Chicago events calendar for August 2018. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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

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Lollapalooza

August 2 - 5, 2018

1.5 miles south

Lollapalooza is a four-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.

Art and music festival

August 3 - 5, 2018

10 miles NW

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival offers live music, art, food, craft beer, wine, and a kids’ corner in Jefferson Park at 4822 N Long Avenue. No pets. Donation.
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Beer festival

August 4, 2018

27 miles west

Taste 80 micro brews, sample food, and hear live music at Wheaton Brew Fest in Wheaton for age 21+.

Dogs at the park

August 4, 2018

27 miles west

Dog Days offers a pet play area, high-flying disc-catching dogs, agility demonstrations, and vendors at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking.

Corn festival

August 4, 2018

28 miles NW

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

Edgewater festival

August 4 - 5, 2018

8 miles north

Edge Fest offers North Side cuisine, local bands, and art on North Broadway (from Thorndale to Ardmore). Donation.

Fairy festival

August 4 - 5, 2018

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.

Black film festival

August 4 - 30, 2018

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.

Renaissance fair

August 4 - Sept. 3, 2018 (weekends)

49 miles north

Watch knights joust, shop an artisan market, mingle with costumed minstrels, play games, and attend shows at Bristol Renaissance Faire in 16th century England (also known as Kenosha, WI).

French fair

August 7, 2018

11 miles west

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

Rubber duck race

August 9, 2018

0 miles

Send a rubber duck downstream for charity and enjoy family entertainment at Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby downtown on the Chicago River.

Japanese festival

August 10 - 12, 2018

3 miles north

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

Retro on Roscoe

August 10 - 12, 2018

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 in Roscoe Village. Donation.

Beatles festival

August 10 - 12, 2018

16 miles NW

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

Taco bar crawl

August 11, 2018

0.7 miles west

A ticket to The Taco Crawl gets you “one taco per hour” and drink specials at 16 bars in River North.

African American parade

August 11, 2018

6.2 miles south

Heralding in the new school year, Bud Billiken Parade is billed as the oldest and largest African American parade in America. It begins at King Drive and Oakwood Boulevard and ends at a picnic with food vendors in Washington Park. Free.

Northalsted Market Days

August 11 - 12, 2018

5 miles north

Northalsted Market Days is a popular gay-friendly street fair and music festival with 300 food, art, and craft vendors plus musical acts on four blocks of North Halsted Street (from Belmont to Addison). Donation.

French day in the park

August 12, 2018

27 miles west

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

Scrapbook Expo

August 17 - 18, 2018

27 miles NW

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Art on Glenwood Ave.

August 17 - 19, 2018

9 miles north

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a Friday night Cobblestone Jam plus a weekend artists’ market with 3 stages of music in Rogers Park. Free.

Edison Park festival

August 17 - 19, 2018

14 miles NW

Edison Park Fest offers food, beer, live music, a kids’ area, and a family stage at 6730 N. Olmsted Avenue. Donation.

West Indian carnival

August 18, 2018

8.6 miles south

Windy City Carnival promises an all-day event with music and vendors plus “a traditional parade of bands” and outrageous costumes at noon at Midway Plaisance (59th Street & Woodlawn Avenue).

Oak Park beer tasting

August 18, 2018

11 miles west

Oak Park Micro Brew Review features tastings of 200 craft beers from 80 Midwest microbreweries and local restaurant food at 100 N Marion St. in Oak Park.

Air and water show

August 18 - 19, 2018

2 miles north

The Chicago Air & Water Show features daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formation, plus an air/sea rescue demonstration. See it from the waterfront near North Avenue Beach. Free.

Holistic expo

August 18 - 19, 2018

16 miles NW

Body Mind Spirit Expo has 110 exhibitors and 50 presentations about alternative health and psychic powers at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Japanese children’s festival

August 18 - 19, 2018

24 miles north

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan at Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival. Listen to taiko drum and koto harp music, hear folktales, and watch a tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking. Repeats in April.

Japanese garden festival

August 18 - 19, 2018

24 miles north

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

South Shore Summer Festival

August 19, 2018

10.1 miles south

South Shore Summer Festival is a family-friendly event with music and dance, plus food, wine, and beer for sale at South Shore Cultural Center. Free.

Women’s comedy

August 20 - 26, 2018

5 miles north

See 400 women perform stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, and musical comedy shows at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773.

