'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Gets A Festival For Its 30th Anniversary
By Emma G. Gallegos in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 18, 2016 8:15PM
Ferris Fest will recreate Ferris' room (Photo via Ferris Fest)
The John Hughes' classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will be getting a proper celebration for its 30th anniversary. In May, Ferris Fest will be coming to Chicago and Lake Forest, the sleepy suburb where Ferris pretends he's on death's door so he can play hooky for a day.
Festivities kick off May 20 and continues through May 22, organizers say, in anticipation of the 30th anniversary of the film's June 11, 1986 release.
The John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest will host the fest, which promises appearances from the cast, including Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward (Ferris' parents) and Jonathan Schmock (the snooty French maître d'). Richard Roeper will be hosting a special screening. It sounds like organizers are still trying to get some more stars on board, but the car that Cameron's father loves "more than life itself" is rumored to be making an appearance (or maybe a very convincing replica).
There will also be a recreation of Ferris' bedroom where he managed to trick his parents into believing he was ill using some very old school technology.
Remember DOS? (Photo via Ferris Fest)
The fest will offer tours of the famous locations in Chicago that Ferris, Cameron and his gal pal Sloane visit during their day off. There will even be a recreation of that parade Ferris commandeered to sing "Twist and Shout."
Tickets for the entire fest experience are $300, but you can also buy tickets to individual days or events, like the special screening and Q&A, or a meet-and-greet with the stars.
All of this will give us a chance to ponder whether the message of the movie was to seize the day, per the quote that shows up in every yearbook, or if the message was really to beware of charming sociopaths.
Ferris' room recreated (Photo via Ferris Fest)
More from his room (Photo via Ferris Fest)