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Can’t shell out $400 for Coachella tickets? Check out our list of 25 festivals around America that you can attend for way less —just spend the rest on beer, food and merch.

1project pabst

Project Pabst

Where: Portland, OR
When: August 26-28
How much: $90
Headliners: Duran Duran, Tame Impala, Ice Cube, Ween

Where: Atlanta, GA
When: October 1
How much: $55
Headliners: Run the Jewels, Mastodon, NOFX, Santigold

Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: October 8
How much: $40
Headliners: Animal Collective, Hop Along, Mac Demarco, Guided By Voices

Where: Denver, CO
When: TBA
How much: $55
Headliners: TBA (Last event: Violent Femmes, Best Coast)

Project Pabst is a relatively new music festival founded and sponsored by domestic beer company Pabst Blue Ribbon. Started in 2014, this festival has grown from one location in Portland, Oregon, and added three more stops in Denver, Colorado (May 21), Atlanta, Georgia (October 1), and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (October 8).

Lineups vary by location, but all feature an eclectic mix of old and new rap, rock, indie and pop. Each event also features an all-day stand-up comedy stage.


Afropunk Festival

Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: August 27-28
How much: $75
Headliners: Kelsey Lu, Ice Cube, TV On The Radio, Tyler the Creator, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae

Afropunk Festival began in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, as way to build black community in punk subculture. Since its founding, the festival has expanded to add other genres, but is most known for showcasing music that reflects African-American culture.  The festival also includes a marketplace of handmade goods, more than 25 food trucks with cuisine from around the world and all-day art installations and mural painting.


Middle Waves Music Festival

Where: Fort Wayne, IN
When: September 16-17
How much: $70
Headliners: Flaming Lips, Best Coast, Doomtree, JEFF the Brotherhood

Middle Waves is “where indie, hip-hop and rock & roll don’t just coexist, but converge, high-five and take a selfie,” according to its website. The festival features two days of music, art, vendors and food trucks in Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The purchase of your $70 ticket not only includes access to this two-day festival, but also free admission to five local “pre-shows” leading up to the event.



Where: North Adams, MA
When: September 16-18
How much: $99 or $89 with student ID
Headliners: Old Crow Medicine Show, Glenn Hansard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Located in northwestern Massachusetts, FreshGrass is a camping-friendly bluegrass festival featuring old favorites and new finds. The event also offers guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle workshops that teach technique and are known for breaking out into jam sessions. Another feature of this festival is “FreshScores,” a few selected artists that have been commissioned by FreshGrass to compose music for a short film, which they will perform alongside the video.

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Grace Potter’s Grand Point North Festival

Where: Burlington, VA
When: September 17-18
How much: $79
Headliners: Grace Potter (performing both nights), Old Crow Medicine Show

Grace Potter returns to her home state Vermont each year to host Grand Point North music festival in Burlington. The festival is a celebration of the area, featuring food from Vermont restaurants and performances by local bands. Grace Potter performs every year, this year alongside national bands Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wood Brothers and other folk and Americana acts.


Dusk Music Festival

Where: Tucson, AZ
When: October 22
How much: $49
Headliners: Matt & Kim, A-Trak, TBA

Taking place at the Rillito Park Race Track in Tucson, Arizona, Dusk Music Festival features crossover acts like indie pop duo Matt & Kim and electronic hip-hop DJ A-Trak. Also on the bill is Tex-Mex indie rock band Calexico and “prog rap” artist Danny Brown.


9 Mile

Where: Miami, FL
When: TBA (February 2017)
How much: $60
Headliners: TBA

Also known as Marley Fest, 9 Mile music festival was started by Cedella Marley Booker, Bob Marley’s mother. The event is usually headlined by other members of the Marley family alongside roots reggae and roots reggae-influenced artists, and is meant to keep alive Bob Marley’s message of peace, love and unity. Canned goods are collected at the door and donated to local charities in the Miami area.


Savannah Stopover

Where: Savannah GA
When: March 9-11
How much: $79
Headliners: TBA

The Savannah Stopover, as the name implies, is advertised as a stop for travelers and musicians en route to South By Southwest — Austin, Texas’ week-long festival that has been known to showcase up-and-coming indie and rock bands. Similar to SXSW, this Spring festival features 100 bands in three days, spread throughout a dozen different venues downtown. Notable past headliners for this festival are Grimes, of Montreal, The War On Drugs, Mac Demarco and Future Islands.



Where: Costa Mesa, CA
When: TBA (March 2017)
How much: $75
Headliners: TBA

Created by Kat Von D of TLC reality show “LA Ink” and presented by former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, Musink is a three-day music festival, car show and tattoo convention featuring national musical acts and over 300 tattoo artists from around the world. Past headliners include Snoop Dogg, Deftones, Rancid and Tech N9ne.


Norman Music Festival

Where: Norman, OK
When: TBA (April 2017)
How much: Free
Headliners: TBA

Norman Music Festival is in its ninth year of curating this free event, which began as a one-day musical showcase and is now a three-day event that features a widely ranging musical line up as well as food and art from local vendors. Past performers at this festival include up-and-coming dream pop, stoner rock, indie and psychedelic bands like Cloud Nothings, Dead Meadow, The Joy Formidable and Ringo Deathstarr.

