Every Date You Need to Know for Lollapalooza

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Article Summary

  • Article goes over all the key dates you need to know for Lollapalooza
  • The lineup for Lollapalooza is typically announced in late March.  The tickets sell out near instantly so you must watch for the date if you want to get tickets
  • The set times are released in May, several months in advance of Lollapalooza 

Some of the most common questions that come up about Lollapalooza are about dates.  When do Lollapalooza tickets go on sale? When is the presale? When is the schedule released?  These are some of the most commonly asked questions about Lollapalooza and the goal of this article is to make you aware of every important date you need to know. 

Lollapalooza Four Day Passes Go On Sale – Late March 

Lollapalooza tickets go on sale in late March and the festival will generally give about a week's notice before the sale will occur. Lollapalooza general admission passes sell out nearly instantaneously, even without a lineup, so if you want tickets you need to make sure you are on top of things. Either register with Event Track and add Lolla to your tracked events to get a notification of the announcement or follow Lolla on social media. In recent years the four-day general admission passes only last an hour or two before they sellout. If you are targeting VIP passes you don't need nearly as much urgency as these are typically around for months before selling out (if they sell out).   If you want all the information on Lollapalooza tickets you should check out our article on passes at this link.

Lineup Announcement – Late March (March 23rd in 2016)

Perhaps the most anticipated date of the year for Lollapalooza fans is the announcement of the lineup.  Lollapalooza generally announces their lineup in late March, a day or two after the tickets go on sale.  Below you can see a table showing the dates for each year Lollapalooza has released the lineup dating back to 2014. As you can see they are incredibly consistent, so prepare your bank accounts for this come March.


Day of Lineup Announcement


March 26th


March 25th


March 23rd


March 22nd

Lollapalooza Announces Set Times – May (May 9th in 2017)

One of the most anticipated announcements once the lineup is released are the set times.  One thing that makes Lollapalooza awesome is the fact that they release the set times for the festival so far advance.  While some festivals wait until a couple of days before the festival to release their set times, Lollapalooza gives festivalgoers plenty of time by releasing in early May.  The exact date in May can vary year to year but generally it is the first or second week of May.  For example, in 2017 the set times were released on May 9th, nearly three months in advance. Regardless of when Lollapalooza announces the set times they will give you plenty of time to figure out who you are going to be seeing at Lollapalooza.

Lollapalooza Announces After Party Shows - Late May (May 30th in 2017)

Lollapalooza has one of the biggest after party show offerings of any festival with well over 50 shows. What are the after party shows? Lollapalooza ends at 10 p.m. due to city restrictions in Grant Park, which is fairly early. Enter Lolla After Party Shows! This is your chance to check out great Lollapalooza artists at a local venue, usually for a great price. You can see the info for the 2017 After Party shows here. Most artists will be from the low to mid lines, but they will have a sprinkling of higher artists as well, with most shows being for between $15 and $40. If you are going to Lolla you get first crack at tickets as well, so look for this announcement in late May.

Food Vendors Released - Late June (June 27th in 2017)

Ready to release your inner fatty at Lollapalooza? Then this announcement is for you! In late June (June 27th in 2017) Lollapalooza will release it's food vendors for your stomach's pleasure. The announcement is known as the Chow Town lineup and it lets you know all the local delicacies you will be finding at Lollapalooza that year. Most of the offerings will be great local Chicago spots, giving you a chance to have a Taste of Chicago while at Lolla.

Lollapalooza Music Festival – Early August

Lollapalooza occurs early in August each year.  Typically it is the first and second weekend of August.  Also, as of 2016 Lollapalooza appears to have permanently expanded to a four-day festival, running from Thursday to Sunday. Lolla will return to Chicago in 2017 on August 3rd and run to August 6th.


There you have it, every date you need to know for Lollapalooza.  If there are any other dates you are looking for and didn’t find here please let us know at and we will add them pronto!

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