Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago - September 5, 6 and 7

It’s hard to believe this is the first weekend of September. But, it is – and, despite kids being back to school, it’s technically still summer. So, that means there’s still plenty of fun, family-friendly outdoor events to enjoy with your family in Chicago.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, September 5, Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7:

1. German Day Festival and Von Steuben Parade
Intersection of Leland, Western and Lincoln Avenues (Lincoln Square)
Friday, September 5, 5 – 11 pm
Saturday, September 6, 12 – 11 pm
Sunday, September 7, noon – 10 pm
Free admission

This weekend, Lincoln Square’s German heritage steps into the spotlight once again during the German Day Festival. during the three-day even, you can enjoy German music, dancing, and food. Members of local German-American societies also will offer traditional cultural programs for participants of all ages.

On Saturday at 2 pm, the Von Steuben Parade steps of at 4000 N. Lincoln Ave, heading towards Eastwood Ave. From there, it continues north to Western Ave. and then ends in the festival area. Hundreds of participants are expected to march and ride on floats in the parade.

2. Chicago Turkish Festival
Pioneer Court
401 N. Michigan Ave. (Streeterville)
Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, 10 am – 9 pm
Free admission

The 12th Annual Chicago Turkish Festival gets under way this weekend, with a packed schedule of events happening in Pioneer Court along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy Turkish art, dance, music, arts and crafts, and more – all designed to give you a taste of the Turkish culture, heritage and cuisine. Families can enjoy special kids activities, which include a Turkish shadow theater, face painting, and games.

3. Venetian Night at Navy Pier: “Broadway on Parade”
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave. (Lakeshore East)
Saturday, September 6, 8:30 pm
Free admission

This year, Venetian Night returns to Lake Michigan, but with a twist. It will now be held at Navy Pier (in partnership with the Chicago Yachting Association). At 8:30 pm, you can watch a parade of lighted boats, decorated in the theme of popular Broadway musicals, will sail over the water across the east end of Navy Pier along the south dock. The parade culminates with Navy Pier’s usual stellar Saturday night fireworks show.

4. Passport Europe Festival
Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53 (Lisle, Ill.)
Saturday,  September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Free with Morton Arboretum admission

This weekend, you don’t need to head “across the pond” to experience Europe. You just need to head to Lisle for the Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Festival. The two-day event offers a taste of Europe through music, dance, food, and more. But, being among nature, it’s only fitting that you also hike the Morton Arboretum’s trails and explore its collection of trees and plants native to central and northern Europe. Families also will enjoy storytelling, face painting, croquet and other activities scheduled over the course of the festival.

5. Ukrainian Village Fest
Intersection of Superior and Oakley Streets (Ukrainian Village)
Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 1 – 10 pm
$5 suggested donation

The dynamic, diverse Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago celebrates its roots with a European-style street festival this weekend. At Ukrainian Village Fest, you can enjoy Eastern Europe music, folk dance ensembles, ethnic arts and crafts, cuisine, and more. Families should head to the kids area where young festival-goers can participate in various children’s activities.

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