FREE Kids Concert Series in Chicago this Fall

The popular FREE Juicebox series will entertain and educate young children and their families with a fall schedule of music, dance and performance at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.). A special introductory program will bring the series outside to The 606 Walk and Global Peace Picnic at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.) as part of the World Music Festival Chicago.   With its engaging music, dance and theater performances in a kid-friendly setting, the free-admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and otherwise interact with performers.


On September 17, special family Juicebox performances from world music artists Mdou Moctar, La Tribu de Abrante, and Betsayda Machado y Parranda el Clavo will take place from 2pm to 6pm as part of the The 606 Walk and Global Peace Picnic. Earlier from 11am to 12:30pm, there will be instrument making and other activities at the Milwaukee/Leavitt Park and Ridgeway Trailhead to The 606. The group will then move along The 606 in a Peace Procession to the Humboldt Overlook. The Juicebox performances start at 2pm at the Humboldt Park Boathouse.   The fall program begins on Friday, October 6, and will continue on the first and third Friday of each month at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) through May. All performances take place from 11-11:45am unless otherwise noted on the schedule at


Juicebox Fall 2017 Schedule


The 606 Walk + Global Peace Picnic with Juicebox Concerts

La Tribu de Abrante (Puerto Rico)

La Tribu de Abrante are a 12-piece orchestra from Puerto Rico. Their sound melds traditional bomba and plena melodies with salsa, Latin jazz, funk, reggaeton and urban pop.


Mdou Moctar (Niger)

Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, and is one of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar music. He plays a left-handed Fender in a takamba and assouf style.


Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)

Betsayda Machado is the voice of Venezuela. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, her recent rural recordings with lifelong friends Parranda El Clavo brought new attention to Venezuelan Afro-Soul genre: ‘Tambor.’

  • September 17, 2–6pm, Humboldt Park Boathouse


Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Indie artist turned Kindie artist, Istvan has gone all out in the children’s area since the birth of his daughter, who often joins him on stage, and is as committed as ever to rocking the kiddies and families that come to his shows.

  • October 6, Chicago Cultural Center
  • October 7, Garfield Park Conservatory


Chicago Folklore Ensemble

The Chicago Folklore Ensemble celebrates Chicago’s immigrant musicians and helps share and pass on their stories and musical knowledge through performances that interweave music and storytelling. After interviewing musicians of many ethnic backgrounds, the ensemble collects songs and stories and adapts them into arrangements for string quartet and storyteller.

  • October 20, Chicago Cultural Center
  • October 21, Garfield Park Conservatory


Music For New People

Performing a mix of originals and covers, ‘Music For New People’ is a unique experience that uses cutting edge electronics, ukulele and percussion to create an engaging and dynamic environment for kids and adults alike. Inspired by the work (& play) of Andy Kaufman, Shel Silverstein, Reggie Watts and They Might Be Giants!

  • November 3, Chicago Cultural Center
  • November 4, Garfield Park Conservatory


Chicago Children’s Theatre

Beatrix Potter and Friends

Since its launch in 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre has cemented its reputation as the city’s largest professional theatre company devoted exclusively to children and families. CCT has always believed children should be treated as the sophisticated audiences that they are, showcasing high-profile and award-winning talent, inventive production values and compelling stories that challenge, educate and entertain.

  • November 17, Chicago Cultural Center
  • November 18, Garfield Park Conservatory


Mandala South Asian Performing Arts

Mandala connects our audiences and students with the vibrancy, flavors and colors of the performing arts traditions of South Asia. We offer powerful engagement with unique and expert dancers, musicians, storytellers, artists and educators whose origins reach from the Himalayan ranges to the Indian Ocean, from Persia to Indonesia. Mandala’s company dancers, musicians, teaching artists, artistic collaborators and outreach partners bring folk and classical traditions to life.

  • December 1, Chicago Cultural Center
  • December 2, Garfield Park Conservatory


Mariachi Tradición Juvenil

The Mariachi Arts and Culture Academy, Inc. was established to cultivate and instill the art and culture of Mariachi music in the future generations. MACA aims to provide opportunities for the youth to carry on the Art and Culture of Mexico’s richness by reaching out to different cultural and socioeconomic communities in the Chicago area.

  • December 15, Chicago Cultural Center
  • December 16, Garfield Park Conservatory

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