Summer music festivals


With numerous music festivals taking place this summer, it can be overwhelming to pick one worth going to. Here are five options that are in the Midwest area and are known to be a good time.


Wakarusa Music Festival

When: May 31 – June 3

Where: Ozark, Arkansas

Price: $99+


After changing locations from Lawrence, Kan. in 2009, this festival has attracted visitors from all 50 states and other countries. Headlining performers include Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers and Primus.


Buzz Beach Ball

When: June 2

Where: Kansas City, Kansas

Price: $20-75


Local radio station 96.5 The Buzz is hosting its annual one-day festival at LiveStrong Sporting Park. Headlining performers include Sublime with Rome, Foster the People and The Shins. Tickets can be purchased at



When: June 7 -10

Where: Manchester, Tennessee

Price: $260+


This large and well known festival usually brings in over 70,000 people and has over ten stages spread out across 700 acres. Headlining performers include Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish.


Country Stampede

When: June 21 -24

Where: Manhattan, Kansas

Price: $70+


Presented by 94.5 Country, this four day festival includes performances by recent CMA winners and nominees in Tuttle Creek State Park. Headlining performers include Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and The Band Perry.



When: August 3 – 5

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Price: $95


This nationally known summer festival takes place every year in the historic Grant Park which sits between the Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan. Headlining performers include The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, and Jack White.


Compiled by Erica Aldridge


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