Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - August 8, 9 and 10

Hooray for summertime weekends! 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 8, Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10:

1. Ginza Holiday
Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee St. (Old Town)
Friday, August 8, 5:30 - 9 pm
Saturday, August 9, 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 10, 11:30 am - 6 pm
$7 adults, $6 students and seniors
Children under 12 with a paying adult are free
($12 for adults on Saturday night after 7 pm)

The Ginza Holiday is a celebration of Japanese culture. It features live music and dance performances, self defense demonstrations, Japanese arts and crafts exhibits, and traditional Japanese cuisine. Inside the Midwest Buddhist Temple, you can bonsai, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), Samurai swords and other exhibits and demonstrations.

2. Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic
Parade steps off at King Dr. and Oakwood Blvd. (Bronzeville)
Saturday, August 9, 10 am
Free admission

With back-to-school season here, it's time for the Bud Billiken Parade. The parade is the largest back-to-school parade in the US. It serves to highlight African American youth and encourage a positive, focused start to the school year. The parade, which features local celebrities, dignitaries, and dance and drill teams steps off at King Dr. and Oakwood Blvd. It will travel sound on King Dr. to 51st st., and then on Ellsworth Dr. (in Washington Park) from 51st St. to Garfield Blvd (55 St.), ending at Garfield Blvd. and Ellsworth Dr.

After the parade, families can gather in Washington Park to enjoy a picnic, entertainment, school supply giveaways, and more.

3. Chicago Korean Festival
Brywn Mawr Ave. between Kedzie and Kimball (Albany Park)
Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 10 am - 10 pm
Free admission
(Purchase tickets for the festival's main event concert on Sunday)

This year, the Chicago Korean Festival's theme is from Kimbap to K-Pop - and I say a big yes to both! Now in its 19th year, the annual festival is a celebration of Korean culture. You can expect to enjoy Korean food, music, and more. This year's schedule even includes kimchi workshops, a breakdance battle, ssireum wrestling, a 5k race, and a singing contest.

4. Chicago Hot Dog Fest
Corner of Clark St. & LaSalle Dr. (Old Town)
Saturday, August 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, August 10, 11 am - 7 pm
Free admission

Nothing says summertime in Chicago like a hot dog. And, this weekend, the Chicago History Museum is paying homage to it at its second annual Chicago Hot Dog Fest. There, you can enjoy live music, a kids activity area, and of course, hot dogs. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased online and onsite at the festival. Proceeds benefit the Chicago History Museum.

The Chicago History Museum will be open during the fest and attendees can purchase discounted admission tickets to the museum during the event. (Entry for children 12 and under is always free at the museum). On Saturday, the museum is hosting its Second Saturdays event, which focuses on maps. During the event, you and your family can work together to connect artifacts to their original locations in Chicago, follow clues and share stories about the city.

5. French Connection Day
Cantigny Park
15151 Winfield Rd. (Wheaton, Ill.)
Sunday, August 10, 9 am - 3 pm
Free admission with $5 parking fee

French Connection Day is a one-day salute to all things French in west suburban Wheaton. The family-friendly event offers plenty of French activities for people of all ages. Families can enjoy a French open-air market, food, pétanque, music, art projects, story time with Madeline, and more. You also can take your photo with the Eiffel Tower - well, at least a 23-foot model that will be on the Cantigny Park grounds for the event. 

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 way, way up north to Canada - Winnipeg, Manitoba to be exact. Now under way is Folklorama, the world's largest and longest running multicultural festival. Folklorama began on Sunday, August 3 and continues through Sunday, August 16.

Folklorrama represents more than 44 nationalities and celebrates the cultures through music, dance and food. At the festival, you can enjoy ethnic dishes, see people dressed in traditional ethnic attire, and learn about cultures and countries around the world.

It's a bit of trek from Chicago to Winnipeg, but Folklorama is a great excuse to head across the US - Canadian border - and experience cultures from around the world.

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