5 Adultish U.S. Music Festivals Not to Miss This Summer
You’re never too “mature” to rock out at a music festival.
Here are five cool music festivals, boasting must-see lineups, proximity to top cities and sights and luxury upgrades that can transform camping into glamping in a flash:
1. Carolina Country Music Fest
June 6-9; Myrtle Beach, S.C.
With top-tier country stars like Alabama, Thomas Rhett, and Dierks Bentley in the line up, the Carolina Country Music Fest combines down-home spirit with a beach vibe.
Organizers are offering package deals, guaranteeing you the lowest rates at some of the area's best hotels. Bonus: When you're not on-site at the fest, you can relax by the poolside bar or just kick back and enjoy the beach.
2. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 13-16, 2019; Manchester, Tenn.
It's got a funny name and it's kind of in the middle of nowhere, but there's a reason why Bonnaroo rivals the better known Coachella when it comes to top music events. Created in 2002, Bonnaroo pairs a heavy-hitting lineup — think acts like Phish, Childish Gambino and The Lumineers — with an endless array of arts, crafts and activities fit for attendees of all ages. (Yes, yes, kids are welcome.)
Plus, Bonaroo's got a wide range of options when it comes to on-site camping, including VIP upgrades and pre-arranged tents that make it easy to get your groove on. You can even get an actual hot shower for $10, which, as you'll know if you've ever experienced humid summer temps in Tennessee, is an absolute must.
3. Under the Big Sky Fest
July 13-14, 2019, Whitefish, Mont.
Taking place over two days that end at a totally-reasonable 11 p.m., this festival brings the likes of Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakum and other major folk and country stars together in perhaps the most fitting landscape possible—and still leaves you plenty of time to go exploring.
Whether it's the woods, mountains or alpine lakes that make this place the "crown of the continent," or the walkable and surprisingly hip streets of downtown Whitefish, there's certainly plenty to see.
4. Outside Lands
Aug. 9-11, 2019, San Francisco
Sure, Lil Wayne and Twenty One Pilots are going to be at Outside Lands. But so are Paul Simon and Blink 182. And when it comes to the festival dining experience, this event is undeniably sophisticated. Besides a full menu of local food trucks, it also features whole sections devoted to wine, cheese and seafood.
Northern California knows how to throw a (classy) party!
5. Taos Vortex
Aug. 16-18, 2019, Taos, N.M.
Art collective and immersive-experience-generator Meow Wolf might just be the most offbeat thing to come out of New Mexico — and given the state's history as the site of the alleged UFO crash in Roswell, that's saying something.
So if you find yourself called to the land of piñon and juniper this summer, this weekend-long festival is not to be missed. Along with live music, the event promises "adventure, experimental interactions and friends."
The event is family-friendly, with child-priced tickets available. On-site camping is also offered, or you could choose to patronize one of the many hotels, inns or bed and breakfasts in Taos.
Tips for Affordable Festing
Even with a grown-up wallet, a music festival can quickly become a serious expense — especially if you're taking advantage of luxury extras.
Here are several ways to save on the necessities, so you can splurge where it matters:
1. Shop around for the cheapest gas: If you're attending your festival in an RV,
it might just be worth going the extra mile or two to save on gas. Free mobile
apps like GasBuddy can help you identify where to find the cheapest fill-up.
2. BYOB — and F — when possible: Bringing along your own drinks, snacks
and even meals can help your overall travel budget. But be sure to check your
festival's official rules surrounding outside food and drink.
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