Believe it or not, it’s “officially” summer as of this Friday.  Now I can’t guarantee that we’ll have any summer weather around here, but I can guarantee a weekend packed with fun summer activities!

The 19th annual Chicago Pride Fest takes place this Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) at Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood.  This legendary street festival celebrates Chicago’s LGBTQA community one week prior to their big parade.  Enjoy live music by popular artists such as LeeAnn Rimes, Betty Who, Alex Newell, and others on 4 stages, food and drink, over 100 arts & craft and merchant vendors, DJs and dancing, a pet parade (Sunday), drag shows, and more!  Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown!!

The 35th annual Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party is this Saturday (2:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.) at Old St. Patrick’s Church (700 W. Adams St.) in the West Loop.  Enjoy a fantastic summer day of great live music and entertainment for all ages, as well as food and drink vendors.  Participate in the Bags tournament starting at 6:00 p.m. with cash prizes.  Plenty of kid activities will be available at the KidZone (2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) with a bounce house, pop-a-shot, games, face painting, prize give-aways, and more!  And after the Block Party ends, head over to Dugan’s (128 S. Halsted St.) or Green Street Local (130 S. Green St.) for more fun.  It’s Chicago’s ultimate summer party!!

A full weekend of summer fun awaits guests at the Gold Coast Greek Fest this Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1017 N. LaSalle St.) in the Gold Coast neighborhood.  Enjoy authentic Greek food (gyros, souvlaki, pastichio), assorted pastries (Nutella covered Loukoumades), beer, wine, and frappe, live entertainment, dancing, and fun activities for the kids!  Lagunitas brewery will once again serve this year’s fest with a great selection of their popular brews.  Everyone is welcome to share in the Greek culture and food with the Gold Coast community!!

The 3rd annual Ravenswood On Tap returns this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) to the Ravenswood neighborhood at Ravenswood and Berteau Avenues.  This outdoor event features beer from Malt Row breweries (special tappings and limited releases) cocktails from KOVAL Distillery, and home brewing demos.  Taste food from Chicago’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, enjoy a killer lineup of live music, and shop handmade goods from local retailers and artists!  After all Malt Row is home to one of the country’s most prolific craft brewing communities and shouldn’t be missed!!

Season 6 of the Chicago Food Truck Festival has outgrown its previous location; therefore, it will take place this Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) at 2400 S. State Street in the South Loop.  Over 45 gourmet food trucks will be serving up a foodie heaven with chef prepared dishes, splashes of Sangria, or some of America’s best beers!  Help this festival remain the largest food truck gathering in the state and one of the largest in America!!

This weekend’s Movies in the Parks being featured are:

“Guardians of the Galaxy” – Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St.) – West Town
“Black Panther” – West Chatham Park (8223 S. Princeton Ave.) – Chatham
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” – Sauganash Park (5861 N. Kostner Ave.) – Sauganash

“Mary Poppins Returns” – Brooks Park (7100 N. Harlem Ave.) – Edison Park
“Guardians of the Galaxy” – Jonquil Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.) – Lincoln Park

Is It Really Summer?