Access Contemporary Music presents the sixth annual Thirsty Ears Festival, Chicago's only classical music street festival Saturday, August 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Thirsty Ears Festival is held in the Ravenswood neighborhood on Wilson Ave. between Hermitage Ave. and Ravenswood Ave. A $10 suggested donation for entry is requested and benefits the ACM School of Music.
Thirsty Ears Festival presents high-quality classical music performances, from Baroque to Contemporary, in a fun, relaxed setting. The annual street festival attracts an audience of thousands, many of whom are new to classical music.
Highlights of this year’s Thirsty Ears Festival include a special screening of ACM's Sound of Silent Film Festival on the street Saturday night, a performance by five-bass ensemble the Growlers, new premieres by five Chicago composers, and a classical remix from art-rock band Origin of Animal.
The festival also features craft beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths from community and arts partners, food from Urban Tables and kid-friendly activities and performances in Kidzone at the west end of the street both days.
Thirsty Ears Classical Music Festival
Date and Time
Saturday Aug 14, 2021Sunday Aug 15, 2021
Saturday, August 14
Main Stage 2:00 Frederic Rzewski Tribute
3:00 Chicago Chamber Music Festival
4:00 Lakeshore Rush
5:00 Wurtz-Berger Duo
6:00 Chicago Ensemble
7:00 Jonathan Hannau/Kyle Flens
9:00 Mini Sound of Silent Film Festival
2:00 Magic with Rob
3:00 Instrument Petting Zoo with Traci Newhouse
4:00 Jennifer Viets
5:00 Dawn-Marie’s Toddler Jam
6:00 Magic with Rob
Sunday, August 15 Main Stage 2:00 Marianne Parker
3:00 5th Wave Collective
4:00 Quixote Duo
5:00 Lapis Trio
6:00 Michael Hall
7:00 The Growlers
8:00 Origin of Animal Classical Remix
KIDZONE 2:00 Magic with Rob
3:00 – 5:00 Lucky Trikes
5:00 Dinder Brothers Family Circus
6:00 Magic with Rob
Wilson Avenue between Hermitage and Ravenswood.
$10 Suggested donation benefitting the ACM School of Music.