Weekend Alert August 12-14

Happy weekend, Chicago! Ready for another exciting list of events to make your visit to Chicago a lasting memory? There's a handful of exciting festivals, exhibits and events for all to enjoy celebrating everything from LGBT pride to Cuban music to beer. It's time to make weekend plans.


August 12 // Admission starts at $5; Children under 2 FREE


Head to this annual celebration of bugs at Bugpalooza to interact with live critters, both native and exotic species. All ages are welcome to learn about the different specimens, go on a guided bug walk around the Peggy Notebaert Museum and get your face painted with your favorite bug. This event is fun for adults, kids, and teens! Light refreshments will be served, beer available for purchase.


Festival Cubano
August 12-14 // General Admission: $20; 3-day VIP: $200

  The 7th annual edition of Festival Cubano will feature a wide variety of Cuban and Latin American dishes, arts & crafts booths, an expanded carnival area on a new location inside the park, a beer lounge and hand-rolled cigar bar, cooking demonstrations and cook-offs, the popular Kids' Zone, music and dance workshops, and school supplies giveaways, among other features. Headliners include Juan Esteban, Orishas, Elvis Crespo and many more.


Ginza Holiday Festival
August 12-14 // Adults: $7; Students & Seniors: $6; Children under 12 FREE

Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood is hosting the Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a large Japanese cultural celebration. The festival includes unique craft demonstrations from four master craftspersons (Waza), an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine, ongoing stage performancesby Ho Etsu Taiko and MBT Taiko, the MBT Minyo Group, and The Na Kupuna Ukulele group and more.  


Retro on Roscoe
August 12-14 // $10 donation

Retro on Roscoe

Here's your chance to go back in time with the 20th annual Retro on Roscoe festival in Roscoe Village. Enjoy a blast from the past with music enthusiasts, families, and gearheads for a back in the day weekend. The fest will feature a family area that offers prime inflatables, delectable crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides and more. There will also be an Antique and Classic Car and Motorcycle Show showcasing over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars.


Bud Billiken Parade
August 13 // FREE

Bud Billiken Parade

The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States! The focus of the parade is getting kids ready for school and takes place in Bronzeville. Feel free to come out and enjoy this great tradition, or watch it live on ABC7 Chicago from 9:00 am to 11:30am.


Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour: Beer Mansion
August 13 // $20 

Brooklyn Brewery Mash Beer Mansion

Beer Mansion is a beer festival unlike any you've seen before. Come wander through a post-industrial labyrinth with Brooklyn Brewery and explore the foibles and oddities of the wide world of beer. You'll also encounter live music, arcade games, food trucks, and plenty more throughout the night. 


Northalsted Market Days
August 13-14 // $10 donation

Northalsted Market Days

The neighborhood of Boystown becomes filled with food, art, music and fun. With 150,000+ visitors, it's one of the largest outdoor events in the country and extremely popular with gays and lesbians. Spanning several city blocks, among its many draws: four music stages, people-watching, food and an eclectic mix of nearly 300 vendors.

Summer Concert at Millennium Park presented by Broadway in Chicago
August 15 // FREE

Millennium Park

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce their annual FREE summer concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This year there will be performances including Disney's Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Bodyguard with Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox and more.


New Jesse Owens Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum
Open now // Admission from $3-6; FREE for Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Guests

Chicago Sports Museum

Celebrate Team USA with a visit to the Chicago Sports Museum to see the new Jesse Owens exhibit. The exhibit will feature a collection of artifacts honoring Jesse Owens' historic athletic achievement in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Guests of the Chicago Sports Museum can continue to support Team USA at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant and Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse on Kinzie Street with $5 bottles of Budweiser during the Olympics.


Need more to do? Find a full lineup of August festivals in our complete event guide, or create your own weekend itinerary with this Chicago bucket list.