Join us for our first-ever Thursday Preview Party on September 16! When the gates open at 2:30 p.m., you can enjoy free carnival rides, sideshow performers, exclusive merch all day—plus, special sets from Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, Patti Smith and Her Band, Joyce Manor (performing S/T), and more! Details below.
On top of all the talent mentioned above, anyone attending our Thursday Preview Party can enjoy the following when the gates open at 2:30 p.m. CST:
Free carnival rides. Ride all the rides you want, because on Thursday they’re free for the whole day. Yes, really.
Sideshow performers. See all sorts of wonderfully weird performances—like fire breathers and other daredevils!
Exclusive merch. Not only will there be some special Preview Party items, but you’ll also get first dibs on merchandise before everyone else!
PLUS! We’re got some truly one-of-a-kind attractions to offer on Thursday, which will include:
The Riot Fest Wedding Chapel: You’ve asked for it (a lot, actually). So this year, you can get legally married at Riot Fest—with an ordained minister at our own Wedding Chapel, decked out and ready for anyone hoping to tie the knot.
“No, YOU Suck!” Singing Competition: Riot Fest’s spin on American Idol. Fans will have the chance to sing onstage at Riot Fest and compete for prizes, judged by a panel of special guests that even includes Riot Mike himself!
Dunk The Riot Fest Twitter Person: Has our social media person ever roasted you? Annoyed you? Mocked your love of cantaloupe? Get your revenge: throw a perfect pitch and send them swimming in our dunk tank.
With the recent lineup changes that affected Sunday, September 19, we’re offering Sunday attendees tickets to our Thursday Preview Party. Those not invited for Thursday can purchase a charity ticket (available in limited quantities) with proceeds benefiting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and other local organizations. See you there!
*VIP, Deluxe & Ultimate amenities will be fully offered for those ticket types on Thursday as well!