I have mixed emotions about this coming weekend. While I'm happy it marks an important holiday, I'm not quite ready to say farewell to summer. That's why I plan to make the most out of the three-day holiday weekend by enjoying some of the great family-friendly events taking place in the city and the surrounding area.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this Labor Day weekend - Friday, August 29, Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1:
1. African Festival of the Arts
51st St. and Cottage Grove (Washington Park)
Friday, August 29 - Monday, September 1; 10 am - 10 pm
$10 advance tickets; $20 daily admission at the gate; $5 daily admission for kids
$30 for families (2 adults and 4 kids); $30 weekend pass
The African Festival of the Arts celebrates arts and culture from across the African Diaspora. The festival will transport attendees to African villages through drumming, dancing, music, and more. There also will be a children's pavilion with games, storytelling, drumming workshops, and more for families to enjoy.
2. Taste of Polonia
5216 W. Lawrence Ave. (Jefferson Park)
Friday, August 29; 5 - 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31; 12 - 10:30 pm
Monday, September 1; 12 - 10 pm
$7 for adults; free for kids 12 and under
Taste of Polonia features live music, Polish food, and activities for all ages. Attendees of the four-day festival also can enjoy a casino, bingo, carnival rides, and games. There also will be a kids stage and fun zone with inflatables and a climbing wall.
3. Irish Days
Fountain Square in Downtown Long Grove
Old McHenry Rd. and Robert Parker Coffin Rd. (Long Grove, Ill.)
Saturday, August 30 - Monday, September 1, 11 am - 7 pm
Historic Downtown Long Grove invites people to "revel in the cultural traditions" of Ireland throughout the Labor Day weekend. The three-day festival features live music, Irish dancers, traditional Irish food and drink, arts and crafts for the "wee folks," a village-wide leprechaun hunt, and more.
4. Artopia Fest Chicago
Chicago Urban Art Society
600 W. Cermak Rd. (Pilsen)
Saturday, August 30, 2 - 10 pm
$6 in advance or $10 at the door; free for kids 12 and under
Artopia Fest Chicago returns for a third year, showcasing the best of Chicago's art and music scene for all ages to enjoy. Billed as Chicago's largest indoor and outdoor music and arts festival, it features art from more than 100 artists, visual performances by Redmoon Theater, live art stations, live music and theater, and much more. The event also will include a Kidtopia area - perfect for young arts and music enthusiasts.
5. Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival
2 Illinois 25 (Geneva, Ill.)
Sunday, August 31 - Monday, September 1, 11 am - 6 pm
$20 for adults; $15 for teens and seniors; free for kids under 12
This weekend, you can head out to Geneva, Ill. to enjoy more than 30 folk music and storytelling performances at the 38th annual Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival. The festival also offers a children's area, folk arts area, yodeling lessons, and a variety of food vendors - to keep everyone happy and energized all weekend long. You also are encouraged to bring your instruments for hands-on workshops and jamming.
Summertime road trip inspiration:
Interested in heading out on one last summertime road trip? Then, this weekend is the perfect time to hop in your car and head north to New Glarus, Wis. (known as "America's Little Switzerland") for the Wilhelm Tell Festival, an event that pays homage to the Swiss archer, Wilhelm Tell.
During the three-day event, you can enjoy yodeling, dancing, an art fair, Swiss cuisine, and more.
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