Fest planner: Aug. 9-11

Market Days, Retro on Roscoe and 4 more fests make for one packed weekend

  • Grab your pineapple drink on Halsted Street this weekend.
Grab your pineapple drink on Halsted Street this weekend. (Chuan D. Vo/For RedEye )
August 07, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

Good thing you've been in training all summer, because this weekend is going to put your fest survival skills to the test. 'Hoods on the North Side and the South Side go all-out with fests featuring everything from Japanese culture to classic cars to a performance from hip-hop/dance artist K. Rose. Each fest has its own flavor, so hit up a few back-to-back for maximum summer madness. kbernot@tribune.com | @redeyeeatdrink

Northalsted Market Days

Where: North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

How much: $8 suggested donation

Don't miss: The largest two-day street festival in the Midwest packs more than 40 performers, including '90s trio Wilson Phillips (8:30 p.m. Saturday), hip-hop/dance artist K. Rose (5:15 p.m. Saturday), "America's Got Talent" contestant Alexis Jordan (5 p.m. Sunday) and former Partridge Family member David Cassidy (6:45 p.m. Sunday).

Chicago Korean Festival

Where: Northeastern Illinois University, 3650 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

How much: Free admission

Don't miss: Now in its 18th year, this celebration of Korean heritage features a lineup of pop performers and tons of tasty kimchee and galbi for purchase. Korean singer, songwriter and dancer Lydia Paek and YouTube star J-Reyez (both 6 p.m. Sunday) headline.

Ginza Festival

Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.

When: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

How much: $6 suggested donation; $10 admission after 7 p.m. Saturday

Don't miss: This long-running, low-key festival is an Old Town staple, offering Japanese food such as chicken teriyaki, udon and sushi along with crafts from Japanese artisans. Music and dance continues throughout the weekend with jazz-folk-blues musician Yoko Noge performing Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m.

Bud Billiken Parade

Where: Begins at Oakwood Boulevard and King Drive, continues to Washington Park (5531 S. King Drive)

When: Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday

How much: Free to attend

Don't miss: The annual parade, now in its 84th year, is a summetime staple in Chicago's African American community. This year, Special Assistant to the President Yohannes Abraham serves as grand marshal, with local dignitaries, marching bands and drill teams also marching.

Retro on Roscoe

Where: 2000 W. Roscoe St.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

How much: $10 suggested donation

Don't miss: Vintage lovers, craft enthusiasts and fans of classic cars will want to head to Roscoe Village for two days of shopping, food and music. Fest staples Too White Crew (8 p.m. Saturday), Wedding Banned (8 p.m. Sunday) and more provide the tunes.

Slow & Low Community Low Rider Festival

Where: 600 W. Cermak Road

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

How much: $5 admission

Don't miss: The third year for this Pilsen fest will feature hundreds of flashy cars and swagged-out bikes, plus mariachi music and other entertainment. Don't confuse this with an auto show—while some of the cars may be classics, they have a lot more attitude than your typical cruisers.


Upcoming fests:
Aug. 16-18: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park); Aug. 17-18: Chicago Air & Water Show (North Avenue Beach); Aug. 17-18: Chicago Fashion Fest (Wicker Park)

See RedEye's full summer festival schedule here.

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