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Fairs, festivals, and other fun stuff in Chicago and beyond

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May

Asian American Festival Performances, food, a street market, and more. aMon-Fri 5/19-5/23, 9 AM-5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, aacchicago.org/festival.htm. F

International Mr. Leather Weekend "Hot men, hot gear, and hot parties." The leather-man competition celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Andy Bell of Erasure performs on Sunday; Tony Moran (producer for divas from Madonna to Rihanna) spins Sunday night at House of Blues; tickets through HOB at 312-923-2000. a5/22–5/26, Thu 8–11 PM, Fri noon–7 PM, Sat 11 AM–11 PM, Sun 11 AM–9 AM, Mon 11 AM–4 PM, Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker, $165, premium advance tickets $190.

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest This 22nd annual fest, on a 50-acre Irish heritage campus, features an exhibit from the Ward Irish Music Archives, Connemara ponies, exhibition matches by the Chicago Youth Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, 20 Irish imports vendors, live music (including Black 47), and much more. aFri-Mon 5/23–5/26, Fri 3–11 PM, Sat, Sun noon–11 PM, Mon noon–8 PM, Gaelic Park, 6119 W 147th, Oak Forest, $12–15, kids 11 and under free.

Chicago Antique Market/Indie Designer Market At the antique fair, browse 150 vendors of furnishings, housewares, clothing, jewelry, etc; at the indie designer market, buy directly from designers and artists. New submarkets this year: a vinyl swap meet; a "Fancy Food Market" promising truffles and rare olive oils and spices; a bazaar for artisans from Chicago's ethnic communities; a selection of vintage cars and Schwinn bikes, and the "Do-It-Yourself Estate Sale," "for anyone who collects or has inherited treasures they'd like to sell." a5/24-5/25, 6/28-6/29, 7/26-7/27, 8/30-8/31, 9/27-9/28, and 10/25-10/26, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 9 AM-4 PM, Plumbers Hall, 1350 W. Randolph, and Randolph between Ada and Ogden, 312-666-1200, chicagoantiquemarket.com, $10, $8 in advance, kids under 12 free.

Constructor Craft Fair Crafts from some 30 vendors, with music by DJs Melanie, Lawrence Peters, Radiohiro, and John Ciba. First 50 admitted get a goodie bag. aSun 5/25, noon-8 PM, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, constructorcraftfair.com. F

Fiesta de Mayo Features Latino musicians, games, shopping and Mexican cuisine. aMon 5/26, noon-8 PM, Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S California, 312-981-1910, $15–30.

Chicago Turkish Festival Art, food (including orchid ice cream), artisan demos, performances, shopping, and more. a Wed-Sat 5/28-5/31, 10 AM-6 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, chicagoturkishfestival.com. F

May Fest Chicago You'll find good old-fashioned Gemutlichkeit and an actual maypole at this ninth annual Lincoln Square fest. aThu-Sun 5/29-6/1, Thu 5-9:30 PM, Fri 5–11 PM, Sat noon–11 PM, Sun noon–10 PM, Lincoln and Leland, mayfestchicago.com. F

Chicago Gospel Music Festival Headliners include the Clark Sisters, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and the Rance Allen Group. a 5/30-6/1, Fri 4–9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM–9:30 PM, Millennium Park, www.chicagogospelmusicfestival.us. F

Chi-Town Sta-Bil Kruze Hot rod owners parade their vehicles along a three-mile route (Columbus to Roosevelt to Michigan to Randolph and then back to Columbus), then park in the Soldier Field South Parking Lot, 18th and Lake Shore Dr., for up-close spectator veneration. aSat 5/31, cruise 8–10 AM, car show till 3 PM, chitownkruze.com, $20 to enter, free to watch.

Belmont/Sheffield Music Fest The Why Store and Nine Days headline. a5/31-6/1, Sat noon–10 PM, Sun noon–9 PM, Sheffield between Belmont and School, 773-868-3010, $5 donation requested.

Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale Ten blocks of sidewalk sale, local food vendors, a chess tourney, and A-list music programmed by the Empty Bottle; Lucero headlines Saturday and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists headline Sunday. aSat-Sun 5/31-6/1, noon-10 PM, Division between Damen and Leavitt, 312-850-9390, do-divisionstreetfest.com, $5 donation requested.

June

Chicago Sister Cities International Festival Highlighting Chicago's 27 sister cities with food, performances and merch. aMon-Fri, 6/2-6/6, 10 AM-3 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. F

Black Thai International Arts and Crafts Fest Artifacts, jewelry, carvings, and other wares from Europe, Asia, and Africa. aFri-Sun 6/4-6/6, 7/2-7/4, 8/6-8/8, 9/3-9/5, Canal and Jackson, 9 AM-6 PM, 312-491-0999.

MODchicago presents Our Way of Thinking 7 This mod enthusiasts' weekender features three days of concerts and parties, a scooter rally, and a record swap. aThu-Sat 6/5-6/7, multiple locations and times, ourwayofthinking.com (most events) and maydaysc.com (rally).

Chicago Blues Festival Featured artists include B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Johnny Winter; watch our June 5 issue for a complete critical guide. a Thu-Sun 6/5-6/8, 11 AM-9:30 PM, Grant Park, 312-744-3315, www.chicagobluesfestival.us. F

Jefferson Park Community Festival (aka Jeff Fest) Entertainment includes a Dave Matthews cover band, 10,000 Maniacs, a production of Seussical, and Sunday-night fireworks. a6/6–6/8, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 1-11 PM, Sun 1-9 PM, Milwaukee and Higgins, 773-736-6697, $5 donation.

Chicago Caribbean Jerkfest Celebration of pan-Caribbean culture with food, live music and DJs, crafts, and even a dominos tournament. aSat 6/7, 10 AM-7 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, 773-907-4792 or chitownjerkfest.com, $7, kids 12 and under free.

Ribfest Chicago This Northcenter fest promises 65,000 pounds of ribs (most likely from more than a dozen vendors) and 20 bands on two stages, including headliners Treaty of Paris, Nada Surf, the Alternate Routes, and Ha Ha Tonka. aSat-Sun 6/7-6/8, noon-10 PM, intersection of Damen, Irving Park, and Lincoln, 773-525-3609 ribfest-chicago.com, $5 donation.

Lucha Rock Spanish-language rock 'n' roll and Mexican wrestling. aSat 6/7, 3 PM-10 PM, Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S. California, 773-561-9500, $10.

Grant Park Music Festival Guest conductors and instrumentalists season the Grant Park Orchetra's renditions of everything from Rachmaninoff to Dvorak. aEvery Wed, Fri, and Sat (except Fri 7/4) and a few other days, 6/11-8/16, Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312-742-7638 F

Chicago SummerDance Concerts by orld music artists (Thu), pop, country and folk acts (Fri-Sat) and big bands (Sun) on a dance floor crafted from recycled plastic by Chicago artist Dan Peterman, preceded by free dance lessons in the relevant style. a6/12-8/24,Thu-Sat 6-9:30 PM, Sun 4-7 PM, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, Michigan between Harrison and Balbo, 312-742-4007 F

Wells Street Art Festival One of the city's bigger art fairs; entertainment includes A Flock of Seagulls and the Beatles tribute American English. aSat-Sun 6/14-6/15, 10 AM-10 PM, Wells between North and Division, $7-10 donation.

Bronzeville Cultural Festival Celebrating the city's historic black-culture hub; includes a book fair anchored by Third World Press and a film festival. aMon-Sun 6/16-6/22, times, venues, and prices were TBA at press time, bronzefest.com.

Halsted Tastes Better Sample chow from the North Halsted neighborhood restaurants for one all-you-can-eat price. aMon 6/16, 6-9 PM, Halsted between Belmont and Addison, $30, $25 in advance, northhalsted.com.

Thailand Festival Food, crafts, performances. aMon-Sat 6/16-6/21, 10 AM-5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. F

MOBfest At the 12th annual "Music Over Business" fest, one lucky (or possibly unlucky) band will win a demo deal with Atlantic. aThu-Sat 6/19-6/21, showcases at multiple venues (prices vary), panels and workshops Sat at Metro (included in $20 band registration fee, additional $10 for members of the public), 3730 N. Clark, chicagomobfest.com.

Shades of Riverview Carnival to raise funds for Lane Tech Alumni Association. aThu-Sun 6/19-6/22, Thu, Fri 5 PM-11 PM, Sat, Sun 1 PM-11 PM, Lane Tech parking Lot, 2501 W. Addison, 773-935-9351. F

Close Up 2 Smooth Jazz Festival Sponsored by the smooth jazz bar Close Up 2. aFri-Sun 6/20-6/22, noon-10 PM, Pritzker Park, State and Van Buren, closeup2jazz.com, $5.

Scottish Festival and Highland Games Celebration of Scottish culture including bagpipe music, Highland dancing, a haggis-eating contest, a haggis-hurling contest, sheep-herding border collies, and more. a 6/20-6/21, Fri 4-10 PM, Sat 8 AM-10 PM, Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 31st and York, Oak Brook, 708-447-5092, chicago-scots.org, $3-$13.

Taste of Randolph Street High-end restaurants hit the street; local and national acts (Drive-By Truckers, Bobby Bare Jr., Josh Ritter, and Mike Doughty) hit the stage. a 6/20-6/22, Fri 5 PM-11 PM, Sat 2-11 PM, Sun 2-10 PM, Randolph between Peoria and Racine, 312-458-9401, $10 donation.

Humboldt Park Art Fair Put on for emerging artists by emerging artists. This year's fair features over 50 artists, ten bands, and two hip-hop acts. aSat 6/21, Noon-8 PM, Humboldt Park field house and boat house, Humboldt between North and Division, 773-319-3112. F

Chicago Summerfest No music lineup yet for this Lincoln Park neighborhood fest, but we know a game of human tic-tac-toe is in the offing. aSat-Sun 6/21-6/22, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Clark and Armitage, 773-665-4682, $5 donation.

River North SummerFest aSun 6/22, 11 AM-7 PM, Erie Park, Erie and Larrabee, 312-645-1047, $15 donation.

Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club Family Fest & Carnival a6/25-6/29, Wed-Fri 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun, 2-11 PM, 2501 W. Irving Park, nbgc.org. F

Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts Thirty food vendors, 350 artists, live entertainment TBA. aSat-Sun 6/21-6/22, 10 AM-9 PM, Chicago and Main, Evanston, custerfair.com, $1.

Pizza Fest Pizza vendors galore, pizza contests, live local bands. a6/21-6/22, Sat noon–10 PM, Sun noon–8 PM, Racine and Fullerton, 773-868-3010 ext. 249, $5 donation.

Chicago Arabesque Food and handicrafts from across the Middle East. a6/25-6/28, Wed-Fri 10 AM–3 PM, Sat 10 AM–5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, chicagoarabesque.com. F

Chicago Salsa Festival Featured musical acts include local Grammy nominee Angel Melendez and Puerto Rico's Ismael Miranda; also, world-class dance performances, dance instruction, vendors, and more. a Fri-Sun 6/27-6/29, Fri, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 11 AM-4 PM, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, concerts and dancing at Park West, Excalibur nightclub, and Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden, laboriqua.com/welcome/salsafest.html, $10–25.

Cans Music Fest Vanilla Ice and C+C Music Factory headline. a6/27-6/28, Fri 4 PM, Cans Bar & Canteen, Sat 3 PM, Damen and Concord, 773-227-2277, $5 donation.

Taste of Chicago Restaurant bonanza, plus concerts by Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Escovedo, Bonnie Raitt, and more. a6/27–7/6, 11 AM–9 PM except 6/3-6/4, till 9:30 PM, and 6/6, till 8 PM, Grant Park, www.tasteofchicago.us. F

Chicago Pride Fest and Parade Entertainment at the fest includes sets by Martha Wash (expect "It's Raining Men") and Tiffany; the parade route is Belmont north to Broadway, then south on Broadway to Diversey, then east on Diversey to Cannon. aSat-Sun 6/28-6/29, fest ($5 donation) Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Halsted at Waveland, parade Sun noon, 773-348-8243 or ChicagoPrideCalendar.org for details and many more Pride events all through the month of June.

Belmont Arts & Music Festival Featured musical acts include Cursive, Maritime, and American Music Club. aSat-Sun 6/28-6/29, noon-10 PM, Belmont between Damen and Leavitt, 773-327-5123, $5 donation.

