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.
Headliners include Astronautalis, The Big Wu, Claudia Schmidt, Willie Murphy and Charlie Parr.
Bob's hometown celebrates his 72nd 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.
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 72nd birthday with free outdoor music.
Listen to American roots music on two stages along the banks of the St. Joseph River.
This is the largest of Chicago's free music festivals, drawing 750,000 people to Grant Park. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, the Bar- Kays, Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice.
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.
Dierks Bentley, Sawyer Brown and the Pistol Annies are among the performers at this festival just west of Minneapolis.
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.
Buddy Guy and Dr. John are among the blues artists who will 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.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dierks Bentley headline this riverside festival, which includes a zipline, motocross show, movie tent and children's games and rides.
This free festival opens in Millennium Park, moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and is in Ellis Park on the weekend.
Lady Antebellum, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington, Toby Keith and Dierks Bentley 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 Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean.
There's 42 hours of free entertainment in Sturgis Park, including a Sunday morning gospel set and a jazz brunch.
REO Speedwagon headlines this music-and-camping festival at Brainerd International Raceway.
This all-ages music-and-camping fest along the Apple River features the Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog and Wheeler Brothers.
They call this the world's largest music festival. Big-name musicians perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
Big-name bands perform in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
In addition to concerts, this musical and cultural festival at the Marriott Madison West features comedy, theater, film and writers' workshops.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront. Headliners include Collective Soul, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Great Big Sea, the Groove Merchants and Davina and the Vagabonds.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
This rock festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.
Mason Jennings, Cloud Cult and the Kingston Trio are among the performers at this community festival, which includes yoga, speakers on sustainability and a celebration of Lake Superior.
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 Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice and the Charlie Daniels Band. 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.
Headliners include the Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, Mayer Hawthorne, Matt Nathanson and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
This very eclectic, family-friendly folk and roots festival includes reggae, country, zydeco, hip-hop, jazz and Celtic music.
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 22nd year.
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 R. Kelly, Bjork and Belle & Sebastian.
This festival on the grounds of Fort William Historical Park features rock, folk and flamenco as well as Celtic music, plus jousting, juggling, magic and Highland Games.
There's 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 fest in west-central Minnesota snags the biggest names in country music -- this year, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. There's camping onsite.
Sara Evans and Trace Adkins headline the national acts performing on two stages on St. Feriole Island.
Bands from around the United States and some from Europe present more than 100 performances in and around Northfield.
This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free: Three-day passes are $175-$215.
Headliners are Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and The Killers.
Just up the Chippewa River from Lake Pepin, this free blues festival in Memorial Park features 16 bands.
The historic Brucemore estate hosts this blues fest on its expansive lawn.
This festival of folk, bluegrass, Americana and blues music is at Hobgoblin Music on Minnesota 19 west of Red Wing. There's also a Kidfest and family stage.
This 34th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud.
More than 100 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
The 25th 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 music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival and the paddling festival Floatzilla.
Headliners include the Wallflowers and Bodeans.
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.
Dar Williams and Willy Porter are among the musicians performing at this festival on the campus of UW-La Crosse, which includes children's activities and craft demonstrations.
A day of blues downtown, with food from local restaurants. Advance tickets are just $7.
More than 600 musicians perform on 10 stages in this town in northwest Iowa.
This free festival features one day of music at the Chicago Cultural Center, one evening at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and two days in Grant Park.
Festivities include a music festival at the lakefront Summerfest grounds. Headliners include Kid Rock, Aerosmith, Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers, the Doobie Brothers and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
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.
The Roe Family Singers and three 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.
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.