The Surf Ballroom marks the 56th 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.
The town in which Bob Dylan was born its native son with pub trivia, a poetry showcase, a Blood on the Tracks Express rolling musical revue on Thursday, a singer-songwriter contest Friday and, on Saturday, a bus tour to Hibbing and back and an evening acoustic salute to Dylan.
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 the Charlie Daniels Band, plus the world's largest touring grill (a Johnsonville semi that can cook 750 brats at a time), the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, 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 74th birthday with free outdoor music.
Headliners of this hiphop festival at Canterbury Park include Atmosphere, J. Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean and Ludacris.
Listen to American roots music on two stages along the banks of the St. Joseph River. There's also a carnival, arts show and games.
This free music festival Millennium Park also includes an art fair and a kids' activity zone.
Twelve internationally known artists perform at Lions Beachfront Park and seven free indoor venues. For kids, there's a Game Truck, Instrument Petting Zoo and Kids Quest Tent.
The festival in this town on the Fox and Illinois rivers features wine from 25 Illinois vineyards and jazz and blues in Washington Park.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
Local bluesman Buddy Guy headlines the largest of Chicago's free music festivals, drawing 750,000 people to Grant Park.
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.
Alabama and Jake Owen headline this festival just west of Minneapolis.
This riverside music festival includes a motocross show, movie tent and children's games and rides.
Six bluegrass bands perform at the fairgrounds in this Blue Hills town, and there's on-site camping.
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.
Mumford & Sons bring one of their Stopover Festivals to northeast Iowa. Headliners also include the Flaming Lips, Dawes and Jenny Lewis. There's free tent camping on-site.
Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Eric Church and the Eli Young Band are the headliners of this year's big festival.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
Lee Brice 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.
Marcia Ball and Devon Allman headline this festival at the Washburn County Fairgrounds. On-site camping is available.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
This year, performers at this big fest include Ronnie Milsap, Scotty McCreery, Wynonna & the Big Noise and Cassadee Pope. There's a band contest, too.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
Headliners include Holly Near, Cris Williamson and Tret Fure. In addition to concerts, this musical and cultural festival at the Marriott Madison West features comedy, theater, film and writers' workshops.
Big-name bands perform in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
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 family-friendly outdoor rock festival on the grounds of the Basilica of St. Mary benefits its restoration and outreach programs.
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.
This big rock festival is held in Ford Festival Park.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features top national musicians.
This big classic-rock and camping festival celebrates its 24th year. Headliners include Nickelback and the Doobie Brothers.
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.
This indie and alt-rock festival is in Union Park.
This folk music festival in Tourist Park also features a juried arts and crafts show and camping on-site.
This new festival features 40 acts, including Bon Iver, the National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Haley Bonar, Polica, Doomtree, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Indigo Girls. There's camping on-site.
Headliners at this festival, held at Pineridge Grouse Camp between Walker and Grand Rapids, include Charlie Parr and the Special Consensus. Camping is available onsite.
Hear island music on Lake Superior, from Bayfront Festival Park.
This free folk and roots festival is in Viroqua's Eckhart Park.
Listen to music on the square in this town just over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
Headliners at this festival, held at Pineridge Grouse Camp between Walker and Grand Rapids, include Corey Stevens and Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders. Camping is available onsite.
Elvin Bishop and Walter Trout headline this free, all-ages festival in Mears Park.
Since 1972, fans of this Jazz Age cornetist and composer have held this festival in his hometown on the Mississippi.
This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free: Three-day passes are $175-$215. Reserve rooms far in advance.
This Mississippi River festival on historic St. Feriole Island features 12 bands on two stages, with onsite camping.
Just up the Chippewa River from Lake Pepin, this free blues festival in Memorial Park features 16 bands.
This 36th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud.
This big fest in west-central Minnesota snags the biggest names in country music.
Dierks Bentley is among the headliners performing on two stages on St. Feriole Island.
More than 100 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
This nonprofit festival is in the southwest Wisconsin bluffs, half an hour north of Winona, Minn.
Tickets are $5. In addition to music, there will be a hot-air balloon launch, car show, arts, a youth obstacle course and Saturday fireworks.
The 27th annual music fest on the Lake Superior harbor showcases national and regional acts on three stages.
This folk festival is on the shores of Lake Superior, east of Thunder Bay near Nipigon. Camping is 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 at Grand Traverse Commons features more than 200 craft beers.
This family-friendly festival at the Cass County Fairgrounds, just off the Paul Bunyan State Trail, features more than 35 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 free music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival and the paddling festival Floatzilla.
This festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities and craft demonstrations.
A day of blues downtown, 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.
Two days of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
There will be more than 80 artists performing at more than 30 venues across the city, with some performances free and some ticketed.
This town on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, between Cedarburg and Port Washington, holds a place on the Mississippi Blues Trail along with Chicago, Memphis and Clarksdale, Miss. From 1929 to 1932, a Paramount recording studio here produced a quarter of the nation's blues, jazz, and gospel music, or "race records.''
The festival is held in Lime Kiln Park. VIP passes are popular; buy early.
This free, easygoing festival in this Minnesota River town's Minnesota Square Park features local favorites The Divers.
There's a whole day of blues at Angell Park in this little town just northeast of Madison.
Monroe Crossing and other 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.
There's music on three stages, plus dance and session tents, a cultural village, Celtic Kitchen and limerick contest.
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 the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.