Celebrate May with Chicago Waldorf School

If ever there were a year that called for a party to celebrate the return of spring, it’s this one. And fortunately, the May Fair at Chicago Waldorf School heralds the arrival of warmth and color with a community festival that’s full of both.

If you go

May Fair

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 17
  • Chicago Waldorf School, 1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago


The centerpiece of May Fair is the traditional Maypole Dance at noon, in which students welcome spring by weaving brightly colored ribbons around a pole as they skip along to traditional music. (You may be tempted to dance along!) An hour later, the school’s Circus Club awes the crowd with aerial silks performance, tumbling, acrobatics, clowning, a hip-hop dance performance, juggling and more.

The free festival also includes lots of other fun activities such as the cake walk, jump rope-braiding machines, a tie-dye station, hand-made hula hoops, flower crowns, arts and crafts and a treasure hunt. And the face-painting is—what else?—beautiful, brightly colored flowers.

So if the tough winter threatened to beat down your spirit, take a deep breath of some warm(ing) spring air and welcome the return of the lost season with some music, a dance and colors aplenty.

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