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Your guide to the 2023 Locust Street Festival

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After a lot of hard work by the people who live and work in Riverwest, the Locust Street Festival is officially back this Sunday, June 11, bringing a four-year absence to an end.

If you want to get technical about it, the event begins at 11 a.m., when the first notes of the day start floating through the air. But the “real” start is the Locust Street Beer Run, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m.

The 1.6-mile route through the streets of Riverwest takes you past four Lakefront Brewery beverage stops outside Nessun Dorma, Riverwest Pizza, Falcon Bowl and Seven Swans Creperie. The top male and female participants get awards, but really the whole thing feels like a win for everyone involved, especially the costumed individuals. If you’re taking part, you can pick up your race packet starting from 4-7 p.m. this Friday, June 9, at Black Husky Brewing or at the starting line located at the intersection of Booth and Locust streets on race day.

In addition to the run, there will be a variety of vendors serving up food, drinks and products from local businesses. Then there’s the music, which spans seven stages and doesn’t wrap up until after the sun goes down. You can check out the full lineup below, and visit the Locust Street Festival website and Facebook page for more information and updates throughout the week.

 A large group of people gather around a low, platform stage positioned on a residential street during the day with musicians ready to perform.
Locust Street Festival / Facebook

Black Husky Rockhaus Stage

  • Noon — Freddy LaForce Poetry Reading
  • 1 p.m. — Funeral Mountain
  • 2 p.m. — Mortgage Freeman
  • 3 p.m. — Bluegrass All-Stars
  • 5 p.m. — MillBillies
  • 6:30 p.m. — ChickenWire Empire

Guitars for Vets Stage

  • 11 a.m. — G4V artists
  • 11:30 a.m. — Beer Run Kickoff
  • Noon — G4V artists
  • 1 p.m. — G4V artists
  • 2 p.m. — Group Therapy
  • 3 p.m. — Kharma Shotgun
  • 4 p.m. — Guilty
  • 5 p.m. — TBA
  • 6 p.m. — Paulette D'Amour
  • 7 p.m. — Bellends

KRS Hair & Wax Studio / Lush Popcorn Stage

(Exact times TBA)

  • DJ L-Boogie
  • Buddy Love
  • Motown Music
  • Mighty Ms. Erica and the Sound Production
  • Blues and Soul
  • Telle Jenee
  • R&B
  • DJ Cheerio

Lakefront Brewery Stage

  • 12:30 p.m. — Lovanova
  • 1:45 p.m. — Bone Thief
  • 3 p.m. — Ladybird
  • 4:30 p.m. — Garden Home
  • 5:45 p.m. — Doubter
  • 7 p.m. — Funk Summit Bass Team

Linneman's Indoor Stage

  • Noon — Birdbrain
  • 1:30 p.m. — Conscious Congress
  • 3 p.m. — The Rock-A-Dials
  • 4:30 p.m. — Rainbow Cobra
  • 6 p.m. — Modern Joey
  • 8:15 p.m. — The Erotic Adventures of Static Chicken

Linneman's Outdoor Stage

  • 11 a.m. — Louie & the Flashbombs
  • 1 p.m. — Deadelijk
  • 3 p.m. — Social Cig
  • 4:30 p.m. — Strangelander
  • 6:30 p.m. — De La Buena

Tracks Stage

  • Noon — Lake Drive
  • 1:50 p.m. — Scam Likely
  • 3:30 p.m. — Bug Moment
  • 4:50 p.m. — Diet Lite
  • 6:50 p.m. — Gold Steps