The Bitter Jester Music Festival is Chicagoland’s largest professional concert competition for up-and-coming bands and solo artists. It supports and promotes young and emerging talent from across Chicagoland, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Concerts take place the first four Fridays in June at Port Clinton Square in Downtown Highland Park. New this year is the addition of Ravinia Brewery, selling craft beers and wine!
Judges pick one band each Friday to advance to the Grand Finale Concert on July 4. Winning bands are selected by professional and celebrity judges and eight Semi-Finalist bands then compete against each other on the 4th of July for over $20,000 in cash and other prizes and the chance to be named the 2018 Grand Champion! Made possible in large part by the City of Highland Park.