Colorful shapes soar across the sky at the annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival. BYO kite, but don’t worry if you don’t have one: The city of Chicago will provide free kite kits, while supplies last. Plus, the Windjammers Professional Kite Team performs synchronized kite flying tricks. Face painting, balloon artists, crafts and circus arts round things out.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Cricket Hill, Lake Shore Drive between Montrose and Wilson Avenues. Free / MAP
Thousands of crates of vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and posters are yours to dig through at the annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights. Live music, DJ sets and kids’ activities are also on tap. Proceeds benefit CHIRP Radio.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. $8; $25 early admission at 8 a.m. / MAP
Goods from more than two dozen pop-up shops, plus coffee and chocolate tastings, and educational talks are among the highlights of A Magnificent Mile of Fair Trade: Chicago’s Celebration of World Fair Trade Day. The event kicks off with a celebration of Whitney Young High School’s designation as Chicago’s first fair trade school. “MasterChef Junior” star Evan Baker, who competed in season 5, hosts a pop-up bake shop to raise funds for the local anti-trafficking group, Dreamcatchers Foundation.
Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. Free / MAP
Here’s your chance to walk along Soldier Field, beer in hand: the Chicago Beer Classic. Dozens of breweries are on tap to quench your thirst as you play giant Jenga and bocce. Concessions are available to keep you satiated.
Details: Sessions available 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive. $69 general admission; $89 VIP (includes 30-minute early admission and additional amenities) / MAP
Spend International Family Equality Day showing your support for LGBTQ families, creating colorful bracelets and grooving to tunes by Stacy Buehler. Help the museum transform its three-story central staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons each time you visit the museum in May and June. Explore resources from the museum, Family Equality Council, The GenderCool Project and Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. $14.95; $13.95 seniors; free for children ages 15 and under / MAP
Rescue animals are the stars of the suburban Chicago Pet Show, where you can scout out a new furry addition to your family. The premise of the show is to help animals find homes, recruit volunteers and foster families, and fundraise for rescue organizations. Half of ticket proceeds benefit local rescue shelters. (If you already have a pet, organizers ask you leave them at home.)
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oak Lawn Park District Community Pavilion, 9401 Oak Park Ave., Oak Lawn. $7 (good for both days); free for seniors and kids / MAP
More than 30 national antique map, book and ephemera dealers converge for the Chicago Antiquarian Map, Book & Ephemera Fair. Browse through thousands of maps, prints and books spanning over 500 years of art and history. Get a sneak peek at a preview night cocktail reception (6-8 p.m. Friday; $30).
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. $10; $5 students and seniors; free for kids ages 12 and under / MAP
The classic fairytale, “Sleeping Beauty,” takes to the stage on pointe with A&A Ballet. Choreographed by Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, the production features a Tchaikovsky score to tell the story of the cursed Princess Aurora.
Details: Performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Studebaker Theatre, 410 S. Michigan Ave. $25-$45 / MAP
Engineers, artists, scientists and crafters show off their talents, from 3D printing to aquaponics to upcycling and beyond at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. Young makers, those 18 and under, make up roughly half of the more than 100 exhibits on display, according to organizers.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Free / MAP
Looking to step up your style with unique pieces? Find retro jewelry, clothes and more at RETROSPECT Vintage Modern Fashion Chicago. Shop the market before it opens to the public at the First Look Benefit on Friday, which includes a fashion show, bubbles and bites, and live music.
Details: 3-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at 2260 S. Grove St. $30 Friday (includes Saturday admission, tote bag and on-site parking); $15; $25 two-for-one mother-daughter admission / MAP
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