10 Music Festivals in the Midwest This Summer

Riot Fest Chicago 2014 // Photo courtesy of Riot Fest

Riot Fest Chicago 2014 // Photo courtesy of Riot Fest

Riot Fest & Carnival || Chicago, Illinois

September 11–13

True to its name, Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival that features the full gamut of counterculture music styles: punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. The festival started in Chicago in 2005 and has expanded to include two more stops in Denver and Toronto. This year’s festival in Chicago boasts a crazy collection of performers including No Doubt, System of a Down, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Taking Back Sunday. Carnival rides and sideshow performers add to the madness making this a show like no other.

Info: Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Dr., Chicago; $189.98 for 3-day GA pass; $299.98 for 3-day VIP pass

Buy tickets and find more info at www.riotfest.org.

Festival Palomino || Shakopee, Minnesota

September 19

When Trampled by Turtles announced it was putting together a music festival last year, a communal squeal of joy could be heard throughout Minnesota. The festival returns to Canterbury Park for year two with another stellar line-up: The Lowest Pair, Lydia Loveless, Calexico, Laura Marling, Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker, Father John Misty, Dr. Dog, and, of course, Trampled by Turtles. Rounding out the day will be a craft beer garden, food trucks, art vendors, a VIP lounge, and other yet-to-be-announced activities.

Info: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN; $60 regular/$140 VIP

Buy tickets and find more info at www.festivalpalomino.com.

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