This Week In Street Fests: Taste Of Greektown; Chicago Food Social; Bucktown Arts Fest And More

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 23, 2013 8:45PM

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A scene from the 2011 Bucktown Arts Festival. (Photo credit: Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

The penultimate weekend of August finds a full slate of festivals across Chicago, starting with Bucktown Arts Festival. Over 200 artists will be selling their work. Poets will share their writing. Bands will play on stages each day. Collaboraction Theater's Dome of Doom pits kids against each other in spirited dance-offs under a geodesic dome. Redmoon Theater’s Youth Spectacle exhibit will feature processions and drum workshops and more. (Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley Ave., 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25.)

- Sarah Cobarrubias previewed The Boulevard Fest this morning. Also happening in Logan Square this weekend is Brazil Fest, which aims to celebrate Brazil’s diversity and the richness of its culture through food, music, dance, folk art, and other art forms. From our experience, part of that culture involves as little clothing as possible. (3000-3200 W. Logan Blvd., 5-10 p.m. tonight, Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free admission, $5 gate donation.)

- Head to Greektown for a dose of Hellenic pride with Taste of Greektown Aug. 24 and 25 from noon until 11 p.m. The neighborhood's eateries are the focal point but there will also be live music, belly dance performances, fun for the kids and a new fine arts pavilion. (400 S. Halsted)

- After two years in West Town, the Chicago Food Truck Social has lost the word "truck" from its title and has a new location outside Kendall College Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. In addition to food trucks, the festival will feature chef-driven local restaurant vendors and chef demonstrations hand-selected by Longman and Eagle's Will Duncan. Empty Bottle Presents will handle the music programming. (900 N. Branch St., $5 suggested donation.)

Mangia! Festa Italiana kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday on Taylor Street, from Racine to Ashland. There's plenty of meatballs, pasta and red sauce for everyone.

Celebrate the Ukraine's independence with the Ukrainian Days Festival Aug. 24 and 25 at Smith Park. Enjoy dance performances, live music, food vendors and activities for the kids. (2526 W. Grand Ave.)