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, jam session at Zimmy's and a 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.
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.
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.
Six bluegrass bands perform at the fairgrounds in this Blue Hills town, and there's on-site camping.
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.
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.
This free festival opens in Millennium Park, moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and is in Ellis Park on the weekend.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Few settings are more beautiful than Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Lake Superior; 25 national and regional blues, folk and bluegrass acts perform.
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.
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.
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 the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.