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World Music Festival Chicago

The 18th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 25, 2016 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.




September 9 - 25, 2016 • City-wide • Various Locations • FREE Admission

Complete Schedule (Mulatu Astatke pictured)

Complete Schedule

This year's performers include Mulatu Astatke (pictured), Anda Union, Kaynak Pipers Band, Dona Onete and
Nano Stern.

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music (Abhijit Banerjee pictured)

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music

An Indian tradition, all-night classical concerts from 6pm-9am.

Millennium Park Schedule (Herencia de Timbiquí pictured)

Millennium Park Schedule

Enjoy performances by Herencia de Timbiquí (pictured) and Occidental Brothers Dance Band International.

Chicago Cultural Center Schedule (Anda Union pictured)

Chicago Cultural Center Schedule

Performances will take place at the historic Chicago Cultural Center on September 9, 15, 16, 22 & 25.

Performer Bios (Kaynak Pipers Band pictured)

Performer Bios

Learn about the diverse lineup of performers appearing at the 2016 World Music Festival.

Image Gallery

Image Gallery

These images are available in high resolution for press purposes only.



Information and Resources

Chicago Cultural Center

Various Locations, including: 

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Chicago, IL 60602


Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Near Michigan Ave. & Washington St.

201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

  • Free Admission; No Tickets
  • Various Hours



Public Transportation

For travel information, visit


Millennium Garages

Parking details: Park near the music!
Garage locations are Millennium Park
Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage
at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant
Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.

Packages: $35 all-day parking /Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside
Garage (regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)

Purchase Options: pay at parking
location; call 312.616.0600

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