Free admission • Multiple locations

The annual World Music Festival is your passport to musical acts from around the globe.

This free, city-wide festival, typically held in September, features over 60 artists from 25 countries at 20 venues, including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center, bringing even more diversity to Chicago’s already rich performing arts scene.

This festival, which has been held in Chicago for more than 20 years, embraces well-known stars and emerging artists in genres that range from traditional to contemporary. You can hear everything at the World Music Festival — from Indian classical music to Bulgarian bagpipes and Congolese funk. More than 650,000 concert-goers and 650 artists have visited the festival since it began in 1999.

Past performances have been held at Concord Music Hall, Navy Pier, The Promontory, Constellation, Old Town School of Folk Music, Irish American Heritage Center, Ping Tom Memorial Park, and other neighborhood venues. A festival favorite is Ragamala, A Celebration of Indian Classical Music, which is held overnight at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Find details on artists, venues, and more at the official website and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter @WMFChicago or with #WorldMusicFestChi.

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. For the latest on all Millennium Park events, visit