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Fort Rock

Where: Fort Myers, FL
When: TBA (Early summer 2017)
How much: $99.50
Headliners: TBA

No details about Fort Rock 2017 have been released, though the event’s return is implied on its website and Facebook page. Past headliners of this three year old festival sponsored by Monster Energy include Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Godsmack, Korn and The Offspring.



Where: West Palm Beach, FL
When: May 3-7
How much: $90
Headliners: TBA

What began in 1983 as a 10-day festival in West Palm Beach is today an annual 5-day event in the first week of May in West Palm Beach, Florida. You can hear any genre of music at this event, old or new. Past years headliners include bands like 311, Duran Duran, Damien Marley, Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Steve Aoki, Alice in Chains and Death Cab For Cutie.

13Beale Street

Beale Street Music Festival

Where: Memphis, TN
When: May 5-7
How much: $95
Headliners: TBA

This three-day rock and blues festival takes place in a 25-acre riverfront park between historic Beale Street and the Mississippi river in Memphis. Featured acts include The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Van Morrison, The Foo Fighters and more. The lineup for this year’s festival will be announced in February.


35 Denton

Where: Denton, TX
When: TBA (May 2017)
How much: $50
Headliners: TBA

Originally, 35 Denton was another South By Southwest pre-party taking place in the arts district in Denton, Texas. Beginning in 2017, the event will take place in mid-May — perhaps to capitalize on the ever-growing Levitation Festival (previously known as Austin Psych Fest) which occurs annually in the third week of May. Previous headliners of this fest include Biz Markie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Portugal. The Man and Built to Spill.

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River City Rockfest

Where: San Antonio, TX
When: TBA (late May 2017)
How much: $70
Headliners: TBA

This rock and alternative festival features over 20 bands across three different stages in one day. Bud Light sponsors this Memorial Day weekend event each year with past headliners like Disturbed, Scorpion, Megadeath and Kid Rock.

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Chicago Blues Festival

Where: Chicago, IL
When: TBA (Early June 2017)
How much: Free
Headliners: TBA

Since 1984, the year after the death of the “father of modern Chicago blues” Muddy Waters, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs has been throwing the Chicago Blues Festival to celebrate the genre. Over the years the event has featured greats such as B.B. King, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy and more. Over half a million people gather each year to watch classic and up-and-coming blues musicians across five stages in Grant Park. The department also throws the annual Chicago Jazz Festival, a similar free event in early September featuring jazz musicians.


Riverbend Festival

Where: Chattanooga, TN
When: TBA (June 2017)
How much: $55
Headliners: TBA

Country, rock, pop and soul bands like past performers Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, and ZZ Top generally headline this 8-day evening festival. Celebrated locally as a summer-kickoff event, the plethora of family-friendly attractions, fried food and bands (over 80 acts) make this festival a bargain. And, if you’re in the area, you can pick up discounted tickets from Kangaroo or Circle K gas stations prior to the event.


Make Music Pasadena

Where: Pasadena, CA
When: TBA (June 2017)
How much: Free
Headliners: TBA

Spanning 20 city blocks in downtown Pasadena, California, Make Music Pasadena festival draws an estimated 50,000 people to watch more than 150 bands from diverse genres. Six main stages and additional stages inside bars and businesses offer a different band and atmosphere around every corner. Headliners from earlier this year included indie pop bands Atlas Genius, Bear Hands, The Mowgli’s and Small Black.


America’s River Festival

Where: Dubuque, IA
When: June 9-10
How much: $35
Headliners: Old Dominion, TBA

Camp for two days in Dubuque, Iowa while listening to country and classic rock music. Last year’s headliners included REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jon Pardi. For an extra $35 you can attend the “Tappening” prior to Saturday night’s festival activities — a beer event that features tastings of over 100 craft beers brewed in Iowa and around the tri-state area.


Westword Music Showcase

Where: Denver, CO
When: TBA (June 2017)
How much: $45
Headliners: TBA

Westword, a free weekly alternative newspaper, started the Westword Music Showcase that features over a hundred local bands and a few national acts. In the past they’ve had headliners 2 Chainz, Dinosaur Jr., Trampled By Turtles and others.

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4Knots Festival

Where: New York, NY
When: TBA (July 2017)
How much: Free
Headliners: TBA

If you’re thinking of visiting New York next summer, don’t miss your opportunity to check out 4Knots festival, hosted by the local publication Village Voice. This one-day, family-friendly event takes place at the Seaport in historic downtown Manhattan and features indie, rock, hip-hop and punk bands, as well as DJs. Headliners from last year include Guided By Voices, The Strumbrellas and Mild High Club.


FORM Arcosanti Festival

Where: Arcosanti, AZ
When: TBA
How much: Free by application
Headliners: TBA

FORM is a three-day festival started by national touring act Hundred Waters in response to their experience playing music festivals around the world. Instead of striving to draw mass amounts of people, this event is limited access and strives to create an intimate, creative “urban laboratory,” where artists, musicians and creators can gather for performances, workshops, discussions and activities related to their craft. Applications are currently closed but will open after the announcement of the 2017 event, and if your application is rejected, you can purchase a “patron package” to still attend the festival — for upwards of $1,500. Last year’s headliners included Hundred Waters, Skrillex, Bonobo and Four Tet.

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