Grant Park Music Festival
- Aug 1 – Songs of Praise and Passion, Columbus Park Refectory
- Aug 2 & 3 – The Fiddler’s Child, Harris Theater for Music and Dance
- Aug 7 – Concerto for Saxophones, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
- Aug 9 & 10 – Schubert Mass in E Flat, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
- Aug 14 – Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
- Aug 16 &17 – The Rite of Spring, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Aug 2–4; Grant Park
One of the biggest music festivals in Chicago kicks off the month of August. Bands like The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails and much, much more. This 3-day festival is a favorite among Chicagoans and travelers, so be prepared for a wild weekend ahead.
Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival
Aug 3–4; Dawes Park, Evanston
The festival showcases fine art by 140 artists in 11 categories. While browsing and buying the artwork, you can listen to live jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass and power-pop music.
Aug 3–4; 3300 N Seminary St at School St
Food, beer and a live music lineup with bands like Mike and Joe, Trippin’ Billies and Mr. Blotto.
Grand Slam Street Festival
The 10th annual Grand Slam Street Festival at Wrigleyville is another great opportunity to enjoy great food, live music and family fun this weekend in Chicago.
The World of Faeries Festival
Aug 3–4; Vasa Park
The first Illinois Fairy Festival. Float around to live acoustic music and check out the fairy art and handcrafts.
Aug 3–4; 5900 N Broadway
Edge Fest Chicago is back again and kicking off the first weekend in Chicago. Highlighted by great family fun, delicious cuisine, award-winning entertainment, and more than three-dozen local artists. 5900 North Broadway at Thorndale Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Belize Day in the Park
Aug 4; Hawthorne Race Course
Bringing Belizeans together to enjoy the culture, food and entertainment all day long!
Illinois State Fair
Aug 8–14; Illinois State Fairgrounds
Aug 9–11; Midwest Buddhist Temple
Ginza Chicago is back in it’s 58th year, celebrating Japanese culture through food, music, presentations and exhibits. The festival takes place the second weekend in August each year – don’t miss this year’s event, presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple August 9 – 11, 2013.
Wood Dale Prairie Fest
Aug 8–11; 100 E Commercial St, Wood Dale
The 11th annual Prairie Fest will include live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors and fireworks!
We Are Hip-Hop Festival
Aug 10; Dvorak Park
A festival curated by Chicago YOUTH, striving for peace, anti-violence and Hip Hop awareness.
Retro on Roscoe
Aug 10–11; Roscoe St between Damen and Western Aves
Retro On Roscoe features Chicago’s top talent and entertainment on 3 main stages and six full blocks of artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants that provide a shopping experience that is second to none. Local restaurants and regional favorites fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats.
Northalsted Market Days
Aug 10–11; Halsted St between Belmont Ave and Addison St
A crowd of more than 100,000 is expected on Halsted Street to celebrate the annual event. It’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s finest festivals! Even Olivia Newton-John will be there!Suggested donation is $8.
Chicago Korean Festival
Aug 10–11; 3200–3400 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Held annually by the Chicago Korean American Chamber of Commerce, this is the largest Korean event in the Midwest, consisting of ethnic foods, entertainment and promote, educate and celebrate its history.
Aug 10–11; Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
More than 25,000 people attended Veggie Fest last year! Join them again this year for spirituality and health symposium, live music, food demos, family fun and more.
Slow and Low Community Lowrider Festival
Aug 11; Chicago Urban Art Society
Slow&Low: A Community Lowrider Festival is presented by the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS), a non-profit exhibition and creative-use space based in the industrial corridor of the Pilsen community.
Clark After Dark Block Party
Aug 15; 420 N Clark St
The USO of Illinois, through the support of Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward and Boss Bar gives summer its last “HOO-AH!” by rocking the block at Clark After Dark. The USO of Illinois’ annual Clark After Dark block party celebrates America’s military service members and their families. Proceeds from the event benefit the USO of Illinois programs and services that serve over 300,000 military personnel and military families in Illinois.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
Aug 16–18; Glenwood Ave at Morse Ave
The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a free, weekend-long arts festival that features 100+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages. Experience art of all disciplines, music, theater, food and drink on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.
