The warm weather is here and for Chicago that means it's festival season. Here's a week look at some of the top events available this weekend for those who want to get out and enjoy all the Chi has to offer.
Thursday, May 31st
Maifest Chicago - May 31 - June 3, 2018 - Lincoln Square (4700 N. Lincoln Avenue)
Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maypole (maibaum) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.tent
Mayfest, like Octoberfest, has now become a popular celebration throughout the world. Chicago's German community welcomes all to their Mayfest in Lincoln Square; the heart of Chicago's German Community.
This 19th annual German festival features German foods, live music, maypole dance and other traditional German presentations.
VANS HOUSE PARTY Featuring Vic Mensa - May 31 - HOUSE OF VANS CHICAGO - Free - 18+
This year, the Vans House Parties series evolves where each headlining artist will act as a curator, hand-picking all supporting talent and will be creating a personalized visual art experience for fans. To support and elevate emerging talent, one unsigned band or artist will be chosen by the headliner to open each Vans House Party show.
Vic Mensa has selected local artist, Floyd A. Davis IV to create an immersive, multimedia experience that will combine sculpture and music into a functional speaker wall. Rounding out the bill, San Francisco based hip-hop collective The Pack will take the stage for an epic reunion and unsigned Chicago-based hip-hop artist, KAMI was personally selected by Vic Mensa to open the show.
Vic Mensa Curation with performances by:
Friday, June 1st
Chicago Gospel Music Festival - June 1-2, 2018 - Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park - Free Admission
Celebrating the genre's deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music in the city where the genre was born, the 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival features local and national artists on June 1 and 2 at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
Chicago Ale Fest - June 1 - 2, 2018 - Butler Field in Grant Park - Price Varies
Located at Butler Field in historic Grant Park, Chicago Ale Fest will feature a ton of craft beers (over 200), live music and some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks.
Do Division Street Fest - June 1-3, 2018 - DIVISION BETWEEN DAMEN AND LEAVITT - $10 Suggested Donation
Do Division Street Fest takes place on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt in West Town Chicago and features two live music stages, a wide variety of local vendors and food, plenty of ice cold beer, wine and spirits, a dedicated Family Fun Fest area with family activities and stage (which exclusively benefits local elementary schools), plus Do Fashion with local designer runway shows and DJs.
The live music stages are programmed by two renowned West Town live music venues: The Empty Bottle & Subterranean, and the cutting edge and high quality live music makes Do Division a stand out festival.
Saturday, June 2nd
HYDE PARK BREW FEST - June 2-3, 2018 - 53RD ST. & HARPER CT. - Free to Enter
Hyde Park Brew Fest marks its fifth year with an outstanding weekend of festivities that will combine Chicago’s best brewers and music producers. The Hyde Park Brew Fest runs from June 2 through June 3rd, 12p-9p on Saturday and Sunday and is FREE to attend. Attendees will enjoy excellent food, music, vendors, and of course, can purchase a sampler’s ticket for access to over 50 different beers and ciders to try. The Hyde Park Brew Fest takes place in downtown Hyde Park at 53rd and Harper Avenue (Harper Court).
The Beer Sampling event which runs from 1p - 7p both days, will feature over 50 different brews and ciders. PURCHASE TICKETS here. Among the stellar line up of brews will the best Midwest Craft & Microbreweries and some from right here in the Chicago area.
In addition to having your taste buds tickled with outstanding food from favorite local restaurant filling the air with culinary aromas for blocks, your ears will be treated to sounds curated by Hyde Park’s own Dave Jeff along with an eclectic lineup of DJs including headliner and innovative hip-hop DJ and Producer, DJ Jazzy Jeff known most for his Grammy-winning work with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.