Comic book convention

August 23 - 26, 2018

17 mile NW

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

Naperville Wine Festival

August 24 - 25, 2018

33 miles west

Sample fine wines, buy restaurant food, and hear live music at Naperville Wine Festival.

Taste of Greece

August 24 - 26, 2018

2 miles SW

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

Food truck fest

August 24 - 26, 2018

6.3 miles NW

Logan Square Food Truck Social features 20 trucks selling food and beverages with live music on Humboldt Boulevard (from Armitage Avenue to Bloomingdale Avenue). Donation.

Skokie festival

August 24 - 26, 2018

14 miles NW

Skokie’s Backlot Bash has live music, a carnival, a classic car show, free classic movies at noon, a kids’ run and a 5K, a beer tent, and food vendors. Free.

Street fair in DeKalb

August 24 - 26, 2018

65 miles west

Corn Fest has vendors, a carnival, a family-friendly beer garden and concert area ($5 for age 12+), a Saturday car show, and kids’ art activities weekend afternoons. Free.

Triathlon

August 25 - 26, 2018

1.5 miles south

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

Glen Ellyn art festival

August 25 - 26, 2018

28.7 miles west

Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts features 85 juried artists, live music, a beer and wine garden, and food at Lake Ellyn Park.

Taste of the Nation

August 29, 2018

1.9 miles west

Enjoy gourmet food from 27 restaurants, fine wine, beer, cocktails, and live music at Chicago Taste of the Nation at Revel Fulton Market for age 21+.

Jazz festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2018

0.5 miles south

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

North Coast Music Festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018

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.

African festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018

7.9 miles south

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

Polish festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018

10 miles NW

Taste of Polonia has 30 bands on four stages, food (polska kielbasa, potato pancakes, pierogi, and beer), exhibitors, and carnival rides in Jefferson Park.

Naperville festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018

34 miles west

Naperville Last Fling is a family event with carnival rides, a children’s area, music stages, food vendors, a 5K, and a parade (Monday 10 a.m.) over Labor Day weekend at Naperville’s Riverwalk Park.

Circus in the park

August 2018 (undated)

Chicago locations

Midnight Circus in the Parks [slow website] is a series of daytime shows on weekends at eight parks, which is perfect for families.

Classical music festival

August 2018 (undated)

Chicago locations

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The rear seats are free, or bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Movies in the Parks

August 2018 (undated)

Chicago locations

See 250 Movies in the Parks, if weather allows. Free.

French films

August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Journeys Through French Cinema screens nine great films that built France’s cinema legacy, all with English subtitles at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Local music festival

August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles west

I Am Fest is an independent art & music festival that focuses on local artists at the House of Blues Chicago.

Millennium Park movies

August 2018 (undated)

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 on Tuesdays. Free.

Taste of Streeterville

August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles east

A ticket to Taste of Streeterville gets you restaurant tastes and 2 drink tickets at Lucky Strike for age 21+.

Tasting event

August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Taste “signature grill recipes” from a dozen restaurants paired with summer cocktails during Chefs On The Grill outside the Park Grill.

International festival

August 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles west

Celebrate the cultures of Chicago’s 28 sister cities with food, drink, and music at Unifest on the River on the Chicago Riverwalk (from Wells to Franklin). Free.

Millennium Park music

August 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles SE

Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Military block party

August 2018 (undated)

1 mile NW

Celebrate America’s military service members and their families with live music, games, military vehicles, and food vendors at USO Clark After Dark at 420 N. Clark Street in River North.

Summer party

August 2018 (undated)

1.9 miles west

A ticket to Chicago Summer Soirée includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar, a live band, dancing, and dessert at Revel Fulton Market and supports the Junior League of Chicago.

Beach party

August 2018 (undated)

2 miles north

A ticket to The Big Dig Beach Party gets you six drink tickets, DJ music, and games to play at North Avenue Beach for age 21+.

Family football festival

August 2018 (undated)

2 miles south

Chicago Bears Family Fest includes activities and live music outside Soldier Field at 11 a.m. Gates open 1 p.m. for a 3 p.m. team introduction, a 3:20 practice to watch, and a 5:20 p.m. kids’ run inside the stadium.

Jazz at the aquarium

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Hot dog festival

August 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles north

Chicago Hot Dog Fest features hot dog vendors, beer, music, and entertainment in Lincoln Park at Clark Street and W LaSalle Drive. Donation.

Made in Chicago

August 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles west

Shop 68 vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market in Chicago Journeymen Plumbers (Plumbers Hall). Held in August and December. Free admission and parking.

