Veggie Fest Chicago is one of the largest vegetarian lifestyle festivals on the continent, and it takes place 8/12-8/13. Today’s focus: the music!

You can expect a variety of live performers. They include V. Holmes’ “A Tribute to the Motown Greats,” which closes out Veggie Fest on Saturday night. Gizzae is an award-winning reggae band that will end the festivities on Sunday night. The band also plays Saturday afternoon.

The Giving Tree Band (pictured above) is a local group that plays rock and roll music on bluegrass-friendly instruments The Rico Band, influenced by Santana, offer energetic and funky covers of musicians like Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown. And Zach is an internationally known vegan who plays pop-folk tunes with a conscience. He starts off the event on both days at 11 a.m.

Veggie Fest is known for its international food court, featuring raw, vegan, non-dairy – a huge variety of items from everywhere. Whether your favorite food category is Chinese or Caribbean, you can find vegetarian fare you’ll love. If you don’t want to come for the music, come for the food.

The event also features speakers on diet, lifestyle, and the environment. Food demos, children’s activities, and 100+ vendor booths make this free event the vegetarian place to be this summer!

You can expect over 40,000 people to join you in a consciousness-raising, healthy environment with culinary excitement and plenty of inspiration. The event will be held at Benedictine University  at 5700 College Rd. in Lisle. For more information on the event, visit You can also find the complete musical schedule there.

Check out the promotional video below if you want to see what the festival is like:

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