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JUNE 29-JULY 2 & JULY 4-9, 2017
Summerfest will celebrate 50 years of the golden tradition of bringing the world to Milwaukee to rock out at Henry Maier Festival on the shores of Lake Michigan. This year’s celebration of summer will include posters, banners, and vintage memorabilia for festival goers and fans to explore the history of Summerfest, from its ‘founding fathers’ to revisiting some of the iconic performances from the past.
Check out the full lineup for Summerfest 2017!
There is no shortage of food at Summerfest, every year the festival releases a list of anticipated food and beverage vendors who are ready to sell and promote some of their most exclusive dishes. Last year some of the specialties included a deep-friend old -fashioned from Trinity Three Irish Pub, Falafel Curry Tacos from Vegabond, Prime Rib Chili Cheese Tater Tots from Ward’s House of Prime, and many more. Still thinking about where you want to start your food journey once you enter? Check out some reviews from the folks who ate all the new food at Summerfest.
Even if you’re planning on stepping away from the festival a bit and visit some attractions around Milwaukee, you can take a visit to the Harley- Davidson Museum, or the Mitchell Park Conservatory aka “The Domes”.
The 11 days of Summerfest are filled with a musical with over 800 acts and 1000 performances, so it’s basically impossible to leave this festival without having some amazing experiences. Some of the headlines include, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deerhoof, Luke Bryan, Pink, The Chainsmokers, Future, and many more.
Summerfest is held at 639 E. Summerfest Place Milwaukee, WI 53202.
2Pitchfork Music Festival
JULY 14-16, 2017
Summertime in Chi-town’s Union Park always sounds like a good idea, and when there will be a festival full of hottest artists performing their chart-topping hits. Pitchfork has dedicated their platform to providing reviews and news for all things music, and this year’s lineup will be just as exciting and iconic as the past years.
Check out the line up for the 2017 Pitchfork festival.
Pitchfork takes their food vendor lineup just as serious as their performers. Last year’s grub included some top tier treats including a gelato donut sandwich from Black Dog Gelato or Nachomale from Dia De Los Tamales.
Step away from the music and take some time to explore the wonderful city of Chicago, whether it’s visiting the Shedd Aquarium or visiting The Bean to get your perfect selfies to post on social media, Chi-Town is full of adventures. Click here for more cool places to explore in Chicago.
Experience the Saint Heron House, per Pitchfork, the house will include a multidisciplinary experience featuring an onsite art installation, film screening, artist talks, late night jazz jam sessions. Saint Heron is a platform created by Solange Knowles “designed to give new and ingenious artists a space to create their music and circulate their art”.
The Pitchfork Music Festival is held at Union Square located @ 1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606. Best of all, it's less than 2 miles from the Greyhound Bus Station!
3Newport Folk Festival
JULY 28-30, 2017
Fort Adams State Park located in Newport, RI is the home of the Newport Folk Festival. The festival attracts thousands of folk and jazz-lovers that are prepared to celebrate music in any form, whether it’s dancing or being moved to tears.
Check out the line up for the 2017 festival.
Their food vendor list is extensive as their musical lineup. You can get a taste of today’s catch from 401 Oyster Bar or stuff you face with a brisket sandwich from Binge BBQ. Look at last year’s full food list here.
Newport houses one of the top vacation spots in New England. Sail Newport, take a tour of the historic mansions, or go shopping. Take some time to explore and make the city your playground.
The late Chuck Berry was would have celebrated his 90th birthday this year, before his untimely passing, the festival, his family, and record label were collaborating to celebrate his birthday. The birthday celebration has is now a Tribute to Chuck and his legacy as the Father of rock n’ roll.
The Newport Folk Festival is held in Fort Adams State Park located @84 Fort Adams Dr, Newport, RI 02840.
AUGUST 3-6, 2017
Chicago transitions into a musical hub throughout the summer for multiple festivals and tour stops. Lollapalooza is next up to produce a musical euphoria in festival form by providing an all-star lineup of artists for music lovers enjoy for a weekend in Grant Park, Chicago.
Check out the full lineup for Lollapalooza 2017!
Lollapalooza’s designated food area is named “Chow Town”, which is a clear indicator of what to expect upon arrival, is completely curated by celebrity chef and Chicago native Graham Elliot. Chow Town features the city’s favorite and famous restaurants. Click here for the full list of food.
