By Jane Dagmi
As the outdoor music festival begins to wrap up (Austin and New Orleans are going strong into October), start to plan now for a summer of music and great food in 2015. Whether you go for a day, a weekend, or make an entire vacation out of it, music festivals are in full gear in spring, summer, and early fall. From bluegrass to indie rock, jazz and experimental music, these well-planned events usually run a couple of days, offer camping or “glamping” grounds, and raise money for local community organizations and global causes. There’s almost always a beer garden, a handmade market, a children’s area and a collective conscience to be as green as possible. Devoted to both established and emerging talents in the entertainment and culinary industries, spring and summer fests draw fans from near and far who want to support their favorite artists and discover something new.
80/35; Des Moines, Iowa
Organized by the Greater Des Moines Music
Coalition, this two-day indie and jam music
fest just finished its seventh year and featured
Dawes, Ziggy Marley and Conor Oberst.
Northwest String Summit;
North Plains, Ore.
Described as magical, the four-day 13th annual String
Summit at Horning’s Hideout, 30 minutes north of
Portland, featured an awesome roster of bluegrass
jammers, including Yonder Mountain String Band,
Railroad Earth, the The Wood Brothers and Allie Kral.
of Music and Dance;
Launched in 2011 as a fundraiser for local
AIDS charities, the four-day festival featured
over 60 bands and still gives profits to a
multitude of causes.
Pitchfork Music Festival; Chicago
For nine years now, the Chicago-based ezine Pitchfork
has celebrated new and emerging bands in a three-day,
40-band event at Union Park with performances by
Beck, Kendrick Lamar and St. Vincent.
Buckle Up Festival; Cincinnati
Buckle Up’s inaugural three-day event took
place among six stages on the banks of
the Ohio River and included concerts by
Alabama, Willie Nelson, The Band Perry,
Emmy Lou Harris and Tall Heights.
Floyd Fest; Floyd, Va.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 13th annual
five-day American music event featured yoga classes,
bodywork tents and special activities for kids and teens
too. The 2014 lineup included Ray LaMontagne, Lauryn
Hill and Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite.
Here are 17 fab summer festivals spread across the
U.S. and Canada.
Ellie Goulding at Osheaga Festival
Musique et Arts; Montreal, Canada
Maine Lobster Fest; Rockland, Maine
Honoring a 67-year-old Maine tradition, this celebration
included 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess
coronation, cooking contests, a fishermen parade and
daily musical performances.