JEFFERSON PARK — Longtime music and arts fest Jeff Fest is coming back this weekend after canceling its 2020 event due to the pandemic.
The festival, officially called Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival, will be held Friday-Sunday at the Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.
This marks the 20th year of the fest, which is hosted by the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce. It will feature music, food and activities for children and a community stage to highlight local artists.
Neighborhood group Jefferson Park Forward organized the live performance schedule for the community stage. Alysha Monique, Buzz Hunter, Jessica Risker, K.F. Jacques, Julia Merchant and Poppa Da Poppa Da Pop, Sen. Rob Martwick’s band, are scheduled to take the stage Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, the community stage will feature a performance by dancers from the Chicago Music and Arts Academy and from the songwriting workshop group hosted by the park’s advisory council.
The main stage will feature musical acts by local rock and roll band Northside, One Way Street, Loudernow and Catflight, among others. Check the website to view the full lineup.
Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Kids 12 and younger are free with an adult.
Maggie Daly Skogsbakken, president of Jefferson Park Forward, said she is looking forward to “having the locals come out and play.”
Daly Skogsbakken said her group will also manage the beer tents, which will help “replenish our coffers” after the group had to cancel its three big fundraisers last year because of the pandemic.
The Northwest Side event is a safe way for families and neighbors to enjoy themselves since it’s outside and there is room to spread out, Skogsbakken said.
“Bring some chairs, picnic blanket and make it a day,” she said. “It’s like a mini Ravinia, and the beer tub is right there.”
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