10 Music Festivals You Can Actually Afford to Attend


California dreamin’ on a Tennessee budget? As tempting as it may be to charge your AmEx for $429 Coachella tickets, you know as well as we do, the costs don’t stop there! (Check out this article for a thorough rundown of what it really costs to go to Coachella this year.) So, we’ve got a better solution for you– why not check out a smaller, more local festival for half the price and twice the fun?! Ok… measuring fun isn’t an exact science, but you’ll just have to check ’em out, and see for yourself!

Music festivals are just as much about the experience as they are about the jams, so ultimately, if you’re looking for good music, good food, and a scenic backdrop for Instagram-worthy selfies, well then, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite, more affordable music festivals that are sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience, for less than half of the price of general admission passes to Coachella!

Check out our picks…

West Palm Beach, FL — May 3–6
Performing: Pitbull, Zedd, Logic, Nick Jonas, RaeSremmurd
4-Day Pass: $81-$92

Details: https://www.sunfest.com

Beale Street Music Festival
Memphis, TN — May 4–6
Performing: Odesza, Logic, Post Malone, Tyler the Creator, Incubus
3-Day Pass: $165

Details: http://www.memphisinmay.org/events/beale-street-music-festival/

Shaky Knees Festival
Atlanta, GA — May 4–6
Performing: Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National
3-Day Pass: $189

Details: https://www.shakykneesfestival.com/

Shaky Beats Music Festival
Atlanta, GA — May 11–13
Performing: Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd
3-Day Pass: $179

Details: https://www.shakybeatsfestival.com/

Summer Camp Festival
Chillicothe, IL — May 25–27
Performing: Diplo, Umphrey’s McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Tycho
3-Day Pass: $229 (this is slightly higher than half, but here’s where we draw the line! Still beats, $429!)

Details: http://summercampfestival.com/

Forecastle Festival
Louisville, KY — July 13–15
Performing: Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse
3-Day Pass: $169.59-$189.50

Details: https://forecastlefest.com/

Sloss Fest
Birmingham, AL — July 14–15
Performing: Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Griz, Arcade Fire
2-Day Pass: $130

Details: https://slossfest.com/

Pitchfork Music Festival
Chicago, IL — July 20–22
Performing: Tame Impala, Lauryn Hill, DRAM, Fleet Foxes
3-Day Pass: $175

Details: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

Seattle, WA — Aug 31- Sept 2
Performing: TBD
3-Day Pass: $150-$199

Details: https://www.bumbershoot.com/

Pilgrimage Festival
Franklin, TN — Sept 22–23
Performing: Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Hozier
3-Day Pass: $185-$235

Details: https://pilgrimagefestival.com/

Don’t see your favorite on our list? Let us know in the comments below, and we will check it out and update our list if it fits the bill! And if you found a new dream destination (either to attend or just dream about!), show us some love– in the comments below!