The Surf Ballroom marks the 60th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, with concerts, luncheons, dance lessons and crash-site tours. Performers include Chubby Checker and the Wildcats, the Chiffons and Wendy and Carnie Wilson.
For the second year of this festival, 164 bands are playing at 21 venues around downtown Red Wing.
Hear music at half a dozen venues in the downtown of this western Wisconsin college town.
Headliners play the State Theatre, and on Friday, more than 50 bands play acoustic jazz, ragtime, big-band and blues along Barstow Street downtown, recreating New York's 52nd Street.
More than 100 musical acts will perform in venues around the Twin Ports, and there also will be film, visual arts and craft beer.
Dozens of musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.
The Trempealeau Hotel hosts this easygoing festival on the banks of the Mississippi.
The town in which Bob Dylan was born celebrates the singer's 77th birthday with a Blood on the Tracks train ride, a singer-songwriter contest, a bus tour, films, music and a trivia contest.
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.''
The country-music festival in this town near Clear Lake features Jake Owens, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith. There's camping (and glamping) onsite.
There's music on four stages, plus kids' games, a sports zone, carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Headliners include Smash Mouth. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.
In this south Chicago suburb, there's music on five stages, 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 78th birthday with free outdoor music.
This hiphop festival is at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
This free music festival is in Millennium Park and across the street at the Cultural Center.
The largest of Chicago's free music festivals draws 750,000 people to Millennium Park.
The festival in this town on the Fox and Illinois rivers features wine from 25 Illinois vineyards and jazz and blues in Washington Park.
During this afternoon music festival, 19 bands perform for 45 minutes each on porches around town. There will be food vendors, too.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
This family-friendly acoustic festival is near Eau Claire.
There's camping onsite.
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.
Jason Aldean and Old Dominion headline this festival just west of Minneapolis.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
This riverside music festival includes a Clint Black concert, motocross show, movie tent and children's games and rides.
This year, the blues festival is at Chippewa Riverfront Park.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Sugarland, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town.
Alabama, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley are among the headliners of this year's big festival at Ford Festival Park.
Justin Moore, Gary Allan and 3 Doors Down are among the headliners at 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.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
Headliners include Billy Idol and Brantley Gilbert in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
In addition to concerts, this musical and cultural festival at the Marriott Madison West features comedy, theater, film and writers' workshops.
More than 20 bands perform in Rotary Park during this free festival, which includes artisans, food, beer, wine and fireworks on the Fourth and on Sunday.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
This easy-going, family-friendly festival features more than 70 performers from eight countries, 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 year, performers at this big fest include Lady Antebellum and Neal McCoy. There's a band contest, too.
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.
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.
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.
Praise the Loud at this ticketed rock-music fest at the Basilica of St. Mary on the edge of downtown.
This free folk and roots festival is in Viroqua's Eckhart Park.
This music and arts festival in the Longfellow neighborhood, near Harriet Brewery and Midtown light-rail station, features five stages and 20 bands, including Cornbread Harris, Erik Koskinen and Kent Burnside and the New Generation.
Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features top national musicians.
This big rock festival is held in Ford Festival Park.
Toby Keith, Jake Owen and Keith Urban are among the headliners of this fest. There's camping on-site.
This indie and alt-rock festival is in Union Park. Headliners include Mavis Staples, Low and the Isley Brothers.
This folk-music festival in Tourist Park also features a juried arts and crafts show and camping on-site.
This free, all-ages festival is in Mears Park.
Listen to island music on the shore of Lake Superior.
Listen to music on the square in this town just over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
This Mississippi River festival on historic St. Feriole Island features 12 bands on two stages, with onsite camping.
Since 1972, fans of this Jazz Age cornetist and composer have held this festival in his hometown on the Mississippi.
Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Brooks & Dunn are among the headliners at this big country festival in west-central Minnesota.
This big music festival features dozens of bands and, unlike other Grant Park festivals, is not free. Reserve rooms far in advance.
More than 180 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
Just up the Chippewa River from Lake Pepin, this free blues festival in Memorial Park features 16 bands.
Summer of the Arts adds this new festival to its offerings.
This 39th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud. Headliners include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.
This nonprofit festival is in the southwest Wisconsin bluffs, half an hour north of Winona, Minn.
Headliners include Billy Ray Cyrus, Mat Kearney, 3 Doors Down and Lady Antebellum. Tickets for all three days are $15. In addition to music, there will be a hot-air balloon launch, circus acts, car show, arts, children's activities and Saturday fireworks.
The 31st 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.
This free festival celebrates storytelling through music, with performances by national as well as regional musicians. In addition, workshops are offered for people of all ages.
The family-friendly festival in this northwoods town includes dance, crafts, children's activities and instruction on four stages in Mielke Park, plus indoor evening concerts.
This festival near Square Lake County Park, north of Stillwater, alternates short independent films with live music. Festgoers arriving by bicycle get half-price tickets, which sell out in advance.
Enjoy national and local blues musicians in Fern Island Park. There's a beer garden, of course.
Listen to the blues and eat barbecued foods in Petersen Park on McCollum Lake.
This free festival is in the lakefront Celebration Place.
This family-friendly festival at the Cass County Fairgrounds, just off the Paul Bunyan State Trail, features more than 40 bluegrass shows and free workshops.
This free festival features music at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
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 festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities, a traditional arts and crafts fair and music performances and workshops.
Enjoy a day of blues in Lyran Park, with food from local restaurants.
Enjoy a weekend of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
Ten bands play Friday and Saturday on Fall Lake, five miles east of Ely. There's camping on-site.
This free Fox Cities jazz festival is in Jefferson Park, on the shores of Lake Winnebago.
This Latin-music festival features on-site tent camping and shuttles from hotels in the Wisconsin Dells.
Musicians and storytellers perform on eight stages at this festival in Island Park on the Fox River.
WTIP, North Shore Community Radio, hosts this outdoor fest of more than 25 local and regional music acts next to the municipal campground.
This free, easygoing festival is in this Minnesota River town's Minnesota Square Park.
Bluegrass bands will play at this family festival at Lake Elmo Park Reserve at the eastern edge of the Twin Cities, free with $5 vehicle permit. There also will be camping and food vendors.
Listen to bluegrass bands and contests in the historic village square. There's also a food court and marketplace.
There's music on three stages, plus dance and session tents, a cultural village, Celtic Kitchen and limerick contest.
There will be more than 80 artists performing at more than 30 venues across the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission is free.
This Douglas Park music festival also features a circus sideshow revue and carnival.
This free festival features music and dance from around the world on the Memorial Union Terrace and, on Saturday, at the Willy Street Fair.
This family-oriented festival in Prairie Island Park, on the Mississippi River, features disc golf and paddling as well as music. A weekend pass includes camping and canoeing, and kids under 16 are free with an adult ticket. Buy tickets early to save money.
Listen to non-stop music during this free festival at venues in and around Midway Plaisance, near the Museum of Science and Industry and Lake Michigan.
Listen to the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.
This festival focuses on the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists and magicians.