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Bitter Jester Music Fest

2022 Bitter Jester Music Festival 

BJMF 2022Founded in 2006 right here in Highland Park, the Bitter Jester Music Festival is now the Midwest's largest professional battle-of-the-bands style festival featuring up-and-coming bands and solo performers. The annual festival is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a wide variety of high-quality musical acts each week right in beautiful downtown Highland Park. Concerts and parking are both FREE!

This year's concerts begin on May 20 and continue every Friday through June 10, 6:30-10:30 PM at Port Clinton Square. The Grand Finale Concert will be held on Monday, July 4, at Wolters Field starting at 4 PM and leading up to the City's Independence Day fireworks display. 101.9 The Mix is the proud media sponsor of the event.

Applications are now open for bands that would like to participate. Please note that at least half of the participants must be 21 years of age or younger in order to compete. Learn more at

About the Bitter Jester Music Festival

This summer-long music competition and concert series is produced by the Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts, NFP, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization based in Highland Park.

With a massive amount of educational feedback provided to participants plus opportunities to perform additional Bitter Jester Showcase Concerts at both Ravinia Festival in Highland Park and Navy Pier in Chicago, this festival isn't just fun for audiences, it's great for participants, too! Visit the Bitter Jester Music Festival page for more information or to apply. You may also email with questions. Follow BJMF on their Instagram @bitterjester_musicfestival