Every month is festival month in Chicago. Chicago’s world-renowned fests and events celebrate food, music, culture, art, and history throughout the city. Check out the festival guides below or click on a month to see what’s coming up. Here’s our festival guide for 2019 – 2020.

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December

Christkindlmarket

One of a Kind Show and Sale Dec. 5 – 8, 2019

Greektown Christmas Ceremony Dec. 8 

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier Dec. 6, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020

Randolph Street Holiday Market Dec. 14 – 15, 2019

Historic Pullman Candlelight House Walk Dec. 8, 2019

Christkindlmarket Chicago Nov. 15 – Dec. 24, 2019

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden Nov. 22 – Jan. 5, 2020

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, 2020

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum Nov. 23 – Jan. 5, 2020

Chicago Wine Fest – Winter Dec. 19, 2019

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier Dec. 31, 2019

Chicago Architecture Biennial Sept. 19, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Ice skating in Millennium Park November – March 2020

January

Chicago Restaurant Week

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier Dec. 6, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden Nov. 22 – Jan. 5, 2020

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum Nov. 23 – Jan. 5, 2020

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, 2020

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival January 2020

Fillet of Solo Festival Jan. 10 – 26, 2020

Rhinoceros Theater Festival January/February 2020

Cubs Convention Jan. 17 – 29, 2020

Soxfest Jan. 24 – 25, 2020

First Bites Bash Jan. 23, 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2020

Winter Brew Jan. 25 2020

Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2020

Ice skating in Millennium Park November – March 2020

February

Workers decorate at the Peninsula in Chicago

Chicago Ale Fest Jan. 11, 2020

Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2020

Chicago Theatre Week Feb. 13 – 23, 2020

University of Chicago Folk Festival Feb. 14 – 15, 2020

Chicago Auto Show Feb. 8 – 17, 2020

Chicago Flamenco Festival February/March 2020

Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival February 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival Feb. 8 – 9, 2020

Rhinoceros Theater Festival January/February 2020

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Feb. 28 – March 1, 2020

Ice skating in Millennium Park November – March 2020

March

Chicago Flower Garden Show

Ice skating in Millennium Park November – March 2020

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Feb. 28 – March 1, 2020

Chicago Flamenco Festival February/March 2020

Chicago Beer Festival March 14, 2020

Southside Irish Parade March 15, 2020

Northwest Side Irish Parade March 15, 2020

Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier March 18 – 22, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Parade & River Dyeing March 14, 2020

Good Food Festival March 2020

My House Music Festival: Spring Edition March 2020

Macy’s Flower Show March 2020

Chicago White Sox home opener March 26, 2020

Chicago Cubs home opener March 30, 2020

April

crowd of people sitting outside Wrigley Field

Chicago Dance Month April 2020

Baconfest Chicago April 18, 2020

Macy’s Flower Show April 2020

I Heart Halal April 2020

One of a Kind Show and Sale | Spring Show April 24 – 26, 2020

Chicago Wine Fest – Spring April 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival April 25 – 26, 2020

May

Bike the Drive in Chicago
Bike the Drive

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival May 2, 2020

Chicago Beer Classic May 2020

Pilsen Fest Cantina Crawl May 2020

James Beard Foundation Awards May 4, 2020

Manifest Urban Arts Festival May 2020

Chicago Zine Fest May 2020

Mayfest May 2020

Chicago Science Fest May 2020

Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk May 2020

Lincoln Park Wine Festival May 2020

Mole De Mayo May 2020

Chicago House Music Festival May 21 – 23, 2020

Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 23, 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival May 23 – 24, 2020

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest May 2020

Bike The Drive May 2020

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Memorial Day through Labor Day

Illinois Craft Beer Week May 2020

Chicago Gospel Music Festival May 26 – 30, 2020

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale May 2020

Lincoln Park Greek Fest May 2020

Taste Of Mexico In Little Village May 2020

June

a guitar player

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, June – August 2020

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Memorial Day through Labor Day

Lincoln Park Greek Fest June 2020

Taste Of Mexico In Little Village June 2020

Chicago Gospel Music Festival June 2020

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale June 2020

57th Street Art Fair June 2020

Hyde Park Brew Fest June 2020

Old Town Art Fair June 13 – 14, 2020

Chicago Underground Film Festival June 2020

Chicago Blues Festival June 5 – 7, 2020

Andersonville Midsommarfest June 2020

Wells Street Art Festival June 2020

Printers Row Lit Fest June 2020

Grant Park Music Festival June 2020

Cinepocalypse June 2020

Craft Brews At Lincoln Park Zoo June 2020

Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest June 2020

Ribfest Chicago June 2020

World’s Largest Block Party June 2020

Ruido Fest June 2020

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum June 2020

Ravenswood On Tap June 2020

Pride Fest Chicago June 2020

Fountain Square Artisan Summerfest June 2020

Millennium Art Festival June 2020

Pride In The Park June 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival June 2020