Stop and shop at the Lolla Market! Throughout the festival, the market will be the place to visit to purchase merchandise, as well as getting an autograph from your favorite Lolla artists. There’s a glam station with a style squad and freshen up your look with hair braiding, temporary tattoos and more. Click here for the full list of shopping options at the Lolla Market.
The festival not only has a lineup featuring Chicago native Chance The Rapper, but there will also be a aftershows and afterparties with more than 55 performances and 110 artists. Don’t worry, there’s no list you need to be on, the schedule is readily available for you to keep the party going past the festival. Peep the aftershow schedule here.
5Hot August Nights
AUGUST 8-13, 2017
Every August the streets of Reno, NV are filled with fans seeking a that feeling of nostalgia while watching a line of classic cars cruise down the street while the car owners bask in the moment. Hot August Nights has been a tradition in Reno since 1986, from drag racing and burnouts to the cup competition, and the events are happening this year August 8th-13th.
Reno, NV has some mouthwatering dishes and a vast selection of restaurants to choose from. Click here for a list of 15 restaurants that will blow your taste buds.
The Hot August Nights Cup is one of the biggest prize purses in the country, it’s presented to the winners of the Show-N-Shine competition. The winners will receive over $100,000 in cash and prizes, but only an elite 50 one-of-a kind cars will have shot to win big.
Hot August Nights is held in Reno @ 1425 E Greg St, Sparks, NV 89431.
6Outside Land Music & Arts Festival
San Francisco, CA
AUGUST 11-13, 2017
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is celebrating 10 years of being the world’s original gourmet music festival. The festival is held at San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park and it’s guaranteed to bring out best of the Bay area. Outside Lands has been known to bring out the best artists of the year, and the anticipation for this year’s headliners is building by the day.
Check out the full lineup for Outside Land 2017!
Outside Lands guarantees next level festival food, with over 79 food vendors to choose from, there’s no excuse to not gain a few pounds while you’re there. Click here to look at the take of the Bay Area.
Enjoy the park attractions, take a stroll through the botanical garden, Japanese Tea Garden, or the conservatory of flowers.
The 10-year celebration of Outside Lands and the music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy that comes with it will be epic. The lineup has legends from all genres of music ready to hit the stage and slat the scene. Click here to get your tickets.
The Outside Land Music and Arts Festival is held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.
7Made in America Festival
SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2017
Every Labor Day weekend Philadelphia transforms their historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a musical mania for Budweiser’s Made In America Festival. The festival is completely curated by Jay-Z, and it’s his way of bringing music and culture together. This year’s lineup hasn’t been announced, but previously Rihanna, Pharrell, Coldplay, Kanye West, and J. Cole have graced the stage.
Click here for a full lineup for Made in America 2017.
Catch some of Philly’s best food trucks while you’re on town! Not sure who’s the best, where to start, or who to try? There will be a designated food truck area, but just in case you want to study your options, click here!
The festivals and its performances are enough to keep you entertained for the entire weekend. If you need a story to prove it, click here to see this patron’s experience in gifs.
Made in America Festival is held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA.
8Austin City Limits Music Festival
OCTOBER 6-8 & OCTOBER 13-15, 2017
For two consecutive three-day weekends, over 110 bands and plenty of fans hit Zilker Park in Austin, TX for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. ACL makes a promise to provide lots of music, the best bites in town, and local love. Usually big festivals are synonymous with an even bigger cleanup, buy “local love” is all about keeping the city clean and collaborating with community organizations to improve and save lives.
Check out the full lineup for the Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017!
ACL Eats Food Court describes itself as “far from funnel cake & turkey legs” and from the looks of the past vendors, and selfies of festival goers eating themselves into a food coma, there will be plenty of options to eat from the cities best restaurants. Prepare your pallet and plan to empty your pockets, click here to view some of the past vendors in attendance.
Take a step beyond the music and find some of the freebies, interactive activities, and a time to have a seat and rest up.
The art market leaves you open to purchase anything from posters to cowboy boots. The market has a host of local, national, and world-recognized artisans with goods ready for purchase.
Experience as many bands as possible! There will be 8 stages and over 110 bands, make a ACL Bucket List and attempt to rock out to as many genres and artists as you can.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is held at 2100 Barton Springs Rd in Austin, TX 78746.