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Fab 5: A Guide to Spring Festivals

It’s the beginning of festival season, and boy, do we have a smorgasbord of offerings from top-tier cultural performances to music ensembles. The time has come to bid adieu to winter worries and let the fun begin!

The Evanston-based Bach Week Festival features chamber groups as well as soloists from around the world.

1. Stomping Grounds
Through May 21, embark on a cultural adventure with Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the nation’s premier presenter of African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish and American dancing featuring half a dozen of the city’s most accomplished percussive-arts companies and venues. Times vary. Locations vary

2. Chicago Latino Film Festival
With more than 100 feature and short films showing through April 21, this festival is the largest of its kind in the United States and presents a diverse variety of themes and genres that reflect the Latino experience. Times vary. Tickets $12. AMC River East 21

3. Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
Music enthusiasts from around the city come together for a five-day multivenue showcase April 13 to 17 featuring over 100 films, live bands and workshops. New to this year’s festival is an industry incubator hosted by punk rock legend and media mogul Martin Atkins. Times vary. VIP tickets $149. Locations vary

4. Bach Week Festival
A rite of spring in Chicago, this annual festival founded in 1974 celebrates the symphonic genius of J.S. Bach. Now entering its 42nd season, the fest—which takes place April 22 to May 6—enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra to luxuriate in the works of one of history’s most beloved composers. Times vary. Tickets $80. Locations vary

5. MidWest Rum Fest
Calling all rum lovers! The Rum Lab invites Chicagoans to mix and mingle with industry professionals on April 30 while indulging in a wide variety of spirits. Head to the Kupulau Hula tiki afterparty to fete the fest’s second anniversary with music from local bands and DJs. 2pm. Tickets $10-$70. Bottom Lounge