2016 Riot Fest and Carnival in Douglas Park

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The 2nd biggest rock and roll event of the Chicago summer is back! Join us for the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival, coming to Douglas Park September 16th-18th. Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel and start planning your perfect weekend getaway.


About the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival

Get ready to rock, get ready to roll! Riot Fest and Carnival will be officially returning to the scenic Douglas Park the weekend of September 16th-18th. Fearing they would be forced to find a new home yet again and determined to leave the area better than they found it, organizers paid $180,000 in repairs to Douglas Park following the 2015 Riot Fest (the event was forced relocate in 2015 after members of the community and 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado were not satisfied with the $182,000 spent repairing Humboldt Park following the 2014 Riot Fest). However, restoration efforts were recognized and the North Lawndale community welcomed back the eclectic festival for another weekend of rock and roll.


For 3-days straight, fans gather together to rock out to their favorite bands on 6 different stages. Music starts at 11am and ends at (roughly) 10pm. And guess what? The good news doesn’t end there! Check out the 2016 lineup:

Friday, September 16th

The Flaming Lips, Ween, The Specials, Jimmy Eat World, Julian Marley, NOFX, Refused, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, Glassjaw, Meat Puppets, Pepper, Dan Deacon, GWAR, The Anniversary, Set Your Goals, Neck Deep, Highly Suspect, Fu Manchu, Girls Against Boys, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tigers Jaw, Basement, Touché Amoré, Diarrhea Planet, Big D & The Kids Table, Citizen, Turnover, Violent Soho, Off With Their Heads, Holy White Hounds, Laura Stevenson, Somos, 3Teeth, The Wans, Jule Vera, Worriers, Eskimeaux, The Far East, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

Saturday, September 17th

Morrissey, Death Cab For Cutie, Social Distortion, NAS, Brand New, Fitz & the Tantrums, Descendents, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hives, Bob Mould, The Hold Steady, Method Man & Redman, GZA, Smoking Popes, The Vandals, Fucked Up, I The Mighty, The Toasters, Hippo Campus, Balance & Composure, People Under The Stairs, White Lung, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, DEE-1, Brick + Mortar, Night Riots, Plague Vendor, Microwave, Death Spells, Deal’s Gone Bad, Black Foxxes, The Walters, Nots, Donna Missal, Tasha The Amazon, Blackbox, High Waisted, Summer Cannibals, Partner, Kitten Forever, Sleepy Kitty, School of Rock and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

Sunday, September 18th

The Original Misfits, Featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Rob Zombie, Sleater-Kinney, Deftones, Bad Religion, Underoath, Thursday, Jake Bugg, Death Grips, The Julie Ruin, Joey Bada$$, Chevy Metal, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Tiger Army, The Wonder Years, Dee Snider, Andrew W.K. Leftöver Crack, Billy Talent, The Falcon, Juliette Lewis & The Licks, FrnkIero AndThe Patience, The Bronx, Pouya, Swingin’ Utters, Denzel Curry, Bleached, Tancred, Creeper, Marina City, Syd Arthur, The Dirty Nil, The So So Glos, Big Ups, All Dogs, War on Women, Hard Girls, A Will Away, Can’t Swim, With Our Arms To The Sun, The Gallow Walkers, School of Rock and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue



Due to the high volume of people attending Riot Fest, driving is not recommended. If you must drive, do NOT park on residential streets surrounding the park. Douglas Park is easily accessible via the CTA Pink Line- California Avenue or download the Uber app and enter promo code RiotFest2016 for your first ride free (up to $15)! Locker rentals will be offered to guests who need somewhere to store their belongings, reserve one here. On-site camping is NOT permitted. Tickets to the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival are available online now in the following options:

  • 3-Day General Admission Pass: $209.98
  • 3-Day VIP: $329.98
  • 3-Day Deluxe VIP: $699.98
  • Friday, Saturday, or Sunday 1-Day Pass: $84.98 (VIP: $159.98)
  • Friday/Saturday: $149.98
  • Friday/Sunday: $159.98
  • Saturday/Sunday: $159.98


Have more questions? Check out the FAQ’s page on the Riot Fest’s website for answers. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the festival by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



2016 Riot Fest and Carnival in Douglas Park

Where: Douglas Park- Chicago, IL

When: Friday, September 16th– Sunday, September 18th

Admission: $84.99+



Where to Stay

The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL, 60657. 888.779.1904.