai, craftsmen at work, and teriyaki chicken at Midwest Buddhist Temple. Donation.

African American parade

August 9, 2014

5 miles south

Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is billed as the oldest and largest African American parade in America. It goes south down MLK Drive from 35th to Washington Park, the site of a picnic with food vendors. Free.

Music festival

August 9, 2014

25 miles south

Rodney Atkins is the headline act at Weishfest this year at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. Cost.

Hot dog festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

2.3 miles north

Chicago Hot Dog Fest features multiple hot dog vendors, beer, music, and entertainment in the park at Clark Street and W LaSalle Drive. Free entry.

Northalsted Market Days

August 9 - 10, 2014

5 miles north

Northalsted Market Days is a popular gay-friendly street fair and music festival with 400 food, art, and craft vendors plus musical acts on 6 blocks of North Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. Donation.

Retro on Roscoe

August 9 - 10, 2014

7 miles NW

Watch top entertainment on 3 stages, shop 6 blocks of art and antique vendors, and see 50 classic cars at Retro on Roscoe [sound] in Roscoe Village. Donation.

Beer at the zoo

August 9 - 10, 2014

14 miles SW

Enjoy 60 craft beers, live music, a silent auction, and animals at Zoo Brew at Brookfield Zoo for ages 21+.

Glenview art festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

22 miles NW

Art at the Glen Town Center features 185 artists, live music, and kids’ activities in Glenview. Free.

Kite festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

24 miles north

Make a kite in a workshop and fly it, watch stunt kites perform to music, and buy lunch at the Kite Festival in the meadow at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. See schedule of events. Free except parking.
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Vegetarian festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

31 miles west

Veggie Fest has a food court, kids’ activities, demos, exhibits, speakers, and music in Naperville. Free.

French day in the park

August 10, 2014

27 miles west

French Connection Day features a French open-air market, wine tasting, French music, street performers, and children’s activities at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking.

Taste of Andersonville

August 13, 2014

9 miles north

A ticket gets you samples at 12 local restaurants during Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl. Cost.

Italian festival

August 14 - 17, 2014

3.5 miles SW

Festa Italiana has music on four stages, Italian cuisine, a local artisan market, and the Momsay Kids Stage on W Taylor Street at Ashland. Donation.

Beer for the parks

August 15, 2014

0.5 miles south

Drink beer on a trolley tour of lakefront parks, and go to a happy hour at Bottoms Up for Open Space. Cost.

Dance at the museum

August 15, 2014 (also June 20 & July 18)

9 miles south

Dance to celebrity DJs at Steppin’ Under the Stars at DuSable Museum. Bring chairs or reserve a table.

Art on Glenwood Ave.

August 15 - 17, 2014

9 miles north

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a Friday night Cobblestone Jam plus a weekend artists’ market and 3 stages of music at N Glenwood Ave & Morse. Free.

Cuban festival

August 15 - 17, 2014

12 miles NW

Festival Cubano [sound] promises Cuban music, Latin American food, vendors, and a kids’ area in Riis Park at Narragansett & Fullerton. Cost.

Edison Park festival

August 15 - 17, 2014

14 miles NW

Edison Park Fest offers food, beer, live music, a Saturday parade, a family stage, and a ticketed amusement area at 6730 N Olmsted Avenue. Free.

Beatles festival

August 15 - 17, 2014

16 miles NW

The Fest for Beatles Fans has a Beatles marketplace, guest speakers, a dance party, look-alike contest, games, and exhibits at Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Cost.

Pole dancing contest

August 15 - 17, 2014

41 miles west

Great Midwest Pole Dance Convention has workshops, contests and vendors at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

Oak Park beer tasting

August 16, 2014

10 miles west

Oak Park Micro Brew Review features tastings of 180 craft beers from 60 Midwest microbreweries plus organic food at 100 S Marion St. in Oak Park.

Farm festival

August 16, 2014

25 miles SW

Farm & Barn Fest has sheep shearing, blacksmithing, horse riding, restaurant food, music, and contests, plus an adult evening dance at Yunker Farm, Mokena.

Arlington horse race

August 16, 2014

27 miles NW

Watch jockeys compete for $1 million in the prestigious Arlington Million horse race in Arlington Heights. Cost.

