The summer is nearing, and you know what that means — country music festivals on festivals on festivals! No matter where you live or vacation, there is likely a country event close enough for you to attend, and chances are the lineup is star-studded to the extreme. Here are a few festivals that are on our radars and some tips to make your festival experience top notch!
Taste of Country Music Festival (June 10-12) in Hunter Mountain, NY (in the beautiful Great Northern Catskill Mountains) – Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Kid Rock, Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Neal McCoy, The Swon Brothers, The Cadillac Three, Jana Kramer, Outshyne, William Michael Morgan and Annie Bosko.
Country Jam (25th Annual – June 16-19) in Grand Junction, CO (the largest country music camping festival in the world) – Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Joe Nichols, Tyler Farr, Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant, Darryl Worley, Neal McCoy, Halfway to Hazard, Canaan Smith, Aaron Watson, Lindsay Ell, High Valley, Drake White and The Big Fire, Stephanie Quayle and Annie Bosko.
WE FEST (34th Annual – Aug 4-6) in Detroit Lakes, MI – Eric Church, Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Billy Carrington, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry and Steven Tyler.
-Hydration, hydration, hydration
-Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
-Come prepared for rain and chilly nights, too!
-Visit the side stages and be there for the opening acts
-Brush up on those new artists
-Try the local cuisine
-Make sure you know the social media #hashtags for the festival
-Stay an extra few days and check out the local sites
AND, if you are one of the lucky ones to win or be part of an artist’s Fan Club who gives Meet & Greets, here are two more tips:
-Bring a Sharpie
Oh, and the last tip – ENJOY!