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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

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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 Douglas 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 black T-shirt-clad attendees. This year, Blink-182, Slayer, Bikini Kill, the Raconteurs and the Flaming Lips headline the main stages (joined by annual sets from Andrew W.K., Taking Back Sunday and GWAR). Check out the latest updates on Riot Fest 2019 as well as photos and reviews from previous events.

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When is Riot Fest 2019?

Riot Fest occurs from September 13–15, 2019.

Where is Riot Fest 2019?

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

How do I get to Riot Fest 2018?

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?

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 2019

The complete Riot Fest lineup
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The complete Riot Fest lineup

From American Football to Village People, here's everyone you'll see in Douglas Park

Blink-182, Slayer and Bikini Kill headline Riot Fest 2019
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Blink-182, Slayer and Bikini Kill headline Riot Fest 2019

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Riot Fest 2018

Riot Fest is teasing its 2018 lineup with a polka video
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Riot Fest is teasing its 2018 lineup with a polka video

You'll hear some familiar songs in this clever teaser

Early bird Riot Fest 2018 tickets are on sale
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Early bird Riot Fest 2018 tickets are on sale

It's never to early to lock down your ticket

Riot Fest 2017

The best fashion at Riot Fest 2017
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The best fashion at Riot Fest 2017

Mohawks, patch-covered jackets and all the essential punk accessories were on display in Douglas Park

Photos from Riot Fest 2017, Sunday
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Photos from Riot Fest 2017, Sunday

Riot Fest saved some of the best stuff for last as it wrapped up the summer festival season

The five best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest
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The five best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest

Jawbreaker, M.I.A., a punk rock pig and more great stuff from the fest's final day

Photos from Riot Fest 2017, Saturday
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Photos from Riot Fest 2017, Saturday

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Riot Fest 2016

The 30 best photos form Riot Fest 2016
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The 30 best photos form Riot Fest 2016

Check out the cream of the Riot Fest crop

The best fashion at Riot Fest 2016
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The best fashion at Riot Fest 2016

From mohawks to leather jackets, we found the most stylish folks in Douglas Park

Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Sunday
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Photos from Riot Fest 2016, Sunday

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

The five best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest
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The five best things we saw on Sunday at Riot Fest

Riot Grrrls, cover bands and some delicious steak tacos

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Riot Fest 2015

The best festival style at Riot Fest 2015
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The best festival style at Riot Fest 2015

From mohawks to denim vest, we spotted some killer fashion in Douglas Park

Riot Fest 2015, Sunday: Faces in the crowd
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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

The 5 best things we saw on Sunday at Riot 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

Riot Fest 2015, Saturday: Faces in the crowd
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Riot Fest 2015, Saturday: Faces in the crowd

Punks and rockers turned out to see System of a Down and Iggy Pop

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Riot Fest 2014

Riot Fest 2014 Saturday faces in the crowd
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Riot Fest 2014 Saturday faces in the crowd

Riot Fest 2014 Friday faces in the crowd
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Riot Fest 2014 Friday faces in the crowd

Riot Fest 2014 Sunday faces in the crowd
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Riot Fest 2014 Sunday faces in the crowd

Riot Fest 2014 street style
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Riot Fest 2014 street style

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10 must-see acts at Riot Fest 2014

Complete schedule and set times
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Complete schedule and set times

Riot Fest 2014 day by day lineup
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Riot Fest 2014 day by day lineup

Riot Fest announces 2014 headliners and lineup
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Riot Fest announces 2014 headliners and lineup

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