RIOT FEST 2021
September 17–19, 2021 • Chicago, IL
TICKETS, ORDERS & UPGRADES
Can I buy tickets to Riot Fest 2021 yet?
Yes. Weekend festival passes are ON SALE NOW.
Wait! What happened to the 2020 lineup?
We are moving Riot Fest to September 17-19, 2021, and the 2021 first wave lineup is here. Don’t worry, My Chemical Romance is still headlining, and will be joined by The Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Pixies, and many more. Check it out.
Of course, we’re bummed there’s no Riot Fest this year, but we also know it’s in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety—and it’s going to be WELL worth the wait come next September.
I already bought tickets to Riot Fest 2020. Is my ticket good for next year?
Yep! If you bought a ticket to Riot Fest 2020, your ticket will automatically roll over to 2021 and no further action is necessary. You’ll also get into Riot Fest a day early for our exclusive Thursday Preview Party on September 16, 2021.
Huh? What’s a Thursday Preview Party?
Anyone who bought a ticket before July 16th, 2020 will gain admission to a special Thursday Preview Party on September 16, 2021. Enjoy special mystery sets from to-be-announced bands (including one exclusive to Thursday!), get first dibs on merch, and ride all the carnival rides you never had the time for before.
*complimentary tickets do not qualify for admission to Preview Party.
Is there an option to buy just a ticket to the Preview Party?
Nope—this special addition to Riot Fest is exclusive to current ticket holders or those that purchase tickets by July 16, 2020.
What does a GA ticket include?
A 3-day General Admission ticket will grant entry once per day to the festival grounds Sept. 17-19, 2021 where you can watch performances across any of the stages throughout the park. This is also where the vendors and other fun things will be set up for your enjoyment. Sorry, but as a courtesy to Douglas Park residents, re-entry will not be permitted for GA ticketholders (as in, once you’re in for the day, you can’t leave and come back during the same day).
Rain or shine event. All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable. All event information, including lineup, is subject to change.
For VIP, Deluxe and Ultimate tickets, you can see what each ticket type includes here.
Can I re-enter the park throughout the day?
As a courtesy to Douglas Park community members, re-entry is not permitted for GA pass holders. A multi-day GA pass will allow you to enter the grounds once each day listed on the ticket.
Can I upgrade my ticket after I’ve bought it?
Yes, yes you can. To upgrade your ticket to a VIP/Deluxe/Ultimate pass, please refer to the following instructions:
- Purchase the new, “upgraded” ticket(s).
- Contact us. You can do this two ways. Either A) click the “Contact the Organizer” button from our ticket page or from your order confirmation email or B) email [email protected]
- In your email, let us know you’d like to upgrade and include both order #s.
- We will then refund your original order.
I bought my ticket before July 16 at 11:59 p.m and get access to the Thursday Preview Party. Can I still upgrade my ticket?
Yes! You’ll need to email us in order to upgrade your ticket and retain access to our Thursday Preview Party. Here’s how to do so:
- When you’re ready to upgrade, please email us at [email protected] to let us know the ticket type ( VIP, Deluxe, or Ultimate) and quantity you would like to upgrade to.
- We’ll create a promo code for you to use when purchasing the new “upgraded” ticket(s). There is a place to enter the promo code on the Eventbrite purchase page, right above the green “Order Now” button.
- After you complete the “upgrade” purchase, please email us with both order numbers (old and new), and we will refund the original order.
Are there single-day tickets? When are they available?
Single-day tickets will be available when we announce the daily lineups. Please stay tuned via RiotFest.org, our socials, and definitely sign up for our newsletter.
Are the 5 VIP beverage tickets for the whole weekend, or do we get 5 each day?
Each 3-day VIP pass includes five (count ’em, 5) beverage tickets total for the entire weekend (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
I can’t find my ticket confirmation email! I need to change my address! I need help!
Slow down there, partner! If you need help finding or updating your ticket information, here’s how to contact the Eventbrite Attendee Support team:
1. Click the Contact the Organizer button on the event listing page.
2. Click the Contact the Organizer button included in your order on the Tickets page of your Eventbrite account.
Riot Fest is a rain or shine event. Tickets are nonrefundable/nontransferable. All event information, including lineup, is subject to change.
