It’s Labor Day weekend! While many of you will be going out of town, maybe taking a trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire for the final weekend of the season, those of you sticking around town may need some ideas of what to do. Besides watching the finale two episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return on Sunday (seriously, catch and watch these), there are plenty of exciting events going on that you simply shouldn’t miss. Art, music, wrestling and lobster are all in your weekend’s future!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THE WHOLE WEEKEND, AUGUST 31st – SEPTEMBER 3rd
Chicago Jazz Festival @ Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., Thursday 11:00AM -5:00PM; & Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St., Thursday 5:30PM – 9:30PM, Friday – Saturday Noon – 9:30PM
WHAT: Four days of free jazz (pun intended)
SO WHAT: The Chicago Jazz Festival is a fantastic Labor Day Weekend tradition that celebrates all forms of jazz with free amazing live musical performances. The festival’s mission is to showcase the vast jazz talent of Chicago alongside national and international artists to help further the awareness of this beautiful musical genre. Headliners this year include Jason Moran, Jon Faddis, Dee Alexander, Rebirth Brass Band, and many more!
NOW WHAT: The festival is free to enjoy, just head there early and bask in the sounds of some great musicians. You can check out the full schedule here.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31st
Lost Festival @ Lost Arts, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., 6:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: The last hurrah of Lost Art at their current location!
SO WHAT: Lost Arts will be moving out of their current space to focus on finding a permanent home in Chicago. Before they head out they will be celebrating with a party showcasing some of the incredible work that’s been done at the warehouse space. Enjoy the the wide range of projects from the Lost Arts community, beers from Goose Island, food from Carnivore Oak Park, an interactive DJ set by Shortwave, and a modular synth performance by Red Stripe Down. Check out their event page for a full lineup of arts and more info!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 for this final event at this Lost Arts space!
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st – 3rd
The Great American Lobster Fest @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., 11:00AM – 10:00PM
WHAT: The fourth annual festival of lobster goodness at Navy Pier
SO WHAT: The Great American Lobster Fest is three full days of fresh lobster flown in from the east coast that will be accented some great live music performances including The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. There will also be plenty of fun family friendly activities and unique shopping experiences for you to indulge in!
NOW WHAT: Tickets for the fest are currently available for $44 and $139 for VIP ! However a small section of the fest at the end of the pier will be accessible to the public for free to try some great seafood.
North Coast Music Festival @ Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St., Friday 3:00PM – 10:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 1:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: Summers Last Stand!
SO WHAT: North Coast Music Festival, the music festival that combines rock, hip hop, and a massive dose of DJs will be taking over Union Park for three days of nonstop partying. The lineup is looking pretty fantastic with headliners like Ween, Primus, Damien Marley, STS9, Deadmou5 & Eric Prydz, and Gucci Mane! Check out our playlist for more amazing acts schedule to appear and our personal picks for the weekend!
NOW WHAT: Tickets for North Coast Music Festival: Summer’s Last Stand are currently available! #-day passes are sold out but single day passes start at $59.99 for general admission and $99.99 for VIP. So if you’re looking to end summer with a fun festival, NCMF is looking like a sure bet!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
Intersections: The Work of Mosher x ANTCK @ Galerie F, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: Galerie F will he hosting new all-original works from local street artists and muralists Mosher and ANTCK (Anthony Lewellen).
SO WHAT: Mosher is an avid muralist with his trademark monkey character and vivid comic book aesthetic and Anthony Lewellen is a multidisciplinary art maker known for his immaculate paintings, large-scale urban murals and surreal illustrations. Both artists are active muralists in Chicago and their work can be seen on walls through the city. The show is an exploration of intersections as they relate to the city streets where the artist’s work is often created. The show highlights there two talented artists to one space featuring new and unseen work with an inspired collaborative installation.
NOW WHAT: This exhibition is free and open to the public. You can RSVP for the event here!
Mucca Pazza + Slavic Soul Party @ Martyrs’, 3855 N Lincoln Ave., 9:00PM
WHAT: Chicago and NYC bands coming together in one night!
SO WHAT: Mucca Pazza is a Chicago institution, blending rock n’ roll sounds with a marching band aesthetic that ends up creating an eccentric and downright explosive show! They will cram their huge band in Martyrs’ alongside NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk, Slavic Soul Party! Does every sentence of this preview need exclamation points?! It sure does!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door for this night of musical ecstasy!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd
LUCHA LIBRE in the Park @ Unity Park in Logan Square, 2636 N Kimball Ave, Noon – 2:00PM
WHAT: One Ring. Many Luchadors.
SO WHAT: Unity Park transforms into an open air wrestling arena and wrestlers take over the park witht their high flying moves. Wrestlers scheduled to appear include Bandolero, Johnny Andrews, Zam Damisterious, Skayde Jr, Mike Strong, Invictus, Beau Anderson, IceMan Tim Norton, Willie Da Bomb Richardson, The Fallon (Matt CORBANE & The Fiend) Kidd Foxxx and more! There will be a special raffle with great prizes including autographs from WWE’s Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and more!
NOW WHAT: The event is free! Go out and enjoy the lucha madness!
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., 11:30PM
WHAT: A night where the owls aren’t what they seem.
SO WHAT: That’s it folks, Twin Peaks: The Return bids adieu this weekend and the Music Box is getting in on the action. They will be showing the insanely surreal Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. You’ll be able to experience this warped masterpiece (that’s right, I said it) in the very Lynchian environment of the Music Box. There will be a special pre-show by Daniel Knox 30 minutes before showtime and this showing will run late with a surprise post-film screening!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $9!