Chicago Festivals and Music Event

Chicago Festivals – Music & Mirth

A city that loves to party, Chicago offers an exciting schedule of music festivals, art fairs, celebrations, parades, fireworks, and cultural events for every season. From the legendary Chicago Jazz Festival and Chicago Blues Festival to Taste of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Chicago’s festivals and events make you dance, sing, eat and play. Here are some spectacular Chicago festivals and events lighting up the Windy City throughout the year.

Chicago Blues Festival

- June – The largest free blues festival in the world and the largest Chicago music festivals, Chicago Blue festival features three days of blues on five stages.  Swing your heart out in Chicago – the "Blues Capital of the World."

Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

- September 2- 5, 2010 – For over 30 years, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend blast and the longest running music festival on Chicago’s lakefront. Live music performances by Chicago’s hottest jazz talent and international artists wow music and jazz lovers.

Taste of Chicago

- June/July – Feed your soul with Chicago’s culinary delights at Taste of Chicago, a 10-day lakefront festival where you taste everything from exotic ethic eats to Chicago specialties.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

- November – Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival lights up the holiday season. This weekend festival will spark your holiday spirit with entertainment and over one million lights shining on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Gold Coast Art Fair

- Showcasing artists from around the world, Gold Coast Art Fair is a creative experience that has attracted Chicago art lovers for over 50 years. Filled with art, live music and food, this free art festival colors the streets of the River North neighborhood.

Chicago Air and Water Show

- August 14 & 15 – Held at North Avenue Beach, the Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest spectator event in the country. Don’t miss the longest running show of its kind in North America!

Chicago Festivals Schedule

If you want to celebrate in true Chicago style, check out these exciting Chicago festivals and events happening in neighborhoods around the Windy City!

January

  • Chicago Winter Delights
  • Snow Days Chicago
  • Light Nights on the Magnificent Mile
  • Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show

February

  • Chicago Auto Show
  • Chinese New Year Parade
  • Strictly Sail Chicago

March

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Chicago Flower and Garden Show

April

  • Chicago Improv Festival
  • Chicago International Antiques and Fine Art Fair

May

  • Art Chicago
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Annual Celtic Fest Chicago

June

  • Chicago Blues Festival
  • Taste of Chicago – June/July
  • Chicago Gospel Music Festival
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival

July

  • Taste of Chicago
  • Independence Day Celebration
  • Chicago Outdoor Film Festival Venetian Night

August

  • Chicago Air and Water Show
  • Latin Music Festival
  • Gold Coast Art Fair
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival

September

  • Chicago Jazz Festival
  • World Music Festival
  • Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival
  • Windy City Wine Festival
  • Chicago Museum Week

October

  • Oktoberfest Chicago
  • Chicago Country Music Festival
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • Chicagoween
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Columbus Day Parade

November

  • Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
  • State Street Thanksgiving Parade
  • City of Chicago Holiday
  • Tree Lighting Chicago

December

  • Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
  • Chicago Sports Fest
  • Santa’s Village and City of Chicago Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Zoolights
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration and Family Fun Festival

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