Best Summer Music Festivals of 2013

“Live music. It’s irreplaceable in our opinion. Even with your fancy 3D, HD TVs and your thundering surround sound, it doesn’t matter. Seeing music live is THE epitome of the music experience.” – Shannon Stewart

We couldn’t agree more. It isn’t a matter of will I attend a music festival this year, it’s a matter of which one will I attend. If you’re struggling on a decision too, check out this great list from Fuse TV contributor Shannon Stewart of the 20 Best Music Festivals of 2013 which includes the pros and cons of each. The cost of attending a music festival may be another factor in your decision so we got out our calculators and punched the numbers to determine which summer festivals are the most affordable. With Stewart’s grounds synopsis, crowd overview, and other entertainment options breakdown combined with Razorgator’s cost analysis – you should have all the tools necessary to make a decision on which festival to attend this Summer.

Sasquatch Festival Tickets


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The Sasquatch Festival is known for its diverse musical lineup and stunning backdrop. But it will cost you. An all-weekend pass to Sasquatch is more expensive than any other festival this summer. One reason that Sasquatch Festival tickets may be pricey is because ‘all-weekend’ is good for four days – May 24 through May 27.

Sasquatch Festival Tickets Avg. Price
Gorge Amphitheater
Quincy, WA, All Weekend Pass


Bonnaroo Music Festival Tickets


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Bonnaroo has always hosted a very eclectic roster of artists. The 2013 Bonnaroo lineup is no different featuring Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, Passion Pit and The Lumineers. Taking place Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16, Bonnaroo goers – like Sasquatch attendees – will take part in four days of action. Bonnaroo Music Festival tickets however carry a much cheaper price tag, averaging $190 less for an all-weekend pass than Sasquatch tickets.

Bonnaroo Music Festival Tickets Avg. Price
Manchester Farm
Manchester, TN, All Weekend Pass


Warped Tour Tickets


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The Vans Warped Tour is essentially a traveling music festival which makes it unique from the others discussed in this blog. That said, Warped tour tickets are the cheapest of the eight summer music festivals we studied averaging $83 a ticket. The most expensive stop on tour is Holmdel, NJ (avg. $223). The cheapest stop on tour is Darien Center, NY (avg. $51). The Warped Tour begins June 15 in Auburn, WA and concludes August 4 in Houston, TX.

Vans Warped Tour Tickets Avg. Price
White River Amphitheatre
Auburn, WA, June 15, 2013
Portland Metropolitan Expo Center
Portland, OR, June 16, 2013
Sleep Train Amphitheatre-Chula Vista
Chula Vista, CA, June 19, 2013
Pomona, CA, June 20, 2013
Pomona, CA, June 21, 2013
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA, June 22, 2013
Seaside Park-CA
Ventura, CA, June 23, 2013
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM, June 26, 2013
Quail Run Park-AZ
Mesa, AZ, June 27, 2013
Utah State Fair Grounds
Salt Lake City, UT, June 29, 2013
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Denver, CO, June 30, 2013
Klipsch Music Center
Noblesville, IN, July 3, 2013
Molson Amphitheatre
Toronto, ON, July 5, 2013
Darien Lakes Six Flags
Darien Center, NY, July 6, 2013
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ, July 7, 2013
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA, July 9, 2013
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, MD, July 10, 2013
Comcast Center-MA
Mansfield, MA, July 11, 2013
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ, July 12, 2013
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY, July 13, 2013
Comcast Theatre-CT
Hartford, CT, July 14, 2013
Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA, July 16, 2013
First Niagara Pavilion
Burgettstown, PA, July 17, 2013
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH, July 18, 2013
Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI, July 19, 2013
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL, July 20, 2013
Canterbury Park
Shakopee, MN, July 21, 2013
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre-KS
Bonner Springs, KS, July 23, 2013
Verizon Wireless-MO
Maryland Heights, MO, July 24, 2013
Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Atlanta, GA, July 25, 2013
Vinoy Park
St. Petersburg, FL, July 26, 2013
Cruzan Amphitheater
West Palm Beach, FL, July 27, 2013
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Orlando, FL, July 28, 2013
Verizon Wireless-NC
Charlotte, NC, July 29, 2013
Riverbend Amphitheatre-OH
Cincinnati, OH, July 30, 2013
Marcus Amphitheatre
Milwaukee, WI, July 31, 2013
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, TX, August 2, 2013
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX, August 3, 2013
Reliant Stadium Parking Lot
Houston, TX, August 4, 2013


Electric Daisy Carnival Tickets

Although Stewart focuses on the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, we broke down the cost for the Carnival in New York (May 17-18), Chicago (May 24-26), and Las Vegas (June 21-23). Both the Chicago and Vegas stops are three day events, while New York is two. Electric Daisy Carnival tickets are most expensive in Las Vegas averaging $702 for an all-weekend pass, more than Chicago and New York combined.

Electric Daisy Carnival Tickets Avg. Price
Citi Field
Flushing, NY, All Weekend Pass
Chicagoland Motor Speedway
Joliet, IL, All Weekend Pass
Las Vegas Speedway
Las Vegas, NV, All Weekend Pass


Newport Folk Festival


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Water taxis? Yes, please. The Newport Folk Festival is taking place July 26 – 28 this summer. If you choose to not purchase an all-weekend pass, Newport Folk Festival tickets are cheapest on Friday and most expensive on Saturday. The lineup Saturday includes: The Avett Brothers, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Father John Misty, and Justin Townes Earle among others. Buying an all-weekend pass will save you an average of $215.

Newport Folk Festival Avg. Price
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI, All Weekend Pass
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI, July 26, 2013
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI, July 27, 2013
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI, July 28, 2013


Lollapalooza Tickets


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We talk extensively about 2013 Lollapalooza tickets in a recent blog post. Since the post was written, the average cost of an all-weekend pass has fallen $88, now averaging $432 on the secondary market. Last year the average ticket to Lollapalooza was $350 two weeks before the festival.

Lollapalooza Tickets Avg. Price
Grant Park
Chicago, IL, All Weekend Pass
Grant Park
Chicago, IL, August 2, 2013
Grant Park
Chicago, IL, August 3, 2013
Grant Park
Chicago, IL, August 4, 2013


Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Tickets


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Attention foodies! Outside Lands is known for its diverse food just as much as it is for the music. According to F1rst to Know, Outside Land tickets holders will have access to Northern California’s culinary delights through “A Taste of the Bay Area,” “Beer Lands” and “Wine Lands,” which showcases 45 of the best local eateries, breweries and over 30 of the top regional wineries. Set in Golden State Park, the festival is its sixth year. The 2013 lineup includes: Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and Phoenix Kaskade.

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Tickets Avg. Price
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA, All Weekend Pass


Budweiser Made in America Festival Tickets


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Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Deadmau5 and Phoenix are set to headline the second-annual Budweiser Made in America Festival August 31 – September 1 in Philadelphia. The lineup curated by Jay-Z includes a wide range of acts from several genres. Budweiser Made in America Festival tickets are relatively cheap compared to other Summer festivals. By purchasing an all-weekend pass to the two-day festival, you’ll save an average of $88.

Budweiser Made in America Festival Tickets Avg. Price
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA, All Weekend Pass
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA, August 31, 2013
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2013
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