Music Festival Preview: September

Fall arrives this Labor Day Weekend with cooler weather and more logs on the campfire. What used to mark the end of the music festival season is now the kick off point for a series of smaller festivals.

Here are a few taking place this September:

1. Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival
September 5-7 @ Seattle, WA
$50/day or $120/weekend
On every Labor Day weekend since 1971, Bumbershoot has been featuring the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts. If you get bored at Bumbershoot, then we can’t help you.

2. All Tomorrow’s Parties: New York
September 11-13 @ Catskills, NY
$95/day or $235/weekend
All Tomorrow’s Parties mostly throw killer shows over in the UK, but this weekend ATP takes over the Catskills. Half of the lineup was chosen by the Flaming Lips so this promises to be an interesting couple days.

3. Monolith Music Festival
September 12-13 @ Red Rocks, CO
$59.50/day or $120/weekend
Red Rocks is the one of the best large venues in America to catch a show and the Monolith Festival is a perfect match. Alternative darlings like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk, and The Mars Volta will warm you up on cool Colorado nights.

4. MFNW
September 16-20 @ Portland, OR
$60/5 Day Pass
It’s a simple formula. Get a bunch of bands, set them up in local bars, and charge one admission to see everything. The autumn version of SXSW takes place in trendy Portland and features five days of music.

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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