Spring Festivals and Fairs for Chicago Families

Head to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier for Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” Photo courtesy of Navy Pier
Head to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier for Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” Photo courtesy of Navy Pier

While spring festival season in Chicago isn't quite as jam-packed as the summer or fall, there's still lots of fun to be found downtown and out in the suburbs. From St. Patrick's Day parades to maple sugar festivals, from Easter to Holi to Earth Day, and from kites to flowers, Chicago kids have no shortage of reasons to make the most of warmer weather on the way...most of them FREE. Plus there are can't-miss Chicago neighborhood celebrations like the Greek Heritage Parade, the Polish Parade, and the Festival Mole de Mayo. Get your calendars out and start making plans—spring is here!

Places featured in this article:


Naperville Central High School

Naperville North High School

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley

Fullersburg Woods Nature Center

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Glenbard East High School
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 8:30 PM Pick
Free Tuesdays at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art - 10:00 AM
Rewired Pizza Cafe Family Fun Night
Rewired Pizza Cafe - 4:00 PM
Online Guitar Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Art Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides