Tour de Fat

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Tour de Fat
Daniel Blackman

[Sponsor Content] A beer festival, bike parade and charity event—all in one

New Belgium Brewery brings its annual celebration of bikes and beer to Humboldt Park this year, setting up a stage by the park's iconic boathouse. L.A. alt-rock duo Best Coast headline the event, which features live entertainment, a bike pit filled with DIY creations and lots of New Belgium's signature beers available for purchase. While you're there, catch live entertainment from the likes of vaudeville performers Daredevil Chicken and circus act Handsome Little Devils. The day will kick off with Tour de Fat's bike parade, which allows cyclists to take a slow ride through the surrounding neighborhood.

By: Time Out Chicago editors


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I am continually impressed by Tour de Fat. It can be easy to go a little overboard when doing the circus themed event but New Belgium does it perfectly. The music is great, the beer is cold, and then entertainment is some of the best that I've seen. My only complaint is that its only one day.

This is the quirkiest beer festival, but such a totally fun way to spend an afternoon. With a weird bike pit and interesting beers going on tap all day—just find a food truck to fit your fancy and wander around to see the sights. You won't be sorry.

Tour de Fat is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. It's in one of my favorite parks in the city—Palmer Square—and has lots and lots of awesome, quirky things to do and test rides for bike nerds like me.


This festival is so, so, so much fun. You can get great beers, watch some quirky musical acts, and take in a bit of funhouse flair. There's a really neat "bike pit" too, where anyone can try out bikes of all sizes, and really, even all shapes. It's a sight to see for sure.