Summer’s heating up, and so is the national live music scene! We highly recommend making the most of your July by heading outdoors and enjoying one of these wonderful festivals.
Fillmore Jazz Festival (7/2/2016 – 7/3/2016) in San Francisco, California
Looking for a fun way to spend the long weekend? The theme of this year’s Fillmore Jazz Festival is (re) discovery, and it’s sure to make you look at jazz – and the City By The Bay – with fresh eyes. As always, it will welcome more than 100,000 music lovers to the famously curved street for outdoor entertainment.
Bar Harbor Music Festival (7/3/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Bar Harbor, Maine
Founded by violinist Francis Fortier in 1967, the Bar Harbor Music Festival remains a popular summer pastime to this day. Hailed as “A Beacon of Hope for Young Artists,” the month-long celebration serves to connect emerging musicians with potential mentors and patrons. Attendees, meanwhile, delight in a variety of musical genres as performed by both up-and-comers and international icons.
Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival (7/6/2016 – 7/10/2016) in Berthoud, Colorado
The annual festival presented by the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association (CROMA) is a beloved summer tradition now in its sixth year. It’s also the only old-time music festival in the Central Rockies – and it’s become so popular that the Association added a full day of music to the line-up in order to satisfy demand. If that doesn't pique your interest, we don’t know what will.
New Bedford Folk Festival (7/9/2016 – 7/10/2016) in New Bedford, Massachusetts
Now in its 21st year, the New Bedford Folk Festival continues to grow – and yet, it remains true to its mission to feature the best in contemporary, traditional and Celtic folk music. This year’s headliners include Rory Block, Livingston Taylor, Spuyten Duyvil, Melissa Ferrick and Kate Taylor, with about 70 other performers rounding up the lineup. The event will also have juried arts and crafts vendors throughout the historic district.
Mendocino Music Festival (7/9/2016 – 7/23/2016) in Mendocino, California
This festival features too much “Music on the Edge of the World” to fit into just a couple of days. In a 16,000-square-foot tent that seats 850 overlooking the Pacific Ocean, attendees will enjoy the finest classical, Latin, dance, bluegrass and chamber music along with breathtaking views and delicious picnic-style feasts.
Pitchfork Music Festival (7/15/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
This year’s lineup for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival is a study in today’s hottest independent artists; it features Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Brian Wilson, Digable Planets, Miguel, Neon Indian, and many more. The celebrated event will also have 50 individual vendors selling a wide range of items as well as specialty fairs that work to support local businesses and promote Chicago’s arts community.
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival (7/21/2016 – 7/24/2016) in Stevenson, Washington
Bringing some of the biggest stars in bluegrass to a famous stage, this annual event is always one to remember. Along with nightly dances, instrument contests, a guitar raffle, workshops for all ages and fantastic vendors, the festival will feature a lineup including Peter Rowan, Kathy Kallick, The Special Consensus, and other renowned acts.
W.C. Handy Music Festival (7/22/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Florence, Alabama
A weeklong celebration of Northwest Alabama’s rich musical heritage, this annual event serves as iconic tribute to an iconic figure: W.C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues.” Come see some of the greatest performers of the Tri-State area as you take in the sights, sounds and culture of the world-famous Muscle Shoals.
Wicker Park Festival (7/23/2016 – 7/24/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Dubbed “Chicago’s Best Street Festival of the Summer,” this is one fun-filled event the whole family can enjoy. It’s a vibrant celebration of one neighborhood’s rich musical heritage, nightlife and cuisine – and all attendees will be able to sample all three. Of course, we consider the music to be the main highlight – and after seeing over 30 bands perform on three stages, you might just agree.
Underground Music Showcase (7/28/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Denver, Colorado
One of Denver’s biggest summer music events, this festival packs over 400 performance sin 20 venues into just three days. This year’s lineup features Poliça, Thee Oh Sees, Allah Las and other emerging artists from around Denver and the country. There will also be drink specials, food vendors, and other reasons to join in the weekend of fun.
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Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (7/1/2016 – 7/2/2016) in Davenport, Iowa
High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival (7/7/2016 – 7/10/2016) in Westcliffe, Colorado
80/35 Music Festival (7/8/2016 – 7/9/2016) in Des Moines, Iowa
Master Musicians Festival (7/8/2016 – 7/9/2016) in Somerset, Kentucky
Rhythm on the River (7/8/2016 – 7/9/2016) in Longmont, Colorado
Newport Music Festival (7/8/2016 – 7/24/2016) in Newport, Rhode Island
Woody Guthrie Folk Music Festival (7/13/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Okemah, Oklahoma
California Worldfest (7/14/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Grass Valley, California
Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass Festival (7/15/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Colby, Kansas
Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Chicago (7/16/2016 – 7/17/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Moondance Jam Rock Festival (7/21/2016 – 7/23/2016) in Walker, Minnesota
Oregon Coast Music Festival (7/21/2016 – 7/30/2016) in Coos Bay, Oregon
Bear Valley Music Festival (7/22/2016 – 8/7/2016) in Bear Valley, California
Sounds & Sights Summer Festival (7/28/2016 – 7/30/2016) in Chelsea, Michigan
GuitarFish Music Festival (7/28/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Cisco Grove, California
RockyGrass Festival (7/29/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Lyons, Colorado
Evergreen Jazz Festival (7/29/2016 – 7/31/2016) in Evergreen, Colorado
Music in the Vineyards (7/29/2016 – 8/21/2016) in Napa Valley, California