Air and water show

August 16 - 17, 2014

2 miles north

The Chicago Air & Water Show features daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formation, plus water-skiing and boat jumping. See it from the waterfront near North Avenue Beach. Free.

Albany Park festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

8.7 miles NW

Albany Park World Fest offers diverse music, eclectic cuisine, global arts and crafts, and a family activity area at W. Lawrence Ave. and N. Kimball Ave.

Oak Park art festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

12 miles west

Oak Park Ave. & Lake Street - Arts & Crafts Show features 125 artists in Oak Park. Free.

Holistic expo

August 16 - 17, 2014

16 miles NW

Body Mind Spirit Expo has 110 exhibitors and 72 presentations about alternative health and psychic power at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Cost.

Japanese garden festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

24 miles north

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival has a tea ceremony, stories, drumming, and harp at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking.

Art market

August 16 - 17, 2014

37 miles NW

Long Grove Village Art Market features 60 juried artists, student artists, art activities, and music. Free.

Art fair

August 17, 2014

26 miles NW

See original works from 100 juried artists at A Walk in the Park - Summer Art Fair at North School Park in Arlington Heights. Free.

Millennium Park movies

August 19 - Sept. 4, 2014

0.5 miles south

Get a seat or sit on the lawn to see films on a 40-foot screen at Millennium Park Summer Film Series. Free.
  • August 19 - Dreamgirls (PG-13)
  • August 26 - Wizard of Oz (G)
  • August 27 - Avatar (PG-13)
  • September 4 - Strictly Ballroom (PG)

Dance festival

August 20 - 23, 2014

Downtown Chicago

See ballet, dance, and dance films in multiple venues at Chicago Dancing Festival. Free.

Military block party

August 21, 2014

1 mile NW

Celebrate America’s military service members and their families with live music, games, military vehicles, and refreshments at USO Clark After Dark in River North. Donation.

Movie at the zoo

August 21, 2014

2.5 miles north

Zoovies are free outdoor movies at Lincoln Park Zoo at dusk on July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 5, and Oct. 3.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - Aug. 21 (Aug. 28 if rain)

Vaudeville show

August 21, 2014

32 miles north

Watch minstrels, swordsmen, gypsies, and jesters at Bristol Gang Variety Show in Lake Forest Park.

Comic book convention

August 21 - 24, 2014

17 mile NW

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is about comic books, wrestling, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the convention center in Rosemont. Cost.

Art Institute party

August 22, 2014

1 mile south

Young people can mix and mingle, visit the bar, and rock out to music at After Dark in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cost.

Made-in-Chicago festival

August 22, 2014

3 miles west

Discover innovative products and services of local entrepreneurs at Fulton Fest, plus music, beer, and food trucks on Fulton Street from Damen to Hoyne.

Naperville Wine Festival

August 22 - 23, 2014

33 miles west

Sample fine wines, buy restaurant appetizers, and hear music at Naperville Wine Festival. Cost.

Scrapbook Expo

August 22 - 23, 2014

40 miles west

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Scrapbook Expo at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Sausages and knights

August 22 - 24, 2014

2.5 miles north

SausageFest Chicago has locally made sausages and live music (donation). The weekend Medieval Times has knights dueling with swords and includes lunch (tickets). Both at St. Michael’s Church in Old Town.

Boulevard & Brazil festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

7 miles NW

Formerly Boulevard Bash, The Boulevard [sound] in Logan Square has two stages of music, Brazilian food and entertainment, and craft beer. Donation.

Craft expo

August 22 - 24, 2014

14 miles north

See 164 artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind museum quality work at American Craft Exposition in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion at Northwestern University. Preview party the prior evening. Cost.

Skokie festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

14 miles NW

Skokie’s Backlot Bash has 15 hours of live music, a carnival, classic car show, classic movies on Sat., kids’ run & 5K, and food and beer vendors. Free.

Art & food festivals

August 22 - 24, 2014

27 miles north

Top-rated Port Clinton Art Festival has 260 artists, a youth division, and kids’ art activities on Sat. & Sun. Nearby Taste of Highland Park is Fri. to Sun. Free.

Shopping festival

August 22 - Sept. 1, 2014

Downtown Chicago

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival has outdoor shops, exclusive offers, culinary events, and concerts on Michigan Ave., plus a women’s run in Grant Park.

