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  • SpiritHoods Top 4 Americana Music Festivals

    Americana Music Festivals

    Vibe: Summer Fun
    Get your sunscreen and lawn chairs ready because summertime fun is right around the corner! Prepare for some daytime adventures and watch things heat up as local acts and big name artists take the stage. Already feeling the heat of things? Cool off with some fun outdoor games or pay a visit to one of the many attractive lounging areas. 

    Any of these Americana Music Festivals would be perfect for you... 

    Hangout Festival

    Hangout Festival takes place on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama and has all kinds of artists performing on its five stages all weekend long! You can sleep in style at Hammock Beach, party at the Malibu Beach House, crack open a cold one at The Big Tap, and ride the Ferris Wheel or brave the Mega Drop. At the Hangout Festival, there’s tons to do… even a Wedding Chapel in case you decide to get hitched at the Hangout!

    When: Mid May
    Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama (United States)
    Is camping available: No
    Family Friendly: 18 and over welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21
    Notable Performances: The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Lenny Kravitz, Flume, Cage the Elephant, and more
    Price Range: $249 - $1,599

    What makes Hangout Festival special?
    While not a place for actual camping, there is a spot called Camp Hangout where you can engage in all kinds of festivities like tug-of-war, face painting, water balloon wars, and other classic camp activities. While you’re at it, swing by the Sour Punch Dodge & Jump obstacle course and give it a shot for bragging rights.


    Summerfest has been around since the 60s and is regarded as The World’s Largest Music Festival®. With a dozen stages to visit, you’ll find everything from the 23,000 seat Marcus Amphitheater to the family-friendly Khol’s Captivation Station. Towards the end of the night, you can look up for inspiration as the festival’s fireworks put on a show sure to illuminate the beautiful summer skies.

    When: Late June – Early July
    Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States)
    Is camping available: No
    Family Friendly: Yes, all ages
    Notable Performances: Paul McCartney, Luke Bryan, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Weezer and Panic! At The Disco, Pitbull, Selena Gomez and more
    Price Range: $8 – $110

    What makes Summerfest special?
    Summerfest is a highly affordable festival that has a lot to offer. The festival is highly engaging with plenty of opportunities for festivalgoers to vote on their favorite performances and daytime activities like a paddleboat water experience where you can paddle around part of the lagoon for 30 minutes in boats that accommodate up to four people.  

    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

    Hardly Striclty Bluegrass is a FREE festival hosted in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco that features over 100 musical artists performing on 7 different stages. Make your way around the Banjo, Rooster, Swan, Towers of Gold, Arrow, Porch, and Bandwagon stages and enjoy the various live performances as you indulge in some of the best festival food presented by over 50 of the finest culinary and beverage purveyors the Bay Area has to offer.

    When: Late September – Early October
    Where: San Francisco, California (United States)
    Is camping available: No
    Family Friendly: Yes, all ages
    Notable Performances: Big Star’s Third, Peter Rowan Band, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Flatlanders, DeVotchKa, Los Lobos, and more
    Price Range: FREE

    What makes Hardly Strictly Bluegrass special?
    For starters… it’s FREE! But it doesn’t stop there. Starting at 2pm, a fun, 2-channel silent disco HUSHcast kicks off in Shady Grove (located between the Banjo and Rooster stages). Grab a headset and head on over to join in on some awesome mixes made especially for true music lovers.


    If you were thinking of heading to a country music festival this year, Stagecoach is the one to be at. With over 70,000 attendees in previous years, the festival delivers everything you’d need to join in on the fun – from the Honkytonk Dance Hall, to the Half-Pint Hootenanny, BBQ contest, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention the all-star country lineup?

    When: April 
    Where: Indio, California (United States)
    Is camping available: Yes
    Family Friendly: Yes, all ages
    Notable Performances: Eric Church, Chris Young, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and more
    Price Range: $269 - $950

    What makes Stagecoach special?
    Like Coachella (which is held on the same grounds), Stagecoach offers up some pretty cool camping areas. Pair that with the epic lineup as well as a range of great food and drinks and you’ve got yourself one hell of a weekend.


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