Cultural Festivals for Chicago Families

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Juneteenth and Pride Month.

There’s so much to enjoy this summer, but it is also a great time to celebrate and learn more about the many people who call Chicagoland home.

Make celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Juneteenth and Pride month part of your summer traditions. Take a look at some of those events below.

Looking for more fun things to do with kids? Check out our list of summer festivals in Chicagoland.

AAPI events

DIY Origami Butterflies

May 9-13, 2022

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by creating a colorful origami butterfly. All supplies are provided. Noon-3 p.m. Clearing Branch Library. 

AAPI Restaurants Week 2022

May 13-22, 2022

  • Address: Check website for participating locations
  • Cost: Times and prices vary by location

Taste different foods. OCA Greater Chicago is hosting AAPI Restaurants Week featuring AAPI-owned restaurants.

Spring Festival: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 15, 2022

Celebrate with arts, storytelling and craft projects.

Juneteenth events

Juneteenth Celebration

June 16, 2022

Enjoy food and music at this celebration, held in partnership with the Base Chicago and Tilton Park Advisory Council.

Juneteenth Independent Festival

June 18-19, 2022

Join Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the African-American Coalition of Kane County for a celebration. There will be live bands, BBQ, a DJ and a parade.

Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival & Parade

June 19, 2022

Delight in a parade, live music, vendors, food trucks and more at this celebration of African American culture.

Pride events

Chicago Pride Fest

June 18-19, 2022

  • Address: Northalsted on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Street, Chicago
  • Cost: $15 donation

Experience live music on three stages, food and drink, more than 100 vendors, drag shows, pet parade, giveaways, games, DJs and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $15 donation.

Navy Pier Pride

June 25, 2022

Families with kids of all ages can enjoy this family-friendly event that spreads pier-wide. Experience music, dance, storytelling and other activities.

Pride in the Park Chicago

June 25-26, 2022

  • Address: Grant Park
  • Cost: $100-$275, Free for kids ages 10 and under with paying adult

Experience this annual outdoor music festival expanding to two days in Grant Park. It features LGBTQ+ performers, artists, vendors and more.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.


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