Fountain Square Art Festival aSat-Sun 6/28-6/29, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-6 PM, Sherman at Church, Evanston, 773-868-3010, $5.

Girl Blast This chick-heavy Pride Fest afterparty's got burgers from La Tache, beers, and a dance floor aSun 6/29, 1-10 PM, Ann Sather parking lot, 929 W. Belmont, 1–10 PM, 312-493-7123, $12.

JULY

African-Caribbean International Festival of Life 16th annual event features 100 calypso, reggae, African and Latino acts. aThu-Sun 7/3-7/6, 10 AM–10 PM, Washington Park, 55th and Cottage Grove, 312-427-0266, $10, seniors and kids 7-11 $5, kids under 7 free, festival pass $30.

Naperville Ribfest Party like it's 1989: Ted Nugent, R.E.O. Speedwagon, and Foghat (along with Trace Adkins and Big Head Todd & the Monsters) headline. Seventeen world-class rib vendors are promised, along with half an hour of fireworks on the 4th. a Thu-Sun 7/3-7/6, noon-8 PM, Knoch Park, West and Martin, Naperville, ribfest.net, $10, kids 11 and under free, Sun after 7 PM free.

Lakeview Music Fest Mickey Hart Band headlines. a7/5-7/6, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, 3600 N. Sheffield, 773-868-3010, $5 donation.

BenFest St. Benedict Church's annual family-friendly block party, with music from the likes of Mr. Blotto. a7/11-7/12, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 3-11 PM, 2215 W. Irving Park, 773-588-6484, $5 before 7 PM, $15 after.

Blottopia Summer fest staples Mr. Blotto hold their own camping and music fest; other acts include the Super American Happy Fun Good-Time Jam Band and Snuckafood. aFri-Sat, 7/11-7/12, Vasa Park, 35 W. 217 Rte 31, South Elgin, mrblotto.com, details not available at press time.

Irish American Heritage Festival Cultural presentations, a "hooley" that promises matchmaking, a mashed-potato eating contest, music by Gaelic Storm, the Tossers, Young Dubliners, and more.a 7/11-7/13, Fri 6 PM-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, irishfestchicago.com, $12/day; $8 until July 9; seniors $7, kids under 12 free.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival The Old Town School of Music's annual outdoor wingding, featuring headliners Kinky and Slavic Soul Party!, Jon Langford with the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus, the Midwest Invitational Fiddle Contest, and more. aSat-Sun 7/12-7/13, noon-9:30 PM, Welles Park, 4400 N. Lincoln, oldtownschool.org/festival, $7, $3 seniors and kids.

Rock Around the Block Thirty local bands, arts and crafts; no lineup announced yet but "Chicago's top 30 bands" and the world's largest Twister game are promised. a7/12-7/13, Sat noon–10 PM, Sun noon–9 PM, Lincoln and Belmont, 773-665-4682, $5.

Wauconda Rodeo a 7/12-7/13, Sat 5–10 PM, Sun 1–6 PM, Wauconda Rodeo Grounds, Rte 12 and Case, Wauconda, waucondarodea.com, $15, $13 in advance, $5-$6 kids 5–10, kids under 5 free.

Celebrate Clark Street Rogers Park art, food, and music fest with an international slant and 17 music acts on two stages. aSun 7/13, 1-11 PM, Clark between Morse and Estes, 773-508-5885. F

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival Free dusk screenings of classics like All About Eve (opening night), The Blues Brothers (7/29), and the recut version of Orson Welles's Touch of Evil (8/12) continue through the hot season. aTue 7/15-8/26, times vary, Butler Field in Grant Park, Lake Shore and Monroe, 312-744-3315. F

Kane County Fair a 7/16-7/20, Wed-Thu, Sun 1–10 PM. Fri-Sat 1–11 PM, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall, St. Charles, kanecountyfair.com, $5, $1 Wed, kids under 5 free, season ticket $20.

Great Performers of Illinois Festival The 30-some acts (ranging from the Western Elstons to the Grant Park Orchestra), the food, and even the wine is from Illinois. On Saturday and Sunday there'll be Abe Lincoln and Jean Baptiste Point du Sable impersonators and a corn maze. a7/18-7/20, Fri 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Millenium Park, 312-742-1168, greatperformersofillinois.com. F

Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party Two stages of live music; lineup to be announced in June. a Fri-Sat 7/18-7/19, 5-10:30 PM, Madison at Desplaines, worldslargestblockparty.com, $40, $35 in advance, two-night pass $65.

Pitchfork Music Festival Indie-rock mecca, with the Hold Steady, Spoon, Animal Collective, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Vampire Weekend, and many more; Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, and Public Enemy perform classic albums in their entirety on Friday night. a7/18-7/20, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, pitchforkmusicfestival.com, $30/day, with limited two- and three-day passes $50 and $65.

Abbott Park Community/Gospel Festival aSat 7/19, 11 AM-7 PM, 49 E. 95th, 773-590-0423. F

Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival aSat 7/19, 10 AM-9 PM, Ogden Park, 6506 S. Racine, 773-723-0908. F

Summer on Southport This year the neighborhood fest encompasses the Chicago Chidren's Festival, with a Radio Flyer race, kiddie musical entertainment by Ralph Covert and Justin Roberts, and more. a7/19-7/20, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-9 PM, 3700 N. Southport and Waveland, 773-665-4682, $5.

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival Take a self-guided tour of more than 100 gardens, get advice from a master gardner, and see Cowboy Mouth. aSat-Sun 7/19-7/20, noon-5 PM, garden and kids activities, music and food till 9:30 PM, Webster and Sheffield, sheffieldfestivals.org, $6-10.

Chinatown Summer Fair Live music, food, arts and crafts, and more; a lion dance procession starts at 12:30 PM. a Sun 7/20, 10 AM-8 PM, Wentworth between Cermak and 24th, chicagochinatown.com. F

Dearborn Garden Walk & Heritage Festival Tours of 20 gardens, "garden vignettes," and a narrated architectural walking tour. aSun 7/20, noon-5 PM, Dearborn and Goethe, dearborngardenwalk.com, $35, $30 in advance.

Let's Pet Together Festival Anti-Cruelty Society benefit event features pet psychics, dog games, and food vendors. aSun 7/20, noon-3 PM, Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 W. Grand, 312-644-8338 ext. 307, $20, $10 kids 13 and under.

The Silver Room's Sound System Block Party DJs spin inside the Wicker Park jewelry store while bands play outside; lineup TBA. a Mon 7/21, noon-10 PM, Evergreen from Pierce to Milwaukee, 773-278-7130. F

Southside Art & Music Festival aMon-Tue 7/21-7/22, noon-10 PM, W. 35th at Halsted, 773-868-3010 ext. 232. F

Lake County Fair a Tue-Sun 7/22-7/27, Tue–Sat 8 AM–11:30 PM, Sun 8 AM–10 PM, Lake County Fairgrounds, Rtes 120 and 45, Grayslake, lakecountyfairassoc.com, $7, $3 seniors, kids 12 and under free.

DuPage County Fair a Wed-Sun 7/23-7/27, 8 AM-10 PM, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester, Wheaton, dupagecountyfair.org, $10, $3 kids 3-12, kids under 2 free.

Peruvian Festival Wed-Fri 7/23-7/25, 10 AM-5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. F

Newberry Library Book Fair and Bughouse Square Debates Got a soapbox? Get on it at the Bughouse Square Debates, held in historic Washington Square Park, which for the better half of the 20th century was "the most celebrated free-speech center in the nation," per the Encyclopedia of Chicago; prepare to heckle and be heckled. Need to do a little homework on your topic? More than 100,000 donated books in 60 categories, many priced under $2, are on offer inside at the Newberry's annual book fair. aBook fair 7/24-7/27, Thu, Fri noon–8 PM, Sat, Sun 10 AM–6 PM, 60 W. Walton; debate Sat noon–4 PM, Washington Square Park, Clark and Walton; 312-255-3510, newberry.org. F

Ghanafest 2008 Billed as the "largest and most spectacular Ghanaian Cultural Exposition of its kind in the Diaspora," with arts, crafts, traditional foods, and more. a Sat 7/26, 10 AM-10 PM, Washington Park, 55th and Cottage Grove, 773-636-7013. F

Venetian Night Modeled on boat parades in Venice. About 30 yachts decked out in lights cruise the lakefront between Roosevelt and Monroe. Related: the Grant Park Orchestra and tenor Vittorio Grigolo perform a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30. aSat 7/26, 7:45 PM, boat parade 8:45, fireworks 9:30, 312-744-3315. F

Edgebrook Fest a Sat-Sun 7/26-7/27, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-8 PM, Kinzua and Devon, 773-775-0378.

State Street Family Festival a 7/26-7/27, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-4 PM, 4900 S. State, 312-745-2702. F

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Lincoln Park's largest block party, featuring a wine garden, 350 vendors, and 40-some bands on six stages, including a kiddie stage. aSat-Sun 7/26-7/27, noon-10 PM, Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood, wrightwoodneighbors.org/taste.htm, $7, after 5 PM, $10 donation.

Wicker Park Fest A neighborhood fest with lub-quality indie rock, including the reunited Polvo, Isis, Red Sparrowes, Maps & Atlases, and Film School. aSat-Sun 7/26-7/27, 11 AM-10 PM, 1600 N. Damen, 773-384-2672, $5 donation.

Chicago Temple Street Festival a Sat-Sun 7/26-8/17, 10 AM-7 PM, 2140 S. Archer, 312-451-8650.

Chicago Criterium Bike Race Pro-am bike racing on a tight, closed loop, with $40,000 at stake. aSun 7/27, 7 AM-2:30 PM, Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, 773-868-3010, $25-$50 to race (signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=JS2VBK7), free to watch.

Fiesta del Sol Carnival games, medical screenings, voter registration tables, and soccer tournament have augmented this music-heavy event, which drew an estimated million people last year. a7/31-8/3, Thu 5-10 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, Cermak between Loomis and Morgan, fiestadelsol.org. F

AUGUST

Lollapalooza Radiohead, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine headline this pricey extravaganza. aFri-Sun 8/1-8/3, 11 AM-10 PM, Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, 310-313-7200, $205 for three-day pass, $190 in advance.

Serbfest a Fri-Sun 8/1-8/3, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood, 773-693-3366, $5 donation.

Lilydale Oldtimers 26th Neighborhood Festival & Picnic a Sat 8/2, 10 AM-5 PM, Abbott Park, mid-North Lawn, 49 E. 95th. F

Uptown Unity Summer Fest Distinctive offerings include a karate tournament, free immunizations and a "hip-hop arena." aSat 8/2, 10 AM-6 PM, Clarendon Park, 4501 N. Clarendon at Sunnyside, 773-878-4646. F

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival a Sat-Sun 8/2-8/3, 11 AM-6 PM, Dawes Park, Church at Sheridan, Evanston, 847-448-8260. F

Heritage Jazzfest Weekend Founded in 1981 by jazz singer Geraldine de Haas and run by her nonprofit, Jazz Unites. a Sat-Sun 8/2-8/3, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 12:30-9 PM, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore, 773-734-2000.

Retro on Roscoe Antique vendors, local and cover bands, and a 25-chef chili cook-off, plus some 50 antique, classic and muscle cars. aSat-Sun 8/2-8/3, noon-10 PM, Roscoe and Damen, 773-665-4682, $5.

World of Faeries Festival The only one of its kind in Illinois, this year's fairy fest features live music from Incendio, the Gypsy Nomads, Istanpitta, and Patchouli. Be forewarned: most patrons arrive in costume. aSat-Sun 8/2-8/3, Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Vasa Park, Route 31, South Elgin, 815-788-1630, theworldoffaeries.com, $10, $8 seniors, kids 12 and under free.

Belize Day in the Park a Sun, 8/3, 10 AM-10 PM, Washington Park, 57th and Payne, chicagobelizedayinthepark.org. F

Augustfest aFri-Sun 8/8-8/10, Fri 5-9 PM, Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, Saint Agnes of Bohemia Catholic School, 26th and Central Park, 773-522-0142 F

Caribbean Festival/Jamaican Independence Celebration Celebrate Jamaica's 46th year of independence with food, live blues, reggae and jazz, and vendors offering clothes, jewelry and the like. aFri-Sun 8/8-8/10, noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, 312-427-0266, $10, $5 kids 6-12 and seniors, under 6 free.

