JUL 20
Firefighters Blues Festival

Kamm Island Park

Mishawaka, IN

Big James and The Chicago Playboys, Mississippi Heat, John Primer and more

JUL 26–27
24th Annual Fargo Blues Fest
Newman Outdoor Field

Fargo, ND
A total of 12 bands that include Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Sonny Landreth and Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials

​AUG 10
2nd Annual Joliet Blues Festival

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park (4-10pm)

Guy King, Morry Sochat & The Special 20s, Joel Paterson and Oscar Wilson, and Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello

AUG 16–17
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest

Fern Island, Wausau, WI
Albert Castiglia, Lindsay Beaver, Sugaray Rayford, Nikki Hill, Kevin Burt and more

AUG 16–17
Little Bear Ribfest
1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills
Lineup TBA

AUG 16–18
Ann Arbor Blues Fest

​Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds
Ann Arbor, MI
Featuring The Allman Betts Band (headliner), plus Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, John Primer, Bernard Allison, Thornetta Davis, Benny Turner, Mud Morganfield and much more

AUG 16–18
Blues, Brews & BBQ

Petersen Park
​McHenry, IL
Corey Dennison, Jimmy Nick, Ivy Ford, Demetria Taylor, Dave Specter with Jimmy Johnson and more

AUG 24
10th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival

Lyran Park

Rockford, IL

It's a Harp Attack with The Blues Disciples, Chris O'Leary, Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys with Westside Andy, Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling and John Primer with Steve Bell

AUG. 30–31
Peoria (IL) Blues & Heritage Music Festival

Riverfront Festival Park
Lineup TBA

SEPT 6–8
Windy City Blues Fest

Cermak Woods, Lyons

40+ plus acts that include Robert Kimbrough Sr., Jesse Cotton Stone, Lightnin' Malcolm, Brandon Santini/Jeff Jensen, Bob Corritore Chicago Blues Reunion, John Primer  and more

JUNE 7–9
​2019 Chicago Blues Festival

Millennium Park


2019 Blues Festivals

The festivals on this page are either:

  • within a reasonable driving distance from Chicago

  • got a kickass lineup and you really MUST go

  • MAYBE BOTH (you decide)

Are we missing your favorite festival?
​Send us a note at chicagobluesgigs@gmail.com and we will consider.

This page is always being updated.


JUL 27–28
Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival

Syria Shrine Center, Cheswick, PA
CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Vanessa Collier, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, and more


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