As the school year ends, we’re all getting ready for festival season. The famous Coachella has already passed; thank goodness, because why would you want to go to a festival whose owner donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to alt-right hate groups.
However, there are many more exciting and substantially cheaper festivals coming your way. Start your summer out right with a carefree vibe surrounded by people who just want to have a good time.
Starting out a few hours south of here is the Beale Street Music Festival. The festival is located in Memphis, Tennessee and lasts three days, May 3-5. With headliners like Cardi B and The Killers, you’re sure to get a diverse show.
The three-day tickets are about $150, making it one of the cheaper festivals. Continuing with the music theme be sure to stop by Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, best known as the King of Rock and Roll.
Traveling a couple hours east is Bonaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, Cardi B will also be making an appearance at this festival, as well as many others throughout the summer. This festival is a four-day experience from June 13-16 coming out at a whopping $339.
Most people who attend camp on-site, so you might smell a lot of skunk and b.o. around your tent. Besides Cardi B, Childish Gambino will also be making an appearance at this southern music festival.
If you decide to continue the party down south, make your way to the Hangout Festival. Enjoy a three-day beach festival where you can enjoy the salty waves and hear Khalid’s new album in person.
This beach destination festival is in Gulf Shores, Alabama, May 17-19. You’re looking at about $320 for all three days. Maybe this could be your summer vacation. If you can’t make it to the good ole south, try your luck up north.
Everyone knows about Lollapalooza. This long time returning festival is located in the Windy City at Grant Park before school starts back up. It’s a great place to spend your last summer hoorah.
Lolla also lasts four days and comes out to be $340 for all four days. The ticket fees are not the worst, but finding a place to stay while there might be on the pricey side.
My favorite group that will be there is Tame Impala. They don’t often tour, so if you’re a fan I recommend taking this opportunity to experience the eccentric genius that is Kevin Parker.
For the more “far out” music listeners, make your way to Electric Forest to enjoy a four-day weekend experience joined by Uncle Cid. This particular festival features electronic music; some may know as EDM style.
This psychedelic event headlines with Odesza, Bassnectar, and more. The forest is in Rothbury, Michigan, June 27-30. Unfortunately, all the tickets are sold out, but you could definitely try your luck on second seller websites.
A smaller, more affordable music festival is Bunbury located in Cincinnati. If you’re looking for an overall inexpensive festival to attend, this would be it. If you’re from the Indy area, you wouldn’t even have to stay in downtown Cinci, you could just commute!
This music festival is more so for the alternative music listeners such as Fall Out Boy and The 1975 headline. For all three days, it totals out to be $189 for May 31-June 2. This festival is the perfect way to wind down after this hectic semester.
Last but not least, if you have money to travel, going to the east coast town of Dover, Delaware is well worth the trip. The three-day festival features a variety of artists from Panic at the Disco to Post Malone.
A good mid-summer trip from June 21-23 would only cost you $309 for all three days, and most people camp on the premises. Besides the music, make a trip out of it! While you are there, visit Washington D.C. It is only a short two hours away, so a perfect way to end your trip.
If you’re looking for a fun, relaxing way to enjoy your summer, going to a music festival is the way to go. There are festivals over a variety of locations and price ranges.
Turn it into a girls’ trip or a weekend getaway with your significant other. Tired of going to the beach every year? Need a change of scenery? For a music fanatic, or even just someone who loves an adventure, this is the route to go.