Chicago weekend events for kids


There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.

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Annual Ginza Holiday

Experience a taste of Japan at this cultural festival, which features Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations, classical dances, drumming, ukelele, martial arts and fencing. Skilled master craftsmen (Waza) demonstrate crafts which will be offered for sale. Traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered and other Japanese merchandise. On Saturday at 8 p.m., Yoko Noge and Japanesque perform.



Chicago Hot Dog Fest

This year’s festival will feature live music. and family-friendly activities, plus classic Chicago-style hot dogs.


Retro on Roscoe

Festival features local restaurants, artisans, vendors, chili cookoff and a family area with crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides and more.


Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest

See head coach John Fox and the 2015 Bears gear up for the very first time at Soldier Field. Festivities outside the stadium begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by Bears practice at 11:35 a.m. plus a team scrimmage. Families can enjoy interactive games, alumni autographs, giveaways, live music and more.


Hometown Picnic

Spend a lazy, hazy summer day than at a picnic with old-fashioned games, contests, an apple pie baking competition and a vintage baseball game. Cheer on the Lemont Quarrymen as they take on the Deep River Grinders at 1 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic.


Chicago Botanic Garden's Kite Festival

Members of the award-winning Chicago Fire Kite Team perform sport kite ballet and precision flying demonstrations, and experts will offer kite-flying tips. Guests can purchase kites or can bring their own. Kids are encouraged to join in the fun by making their own kite during the kite-making workshops


Bud Billiken Parade, Picnic & Festival

Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and features floats, bands, drill teams, dance teams and celebrities. At the end of the parade route, there is a picnic with entertainment, food and music.


Green Fair on the Fox

Features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, organizations and individuals who raise awareness on sustainable living, physical fitness and healthy living. Enjoy great food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities. A free Zumba class will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Plus, take part in the Alternative Transportation Show and Bicycle Expo.


Space Visualization

Space visualization experts give demonstrations and conduct workshops in 3D modeling, as well as lead astronomy conversations in the Space Visualization Lab.


French Connection Day

Day-long festival and family fun to commemorate the personal history of the park's benefactor, Robert R. McCormick. Colonel McCormick named his Cantigny estate after a French village, scene of the first American victory during World War I. Enjoy musical entertainment by “Maison Clobert” and have your photo taken by our Eiffel Tower replica.


Createfest - Arts and Food Trucks Festival

A hands-on arts and food truck festival that joins artists, families and foodies for a day of arts and eats with live music, dancing, food trucks, art activities and exhibitions.


Interfaith Concert on the Lake

This afternoon event is focused on interfaith harmony, filled with music and poetry set on a beautiful open space overlooking Lake Michigan. Internationally renowned performer Nimo Patel will bring his own brand of music to the stage at 2 p.m.  Chicago’s Poetry Pals, a not-for profit that brings kids together ages 8-12 from diverse and interfaith communities, who will also be performing their readings and music.


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