The full moon is celebrated in many ways in different cultures but in Chicago, fire dancers and percussion are the highlights of the annual summer Full Moon Jam. Glowing along the shores of Lake Michigan, this year’s full moon jams will take place on June 5, August 1, August 30 and September 28, 2023.
A Chicago summer tradition since 2004, this free community event features fire dancers twirling and spinning with wands and hula hoops, with musicians beating drums against the backdrop of the lakefront. The jams start at sunset (around 7:30 ) and last until 10 pm. Spectators are welcome to bring drums or percussive instruments to join in.
The Full Moon Jam is a family-friendly event with no alcohol or substances, open flames, drones or flash photography allowed. Many people bring a light picnic and watch the dramatic performances under the full moon.
Chicago Full Moon Jam
5050 N. Simonds Dr.
June 5, August 1, August 30 September 28, sunset to 10 pm