Your festival event guide for the Chicago, Illinois Area, including Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties.

Welcome to a comprehensive festival listing page and guide for Chicago, Illinois and the greater area. Once area festivals are confirmed on the main Illnois Festival Schedule, they are copied over to this page to make it easier to plan your weekend festival adventures. Please keep in mind that you should not see area festivals that have been canceled or have not yet been confirmed.

Festivals listed here include music festivals, art festivals, food festivals, town festivals, church festivals, cultural festivals and more, but they do not include craft shows, machinery shows, bazaars, county fairs and some other events. Feel free to contact me if you have a question about your event.

For Illinois festivals outside of the greater Chicago area, please refer back to the Illinois Festival Schedule.

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2021 Chicago Festival Schedule

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

While I am doing my best to update festival postponement dates, cancellations or note alternative versions, some festivals listed as going on may have been canceled or changed without my knowledge.

Always check festival information before attending as things are constantly changing and I know what it’s like to arrive at a festival location and find nothing.

Stay strong, be safe and let’s festival on together!

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MAY

5/15 – Chicago Wine Fest: Spring Edition – Chicago

5/21-5/23 – Mayfest – Chicago
5/22-5/23 – Skokie Festival of Cultures – Skokie

5/29-5/30 – Chicago Taco and Tequila Fest– Chicago

JUNE

6/3-6/6 – Taste of Wheaton – Wheaton
6/3-6/6 – Rose Festival – Roselle
6/5 – Grayslake Craft Beer Festival – Grayslake
6/5 – Gathering on the Green – Western Springs
6/5 – Chicago BBQ, Boots and Bourbon Fest – Lombard
6/5 – North Shore Pride Festival – Highwood
6/5-6/6 – Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – Hinsdale
6/5-6/6 – WingOut Chicago – Chicago
6/5-6/6 – 57th Street Art Fair – Chicago

6/10-6/13 – Old Canal Days – Lockport
6/11 – Downtown Block Party – Rolling Meadows
6/11-6/13 – Andersonville Midsommarfest – Chicago
6/11-6/13 – Ribfest Chicago – Chicago
6/12 – Montgomery Street Eats Festival – Montgomery
6/12 – Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival – Waukegan
6/12-6/13 – Old Town Art Fair – Chicago
6/12-6/13 – Riverside Arts Weekend – Riverside
6/13 – Aurora Pride Festival and Parade – Aurora

6/16-6/20 – Elk Grove Rotaryfest – Elk Grove Village
6/17-6/20 – Blarney Island Key West Fest – Antioch
6/18-6/19 – Blues on the Fox – Aurora
6/18-6/20 – Taste of Randolph Street – Chicago
6/18-6/20 – Winnetka Music Festival – Winnetka
6/19 – Grayslake Arts Festival – Grayslake
6/19 – Alsip Fun Fest – Alsip
6/19 – Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival – Homewood
6/19-6/20 – Promenade of Art – Arlington Heights

6/22-6/27 – Swedish Days – Geneva
6/25-6/27 – Back Lot Bash – Chicago
6/26-6/27 – Pride in the Park Chicago – Chicago
6/26-6/27 – Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair – Naperville
6/26-6/27 – The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts – Highland Park
6/26-6/27 – Global Arts Festival – Bartlett
6/26-6/27 – Chicago Michelada Fest – Chicago

6/30-7/4 – Mount Prospect Lions Club 4th of July Festival – Mount Prospect

JULY

7/1-7/4 – Ribfest – Romeoville
7/1-7/5 – Frontier Days Festival – Arlington Heights
7/1-7/5 – Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – Palatine
7/2-7/4 – International Festival of Life – Chicago
7/2-7/4 – Windy City RibFest in Uptown – Chicago
7/2-7/4 – Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival – Glencoe
7/2-7/5 – Mundelein Community Days – Mundelein
7/3 – Red, White and Boom – Lincolnshire
7/3 – Chosen Few Picnic and Festival – Chicago
7/3 – Celebrate Fox Lake – Fox Lake
7/4 – Sleepy Hollow Fourth of July Festival – Sleepy Hollow
7/4 – 4th of July in Thorton – Thorton
7/4 – Lake Zurich’s Independence/Family Day – Lake Zurich
7/4 – Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks – Lake Forest
7/4 – Westmont Independence Day Celebration – Westmont

