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This Week In Street Fests: Taste Of Randolph, Six Corners BBQ Fest, SausageFest

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 13, 2013 9:30PM

Taste of Randolph

This festival features the best eats from the West Loop. The food is great, of course, but the music is key to making this festival successful. We already told you about the top ten music acts not to miss, but it's a great lineup, and you might not want to miss any of them.

Taste of Randolph is on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine, Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Six Corners BBQ Fest

Pretty much every BBQ joint in the city will camp out at this Northwest side meat festival. And if you think you can make a better meat than the rest, enter the Meat on Milwaukee cook-off for amateurs.

Six Corners BBQ Fest is at the intersection of Milwaukee, Irving Park and Cicero on Saturday noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.


Get meaty at this Wrigleyville sausage party to benefit prostate cancer research. Eat some meat, listen to some music and high-five The Sausage King, an honor that goes to the person who raises the most money for the charity. As for the tunes, we're partial to the Saturday afternoon lineup of Polkaholics followed by CCR cover band Fortunate Sons.

SausageFest is at Sheffield and Addison on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

Takin' It To The Streets

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network organizes this festival in Marquette Park that has a theme of social justice. The musical lineup includes Rhymefest, Talib Kweli and Mos Def.

Takin' It To The Streets is at 6734 S. Kedzie Ave. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Fiestas Puertorriquenas

The main event is in Humboldt Park, of course, but there are other smaller celebrations in Hermosa, Avondale and the West Side. The Puerto Rican Day parade downtown is no more. The celebration of Puerto Rican culture will be hard to miss this weekend. Hit up any spot for food, music and art.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade starts on Thursday and continues through Sunday.

Festa Pasta Vino

Head to Little Italy to load up on carbs from bruschetta to cannoli at Festa Pasta Vino. The festival features pasta and vino, as you might predict, but also tastings and demonstrations. Plus, live performers will keep the amore in the air with Italian tunes, including Frank Sinatra and Frankie Valli tribute acts.

Festa Pasta Vino is at 24th and Oakley, Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.