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Premier Music Festivals Are Just a Drive Away

Road trips and music festivals go together in perfect harmony.

Don’t miss this summer’s best outdoor live music events! Grab your tickets, mark your calendars, cue up the perfect playlist and make sure you have a safe and reliable car to get you there.

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Newport Folk Festival

Newport, R.I.

July 26-28, 2024

Since 1959, folk devotees have been flocking to the Newport Folk Festival – and since 1985, they’ve been holding that festival in Fort Adams State Park. This historic festival is a celebration of folk music, featuring performers like Lana Del Rey, Jon Batiste & Friends, John Oates, Noah Kahan and more. Spend the days soaking up the sun and the best folk music around. Tickets are mostly sold out, but you still may be able to snag some with AAA Tickets.


Bethlehem, Pa.

Aug. 2-11, 2024

With 10 whole days of music, the super-sized Musikfest is the longest festival on the list. This festival offers a mix of free and ticketed music performances, art activities, street performers, comedians, dancers and so much more. You’ll never run out of things to do or music to hear.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Newport, R.I.

Aug. 2-4, 2024

The beloved Newport Jazz Festival has been going since the 1950s, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Head to Fort Adams State Park for three jam-packed days of jazz music. You’ll be able to catch performances by Andre 3000, Elvis Costello, Aja Monet and more.

Green River Festival

Greenfield, Mass.

Jun. 21-23, 2024

What began as a balloon fair in 1986 has evolved into a place for music giants to play and music lovers to enjoy (including kids!). The 2024 lineup includes names like Fleet Foxes, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bonny Light Horseman and many more.

Barefoot Country Music Fest

Wildwood, N.J.

Jun. 20-23, 2024

Get a little bit country at the Barefoot Country Music Festival right in Wildwood. This beachside festival is set to a soundtrack of country music and crashing waves. It all takes place right between Morey’s Piers, with fast access to boardwalk amenities and the sprawling beach. Festival-goers will enjoy artists including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, The Beach Boys, Hailey Whitters and more.

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Boston Calling

Boston, Mass.

May 24-26, 2024

This is one of the most popular music festivals in New England, and routinely attracts top talent for its Memorial Day weekend concerts. Huge headliners like Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Hozier and even Megan Thee Stallion will be performing this year between multiple stages at the Harvard Athletic Complex.

Governors Ball Music Festival

New York City

June 7-9, 2024

Governors Ball is the biggest music festival in New York City, and it definitely attracts some very big stars and performers who are at the top of their game across different genres. If you want to see some of the top talents in music, head on down to Flushing Meadows Corona Park this June.

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No list of the best music festivals in the Northeast is ever really complete. There’s too much good music up here! Did we miss your favorite festival? Tell us about it in the comments.

5 Thoughts on “Premier Music Festivals Are Just a Drive Away

  1. Why does CLASSICAL always get excluded? The Newport Classical Music Festival has been going on for more than half a century, and in its heyday Conte Nast Travel included it in its list of 100 Must Things to do during your lifetime. For the last 23 I can attest to the validity of that endorsement. And there are plenty of similar alternatives scattered throughout the country.

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