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African Caribbean International Festival of Life

July 1-4 , Washington Park, 5500 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free-$15; 312-427-0266 or martinsinterculture.com/ifol.html A merger of two events, this four-day South Side affair is heavy on supplying African-centric musical experiences. Reggae, calypso, gospel, R&B and soca will be among the sounds that inspire dancing in Washington Park. Arts, crafts and food vendors -- as well as ¿American Idol¿-style competitions -- round out a soiree that doubles as a Fourth of July commemoration.
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