Ready to shake the winter blahs and make some summer plans? Will you vacation or camp or visit family? Summer means spending time outside and relishing the warm weather.
What better way to enjoy the summer sunshine than by listening to a great band with friends? The answer is to spend a whole weekend hanging out, listening to great music and delighting in summer fun.
Mark your calendar and start to make plans. Check out this list of summer festivals and plan to travel for a weekend full of music, food, and fun.
1. Bonnaroo Music Festival
With its roots coming from jam and folk music, this festival has greatly diversified in recent years. Visit the 700-acre farm in Bonnaroo, Tennessee, which is home to the four-day festival.
Headliners this year include Phish, Post Malone, Odesza, The Lumineers and more. A general admission pass to cover all four days is $339, with many other ticket options available. One includes hotel and shuttle options from Nashville for the weekend.
In addition to a full lineup of musical headliners, visitors can participate in a mini film festival in the cinema, a beer garden, the silent disco and more.
2. Boston Calling Music Festival
Visit Cambridge's Harvard Athletic Complex from May 24 to May 26 to see this year's rock-heavy lineup. The list of big names slated to perform include:
- Big Red Machine
- Twenty-One Pilots
- Travis Scott
- Greta Van Fleet
There is a full list of names to fill all three days of indoor and outdoor stages.
Tickets are available for all three days or for a single day. Three day passes start at $289 and single day passes start at $114, with many VIP options available.
General admission musical festival participants can expect access to 50 bands across 3 outdoor music stages. They also can get admission to all arena performances. There is also food vendors, a wine and beer tent and other festival vendors spread throughout the area.
3. Bottlerock Napa Valley Music Festival
What's not to love about music in the rolling vineyards hills of northern California's wine country? This festival offers a variety of genre headliners from May 24 to May 26 weekend.
With wine, craft beer, craft cocktails, food, and an all-star musical lineup, this is a festival to not miss. There are even spa options available during the festival weekend.
Some big names include:
- Imagine Dragons
- Neil Young
- Mumford & Sons
- Pharrell Williams
- One Republic
General admission tickets for three days start at $359, while the one-day general admission tickets start at $159. Start your summer out right on Memorial Day weekend with this big name line up.
4. Electric Forest Festival
Pack your favorite t-shirts and get ready for a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-like experience. Come to Rothbury, Michigan and experience the woods with the arts and hammocks. On-site lakes and camping make for the perfect four-day weekend experience.
At night they transform to an all-night dance party. The interactive art and light display take this to an out of this world weekend.
DJs, electronic acts, and jam bands are all part of the line-up. Running from July 27 to July 30, this is truly a woodland dance party weekend.
5. Firefly Music Festival
One of the newer festivals on the scene, it has been around since 2012. It offers music on seven stages over three days. Big name headliners to up and comers are featured from June 21 to June 23.
You can come to Dover, Delaware to do their "glamping" option or bring your own tent for the weekend. The hottest ticket of the weekend is called The Thicket. Visit the hidden forest with headphones to listen to beats from the areas hottest DJs.
Super VIP tickets for the weekend are $699, while day tickets run $109 per day.
6. High Sierra Music Festival
Come to northern California and experience a true weekend of music, nature, and peace. High Sierra boasts music from multiple genres including folk, jazz, bluegrass, reggae and even some electronic thrown in. This is the festival that has music for everyone, no matter your preference.
With a focus on nature and organic experience, the music is the highlight, but this festival offers up the whole weekend experience. High-quality organic food is offered up along with craft beers and wine.
Bring your inner hippie from July 4 to July 7. A wide range of ticket packages are available from day passes to VIP options. Camping and RV packages are also available.
7. Lollapalooza Music Festival
This historic festival features multi-genre music performances as well as dance, comedy, crafts and a political platform. Visit Chicago from August 1 -August 4 for the 4 days of festivities.
Originally compared to Woodstock, this festival has evolved over time. Now with a combination of big headliners and up and comers, it draws a wide audience. Join the Lollapalooza waitlist to get the premium tickets for these four days of fun.
8. MoPop Festival
Visit downtown Detroit's waterfront July 27-28 for this musical extravaganza. Headlining with both a new line-up from previous years. Two-day passes are available for $109.50, while single day passes for $75.
Tame Impala, a psychedelic music project, is headlining. Expect to see Vampire Weekend and Ella Mai along with 19 others acts.
9. Pitchfork Music Festival
This three-day festival has 14 performers each day in Union Park. The festival of 13 years avoids big headliners with a long list of cult favorites like rock, hip-hop, electronic, jazz, punk, and other genres. Their lineup also favors local and lesser-known talent.
Visit Chicago from July 19 to July 21. Ticket prices for Pitchfork Music Festival are $150 for a three-day pass, while a single day pass is $75.
10. Summerfest Music Festival
This is the king of summer music festivals and it comes in as one of the most inexpensive. Running from June 26 to June 30 and from July 2 to July 7. Buy an eleven-day pass for $110, a three-day pass for $57 or a single day pass for $23.
With big-name headliners like Thomas Rhett, Georgia Florida Line, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, The Killers, and Snoop Dogg it has eleven stages and over 800 acts.
Beyond the music for over one million visitors, there is food, zip lining, parades, rock climbing and more. Summerfest offers something for every type of guest.
Must See Summer Festivals
How will you ever choose which direction to travel for your summer music experience? One (or more) of these is sure to make for a weekend of memory making.
Choose one of these summer festivals, invite your friends, pack up the car and have some fun. But be sure to get your tickets early. These are all festivals that are visited by music lovers from far and wide and tickets sell out fast.
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