Find a summer music festival near you

By Laura Buckley
October 3, 2012
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Summer is our favorite time to get outside, soak up the sun and take in some tunes at the same time. Fortunately, it's also high time for music festivals across North America.

To help you get a jump start on your rock 'n' roll planning, we've identified the best performances across the U.S. and Canada with an eye toward those events where tickets are still available.

The season's hottest concerts sell out fast, so if something catches your eye you'll want to book tickets sooner rather than later.

The Location: San Francisco.

The Festival: Outside Lands.

The Background: Staged in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, this three-day festival plays host to rock's and hip hop's biggest stars

The Dates: August 12-14.

The Acts: Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, DeadMau5, the Shins, MGMT, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and more.

The Price: Most of the general admission tickets have already been sold out, but the regular 3-day ticket from $199.50 still has (limited) availability.

The Location: Chicago.

The Festival: Lollapalooza.

The Background: Staged in Chicago's Grant Park, Lollapalooza has been a summer festival staple for the last 20 years. With more than 115 acres to showcase the 130+ diverse artists and bands, it's sure to pack in the fans.

The Dates: Aug. 5-7.

The Acts: Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Muse, My Morning Jacket, DeadMau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, and more.

The Price: The early bird special is already sold out, but the regular 3-day pass is available and starts from $215.

The Location: The Black Rock Desert, Nev.

The Festival: Burning Man.

The Background: Burning Man hosts 48,000 people in the middle of the Nevada Desert for a week to be "part of an experimental community" where art, music, and self-expression take center stage. It is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute to this year's theme, Rites of Passage.

The Dates: August 29-September 5.

The Acts: You!

The Price: Tickets start from $210.

The Location: East Hampton, N.Y.

The Festival: MTK: Music to Know Music Festival.

The Background: The inaugural Music to Know Music Festival will be staged at the East Hampton Airport over two days in August. Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes are set to headline, and will be joined by 16 other bands.

The Dates: Aug. 13-14.

The Acts: Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Tame Impala, M. Ward, and more.

The Price: Tickets start from $195.

The Location: Canterbury Park, Minn.

The Festival: Soundset.

The Background: This "festival of hip hop" has been around since 2008, and offers over nine hours of music from 40 artists on two stages.

The Dates: May 29.

The Acts: Atmosphere, Big Boi, De La Soul, Slaughterhouse, Brother Ali, and more.

The Price: Tickets start from $38.

The Location: Bethlehem, Pa.

The Festival: Musikfest.

The Background: For ten days in August, this city nestled in the Lehigh Valley will play host to famous rock 'n roll, pop, and country artists, with venues both in the historic district, and the south side SteelSacks.

The Dates: Aug. 5-14.

The Acts: Stone Temple Pilots, Maroon 5, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Miller Band, Alison Kraus & Union Station, Steely Dan, Train, Gavin DeGraw, and more.

The Price: Tickets start from $34.

The Location: State College, Pa.

The Festival: The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

The Background: Known simply as Arts Fest, State College brings about 125,000 people to its downtown to celebrate art, music, and culture of central Pennsylvania. Now in its 51st year, Arts Fest has rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, and more, as well as great family options, including "Children's Day" on the 13th.

The Dates: July 13-17.

The Acts: Billy Bauer Band, Straight Drive, The Ultra Kings, and more.

The Price: It's free!

The Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Festival: Osheaga.

The Background: Since 2006, Osheaga has brought together musical artists from diverse backgrounds, both local and internationally renowned. Staged on Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, Osheaga has played host to more than 70,000 music fans.

The Dates: July 29-31.

The Acts: Eminem, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie, Cypress Hill, KiD CuDi, Lupe Fiasco, Janelle Monáe, and more.

The Price: The three day festival, general admission tickets start from $225 ($217CAD). The single-day, general admission tickets start from $78 ($75CAD).

The Location: Manchester, Tenn.

The Festival: Bonnaroo.

The Background: Bonnaroo is a four-day camping festival on a 700-acre farm where people are all about the music, man. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the acts are primarily rock and roll, but hip-hop, jazz, and electronica also play in the 100-acre entertainment village.

The Dates: June 9-12.

The Acts: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, and more.

The Price: Tickets start from $155.

The Location: Austin.

The Festival: Austin Wine & Music Festival.

The Background: The two day festival combines wine-lovers, beer-lover, and music-lovers in Northwest Austin's The Domain where fans can enjoy the home-grown talent.

The Dates: May 28-29.

The Acts: Deadman, Dirty River Boys, Kimberly Kelly, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, and more.

The Price: Tickets start from $35 for a one-day pass.


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