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    Bitter Jester Music Festival

    June 7 - 29, 2025

    Port Clinton Square
    Highland Park, IL 60035

    Status: Updated 2/13/2024
    The Bitter Jester Music Festival (BJMF) is the Midwest's largest professional music competition for emerging musicians (bands & solo artists). BJMF supports and promotes young and up-and-coming talent from across the Midwest. The competition/concert series is built on a strong foundation of community and emboldening and empowering young performers (usually 12-21) at a critical time in their artistic development. BJMF gives participating young adults an opportunity to receive professional feedback from working musicians and meet and connect with dozens of other musicians their own age. The Grand Finale features "future headliners."
    • Admission: none
    • Days/­Hours Open: Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-11pm, Mon closed, Tue closed, Wed closed, Thu closed, Fri closed, Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-11pm, Mon closed, Tue closed, Wed closed, Thu closed, Fri closed, Sat closed, Sun closed, Mon closed, Tue closed, Wed closed, Thu closed, Fri closed, Sat closed, Sun 2pm-10pm
    • Address: 600 Central Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035
    • Entertainment: 1 stage - R,L Entertainment: Variety 
    • Other Activities: judges provide professional feedback, audio, photos, and scores. a live album is recorded.
    • Attendance: 5,000
      # Food Booths: 2
    • # of Exhi­bitors: 2
      Juried: no
      Prize Money: na
    • Deadlines: Art & Craft: until full
      Music: 04/30/2023
      Food: until full 
    • Promoter: Bitter Jester Foundation For the Arts, NFP
    • Show Dir.: Nicolas Degrazia

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    • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • Will there be ATMs onsite at Bitter Jester Music Festival?
      There are several banks within walking distance of all concerts.
    • Is Bitter Jester Music Festival dog-friendly or service-animal only?
      Pet friendly!
    • Is Bitter Jester Music Festival rain or shine?
      Yes, rain or shine!
    • Are children free to attend Bitter Jester Music Festival?
      Everyone is free to attend!
    • Is Bitter Jester Music Festival all ages?
      This event is all ages.
    • Is Bitter Jester Music Festival handicap accessible?

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