5 Festivals To Get Your Food and Culture Fix This Weekend

Make sure you get enough sleep this week because you don't want to miss these five festivals happening over the course of four days.

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Make sure you get enough sleep this week because you don’t want to miss these five festivals happening over the course of four days.

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas Festivals

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas

June 16–19
Humboldt Park
Division St. and California Ave.

This free four-day festival celebrates all things Puerto Rican. Held at Humboldt Park, you’ll know when you’re there if not by the salsa and reggaeton music and smell of delicious food then by the 59-foot metal Puerto Rican Flags that stretch across Division Street. Expect live music, mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine, rides, activities for kids, and more. One highlight is the parade that kicks off June 19 at Division Street and Western Avenue.

Chicago Ale Fest Festivals

Chicago Ale Fest

Chicago Ale Fest

Buckingham Fountain
Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway
June 17–18
$50 for General Admission tickets

Buckingham Fountain alone is beautiful sight but add some brews and it only gets better. Chicago Ale Fest returns to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain for two days where you can enjoy the sights while trying over 200 beers from craft brewers across the country like 4 Hands Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Lagunitas, and much more. Tickets include 20 samples of beer.

Brew to be Wild Festivals

Brew to be Wild

Brew to be Wild

Lincoln Park Zoo
2200 N. Cannon Dr.
June 17–18
$49

If you’re feeling a little animalistic then grab some beers at Lincoln Park Zoo at Brew to be Wild. Sample 75 beers from over 35 local and regional breweries while getting to experience the zoo’s animals at night along with live DJs, food, and lawn games. The ticket price includes 20 three-ounce samples.

6 Corners BBQ Fest Festivals

6 Corners BBQ Fest

6 Corners BBQ Fest

4000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
June 18–19

If you need some food to sober up head to 6 Corners BBQ Fest in Portage Park. The star of the festival is the food with Blackhawk BBQ & Seafood, Texas Lightning, Chicago BBQ Company, Porkchop, Rancho Mateo, and others offering all the saucy meat you can desire. While you’re taking a bite of some ribs or brisket enjoy live wrestling matches, arts and crafts for kids, and live music.

Chicago Pride Fest Festivals

Chicago Pride Fest

Chicago Pride Fest

Waveland Avenue and Halsted Street
June 18–19

Held during National Pride Month, Chicago Pride Fest in Boystown is a celebration of the lively and welcoming LGBT community in Chicago. The people watching, food, and drinks are great, but every year the festival brings some great musical acts. This year’s performers include Jordin Sparks, Daya, and Dumblonde.


Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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