When: May 30-June 3, 2013
Where: Ozark, Arkansas
We had to pull Wakarusa off the list of the Top 10 Best Camping Festivals to add it this one. Coco, our resident festival expert, fought to include it calling Wakarusa “a large festival with an intimate feel.” The central location in the rolling Ozark mountains of Arkansas places Wakarusa squarely as an easy festival weekend roadtrip.
9. Outside Lands
When: August 9-11, 2013
Where: San Francisco, California
A bike valet, wine tasting tent, and local organic food vendors are just a couple of signs that you’re in San Francisco at Outside Lands, a relative newcomer to the large scale music festival scene. That hasn’t stopped mascot Ranger Dave and OL from quickly becoming a signature event in the City on the Bay. The cozy venue of Golden Gate Park allows plenty of options for those of you that need a breather from large crowds.
When: August 31-September 2, 2013
Where: Seattle, Washington
Now in it’s 43rd year, Bumbershoot (a oldie time word for umbrella) is more of an institution than a music festival. There’s so much happening here that you’ll need all three days to sort through all the live music, art shows, speakers, and exhibitions happening under the Bumbershoot. With budget friendly (and children under ten are FREE), this fest is one of the most affordable and family friendly of the season.