The Fest Shop
The Fest Shop is where the largest online Beatles store in the world comes to life. Beatles apparel, books, DVDs, CDs, Vinyl, books, bags, new 2020 calendars, record crates and carry cases, luggage, kitchen-ware, bedding, towels, blankets, toys, puzzles, magnets, stationery, collectables, accessories, and Every other Little Thing you can think of. Plus, all of the latest licensed items.
Giant Beatles Marketplace
The Giant Beatles Marketplace is filled with vendors from as far away as England and all across America, full of an astonishing array of Beatles merchandise. If there’s a Beatles item you’re searching for – no matter how rare – odds are that it’s here. For sale will be collectibles, recordings, videos, vinyl, books, photos, posters, art, & more. The Marketplace and FEST Store will be on the lower level this year, where they were located for most of the first 30 years of FESTS at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
Liverpool and Musical Guests In Concert
The Fest's house band since they were wee lads, Liverpool - featuring Drew Hill, John Merjave, Glen Burtnik, and Joe Bellia (filling in for Chris Camilleri) -- will thrill FEST-goers with their note-for-note renditions of Beatles hits and deeper Beatles cuts.
Liverpool performs all three nights of each Fest, playing the Dance Party on Friday - featuring our optional 60s Dress-Up and Beatles Lookalike contests - and the Saturday and Sunday night concerts will be highlighted by the performance of Abbey Road in full for the 50th anniversary.
Our musical guests will be joining Liverpool on stage for part of Saturday and Sunday's concerts.
Beatles 60s Dance Party, Look-Alike And Dress-Up Contests
The Annual Friday Night Dance Party to the sounds of a Liverpool concert always gets the weekend off to a high flying start! Do that hippie hippie shake, it’s a great way to meet new Beatle people and let your inhibitions out the (bathroom) window. The Party is an optional 60s Dress-Up Night. Find something you haven't worn for decades - or perhaps something you scoop up at a vintage shop or costume store - and get into the era. Prizes awarded for the Best Outfits. We also have a Lookalike Contest as well as lots of Door Prizes.
One of the very special aspects of THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS is the access to our Special Guests - a chance to say hello, get an autograph, maybe take a photo with them, or purchase a CD or Photo from them and have them signed as well. We announce the signing times a week before the FEST so you may plan out your weekend (or day/days) with us. This year we are back in the Rosemont Ballroom, so the signings will take place in the Paris Room downstairs where most of the rest of the events are taking place.
Beatles Sound-Alike Contest
The Beatles Sound-Alike contest is held on Saturday, with tryouts in the early afternoon and the finals in the Grand Ballroom in the evening. where our MC Terri Hemmert hosts the finals. All FEST attendees who are performing as solos or duos are permitted to enter (trios must enter the Battle of the Beatles Bands). A piano/keyboard and acoustic guitar will be provided, but you're free to bring your own instrument(s) if you wish. Sign-up for the contest is done on the spot on Saturday afternoon, just in advance of the tryouts.
Battle of the Beatles Bands
The Battle of the Beatles Bands is always one of the highlights of the weekend! Taking place on Sunday late afternoon, the contest is open to all bands consisting of FEST attendees. Each group will play one or two Beatles or solo Beatles songs in the main ballroom, with the audience serving as the judge for this exciting and fun contest.
Participating bands only need to bring guitars, cords for their instruments, drumsticks and their FEST tickets. All other equipment is provided by the FEST. To enter, you must sign up either by phone (1-866-THE FEST), email (email@example.com) or by mail when ordering your tickets. Deadline to enter is July 18. The Winning Band gets to play a set on the Apple Jam Stage in 2020.
Live Beatles Trivia Game Shows & Name that Tune
Tom Frangione (of The Beatles Channel's The Fab Fourum) and Al Sussman are the hots for the Live Trivia Game Shows and Name That Tune Competitions each day. Questions range from very easy to quite difficult and it's how quick you recall the answers that makes the difference. Brush up on your trivia, as all contestants are picked from the audience. There will also be some competitions for the younger fans in attendance.
Beatles Museum and Art Contest
Over 55 years of Beatles History is traced here through pictures, articles and some memorabilia. We have done our own version of remastering (and updating) the Museum. Our popular Kids Art Korner is back - it's a place where youngsters can create Beatles art on site, and have it displayed as well! Crayons, papers, and markers are provided. The annual Beatles Art Contest is where you can show off your creativity in an environment that your Beatles artwork can be most appreciated - by other Beatles fans! Don't be shy, bring your artwork this year, or create a new piece just for the contest. You can check in your Art work with Deco, when you arrive. Prizes are awarded in three categories: Professional, Amateur, & 16 years or younger. Ribbons are given to all who enter.