Does an Ultimate Cabana ticket include entry for 25 guests?
Each Ultimate ticket purchase grants entry to the festival and into VIP, Deluxe and Ultimate areas, plus access for one person to a cabana. The cabanas hold up to 25 people, but each person needs their own Ultimate pass.
The cabanas are assigned in the order that Ultimate patrons arrive. That is to say, you will be assigned a cabana when you arrive, and the cabana will hold up to 25 people. If your party is under the 25-person limit, it is possible that other Ultimate patrons outside of your party will be assigned to your cabana too. There is plenty of room and accommodations though for you all to enjoy the fest without intruding on one another.
What time do the bands play each day? Is there a schedule?
Daily lineups and schedules will be released closer to the festival.
Where can I put my stuff? Do you have lockers?
Yes, we do have lockers. You can reserve them here.
Do you have hotel recommendations?
Yes. We’ve partnered with Curadora to offer hotel bookings at a discounted rate. Book your stay today!
Is camping allowed at Riot Fest?
All attendees are to exit the premises at the end of each night. There are no camping areas, nor is it allowed on the festival grounds.
Please do not camp. We are not in the woods.
Where can I download the Riot Fest App?
The Riot Fest app for iOS and Android will be available closer to the festival. It’ll have a map of the fest grounds, a schedule you can share with your friends, and probably some other helpful stuff.
I am an awesome parent, can I bring my kid? Is Riot Fest all ages?
Hell yes, you can. Riot Fest is all ages. Exposing kids to awesome music is super important.
Children 5 years old and under will be admitted (with a ticket-holding adult) for free.
Should I wear sunscreen?
YES! Wear sunscreen, you fool. You don’t want to be sunburned and miserable all weekend.
How can I work for Riot Fest?
We will be seeking residents from North Lawndale and Douglas Park-adjacent communities to work in temporary positions during the festival. More information on this will be available this summer.
In addition, you can earn free Riot Fest tickets in exchange for helping us spread the word about our festival and the club shows we put on throughout the year. Read more about the Riot Fest Street Team here.
I live in Douglas Park. How do I get Riot Fest tickets?
We will be hosting Community Ticket Registration events next summer. More info on this will be available later.
Does Riot Fest use facial recognition?
No. Riot Fest does not and will not use facial recognition technology at their events. We couldn’t afford it even if we wanted to.
What steps are you taking to ensure the health and safety of artists and patrons at your events?
We are working on new health and safety protocols, which will continue to evolve as new guidelines are issued by public health authorities, to ensure the festival is safe and comfortable for everyone to attend.
How do I get to Riot Fest?
Riot Fest suggests that fans either take public transportation, or ride a bicycle, or take a cab or ride-sharing service to Riot Fest. These are the most effective, environmentally sound, and neighborly methods to get to Douglas Park. The CTA Pink Line’s California Ave. stop is just blocks away from the festival entrance – the most convenient route to the fest.
Is there parking?
Detailed parking information will be available at a later date—please note that parking is extremely limited, and it is highly advised to have a different method of transportation.
If you must drive, please respect Douglas Park residents and do NOT park on residential streets surrounding the park.
Riding The CTA: Via the Pink Line
Just around the corner from the entrance to Riot Fest, this is the most convenient way to get to Riot Fest & Carnival in Douglas Park. Take the Pink Line and exit the train at the California stop.
Once off the train, head north on California, make a left (west) on 19th St., then a right on Albany Ave. Head north on Albany Ave, then turn right on Ogden Ave. and the Riot Fest entrance will be on your right at the corner of Ogden Ave. and Sacramento Dr. Total distance is only .71 miles.
Riot Fest is actively working with the CTA to increase service and frequency to and from Douglas Park. Please visit TransitChicago.com & the links provided below for service hours and more information.
Helpful CTA Links:
Is there a map of the festival grounds?