Movies in the Parks

August 22 - Sept. 20, 2014

Chicago locations

Watch more than 250 Movies in the Parks. Free.

Bacon, sports, and beer

August 23, 2014

1.5 miles SW

Bacon, Sports and Beer Celebration is billed as a hat trick of awesomeness. Sample bacon-inspired creations from 20 restaurants, taste 20 craft beers, and enjoy sports in the Great Hall at Union Station.

Food truck festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

2 miles NW

Enjoy a meal from a mobile eatery and listen to live music at the Chicago Food Social at 900 N Branch in the Kendall College parking lot. Cost.

South Loop street fair

August 23 - 24, 2014

2 miles south

Bash on Wabash offers musical acts, arts & crafts, a large kids’ area, 5K, food trucks, and beer on Wabash Avenue at 14th Street. Donation.

Taste of Greece

August 23 - 24, 2014

2 miles SW

Enjoy Greek restaurant food, traditional music and dance, handcrafts, and children’s games at Taste of Greektown at 400 S Halsted Street. Free.

Fashion & New Orleans festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

3.5 miles NW

Chicago Fashion Fest is an outdoor runway show plus New Orleans festival with Zydeco and Dixieland bands, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, drinks, and arts & crafts at Division and Damen Streets. Donation.

Bucktown arts festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

5 miles NW

Bucktown Arts Fest is an arts celebration that showcases 200 artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and performers at N Oakley and Lyndale. Free.

Glen Ellyn art festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

31 miles west

Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts features 80 juried artists, 12 musical acts, children’s activities, and food at Lake Ellyn Park.


August 24, 2014

1.5 miles south

The Chicago Triathlon follows a picturesque course along Lake Michigan, beginning at Monroe Harbor.

Short film winners

August 26 - 27, 2014

10 miles north

See the winners of Chicago 48 Hour Film Project, which local filmmakers made in only two days, at the New 400 Theaters. Cost.

Jazz at the aquarium

August 27 & Sept. 3, 2014

2 miles south

Hear musicians and vocalists, see views from the terrace, buy cocktails & food, and visit the aquarium at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at Shedd Aquarium. Cost.

Jazz festival

August 28 - 31, 2014

0.5 miles south

The Chicago Jazz Festival is Labor Day weekend at Millennium Park. No dogs. Free.

Fringe theater festival

August 28 - Sept. 7, 2014

10 miles NW

See 50 weird and wonderful shows by local theater groups at Fringe Festival in Jefferson Park. Cost.

North Coast Music Festival

August 29 - 31, 2014

2 miles west

North Coast Music Festival is an all-ages music fest that ranges from hip-hop to electronic to indie rock in Union Park on Labor Day weekend Cost.

African festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

7 miles south

African Festival of the Arts [sound] celebrates African art, crafts, drumming, food, and entertainment at a festival Labor Day weekend in Washington Park. Cost.

Polish festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

10 miles NW

Taste of Polonia has 37 bands, 50 vendors, 12 food booths (polska kielbasa, potato pancakes, pierogi, and beer) Labor Day weekend in Jefferson Park. Cost.

Naperville festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

33 miles west

Naperville Last Fling is a family event with a parade, carnival rides, children’s area, music stages, and food vendors Labor Day weekend at Naperville’s Riverwalk.

Noir film festival

August 29 - Sept. 4, 2014

6 miles north

Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Music Box Theatre. Cost.

Music & art festival

August 30, 2014

3.2 miles SW

Artopia Fest features live music, live art stations, food trucks and beer, a kidtopia, and work of 100 artists at Chicago Urban Art Society. Kids under 12 free.

Eco art & music festival

August 30 - 31, 2014

6 miles NW

Remix Chicago (was Ravenswood Remix) is an art and music festival featuring artists who use recycled and re-purposed materials, with food trucks, green workshops, kids’ activities on Milwaukee Ave. from Fullerton to California, Labor Day weekend. Donation.

Circus in the park

August 30 - Oct. 19, 2014

Chicago locations

Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of daytime shows at eight parks that’s perfect for families. Cost.

Comedy night

August 31, 2014

33 miles SW

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival features nationally known comedians in Tinley Park. Cost.
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