Logan Square will be hopping this weekend as the neighborhood plays host to not one, but two festivals. The popular Boulevard Festival (formerly called Boulevard Bash) is back for its third rendition featuring music, craft brews and more, while neighbors can partake in food, wine and art celebrating Latin countries in the first Taste of Latin America Festival. With two great festivals going on, the neighborhood will be bustling for sure. Whichever event you chose to partake in (if not both), you’ll sure to have a hot time in our town tonight!
In its third year, The Boulevard Festival (@boulevardbash) is back this weekend, Aug. 24-26. Get ready for a celebration of music, craft brews and a great neighborhood along the neighborhood’s namesake boulevard. Starting Friday at 5p, head to the 3100 block of Logan Boulevard to check out two stages and numerous musical acts.
In addition, to the artists found on the main stages, CześćFest—a celebration of Polish-American roots through music and art—will be held concurrently on Saturday, Aug. 25, and feature five bands MCed by Rich Szczepanski (aka Rich Salamander of the English Softhearts) from 5-10p. Performers will include Tekno Union Army, Every Day Use, Brendan Faloona and the Black Jackets, The Sometimes Family and Windbreaker. Learn more about CześćFest.
Take a look at the full lineup and head to The Boulevard this weekend. A $5 donation is suggestion; proceeds from the event benefit St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square (@stlukesLS, 2649 N. Francisco Ave.).
Also this weekend is the Taste of Latin America: an exploration of food, wine and art from 17 Latin American countries, which kicks off Friday at 5p. Between Central Park Avenue and Avers Street along Armitage, sample the exotic flavors of 17 restaurants, including Logan Square’s 90 Miles Cafe (@90MilesChicago, 2540 W. Armitage). The event is free and benefits the Block Federation Club.
Watch cooking demonstrations all day Saturday and then check out chefs create signature dishes in a tasty competition Sunday. Walk the festival from 11a-9p to soak everything in.
In addition to this culinary showcase, the event features the sounds of South America. Listen to salsa, Latin jazz, Bomba, Mariachi, Vallenato and more from 14 performers starting Friday evening at 5p. Here’s the current schedule:
5p – Orquesta La Unidad (salsa, Cuban)
7p – Mannix Martinez Tribute to the Legends (salsa)
Noon – Yabba Griffith (reggae)
2p – Samuel del Real Quartet (Latin jazz)
4p – Chicago Samba & Dancers (Brazilian)
6p – Mikey O Comedy Show
7:30p – The Business (R&B/dance/salsa)
Noon – Bomba Con Buya (Bomba music, dancing, Puerto Rico)
1:30p – Mariachi Tequila (Mariachi music, Mexico)
3p – Carpacho y su Super Combo (salsa, Colombia)
5p – Juvenato (Vallenato music, Colombia)
7p – Elizardi Castro (comedian)
7:30p – R Gang (R&B/dance)