The Surf Ballroom marks the 57th 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.
More than 100 musical acts will perform in venues around the Twin Ports, and there also will be film, visual arts and craft beer.
The town in which Bob Dylan was born celebrates the singer's 75th birthday with a Blood on the Tracks train ride, a singer-songwriter contest, a bus tour, films, music and a trivia contest.
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, with headliners including Travis Tritt, plus kids' games, a sports zone, 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 75th birthday with free outdoor music.
This hiphop festival will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this year.
This free music festival Millennium Park also includes an art fair and a kids' activity zone.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
Pert Near Sandstone, Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon and Railroad Earth are among the headliners at this family-friendly acoustic festival near Eau Claire.
There's camping onsite.
The largest of Chicago's free music festivals draws 750,000 people to Grant Park. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland with guest Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials with guest Corky Siegel and Irma Thomas.
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.
Brad Paisley and Lee Brice headline 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.
This riverside music festival includes a motocross show, movie tent and children's games and rides.
Six bluegrass bands play at this festival at the Washburn County Fairgrounds. On-site camping is available.
Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan are among the headliners of this year's big festival at Ford Festival Park.
Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Sam Hunt.
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.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown. Headliners include Michael Franti, pianist Ellis Marsalis, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and guitarists Russell Malone and John Pizzarelli.
Toby Keith headlines this music-and-camping festival at Brainerd International Raceway.
There will be 42 hours of free entertainment in Sturgis Park, including a Sunday morning gospel set and a jazz brunch.
Blues bands perform at the fairgrounds in this lakes town, and there's on-site camping.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan, including Sting, Peter Gabriel, Weezer, Selena Gomez, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Tesla, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.
Headliners include Alive, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, Suede and Vickie Shaw. In addition to concerts, this musical and cultural festival at the Marriott Madison West features comedy, theater, film and writers' workshops.
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.
Headliners include Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, 3 Doors Down and the Gin Blossoms in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
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 Mickey Gilley, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen and Neal McCoy. There's a band contest, too.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
This indie and jam music festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.
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.
Praise the Loud at this ticketed rock-music fest at the Basilica of St. Mary on the edge of downtown.
This free folk and roots festival is in Viroqua's Eckhart Park.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features top national musicians.
This big rock festival is held in Ford Festival Park.
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.
FKA twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen and Brian Wilson are among the headliners of this indie and alt-rock festival in Union Park.
Hear island music on Lake Superior, from Bayfront Festival Park.
This music and arts festival in the Longfellow neighborhood, near Harriet Brewery and Midtown light-rail station, features five stages and 20 bands, including Charlie Parr, "Spider'' John Koerner, Black Eyed Snakes and Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders.
Listen to music on the square in this town just over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
This big classic-rock and camping festival celebrates its 25th year. Headliners include Loverboy.
This second annual fest features 17 emerging and established rock, bluegrass and alt country bands. There's on-site camping.
Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen are among the headliners of this fest. There's camping on-site.
This folk music festival in Tourist Park also features a juried arts and crafts show and camping on-site.
Booker T Jones, Bernard Allison and Corey Stevens are among the headliners at this free, all-ages festival in Mears Park.
This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free. Reserve rooms far in advance.
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.
Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock and Lee Brice are among the headliners at this big country festival in west-central Minnesota.
Kid Rock and Lee Brice are among the headliners performing on two stages on St. Feriole Island.
More than 180 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
Just up the Chippewa River from Lake Pepin, this free blues festival in Memorial Park features 16 bands.
This folk festival is on the shores of Lake Superior, east of Thunder Bay near Nipigon. Camping is on-site.
This 37th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud.
This nonprofit festival is in the southwest Wisconsin bluffs, half an hour north of Winona, Minn.
Headliners include Chicago and Kellie Pickler. Tickets for all three days are $10. In addition to music, there will be a hot-air balloon launch, car show, arts, children's activities and Saturday fireworks.
The 28th annual music fest on the Lake Superior harbor showcases national and regional acts on three stages.
Bon Iver returns for a second year with new acts, including Beach House, Erykah Badu and Jenny Lewis. There's camping on-site.
Ten bands play Friday and Saturday on Fall Lake, five miles east of Ely. There's camping 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.
This festival near Square Lake County Park, north of Stillwater, alternates short independent films with live music. Festgoers arriving by bicycle get half-price tickets, which sell out in advance.
This family-friendly festival at the Cass County Fairgrounds, just off the Paul Bunyan State Trail, features more than 40 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 music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival.
This festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities, a traditional arts and crafts fair and music performances and workshops.
This festival at Grand Traverse Commons features music and more than 200 craft beers.
Enjoy a day of blues in Lyran Park, 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.
Enjoy two days of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
This free Fox Cities jazz festival is in Jefferson Park, on the shores of Lake Winnebago.
Musicians and storytellers perform on eight stages at this festival in Island Park on the Fox River.
There will be more than 80 artists performing at more than 30 venues across the city, with some performances free and some ticketed.
WTIP, North Shore Community Radio, hosts this outdoor fest of more than 25 local and regional music acts next to the municipal campground.
This free, easygoing festival in this Minnesota River town's Minnesota Square Park includes local favorites The Divers.
Bluegrass 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.
Listen to bluegrass bands and contests in the historic village square. There's also a food court and marketplace.
There's music on three stages, plus dance and session tents, a cultural village, Celtic Kitchen and limerick contest.
Wisconsin Memorial Union hosts free concerts by bands from Tibet, Israel Sudan, India, Zanzibar, Italy, Argentina and Mexico.
This Douglas Park music festival also features a circus sideshow revue and carnival.
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 venues in and around Midway Plaisance, near the Museum of Science and Industry and Lake Michigan.
Listen to the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.
This festival features the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists, magicians. Russian activists Pussy Riot will speak, and musicians include Wu Fei and the Duluth band Low.