This Weekend’s 6 Must-Attend Festivals

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Six Pack Country Beach Party Festivals

Six Pack Country Beach Party

Six Pack Country Beach Party

June 25, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
North Avenue Beach
1600 N. Lakeshore Dr.
$10 General Admission and $30 Party Pass, which includes drink and food vouchers

Bring out all your USA swim trunks, bikinis, bandannas, and towels for the Six Pack Country Beach Party. This bro-tacular party on North Avenue Beach celebrates America with a country DJ, drinks, beer garden, food from Old Crow Smokehouse, and backyard games. If you feel competitive get your friends together to compete at the Six Pack Volleyfest where you can take place in volleyball, cornhole, and spikeball tournaments all during the beach party. Attendees must be 21 and over.

 

2016 Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

June 25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 W. 19th St.

Join the expected 10,000 visitors in Chinatown to witness 30 dragon-boat race teams compete on the South Branch of the Chicago River. These beautifully crafted boats hold 18 paddlers, a drummer, and a flag catcher. The races kick off with a lion dance. In addition to the races, get to know Chinatown by taking once of the complimentary Chinatown Trolley’s that loops Ping Tom Memorial Park and makes stops across the community. There will also be vendors, Chinese dancers, Chinese drummers, martial art demonstrations, children’s activities, and much more.

 

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party

June 25, 5:30 p.m.–11 p.m.
UIC Festival Lot
1145 S. Morgan St.
$40 General Admission and $90 VIP

For 32 years Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party has been a staple in the Chicago festival scene with its great music, food, and drinks. This year Passion Pit, JD McPherson, and 7th Heaven will be performing. Enjoy the music, food, and drinks all while supporting Old St. Patrick’s Church’s outreach and social justice programs. Attendees must be 21 and over.

 

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Festivals

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest

June 25–26, 12 p.m.–10 p.m.
3800 N. Elston Ave.
$5 gate donation

Sausages and music—why do we need to say anything else? Enjoy encased meats from Paulina Meat Market, Nottoli & Son Italian Sausage Shop, Genoa Italian, The Kate & Jan food truck, Home Bakery and more at Elston Avenue Sausage and Music Fest.

 

Festivals

Chicago Mariachi Festival

Chicago Mariachi Festival

June 26, 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.

With our large Mexican population it’s only right that Chicago have a massive mariachi festival. Along with the city’s own talented Mexican folk performers, worldwide mariachi groups will be performing including Mariachi Cobre, Mariachi Internacional Los Perez, and Mariachi Aztlán.

 

Chicago Pride Parade Festivals

Chicago Pride Parade

Chicago Pride Parade

June 26, 12 p.m.
Broadway St. to Halsted St. between Montrose Ave. and Diversey Ave.

It’s hard to find more love in a parade than at the Chicago Pride Parade. Those marching and those watching usually have nothing but smiles on their faces and hugs to give out as they celebrate Chicago’s LGBT community. Floats, decorated cars, marching bands, performance groups, drag queens, and more will be marching fiercely on Sunday.

Correction: This article originally stated that the trolley for the 2016 Chicago Dragon Race for Literacy took of from the Loop. That was incorrect and and has been fixed in the article.


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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