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The Riot Fest Experience: What to Expect

Riot Fest is the last true rock and punk festival left in Chicago. You may have heard of that other Chicago music festival, Lollapalooza? Well, the purists claim that it’s moving steadily toward the mainstream pop genre. Riot Fest is left alone as the leader among punk, rock, metal, hardcore, and independent music festivals to cap off summer in Chicago. It’s best known for its live reunions...

Food Options at Riot Fest

You’re going to be busy at Riot Fest with this year’s stacked lineup, but you’re also going to need your strength to make it through three days of music-filled partying. So don’t forget to eat! When you’re not stageside watching your favorite bands, take a little timeout to go visit all the Riot Fest food vendors and sample the festival fare. Chicago is a great food city and Riot Fest...

Riot Fest Parking & Public Transportation

Heading to Riot Fest this September? Well, Chicago is a big city with great public transportation options! (You know what we’re getting at here.) Along with the organizers of Riot Fest, we would strongly urge you to use those public transit options to get to the festival. You’ll save time, money, and the headache of finding a parking spot close to the festival, plus it’s more environmentally...

The Riot Fest Carnival and Circus Sideshow

Look, everybody knows that Riot Fest is all about the music – the bands, the chance to see your favorite artist live on stage, meeting a bunch of other fans who really love the same songs as you. But the creators of Riot Fest went above and beyond what a regular music festival offers to give you even more than that! At Riot Fest, when you’re taking a break from the tunes, you can and should...

Your 2019 Riot Fest Survival Guide

Music festival days can feel like a marathon. Particularly when you’ve got three days of excellent bands packed in back to back. In the case of Riot Fest, you’ve also got a carnival to bounce around in when you’re not partying stage-side listening to your favorite bands. Plus you’ll have the potential obstacles navigating the festival grounds, the threat of crazy Chicago weather, and, um, the...

Riot Fest 2019 Ticket Options

Riot Fest 2019 is taking place September 13th-15th in Douglas Park, Chicago and it’s the perfect culmination of music festival season. If you’re into this year’s lineup, now is the time to start shopping for tickets to the best punk and rock music festival in the country. This is their 15th anniversary after all, so we’re sure it’s going to be awesome! We’ll break down the Riot...

Hotel Options for Riot Fest 2019

So you’re going to Riot Fest this year. Since it’s not one of those music/camping festivals, now you need to plan your accommodation. If you live in Chicago and you can stay in your own place, lucky you! But if you’ll be visiting the Windy City to attend the festival, where should you stay? Should you book a place near the festival for convenience, or are you trying to do a little...

Your 2019 WE Fest Survival Guide

We’ve talked tickets, lineups, hotels, and camping. But what do the organizers and frequent festivalgoers know that can make your three nights at WE Fest run even smoother? Here’s a list of survival tips as well as a packing guide to help you survive WE Fest 2019 while having the best time possible! Still need WE Fest Tickets? TickPick is the official online marketplace for the festival this...

Lollapalooza 2019 Food Options – And Tips!

Food is BIG at Lollapalooza. In fact, one Chicago newspaper said that while music might be the star at this festival, food plays one heck of a supporting role. You’ll need your strength to survive all four days of music, so use the food vendors here as a chance to try a range of cuisines and local restaurants. Chicago is a huge foodie city and Lollapalooza prides itself on bringing in the best...

Lollapalooza 2019 Ticket Options

Packing up and heading to Chicago for Lollapalooza this summer? With more than 170 artists, eight stages, and vendors galore, it’s a bucket list music festival experience. Whether you’re just looking for the cheapest tickets available or splurging on a more VIP experience, going solo or bringing 30 of your closest friends, heading for one day or all four, you’ve got choices! Heck, they’ve even...

The 2019 Riot Fest Lineup

The lineup for Riot Fest 2019 has finally been announced and it’s even better than we expected! With an array of bands ranging from your more mainstream pop-punk to serious metal to riot grrrl legends, there’s something for most every music fan at this Chicago festival. You’ll get the chance to see several Riot Fest alumni and returning favorites, as well as some newbies take the stage...

All About the Bathrooms & Showers at WE Fest 2019

It’s the little things that make a festival great. Sure, you’re there to camp and brave the outdoors with your friends while you party and see some great live music. And normally that entails a few days and nights of enduring porta-potties, a necessary evil when it comes to music festivals, right? At least that’s what we’ve come to expect at these things. But it would also be great if...

WE Fest Food Options

Part of the fun of any big music festival is checking out the vendors. The food trucks, snack stands, and sponsored tents are definitely worth exploring before you settle in to watch the bands for the day. We know you’ll be stopping for drinks (since you can’t bring your own inside the festival!), but check out the food too! The WE Fest food vendors are often a showcase of local Midwest...

Austin City Limits 2019 Food Options

Austin is a foodie city – there’s no doubt about that. So it makes sense that Austin City Limits Music Festival doesn’t play around when it comes to food options for its thousands of festivalgoers. Besides having some of the best tacos and Tex-Mex around, this city also has fabulous chefs who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty at a music festival (after they serve your food, of...

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