Looking for fun things to do in Chicago this spring? Start with our roundup of exciting festivals, from street fairs and flea markets to foodie events and music festivals.
St. Patrick's Day Parade & River Dyeing
March 14, 2015
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
More than 400,000 revelers come to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this annual tradition. Don't miss this year's festivities, which will mark the 60th anniverary of the parade. Watch as the Chicago River turns green from 45 pounds of vegetable dye, and then catch the parade of floats, flags, bagpipes and performers.
Good Food Festival & Conference
March 19 - 21, 2015
Celebrate good food with this foodie festival featuring artisanal goods from more than 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, urban farm tours and family-friendly activities.
March 21, 2015
Oenophiles will adore this grand tasting of 150 pinot noir wines by more than 60 acclaimed producers from significant domestic wine regions, including Santa Lucia Highlands, Carneros, Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast.
Randolph Street Market Festival
March 28 - 29, April 25 - 26, May 23 - 24, 2015
1340 W. Washington St.
Head to the West Loop neighborhood for this monthly European-style market, featuring 200 purveyors selling everything from jewelry and accessories to artwork and furniture.
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
April 16 - 19, 2015
During this 7th annual festival, watch international film premieres, live concerts, DJ sets, live score performances, exhibits and live Q&A sessions.
April 17 - 18, 2015
Bacon lovers, mark your calendars! A delectable ode to bacon, this festival features innovative creations from trendsetting chefs, imaginative mixologists and inspired brewers.
Chicago Improv Festival
April 20 - 26, 2015
Marvel at the spontaneous wit of local, national and international improv comedians as they flaunt their skills at this 18th annual event.
C2E2: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
April 24 - 26, 2015
McCormick Place Complex
Pop-culture fans come together at this entertainment extravaganza to see what's up-and-coming in the worlds of comic books, manga, video games, movies, television, toys and games.
2015 NFL Draft and Fan Fest
April 30 - May 2, 2015
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
After 51 years, the National Football League Draft will once again return to Chicago. Fans without ticket to the 2015 NFL Draft can enjoy the festivities in Grant Park and Congress Plaza, where an outdoor festival will feature autograph sessions, interactive exhibits and more.
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 2, 2015
Bring the kids to this family-friendly event, where children can claim a free kite kit to build, decorate and fly their own kite (while supplies last). Professionals will be on hand for demonstrations and helpful tips on flying kites.
Reveries and Passions Festival
May 7 - 23, 2015
This annual three-week music festival presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra features a thrilling lineup of 20th-century operatic and theatrical works, this year tied together by a French theme.
American Beer Classic
May 9, 2015
Sample hundreds of beers while listening to live music provided by local bands at this annual festival featuring American breweries.
Craft Beer Week
May 14 - 24, 2015
With a lineup of special events, rare beer tastings and hundreds of Chicago venues offering specially priced samples of brew, beer enthusiasts can sip and sample their way through the local craft beer scene during this 6th annual event.
May 15 - 17, 2015
3100 N. Ashland Ave. at Barry
Head under the colossal heated tent for this 20th annual street fair, featuring live music, plus an outdoor beer garden.
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
May 23 - 24, 2015
Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe
Artwork, tribute band performances and delectable street eats abound at this iconic street festival in the Lakeview neighborhood.
May 28 - 31, 2015
Lincoln and Leland Avenue
Experience the traditional German celebration of spring with this annual street festival in Lincoln Square, where visitors can see a maypole dance, eat classic German specialties, listen to live music and watch cultural demonstrations.
Millennium Art Festival
May 29 - 31, 2015
Lake Street at Michigan Avenue
Browse paintings, ceramics, furniture, photography and interactive art installations at this juried artist showcase, which also touts live performances and delicious food.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
May 29 - 31, 2015
Local, national and international gospel music performers come together for this annual festival, now in its 30th year.
Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale
May 29 - 31, 2015
Division Street, from Damen to Leavitt
This quintessential Chicago street festival in West Town features exhilarating live music, local indie retailers, talented artisans, designer pop-up shops, runway shows and much more.
Find even more things to do in Chicago with our online events calendar.