Three days of Theatre & comedy & music & more
August 18-20, 2017

YippieFest is a three day festival of theatre, comedy, music, and more taking place the third weekend of August. We will start with the opening ceremony on Friday night at 7PM and conclude Sunday night with the closing ceremony. In between, two stages will feature all kinds of entertainment from Chicago artists.

Tickets available here:

We're looking for all kinds of performers. In addition to plays, sketch shows, improv groups, and bands, we're also interested in stand-ups, magicians, jugglers, dancers, etc.

Artist applications are being accepted NOW for participating in the fest. There is no application fee to apply. Apply here.

See the FAQ for more info.

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.”


Abbie Fest

YippieFest is a continuation of the spirit of the Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins theatre festival.

The Abbie Hoffman Fest ran for 28 years and was presented by Rich Cotovsky and Mary-Arrchie Theatre. Rich has given us his blessing to continue the tradition of presenting 3 days of entertainment in the Woodstock tradition.


prop thtr

YippieFest is being held at:

Prop Thtr.
3502 N Elston Ave in Chicago