Submitted Date 01/13/2020

Music festivals are grand experiences for the eyes and ears. A hub that combines music, food, culture and creates a communicative experience. A concert is a single event that is memorable and special, whereas a festival pulls dozens of acts together on different stages through one venue. Attendees can witness several concerts in one weekend. Each show offers something new and unique. Enjoy food from various vendors, craft beer, and custom spirits. There's art everywhere you look. Walking through one of these wonderlands can cost quite a bit, and each festival offers something different. I've rallied some festivals that go beyond expectations. These festivals deliver fun, food, art, and most importantly music in a beautiful way. They pay attention to the details and are constantly evolving. Save your money for a festival that is worth your time.


Governor's Ball


Gov Ball Shenanigans


Randall's Island Park New York, NY
June 5-7 2020
3-day regular admission $315 + fees
3-day VIP $730 + fees

The Governor's Ball turns 10 this year. During the festival's first summer the venue was surrounded by old abandoned buildings. This summer the festival honors its humble roots and relishes in their glow-up. Over the decade the lineups have featured artists like Weird Al Yankovic, The War On Drugs, Lana Del Ray, Matt and Kim, Two Door Cinema Club, Post Malone, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Eminem.

Besides the awesome music buzzing in your ears, it's summertime in NY so you're going to find ice cream piled high in waffle cones. There's lunch and dinner available at various food trucks. In its 10th year, the Gov Ball is putting more energy into keeping the grounds clean. This year they promise to have more receptacles for garbage and recycling. There are going to be more water stations so everyone can stay hydrated in the summer heat. Bathrooms on day 3 are a scary place. The Gov' Ball team is promising dedicated attendees in the bathroom to make sure things stay tidy, hygienic and stocked.


Austin City Limits



Austin City Limits Music Festival


Austin City, TX @ Zilker Park
Oct 2-4 and Oct 9-11
3-day General Admission $260

3 Day General Admission + $500

The Austin City Limits music festival is quickly gaining popularity in the southwest. ACL occurs during two separate weekends. Each weekend is a different line-up so it's hard to pick just one weekend that's the best for you. Fill your ears with music from the artists you fly to see, and local ones that are forging their path. Stuff your face with the flavors of Austin. ACL Eats features menus from Flyrite Chicken, Sholz Garten, and Southside Flying Pizza. There are flavorful options for every palate. The festival features local artists and shops that showcase authentic style. Austin City Limits music festival caters to kids. Festivals aren't just for the young adults, ACL welcomes everyone that shares an appreciation for art and music. Find the drum zone, punk hairdoos, and Hip Hop House party at Austin Kiddie Limits during your weekend.

2020's line-up has yet to be posted but previous line-ups include artists such as Lizzo, James Blake, Lany, Hippie Sabotage, Troyboi, and others like Billie Eilish, and Childish Gambino.


Ultra Music Festival


Ultra Music Festival


Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami, FL
March 20-22 2020
General Admission 3-Day Pass $ 399.95
VIP 3-Day Pass $1499.95

Ultra was founded in 1999 and has continued to grow with the electronic dance music genre. Festivals are meant to be immersive experiences, and Ultra takes the natural wonder of Downtown Miami Florida and Biscayne Bay. Every stage is produced specifically to entertain and stun audiences. Experience unique light shows and firework displays that accompany unstoppable beats.

Wander through the park and watch live-painting presentations. Each day the piece is closer to completion. Interact with art displays and enjoy all the sights and sounds.

Sustainability is an important matter to Ultra, which is why they have enacted the "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy works to reduce the supply of single-use plastics and leave the park clean and free of debris during the crazy weekend.

This year's headliners include artists such as Major Lazer, Flume, and Gesaffelstein.

Hangout Music Festival


Hangout Music Festival



Gulf Shores Alabama
May 15-17 2020
Big Kahuna and Cabanas may still be available

The Hangout Music Festival has everything you need for a monumental weekend hang. Party on the beach all weekend long in Alabama with live music performances, and tons of food. Start your morning on the dewy grass with some meditative poses during the free yoga session. Once your stretched and ready to rock, head over to the roller disco arena. Roller skate to live music in the background while the sun shines. Want to get a bird's eye view of the festival? Check out the Ferris wheel. Take in the breathtaking views of the beach and every stage. Feeling hungry, The Hangout has you covered. Sip some sweet cocktails with those tiny umbrellas, or grab some real food at one of their many restaurants.

This year's line-up features names like Lana Del Ray, Doja Cat, Marshmellow, Post Malone, and T-Pain. The weekend always delivers spectacular performances and more. Get some tickets where ever you can find them. The Hangout Music Festival features their "Do The Right Thing" store where you can unload recyclable items and redeem them for merch and other prizes. The person that returns the most recyclable items is handed TWO GA tickets for next year's festival! A savings of at least $800.00.


Shaky Knees Music Festival



Shaky Knees Music Festival


Central Park, Atlanta Georgia
May 1-3 2020
3-Day GA $195.00
3-Day VIP $ 765.00

The Shaky Knees Music Festival started in 2013 and is all about music that hits hard and sounds incredible. The festival combines loud live music, with authentic southern barbecue eats. This year the line-up includes artists like The Black Keys, The Strokes, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Front Bottoms, The Darkness, Porches and Gerry Cinnamon.

Stuff your face with delicious food from all over the park. Shaky Knees offers a menu that suits anyone's tastebuds. Past food vendors featured at the festival include Humpty's Dumplings, Roti Rolls and Wheelie's Tiny Donuts.





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Ashley Aker


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