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Best Music Festivals of the Summer

There is nothing like summer— it's the season where days become longer, nights grow warmer, skin becomes darker, and our hair gets lighter. Summer means outdoor activities, roof-top hangouts, barbecues, and—let's face it—all around better times. And certainly one of the most fun happenings of these warm inviting months is music-festival season!

It's that magical time when all of the music we’ve found and fallen in love with over the year can finally be enjoyed outside, in person, surrounded by other people who enjoy it just as much as we do. Here is Verily's national guide to the best festivals of the season.

Governors Ball - Randalls Island, NYC
June 79
A weekend filled with an amalgamation of sound, from Alt-J to MS MR all the way to Crystal Castles, this weekend fest is the perfect way to start off the summer.

Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
June 1316
For the more serious festival goers, a huge lineup that includes legends Billy Idol and Paul McCartney, ranging all the way to A-Trak and Charli XCX.

Vans Warped Tour - Various National Locations
June 15Aug 4
For our inner rebel punk, this is a fun filled day full of people of all ages and bands of all kinds.

Telluride Bluegrass Fest - Telluride, CO
June 2023
For the bluegrass and folk-hearted, this awesome lineup has Mumford & Sons, Feist, Dispatch and so many more.

Summerfest Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
June 26July 7
A week long music fest for those of us who are really ready to buckle down and enjoy some New Kids on the Block, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and oh so much more.

Camp Bisco - Mariaville, NY
July 1112
For our electronic based crowd, Camp Bisco is your go-to for killer DJ’s, serious light shows, and a super pumped up crowd.

Newport Folk Fest - Newport, RI
July 2628
A seriously amazing line up this year; including Father John Misty, Beck, and The Lumineers, this super laid back friendly festival is one you can bring your mother to.

Outside Lands - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Aug 911
A plethora of music on a beautiful grassy park, this weekend is filled with Vampire Weekend, Daughter, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I highly suggest tickets for this festival if you live on the west coast. Guaranteed good time.

And for those of us in the New York City area, keep an eye and ear out for shows right here in our backyard!

Williamsburg Park - Brooklyn, NY
Southstreet Seaport - 19 Fulton Street, New York, NY
Central Park Summer Stage - Central Park, New York, NY
Prospect Park - Brooklyn, NY
Surf Lodge - Montauk, NY

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