Six Outdoor Music Festivals You Can't Miss This Summer
Whether you love the twang of bluegrass or the bright beats of pop tunes, there's a music festival somewhere in the United States that's made just for you. Those that take place outdoors over the sunny summer months are particularly alluring. Nestled among beautiful landscapes with breathtaking views, these events are a destination all their own. Plus, attending one is typically associated with a number of fun perks, including delicious festival fare and treats like local craft beers.
Some are meant to be enjoyed all season long, while others are heading to town for a single night only; a few are friendly for the whole family. Read on for our editors' picks for outdoor musical festivals you won't want to miss this summer.
Echoes Through the Canyon
Spread a blanket on the Gorge Amphitheatre terraced lawn in George, Washington, to hear female forces like Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, and Neko Case. Attendees can choose to camp in nearby campgrounds the night before the concert, which will be held on June 1. For more information and tickets, visit georgeamphiteater.com.
Symphony in the Flint Hills
This breathtaking site helps event organizers build awareness for tallgrass prairies in the heart of the American midlands. Put on by a nonprofit organization, the event features a live performance from the Kansas City Orchestra on June 15, and this year's gathering will take place underneath a sky full of stars in Bazaar, Kansas. For more information and tickets, visit symphonyintheflinthills.org.
Keller in the Caverns
Deep underground-approximately 333 feet under the earth-in Pelham, Tennessee, the Cumberland Caverns plays host to a lively festival that spans the third weekend in June. You'll find performances by many folk and bluegrass artists, headlined by Keller Williams, and can purchase encompassing packages to explore the caverns and much more in the area surrounding Chattanooga. For more information and tickets, visit thecaverns.com.
Located on the original site of the iconic Woodstock festival, in Bethel Woods, New York, Mountain Jam offers the chance to catch acts including Willie Nelson and the Avett Brothers in the second weekend of June. For more information and tickets, visit mountainjam.com.
Denver's Jeep Summer Series
Red Rocks is one of the world's only naturally-occurring amphitheater and is home to some pretty outstanding acoustics. Some of the biggest names in music have appeared here, including The Beatles, U2, and Sting, on a stage that consists of two massive 300-foot rocks and sandstone. Situated in the heart of Red Rock Park, which provides vista views of the Denver area, this outdoor stadium seats more than 10,000 people. Over the summer, the amphitheater hosts hundreds of artists appearing live-the Avett Brothers will appear three nights in a row starting on July 5 to celebrate Independence Day. For more information and tickets, visit redrocksonline.com.
Santa Fe Opera
Nestled in a mountain range in New Mexico, the Crosby Theater is a natural marvel: the open-air theater features a complex roof that captures rainwater while also accentuating acoustics below. There are plenty of opera performances to catch during the company's season, which spans from early July into late August, with a premiere performance of La Bohéme on June 28. For more information, tickets, and a full schedule visit santafeopera.org.