Gold Coast-River North Art Fair Over 300 juried artists, food, live music. a 8/8-8/10, Fri noon-6 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM, along LaSalle at the intersections of Huron, Erie and Superior, amdurproductions.com/gold-coast.html. F

Ginza Holiday Festival Japanese-themed art and entertainment, featuring demonstrations by skilled master craftsmen, taiko drumming, and performances by the Fujima Shunojo Classical Dance Troupe. aFri-Sun 8/8-8/10, Fri 5:30-9 PM, Sat 11:30 AM-7 PM, Sun 11:30 AM-6 PM, Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee, 312-943-7801, $4; students & seniors $3; kids under 12 free.

Taylor Street Festa Italiana Food and wine, street performers, bocce, and more. a8/8-8/10, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 3-11 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Taylor between Loomis and Ashland, 847-795-1800, $10 donation.

Freewill Picnic Gospel Festival a Sat 8/9, noon-6 PM, 2651 W. Roosevelt, 773-615-6413. F

Korean Street Festival a Sat-Sun 8/9-8/10, Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-9 PM, 3200-3600 Bryn Mawr, 773-583-1700. F

Northalsted Market Days This Boys Town bash is the largest street fair in the midwest; entertainment had not been announced at press time. aSat-Sun 8/9-8/10, 11 AM-10 PM, Halsted between Belmont and Addison, northalsted.com/market_days.php, $5 donation.

West Fest Big neighborhood street fair with better-than-average music; this year's lineup features the Redwalls. a Sat-Sun 8/9-8/10, 12-10 PM, Chicago between Damen and Wood, westfestchicago.com, $5 donation.

Croatian Fest a Fri 8/15, 10 AM-11 PM, 2800-2900 S. Princeton, 312-842-1871. F

Oak Park Arts and Crafts Show Fri-Sat 8/15-8/16, Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 9:30 AM-5 PM, Scoville Park, 156 N. Oak Park, community-2.webtv.net/ASOA/26thANNUALOAKPARK. F

Chicago Air & Water Show If you work downtown, you'll probably see some of this annual spectacle/military advertisement/disaster waiting to happen whether you want to or not. a 8/15-8/17, Fri 3-9 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM water show, 11 AM-4 PM air show, North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore, 312-744-3370. F

Edison Park Fest a 8/15-8/17, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 9 AM-11 PM, Sun 10 AM-10 PM, 6730 N. Olmsted between Oskosh and Oliphant, 773-631-0063. F

Northside Summerfest North Center neighborhood festival, featuring live music, food and drink, and arts and crafts. aFri-Sun 8/15-8/17, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, 4050 N. Lincoln and Belle Plaine, 773-665-4682, $5 donation.

Our Lady of Tepeyac Summer Festival aFri-Sun 8/15-8/17, Fri 6-11 PM, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 8 AM-6 PM, 2235 S. Albany, 773-521-8400. F

Viva Aztlan Pilsen neighborhood festival. aFri-Sun 8/15-8/17, noon-10 PM, Casa Aztlan, 1831 S. Racine Avenue, 312-666-5508. F

Carifete Carribbean festival featuring live calypso, soca and reggae, food and drink, and a parade. aSat 8/16, 9 AM-9 PM, parade at 1 PM, Midway Plaisance between 59th and 60th, chicagocarifete.com. F

Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival a Sat 8/16, noon-7 PM, 1656 W. 63rd, 773-723-0908. F

Lincoln Park Fireman's Cook-Off a Sat-Sun 8/16-8/17, noon-10 PM, 2500 N. Clark, 773-506-4460 F

The Raven Kid-friendly Ravenswood neighborhood festival with live music, a market, and lots of space for the kids to play. aSat-Sun 8/16-8/17, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-8 PM, Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland & 4700 block of N. Clark, 847-677-8723, $5 donation.

Printer's Ball Annual mixer for the print publishing scene courtesy of Poetry magazine, with music, video, performance, and lots of free books, magazines, journals, posters, and other lit swag. aFri 8/22, 5 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-787-7070. F

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Arts, crafts, an open-studio tour, live music and performance, food, and more. a 8/22-8/24, Fri 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-8 PM, 6900 block of North Glenwood and 1400 block of West Morse, 773-761-4477, rogerspark.com. F

Windy City Rodeo a 8/22-8/24, ilgra.com/wcr2008.php.

Bucktown Arts Fest Art, poetry, music, theater, film, and food. a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, 11 AM-7 PM,

Senior Citizens Memorial Park, Oakley and Lyndale, bucktownartsfest.com. F

Chicago Reggae Festival Featuring Bunny Wailer, Anthony B, Queen Omega, and others. aSat 8/23, noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, chicagoreggaefestival.com, $15-20.

Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church Fun Fest and Health Fair a Sat 8/23, 10 AM-6 PM, 1415 W. 104th, 773-881-7710.

Taste of Greece a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, noon-11 PM, Halsted between Van Buren and Monroe, 847-509-8050. F

Ukrainian Festival a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, noon-10 PM, Smith Park, 2500 W. Grand, www.uccaillinois.org/ukr_days_2008.html, $5.

Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival The city's annual Latin music fest; schedule TBA. a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, 11 AM-9:30 PM, Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, 312-742-7638. F

Whole Foods Market Flavorfest Free samples from many vendors, as well as live entertainment, games and cooking demos. aSat-Sun 8/23-8/24, 11 AM9 PM, Wrightwood Park, Wrightwood and Ashland, 773-868-3010, $5.

Chicago Jazz Festival This year's featured artists include Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Edward Wilkerson Jr., and Dave Douglas. aThu-Sun 8/28-8/31, 10 AM-9:30 PM, Millennium Park (Thu) and Grant Park (Fri-Sun), www.chicagojazzfestival.us. F

African Festival of the Arts Featuring live music on three stages, food & drink, arts & crafts, and more aFri-Mon 8/29-9/1, 10 AM-10 PM, Washington Park, 51st at Cottage Grove, 773-955-2787, $10-$15, seniors and kids $5.

Taste of Polonia Polish cuisine and music, traditional dancing, classic-rock cover bands, and more. aFri-Mon, 8/29-9/1, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-11 PM, Mon 5 PM-10 PM, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, 773-777-8898, $6.

Bash on Wabash South Loop neighborhood festival featuring continuous live music (national acts promised; schedule TBA), beer and wine, an upscale craft show, and more. a Sat-Sun 8/30-8/31, noon-10 PM, Wabash between 13th and 15th, 773-868-3010, $5.

SEPTEMBER

Windy City Wine Festival More than 250 wines from around the world, seminars, cooking demos, and food. a 9/5-9/6, Fri 4–10 PM, Sat 3–10 PM, Daley Plaza, 337 E Randolph, windycitywinefestival.com, $30, $25 in advance, $10 designated driver, under 21 free with paid adult.

German American Fest There's a parade Saturday commemorating Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who volunteered to serve under George Washington during the Revolutionary War, starting at 4000 N. Lincoln; at the festival site expect music, dancing, and copious amounts of German food and beer. aFri-Sun 9/5-9/7, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat noon-11 PM, parade at 2 PM, Sun noon-10 PM, Lincoln, Leland and Western, 630-653-3018, germanday.com. F

Auburn Gresham 79th Street Renaissance Festival aSat 9/6, 10 AM-6 PM, 79th between Loomis and Racine, 773-483-3696, .gagdc.org. F

Guinness Oyster Festival Attractions include live music from Powder, the Prodigals, and Heavy Manners, an abundance of Guinness and Harp, and fresh oysters provided by the Whitehall Hotel's Fornetto Mei. aSat 9/6, noon-11 PM, Roscoe between Damen and Leavitt, 773-868-3010, $5 donation.

Italian Village Ferrari Festival Features 60 cars on display along Monroe, as well as live music, food and wine, and magic and face-painting for the kids. aSun 9/7, 11 AM-2 PM, Monroe between Clark and Dearborn, 312-332-7005, $25.

Festival de La Villita Little Village neighborhood fest. a 9/12-9/14, Fri 6 PM-11 PM, Sat 3 PM-11 PM, Sun noon-11 PM, 26th between Kostner and Ogden, 773-868-3010. F

Chicago's Taste of Romania Sponsored last year by Little Bucharest and the Continental Cafe; location and details for this year TBA. a Sat-Sun 9/13-9/14, 10 AM-10 PM, 773-604-8500, $7-$12.

The Edgewater GrAlley The theme is "grilling and chiling in Edgewater," with music, food, a silent auction, a pig roasting contest between area culinary schools , and more. aSat 9/13, noon-10 PM, Granville and Glenwood, 773-761-1782, price TBA.

Wine Crush in Old Town More than 100 wines to taste, plus music by Duncan Sheik and others, arts and crafts, a fashion show and a grape-stomping competition. aSat 9/13, 11 AM-10 PM, wine tasting 1-6 PM, Wells between North and Schiller, 773-868-3010, $6, wine tasting fees $15.

Celtic Fest Chicago The city's annual fest generally features live music plus dance performances, workshops, and traditional sports. aSat-Sun 9/13-9/14, 11 AM-9:30 PM, Grant Park, 312-744-3315. F

Lake View East Festival of the Arts More than 130 juried artists. a9/13-9/14, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Broadway from Belmont to Roscoe, lakevieweast.com. F

Lincoln Park Art Faire Nearly 100 vendors, food, live music. aSat-Sun 9/13-9/14, 11 AM-6 PM, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 312-742-7726. F

Renegade Craft Fair Put on by Renegade Handmade, this is one of the biggest and most well-known craft fairs in the nation. This year there's top-notch live music too; headliners are Northern State on Saturday and Califone on Sunday. aSat-Sun 9/13-9/14, Noon-10 PM, Division between Damen and Hermitage, 773-227-2707, renegadecraft.com. F

Winefest Chicago From the folks who brought you Ribfest Chicago; details TBA. a9/19-9/21, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 2-10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM, parking lot at 3840 N. Lincoln, winefestchicago.com, $25.

World Music Festival: Chicago Most of this festival takes place in dozens of intimate shows at clubs and other small venues, but Millennium Park headliners include the Al-Kindi Ensemble and the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus with Sheikh Hamza Chakour and Calexico with Mariachi Luz de Luna and Salvador Duran. aFri-Thu 9/19-9/25, multiple times and venues, 312-742-1938, cityofchicago.org/WorldMusic, admission ranges from free to $15.

Eli's Cheesecake Festival a9/20-9/21, Sat 9 AM-5 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM, Eli's Cheesecake Company, 6701 W. Forest Preserve, 773-205-3800, elischeesecake.com. F

Hideout Block Party Usually the best block party of the summer for music fans, with two stages of A-list local and national bands; lineup and pricing TBA. aSat-Sun 9/20-9/21, noon-10 PM, in front of 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, hideoutchicago.com.

Estrojam Music and Culture Festival Highlighting established and emerging female artists and musicians through concerts, workshops, and panels. aThu-Sat 9/23-9/27, multiple venues and times, estrojam.org, pricing TBA.

Annual Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure a 9/26-9/27, Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, University of Chicago Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th and Lake Park, 312-751-2500. F

Oktoberfest Chicago a Fri-Sun 9/26-9/28, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-8 PM, St. Alphonsus Church, 3000 N. Lincoln, 773-665-4682, $5.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Lineup TBA. a Sat 9/27, 11 AM-2 AM, multiple venues including Midway Plaisance Park, 59th and Woodlawn, hydeparkjazzfestival.org. F

57th Street Children's Book Fair a Sun 9/28, 1-6 PM, E. 57th between Kimbark and Kenwood, 773-619-8371. F

OCTOBER

Latin Grammys Street Party a Sun 10/5, noon-8 PM, Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S. California, 773-561-9500. F

Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival The art fair that made Wicker Park what it is today, featuring artwork and performances from over 300 emerging painters, photographers, sculptors, actors, poets, and filmmakers. Details and prices TBA. aThu-Sun 10/9-10/12, multiple venues, aroundthecoyote.org/festivals.

