Chicago Music Festivals

Tsukasa Taiko performing at World Music Festival Chicago

Scroll through the festival list or click on a link below to go directly to the month you plan to attend a festival.

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If you are aware of a Chicago music festival that has not been included on this page, please send the festival's information via DM using Twitter (@InspiredChicago).

Visit the following pages to find more festivals:



January



Tomorrow Never Knows, January 17–21, 2018 • Admission varies.



February



University of Chicago Folk Festival, February 9–10, 2018 • Admission varies.



May



All City Jazz Band Festival, May 12, 2018 • Admission is free!

Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival, May 25–26, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago House Music Festival, May 26, 2018 • Admission is free!

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, May 26–27, 2018 • Admission is a suggested $5 donation.



June



Chicago Gospel Music Festival, June 1–2, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago Blues Festival, June 8–10, 2018 • Admission is free!

Spring Awakening Music Festival, June 8–10, 2018 • Admission varies.

Green Music Fest, June 9–10, 2018 • Admission is a suggested $10 donation.

Grant Park Music Festival, June 13–August 18, 2018 • Admission is free!

LatiNxt, June 15–16, 2018 • Admission is free!

Make Music Chicago, June 21, 2018 • Admission is free!

Country LakeShake, June 22–24, 2018 • Admission varies.

Ruido Fest, June 22–24, 2018 • Admission varies.

Mamby on the Beach, June 23–24, 2018 • Admission varies.

Chicago Mariachi Festival, June 24, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago Soul Music Festival, June 27–30, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago SummerDance, June 28–August 25, 2018 • Admission is free!



July



Grant Park Music Festival, June 13–August 18, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago SummerDance, June 28–August 25, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chosen Few DJs Music Festival, July 7, 2018 • Admission varies.

Live on Lincoln, July 7–8, 2018 • Admission is $10.

Fresh Fest!, July 12–13, 2018 • Admission is free!

Latin Jazz Festival, July 13–15, 2018 • Admission is free!

Square Roots Festival, July 13–15, 2018 • Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/kids, and $20 for families.

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 20–22, 2018 • Admission varies.

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, July 21–22, 2018 • Admission is a suggested donation of $10.
Architecture tour tickets are available with a $10 donation. Guided garden tours are a $10 donation per tour. For a $10 donation, receive a guidebook and take a self-guided tour of more than 100 neighborhood gardens.

Bantu Fest, July 28, 2018 • Admission is free!



August



Grant Park Music Festival, June 13–August 18, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago SummerDance, June 28–August 25, 2018 • Admission is free!

Lollapalooza, August 2–5, 2018 • Admission varies.

Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival, August 3–5, 2018 • Admission is free!

Reggae Fest Chicago, August 11–12, 2018 • Admission varies.

Thirsty Ears Festival, August 12–13, 2017* • Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Chicago Westside Music Festival, August 18, 2018 • Admission is free!

Chicago Jazz Festival, August 29–September 2, 2018 • Admission is free!

North Coast Music Festival, Auguest 31–September 2, 2018 • Admission varies.



September



Chicago Jazz Festival, August 29–September 2, 2018 • Admission is free!

North Coast Music Festival, Auguest 31–September 2, 2018 • Admission varies.

Throwback Music Festival, September 7–9, 2018 • Admission is free!

World Music Festival Chicago, September 7–23, 2018 • Admission is free!

Riot Fest, September 14–16, 2018 • Admission varies.

AAHH! FEST, September 15, 2018 • Admission varies.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 29–30, 2018 • Admission is free; however, a $5 donation per person is requested.

Latin American Guitar Festival, September 28–30, 2017* • Admission is free!



October



Chicago Latino Music Festival, October 12–November 19, 2017* • Admission is free for most concerts! A few events require tickets (check the website for more information).

Logan Center Bluesfest, October 19–21, 2018 • Many events are free! Check the schedule for more information.

Roosevelt University OperaFest X, October 28–29, 2017* • Admission is free!

Roosevelt University PianoFest, October 31–November 5, 2017* • Admission is free!



November



Chicago Latino Music Festival, October 12–November 19, 2017* • Admission is free for most concerts! A few events require tickets (check the website for more information).

Roosevelt University PianoFest, October 31–November 5, 2017* • Admission is free!

ChillFest, November 24, 2018 • Admission is free!


*Festivals that have not been updated with information for 2018 will be updated when festival organizers announce the information for 2018.