7/8-7/11 – Lake in the Hills Rotary Rockin’ Ribfest – Lake in the Hills
7/8-7/11 – McHenry Fiesta Days I – McHenry
7/9-7/11 – Windy City Smokeout – Chicago
7/10-7/11 – Southport Art Festival – Chicago
7/10-7/11 – Frankfort Bluegrass Festival on the Green – Frankfort
7/10-7/11 – Roscoe Village Burger Fest – Chicago
7/11 – Fox Lake Bloody Mary Fest – Fox Lake
7/11 – Heritage Fair – McHenry

7/12-7/18 – McHenry Fiesta Days II – McHenry
7/14-7/18 – Glendale Heights Fest – Glendale Heights
7/15-7/18 – Highwood Days and North Shore Taco Fest – Highwood
7/15-7/18 – Taste of Summer – Antioch
7/16-7/17 – Electric Island EDM Festival – Antioch
7/16-7/18 – El Gran Festival Colombiano – Chicago
7/16-7/18 – Millennium Art Festival – Chicago
7/17-7/18 – Chinatown Summer Fair – Chicago
7/17-7/18 – Bucktown Garden Walk and Block Party – Chicago

7/22-7/25 – Sugar Grove Corn Boil Festival – Sugar Grove
7/22-7/25 – Algonquin Founders’ Day Festival – Algonquin
7/22-7/25 – Lincolnwood Fest – Lincolnwood
7/22-7/25 – Blarney Island Blarney Gras – Antioch
7/23-7/25 – Lincoln Square Greekfest – Chicago
7/23-7/25 – Streamwood Summer Celebration – Streamwood
7/24-7/25 – Taste of Lincoln Avenue – Chicago
7/24-7/25 – Glencoe Festival of Art – Glencoe

7/29-8/1 – Hampshire Coon Creek Country Days – Hampshire
7/29-8/1 – Lollapalooza – Chicago
7/29-8/1 – Fiesta del Sol – Chicago – VIRTUAL
7/30-8/1 – Jeff Fest – Chicago
7/30-8/1 – Festa Italiana – Naperville

AUGUST

8/6-8/8 – Endless Summerfest – La Grange
8/6-8/8 – Taste of Roselle – Roselle
8/6-8/8 – Shorewood Crossroads Fest – Shorewood
8/6-8/8 – SerbFest – Chicago
8/6-8/7 – Naperville Food Truck Festival – Naperville
8/7 – Wheaton Brew Fest – Wheaton
8/7-8/8 – Northalsted Market Days – Chicago
8/7-8/8 – David Adler Center Festival of the Arts – Libertyville
8/7-8/8 – Long Grove Vintage Days – Long Grove
8/7-8/8 – World of Faeries Festival – South Elgin
8/7-8/8 – Printer’s Row Art Fest – Chicago
8/8 – Heimatfest – Lake Villa
8/8 – India Day Parade and Celebration – Naperville

8/11-8/15 – Three Rivers Festival – Channahon
8/13-8/15 – Retro on Roscoe – Chicago
8/13-8/15 – Montgomery Fest – Montgomery
8/14 – The Great Joliet Prison Break-In – Joliet
8/14 – Taste of the Towns – Lake Zurich

