Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, September 12, Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14
1. World Music Festival Chicago
Various locations across Chicago
Thursday, September 11 - Sunday, September 21
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago opens in Chicago on Thursday, September 11. Running for 11 days, the festival features artists and groups from 34 countries around the world. A series of performances will be held at 20 venues across the city, including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center.
Some of the all-ages performances scheduled for this weekend include La Bottine Souriante from Québec, Canada and Pablo Menendez & Mezcala from Cuba at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday at 6 pm in Millennium Park; Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 from Nigeria and Aurelio from Honduras at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday at 3 pm; and Oumar Konaté from Mali and Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit from Uganda and the US on Sunday at 12 pm at Willye B. White Park, among many others.
2. Ethiopian Day Celebration
50 W. Washington St. (Loop)
Friday, September 12, 12 - 1 pm
On Friday, the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago celebrates Ethiopian Day in the heart of Chicago's Loop. The lunch-time celebration features an Ethiopian flag raising, artifacts display, and musical performance by the Ethiopian Community Children’s Group.
The celebration continues with Ethiopia Fest on Saturday from 12:30 - 5 pm at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood Ave., Edgewater). Ethiopia Fest features Ethiopian food, music, arts and crafts, and more. Tickets for the festival are $5 for adults and kids.
3. Festival de La Villita
26th and Kostner (Little Village)
Friday, September 12, 6 - 11 pm
Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 2 - 11 pm
Billed as the largest celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the Midwest, Festival de La Villita returns to Chicago's Little Village to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spanish rule. Now in its 25th year, the three-day festival offers live entertainment, arts and crafts, Mexican cuisine, carnival rides and games for kids. On Sunday, the 26th St. Mexican Independence Day Parade ends at the Festival de La Villitta, adding to the day's celebrations. The parade steps off at 12 pm at 26th St. and Albany Ave.
More Mexican Independence Day parades - and one for Guatemalan Independence Day, too"
The 26th St. Mexican Independence Day Parade is just one of many parades taking place this weekend to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. On Saturday, the Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade steps off at 12 pm at 18th and Newberry Streets in Pilsen. On Sunday, the South Chicago Mexican Independence Day Parade steps off at 2 pm at Commercial Ave. and 87th in South Chicago.
Also on Sunday, the Guatemalan Independence Parade steps off at 12 pm at Montrose and Kimball Avenues in Albany Park to celebrate Guatemalan Independence Day.
4. Taste of Hungary
8260 W. Foster Ave. (Norridge, Ill.)
Saturday, September 13, 12 - 10 pm
$15 for adults, $5 for children under 12, kids under 6 are free
(Adult tickets include 3 samplings; kid tickets include 1 sampling)
On Saturday, you can get a taste of Hungary just outside of the Chicago city limits. The one-day festival features Hungarian folk music and dance, movies, and cuisine. During Taste of Hungary, children can play at the playground, allowing them to build up a hunger for more Hungarian food specialities.
5. American Indian Center's 61st Annual Chicago Powwow
Busse Woods Forest Preserve (Groves 23 - 27)
Rt. 72/Higgins Road (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
Saturday, September 13, 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, September 14, 10 am - 5 pm
$15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, free for kids 5 and under
This weekend, you can celebrate American Indian culture at the American Indian Center's 61st Annual Chicago Powwow. During the two-day event, you can enjoy arts, dancing, singing, archery and more.
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