YippieFest Returns

  • We're Back

    August's 3-day theater festival returns for our 5th in-person year. Our host will be Pride Arts on North Broadway in Chicago.

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

  • Call for performers

    We're seeking all kinds of acts; theater, monologs, dance, sketch, improv, puppets, magic, burlesque, clowning, variety acts, and more...

    Submit an application here, there is no fee to apply.


Happening on Broadway

It all starts Friday night August 4th at 7pm with the opening ceremony. Shows continue until near Midnight.

Saturday shows start in the afternoon and continue until near Midnight.

Sunday shows start in the afternoon and end with the closing ceremony at 10pm

Day and weekend passes are available and allow you to come and go as you please and see as many shows as you can.

Come early... Stay late... Come back again...

Ticket Info: TBA



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."