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
Kenny Neal, Donna Herula, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners and more

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 17

Blues & Brews on 66  FREE
Anthony Gomes, Harper & The Midwest Kind, Funky MojoDaddy, The HepKats

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
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Kilborn Alley Blues Band and more

AUG 30
Big Muddy Blues Festival  FREE
Laclede's Landing, St. Louis

Jeremiah Johnson, Big George Brock, Marquise Knox and more

Windy City Blues Fest

Seat Geek Stadium, Bridgeview
Bob Corritore Chicago Blues Reunion, Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection with Jessie Cotton Stone, Annika Chambers, and more. There will also be a 2nd stage where the Chicago Blues Challenge will be held.

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.


Don't worry...there are always more fests. Stay Tuned.


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