For as much as they criticize it, the folks over at Pitchfork appear to actually like music, and their annual festival is proof. A great alternative to Lolla, Pitchfork continues to feature big-time names with much smaller crowds. Just make sure to apply your hipster-screen liberally.


The problem with Austin – as any native will tell you – is that it isn’t a secret anymore, and neither are its two premier music events (ACL Fest & SXSW). Enter Fun Fun Fun Fest. Established in 2006, it considers itself “one of the most relaxed, creative, and pioneering festivals in music today,” and we whole-heartedly agree. For now.


Let’s face it, just about everything moves a little slower in the Northwest. And though it’s technically North America’s largest arts festival, Bumbershoot always keeps things chill – all while featuring one of the more unique lineups of the season.


The world’s largest music festival, according to Guinness World Records, this 45-year old festival stretches between 11 stages for 11 days. One of the more family friendly festivals of the season, participants can even take a break from the music to enjoy some time along the 75-acre lake it sits on.


With its minimal corporate sponsorships and capacity of only 7,000, Pickathon is more of an anti-festival than anything else. Nestled in the surreal surroundings of Happy Valley, Oregon, the organizers of Pickathon have even solved the problem of overlap, as almost every act plays two sets over the course of the weekend.