Ready to party arty? Do it this weekend at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, which has a special kids’ zone that’s face-painting paradise. The fun continues at a Greek festival, sports bonanza, jelly bean carnival and boat races — both cardboard boats and dragon boats! Start whooping it up now.
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
The dancing won’t stop with music all weekend on both stages. In the Family Area, there will be sand pits, face painters, an exotic petting zoo and dance classes. You can also walk the pop-up gallery to see what local artists have been up to. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-10 p.m. Milwaukee Avenue, from Kedzie to Diversey. $5 donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
Dragon Boat Races
Watch 26 teams in beautiful boats barrel down the south branch of the Chicago River while supporting a great cause: literacy. After the race is over, the fun continues with live music, dancing and booth vendors. Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Ping Tom Memorial Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kids’ Yoga & Baseball Event
Lil Sluggers and Chicago Kids Yoga invites you to a day of sports and relaxation. The day begins with coached demos and drills. Kids can then transition into a yogi obstacle course designed to introduce them to the many aspects of yoga and meditation. Finally, families can spend time in the creative expressions area, where they can create a memento to take home. Sat., 3-5 p.m. Menomonee Club. Free. All ages. Event details.
Taste of Greece
You will be transported to this beautiful island nation with Greek pastries, ouzo and other fabulous foods. There will also be music from John Linardakis Band and dancing. You can even enjoy a tour of the beautiful Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-11 p.m. at LaSalle & Oak streets. All ages. Event details.
Earth Explorers Exhibit
Plunge into the world’s eco-zones — Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and Savannas. Explore an arctic cabin and test your ability to stand living in an ice-covered world. Descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible and explore how life forms at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark. Held thru Sept. 1. Museum of Science and Industry. $18-$27 (includes general museum admission). All ages. Event details.
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
Get ready for oohs and aahs. This spectacle of acrobats and stunts includes thrilling acts like The Kinetic Poles, the Water Meteor and the Pageant of Arms. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, returning from last year is the fate-tempting Wheel of Destiny and the steel-globe motorcycle troupe Imperial Thunder. Runs thru Sept. 1. Navy Pier Skyline Stage. $15.50-$39.50. All ages Event details.
Fantastic Authentic Sports Spectacular
Get autographs, take photos and meet more than 50 sports superstars. You can see more than 25 former Chicago Cubs in the salute to Wrigley’s 100th anniversary, and some of football’s biggest names, including Chicago Bears Jared Allen, Kyle Fuller and Kyle Long. Don’t forget basketball greats like Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman and recent NBA champ and San Antonio Spur, Tony Parker. Fri., 4:30-9 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. $10; $5 for children under 10; free for children under 3. All ages. Event details.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Can you build a boat that will survive a trip down Lake Ellyn? The best way to find out is by entering this fun competition. If you, your boat and your entire crew can row across the finish line you might just win a prize. It’s just as exciting to watch, if you don’t want to build a boat. Sat., noon. Lake Ellyn Boathouse. Free to watch. All ages. Event details.
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Jelly Belly Summer Carnival
Celebrate summer with one of America’s favorite candies. The jelly bean maker wows you with carnival games and entertainment. If you really love these multi-flavored nuggets, you can also enjoy a free train tour of the warehouse where all the magic happens. Held Thurs-Sun. Jelly Belly Visitors Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments below!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis