Chicago Festival Watch 2022: Mayfest Ravenswood returns
Things are shaping up for an exciting summer in 2022. Almost all of our favorite festivals are returning.
The latest to announce in person festivities is Mayfest Ravenswood–one of Show Me Chicago’s favs–kicking off Memorial Day weekend (not to be confused with the other Mayfest – – Lakeview Mayfest which kicks off one week earlier on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 at Armitage and Sheffield).
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WHAT: Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing are together again on Memorial Day weekend for Chicagoans to enjoy beer, food, music, and friends and neighbors of all ages coming together to show support once again for The Friendship Center, neighborhood food pantry that’s been serving the Northwest side since 1969. This is the 6th annual event; the last two took place virtually.
The fest will include special craft beer tappings, as well as standby favorites, from both breweries throughout the weekend. Dovetail will tap its annual Maibock, a strong, golden lager made for Mayfestiversary, and will pour spring-friendly beers including Helles, Hefeweizen, Kölsch, Vienna Lager and more. Begyle will be tapping a brand new, previously unreleased, Barrel-Aged Stout and feature several Barrel-Aged Imperial Pajamas and Barrel-Aged Snooze Button variants. Warm-weather favorites and taproom staples will also be available throughout the weekend, including; Begyle Blonde Ale, Boat Shoes, Sunny Afternoon, Free Bird, Hophazardly, and No Tomorrow.
WHERE: Ravenswood Avenue (west side of Metra tracks) from Warner to Cuyler Avenue in Chicago – between the two breweries!
WHEN: Saturday, May 28th 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 29th 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
COST: The festival is free to attend with a suggested $5 donation at the door to the benefit The Friendship Center.
ABOUT: The Friendship Center is a non-profit organization that provides hope and dignity in the community through access to food, clothing and critical social services
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