Chicago Pride Parade June 28, 2020

Chicago Summerdance June 25 – Aug. 22, 2020

July

Rainbow Ice cream at Taste of Chicago

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, June – August 2020

Grant Park Music Festival Summer 2020

Chicago Summerdance June 25 – Aug. 22, 2020

Fourth Of July Fireworks At Navy Pier July 4, 2020

Windy City Ribfest In Uptown July 2020

African/Caribbean International Festival Of Life July 2020

West Fest July 2020

Chosen Few Djs Picnic & Music Festival July 2020

Taste of Chicago July 8–12, 2020

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival July 2020

Irish American Heritage Festival July 2020

Windy City Smokeout July 10 – 12, 2020

Bastille Day Chicago July 2020

Outside Experience July 2020

Southport Art & Music Fest July 2020

Roscoe Village Burger Fest July 2020

Dearborn Garden Walk July 2020

Rhythm World July 2020

Pitchfork Music Festival July 2020

Taste of River North July 2020

Sheffield Street Fest July 2020

Chalk Howard Street July 2020

Artfest Michigan Avenue July 2020

Chicago Craft Beer Festival July 2020

Chinatown Summer Fair July 2020

Summer Wine Fest At Lincoln Park Zoo July 2020

Wicker Park Fest July 2020

National Taco Championship July 2020

Lincoln Square Greek Fest July 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival July 25 – 26, 2020

Taste Of Lincoln Avenue July 2020

Chicago Margarita Festival July 2020

Fiesta Del Sol July 2020

Lollapalooza July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020

August

DJ on stage at Lollapalooza facing the crowd
Lollapalooza

Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 28 – Sept. 6, 2020

North Coast Music Festival August/September 2020

Great American Lobster Fest August/September 2020

Taste of Polonia August/September 2020

African Festival of the Arts August/September 2020

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, June – August 2020

Grant Park Music Festival Summer 2020

Chicago Summerdance June 25 – Aug. 22, 2020

Lollapalooza July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020

Jeff Fest August 2020

Edge Fest August 2020

Ginza Festival August 2020

Retro On Roscoe August 2020

Chicago Hot Dog Fest August 2020

Bud Billiken Parade August 2020

Northalsted Market Days August 2020

My House Music Festival August 2020

Clark After Dark August 2020

Edison Park Fest August 2020

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest August 2020

Windy City Carnival August 2020

Oak Park Microbrew Review August 2020

Chicago Air & Water Show Aug. 15 – 16, 2020

Pilsen Fest August 2020

Sangria Festival August 2020

Chicago Women’s Funny Festival August 2020

Taste Of Greektown August 2020

Logan Square Food Truck Social August 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival August 2020

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon August 2020

September

Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago Jazz Fest

Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 28 – Sept. 6, 2020

North Coast Music Festival August/September 2020

Great American Lobster Fest August/September 2020

Taste of Polonia August/September 2020

African Festival of the Arts August/September 2020

Throwback Music Festival September 2020

Festival De La Villita (Little Village Fest) September 2020

Donut Fest at the Zoo September 2020

World Music Festival Chicago Sept. 11 – 27, 2020

¡Súbelo! – A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture Sept. 11 – 12, 2020

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest September 2020

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts September 2020

Ravenswood Artwalk September 2020

Riot Fest & Carnival September 2020

Friday Night Flights at Chicago Riverwalk September 2020

Andersonville Arts Week September 2020

Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest September 2020

Chicago Architecture Biennial September 2020

Expo Chicago September 2020

Chicago Gourmet September 2020

Oktoberfest Chicago At St. Alphonsus September 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival Sept. 12 – 13, 2020

Beerhoptacular September 2020

World Dumpling Fest September 2020

Inherit Chicago September 2020

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival September/October 2020

October

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival September/October 2020

Inherit Chicago September – November 2020

Lincoln Square Apple Fest October 2020

Historic Pullman House Tour October 2020

Chicago Marathon Oct. 11, 2020

Columbus Day Parade Oct. 12, 2020

Chicago International Film Festival October 2020

Open House Chicago Oct. 17 – 18, 2020

Arts in the Dark October 2020

Beer Culture Summit October 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival October 2020

Northalsted Halloween Parade Oct. 31, 2020

Latino Music Festival October 2020

November

Inherit Chicago November 2020

Sofa Art + Design Fair November 2020

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival November 2020

Randolph Street Holiday Market Nov. 21 – 22, 2020

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers November 2020

Christkindlmarket Chicago November – Dec. 24 2020

Caroling at Cloud Gate Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, 2020

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony November 2020

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo November 2020 – January 2021

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden November 2020 – January 2021

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum November 2020 – January 2021

Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 26, 2020

Ice skating in Millennium Park November 2020 – March 2021


Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit event websites for details and the latest updates.

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