August is here! Lucky for us, the summertime fun is still in full swing. As usual, there is no shortage of great family-friendly weekend activities in Chicago and the surrounding area.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3:
1. Fiesta de Sol
1400 W. Cermak Ave. (Pilsen)
Thursday, July 31, 5 - 10 pm
Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday, August 3, 11 am - 10 pm
The largest Latino festival in the Midwest comes to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood this weekend. During the four-day event, you can enjoy live entertainment, local artists, food, carnival rides, soccer games, and more. Families will enjoy the Children's Area where kids can enjoy face painting, story time, educational games, and other fun activities.
Fiesta de Sol also offers an Arts and Culture Pavilion where local artists share their work with visitors, and you can try your hand making your own works of art, too.
2. Fox Valley Irish Festival
360 N. Broadway St. (Aurora, Ill.)
Saturday, August 2, 1 - 10:30 pm (Kids area open from 1 - 5 pm)
$10 for adults, $5 for kids 3 - 14; free for kids 2 and under
The Irish eyes will be smiling out in far west suburban Aurora at the Fox Valley Irish Festival this weekend. The one-day event offers a ton of great family activities for four fun-packed hours - from 1 - 5 pm. You and your family can enjoy a petting zoo, participate in freckle contests, make Irish crafts, and more. There also will be live performances by Irish dancers and bag pipers, making for a festive summer day.
3. Taste of Latin America
3600 to 3828 W. Armitage Ave.
From Central Park Ave. to Avers St. (Logan Square)
Saturday, August 2, 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, August 3, 11 am to 9 pm
The Taste of Latin America celebrates all things Central and South American: food, music, and arts. The two-day festival features arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, live performances, and more. Just be sure to come hungry - and be ready to sample amazing foods from the Southern Hemisphere.
This weekend, you can visit the Far East via the western suburbs of Chicago. For two days, the Morton Arboretum will host its Destination Asia Summer Festival, which allows you to explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, storytelling, art and more.
On tap for Sunday is live Sumo wrestling, which I know my sons would love to see. Throughout the weekend, you also can learn to play badminton and cricket, and try your hand at kung fu, tai chi, origami, and more. As part of the festival, you also can join a walking tour of the Morton Arboretum grounds to view its plant and tree collections from China, Japan and Korea.
5. Millennium Park's Family Fun Festival
Now through Sunday, August 3, 10 am - 3 pm
Family Fun Tent, Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North
201 E. Randolph Dr. (Lakeshore East)
Millennium Park's Family Fun Festival kicked off on June 23 and runs through August 24. This weekend, the festival's activity zone programming will be led by the Chicago History Museum. Each day, the museum will invite kids to participate in a craft project that encourages them to "identify something unique about Chicago."
While you're at the festival, you can catch a Wiggleworms class at 10 am, join in the Reading Circle at 11 am, and enjoy a live music or dance performance at 1 pm. The complete schedule is available on the Millennium Park website.
A word to the wise: Lollapalooza takes over Grant Park this weekend. You should expect large crowds if you head to Millennium Park (just north of Grant Park) this weekend.
Summertime road trip inspiration:
Interested in heading out on a summertime road trip? Then, this weekend is the perfect time to hop in your car and head north to New Glarus, Wisc. for Volkfest, a celebration of Swiss Independence Day, on Sunday, August 3.
Swiss Independence Day marks the birth of the Swiss nation on August 1, 1291. During the celebration, you can enjoy choral folklore music, yodeling, alphorn playing, accordion music, and other live entertainment.
The event is held at Tell Shooting Park in New Glarus - also referred to as "America's Little Switzerland." The park opens at noon, with entertainment running from 1:30 - 4 pm. The fun continues with dancing from 4 - 6 pm.
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