While other summer music festivals are content to book the same old bands over and over again, Pitchfork Music Festival is typically a breath of fresh air. Curated by the taste-making online publication for the past 15 years, you'll find some of the of-the-moment acts making indie rock, electronic music and hip-hop performing throughout this three-day weekend in Union Park. Instead of its usual July timeframe, this year the festival moves to September, presenting headlining sets from the likes of St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers and Erykah Badu. Before you head to the park, take a look at our guide to the lineup and more essential Pitchfork Music Festival information.
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When is Pitchfork Music Festival 2021?
The Pitchfork Music Festival will take place from September 10–12, 2021.
Where is Pitchfork Music Festival 2021?
As usual, Pitchfork Music Festival will take up residence in Union Park (1501 W Randolph St), directly next to the Ashland Green and Pink Line station.
What is the Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 vaccination policy?
All attendees must present proof of full vaccination (original card, a photo copy or a digital photo) or a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 24 hours of entry. That means if you're unvaccinated, you'll have to get tested daily. Fortunately, Curative is offering walk-up rapid antigen testing just north of Union Park at 210 N Justine St—you should book an appointment to get tested.
How do I get to Pitchfork Music Festival?
There's not a lot of parking around Union Park, so public transportation will be your best friend. Luckily, the festival takes place directly next to the Ashland Green and Pink Line station. If you prefer to ride the bus, the Ashland (9) and Madison (20) routes will drop you right by the gates. Divvy riders can park their bikes at a station on the corner of Lake Street and Ashland Avenue, while bike owners will find racks on the northwest corner of Union Park near the main entrance at 325 N Ashland Ave.