Chicago Country Music Festival Separated at long last from the Taste of Chicago music programming. Lineup TBA. a Sat-Sun 10/11-10/12, 12:30 PM-8 PM, Solider Field Parkland, 425 E McFetridge Drive, 312-744-3315, www.chicagocountrymusicfestival.us. F

Illinois

may

Summer Camp Music Festival The Flaming Lips, the Roots, the New Pornographers, and Girl Talk are featured at this three-day jam-band fest, along with Umphrey's McGee, Moe., and O.A.R. aThu-Sun 5/22–5/25, Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Route 29, Chillicothe, 309-274-3107, summercampfestival.com/2008, $170, late advance $155, VIP upgrade (includes access to band hospitality area) $100.

June

International Carillon Festival For one week every year, Springfield's Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon—a tower of 67 tuned bronze bells played manually using a keyboard—hosts nightly performances by carillonneurs from around the globe. aSun-Sat 6/1-6/7, 7-8:30 PM (no concert Wed 6/4), fireworks Fri 6/6 at 9 PM, Washington Park, 1774-1799 W. Fayette, Springfield, 217-753-6219, carillon-rees.org. F

Great Galena Balloon Race Features 20+ hot air balloons, three races, balloon rides, and two night-glow shows. There's also a car show, live music, and the Friday night Alefest. a6/20-6/22, Fri 6 PM-10 PM, Sat 6 AM-10 PM, Sun 6 AM, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge, Galena, greatgalenaballoonrace.com, free to watch, $20 for Alefest.

Long Grove Strawberry Fest Strawberries, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry baked goods, a classic car show, and more in Long Grove's historic business district. aFri-Sun 6/20-6/22, 10 AM-6 PM, Old McHenry at Robert Parker Coffin, Long Grove, longgroveonline.com/strawberry.html. F

Cornerstone Festival Massive Christian music festival features 300-plus perfomances on the "Jesus Village" and "Sanctuary" stages. aMon-Sat 6/30-7/5, performances 1 PM–1 AM, seminars 9 AM–4 PM, 23325 N. Cornerstone, Marietta, 773-989-2087, cornerstonefestival.com, festival pass $135–$155, kids 6–11 $50–$70, kids 5 and under free, family $275–$375 (includes camping).

august

Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Free "hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn" is served at 2 PM Sunday; meanwhile there's a crafters' and flea market with over 200 vendors, live music and beer garden. aThu-Sun 8/7-8/10, Thu 6-11 PM, Fri 11 AM-midnight, Sat 9 AM-midnight, Sun 9 AM-7 PM, Illinois and Jefferson, Mendota, sweetcornfestival.com, beer garden admission $4 Fri–Sat 7:30 PM–midnight. F

Illinois State Fair This year's theme is "A Family Tradition." Grandstand performers include Weird Al Yankovic, Brooks & Dunn, Huey Lewis & the News, and ZZ Top. aFri-Sun 8/8-8/17, 7 AM-midnight, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon, Springfield, state.il.us/fair, $3, seniors $2, kids 12 and under free, parking $7, grandstand concerts require additional tickets.

On the Waterfront Four-day music fest on 30 city blocks in downtown Rockford, with carnival attractions, a market, a golf tournament and Sunday New Orleans-style jazz brunch. This year's grandstand headliners are Finger Eleven, Puddle of Mud, Styx, Vanessa Hudgens, Dave Barnes, and Los Lonely Boys. a8/28-8/31, Thu 6 PM-midnight, Fri 5 PM-midnight, Sat 11:30 AM-midnight, Sun 11 AM-11 PM, downtown Rockford, onthewaterfront.com, $12 festival pass in advance, $15/day at the gate, kids 8 and under free, grandstand concerts and some other events require additional tickets.

Indiana

may

Valpo-Fest Motorcycle Swap Huge motorcycle show, a swap meet for tools and parts, a car show, live music, food, a beer garden, a bikini contest, and a salute to the troops featuring air force jets. aSun 5/25, 8 AM-5 PM, Porter County Fairgrounds, Valparaiso, valpo-fest.com, $8, $2 kids 12 and under, ladies who ride free, $20 for the car and bike shows.

june

Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival The oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world, held on the estate of "the father of bluegrass," with more than 50 acts, including Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (6/21), J.D. Crowe & New South (6/21), and Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain (6/19 and 6/20). Rent a cabin, drive an RV, or bring a tent. aSat-Sat 6/14-6/21, 5163 SR 135 N, Morgantown, 800-414-4677, beanblossom.com, advance single-day tickets $15-$30, advance three-day pass $75, advance eight-day pass $125, prices go up 6/1, cabins and camping extra.

Indiana Fiddler's Gathering For its 36th season, this old-timey music festival features the Foghorn String Band and the Flat Mountain Girls, violin and guitar duo Frank Vignola and Aaron Weinstein, and others. a6/27-6/29, Fri 8 PM-10 PM, Sat 9:30 AM-11 PM, Sun 9:30 AM-5 PM, Exit 178, W. Lafayette, Brookson, indianafiddlersgathering.org, $5-$12 per concert, $4-$9 in advance, $22 for both shows Sat, $30 weekend pass, kids 12 and under free, primitive camping $5/night with weekend pass.

july

Indiana Microbrewers Festival Unlimited sampling of over 200 beers from some 20 Indiana breweries (and 15 from out of state), plus food and games like toss the keg. aSat 7/12, 3 PM-7 PM, Opti Park, 820 E. 66th, Indianapolis, 317-856-6092, $35, $30 in advance.

Circus City Festival Peru bills itself as the circus capital of the World and its 250-plus-member amateur circus calls itself the greatest amateur show on earth.This annual festival features daily circus performances, carnival attractions, and the second-largest parade in Indiana. a7/12-7/19, performances Sat 2 PM and 7PM, Sun 3 PM, Mon-Fri 7 PM, parade Sat 7/19 10 AM, 154 N. Broadway, Peru, perucircus.com, $10-$13, $1 off for kids under 13.

Pierogi Fest Vendors come from Cleveland and Canada, the chamber of commerce calls itself the Pierogatory, and even the dogs don babushkas in honor of the humble Polish dumpling. a7/25-7/27, Fri-Sat 11 AM–10 PM, Sun 11 AM–5 PM, "Polka Parade" Fri 7 PM, 119th and Indianapolis, Whiting, 219-659-0292, pierogifest.net. F

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Entertainment on three stages (think old-fashioned medicine shows and bluegrass, not Mr. Blotto) and 350 artists hawking their wares around Amish Acres' paddle-boat-filled pond. a7/31-8/3, Thu-Sat 9 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5PM, 1600 W. Market, Nappanee, 574-773-4188, $6, kids 11 and under free.

august

Indiana State Fair Grandstand acts include Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Sugarland, and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. The fair also features attractions ranging from an antique tractor show to an exhibit on how to preserve clean water. a8/6-8/17, Sun-Thurs 6 AM-11 PM, Fri 6 AM-midnight, Sat 6 AM-12:30 AM, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th, Indianapolis, in.gov/statefair, $8, kids under 6 free, grandstand performances require additional tickets.

Michigan

june

Annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest Individuals and groups compete to build the summer's best sand sculpture. Last year two brothers from Florida won for a Gothic castle. aSat 6/28, 9 AM-Noon, Grand Haven City Beach, Grand Haven, grandhavenchamber.org, $5 individuals, $10 groups of five or less, free to watch.

july

Rothbury Festival Huge music and camping fest featuring an eclectic lineup including (among many others) Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Modest Mouse, the Black Keys, Thievery Corporation, and Atmosphere. aThu-Sun 7/3-7/6, Thu 8 AM–Mon 1 PM, Double JJ Ranch, 5900 Water, Rothbury, MI, rothburyfestival.com, weekend ticket $244.75, VIP $475, RV pass $100.

Cherry Pit Spitting Championship Participants see just how far they can spit their pits "with only a minimal loss of dignity" at this farm, where you can also pick your own cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, apples, blackberries, and raspberries in season. aSat 7/5, 9 AM-3 PM, Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, 9351 E Eureka, Eau Claire (yes, Michigan has one too), 877-863-3276, treemendus-fruit.com. F

Michigan Beer Fest Over 200 beers from more than 30 Michigan brewers (miss Bell's much?), along with food and live entertainment. a7/25-7/26, Fri 5 PM-9 PM, Sat 1 PM-6 PM, Depot Town, Ypsilanti, 877-772-5425 or michiganbrewersguild.org/events.asp, $30-$35, $25-$30 in advance, $5 designated drivers. For directions see depottown.org.

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Organizers say this longstanding six-day campout is as much about friendship and community among "womyn" as it is the festival's 40 genre-spanning performances, film festival, and craft show. Early-week workshops include "Drumming for Womyn of Color," "Lesbian Tent Revival," and "Amazon Archery." No men allowed, but there are day camps for both young girls and boys; childryn are returned to their moms each night. aTue-Sun 8/5-8/10, 231-757-4766, prices vary, see michfest.com/tickets.

Abbott's Magic Get-Together "No politics, just fun." Magicians perform on stage and in the street, give lectures, and share tricks of the trade. aWed-Sat 8/6-8/9, various times and locations, Colon, 800-926-2442, $140.

Wisconsin

may

Chocolate Fest In addition to extensive chocolate tasting, the fest also features a candy-wrapper design contest, wine tasting, a farmers' market, horseback riding, and live music. a5/23-5/26, Fri 4 PM-midnight, Sat-Sun 10 AM-midnight, Mon noon-8 PM, 864 Maryland, Burlington, 262-763-3300, $7, $6 seniors, $3 kids 5-12, under 5 free.

Great Wisconsin Cheese Fest Activities include cheese carving, a cheesecake contest, and a cheese-curd-eating competition. Also: carnival rides, a petting zoo, live music, and a wine tasting a6/6–6/8, Fri noon–midnight, Sat 10 AM–midnight, Sun 8 AM–5 PM, Doyle Park, 100 Van Buren, Little Chute, 920-788-7394 $5, $4 in advance, $2-$3 kids 12 and under, Sun free.

JUNE

American Players Theatre This year's season at the theater in the woods includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ah, Wilderness!, Henry IV: The Making of a King, Widowers' Houses, The Belle's Stratagem, and The Desert Queen. a6/7-10/5, Tue-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 6 PM, 5950 Golf Course Rd., Spring Green, 608-588-2361, playinthewoods.org, $36-$58.

Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee claims its sprawling Summerfest is the world's largest music festival. Headliners range from Eric Burdon & the Animals to Gnarls Barkley, Rush to Rusted Root, Blondie to Dashboard Confessional. a6/26–7/6, Sun-Thu noon-4 PM, Fri-Sat noon-midnight, 200 N. Harbor, Milwaukee, summerfest.com, Fri-Sat adults $15, Sun-Thu adults $8, seniors and kids 3–10 $3, kids 2 and under free, $14 in advance, two-day pass $23.

JULY

Bristol Renaissance Fair Jousting, wenches, ale, ax-throwing, archery, turkey legs fit for Henry VII, and more. a Sat-Sun 7/5-8/31 and Mon 9/1, 10 AM-7 PM, I-94 and State Line, Kenosha, WI, www.renfair.com/bristol, $18.95, advance $15.95, kids 5–12 $9.50, advance kids $8, kids under 5 free.

EAA AirVenture Fly-In Temporary airplane museum features 2,500 show aircraft. aMon-Sun 7/28-8/3, 7 AM-5:30 PM, Wittman Regional Airport, 525 W. 20th, Oshkosh, WI, airventure.org, $35, $20 students, $15 kids, 5 and under free.

Wisconsin State Fair Among its most interesting offerings is a huge textile, craft, culinary and horticulture show; last year's attracted more than 700 exhibitors. a7/31-8/10, Mon-Thu 8 AM-11 PM, Fri-Sat 8 AM-midnight, Sun 8 AM-9 PM, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield, West Allis, wistatefair.com, $8, $6 seniors, $3 kids age 7-11, kids 6 and under free parking $9.

AUGUST

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw Here's something you just can't do in the city. aFri-Sat 8/29-8/30, Fri 5 PM-11:30 PM, Sat 6:30 AM-11:30 PM, Marion Park, Prairie de Sac, wiscowchip.com. F

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Printer's Row Book Fair Besides tons of books for sale, this event includes author appearances and panels. aSa-Su 6/7-6/8, 10 AM-6 PM, Dearborn & Polk, 312-222-3986, printersrowbookfair.org. F

Old Town Art Fair Featuring 260 artists juried by professional artists, museum curators and gallery owners; live entertainment includes Ella Jenkins, Robbie Fulks, Devil in a Woodpile, and Sounds of Sweetness; cooking demos between performers' sets.aSa-Su 6/14-6/15, 10 AM-6 PM, area bordered by Menomenee, Lincoln Park West, Orleans, and Wisconsin, 312-337-1938, $7 donation, kids under 12 free.

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas Showcases Puerto Rican music, dance, arts, and cuisine. There's a parade Sat 6/14 at noon along Columbus, from Balbo to Columbus.a6/10-6/15, Tues-Thurs 4 PM-10 PM, Fri 4 PM-11 PM, Sat 2 PM-11 PM, Sun 2 PM-10 PM, Humboldt Park, Division and California, 773-292-1414. F

Chicago

May

Asian American Festival Performances, food, a street market, and more. aMon-Fri 5/19-5/23, 9 AM-5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, aacchicago.org/festival.htm. F

International Mr. Leather Weekend "Hot men, hot gear, and hot parties." The leather-man competition celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Andy Bell of Erasure performs on Sunday; Tony Moran (producer for divas from Madonna to Rihanna) spins Sunday night at House of Blues; tickets through HOB at 312-923-2000. a5/22–5/26, Thu 8–11 PM, Fri noon–7 PM, Sat 11 AM–11 PM, Sun 11 AM–9 AM, Mon 11 AM–4 PM, Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker, $165, premium advance tickets $190.

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest This 22nd annual fest, on a 50-acre Irish heritage campus, features an exhibit from the Ward Irish Music Archives, Connemara ponies, exhibition matches by the Chicago Youth Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, 20 Irish imports vendors, live music (including Black 47), and more. a5/23–5/26, Fri 3–11 PM, Sat-Sun noon–11 PM, Mon noon–8 PM, Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th, Oak Forest, $12–$15, kids 11 and under free.

Chicago Antique Market/Indie Designer Market At the antique fair, browse 150 vendors of furnishings, housewares, clothing, jewelry, etc; at the indie designer market, buy directly from designers and artists. New submarkets this year: a vinyl swap meet; a "Fancy Food Market" promising truffles and rare olive oils and spices; a bazaar for artisans from Chicago's ethnic communities; a selection of vintage cars and Schwinn bikes; and the "Do-It-Yourself Estate Sale," "for anyone who collects or has inherited treasures they'd like to sell." a5/24-5/25, 6/28-6/29, 7/26-7/27, 8/30-8/31, 9/27-9/28, and 10/25-10/26, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 9 AM-4 PM, Plumbers Hall, 1350 W. Randolph, and Randolph between Ada and Ogden, 312-666-1200, chicagoantiquemarket.com, $10, $8 in advance, kids under 12 free.

Constructor Craft Fair Crafts from some 30 vendors, with music by DJs Melanie, Lawrence Peters, Radiohiro, and John Ciba. First 50 admitted get a goodie bag. aSun 5/25, noon-8 PM, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, constructorcraftfair.com. F

Fiesta de Mayo Features Latino musicians, games, shopping, and Mexican cuisine. aMon 5/26, noon-8 PM, Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S. California, 312-981-1910, $15–$30.

Chicago Turkish Festival Art, food (including orchid ice cream), artisan demos, performances, shopping, and more. a Wed-Sat 5/28-5/31, 10 AM-6 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, chicagoturkishfestival.com. F

May Fest Chicago You'll find good old-fashioned gemütlichkeit and an actual maypole at this ninth annual Lincoln Square fest. a5/29-6/1, Thu 5-9:30 PM, Fri 5–11 PM, Sat noon–11 PM, Sun noon–10 PM, Lincoln and Leland, mayfestchicago.com. F

Chicago Gospel Music Festival Headliners include the Clark Sisters, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and the Rance Allen Group. a 5/30-6/1, Fri 4–9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM–9:30 PM, Millennium Park, chicagogospelmusicfestival.us. F

Chi-Town Sta-Bil Kruze Hot rod owners parade their vehicles along a three-mile route (Columbus to Roosevelt to Michigan to Randolph and then back to Columbus), then park in the Soldier Field South Parking Lot, 18th and Lake Shore Dr., for up-close spectator veneration. aSat 5/31, cruise 8–10 AM, car show till 3 PM, chitownkruze.com, $20 to enter, free to watch.

Belmont/Sheffield Music Fest The Why Store and Nine Days headline. a5/31-6/1, Sat noon–10 PM, Sun noon–9 PM, Sheffield between Belmont and School, 773-868-3010, $5 donation requested.

Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale Ten blocks of sidewalk sale, local food vendors, a chess tourney, and A-list music programmed by the Empty Bottle; Lucero headlines Saturday and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists headline Sunday. aSat-Sun 5/31-6/1, noon-10 PM, Division between Damen and Leavitt, 312-850-9390, do-divisionstreetfest.com, $5 donation requested.

June

Chicago Sister Cities International Festival Highlighting Chicago's 27 sister cities with food, performances, and merch. aMon-Fri 6/2-6/6, 10 AM-3 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. F

Black Thai International Arts and Crafts Fest Artifacts, jewelry, carvings, and other wares from Europe, Asia, and Africa. aWed-Fri 6/4-9/5, Canal and Jackson, 9 AM-6 PM, 312-491-0999.

MODchicago presents Our Way of Thinking 7 This mod enthusiasts' weekender features three days of concerts and parties, a scooter rally, and a record swap. aThu-Sat 6/5-6/7, multiple locations and times, ourwayofthinking.com (most events) and maydaysc.com (rally).

Chicago Blues Festival Featured artists include B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Johnny Winter; see our June 5 issue for a complete critical guide. a Thu-Sun 6/5-6/8, 11 AM-9:30 PM, Grant Park, 312-744-3315, chicagobluesfestival.us. F

Jefferson Park Community Festival (aka Jeff Fest) Entertainment includes a Dave Matthews cover band, 10,000 Maniacs, a production of Seussical, and Sunday-night fireworks. a6/6–6/8, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 1-11 PM, Sun 1-9 PM, Milwaukee and Higgins, 773-736-6697, $5 donation.

Chicago Caribbean Jerkfest Celebration of pan-Caribbean culture with food, live music and DJs, crafts, and even a dominoes tournament. aSat 6/7, 10 AM-7 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, 773-907-4792 or chitownjerkfest.com, $7, kids 12 and under free.

Ribfest Chicago This North Center fest promises 65,000 pounds of ribs (most likely from more than a dozen vendors) and 20 bands on two stages, including headliners Treaty of Paris, Nada Surf, the Alternate Routes, and Ha Ha Tonka. aSat-Sun 6/7-6/8, noon-10 PM, intersection of Damen, Irving Park, and Lincoln, 773-525-3609 ribfest-chicago.com, $5 donation.

Lucha Rock Spanish-language rock 'n' roll and Mexican wrestling. aSat 6/7, 3-10 PM, Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S. California, 773-561-9500, $10.

Grant Park Music Festival Guest conductors and instrumentalists season the Grant Park Orchestra's renditions of everything from Rachmaninoff to Dvorak. aEvery Wed, Fri, and Sat (except Fri 7/4) and a few other days, 6/11-8/16, Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312-742-7638. F

Chicago SummerDance Concerts by world music artists (Thu), pop, country, and folk acts (Fri-Sat), and big bands (Sun) on a dance floor crafted from recycled plastic by Chicago artist Dan Peterman, preceded by free dance lessons in the relevant style. a6/12-8/24, Thu-Sat 6-9:30 PM, Sun 4-7 PM, Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, Michigan between Harrison and Balbo, 312-742-4007. F

Wells Street Art Festival One of the city's bigger art fairs; entertainment includes A Flock of Seagulls and the Beatles tribute American English. aSat-Sun 6/14-6/15, 10 AM-10 PM, Wells between North and Division, $7-10 donation.

Bronzeville Cultural Festival Celebrating the city's historic black-culture hub; includes a book fair anchored by Third World Press and a film festival. aMon-Sun 6/16-6/22, times, venues, and prices were TBA at press time, bronzefest.com.

Halsted Tastes Better Sample chow from the North Halsted neighborhood restaurants for one all-you-can-eat price. aMon 6/16, 6-9 PM, Halsted between Belmont and Addison, $30, $25 in advance, northhalsted.com.

Thailand Festival Food, crafts, performances. aMon-Sat 6/16-6/21, 10 AM-5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. F

MOBfest At the 12th annual "Music Over Business" fest, one lucky (or possibly unlucky) band will win a demo deal with Atlantic. aThu-Sat 6/19-6/21, showcases at multiple venues (prices vary), panels and workshops Sat at Metro (included in $20 band registration fee, additional $10 for members of the public), 3730 N. Clark, chicagomobfest.com.

Shades of Riverview Carnival to raise funds for Lane Tech Alumni Association. a6/19-6/22, Thu-Fri 5-11 PM, Sat-Sun 1-11 PM, Lane Tech parking Lot, 2501 W. Addison, 773-935-9351. F

Close Up 2 Smooth Jazz Festival Sponsored by the smooth jazz bar Close Up 2. aFri-Sun 6/20-6/22, noon-10 PM, Pritzker Park, State and Van Buren, closeup2jazz.com, $5.

Scottish Festival and Highland Games Celebration of Scottish culture including bagpipe music, Highland dancing, a haggis-eating contest, a haggis-hurling contest, sheep-herding border collies, and more. a6/20-6/21, Fri 4-10 PM, Sat 8 AM-10 PM, Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 31st and York, Oak Brook, 708-447-5092, chicago-scots.org, $3-$13.

Taste of Randolph Street High-end restaurants hit the street; local and national acts (Drive-By Truckers, Bobby Bare Jr., Josh Ritter, and Mike Doughty) hit the stage. a 6/20-6/22, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 2-11 PM, Sun 2-10 PM, Randolph between Peoria and Racine, 312-458-9401, $10 donation.

Humboldt Park Art Fair Put on for emerging artists by emerging artists. This year's fair features more than 50 artists, ten bands, and two hip-hop acts. aSat 6/21, noon-8 PM, Humboldt Park field house and boathouse, Humboldt between North and Division, 773-319-3112. F

Chicago Summerfest No music lineup yet for this Lincoln Park neighborhood fest, but we know a game of human tic-tac-toe is in the offing. a6/21-6/22, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Clark and Armitage, 773-665-4682, $5 donation.

River North SummerFest aSun 6/22, 11 AM-7 PM, Erie Park, Erie and Larrabee, 312-645-1047, $15 donation.

Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club Family Fest & Carnival a6/25-6/29, Wed-Fri 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun 2-11 PM, 2501 W. Irving Park, nbgc.org. F

Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts Thirty food vendors, 350 artists, live entertainment TBA. aSat-Sun 6/21-6/22, 10 AM-9 PM, Chicago and Main, Evanston, custerfair.com, $1.

Pizza Fest Pizza vendors galore, pizza contests, live local bands. a6/21-6/22, Sat noon–10 PM, Sun noon–8 PM, Racine and Fullerton, 773-868-3010 ext. 249, $5 donation.

Chicago Arabesque Food and handicrafts from across the Middle East. a6/25-6/28, Wed-Fri 10 AM–3 PM, Sat 10 AM–5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, chicagoarabesque.com. F

Chicago Salsa Festival Featured musical acts include local Grammy nominee Angel Melendez and Puerto Rico's Ismael Miranda; also, world-class dance performances, dance instruction, vendors, and more. a6/27-6/29, Fri-Sat 10 AM-5 PM, Sun 11 AM-4 PM, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, concerts and dancing at Park West, Excalibur nightclub, and Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden, laboriqua.com/welcome/salsafest.html, $10–$25.

Cans Music Fest Vanilla Ice and C+C Music Factory headline. a6/27-6/28, Fri 4 PM, Cans Bar & Canteen, Sat 3 PM, Damen and Concord, 773-227-2277, $5 donation.

Taste of Chicago Restaurant bonanza, plus concerts by Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Stevie Wonder, Alejandro Escovedo, Bonnie Raitt, and more. a6/27–7/6, 11 AM–9 PM except 6/3-6/4, till 9:30 PM, and 6/6, till 8 PM, Grant Park, tasteofchicago.us. F

Chicago Pride Fest and Parade Entertainment at the fest includes sets by Martha Wash (expect "It's Raining Men") and Tiffany; the parade route is Belmont north to Broadway, then south on Broadway to Diversey, then east on Diversey to Cannon. a6/28-6/29, fest ($5 donation) Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Halsted at Waveland, parade Sun noon, 773-348-8243 or ChicagoPrideCalendar.org for details and many more Pride events all through the month of June.

