Ring in springtime with colorful chaos at Navy Pier’s Beer Garden this weekend.
There are very few festivals around the world that provide such an extraordinarily prismatic display as the Hindu Holi festival. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is today a festival of worldwide renown. Though in India it marks the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring, many around the world today enjoy it for the merrymaking it entails and the vibrant spectacle it provides in the aftermath. Because who doesn’t love chucking powders at their mates and coming out covered head to toe in an amalgamation of colors?
This year Chicagoans will have another opportunity to cover their friends in powder on none other than Chicago beloved Navy Pier. Holi festival is returning to Navy Pier once again this coming Saturday giving Midwesterners the chance to enjoy the festival’s explosion of bright colors in an iconic setting. The free Holi festival, sponsored in part by the Delhi Committee of Chicago Sister Cities, will kick off in Navy Pier’s Beer Garden, a 1 pm on Saturday, March 19.
Live music will be provided by DJs during the celebratory chaos which will be followed by music, dance, food, and educational programming in the Aon Grand Ballroom through to 5 pm. Though attending the festival and experiencing the spectacle of colorful combatants is completely free, those who want to get involved will be able to buy different colored powders on-site.
There will be performances from the following artists:
- Surabhi Ensemble
- DJ Krush & DJ Jeet
- Natya Dance Theater
- Bollywood Groove
- Meher Dance Company
- Ishti Collective
- Mandala Arts
- Chitrahar Cultural Academy
More information can be found at navypier.org/holi.
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