Chicago Events – Maifest Spring Celebration: Music, Beer & Maypole Dancing

Maifest Chicago: German Food, Music, and Family Fun

Gather around the maypole for a fun cultural celebration this June 1-4 as Lincoln Square hosts the 18th annual Maifest Chicago. Featuring two tents of live music and entertainment, this four-day festival showcases the city’s unique German heritage with a full schedule of family-friendly fun.

Keg-Tapping & Maypole Dancing

The party kicks off on Thursday evening, followed by the official Opening Ceremony on Friday night. Watch the traditional keg tapping event, followed by the crowning of the May Queen. Grab a stein of German beer and a hefty plate of sausages and sauerkraut to fuel your adventures. Join in the dancing, or simply watch the traditionally-dressed dancers frolic around the maypole.

Local Bands & German Music

Listen to live music throughout the weekend, from local groups and artists including:

  • Flattop
  • Weekend Crush
  • Phenix
  • Polkaholics
  • Paloma
  • Zylo and The Brainiacs
  • Blue Monocle
  • Blue Sky Band
  • Euro Express
  • Uncle Bob and the Bluzers
  • Country Doctors

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