Belmont Arts & Music Festival Featured musical acts include Cursive, Maritime, and American Music Club. aSat-Sun 6/28-6/29, noon-10 PM, Belmont between Damen and Leavitt, 773-327-5123, $5 donation.

Fountain Square Art Festival a6/28-6/29, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-6 PM, Sherman at Church, Evanston, 773-868-3010, $5.

Girl Blast This chick-heavy Pride Fest afterparty's got burgers from La Tache, beers, and a dance floor aSun 6/29, 1-10 PM, Ann Sather parking lot, 929 W. Belmont, 312-493-7123, $12.

JULY

African-Caribbean International Festival of Life Now in its 16th year, this annual event features 100 calypso, reggae, African and Latino acts. aThu-Sun 7/3-7/6, 10 AM–10 PM, Washington Park, 55th and Cottage Grove, 312-427-0266, $10, seniors and kids 7-11 $5, kids under 7 free, festival pass $30.

Naperville Ribfest Party like it's 1989: Ted Nugent, R.E.O. Speedwagon, and Foghat (along with Trace Adkins and Big Head Todd & the Monsters) headline. Seventeen world-class rib vendors are promised, along with half an hour of fireworks on the 4th. a Thu-Sun 7/3-7/6, noon-8 PM, Knoch Park, West and Martin, Naperville, ribfest.net, $10, kids 11 and under free, Sun after 7 PM free.

Lakeview Music Fest Mickey Hart Band headlines. a7/5-7/6, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, 3600 N. Sheffield, 773-868-3010, $5 donation.

BenFest Saint Benedict Church's annual family-friendly block party, with music from the likes of Mr. Blotto. a7/11-7/12, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 3-11 PM, 2215 W. Irving Park, 773-588-6484, $5 before 7 PM, $15 after.

Blottopia Summer fest staples Mr. Blotto hold their own camping and music fest; other acts include the Super American Happy Fun Good-Time Jam Band and Snuckafood. aFri-Sat 7/11-7/12, Vasa Park, 35 W. 217 Rte. 31, South Elgin, mrblotto.com, details not available at press time.

Irish American Heritage Festival Cultural presentations, a "hooley" that promises matchmaking, a mashed-potato eating contest, music by Gaelic Storm, the Tossers, Young Dubliners, and more.a 7/11-7/13, Fri 6 PM-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 PM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, irishfestchicago.com, $12/day; $8 until July 9; seniors $7, kids under 12 free.

Chicago Folk & Roots Festival The Old Town School of Folk Music's annual outdoor wingding, featuring headliners Kinky and Slavic Soul Party!, Jon Langford with the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus, the Midwest Invitational Fiddle Contest, and more. aSat-Sun 7/12-7/13, noon-9:30 PM, Welles Park, 4400 N. Lincoln, oldtownschool.org/festival, $7, $3 seniors and kids.

Rock Around the Block Thirty local bands, arts and crafts; no lineup announced yet but "Chicago's top 30 bands" and the world's largest Twister game are promised. a7/12-7/13, Sat noon–10 PM, Sun noon–9 PM, Lincoln and Belmont, 773-665-4682, $5.

Wauconda Rodeo a 7/12-7/13, Sat 5–10 PM, Sun 1–6 PM, Wauconda Rodeo Grounds, Rte. 12 and Case, Wauconda, waucondarodea.com, $15, $13 in advance, $5-$6 kids 5–10, kids under 5 free.

Celebrate Clark Street Rogers Park art, food, and music fest with an international slant and 17 music acts on two stages. aSun 7/13, 1-11 PM, Clark between Morse and Estes, 773-508-5885. F

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival Free dusk screenings of classics like All About Eve (opening night), The Blues Brothers (7/29), and the recut version of Orson Welles's Touch of Evil (8/12) continue through the hot season. aTue 7/15-8/26, times vary, Butler Field in Grant Park, Lake Shore and Monroe, 312-744-3315. F

Kane County Fair a 7/16-7/20, Wed-Thu, Sun 1–10 PM, Fri-Sat 1–11 PM, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall, Saint Charles, kanecountyfair.com, $5, $1 Wed, kids under 5 free, season ticket $20.

Great Performers of Illinois Festival The 30-some acts (ranging from the Western Elstons to the Grant Park Orchestra), the food, and even the wine is from Illinois. On Saturday and Sunday there'll be Abe Lincoln and Jean Baptiste Point DuSable impersonators and a corn maze. a7/18-7/20, Fri 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Millennium Park, 312-742-1168, greatperformersofillinois.com. F

Old Saint Pat's World's Largest Block Party Two stages of live music; lineup to be announced in June. a Fri-Sat 7/18-7/19, 5-10:30 PM, Madison at Desplaines, worldslargestblockparty.com, $40, $35 in advance, two-night pass $65.

Pitchfork Music Festival Indie-rock mecca, with the Hold Steady, Spoon, Animal Collective, Dinosaur Jr, Spiritualized, Vampire Weekend, and many more; Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, and Public Enemy perform classic albums in their entirety on Friday night. a7/18-7/20, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, pitchforkmusicfestival.com, $30/day, with limited two- and three-day passes $50 and $65.

Abbott Park Community/Gospel Festival aSat 7/19, 11 AM-7 PM, 49 E. 95th, 773-590-0423. F

Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival aSat 7/19, 10 AM-9 PM, Ogden Park, 6506 S. Racine, 773-723-0908. F

Summer on Southport This year the neighborhood fest encompasses the Chicago Chidren's Festival, with a Radio Flyer race, kiddie musical entertainment by Ralph Covert and Justin Roberts, and more. a7/19-7/20, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-9 PM, Southport and Waveland, 773-665-4682, $5.

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival Take a self-guided tour of more than 100 gardens, get advice from a master gardener, and see Cowboy Mouth. aSat-Sun 7/19-7/20, noon-5 PM, garden and kids activities, music and food till 9:30 PM, Webster and Sheffield, sheffieldfestivals.org, $6-$10.

Chinatown Summer Fair Live music, food, arts and crafts, and more; a lion dance procession starts at 12:30 PM. a Sun 7/20, 10 AM-8 PM, Wentworth between Cermak and 24th, chicagochinatown.com. F

Dearborn Garden Walk & Heritage Festival Tours of 20 gardens, "garden vignettes," and a narrated architectural walking tour. aSun 7/20, noon-5 PM, Dearborn and Goethe, dearborngardenwalk.com, $35, $30 in advance.

Let's Pet Together Festival Anti-Cruelty Society benefit event features pet psychics, dog games, and food vendors. aSun 7/20, noon-3 PM, Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 W. Grand, 312-644-8338, ext. 307, $20, $10 kids 13 and under.

The Silver Room's Sound System Block Party DJs spin inside the Wicker Park jewelry store while bands play outside; lineup TBA. aMon 7/21, noon-10 PM, Evergreen from Pierce to Milwaukee, 773-278-7130. F

Southside Art & Music Festival aMon-Tue 7/21-7/22, noon-10 PM, 35th at Halsted, 773-868-3010, ext. 232. F

Lake County Fair a7/22-7/27, Tue–Sat 8 AM–11:30 PM, Sun 8 AM–10 PM, Lake County Fairgrounds, Rtes. 120 and 45, Grayslake, lakecountyfairassoc.com, $7, $3 seniors, kids 12 and under free.

DuPage County Fair a Wed-Sun 7/23-7/27, 8 AM-10 PM, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester, Wheaton, dupagecountyfair.org, $10, $3 kids 3-12, kids under 2 free.

Peruvian Festival a Wed-Fri 7/23-7/25, 10 AM-5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. F

Newberry Library Book Fair and Bughouse Square Debates Got a soapbox? Get on it at the Bughouse Square Debates, held in historic Washington Square Park, which for the better half of the 20th century was "the most celebrated free-speech center in the nation," per the Encyclopedia of Chicago; prepare to heckle and be heckled. Need to do a little homework on your topic? More than 100,000 donated books in 60 categories, many priced under $2, are on offer inside at the Newberry's annual book fair. aBook fair 7/24-7/27, Thu-Fri noon–8 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM–6 PM, 60 W. Walton; debate Sat noon–4 PM, Washington Square Park, Clark and Walton; 312-255-3510, newberry.org. F

Ghanafest 2008 Billed as the "largest and most spectacular Ghanaian Cultural Exposition of its kind in the Diaspora," with arts, crafts, traditional foods, and more. a Sat 7/26, 10 AM-10 PM, Washington Park, 55th and Cottage Grove, 773-636-7013. F

Venetian Night Modeled on boat parades in Venice. About 30 yachts decked out in lights cruise the lakefront between Roosevelt and Monroe. Related: the Grant Park Orchestra and tenor Vittorio Grigolo perform a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30. aSat 7/26, 7:45 PM, boat parade 8:45, fireworks 9:30, 312-744-3315. F

Edgebrook Fest a 7/26-7/27, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-8 PM, Kinzua and Devon, 773-775-0378.

State Street Family Festival a 7/26-7/27, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-4 PM, 4900 S. State, 312-745-2702.F

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Lincoln Park's largest block party, featuring a wine garden, 350 vendors, and 40-some bands on six stages, including a kiddie stage. aSat-Sun 7/26-7/27, noon-10 PM, Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood, wrightwoodneighbors.org/taste.htm, $7, after 5 PM, $10 donation.

Wicker Park Fest A neighborhood fest with club-quality indie rock, including the reunited Polvo, Isis, Red Sparrowes, Maps & Atlases, and Film School. aSat-Sun 7/26-7/27, 11 AM-10 PM, 1600 N. Damen, 773-384-2672, $5 donation.

Chicago Temple Street Festival a Sat-Sun 7/26-8/17, 10 AM-7 PM, 2140 S. Archer, 312-451-8650.

Chicago Criterium Bike Race Pro-am bike racing on a tight, closed loop, with $40,000 at stake. aSun 7/27, 7 AM-2:30 PM, Grant Park, 773-868-3010, $25-$50 to race (signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=JS2VBK7), free to watch.

Fiesta del Sol Carnival games, medical screenings, voter registration tables, and a soccer tournament have augmented this music-heavy event, which drew an estimated million people last year. a7/31-8/3, Thu 5-10 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, Cermak between Loomis and Morgan, fiestadelsol.org. F

AUGUST

Lollapalooza Radiohead, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, and Rage Against the Machine headline this pricey extravaganza. aFri-Sun 8/1-8/3, 11 AM-10 PM, Grant Park, 310-313-7200, $205 for three-day pass, $190 in advance.

Serbfest a 8/1-8/3, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 5701 N. Redwood, 773-693-3366, $5 donation.

Lilydale Oldtimers 26th Neighborhood Festival & Picnic a Sat 8/2, 10 AM-5 PM, Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th, 773-568-3097. F

Uptown Unity Summer Fest Distinctive offerings include a karate tournament, free immunizations, and a "hip-hop arena." aSat 8/2, 10 AM-6 PM, Clarendon Park, Clarendon and Sunnyside, 773-878-4646. F

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival a Sat-Sun 8/2-8/3, 11 AM-6 PM, Dawes Park, Church at Sheridan, Evanston, 847-448-8260. F

Heritage Jazzfest Weekend Founded in 1981 by jazz singer Geraldine de Haas and run by her nonprofit, Jazz Unites. a 8/2-8/3, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 12:30-9 PM, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore, 773-734-2000.

Retro on Roscoe Antique vendors, local and cover bands, and a 25-chef chili cook-off, plus some 50 antique, classic, and muscle cars. aSat-Sun 8/2-8/3, noon-10 PM, Roscoe and Damen, 773-665-4682, $5.

World of Faeries Festival The only one of its kind in Illinois, this year's fairy fest features live music from Incendio, the Gypsy Nomads, Istanpitta, and Patchouli. Be forewarned: most patrons arrive in costume. a8/2-8/3, Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Vasa Park, Rte. 31, South Elgin, 815-788-1630, theworldoffaeries.com, $10, $8 seniors, kids 12 and under free.

