If It’s Mayfest, It Must Be Summer Festival Season

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mayfest marks the official start to summer festival season. Credit: Mike Fourcher

After a taste of August back in March, Chicagoans are primed for summer festival season. Along comes Lincoln Square’s Mayfest (aka, Maifest), May 31 – June 3, to kick things off in style.

For a classic Mayfest experience, grab a beer and nosh on sausage and jumbo pretzels while enjoying the oom-pah-pah sounds of the Polkaholics. Hang on to your commemorative plastic mug and do it all again the next day.

Highlights include Friday’s traditional keg tapping and May Queen crowning at 8 p.m., German-American cultural programming on Sunday, and the Jesse White Tumblers. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

The festival takes place at the intersection of Lincoln and Leland (4700 N. Lincoln Ave.). Hours are: Thursday, May 31, 5 – 9:30 p.m.; Friday, June 1, 5 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, noon – 11 p.m.; Sunday, June 3, noon – 10 p.m.

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