July 12 & 13
Downtown Des Moines, IA
With two Missouri summer festivals disappearing from the musical landscape, there are plenty of festivals to road-trip to. Downtown Des Moines has consistently put together a two-day line-up of amazing bands with the 80/35 festival. Read more...
Parc Jean-Drapeau, Sainte-Hélène's Island
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Happening at Parc Jean-Drapeau August 2-4, it’s arguably one of the best North American festivals around. But wait, you say, isn’t Lollapalooza happening that same weekend? Bien sûr, but many of the artists are hitting both, and bonus, Montreal is both international and beautiful. Read more...
Douglas Park, Chicago, IL
Chicago has Lollapalooza—and we all know it’s going to be a madhouse. The Second City also plays host to the biggest online music blog’s annual showcase, the Pitchfork Festival, which will offer some of indie rock’s biggest acts, attract a large crowd and is worthwhile. BUT, Riot Fest is celebrating its 15th year—and is pulling out all the stops. Read more...
Sept. 21 & 22
The Park at Harlinsdale, Franklin, TN
What would a festival preview be if we didn’t list one of the Tennessee variety? No, we don’t mean Bonnaroo. Or the Beale Street Music Festival (which is already past). We’re talking about the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tenn.—a mash-up of rock meets country meets soul. Franklin is a short 30-minute drive south of Nashville, and the festival is riding high in its fifth year.