8/18 – Highwood Garlic Fest – Highwood
8/19-8/22 – Blarney Island Fantasy Fest – Antioch
8/20 – Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival/Summer Days – Grayslake
8/20-8/22 – Ruido Fest – Chicago
8/20-8/22 – Summer Smash – Chicago
8/20-8/22 – Aurora Uke Fest – Aurora
8/20-8/22 – Elburn Days – Elburn
8/20-8/22 – McHenry Rotary Blues, Brews and BBQ – McHenry
8/20-8/22 – Taste of Greektown – Chicago
8/21 – Oak Park Micro Brew Review – Oak Park
8/21 – All Night Flea Market – Wheaton
8/21-8/22 – Sangria Festival – Chicago
8/21-8/22 – Ukrainian Days Festival – Chicago
8/21-8/22 – Gold Coast Art Fair – Chicago

8/27-8/29 – Skokie’s Backlot Bash – Skokie
8/28 – Alley Art Festival – Aurora
8/28-8/29 – Festival of the Arts – Glen Ellyn
8/28-8/29 – Port Clinton Art Festival – Highland Park

SEPTEMBER

9/3-9/5 – North Coast Music Festival – Chicago
9/3-9/5 – Nashwood – Highwood
9/3-9/6 – PrairieFest – Oswego – USUALLY IN JUNE
9/3-9/6 – Taste of Polonia Festival – Chicago
9/3-9/6 – Last Fling – Naperville
9/4-9/5 – Red, White and Bar-B-Q Barbeque Festival and Competition – Westmont
9/4-9/6 – Schaumburg Septemberfest – Schaumburg
9/4-9/6 – Long Grove’s Irish Days – Long Grove
9/4-9/6 – Lincoln Park Wine Festival – Chicago – USUALLY IN MAY
9/5 – Old Times Family Picnic – Oak Forest
9/5-9/6 – Deer Path Art Fair on the Square – Lake Forest

9/10-9/11 – Winnetka Music Festival – Winnetka
9/10-9/12 – Festival of the Vine – Geneva
9/10-9/12 – Broomcorn Festival – Arcola
9/10-9/12 – Chicago German-American Oktoberfest – Chicago
9/11 – Naper Pride Fest – Naperville
9/11 – New Orleans North – Joliet – USUALLY IN JUNE
9/11-9/12 – Military History Weekend (formerly WWII Days) – Lockport
9/11-9/12 – West End Arts Festival – La Grange
9/12 – Scandinavian Day Festival – South Elgin
9/12 – Montgomery Street Eats Festival – Montgomery

9/15 – Chicago Bourbon and Barbeque Fest – Chicago
9/16-9/19 – Glendale Heights Oktoberfest I – Glendale Heights
9/17-9/18 – Crete Acorn Fest – Crete
9/17-9/19 – Riot Fest – Chicago
9/17-9/19 – Palatine Oktoberfest – Palatine
9/18 – American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest I – Lake Villa
9/18 – Craft Beer and Signature Cocktail Fest – Highwood
9/18-9/19 – Chicago Pride Fest – Chicago
9/18-9/19 – artfest Michigan Avenue – Chicago
9/18-9/19 – Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest – Chicago
9/19 – Taste of Evanston – Evanston – USUALLY IN JULY

9/20-9/26 – Glendale Heights Oktoberfest II – Glendale Heights
9/24-9/26 – Huntley Fall Fest – Huntley
9/24-9/26 – Octoberfest Chicago – Chicago
9/24-9/26 – Long Grove Apple Festival – Long Grove
9/25 – American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest II – Lake Villa
9/25 – Elim Dutch Festival – Crestwood
9/25 – Johnny Appleseed Festival – Crystal Lake

OCTOBER

10/1-10/2 – Naper Settlement Oktoberfest – Naperville
10/2 – American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest III – Lake Villa
10/2 – Hometown Hoedown – Fall Fest – Rolling Meadows

10/8-10/10 – The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival – Highwood
10/9 – Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee – Fox Lake
10/9 – Brew at the Bridge Craft Beer Festival – Oswego

10/21-10/24 – Autumn Festival: an Arts and Crafts Affair – Villa Park

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

12/4 – Chicago Wine Fest: Winter Edition – Chicago

MORE FESTIVALS COMING SOON!