A detailed map will be available closer to the festival dates.
IS IT ALLOWED AT RIOT FEST?
Your safety at Riot Fest is our utmost priority, and all guests and their belongings are subject to search. Any prohibited item that is surrendered to security at search points will not be returned.
Our Allowed and Not Allowed lists are subject to change, and security reserves the right to make the final determination on allowed and not allowed items.
YES Blankets (But please, be courteous of other fest attendees and keep blankets out of pathways.)
YES Empty PLASTIC water bottle
YES Standard sized backpacks, bags, and purses
YES Non-professional cameras and digital cameras
YES Phone Chargers / Portable Phone Chargers
YES Cell phones
YES Bug spray in NON-AEROSOL containers
YES Sunscreen in NON-AEROSOL containers
YES John Stamos
YES Prescription and OTC medications (subject to specific conditions*)
YES CamelBak-style water bladder systems (subject to specific conditions**)
YES Factory-sealed E-cigs (i.e., Blu, Juul, etc.) Refillable E-cigs and vape pens must be empty and juice refills are not allowed.
*Prescription medications are allowed only in the original prescription bottle, any persons attempting to bring in prescription medication must have a government-issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription. Prescription quantity cannot exceed the prescribed amount needed while the patron is at the festival. Further, if a patron has mixed multiple pills in a single prescription container or if a person is attempting to enter with prescription pills in a non-prescription container, medical representatives should be involved to make the final determination about whether or not such pills are to be allowed in the venue. Over-the-counter medications are allowed in, provided that they are new and in the original, factory-sealed container.
**CamelBak-style water bladder systems are allowed empty into the venue, however, the water bladders themselves must be capable of being removed from the carrier and must be transparent enough to allow security to visually inspect the empty bladder. Any CamelBak-style water bladder system that cannot be removed from the carrier and/or is opaque enough to prevent visual inspection will not be allowed into the venue.
NO Selfie Sticks
NO Native American Headdresses
NO Pets (except service animals)
NO Professional radios or walkie-talkies
NO Glass and metal containers of any kind
NO CM Punk
NO Pineapple on Pizza
NO Hula Hoops
NO Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
NO Chairs of any kind
NO Totems/signs on poles
NO Audio/Video equipment of any kind (including personal camcorders and GoPro cameras)
NO Professional cameras with removable lens
NO Coolers of any kind, including hard-sided and soft-sided coolers
NO Glass (Of any kind! Yes, that includes glass bottles, genius!)
NO Metal containers of any kind, including metal cans and reusable metal water bottles
NO Outside food and beverages of any kind
NO Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters
NO Weapons, knives, or firearms of any kind
NO Fireworks or incendiary devices
NO Sharp objects, long chains, or anything that an unreasonable person could use to harm others
NO Soccer balls, footballs, frisbees, or other projectiles
NO Focused-light devices, including laser pointers
NO Air horns
NO Items intended for sale/promotion
NO Water guns, water balloons, and/or any other kind of water projectile
NO item(s) that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods.
I am vegan, or vegetarian, or have severe food allergies. What can I eat?
We host a variety of food vendors each year, with multiple vegetarian and vegan options. Here is a list of our food vendors from Riot Fest 2019 (*denotes Vegetarian and/or Vegan options):
Bacci Pizzeria (GA and VIP)*
Billy Goat Tavern
Cold Stone Creamery*
Dark Matter Coffee*
Don Pez Fish Tacos
Green Street Local*
Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken
Home Bakery/Dumpling House*
Inspired Catering and Events*
Jerry’s Cherry Lemonade/Shaved Ice*
Lee Concessions (GA and VIP)
Main Street Grill (VIP)
Melissa’s Pal Crepes*
Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta*
Quang Noodle (GA and VIP)
Real Good Food & Catering*
Sabor a Cuba
Stable Foods/Soul Vegan*
Suzie’s Fun Foods*
Taco in a Bag
Taqueria Los Comales*
Cheesie’s (Food Truck)*
Harold’s Chicken (Food Truck)
Pink Taco (Food Truck)*
Whadda Jerk (Food Truck)
RIOT FEST ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY
Riot Fest believes everyone should feel safe during the music festival. We will help maintain this by not tolerating harmful behaviors, which may include non-consensual touching or verbal harassment. If a participant chooses to break these policies they may be removed from the fest. If someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, no matter how minor it may seem, please do not stay silent. You can report it to any Riot Fest staff member and they will follow your lead and work with you to try to make sure it does not happen again and that you continue to feel safe at our festival.