Belize Day in the Park a Sun 8/3, 10 AM-10 PM, Washington Park, 57th and Payne, chicagobelizedayinthepark.org. F

Augustfest a 8/8-8/10, Fri 5-9 PM, Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, Saint Agnes of Bohemia Catholic School, 26th and Central Park, 773-522-0142. F

Caribbean Festival/Jamaican Independence Celebration Celebrate Jamaica's 46th year of independence with food, live blues, reggae, and jazz, and vendors offering clothes, jewelry, and the like. aFri-Sun 8/8-8/10, noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, 312-427-0266, $10, $5 kids 6-12 and seniors, under 6 free.

Gold Coast-River North Art Fair Over 300 juried artists, food, and live music. a 8/8-8/10, Fri noon-6 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM, along LaSalle at the intersections of Huron, Erie, and Superior, amdurproductions.com/gold-coast.html. F

Ginza Holiday Festival Japanese-themed art and entertainment, featuring demonstrations by master craftsmen, taiko drumming, and performances by the Fujima Shunojo Classical Dance Troupe. a8/8-8/10, Fri 5:30-9 PM, Sat 11:30 AM-7 PM, Sun 11:30 AM-6 PM, Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee, 312-943-7801, $4, students & seniors $3, kids under 12 free.

Taylor Street Festa Italiana Food and wine, street performers, bocce, and more. a8/8-8/10, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 3-11 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Taylor between Loomis and Ashland, 847-795-1800, $10 donation.

Freewill Picnic Gospel Festival a Sat 8/9, noon-6 PM, 2651 W. Roosevelt, 773-615-6413. F

Korean Street Festival a 8/9-8/10, Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-9 PM, 3200-3600 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-583-1700. F

Northalsted Market Days This Boys Town bash is the largest street fair in the midwest; entertainment had not been announced at press time. aSat-Sun 8/9-8/10, 11 AM-10 PM, Halsted between Belmont and Addison, northalsted.com/market_days.php, $5 donation.

West Fest Big neighborhood street fair with better-than-average music; this year's lineup features the Redwalls. a Sat-Sun 8/9-8/10, noon-10 PM, Chicago between Damen and Wood, westfestchicago.com, $5 donation.

Croatian Fest a Fri 8/15, 10 AM-11 PM, 2800-2900 S. Princeton, 312-842-1871. F

Oak Park Arts and Crafts Show a 8/15-8/16, Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 9:30 AM-5 PM, Scoville Park, 156 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, community-2.webtv.net/ASOA/26thannualoakpark. F

Chicago Air & Water Show If you work downtown, you'll probably see some of this annual spectacle/military advertisement/disaster waiting to happen whether you want to or not. a 8/15-8/17, Fri 3-9 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM water show, 11 AM-4 PM air show, North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-744-3370.F

Edison Park Fest a 8/15-8/17, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat 9 AM-11 PM, Sun 10 AM-10 PM, Olmsted between Oshkosh and Oliphant, 773-631-0063. F

Northside Summerfest North Center neighborhood festival, featuring live music, food and drink, and arts and crafts. a8/15-8/17, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, 4050 N. Lincoln and Belle Plaine, 773-665-4682, $5 donation.

Our Lady of Tepeyac Summer Festival a8/15-8/17, Fri 6-11 PM, Sat 10 AM-10 PM, Sun 8 AM-6 PM, 2235 S. Albany, 773-521-8400. F

Viva Aztlan Pilsen neighborhood festival. aFri-Sun 8/15-8/17, noon-10 PM, Casa Aztlan, 1831 S. Racine, 312-666-5508. F

Carifete Caribbean festival featuring live calypso, soca and reggae, food and drink, and a parade. aSat 8/16, 9 AM-9 PM, parade at 1 PM, Midway Plaisance between 59th and 60th, chicagocarifete.com. F

Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival a Sat 8/16, noon-7 PM, 1656 W. 63rd, 773-723-0908. F

Lincoln Park Fireman's Cook-Off a Sat-Sun 8/16-8/17, noon-10 PM, 2500 N. Clark, 773-506-4460. F

The Raven Kid-friendly Ravenswood neighborhood festival with live music, a market, and lots of space for the kids to play. a8/16-8/17, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-8 PM, Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland, and 4700 block of North Clark, 847-677-8723, $5 donation.

Printer's Ball Annual mixer for the print publishing scene courtesy of Poetry magazine, with music, video, performance, and lots of free books, magazines, journals, posters, and other lit swag. aFri 8/22, 5 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-787-7070. F

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Arts, crafts, an open-studio tour, live music and performance, food, and more. a 8/22-8/24, Fri 6-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-8 PM, 6900 block of North Glenwood and 1400 block of West Morse, 773-761-4477, rogerspark.com. F

Windy City Rodeo a 8/22-8/24, ilgra.com/wcr2008.php.

Bucktown Arts Fest Art, poetry, music, theater, film, and food. a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, 11 AM-7 PM, Senior Citizens Memorial Park, Oakley and Lyndale, bucktownartsfest.com. F

Chicago Reggae Festival Featuring Bunny Wailer, Anthony B, Queen Omega, and others. aSat 8/23, noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, chicagoreggaefestival.com, $15-20.

Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church Fun Fest and Health Fair a Sat 8/23, 10 AM-6 PM, 1415 W. 104th, 773-881-7710.

Taste of Greece a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, noon-11 PM, Halsted between Van Buren and Monroe, 847-509-8050. F

Ukrainian Festival a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, noon-10 PM, Smith Park, 2500 W. Grand, www.uccaillinois.org/ukr_days_2008.html, $5.

Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival The city's annual Latin music fest; schedule TBA. a Sat-Sun 8/23-8/24, 11 AM-9:30 PM, Grant Park, 312-742-7638. F

Whole Foods Market Flavorfest Free samples from many vendors, as well as live entertainment, games and cooking demos. aSat-Sun 8/23-8/24, 11 AM-9 PM, Wrightwood Park, Wrightwood and Ashland, 773-868-3010, $5.

Chicago Jazz Festival This year's featured artists include Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Edward Wilkerson Jr., and Dave Douglas. aThu-Sun 8/28-8/31, 10 AM-9:30 PM, Millennium Park (Thu) and Grant Park (Fri-Sun), www.chicagojazzfestival.us. F

African Festival of the Arts Live music on three stages, food and drink, arts and crafts, and more. aFri-Mon 8/29-9/1, 10 AM-10 PM, Washington Park, 51st at Cottage Grove, 773-955-2787, $10-$15, seniors and kids $5.

Taste of Polonia Polish cuisine and music, traditional dancing, classic-rock cover bands, and more. a8/29-9/1, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-11 PM, Mon 5-10 PM, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, 773-777-8898, $6.

Bash on Wabash South Loop neighborhood festival featuring continuous live music (national acts promised; schedule TBA), beer and wine, an upscale craft show, and more. a Sat-Sun 8/30-8/31, noon-10 PM, Wabash between 13th and 15th, 773-868-3010, $5.

SEPTEMBER

Windy City Wine Festival More than 250 wines from around the world, seminars, cooking demos, and food. a 9/5-9/6, Fri 4–10 PM, Sat 3–10 PM, Daley Plaza, 337 E. Randolph, windycitywinefestival.com, $30, $25 in advance, $10 designated driver, under 21 free with paid adult.

German American Fest There's a parade Saturday commemorating Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who volunteered to serve under George Washington during the Revolutionary War, starting at 4000 N. Lincoln; at the festival site expect music, dancing, and copious amounts of German food and beer. a9/5-9/7, Fri 5-11 PM, Sat noon-11 PM, parade at 2 PM, Sun noon-10 PM, Lincoln, Leland, and Western, 630-653-3018, germanday.com. F

Auburn Gresham 79th Street Renaissance Festival aSat 9/6, 10 AM-6 PM, 79th between Loomis and Racine, 773-483-3696, .gagdc.org. F

Guinness Oyster Festival Attractions include live music from Powder, the Prodigals, and Heavy Manners, an abundance of Guinness and Harp, and fresh oysters provided by the Whitehall Hotel's Fornetto Mei. aSat 9/6, noon-11 PM, Roscoe between Damen and Leavitt, 773-868-3010, $5 donation.

Italian Village Ferrari Festival Features 60 cars on display along Monroe, as well as live music, food and wine, and magic and face-painting for the kids. aSun 9/7, 11 AM-2 PM, Monroe between Clark and Dearborn, 312-332-7005, $25.

Festival de La Villita Little Village neighborhood fest. a 9/12-9/14, Fri 6-11 PM, Sat 3-11 PM, Sun noon-11 PM, 26th between Kostner and Ogden, 773-868-3010. F

Chicago's Taste of Romania Sponsored last year by Little Bucharest and the Continental Cafe; location and details for this year TBA. a Sat-Sun 9/13-9/14, 10 AM-10 PM, 773-604-8500, $7-$12.

The Edgewater GrAlley The theme is "grilling and chilling in Edgewater," with music, food, a silent auction, a pig roasting contest between area culinary schools, and more. aSat 9/13, noon-10 PM, Granville and Glenwood, 773-761-1782, price TBA.

Wine Crush in Old Town More than 100 wines to taste, plus music by Duncan Sheik and others, arts and crafts, a fashion show and a grape-stomping competition. aSat 9/13, 11 AM-10 PM, wine tasting 1-6 PM, Wells between North and Schiller, 773-868-3010, $6, wine tasting fees $15.

Celtic Fest Chicago The city's annual fest generally features live music plus dance performances, workshops, and traditional sports. aSat-Sun 9/13-9/14, 11 AM-9:30 PM, Grant Park, 312-744-3315. F

Lake View East Festival of the Arts More than 130 juried artists. a9/13-9/14, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Broadway from Belmont to Roscoe, lakevieweast.com. F

Lincoln Park Art Faire Nearly 100 vendors, food, and live music. aSat-Sun 9/13-9/14, 11 AM-6 PM, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 312-742-7726. F

Renegade Craft Fair Put on by Renegade Handmade, this is one of the biggest and most well-known craft fairs in the nation. This year there's top-notch live music too; headliners are Northern State on Saturday and Califone on Sunday. aSat-Sun 9/13-9/14, noon-10 PM, Division between Damen and Hermitage, 773-227-2707, renegadecraft.com. F

Winefest Chicago From the folks who brought you Ribfest Chicago; details TBA. a9/19-9/21, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 2-10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM, parking lot at 3840 N. Lincoln, winefestchicago.com, $25.

World Music Festival: Chicago Most of this festival takes place in dozens of intimate shows at clubs and other small venues, but Millennium Park headliners include the Al-Kindi Ensemble and the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus with Sheikh Hamza Chakour and Calexico with Mariachi Luz de Luna and Salvador Duran. aFri-Thu 9/19-9/25, multiple times and venues, 312-742-1938, cityofchicago.org/WorldMusic, admission ranges from free to $15.

Eli's Cheesecake Festival a9/20-9/21, Sat 9 AM-5 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM, Eli's Cheesecake Company, 6701 W. Forest Preserve, 773-205-3800, elischeesecake.com. F

Hideout Block Party Usually the best block party of the summer for music fans, with two stages of A-list local and national bands; lineup and pricing TBA. aSat-Sun 9/20-9/21, noon-10 PM, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, hideoutchicago.com, price TBA.

Estrojam Music and Culture Festival Highlighting established and emerging female artists and musicians through concerts, workshops, and panels. aThu-Sat 9/23-9/27, multiple venues and times, estrojam.org, pricing TBA.

Annual Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure a 9/26-9/27, Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, University of Chicago Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th and Lake Park, 312-751-2500. F

Oktoberfest Chicago a 9/26-9/28, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-8 PM, Saint Alphonsus Church, 3000 N. Lincoln, 773-665-4682, $5.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Lineup TBA. a Sat 9/27, 11 AM-2 AM, multiple venues including Midway Plaisance Park, 59th and Woodlawn, hydeparkjazzfestival.org. F

57th Street Children's Book Fair a Sun 9/28, 1-6 PM, 57th between Kimbark and Kenwood, 773-619-8371. F

OCTOBER

Latin Grammys Street Party a Sun 10/5, noon-8 PM, Plaza Garibaldi, 2600 S. California, 773-561-9500. F

Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival The art fair that made Wicker Park what it is today, featuring artwork and performances from more than 300 emerging painters, photographers, sculptors, actors, poets, and filmmakers. Details and prices TBA. aThu-Sun 10/9-10/12, multiple venues, aroundthecoyote.org/festivals.

