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June 03, 2011

Top Ten Summer Music Festivals

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VENUE WITH A VIEW: Ben Harper performs at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Benko Photographics/courtesy, Telluride Bluegrass Festival)

The unfailing popularity of weekend-long destination concerts featuring dozens upon dozens of bands shows a promising message in these tough economic times: Music fans—from die-hard groupies to casual listeners who just like the idea of an outdoor music fest—will come out in droves if you've got the right mix of bands and fun. And why not? Music festivals make a good reason to hit the road and travel. An emphasis on camping gives some festivals the feel of a modern-day Woodstock, where you can find acts ranging from punk to bluegrass to the remaining members of the Grateful Dead. But if you're not keen on sleeping outdoors, events in Chicago, Austin, and just outside New York City provide alternatives if you want your music with a side of city. And despite tight budgets for travelers all around, festival organizers are offering layaway plans and early-sales discounts. So if you've really got your heart set on attending a music festival this summer, start making plans. Here's writer Dan Oko's roundup of what's happening where, from beginning of the season until the end, and some helpful hints for making the most of your music fest excursion.

1. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California

2. Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge in Washington

3. Wakarusa in Arkansas

4. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee

5. Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado

6. Rothbury Music Festival in Michigan

7. 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota

8. Lollapalooza in Illinois

9. All Points West Music and Arts Festival in New Jersey

10. Austin City Limits in Texas

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APW hasn't been active since 2009. It's a little misleading to post that.

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