The Surf Ballroom marks the 56th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly with concerts, luncheons, dance lessons and crash-site tours.
Hear music at half a dozen venues in the downtown of this western Wisconsin college town.
More than 75 musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.
There's a carnival, craft show and car cruise, but don't miss the 10 a.m. Saturday band parade in this northern Iowa town, which Meredith Willson made famous in "The Music Man.''
There's music on four stages, the world's largest touring grill (a Johnsonville semi that can cook 750 brats at a time), the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 74th birthday with free outdoor music.
This free festival opens in Millennium Park, moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and is in Ellis Park on the weekend.
Headliners include Holly Near, Cris Williamson and Tret Fure. In addition to concerts, this musical and cultural festival at the Marriott Madison West features comedy, theater, film and writers' workshops.
The festival in this town on the Fox and Illinois rivers features wine from 25 Illinois vineyards and jazz and blues in Washington Park.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
This is the largest of Chicago's free music festivals, drawing 750,000 people to Grant Park.
This street festival in the Northcenter neighborhood, on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue, features barbecue plus indie, roots, rock and alt country music.
There's a Kids Square with games and a rib-eating contest Friday with professional eaters.
Alabama and Jake Owen headline this festival just west of Minneapolis.
This riverside music festival includes a motocross show, movie tent and children's games and rides.
Six bluegrass bands perform at the fairgrounds in this Blue Hills town, and there's on-site camping.
Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Eric Church and the Eli Young Band are the headliners of this year's big festival.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
Lee Brice headlines this music-and-camping festival at Brainerd International Raceway.
Marcia Ball and Devon Allman headline this festival at the Washburn County Fairgrounds. On-site camping is available.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
This year, performers at this big fest include Ronnie Milsap, Scotty McCreery, Wynonna & the Big Noise and Cassadee Pope. There's a band contest, too.
Big-name bands perform in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
This easy-going, family-friendly festival features 70 performers, food and hand-made art from around the world plus a fun play area for children.
Many people camp on-site at Birds Hill Provincial Park. Tickets are cheapest when bought in advance.
This family-friendly outdoor rock festival on the grounds of the Basilica of St. Mary benefits its restoration and outreach programs.
This indie and jam music festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.
This big rock festival is held in Ford Festival Park.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features top national musicians.
This big classic-rock and camping festival celebrates its 24th year. Headliners include Nickelback and the Doobie Brothers.
This family-friendly festival on the Crow River, west of the Twin Cities, features folk, blues, jazz and other grassroots music on three stages, including one for children. There's onsite camping and food.
This indie and alt-rock festival is in Union Park.
This folk music festival in Tourist Park also features a juried arts and crafts show and camping on-site.
Hear island music on Lake Superior, from Bayfront Festival Park.
This free folk and roots festival is in Viroqua's Eckhart Park.
Listen to music on the square in this town just over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free: Three-day passes are $175-$215. Reserve rooms far in advance.
This Mississippi River festival on historic St. Feriole Island features 12 bands on two stages, with onsite camping.
Just up the Chippewa River from Lake Pepin, this free blues festival in Memorial Park features 16 bands.
This 36th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud.
This big fest in west-central Minnesota snags the biggest names in country music.
Dierks Bentley is among the headliners performing on two stages on St. Feriole Island.
More than 100 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
This nonprofit festival is in the southwest Wisconsin bluffs, half an hour north of Winona, Minn.
Tickets are $5. In addition to music, there will be a hot-air balloon launch, car show, arts, a youth obstacle course and Saturday fireworks.
The 27th annual music fest on the Lake Superior harbor showcases national and regional acts on three stages.
Enjoy national and local blues musicians in Fern Island Park. There's a beer garden, of course.
This free festival is in the lakefront Celebration Place.
This festival at Grand Traverse Commons features more than 200 craft beers.
This family-friendly festival at the Cass County Fairgrounds, just off the Paul Bunyan State Trail, features more than 35 bluegrass shows and free workshops.
Few settings are more beautiful than Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Lake Superior; 25 national and regional blues, folk and bluegrass acts perform.
This free music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival and the paddling festival Floatzilla.
This festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities and craft demonstrations.
A day of blues downtown, with food from local restaurants.
More than 600 musicians perform on 10 stages in this town in northwest Iowa.
This free festival features music at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
There will be more than 80 artists performing at more than 30 venues across the city, with some performances free and some ticketed.
This free, easygoing festival in this Minnesota River town's Minnesota Square Park features local favorites The Divers.
There's a whole day of blues at Angell Park in this little town just northeast of Madison.
Monroe Crossing and other bands will play at this family festival at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, free with $5 vehicle permit. There also will be camping and food vendors.
There's music on three stages, plus dance and session tents, a cultural village, Celtic Kitchen and limerick contest.
This family-oriented festival in Prairie Island Park, on the Mississippi River, features disc golf, paddling and airplane rides as well as music. A weekend pass includes camping and canoeing, and kids under 16 are free with an adult ticket.
Listen to the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.