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Best Festivals to Visit This Summer

"Funflation," a new name for the rising costs in the entertainment industry, is sweeping the United States. Increasing ticket demands are pushing prices up, making it almost impossible for consumers to see their favorite artists at a reasonable value. Additionally, an influx of reselling allows consumers to profit off of ticket sales, resulting in ticket prices skyrocketing over the previously high prices. 

Festivals offer somewhat of a solution to the high prices of entertainment. Combining multiple big artists at one location, attendees can purchase fairly priced tickets for a multiple-day event. For a pricier festival such as Lollapalooza, the lowest priced tickets are $350 for a four-day event. If an attendee listens to five artists each day, the total comes out to be $17.5 per artist, immensely cheaper than a concert ticket. 


Comparing different genres and overall experiences, the list below encompasses some of the top festivals this summer. If none of the festivals below resonate, Music Festival Wizard has hundreds of festival options sorted by genre, date, and location.


Electric Daisy Carnival (May 17-19): EDC, an electronic dance festival in Las Vegas, is renowned for its unique art and light displays. With artists such as Afrojack, Alok, and Christ Lake among the over 200 performers, EDC has many options. Three-day experiences start at $379.  


CMA Festival (June 6-9): CMA Fest attracts country music lovers to Nashville, Tennessee, to watch their favorite artists perform. Last year, artists such as Luke Combs, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban headlined. Four-day stage passes start at just under $300; however, there are free shows all four days during the festival's daytime. 


Summer Smash Festival (June TBD): For fans of hip-hop and R&B, Summer Smash is the perfect music experience in Bridgeview, Illinois. Last year, Playboy Carti, Future, and Kid Cudi were featured as headliners. Three-day passes usually cost around $350, and one-day passes often start around $150.


Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (June 13-16): Taking place on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is the perfect festival for those who love being outdoors as one of the most popular ways to attend Bonnaroo is by camping on the premises. Last year's lineup included Noah Kahan, Odesza, and the Foo Fighters. However, Bonnaroo is on the pricier end, with four-day plans starting at $410. 


Newport Folk Festival (July 26-28): Focusing on folk music specifically, the three-day festival in Newport, Rhode Island, attracts thousands across the U.S. This festival has had artists such as Lana del Ray, Noah Kahan, Maggie Rogers, and The Backseat Lovers. The three-day admission price has been around $270 in the past, with one-day prices being just over $100.


Lollapalooza (August 1-4): A four-day festival located in Chicago, Illinois, that ranges in music from rock to pop music. Last year, headliners included artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tomorrow X Together. Four-day ticket prices start at $350, and single-day admission is usually around $125.


Outside Lands (August 9-11): Combining music, food, and art, Outside Lands embraces the Bay Area experience, taking place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, With artists such as Kendrick Lamar, The 1975, and Megan The Stallion, this festival encompasses multiple genres. The three-day passes start at $359.

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