August Chicago festival calendar

Celebrate summer at these Chicago festivals, featuring family-friendly cuisine, tunes and culture

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Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013

Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 Photograph: cousindaniel.com

The arrival of August is a reminder that the summer months are winding down, but Chicago's festival lineup keeps the party rolling. Start the month off with a bang by joining the crowds in Chicago's front yard for a weekend of beats and eats at Lollapalooza. If you have a weakness for elephant ears and carnival rides, you'll want to head to one of several regional fairs. Too many hot dogs and burgers this summer? Expand your palate at Taste of Polonia, Festival Cubano or Albany Park World Fest. Start making plans by looking through our list of the best music, food and art festivals that are happening this month.


  1. Cermak Rd and Loomis St 1400 W. Cermak Rd, Loomis St
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Wisconsin State Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Wisconsin State Fair Park 640 S 84th St
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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ACTIVATE

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Wed Sep 17
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Lollapalooza

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, at Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Lake County Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Lake County Fairgrounds 1060 E Peterson Rd
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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  1. Soldier Field 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Until Sat Aug 2
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  1. City Farm 1204 N Clybourn Avenue, at Division St
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Wrigleyville Summerfest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 3300 N Seminary St at School St 3300 N Seminary St, at School St
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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  1. Centennial Park 1209 Burr Oak Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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  1. Vasa Park 35 W 217 Rt. 31
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Ginza Holiday Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Midwest Buddhist Temple 435 W Menomonee St, between Sedgwick St and Hudson Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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  1. Martin Luther King Dr from 35th to 55th 3436 S Martin Luther King Dr, at 35th St
  2. Until Sat Aug 9
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Northalsted Market Days

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Halsted St
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Chicago Hot Dog Fest

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark St, at North Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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  1. Bryn Mawr Ave and Kedzie Ave 5547 N Kedzie Ave, at Kedzie Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Retro on Roscoe

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Belmont and Damen Aves Belmont and Damen Aves
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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  1. Chicago Urban Art Society 600 W Cermak Rd, unit 1B, at Jefferson St
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Rockin' Lobster Bash

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Columbia Yacht Club 111 N Lake Shore Dr, at Randolph St
  2. Mon Aug 11
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  1. Taylor St and Ashland Ave 1582 W Taylor St, at Ashland Ave
  2. Sun Aug 17
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  1. Glenwood Ave at Morse Ave
  2. Sun Aug 17
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Festival Cubano

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Riis Park 6100 W Fullerton Ave, at Meade Ave
  2. Sun Aug 17
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  1. Edison Park 6755 Northwest Hwy, between Oshkosh and Ottawa Aves
  2. Until Sun Aug 17
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Oak Park Micro Brew Review

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Marion St and Lake St 1048 Lake St, Marion St
  2. Sat Aug 16
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  1. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 S Shore Dr, between 70th and 71st Sts
  2. Sat Aug 16
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  1. Garfield Park 100 N Central Park Ave, at Washington Blvd
  2. Sat Aug 16
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Chicago Air and Water Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. North Avenue Beach 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, North Ave
  2. Sun Aug 17
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The Great American Lobster Fest

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, at Streeter Dr
  2. Sun Aug 17
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Albany Park World Fest

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Lawrence Ave and Kimball Ave 3352 W Lawrence Ave, at Kimball Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 17
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Chicago Dancing Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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Clark After Dark

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. The Boss Bar 420 N Clark St, at Hubbard St
  2. Thu Aug 21
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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 N River Rd
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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The Boulevard

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Logan Blvd at Whipple St
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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  1. Fulton St and Damen Ave 2000 W Fulton St, Damen Ave
  2. Fri Aug 22
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  1. Senior Citizens Park 2300 N Oakley Ave, at Lyndale Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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Bash on Wabash

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Wabash Ave and 14th St 1350 S Wabash Ave, at 14th St
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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SausageFest Chicago

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. North Ave and Cleveland Ave 455 W North Ave, at Cleveland Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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Midwest Brewers Fest

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Plainfield Riverfront Park 24321 W Lockport St
  2. Sat Aug 23
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Chicago Food Social

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Kendall College 900 N Branch St
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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  1. Greek Corner 958 N Damen Ave, at Augusta Blvd
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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  1. Division St between Damen Ave and Leavitt St Division St, between Damen Ave and Leavitt St
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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  1. Millennium Park 55 N Michigan Ave, at Washington St
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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North Coast Music Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Union Park 1501 W Randolph St, between Ogden Ave and Justine St
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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Taste of Polonia

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Copernicus Center 5216 W Lawrence Ave
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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  1. Washington Park Refectory 5531 S King Dr, between 51st St and Cottage Grove Ave
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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  1. Marion Park Grand Ave at First St
  2. Until Sat Aug 30
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  1. Melrose Park Village Office 1000 North 25th Avenue, Lake Street, 60160
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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