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The Irish American Heritage Festival

Chicago, Ill.

This annual family event features more than 100 performers for 3 days. Plus, Irish and American food and drink, shopping, step dancers, cultural exhibits, children's activities, a raffle with a trip to Ireland, the Mashed Potato Eating Contest and Sham-ROCK Stars singing contest for kids.

When: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. July 11; noon-1 a.m. July 12; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 13
Cost: $10-20, free kids 10 and under

Windy City Smokeout

Chicago, Ill.

Guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from premiere Chicago BBQ restaurants and have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams. Plus country music and a Family Day on Sunday.

When: 3-10 p.m. July 11; noon-10 p.m. July 12, noon-9 p.m. July 13
Cost: $30; free kids 12 and under before 4 p.m. Sunday

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Kenosha, Wis.

More than 1,200 performers, artisans and merchants will take visitors on a trip through Elizabethan England with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and special entertainment. Kids Kingdom is an enclosed play area filled with oversized sand boxes, a climb-aboard pirate ship, interactive games, crafts and other child-friendly diversions.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends
Cost: $19.95, $9.50 kids, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97
 







 
 
 
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