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Maifest Returns To Lincoln Square With 4 Days of Events

Food and beer will be on tap to celebrate spring.

Enjoy German beer, food and entertainment during Lincoln Square's annual Maifest celebration.
Flickr/Rudolf Fink

LINCOLN SQUARE — Maifest will kick off at the corner of Lincoln and Leland Avenues later this month.

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on May 30 with a “Rock the May Fest” party and goes through June 2.

Maifest is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring and is typically celebrated with a maypole decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.

Now in its 20th year, Lincoln Square’s version will have authentic German food, live music and, as always, cold beer in large plastic steins.

Admission to Mayfest Chicago is free and open to all ages. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the festival will benefit German-American organizations including DANK HAUS, the American Aid Society, the Donauschwaben Youth Group, German American Policy and others.

A full schedule of the festival’s events is below:

Thursday, May 30
Festival runs from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Main Stage
• 6:30 p.m. — Weekend Crush

Friday, May 31
Festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Main Stage
• 5 p.m. — Phenix
• 8 p.m. — Opening ceremony with traditional keg tapping and May queen crowning
Auxiliary Stage
• 6 p.m. — Polkaholics

Saturday, June 1
Festival runs from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Main Stage
• 1 p.m. — Phenix
• 6 p.m. — Paloma
Auxiliary Stage
• 12 p.m. — Weekend Crush
• 3:30 p.m. — Dark Passengers 
• 7 p.m. — Blue Sky Blind

Sunday, June 2
Festival runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Main Stage
• 12:30 p.m. — The Tempos
• 5 p.m. — Paloma
Auxiliary Stage
• 1:30 p.m. — German – American Ethnic Program
• 5 p.m. — Dr. Zylo and the Brainiacs

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