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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September

Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago Jazz Fest

Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 23 – September 1, 2019

North Coast Music Festival Aug. 30 – September 1, 2019

Great American Lobster Fest Aug. 30 – September 1, 2019

Taste of Polonia Aug. 30 – September 2, 2019

African Festival of the Arts Aug. 30 – September 2, 2019

Throwback Music Festival Sept. 6 – 8, 2019

Festival De La Villita (Little Village Fest) Sept. 6 – 8, 2019

Donut Fest at the Zoo Sept. 8, 2018

World Music Festival Chicago Sept. 13 – 29, 2019

Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Fest Sept. 14 – 15, 2019

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Sept. 14 – 15, 2019

Ravenswood Artwalk Sept. 14 – 15, 2019

Riot Fest & Carnival Sept. 13 – 15, 2019

Friday Night Flights at Chicago Riverwalk Sept. 13, 2019

Andersonville Arts Week Sept. 19 – 22, 2019

Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest Sept. 21 – 22, 2019

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

Expo Chicago Sept. 19 – 22, 2019

Chicago Gourmet Sept. 27 – 29, 2019

Oktoberfest Chicago At St. Alphonsus Sept. 27 – 29, 2019

Randolph Street Market Festival Sept. 26 – 29, 2019

Beerhoptacular Sept. 28, 2019

World Dumpling Fest Sept. 29, 2019

Inherit Chicago Sept. 29 – Nov. 1, 2019

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival Sept. 19 – Oct. 27, 2019

October

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival Sept. 19 – Oct. 27, 2019

Inherit Chicago Sept. 29 – Nov. 1, 2019

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

Lincoln Square Apple Fest Oct. 5 – 6, 2019

Historic Pullman House Tour Oct 12 – 13, 2019

Chicago Marathon Oct. 13, 2019

Columbus Day Parade Oct. 14, 2019

Chicago International Film Festival Oct. 16 – 27, 2019

Open House Chicago Oct. 19 – 20, 2019

Arts In The Dark Oct. 19, 2019

Randolph Street Market Festival Oct. 26 – 27, 2019

Northalsted Halloween Parade Oct. 31, 2019

Latino Music Festival Oct. 17 – Nov. 18, 2019

November

crowd of people having fun at Christkindlmarket Chicago

Inherit Chicago Sept. 29 – Nov. 1, 2019

Sofa Art + Design Fair Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Nov. 22 – 23, 2019

Randolph Street Holiday Market Nov. 23 – 24, 2019

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers TBD 2019

Christkindlmarket Chicago TBD 2019

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony In Millennium Park TBD 2019

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, 2019

Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 28, 2019

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier Nov. 30, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

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

December

Fireworks at Navy Pier in Chicago

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

Randolph Street Holiday Market Dec. 14 – 15, 2019

Historic Pullman Candlelight House Walk Dec. 8, 2019

Christkindlmarket Chicago TBD 2019

Chicago Wine Fest – Winter Dec. 19, 2019

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

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier TBD 2019

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

January

Chicago restaurant week poster

Mccormick Tribune ice skating rink in Millennium Park through March 2019, weather permitting

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival TBD 2020

Fillet of Solo Festival Jan. 10 – 26, 2020

Rhinoceros Theater Festival TBD 2020

Cubs Convention Jan. 17 – 29, 2020

Soxfest Jan. 24 – 25, 2020

First Bites Bash TBD 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week TBD 2020

Winter Brew TBD 2020

February

Workers decorate at the Peninsula in Chicago

Mccormick Tribune ice skating rink in Millennium Park through March 2019, weather permitting

Chicago Ale Fest BD 2020

Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration TBD 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week TBD 2020

Chicago Theatre Week TBD 2020

University of Chicago Folk Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Auto Show Feb. 8 – 17, 2020

Pitchfork Midwinter at the Art Institute Of Chicago February TBD 2020

Chicago Flamenco Festival TBD 2020

Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival TBD 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

Rhinoceros Theater Festival TBD 2020

Dark Side Beer Festival TBD 2020

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

March

Chicago Flower Garden Show

Mccormick Tribune ice skating rink in Millennium Park through March 2019, weather permitting

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

Chicago Flamenco Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Beer Festival TBD 2020

Southside Irish Parade March 14, 2020

Northwest Side Irish Parade March 14, 2020

Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier March 20 – 24, 2019

St. Patrick’S Day Downtown Parade & River Dyeing TBD 2020

Good Food Festival TBD 2020

My House Music Festival: Spring Edition TBD 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

Macy’s Flower Show TBD 2020

Chicago White Sox Opening Day at Guaranteed Rate Field March 26, 2020

Chicago Cubs Opening Day at Wrigley Field March 30, 2020

April

crowd of people sitting outside Wrigley Field

Chicago Dance Month April 1 – 30, 2019

Baconfest Chicago TBD 2020

Macy’S Flower Show TBD 2020

Taste of Iceland TBD 2020

I Heart Halal TBD 2020

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

Chicago Wine Fest – Spring TBD 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

James Beard Eats Week TBD 2020

May

Bike the Drive in Chicago
Bike the Drive

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Beer Classic TBD 2020

Pilsen Fest Cantina Crawl TBD 2020

James Beard Eats Week TBD 2020

James Beard Foundation Awards May 6, 2019

Manifest Urban Arts Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Zine Fest TBD 2020

Mayfest TBD 2020

Chicago Science Fest TBD 2020

Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk TBD 2020

Lincoln Park Wine Festival TBD 2020

Mole De Mayo TBD 2020

Chicago House Music Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 23, 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest TBD 2020

Bike The Drive TBD 2020

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Memorial Day through Labor Day

Illinois Craft Beer Week TBD 2020

Chicago Gospel Music Festival TBD 2020

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale TBD 2020

Lincoln Park Greek Fest TBD 2020

Taste Of Mexico In Little Village TBD 2020

June

a guitar player

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, TBD 2020

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Memorial Day through Labor Day

Lincoln Park Greek Fest TBD 2020

Taste Of Mexico In Little Village TBD 2020

Chicago Gospel Music Festival TBD 2020

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale TBD 2020

57th Street Art Fair TBD 2020

Hyde Park Brew Fest TBD 2020

Chicago Underground Film Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Blues Festival TBD 2020

Andersonville Midsommarfest TBD 2020

Wells Street Art Festival TBD 2020

Printers Row Lit Fest TBD 2020

Grant Park Music Festival TBD 2020

Cinepocalypse TBD 2020

Craft Brews At Lincoln Park Zoo TBD 2020

Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest TBD 2020

Ribfest Chicago TBD 2020

World’s Largest Block Party TBD 2020

Ruido Fest TBD 2020

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum TBD 2020

Ravenswood On Tap TBD 2020

Pride Fest Chicago TBD 2020

Fountain Square Artisan Summerfest TBD 2020

Millennium Art Festival TBD 2020

Pride In The Park TBD 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Pride Parade June 28, 2020

Chicago Summerdance TBD 2020

July

Rainbow Ice cream at Taste of Chicago

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, TBD 2020

Grant Park Music Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Summerdance TBD 2020

Fourth Of July Fireworks At Navy Pier July 4, 2020

Windy City Ribfest In Uptown TBD 2020

African/Caribbean International Festival Of Life TBD 2020

West Fest TBD 2020

Chosen Few Djs Picnic & Music Festival TBD 2020

Taste of Chicago TBD 2020

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival TBD 2020

Irish American Heritage Festival TBD 2020

Windy City Smokeout TBD 2020

Bastille Day Chicago TBD 2020

Outside Experience TBD 2020

Southport Art & Music Fest TBD 2020

Roscoe Village Burger Fest TBD 2020

Dearborn Garden Walk TBD 2020

Rhythm World TBD 2020

Pitchfork Music Festival TBD 2020

Taste of River North TBD 2020

Sheffield Street Fest TBD 2020

Chalk Howard Street TBD 2020

Artfest Michigan Avenue TBD 2020

Chicago Craft Beer Festival TBD 2020

Chinatown Summer Fair TBD 2020

Summer Wine Fest At Lincoln Park Zoo TBD 2020

Wicker Park Fest TBD 2020

National Taco Championship TBD 2020

Lincoln Square Greek Fest TBD 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

Taste Of Lincoln Avenue TBD 2020

Chicago Margarita Festival TBD 2020

Fiesta Del Sol TBD 2020

Lollapalooza July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020

August

DJ on stage at Lollapalooza facing the crowd
Lollapalooza

Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 23 – September 1, 2019

North Coast Music Festival Aug. 30 – September 1, 2019

Great American Lobster Fest Aug. 30 – September 1, 2019

Taste of Polonia Aug. 30 – September 2, 2019

African Festival of the Arts Aug. 30 – September 2, 2019

Millennium Park Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays, TBD 2020

Grant Park Music Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Summerdance TBD 2020

Lollapalooza July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020

Jeff Fest TBD 2020

Edge Fest TBD 2020

Ginza Festival TBD 2020

Retro On Roscoe TBD 2020

Chicago Hot Dog Fest TBD 2020

Bud Billiken Parade TBD 2020

Northalsted Market Days TBD 2020

My House Music Festival TBD 2020

Clark After Dark TBD 2020

Tastemaker Chicago TBD 2020

Edison Park Fest TBD 2020

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest TBD 2020

Windy City Carnival TBD 2020

Oak Park Microbrew Review TBD 2020

Chicago Air & Water Show TBD 2020

Pilsen Fest TBD 2020

Sangria Festival TBD 2020

Chicago Women’s Funny Festival TBD 2020

Taste Of Greektown TBD 2020

Logan Square Food Truck Social TBD 2020

Randolph Street Market Festival TBD 2020

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon TBD 2020

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

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