For the Little Child
As more second generation Beatles fans are having children, we are expanding our show to include more activities geared to the 12 and under crowd. Here are the events in headline form. The fuller descriptions are found in the activity details.
1. Beatles Parade – Saturday afternoon with Mr. Puppet Bob Abdou
3. Kids Korner Art – All weekend in the Art Museum
4. Kids Trivia Contest
5. Kids Name That Tune
6. Kids Beatles Yoga
How has The Beatles' message and spiritual teachings transcended to today, more than 50 years later? Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream to find your inner light in The Fest's Beatles Ashram. Learn about the Transcendental Meditation technique, the spiritual avenue popularized by The Beatles on their well-known trip to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Throughout the weekend, the room will feature today's yoga and mindfulness innovators as they share their practices of yoga, sound healing, poetry and words of wisdom.
Beatles Video & A/V Presentations
There are so many exciting activities going on at any one time at The FEST that sometimes fans need to stop by our Video and A/V Room to sit back, relax, and float downstream with a wide variety of Beatles and solo Beatles material, running for most of the weekend. Most of the footage is from the Steve Shorten Collection. Alternating with rare footage will be Audio/Visual Presentations from many of our Guest Authors, located on the hotel's lower level this year.
Our Beatles Auction will be held on Saturday afternoon. Anyone is welcome to bring their rare items to enter on the day of the show. We cannot guarantee everything gets in but we will try our best to accommodate. The auction is where some great bargains can be found. If you have any unique items for the auction, please let us know when ordering your tickets.
Throughout the weekend many Door Prizes are handed out at random to FEST attendees from the Grand Ballroom Stage. Items such as T-Shirts, Books, CDs, DVDs, Posters, Cirque du Soleil merchandise, promotional material, etc.
There will also be a number of Charity Raffles at the FEST, with the money raised going to causes such as Spirit Foundations and The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence. Since we began, in 1974, we have raised over $605,000.00 for various charities.
Guest Author Discussions & A/V Presentations
Over the past 45 years of the FEST (nationally), we’ve been piecing together the story of the Beatles guest by guest - those that knew The Beatles and those that have written about them. That will continue this year, as our Beatles authors and experts discuss the Fab Four and the lasting impact they’ve made on society. Wally Podrazik moderates. Beatles experts Tom Frangione and Al Sussman will assist Wally where needed.
Marc Rubinstein – Pig Light Show
Best known for Bill Graham's Fillmore East, John Scher's Capitol Theatre, the CBS series "Comedy Tonight", the Avco Broadcasting "Midsummer Rock" and NBC's "Super Elastic Plastic Goggles" children's series, The Museum At Bethel Woods Center for the Arts honored him with the retrospective exhibition: Pig Light Show: The Music Videos of Marc Rubinstein. This is Marc’s 9th year at FEST and 50th year as Pig Light Show.
Celebrity Art with Neal Glaser
Neal Glaser of Celebrity Art started with us 24 years ago as a traveling John Lennon art show and now is the exclusive distributor for Paul McCartney's artwork and the publisher of Ringo Starr's Computer Art. Showing at The Fest, this is the only exhibit that features the signed artwork of John, Paul and Ringo all together. This is an incredible showcase of The Beatles' multiple talents. Come see this one-of-a-kind exhibit and maybe walk away with a hand-signed Beatles masterpiece.
The Fest for Beatles Fans 2019 - Charities: More than $605,000 Raised since 1974!
Yoko Ono contributes signed pieces at every FEST to help raise more money for the Spirit Foundation, the organization that John and Yoko set up in the late 1970s to be able to donate to good causes anonymously.
Yoko has continued this, donating millions over the years. We will be raising funds through our Charity Raffles and Charity Auction items.
COALITION TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE
The FEST has been raising money and awareness for the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence since early-1981. It is over 38 years since we lost John to a crazed person with easy access to a handgun and there is still a lot more progress that needs to be done to cut down on the amount of gun violence that still exists in America.
Eric Cash Exhibit - Beatles Fine Artist
Internationally acclaimed artist Eric Cash's art is back again this year at the FEST. Cash continues to be one of the most well known Beatles artists going. He will be featuring new works along with his children's book, Once Upon A Time in Liverpool, that he illustrated and co-produced with Beatles author Judith Kristen.