Check out the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago


World Music Festival

World Music Festival Chicago is an annual celebration featuring performances by a diverse group of musicians from all over the world.


This year’s festival begins on Thursday September 11th and finishes on Sunday the 21st. Over those 11 days, attendees will have the chance to experience an unmatched range of musical genres and cultural expression.


Location, location, location

Surprisingly, music isn’t the only part of the festival filled with variety. One of the more challenging, but enriching aspects of World Music Festival is the fact that it takes place across multiple venues spread throughout the city, from intimate coffee shop settings to large outdoor amphitheaters.


So if you want to make the most of your Chicago visit, make sure to do some homework ahead of time and identify when and where the performances you want to see will be!



15 years and going strong

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural affairs and Special Events have done a great job to grow World Music Festival to the scale it is today.  Over the course of its 15-year history, the festival has entertained and educated over 650,000 guests and has hosted performers from over 80 countries.



It’s one thing to hear about a diverse musical event, but another things all together to experience it. Here are a list of a few of the genres you’ll hear at the event!


Some of the genres you’ll hear at the festival include:

  • Indian Classical Music
  • Roma Gypsy Music
  • Garifuna
  • Toureg Desert Guitar Rock
  • Calypso
  • Traditional Italian Dance
  • Carnatic
  • Rumba
  • Electro Folk
  • Any many more…


Yes, you can go from Rumba to Electro Folk all in the same festival! Chances are you’ve probably never heard of at least a few of the genres listed which just speaks to the true diversity presented at the festival.



Learn more

For more information about the performers you can read an in depth biography here, including the genres country of origin and website Complete schedule of performers


Though the majority of shows will be appropriate for everyone, there are some performances that are age restricted. Please be sure to check the brochure when planning which events to attend!




World Music Festival Chicago

Where: Multiple venues across Chicago

When: September 11th– 21st

Admission: Free (some events are age restricted)





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