Adult scavenger hunt at the zoo

August 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles north

Form a team with your friends age 21+ to solve clues and compete for prizes at Lincoln Park Zoo Challenge, and join a celebration afterwards. Costumes welcome.

Chinese food cruise

August 2018 (undated)

2.7 miles south

Taste of Chinatown Cuisine Sunset Cruise is a three-hour cruise on the Chicago River with samples of Chinese restaurant cuisine, a singing trio, and a cash bar, departing from Ping Tom Memorial Park

Italian festival

August 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles SW

Festa Italiana features Italian food, three stages of music and dancing, eating contests (cannoli, meatballs), and vendors on Taylor Street (from Ashland Avenue to Racine Street). Donation.

Mexican festival

August 2018 (undated)

3.6 miles SW

Tacos & Tamales Festival promises authentic Latin American cuisine, a beer garden, art vendors, traditional music in the daytime, and high-energy Latin rock music in the evening at 16th Street & Peoria Street. Donation.

Bucktown arts festival

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Noir film festival

August 2018 (undated)

6 miles north

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

Alphabetical beer tasting

August 2018 (undated)

6.6 miles north

At AlphaBeer, you’ll drink beer with names that begin with all 26 letters, guided by brewery representatives in AJ Hudson’s Public House.

Sangria festival

August 2018 (undated)

7.4 miles NW

Sangria Festival Chicago promises multiple flavors of sangria (wine with fruit), food vendors, live music, and flamenco dancers in Humboldt Park for age 21+. Bring a chair and a blanket, but no food or pets.

Short plays by women

August 2018 (undated)

8 miles north

Snapshots is 10 plays, 10 minutes long, by 10 female playwrights in Ravenswood.

Oak Park art festival

August 2018 (undated)

9.1 miles west

The Arts & Crafts Show at Oak Park Ave. & Lake St. features 125 artists in Scoville Park. Free.

Fringe theater festival

August 2018 (undated)

10 miles NW

See 50 weird and wonderful shows by local theater groups at Chicago Fringe Festival in Jefferson Park. The first day is usually a free preview party.

Greek festival

August 2018 (undated)

10 miles north

Lincoln Square Greek Fest features Greek food, traditional dance, pop bands, and kids’ activities at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

Cuban festival

August 2018 (undated)

12 miles NW

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

Art, food, and music festival

August 2018 (undated)

13 miles north

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival features restaurant food, live music, and an art festival, all beginning Friday evening. Free.

Beer at the zoo

August 2018 (undated)

14 miles SW

Enjoy 80 craft beers, live music, and animals at Zoo Brew at Brookfield Zoo for age 21+.

Horror convention

August 2018 (undated)

16 miles NW

Flashback Weekend offers celebrity guests, vendors, and evening events at Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

Korea festival

August 2018 (undated)

16.9 miles north

Taste of Korea Festival features authentic Korean food, a beer and soju (Korean vodka) garden, cultural performances, DJs, a singing and dancing contests, bounce houses, and a Korean War ceremony at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie. Donation.

Oak Brook art fair

August 2018 (undated)

19 miles west

The Fine Art Festival features art, artists in action, and music in Oak Brook. Repeats in May. Free.

Small Mediterranean festival

August 2018 (undated)

21 miles west

Mediterranean Summer Fest features Mediterranean food (baklava, falafel, saj bread, shawarma), beer, wine, live music, and a dance floor at St. John the Baptist Melkite Catholic Church in Northlake. Free.

Glenview art festival

August 2018 (undated)

22 miles NW

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

Ravinia music festival

August 2018 (undated)

23 miles north

See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Kite festival

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Arlington horse race

August 2018 (undated)

27 miles NW

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

Vegetarian festival

August 2018 (undated)

30 miles west

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

Art fair in Lincolnshire

August 2018 (undated)

33 miles north

Lincolnshire Art Festival features 100 juried artists, live music, food, and children’s art activities. Free.

Farm festival

August 2018 (undated)

37 miles SW

Farm & Barn Fest has sheep shearing, blacksmithing, horse riding, a petting zoo, a flea market, restaurant food, music, and contests at Mokena Main Park.

Tropical rock party

August 2018 (undated)

40.3 miles west

Summer Chi.ill [sound] promises entertainment, music, food, and drink with a New Orleans & Bourbon Street theme at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Watch football practice

August 2018 (undated)

59 miles south

Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Free.
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