Summer is in full swing, and with it the 2015 festival season – so no matter where in the country you are, consider it high time to enjoy some music-filled fun in the sun!
Here are our picks for the best music festivals happening this July:
Highberry Music Festival (7/2/2015 – 7/5/2015) in Ozark, Arkansas
Celebrate the 4th of July and the peak of the summer season with this laid-back but lively festival at the Byrds Adventure Center. The venue alone makes the event worth attending – it has beautiful campgrounds on 800 acres of land, full of majestic walking trails and spectacular vistas. Amid the Ozarks' scenic splendor, festival attendees may enjoy live performances by the likes of Railroad Earth, Earphunk The Schwag, The Grateful Dead Experience, and other great jam and tribute bands. Both single-day tickets and full weekend passes are available.
West Michigan Wine & Jazz Festival (7/2/2015 – 7/5/2015) in Montague, Michigan
Prefer to welcome summer over chilled glasses of Pinot Grigio? This elegant yet accessible jazz festival is for you. Along with three full days of live music by Checkers Morton, Xavier Davis Trio and more, this event will offer evening happy hours and dinners at various venues throughout Montague as well as a delicious jazz brunch on Sunday. Additionally, special theme nights will pair chocolate, wine and gourmet cheese while guests enjoy the smooth sounds of local jazz groups.
40th Annual 111th Street Stickball Music Festival (7/5/2015) in New York, New York
For a music festival to stick around for forty years, it has to be good – right? Well, this one is. While a highlight is definitely the annual stickball competition, which pits the country's best teams against one another in a classic street version of baseball, there will also be plenty for music lovers to enjoy. The main stage will host live performances covering everything from Latin salsa to R&B to soul, while organized games and vendors round out the wide range of offerings.
Newport Music Festival (7/10/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Newport, Rhode Island
Since 1969, this event has grown to become one that residents of Newport and the surrounding area wait all year long for. It offers the unique chance to listen to acclaimed chamber music in the famous Newport Mansions, as local millionaires lend their massive Neo-Classical and Baroque-style summer homes to a cultural cause. This year presents over 65 classical concerts in incredible ballroom and on perfectly manicured lawns, while other international artists play in impressive venues like The Great Hall of The Breakers. If you love chamber music or architecture or just a great party, you won't want to miss this event.
Sun Valley Music Festival (7/11/2015) in Alexandria, Kentucky
Free for children under age 12 and undoubtedly family-friendly, this is one festival that you can bring the whole brood to! It will be held at A.J. Jolly Park and will feature live bluegrass by Hickory Robot, the Comet Bluegrass Allstars, the Rail Splitters Empty Bottle String Band and other popular acts as attendees include tasty food items, ice-cold drinks (including beer) and vendors selling crafts and gifts. There will also be activities for children, and onsite camping for those looking to make a full weekend out of it.
Illinois Chamber Music Festival (7/12/2015 – 8/1/2015) in Bloomington, Illinois
Strings, piano, winds and harp are ready to come together at Illinois Wesleyan University to celebrate thirteen years of superior chamber music education. The program is designed for young musicians who wish to participate in intensive chamber music training, and the festival is a great way to see what these talented and enterprising young adults have been up to. Set up as a summer concert series, the festival offers 12 performances by faculty and students as well as guest artists from around the area. Best of all, each show is free and open to the public.
JulyFest Art & Music Festival (7/18/2015 – 7/19/2015) in Mentone, Alabama
First launched in 2012, this festival keeps getting bigger and better every year. The 2015 lineup includes David Lusk, Chris Hale, Elisha Tatum, Jess McClendon, and other fantastic acts including a headliner Saturday night performance by the Donna Hopkins Band. Attendees can expect to enjoy a delightful mix of blues, rock, roots and Americana music as well as booths showcasing the works of about 50 talented local artists and craftspeople.
13th Annual Edgewood Arts & Music Festival (7/24/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Edgewood, New Mexico
Brought to you by Wildlife West, this annual music festival features the best in local bluegrass, Western swing, Irish, singer/songwriter and other acoustic genres. The covered amphitheater and indoor venue provides plenty of comfortable seating, and you may also get up to tour the various workshops, contests, open jams and events taking place throughout the festival. Additionally, you are welcome to explore the zoo and other park features as you listen to musical Americana.
GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival (7/25/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Nashville, Indiana
By combining three of Nashville's favorite pastimes, this festival manages to offer something for everyone. It's just as much of an art and music festival as it is a beer fest, making this a truly one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy sampling and mingling with home-brewers and winemakers as you peruse booths filled with incredible art and listen to live music in the heart of Brown County. Don't want to leave at the end of the day? Don't! There will be onsite camping available, and festivities are sure to last until the wee hours.
31st Annual Reggae on the River (7/30/2015 – 8/2/2015) in Garberville, California
If you're a reggae fan, then you probably already know about this event – as it's officially the longest running reggae festival in the United States! Set on the banks of the majestic Eel River, it always delivers the best in reggae and world music to the hills of Humboldt County and attendees from across the country. This year's lineup includes Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Cham, Fortunate Youth, Tarrus Riley & Blak Soil, and a long list of other notable acts. Meanwhile, there will be over 60 vendors and on-profit booths, the ever-lively KidLandia, onsite camping, and more.
Didn't see what you're looking for? Try one of these great events happening in July:
– 25th Annual High Sierra Music Festival (7/2/2015 – 7/5/2015) in Quincy, California
– 4th of July Fireworks & Austin Symphony Orchestra (7/4/2015) in Austin, Texas
– KC RiverFest (7/4/2015) in Kansas City, Missouri
– Rock the Springs (7/4/2015) in Silver Springs, Florida
– New Bedford Folk Festival (7/4/2015 – 7/5/2015) in New Bedford, Massachusetts
– 4th Annual Island Reggae Festival (7/4/2015 – 7/5/2015) in San Jose, California
– New Hampshire Music Festival (7/7/2015 – 8/6/2015) in Plymouth, New Hampshire
– Square Roots (7/10/2015 – 7/12/2015) in Chicago, Illinois
– Equip The Sword Christian Music Festival (7/11/2015) in Inwood, West Virginia
– Music in the Mountains 29th Festival Season (7/12/2015 – 8/2/2015) in Durango, Colorado
– Frogtown Hollow Jam (7/17/2015 – 7/18/2015) in Columbus, Georgia
– RiverFest (7/17/2015 – 7/18/2015) in Bellevue, Nebraska
– Jazz and Rib Fest (7/17/2015 – 7/19/2015) in Columbus, Ohio
– NelsoNucka Country Music Festival (7/18/2015 – 7/19/2015) in Nelson, Nebraska
– Tullahoma Country Music Festival (7/24/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Tullahoma, Tennessee
For more information on fun festivals near you, visit Festivals.com – and be sure to keep following us here at HillTop Records as we bring you the latest news and updates from the American music industry!