Sing a Long at the World Music Festival this Fall

Summertime is for festivals, but they aren’t all created equally. The World Music Festival in Chicago is a free event that stands in a category of its own.

If you’ve been looking for a music festival that offers you genuinely diverse music from around the world, then this is for you. It lacks the high profile of a Bumbershoot, Coachella, or Pitchfork Festival, but it’s got authenticity and excellent intentions at its core. There are also a ton of other things to do in the area while the festival takes place.

Why the World Music Festival?

Since its inception in 1999, the festival has welcomed well over a half a million concertgoers and 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries. Now in its 21st year, this multi-location festival, presented in partnership with the City of Chicago, lays claim to being one of the premier multicultural, world music events anywhere.

This feast for the ears is happening right in the heart of Chicago over 17 days, from September 13–29, 2019. The World Music Festival will bring in over 60 international acts.

With established musicians and those up and coming, think of this festival as your passport to the world. The best part—it’s happening at the Chicago Cultural Center, right by Millennium Park. You will have the opportunity to experience new music and find new artists that you’ll quickly add to your playlists.

Why Chicago?

Chicago has a rich cultural history and has become one of the top cities in the United States to visit.

Produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, part of what makes this festival great is that it doesn’t just focus on one so location in Chicago. It allows attendees to explore different sections of the city while hearing music from all over the globe.

There’s no other festival like it in the region, and the city partnership allows for the festival to showcase the history of Chicago, going all the way from the south side to the riverfront.

Planning a trip to the festival lets you catch some great music and take in historic locations. There’s the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, where you can see firsthand a working lighthouse. Or, take a peaceful respite before your trip home at Lincoln Park Lily Pond for a time of mindfulness and meditation. With over 46 registered historical sites, there is something for everyone to see.

Where to Stay

There are several places you can choose to stay to experience the festival. The Hyatt Regency Chicago is one popular choice for festivalgoers. As one of the highest-rated hotels on the Riverwalk in Chicago, guests enjoy excellent views from the hotel rooms, as well as its convenient location and walkability to the festival and sightseeing location in Chicago.

There’s also the Hotel Chicago, located in the heart of the upscale River North neighborhood. This chic accommodation is convenient to many fine dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

To find out more and plan your visit to the World Music Festival, check out the festival website at or connect with the festival on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter @WMFChicago.