The Surf Ballroom marks the 55th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly with concerts, luncheons, dance lessons and crash-site tours.
Dozens of musicians, artists and writers perform and read at downtown venues. On Friday evening, there's a literature crawl.
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.
Bob's hometown celebrates his 73rd birthday with a film festival, singer-songwriter contest, photo exhibit and Bobby Zimmerman bus tour.
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.
In this west Chicago suburb, there's lots of music, plus a petting zoo, hurling, theater, Irish dog and pony exhibits and red hair, freckle and bonnie baby contests.
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 73rd birthday with free outdoor music.
Listen to American roots music on two stages along the banks of the St. Joseph River.
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.
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.
Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts headline this festival just west of Minneapolis.
This riverside music festival includes a zipline, 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.
Canned Heat and Johnny Winter headline this festival at the Washburn County Fairgrounds. On-site camping is available.
Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Gary Allan, Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan are the headliners of this year's big festival.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line.
In addition to concerts, this musical and cultural festival at the Marriott Madison West features comedy, theater, film and writers' workshops.
Bret Michaels headlines this music-and-camping festival at Brainerd International Raceway.
There's 42 hours of free entertainment in Sturgis Park, including a Sunday morning gospel set and a jazz brunch.
This free festival opens in Millennium Park, moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and is in Ellis Park on the weekend.
Blues artists perform at the festival grounds on the Fox River, in the town where Chicago blues musicians recorded for RCA's Bluebird label in the 1930s.
John Nemeth headlines the festival in Aviators Stadium in Loves Park.
The Okee Dokee Brothers and Monroe Crossing are among the musicians playing at Forts Folle Avoine, a re-created fur-trade post on the Yellow River.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
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 rock festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.
On the grounds of Macalester College, Garrison Keillor and friends celebrate 40 years of the renowned public-radio variety show. Many activities are free, including a Community Sing-Along with Keillor at noon Sunday.
The extensive musical lineup includes Iris DeMent, Gillian Welch and the Wailin' Jennys.
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 year, performers at this big fest include Kenny Rogers, Kellie Pickler and Sara Evans. There's a band contest, too.
This family-friendly outdoor rock festival on the grounds of the Basilica of St. Mary benefits its restoration and outreach programs.
This family-friendly folk and roots festival on a farm includes reggae, country, zydeco, jazz and Celtic music on three stages and four workshop areas. There's also a juried arts and crafts fair. Rustic camping is available.
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents this Lincoln Square festival, which includes more than 60 acts on four stages plus 30 local and regional craft beers and food from neighborhood restaurants.
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 23nd year. Headliners include REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Styx and George Thorogood.
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.
Headliners for this festival in Union Park include Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel.
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.
Music on the square in this town not far over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
This Mississippi River festival on historic St. Feriole Island features 12 bands on two stages, with onsite camping.
Since 1972, fans of this Jazz Age cornetist and composer have held this festival in his hometown on the Mississippi.
This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free: Three-day passes are $175-$215.
Just up the Chippewa River from Lake Pepin, this free blues festival in Memorial Park features 16 bands.
This new rock and roots festival in Bayfront Festival Park features Brandi Carlile, the Guess Who, the Big Wu, Nicholas David, the BoDeans and more. Tickets are half-price through May 31.
Part of the proceeds benefit the St. Louis River Alliance and the Minnesota chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This 35th 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 . Headliners this year include Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band. There's camping onsite.
Jason Aldean and The Band Perry headline the national acts performing on two stages on St. Feriole Island.
More than 100 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
The 26th annual music fest on the Lake Superior harbor showcases national and regional acts on three stages.
This folk festival is on the shores of Lake Superior, east of Thunder Bay near Nipigon. Camping is on-site.
The Beach Boys and Ingrid Michaelson headline this nonprofit festival 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.
Enjoy national and local blues musicians in Fern Island Park. There's a beer garden, of course.
This free music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival and the paddling festival Floatzilla.
This free festival is in the lakefront Celebration Place.
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 festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities and craft demonstrations.
Brandi Carlile and Nahko and Medicine for the People headline this festival at Grand Traverse Commons, which also features more than 200 craft beers.
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.
Two days of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
Musicians and storytellers perform on eight stages at this festival in Island Park on the Fox River.
This town on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, between Cedarburg and Port Washington, holds a place on the Mississippi Blues Trail along with Chicago, Memphis and Clarksdale, Miss. From 1929 to 1932, a Paramount recording studio here produced a quarter of the nation's blues, jazz, and gospel music, or "race records.''
The festival is held in Lime Kiln Park. VIP passes are popular; buy early.
This free, easygoing festival in this Minnesota River town's Minnesota Square Park features local favorites The Divers.
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 will be more than 80 artists performing at more than 30 venues across the city, with some performances free and some ticketed.
There's music on three stages, plus dance and session tents, a cultural village, Celtic Kitchen and limerick contest.
The Cure, Jane's Addiction and Weezer are among the headliners in this Humboldt Park festival.
There's a whole day of blues at Angell Park in this little town just northeast of Madison.
This "near-zero waste'' music festival in Veterans Park on the lakefront features six bands.
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 non-stop music during this free festival at Midway Plaisance, near the Museum of Science and Industry and Lake Michigan.
Listen to the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.