Les Amis Creole perform multiple times during the U of C Folk Fest.
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University of Chicago Folk Festival
Friday-Sunday at Mandel Hall; $20-$25
It's a big year for this celebration of traditional music, as the fest celebrates 50 years of folk. The event includes a range of performers, from Irish folk to Virginia bluegrass to Chicago blues, including Kim Wilson, The New Mules, Aaron Moore, Les Amis Creole and more. There will also be instrument workshops, dances and vendors (some free) throughout the weekend.
8 p.m. (sold out) and 11:30 p.m. Friday at Music Box; $15
Tommy Wiseau makes an appearance at these screenings of his cult classic film, which has been described as an "electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies."
Chicago Samba Brazilian Carnaval Party
10 p.m. Saturday at Logan Square Auditorium; $15
If you just can't wait 'til Fat Tuesday to get your pre-Lent party on, tag along to this Brazilian bash. The fete features the popular Chicago Samba dance troupe, capoeiristas, DJ'd tunes, dance instruction, $5 caipirinhas and much more.
Find more ways to celebrate Carnaval in Chicago.
If you didn't know the Hallmark holiday was this weekend, you're either single or about to be. Don't worry, we've got your back. Whether you desire a romantic dinner (online reservations available), hotel package, theater show or just want to drink away the day, our guide should do the trick. Our favorite events: Bin 36's Dinner and a Movie (featuring "An Affair To Remember"), DMK Burger Bar's burgers and shakes for two, the four-course, aphrodisiac-filled meal at Taxim, and, for dance lovers, Duets for My Valentine at Park West.
2010 Lunar New Year Parade
1 p.m. Sunday
This weekend's just full of holidays - the Year of the Tiger begins on February 14, and Chinatown is the perfect place to ring it in. This parade will include marching bands, floats, lion teams, a 100-foot dragon and other traditional events (some of which begin at 11:30 a.m., before the parade steps off).
Check out other Chinese New Year celebrations in Chicago.