6 Local Music Festivals That'll Make This Summer The Best One Yet

It's finally time to celebrate the arrival of summer festival season! But not to worry if you're missing out on the big-name fests this year: There'll be plenty of jamming-out just a few hours from the District. From the truly epic (think Beyoncé in Philly) to the small-but-charming (bluegrass in rural Virginia, anyone?), we've got the ultimate list. So, get your credit card handy — you're going to want a ticket, stat.
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Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nine Inch Nails, Deadmau5. Need we say any more about the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philly? Okay,fine — it's curated by Jay-Z. Marking your calendar yet?

August 31 through September 1 in Philadelphia. $150 for a two-day pass.


Photo: Courtesy of Budweiser Made In America
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Front Porch Fest is a small, low-key festival held on a farm in the middle of Virginia's rolling green country. If you want to kick back, relax, and listen to roots music (like Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Dangermuffin, both slated to play this year), you'll dig this fest.

August 30 through September 1 in Stuart, VA. Tickets are $15-$150.


Photo: Courtesy of Front Porch Fest
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This is the second year for Dover's buzzy Firefly Music Festival. With new faves like The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, and Azealia Banks sharing the bill with music legends Tom Petty and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this year's festival looks to be even better than the inaugural event. We give organizers bonus points for offering "glamping" (a.k.a. air-conditioned safari tents!) this year, too.

June 21 through 23 in Dover, Delaware. Single-day passes are $98.


Photo: Courtesy of Firefly Festival
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Fun fact: The nation's largest, annual, free arts festival happens just up the road in Baltimore. Artscape is one of the best ways to see art, hear music, and eat tasty street food. We love roaming the pretty Bolton Hill neighborhood, browsing handmade goods, and grooving to the sounds of (for this year, at least) The Wailers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and an array of local and regional bands.

July 19 through 20 in Baltimore. Free.


Photo: Courtesy of Artscape
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Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, FloydFest's decidedly country/Americana bent gets bigger and better this year, with performers like Gogol Bordello, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and newcomer Megan Jean and the KFB. Activities at the festival include kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking — all offered by festival organizers.

July 25 through 28 in Floyd, VA. Tickets range from $180 to $250 for two-, three- and four-day passes.


Photo: Courtesy of Floyd Fest
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Boho rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are headlining the one-day Hot August Blues & Roots festival this year. Located in Oregon Ridge Park, just north of Baltimore, this blues-y shindig is always one of our favorite festivals of the summer.

August 17 in Cockeysville, MD. $49 for a one-day pass.


Photo: Courtesy of Hot August Blues & Roots
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