Farm Aid 30 Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Thursday, Sept. 17

Film2FarmAid Festival

Time: Starts at 7:00 pm
Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
Cost: $10 for one night, or $20 for all three nights ($5 or $10 for farmers, respectively), buy tickets here

Farm Aid has partnered with McCormick Place and Savor…Chicago to present Film2FarmAid, a three-night film festival in the days leading up to Farm Aid 30 in Chicago! The festival will take place at McCormick Place and will showcase feature and short films about food and farming each night beginning at 7 pm. Each screening will be following by a brief Q&A with filmmakers, farmers, and food systems changers, as well as a reception on the McCormick Place Rooftop Farm featuring local, farm fresh food and spirits.

Click through for a list of films and detailed directions on how to get find the Festival.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Time: 11:35 pm EDT/10:35 CDT on CBS

Tune in to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to see Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp talk about Farm Aid and perform together!

Thursday, Sept. 17

Farm Aid Preview at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Cost: Free

Join us for a Farm Aid 30 Preview at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market! Follow the tractors at 11 am to get a taste of HOMEGROWN Concessions®, see a couple demonstrations from our HOMEGROWN Village, enjoy music from The Giving Tree, and enter to win Farm Aid prizes and a pair of tickets to Farm Aid 30!

Farm Aid 30: Strength from Our Roots

Time: 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: Free, get more information and register here by September 4

Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary is a milestone that celebrates more than America’s longest running concert for a cause; it marks an evolution in our shared work to advance family farm agriculture and ground our food system in the values of justice, democracy, diversity and sustainability. This two-day gathering will explore how change is made through inspired storytelling, inter-generational exchange, meaningful reflection and strategic analysis.

Friday, Sept. 18

Breakfast Connect

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: Free, register here

Connect with farmers, farm advocates and activists from near and far at this annual check-in to share issue and campaign updates, and build community. Coffee and light snacks provided.

Chicago Urban Farm Tour

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Departs from and returns to Fourth Presbyterian Church following the Breakfast Connect
Cost: $20 per person ($15 for farmers), Tickets have sold out — thank you!

Woven between Chicago’s majestic skyscrapers and lakefront beaches is a thriving network of community and rooftop gardens, public orchards and commercial farms that nourish Chicagoans with millions of pounds of produce each year; connect city dwellers with the sustaining power of nature; and redefine how a cityscape looks and functions in the 21st century. Join us to discover all of the goodness growing in Chicago! With a local urban agriculture expert guiding us, we’ll spend the morning exploring urban farms that each have unique social missions as well.

Farm Aid 30: Strength from Our Roots (Day Two)

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: Free, get more information and register here by September 4

Day 2 of this special event will bring intergenerational exchange, mentorship and strategic analysis between senior and emerging leaders through a series of working sessions.

Farm Aid Eve

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: River Roast, 315 N Lasalle St, Chicago, IL 60654
Cost: $60 per person ($30 for farmers), Tickets have sold out — thank you!

Kick off the Farm Aid 30 celebration by joining the Farm Aid family at River Roast in downtown Chicago. We’ll celebrate 30 years of music, good food and all we’ve accomplished together as a strong community of farmers and eaters. Chef John Hogan will be serving up a menu of local family farm food, accompanied by craft beer and cocktails. It wouldn’t be a Farm Aid party without music, so we’ll feature live music throughout the night. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, Sept. 19

Farm Aid 30 Press Event

Time: 11:00 am
Location: FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Cost: Free, concert attendees with Farm Aid credentials are welcomed to attend.

Farm Aid 30 will open with a press event on the main stage, featuring family farmers and Farm Aid board artists Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.

Farm Aid 30

Time: Noon – 11:00 pm
Location: FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Cost: Click here for information on getting tickets to Farm Aid 30.

Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village

Time: Noon – 5:30 pm
Location: On the lawn at Farm Aid 30 (FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island)
Cost: Free for concertgoers

On concert day, Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village invites concertgoers to learn more about good food and family farmers through hands-on activities. Be sure you check it out and visit us in the Farm Yard to meet other farmers and Farm Aid friends from around the country.

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