Riot Fest music festival

Put on your favorite punk rock T-shirt and join the end-of-the-summer celebration at Riot Fest

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What better way to send off summer music festival season than with a weekend of rock, metal and punk? Each September, Riot Fest takes over a section of Douglass Park (conveniently located near one of the city's best breweries) and throws a rock ‘n’ roll carnival complete with tons of bands, sideshow acts, a Ferris wheel and swarms of T-shirt-clad attendees. This year, the Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Slipknot and Morrissey headline the event, which is packed with acts that will induce pangs of nostalgia for a certain type of person. Keep an eye out for even more information about Riot Fest 2021.

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When is Riot Fest 2021?

Riot Fest occurs from September 16–19, 2021. The September 16 "preview party" is open to fans that purchased three-day passes or Sunday tickets.

Where is Riot Fest 2021?

Riot Fest will take place in the southern half of Douglass Park (1401 S Sacramento Dr) on Chicago's West Side.

How do I get to Riot Fest 2021?

The easiest way to get to Riot Fest is to take the Pink Line train to California, which is just a short walk away from the festival's entrance. By bus, the fest is accessible via the 12, 18, 49 and 94 routes. By Metra, the BNSF Western Avenue station is also an option.

Where can I get tickets to Riot Fest 2021?

Go to Time Out's ticket page or the festival’s official website to buy tickets for single days and the whole weekend.

Riot Fest 2021

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Riot Fest adds new headliners as Nine Inch Nails cancels its tour

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The complete Riot Fest 2021 lineup

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Nine Inch Nails, Devo and Faith No More join the lineup

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Riot Fest is delayed until 2021—here's the lineup

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Riot Fest 2019

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The Riot Fest 2019 schedule is here

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The complete Riot Fest lineup

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Riot Fest 2018

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At long last, the Riot Fest 2018 schedule is here

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Riot Fest 2018 lineup

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Run the Jewels and Weezer join the Riot Fest lineup
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Run the Jewels and Weezer join the Riot Fest lineup

The Douglas Park fest has some new headliners in place

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What’s going on with Riot Fest?

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Get a three-day Riot Fest ticket for less than $100

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Beck, Blink-182 and Elvis Costello top the Riot Fest lineup

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Riot Fest 2017

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The best fashion at Riot Fest 2017

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Photos from Riot Fest 2017, Sunday

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Photos from Riot Fest 2017, Saturday

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Riot Fest 2016

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The 30 best photos form Riot Fest 2016

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The best fashion at Riot Fest 2016

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Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Sunday

Take a look at sun-soaked shots from the final day of the fest

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Riot Grrrls, cover bands and some delicious steak tacos

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Riot Fest 2015

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The best festival style at Riot Fest 2015

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Riot Fest 2015, Sunday: Faces in the crowd

Modest Mouse and the Prodigy closed out the most beautiful day of the fest

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The 5 best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest

Beautiful weather and a gorgeous set from Modest Mouse closed out day three

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Riot Fest 2015, Saturday: Faces in the crowd

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Riot Fest 2014

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