The gloomy weather this week has been a bit of a buzzkill, yes, but the forecast is projecting some hot, hot weather this weekend! Why not celebrate some true summer weather by getting outside and checking out these cool events around the city, including a race of dragons and some praiseworthy music. You won't be disappointed!

Chicago Gospel Music Festival (6/27-29)

Chicago Gospel Festival

Renowned Gospel music artists take the stage at this free music festival and sing to the heavens! For three days, Gospel headliners will fill the air at the Chicago Cultural Center and the birthplace of Gospel music, Ellis Park, with some miraculous tunes. Make sure to check out the free 60-minute Bronzeville guided tour of Bronzeville on Saturday. For more information, head over to our Insider's Guide.


Chinatown Dragon Boat Race (6/28)

Dragon Boat Race

Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race along the Chicago River on beautifully decorated dragon boats at the 14th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. Spectators and competitors at Ping Tom Memorial Park can also enjoy free live musical and dance performances, local food vendors, crafts and special guest appearances.


ITU Triathlon Series (6/27-29)

Grant Park

Cheer on the elite athletes of the ITU World Triathlon Series as they swim, bike and run along the shores of Lake Michigan. It's a grueling race, but one of the truest tests of stamina and athletic ability, and you can watch it all on the streets of Chicago.


Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party (6/27-28)

Old St Pats Worlds Largest Block Party

Meet and mingle with new people and single Chicagoans amid live music from big-name bands and great food. Old St. Pat's Church is the host for this party's 29th year. Check out our guide for a full rundown of the musical performers and other festivities! 


Chicago Pride Parade (6/29)

Pride Parade

Celebrate Chicago's LGBT community at the annual Pride Parade, now in its 45th year! The parade will feature floats, decorated vehicles and marching groups representing organizations, groups, businesses, elected government officials and individuals. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot!  

Photos courtesy of: City of Chicago, Old St. Pat's, Susan Mattes