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).

  • Apply NOW

    Submit your application here to perform at YippieFest '22.

    Deadline: July 3rd, 2022

    (Band applications are not being taken at this time)

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 7PM 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 2pm to late in the night on the Main stage. Sunday night we end with the closing ceremonies.

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



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."