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Riot Fest music festival

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

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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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.

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