Best festivals in Chicago this weekend
Thu Sep 5 2013
The A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party The Onion's A.V. Club teams with the Hideout for a second time in the 17th edition of the venue's annual Block Party. As always, it's a solid mix of alt-country and '90s college rock: Neko Case, Mavis Staples, the Hold Steady, Superchunk, the Walkmen, etc. Case will come armed with new tunes from her mouthful of a new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. Your move, Fiona Apple. Hideout. Sep 6, 4:30pm; Sep 7, 12:30pm. $60.
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Chipotle Cultivate Festival This year's installment of the burrito-peddler's annual celebration of food, beer and music features another solid lineup of musical acts to compliment the rampant consumptions of carnitas and queso fresco. The energetic power pop of Walk the Moon will close out the festival, which also includes performances by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Youngblood Hawke, the Mowglis and Bestfriends. Lincoln Park. Sep 7, 11am. Free.
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Festival de la Villita Celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain with food and music. Carnival rides and kids' entertainment also abound, and the big 26th Street Parade ends here on Sunday. 2600 S Kostner Ave. Sep 6, 6pm–11pm; Sep 7, noon–11pm; Sep 8, noon–11pm.
Festival on Prairie Avenue The one-time Millionaire's Row is still rich…in culture. An arts and craft fair, magic show, pie-eating contest and free tours of the historic Clarke House and Glessner House museums are part of the celebration. 1800 S Prairie Ave. Sep 7, noon–6pm. $5.
German-American Fest Celebrate Deutschland heritage at this street party that features German food, music and dancing. The Von Steuben Parade kicks off on Saturday at 2pm. Lincoln and Leland Aves. Sep 6, 6pm–11pm; Sep 7, noon–11pm; Sep 8, noon–10pm.
Guinness Oyster Fest This 15th annual Roscoe Village outing brings oyster enthusiasts and brew lovers together for a day of fresh seafood, booze and music. Roscoe St and Damen Ave. Sep 7, 11am–10pm. $7.
Renegade Craft Fair Put a bird on it! Or a squid, a sloth or whatever member of the animal kingdom is trending in the world of felt iPhone covers. Aside from Portlandia punchline fodder, the summer edition of the twice-yearly mega craft and design sale offers DIY enthusiasts all manner of clothing, jewelry, prints and textiles—as well as a usually strong lineup of bands and DJs. Division St at Damen Ave. Sep 7–8, 11am–7pm. Free.
79th Street Renaissance Festival Don't show up in ye olde jester costume. Here, the word Renaissance signals rebirth. The Auburn Gresham neighborhood is reborn with a showcase of the neighborhood's vendors, artists and performers. 7901 S. Racine Ave. Sep 7, 10am–7pm.
Ukrainian Village Fest Get a flavor of Ukrainian arts and culture with two days of music, eats, folk dancing, raffles and crafts at this neighborhood celebration of the country's independence. There will also be a lottery, with a $2,500 first place cash prize. 739 N Oakley Blvd. Sep 7, 1–10pm; Sep 8, 1–10pm. $5.
Windy City Wine Festival Sample more than 345 wines from around the world. There will also be live music and cooking demos. Buckingham Fountain. Sep 6, 4pm–10pm; Sep 7, 2pm–8pm. $35, advance $29, designated driver ticket $10.