Coachella is over, which means music festival season is in full swing. Many music fans are already planning their trip to Chicago for this year’s Lollapalooza or buying their camping gear and flip-flops for Bonnaroo, but we think it’s time to take a look at a few of the more under-the-radar festivals.
Some of these fests will connect you to your surroundings, whether it’s the beaches of the Gulf Shore for Hangout Fest or the best local eats at Brooklyn’s Great Googa Mooga. Others will take you to unlikely locations, like the Gorge in Quincy, Washington for Sasquatch or the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeast Ohio for Nelsonville Music Fest.
Here’s our list of 10 festivals that should be on your radar (if they’re not already) for this summer and many summers to come.
Sweetlife Festival – May 11 – Columbia, Maryland
This one-day festival mixes music and food, but prides itself on its do-gooderness. Held by Sweetgreen, Washington, D.C. eatery started by three friends in 2007, the fest gives back to the local community by teaching them about the importance of healthy eating and green living. Now in its third year, the fest is preaching sustainability by keeping things carbon neutral, offsetting the power generated at Sweetlife through the use of solar panels on their main stage, which will feature performances from Phoenix, Passion Pit and Kendrick Lamar. In order to keep the Merriweather Post Pavillion clean, they’re stressing the motto “no bottle or cup left behind.” As incentive, they’re even asking fans to trade in their recyclables from the festival for Sweetlife swag like custom sunglasses, a festival poster or a skateboard.
Hangout Fest – May 17,18 & 19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama
Find a spot under a palm tree, perhaps next to a turtle, and just relax to the sweet sounds of this eclectic three-day festival. This year’s fest boasts headliners like the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder and Kings Of Leon. The lineup also features acts of every genre from Baauer and his “Harlem Shake” to Trey Anastasio and his jam band ways. Did we mention that you’d be watching all of this go down while lounging on a white sandy beach? Not a bad way to spend a weekend.