Oktoberfest in August
Aug 16–18; Schwaben Center, Buffalo Grove
Bring your friends, neighbors, family and children to celebrate with German and Domestic beer, bratwurst, good food, live entertainment, arcade games, 50/50 raffles, family friendly kid rides, singers, dancers and fun for all ages!
Chicago Air & Water Show
Aug 17–18; North Avenue Beach
The Air and Water Show Chicago presented by the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products U.S. is the the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The Chicago Air Water Show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.
Chicago Fashion Fest
Aug 17 – 18; Division and Damen
Check out over 50 of the city’s local designers, boutiques and salons. A late summer, outdoor runway show in one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods.
South Shore Summer Festival
Aug 18; South Shore Cultural Center
Soothe the soul with R&B and jazz at the South Shore Cultural Center. The Blue Notes, SWV and Dru Hill are among those taking the stage. The local South Shore Drill Team gets the crowd amped.
Taylor Street Festa Italiana
Aug 22 – 25; Taylor and Ashland
If you love Italian food, good wine, shopping and Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood, this is a festival for you!
Taste of Latin America
Aug 23–25; Armitage between Central Park Ave and Avers St
Unlike other big-city food festivals, Taste of Latin America is food-centric and stays completely true to its purpose- to celebrate and showcase the very best that Chicago’s finest Latin American restaurants and chefs have to offer. The goal is to give attendees a true and varied Latin American culinary and cultural experience.
Aug 23–25; 808 N Lake Shore Dr
Sponsored by SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents), the festival will feature food, live music and artisans.
Aug 23-25; Logan and Milwaukee
The music lineup this year features Boombox (featuring Zion Godchaux, a descendent of The Grateful Dead’s Keith and Donna Jeans Godchaux), electronic whiz Eliot Lipp and garage rockers The Whigs. There will also be plenty of braft beer and 100 local restaurants and cafes. A $5 donation is encouraged.
Aug 24-25; Grand and Campbell
Randolph Street Market Festival 2013
Aug 24–25; Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall Building
From May through September, Randolph Street Market opens up for their world-renowned festivals! The festival is both indoors and outdoors and houses four markets on its premises: Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Fancy Foods Market and the Global Goods Market.
Bucktown Arts Fest
Aug 24–25; Senior Citizens Park
The Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, all volunteer-run, neighborhood celebration of the arts— with no corporate sponsorship. Admission is free. Now in its 28th year, the Bucktown Arts fest has grown to become a neighborhood tradition and one of the city’s – and the country’s – premier arts festivals showcasing close to 200 participating artists, plus countless musicians, dancers, poets & performers and attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually.
Taste of Greece
Aug 24–25; 100–400 S Halsted St
Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago’s happening West Loop returns for its 24th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture
Chicago Jazz Festival 2013
Aug 29–Sept 1; various venues
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival’s mission is to showcase Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
North Coast Music Festival
Aug 30–Sept 1; Union Park
North Coast Music Group is a collaboration of independent promoters in Chicago. We are React Presents, Silver Wrapper, Cold Grums Productions, Kingtello and Metronome Chicago. With a collective 50 years producing events, we’ve presented everything from small shows to selling out large scale concerts. Some of us specialize in electronic, hip hop, jam band, indie rock and all kinds of genres. With this festival we’ve come together to celebrate the merging of all music and walks of life that enjoy it as much as we do.
African Festival of the Arts
Aug 30–Sept 2; Washington Park
The African Festival of the Arts is the flagship program of Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH), a not for profit organization working to bridge the divides between the peoples of the African Diaspora in Chicago.
Taste of Polonia
Aug 30–Sept 2; Copernicus Center
The Taste of Polonia is a Chicago festival held at the Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center in the Jefferson Park community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States every Labor Day weekend since 1979. It is the Copernicus Foundation’s major fundraiser and a four-day celebration of Polish cultural heritage, traditions, and customs. The Taste of Polonia features delicious Polish cuisine, entertainment on three stages, as well as numerous Polish handcrafters and artisans.