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We are in the festival season now where you have many choices of places to go, so to help plan your next fun weekend, here are a few suggestions that we know would be well worth checking out.

Faire with a Flare!

Consider a day that you can go back in time and enjoy the Medieval times.  The Bristol Renaissance Faire can take you there. You can enjoy the fresh wonders throughout the Faire with sixteen Bristol entertainment stages that feature nonstop music, daring stunts and an eclectic assortment of comedic performers who invite the audience to become part of the act. Check out Dirk and Guido, the comedic sword-fighting duo known as “The Swordsmen,” ropewalker, juggler and foolish mortal MooNiE the Magnif’Cent, Guinness World Record-holding fire whip artist Adam Crack, the Barely Balanced acrobatic comedy troupe, or the Sturdy Beggars Mud Show, are Cirque du Sewer, the trained rat and confused cat show, Jamila Lotus Dance Carnivale, and see one of our favorites, the gut-busting antics of the Washing Well Wenches

Shops on the forest-like grounds offers a depth of unique shopping experiences.  There are nearly 200 artisans and crafters display wares ranging from stage-combat-approved swords and handmade chain maille to Scottish kilts, handcrafted leather masks, tapestry wall hangings, sterling silver jewelry, rare-edition books, hand-caned brooms, bamboo flutes, even Steampunk adornments and even jester socks. Often, patrons have the chance to watch potters, glass blowers, bowyers, blacksmiths and other working artisans creations.

They are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, through September 4, 2017 from 10am until 7pm. Here’s something we didn’t know about, that if you and your friends or family want to get into the action, they offer costume rentals through several on-site merchants or just come in costume and your whole experience will be heightened when you come dressed to play. BTW: Rates for renting costumes from Wizard’s Wardrobe go between $20 and $55 for the day.


No need to take off those hideous plaid pants that you’re waring, cuz your chance to go back in time when those pants were cool is coming up at the Retro on Roscoe festival. There will be three stages spread amongst a six-block stretch in Chicago’s Roscoe Village. Live music will play oldies and throwbacks along with popular hits to help bring back memories from those good days.

The tree-lined streets of Roscoe Village will set the scene for artisans, antique vendors and merchants in an fun and relaxed shopping atmosphere. Roscoe Village’s restaurants will also serve up many much-desired summer treats, and then after eating some small bites make sure to head over to the Antique and Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. Presented by Four Treys Bar, Retro’s Antique Car Show will showcase over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars throughout the festival weekend. (Roscoe @ Damen)


The Northalsted Business Alliance is offering a plethora of entertainment to this year’s Market Days stages on Saturday August 12th and Sunday 13th. The Boystown bash, will feature a veritable bazaar of shopping and food options in addition to the live music. You can see and hear national headliners like Jody Watley and some local favorite bands, from cabaret style singers to funk and beyond. The festival is on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison, open your purse, there’s a $10 suggested donation.

On a side note, during Market Days, Matthew Harvat (aka Circuit Mom) and Edwin Martinez present Revolution the 7th installment of their Market Days Saturday night dance party, that is now at the fabulous Aragon Ballroom in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which is literally the next hood north of boystown.

We strongly recommend this event, cuz not only is Aragon a great space and easy to get-to location, but with everyones support, this event will be something to remember. The theme is “Superhero” here’s your chance to be “super” creative, because costumes are encouraged. The Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL., and the party is on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 9pm-4am. There are a few ways to get tickets. One is to purchase them at their event booth (near Cornelia and Halsted) during Market Days, or you can find them at You can save some coins and get the pre-price ticket cuz it will be more at the door.


If you like seafood, you’ll love this event! The Great American Lobster Fest is just a few weeks away, on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, at Chicago’s Navy Pier there’s going to be a three-day seafood spectacle (Labor Day Weekend). Complete with live lobster flown in fresh from the East Coast, The New England Seafood Company and others will showcase a variety of Lobster and other seafood specialties. Large Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Tacos, Lobster on a Stick, Surf & Turf and much more will be served to satisfy all seafood desires. Landfood and vegetarian options will also available this year at the fest.. we at boiMAGazine can’t wait, last year was super fun and delish!

Of course while you dine you will be surrounded by live music performances. Scheduled to play are over 25 bands, including Nightly Headliners like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Giving Tree Band, & Piano Man.  Each show will take place inside Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom. After satisfying your seafood cravings and the best of live music, top it off with a front row seat to Navy Pier’s final Saturday night firework show of the summer. 

For more information, ticket options, “Lobster Hero Tables”, or pre-ordering lobster meal tickets and a full lineup of entertainment, visit their website at

PS: Stop by the boiMAGazine booth at Market Days (on Halsted close to Belmont) and we’ll hook you up with a special complimentary entry pass to the Lobster Fest event at Navy Pier (good for any day labor day weekend).. wooooohoooooo!


Right in the heart of Lakeview comes the Festival of the Arts on September 9th and 10th. For your viewing pleasre, the festival will sprawl out along Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne.

This is a good recommendation for art lovers and anyone who enjoys art while taking a stroll on Broadway St, the festival has lots to see and offer to spice up your wall or add to your collection.

This festival has become a local favorite with the wide variety of art, special demonstrations by artists, live music on two stages, the garden oasis, family activities and the food and wine tents that represent local talents and cuisines. Not to mention “art in action”, or better known as people watching.

For more than 13 years, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce has presented this unique and popular art festival. Every aspect, from artists to musicians to vendors and everything in between, is specifically selected by the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce in order to bring the best to the heart of Lakeview. So you know what that means.... get ready to see some art!

Remember, you only have a few days left to stop by our friends over at Village Cycle for their summer sale going on now through August 7th, they have up to 30% off bikes! If you want, you can check out some of the bikes online at to get and idea of what’s on sale now.


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