Chicago Country Music Festival Separated at long last from the Taste of Chicago music programming. Lineup TBA. a Sat-Sun 10/11-10/12, 12:30-8 PM, Solider Field Parkland, 425 E McFetridge Dr., 312-744-3315, chicagocountrymusicfestival.us. F

Illinois

may

Summer Camp Music Festival The Flaming Lips, the Roots, the New Pornographers, and Girl Talk are featured at this three-day jam-band fest, along with Umphrey's McGee, Moe., and O.A.R. aThu-Sun 5/22–5/25, Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Rte. 29, Chillicothe, 309-274-3107, summercampfestival.com/2008, $170, late advance $155, VIP upgrade (includes access to band hospitality area) $100.

June

International Carillon Festival For one week every year, Springfield's Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon—a tower of 67 tuned bronze bells played manually using a keyboard—hosts nightly performances by carillonneurs from around the globe. aSun-Sat 6/1-6/7, 7-8:30 PM (no concert Wed 6/4), fireworks Fri 6/6 at 9 PM, Washington Park, 1774-1799 W. Fayette, Springfield, 217-753-6219, carillon-rees.org. F

Great Galena Balloon Race Features 20-plus hot air balloons, three races, balloon rides, and two night-glow shows. There's also a car show, live music, and the Friday night Alefest. a6/20-6/22, Fri 6-10 PM, Sat 6 AM-10 PM, Sun 6 AM, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge, Galena, greatgalenaballoonrace.com, free to watch, $20 for Alefest.

Long Grove Strawberry Fest Strawberries, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry baked goods, a classic car show, and more in Long Grove's historic business district. aFri-Sun 6/20-6/22, 10 AM-6 PM, Old McHenry at Robert Parker Coffin, Long Grove, longgroveonline.com/strawberry.html. F

Cornerstone Festival Massive Christian music festival features 300-plus perfomances on the "Jesus Village" and "Sanctuary" stages. aMon-Sat 6/30-7/5, performances 1 PM–1 AM, seminars 9 AM–4 PM, 23325 N. Cornerstone, Marietta, 773-989-2087, cornerstonefestival.com, festival pass $135–$155, kids 6–11 $50–$70, kids 5 and under free, family $275–$375 (includes camping).

august

Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Free "hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn" is served at 2 PM Sunday; meanwhile there's a crafters' and flea market with more than 200 vendors, live music, and beer garden. a 8/7-8/10, Thu 6-11 PM, Fri 11 AM-midnight, Sat 9 AM-midnight, Sun 9 AM-7 PM, Illinois and Jefferson, Mendota, sweetcornfestival.com, beer garden admission $4 Fri–Sat 7:30 PM–midnight. F

Illinois State Fair This year's theme is "A Family Tradition." Grandstand performers include Weird Al Yankovic, Brooks & Dunn, Huey Lewis & the News, and ZZ Top. aFri-Sun 8/8-8/17, 7 AM-midnight, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon, Springfield, state.il.us/fair, $3, seniors $2, kids 12 and under free, parking $7, grandstand concerts require additional tickets.

On the Waterfront Four-day music fest on 30 city blocks in downtown Rockford, with carnival attractions, a market, a golf tournament, and Sunday New Orleans-style jazz brunch. This year's grandstand headliners are Finger Eleven, Puddle of Mud, Styx, Vanessa Hudgens, Dave Barnes, and Los Lonely Boys. a8/28-8/31, Thu 6 PM-midnight, Fri 5 PM-midnight, Sat 11:30 AM-midnight, Sun 11 AM-11 PM, downtown Rockford, onthewaterfront.com, $12 festival pass in advance, $15/day at the gate, kids 8 and under free, grandstand concerts and some other events require additional tickets.

Indiana

may

Valpo-Fest Motorcycle Swap Huge motorcycle show, a swap meet for tools and parts, a car show, live music, food, a beer garden, a bikini contest, and a salute to the troops featuring air force jets. aSun 5/25, 8 AM-5 PM, Porter County Fairgrounds, Valparaiso, valpo-fest.com, $8, $2 kids 12 and under, ladies who ride free, $20 for the car and bike shows.

june

Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival The oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world, held on the estate of "the father of bluegrass," with more than 50 acts, including Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (6/21), J.D. Crowe & New South (6/21), and Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain (6/19 and 6/20). Rent a cabin, drive an RV, or bring a tent. aSat-Sat 6/14-6/21, 5163 SR 135 N, Morgantown, 800-414-4677, beanblossom.com, advance single-day tickets $15-$30, advance three-day pass $75, advance eight-day pass $125, prices go up 6/1, cabins and camping extra.

Indiana Fiddler's Gathering For its 36th season, this old-timey music festival features the Foghorn String Band and the Flat Mountain Girls, violin and guitar duo Frank Vignola and Aaron Weinstein, and others. a6/27-6/29, Fri 8-10 PM, Sat 9:30 AM-11 PM, Sun 9:30 AM-5 PM, Exit 178, West Lafayette, Brookson, indianafiddlersgathering.org, $5-$12 per concert, $4-$9 in advance, $22 for both shows Sat, $30 weekend pass, kids 12 and under free, primitive camping $5/night with weekend pass.

july

Indiana Microbrewers Festival Unlimited sampling of more than 200 beers from some 20 Indiana breweries (and 15 from out of state), plus food and games like toss the keg. aSat 7/12, 3-7 PM, Opti Park, 820 E. 66th, Indianapolis, 317-856-6092, $35, $30 in advance.

Circus City Festival Peru bills itself as the circus capital of the world and its 250-plus-member amateur circus calls itself the greatest amateur show on earth. This annual festival features daily circus performances, carnival attractions, and the second-largest parade in Indiana. a7/12-7/19, performances Sat 2 and 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Mon-Fri 7 PM, parade Sat 7/19 10 AM, 154 N. Broadway, Peru, perucircus.com, $10-$13, $1 off for kids under 13.

Pierogi Fest Vendors come from Cleveland and Canada, the chamber of commerce calls itself the Pierogatory, and even the dogs don babushkas in honor of the humble Polish dumpling. a7/25-7/27, Fri-Sat 11 AM–10 PM, Sun 11 AM–5 PM, "Polka Parade" Fri 7 PM, 119th and Indianapolis, Whiting, 219-659-0292, pierogifest.net. F

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Entertainment on three stages (think old-fashioned medicine shows and bluegrass, not Mr. Blotto) and 350 artists hawking their wares around Amish Acres' paddle-boat-filled pond. a7/31-8/3, Thu-Sat 9 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, 1600 W. Market, Nappanee, 574-773-4188, $6, kids 11 and under free.

august

Indiana State Fair Grandstand acts include Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Sugarland, and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. The fair also features attractions ranging from an antique tractor show to an exhibit on how to preserve clean water. a8/6-8/17, Sun-Thu 6 AM-11 PM, Fri 6 AM-midnight, Sat 6 AM-12:30 AM, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th, Indianapolis, in.gov/statefair, $8, kids under 6 free, grandstand performances require additional tickets.

Michigan

june

Annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest Individuals and groups compete to build the summer's best sand sculpture. Last year two brothers from Florida won for a Gothic castle. aSat 6/28, 9 AM-noon, Grand Haven City Beach, Grand Haven, grandhavenchamber.org, $5 individuals, $10 groups of five or less, free to watch.

july

Rothbury Festival Huge music and camping fest featuring an eclectic lineup including (among many others) Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Modest Mouse, the Black Keys, Thievery Corporation, and Atmosphere. aThu-Sun 7/3-7/6, Thu 8 AM–Mon 1 PM, Double JJ Ranch, 5900 Water, Rothbury, rothburyfestival.com, weekend ticket $244.75, VIP $475, RV pass $100.

Cherry Pit Spitting Championship Participants see just how far they can spit their pits "with only a minimal loss of dignity" at this farm, where you can also pick your own cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums, apples, blackberries, and raspberries in season. aSat 7/5, 9 AM-3 PM, Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, 9351 E. Eureka, Eau Claire (yes, Michigan has one too), 877-863-3276, treemendus-fruit.com. F

Michigan Beer Fest More than 200 beers from more than 30 Michigan brewers (miss Bell's much?), along with food and live entertainment. a7/25-7/26, Fri 5-9 PM, Sat 1-6 PM, Depot Town, Ypsilanti, 877-772-5425 or michiganbrewersguild.org/events.asp, $30-$35, $25-$30 in advance, $5 designated drivers. For directions see depottown.org.

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Organizers say this long-standing six-day campout is as much about friendship and community among "womyn" as it is the festival's 40 genre-spanning performances, film festival, and craft show. Early-week workshops include "Drumming for Womyn of Color," "Lesbian Tent Revival," and "Amazon Archery." No men allowed, but there are day camps for both young girls and boys; childryn are returned to their moms each night. aTue-Sun 8/5-8/10, "650 lush green acres in Michigan," for location and directions call 231-757-4766, prices and packages vary, michfest.com.

Abbott's Magic Get-Together "No politics, just fun." Magicians perform onstage and in the street, give lectures, and share tricks of the trade. aWed-Sat 8/6-8/9, various times and locations, Colon, 800-926-2442, $140.

Wisconsin

may

Chocolate Fest In addition to extensive chocolate tasting, the fest features a candy-wrapper design contest, wine tasting, a farmers' market, horseback riding, and live music. a5/23-5/26, Fri 4 PM-midnight, Sat-Sun 10 AM-midnight, Mon noon-8 PM, 864 Maryland, Burlington, 262-763-3300, $7, $6 seniors, $3 kids 5-12, under 5 free.

Great Wisconsin Cheese Fest Activities include cheese carving, a cheesecake contest, and a cheese-curd-eating competition. Also: carnival rides, a petting zoo, live music, and a wine tasting a6/6–6/8, Fri noon–midnight, Sat 10 AM–midnight, Sun 8 AM–5 PM, Doyle Park, 100 Van Buren, Little Chute, 920-788-7394 $5, $4 in advance, $2-$3 kids 12 and under, Sun free.

JUNE

American Players Theatre This year's season at the theater in the woods includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ah, Wilderness!, Henry IV: The Making of a King, Widowers' Houses, The Belle's Stratagem, and The Desert Queen. a6/7-10/5, Tue-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 6 PM, 5950 Golf Course Rd., Spring Green, 608-588-2361, playinthewoods.org, $36-$58.

Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee claims its sprawling Summerfest is the world's largest music festival. Headliners range from Eric Burdon & the Animals to Gnarls Barkley, Rush to Rusted Root, Blondie to Dashboard Confessional. a6/26–7/6, Sun-Thu noon-4 PM, Fri-Sat noon-midnight, 200 N. Harbor, Milwaukee, summerfest.com, Fri-Sat adults $15, Sun-Thu adults $8, seniors and kids 3–10 $3, kids 2 and under free, $14 in advance, two-day pass $23.

JULY

Bristol Renaissance Fair Jousting, wenches, ale, ax-throwing, archery, turkey legs fit for Henry VII, and more. a Sat-Sun 7/5-8/31 and Mon 9/1, 10 AM-7 PM, I-94 and State Line, Kenosha, renfair.com/bristol, $18.95, $15.95 in advance, $9.50 kids 5–12 ($8 in advance), kids under 5 free.

EAA AirVenture Fly-In Temporary airplane museum features 2,500 show aircraft. aMon-Sun 7/28-8/3, 7 AM-5:30 PM, Wittman Regional Airport, 525 W. 20th, Oshkosh, airventure.org, $35, $20 students, $15 kids, 5 and under free.

Wisconsin State Fair Among its most interesting offerings is a huge textile, craft, culinary, and horticulture show; last year's attracted more than 700 exhibitors. a7/31-8/10, Mon-Thu 8 AM-11 PM, Fri-Sat 8 AM-midnight, Sun 8 AM-9 PM, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield, West Allis, wistatefair.com, $8, $6 seniors, $3 kids age 7-11, kids 6 and under free parking $9.

AUGUST

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw Here's something you just can't do in the city. a8/29-8/30, Fri 5-11:30 PM, Sat 6:30 AM-11:30 PM, Marion Park, Prairie de Sac, wiscowchip.com. F

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