5 Can’t-Miss Events at Navy Pier

From food festivals and weekly live music performances to biweekly fireworks, here's 5 must-experience happenings at Navy Pier.


Water Colors Presented by CIBC

Navy Pier has teamed up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to host Water Colors presented by CIBC, a free, live jazz music series featuring top Chicago jazz artists. Nearly every Friday now through Aug. 24, guests can enjoy 90-minute sets at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, with performances ranging from emerging new talent, to established and seasoned artists.

Noche Caribena

On Aug. 11, join us for a fun-filled evening of dance, music and cultural expression on the new Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. In partnership with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, this free special concert will feature music ensembles from the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora.

 The Great American Lobster Fest

The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest seafood and lobster festival, returning to Chicago’s legendary Navy Pier Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31–Sept. 2. Join them for summer’s last hurrah, where you can enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, land food options, and cold beverages. What’s not to love?

Live on the Lake at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

A 15-week live music and dance series presented Wednesdays through Sundays (through Labor Day weekend). Be sure to stick around as the spectacular Aon Summer Fireworks light up the sky every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m.

Chicago World Music Festival and World Dumpling Festival

Take a trip around the world without leaving home on Sept. 23 as the best of two worlds come together to bring global sounds and flavors into one setting. The Chicago World Music Festival closes its citywide event at Navy Pier, and the 2nd annual World Dumpling Festival will provide a variety of dumplings from across the globe.


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