YippieFest Returns

  • LIVE again

    Chicago's 3 day festival returns for a sixth year. Our host will be The Den Theatre on North Milwaukee Ave in Chicago.

    Tickets will be available at the door and online (TBA).

  • Schedule of Acts

    Click here to see what's on

    Click here to buy tickets

A Gathering of Artists

Day passes are availabel for $15 and weekend passes are $25. Passes allow you to come and go as you please and see multiple shows.

Friday night starts at 6:45PM with the opening ceremonies and then we rock out with bands into the night on the Bookspan stage.

Saturday and Sunday presents short plays, comedy, improv, radio, variety acts, short films, and MORE from 4:30pm into the night on the Main stage. Sunday night we start again at 3:30pm and end with the closing ceremonies at 11pm.

Come early, stay late, and then come back again!

* Schedule subject to running late at times *



What is a Yippie?

"Yippies" were members of the Youth International Party, a counterculture movement mixing psychedelic hippies with political activists, that began in 1967. With a flair for theatrics and satirical pranks, the Yippies grabbed media attention in the U.S. protesting war and the criminalization of marijuana, and criticizing institutions of government and greed. Some of their most notable mischief included an attempt to levitate The Pentagon, nominating a Pig for President, throwing pies at politicians, and bringing Santa Claus to the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Pot, politics, music, performance and humor fueled the Yippies. Once referred to as "Groucho Marxists," they aimed to change the system and to provide a means of expression for everyone. According to one of the founders, Jerry Rubin, "We try to bring out the yippie in everybody."

Above all, Yippie! is shout of joy. As Abbie Hoffman, another founder of the Yippies, explained, "What does Yippie! mean? Energy -- fun -- fierceness -- exclamation point."