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This Week In Street Fests: Fiesta Del Sol, Wicker Park Fest, Newberry Book Fair

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 26, 2012 9:40PM

Wicker Park Fest

We really hope the crowds at Wicker Park Fest are more manageable than they were last year because the lineup is fantastic, and we don't want to miss it. The music-centric fest features headliners Cursive, Lucero, Joe Pug, Kill Hannah — plus a full day of stellar acts including some locals. Check out the full line-up.

Wicker Park Fest is on Milwaukee Avenue between North and Paulina on Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

The Newberry Book Fair

I bet you have room for at least one more book on that shelf. The Newberry Book Fair is a massive market of used books, most of which are priced at $2 or under. Surely you'll find at least one in the 120,000 that will look good on your shelf. Sales from the donated books raises money for the Newberry, Chicago's independent research library.

The Newberry Book Fair is at 60 West Walton Street on Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fiesta del Sol

This is the 40th year for Pilsen's Fiesta del Sol, which bills itself as the largest Latino festival in the Midwest. It features art, music, food, fair rides and the crowning of Senorita Fiesta del Sol. Plus, it hosts a children's soccer tournament, college fair, school expo and a legal advice booth focusing on the civil rights of immigrants.

Fiesta del Sol is at 1400 W. Cermak on Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Randolph Street Market

This is the first of three Randolph Street Markets this summer. It's a great spot for arts, crafts and antiques, plus the market is both indoor and outdoor, so you won't get too crispy while you shop. The next two market events will be on August 25-26 and Sept. 29-30.

Randolph Street Market is in Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington on Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 or $8 in advance.

Celebrate Clark Street

Celebrate Clark Street features two stages of world music, booked with help from the folks at Mayne Stage. Throw a dart at a spinning globe, and you'll hit a country represented in the lineup. We could find a list of food vendors, but it promises "ethnic food." We know the flavors of Rogers Park, and we can bet the food will be good.

Celebrate Clark Street is on Clark between Morse and Touhy on Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.