Riot Fest has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy.
Harassment includes but is not limited to: stalking, verbal or physical intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, bathroom policing, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome physical attention.
Read our full Anti-Harassment Policy—including examples of what isn’t acceptable behavior—here.
ACCESSIBILITY AT RIOT FEST
Riot Fest is committed to making the festival accessible for all festival attendees. Attendees who may need assistance should alert security upon arrival and inform them of their needs at the gates upon entry, where they’ll assist you in accessing the festival.
The festival grounds are wheelchair accessible, and while there are paved pathways to use across the festival grounds, some travel across the festival grounds will be over natural terrain. There is a possibility for mud or puddles if it rains. Those with trouble walking or standing should consider using an all-terrain wheelchair and/or attending with someone who can help navigate the vast festival grounds.
Upon arrival, make sure to visit the Information booth, located near the main entrance post-entry, to get a wristband and receive assistance onsite.
We want all Riot Fest attendees to have the best experience possible over the weekend. For anything that isn’t covered in this section, please contact us ahead of time with any questions or concerns at [email protected] with the subject line “Accessibility” so we can assist you.
DROP OFF & PICKUP
There will be a designated drop off and pick-up lane on the corner Ogden Ave. and Sacramento Dr. right by the main entrance.
A full map of the festival grounds will be released closer to the festival that highlights this area.
There is also a limited amount of parking spaces reserved across the street from the drop-off/pick-up area.
A full map of the festival grounds will be released closer to the festival that highlights this area.
ACCESSIBLE VIEWING PLATFORMS
We have elevated viewing platforms stationed by all of our main stages. Please be sure to give yourself enough time to head to these viewing platforms early if you’re planning to see a headliner, as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pets are not allowed inside the festival grounds, but we do allow trained service animals to accompany those with disabilities to Riot Fest. Emotional support animals are not allowed.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETER REQUESTS
We’re here to make Riot Fest inclusive to those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Requests for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances can be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line “ASL Interpreter Request”. Please send your request for specific performances no later than August 1, 2021. While we are unable to offer ASL interpreters for every performance, we will carefully review each request and assign interpreters based on demand.
MEDICINE / EQUIPMENT
Prescription medications are allowed at Riot Fest, as long as they’re in the original prescription bottle. Any persons attempting to bring in prescription medication must have a government-issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription. Prescription quantity cannot exceed the prescribed amount needed while the patron is at the festival.
If a patron has mixed multiple pills in a single prescription container, or if a person is attempting to enter with prescription pills in a non-prescription container, medical representatives should be involved to make the final determination about whether or not such pills are to be allowed in the venue.
If you have any other medical equipment, such as an oxygen tank, please be sure to present it at security when entering the festival.
Over-the-counter medications are allowed, provided that they are new and in the original, factory-sealed container.
Will I be able to bring my medication?
Yes, of course you can. If you have pre-existing medical conditions that need medication, special diets or extra awareness, please talk to the security personnel at the entrance. They’ll take you to the first aid tent and make sure your medications or other needs are taken care of or stored should they need refrigeration.
* Prescription medications are allowed only in the original prescription bottle, any persons attempting to bring in prescription medication must have a government-issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription. Prescription quantity cannot exceed the prescribed amount needed while the patron is at the festival. Further, if a patron has mixed multiple pills in a single prescription container or if a person is attempting to enter with prescription pills in a non-prescription container, medical representatives should be involved to make the final determination about whether or not such pills are to be allowed in the venue.
Over-the-counter medications are allowed in, provided that they are new and in the original, factory-sealed container.