Thirsty Ears Festival 2021

Saturday, August 14 2:00 – 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 15 2:00 – 9:00 PM

ACM is proud to present the sixth annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival!

For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage.

We’ll also have delicious beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths, kid friendly activities and food trucks on both days. Highlights include a special performance of our Sound of Silent Film Festival Saturday at sundown and, to close out the fest on Sunday, a classical remix from Origin of Animal.

$10 suggested donation, all proceeds support the ACM School of Music, a non-profit organization.

1758 W. Wilson Ave.
Public transportation options:
Brown line Montrose or Damen stop
Ravenswood Metra stop
Lawrence or Montrose Ave. bus

Parking is limited to street parking


Saturday, August 14 Main Stage

2:00 ACM Student Showcase
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
8:00 Palomar
9:00 SOSF

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 (west end of the street)
Games, face painting and activities from 1:00 – 7:00 both days plus these special performances

Saturday, August 14
1:30 Magic with Rob
2:00 Lucky Trikes
3:00 Instrument Petting Zoo with Traci Newhouse
4:00 Dawn-Marie’s Toddler Jam
5:00 Dinder Brothers Family Circus
6:00 Magic with Rob

Sunday, August 15
1:30 Magic with Rob
2:00 Instrument Petting Zoo with Kate McDuffie
3:00 Jennifer Viets
4:00 Dinder Brothers Family Circus
6:00 Magic with Rob


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