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Attend These August Music Festivals Without Breaking the Bank

MONDAY // JULY 24, 2017

Summer may be approaching its last month, but that doesn’t mean the concerts have to end. Well, maybe not according to your wallet.

While festivals make us think of Coachella, Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, or Outsidelands, there are several other unique events that fit the end-of-Summer budget. What better way is there to end summer than taking a festival road trip? 

1. Project Pabst (21+)

A two-day festival at Portland’s Waterfront Park that combines art, food and music at a “non-festival” price. Another fun quirk includes an old school PBRcade, a hands on PBR Vandalism van art canvas, & PBR Wax, a recording studio that allows festival goers to record demos and take home a vinyl 45.

  • Where: Portland, OR
  • When: August 26-27
  • Lineup: Iggy Pop, Beck, Die Antwoord, Nas, Father John Misty, Spoon & more!
  • General Admission: 2-Day: $99; Saturday: $99; Sunday: $65

2.  Arise Music Festival

Arise Music Festival is located on a beautiful 100-acre mount valley on Sunrise Ranch that incorporates music, yoga, camping, workshops, theme camps, art galleries, activism & more.

  • Where: Loveland, Colorado
  • When: August 4-6
  • Lineup: Atmosphere, Tipper, Lettuce, Beats Antique, Ani, DiFranco, Rising Appalachia, The Expendables, Brother Ali, & more!
  • General Admission: 3-Day (includes walk-in camping): $229; 1-Day (Friday/Saturday/Sunday): $99

3.  MAHA Music Festival

This Midwest one-day festival is a nonprofit organization that has since drawn participants from 46 states. The festival celebrates other local nonprofits on festival grounds and on stage, providing attendees with a hands-on experience to fight for various causes such as mental health awareness. This festival is unique with its free parking, free water stations, only two smoking sections, and the ability to leave and return to the venue before 6:30 p.m.

  • Where: Omaha, Nebraska
  • When: August 19
  • Lineup: Run the Jewels, The Faint, Sleigh Bells, Belle and Sebastian, Built to Spill, The New Pornographers, Priests, Torres, High Up, Downtown Boys & The Hottman Sisters
  • General Admission: $55

4.  Das Energy Festival

 For electronic music lovers, this festival returns for its fifth year at The Great Saltair. The festival promotes high energy and dancing, featuring V2 Performers sure to inspire the crowd with dance.

  • Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • When: August 18-19
  • Lineup: Zedd, Knife Party, Diplo, Adventure Club, Claude Vonstroke, Getter & more!
  • General Admission: 2-Day: $115; 1-Day (Friday/Saturday): $70

6.  WE Fest

WE Fest has since become one of the biggest country music festivals in the country after its 1983 debut. WE Fest outshines other typical festival conditions with its venue development, including running water and on-site permanent restrooms. Perched on Soo Pass Ranch, WE Fest also offers 9,000 campsites on the shores of Lake Sallie.

  • Where: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • When: August 4-6
  • Lineup: Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson and more!
  • General Admission Price: 3-Day: $175; Single Day: $105

And if you’re still in festival mode this September…

7. Ohana Fest

 The Ohana Festival takes place where the grass meets the sand of Doheny State Beach with a killer view of the Pacific Ocean. This 3-day beach event offers craft beer, wine, cocktails, local restaurants and food trucks. To preserve our beaches, the festival actually donates part of its profits to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

  • Where: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California
  • When: September 8-10
  • Lineup: Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, Haim, The Naked and Famous, and more!
  • General Admission Price: 3-Day: $275; 1-Day (Friday/Saturday/Sunday): $99.50