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St. Benedict’s Family-Friendly BenFest Features 90-Foot Obstacle Course And More Fun This Weekend

The three-day fest kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday at the North Center church.

BenFest returns to North Center this weekend.
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NORTH CENTER — St. Benedict Catholic Church and School’s BenFest returns to the neighborhood this weekend with three days of music, food and activities for kids. 

The family-friendly fest kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday at the church, 2215 W. Irving Park Road. It runs until 10 p.m. Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday.

Activities for kids will include a giant 90-foot obstacle course, an atomic drop slide, wrecking ball, double water slide and bungee run, county slide and jumpy house. 

While entrance to the fest is free, BenFest organizers are requesting a suggested $5 donation at the gate. An adult three-day wristband is $15. The cost of activity wristbands for kids is $20 for one day or $35 for the three days. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Check out the music lineup below:

Main Stage

Friday
• 8 p.m. – Fletcher Rockwell

Saturday
• 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – BenFest will feature a School of Rock Showcase
• 6 p.m. – School of Rock House Band
• 8 p.m. – Hello Weekend

Sunday
• 1 p.m. – St. Benedict Choir
• 2:45 p.m. –  John Measner – Magician 
• 3:30 p.m.  – John Slivka
• 4:15 p.m. – The Hip Squares (Chris Kelle & Andrew Goodwin)
• 5:15 p.m. – Alicia Lees

Courtyard Stage

Friday
• 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Music
• 6 p.m. – Kids Games
• 8 p.m. – Dance Party With DJ Ryan Levin

Saturday
• 2:30 p.m. – Fonseca Karate Demonstration
• 3:30 p.m. – Old Town School of Folk Music presents: Nick Davio 
• 4 p.m. – Bubble Guy
• 7:30 p.m. – BenFest Buddies Saturday Night with Youth Ministry! 
• 8 p.m. – Kids Area Closes – BenFest Buddies in Gym (advanced purchase required)

Sunday
• 3:30 p.m. –  Old Town School of Folk Music presents: Little Miss Ann
• 4:15 p.m. – Mad Science

Proceeds from the festival will benefit St. Benedict Parish and School.

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