August Neighborhood Festivals

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Jeff FestJeff Fest

August 3-5, 2018

Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

Friday: 6-10pm; Saturday: 2-10pm; Sunday: 12-8pm

Admission: $5, benefits the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce

The northwest side's cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its 18th annual community party with plenty of food, music, entertainment, arts/crafts and activities for kids.


Edge FestEdge Fest

August 4-5, 2018

Edgewater, Broadway St. at Thorndale Ave.

Chicago, IL 60660

Saturday: 11am-10pm; Sunday: 12-9pm

FREE Admission; $5 suggested donation

Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood will become a celebration of all things North Side as flavorful cuisine, award-winning entertainment, and family fun take center stage during Edge Fest.


63rd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival63rd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival

August 10-12, 2018

Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.

Chicago, IL 60614

Friday: 5:30-9pm; Saturday: 11:30am-8pm; Sunday: 11:30am-4:30pm

FREE Admission; $5 donation, Children under 12 will be admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult

A large Japanese festival featuring stage performances, master craftspersons from Japan, merchandise, Japanese cultural displays and food.


Chicago Hot Dog FestChicago Hot Dog Fest

August 10-12, 2018

1701 N. Stockton Dr.

Chicago, IL 60614

Friday & Saturday: 11am-9pm; Sunday: 11am-8pm

FREE Admission; $5 donation

Take a bite out of Chicago history at the sixth annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest, presented by the Chicago History Museum. The Fest returns to Lincoln Park this August to include a full lineup of bands, hot dog and city history speakers, and the star of the event: Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles by the city’s top hot dog vendors.


Retro on RoscoeRetro on Roscoe

August 10-12, 2018

Roscoe Village, 2000 W. Roscoe St. (Roscoe at Damen)

Chicago, IL 60657

Friday: 5-10pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12-10pm

FREE Admission; $10 suggested donation

Go back in time with music enthusiasts, families, and gearheads for a back in the day weekend.


Near North Food Truck SocialNear North Food Truck Social

August 11-12, 2018

Sedgwick St. btwn. Chicago & Locust

Chicago, IL 60654


Admission: $5 donation

The new Near North Food Truck Social brings all the bells and whistles of its tenured sister Food Truck Social festivals served up in a more intimate package. In addition to an eclectic lineup of close to 20 food trucks doling out mobile creations, lots of ice cold beer and fresh DJ beats will keep the crowd entertained both days.


Clark After DarkClark After Dark

August 16, 2018

River North, 420 N. Clark St. (Hubbard at Clark)

Chicago, IL 60654


Admission: Admission: $10 at gate, or tickets are available online

The USO of Illinois’ annual Clark After Dark block party celebrates America’s military service members and their families.


Pilsen FestPilsen Fest

August 18-19, 2018

Blue Island, from 18th Street to 21st Street

Chicago, IL 60608


Admission: $5 donation

The 8th annual Pilsen Fest aims to expose locals to the deep pool of cultural talent that exists in Pilsen and the Chicago area with its blend of live music, food, art, and handcrafted goods—aimed at highlighting the neighborhood’s Latino heritage.


Sangria FestSangria Fest

August 18-19, 2018

Humboldt Park, 3015 W. Division St.

Chicago, IL 60622


Admission: $35-$55

Sangria Festival returns August 18th and 19th to historic Humboldt Park for two summer days dedicated to the internationally-beloved fruit drink and its Spanish origins.


South Shore Summer FestSouth Shore Summer Fest

August 19, 2018

South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60649


FREE Admission

Chicago's palatial South Shore Cultural Center will, for the 8th year, play host to the neighborhood's community festival. Features food and music/entertainment including a headline performance by R&B legend Jeffrey Osborne.


Logan Square Food Truck SocialLogan Square Food Truck Social

August 24-26, 2018

Humboldt Blvd btwn. Armitage & 606 Trail

Chicago, IL 60647

Friday: 5-10pm; Saturday: 11am-10pm; Sunday: 11am-8pm

Admission: $5 donation

This year’s event promises more of the same delicious mobile eats paired with cold beer and edgy tunes. In fact, the live music offerings at Logan Square Food Truck Social presents the biggest assortment of music as any of the Food Truck Social-branded events – with two dedicated stages (a main stage and a DJ stage) programmed by legendary Empty Bottle Presents.


Annual African Festival of the ArtsAnnual African Festival of the Arts

August 31 - September 3, 2018

Washington Park (51st Street at Cottage Grove Ave.)

Chicago, IL 60615


Admission: Ticket Prices Vary

The Annual African Festival of the Arts (AFA) is in Washington Park on the Southside of Chicago. It’s a cultural experience with multi-layered activities including Marketplace, Food Tasting, Performance Spaces, Fine Art, African Spirituality, Wellness Village, Children & Family, African Heritage, Books, Quilting, to name a few.


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