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Where to See Your Summer Music Festivals

Summer is the time for music festivals. And while some of us have the opportunity to travel and experience the best music and arts festivals around, most of us won’t be able to make it out to Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. But even if we can’t travel across the country, there are still some great summer music festivals in the greater Pennsylvania region to check out.

Firefly Music Festival 2013
WHERE: Dover, Delaware
WHEN: June 21-23
TICKETS: $98/day (3-Day tickets sold out)

The 2nd annual Firefly Music Festival has one of the best lineups of any east coast summer festival. Headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the 3-day festival will bring all the biggest names in music to the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. This year’s lineup features Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dispatch, Zedd, Kendrick Lamar, and a host of other great acts.

Madsummer Meltdown #4 2013
WHERE: Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
WHEN: June 21-23
TICKETS: $80 3-Day Pass

Madsummer Meltdown is a 3-day festival hosted on a beautiful 60-acre camping site in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. While the festival hosts mostly local bands and doesn’t bring big name acts, it is still quite an experience to spend a long weekend camping and jamming out to great music. The festival will feature 27 musical acts on 3 stages, as well as activities for the whole family. The headliners for this show are The Budos Band and Anders Osborne.

Mixtape Festival 2013
WHERE: Hershey, PA
WHEN: July 26-27
TICKETS: $188 2-Day Pass

Fans of 90’s pop, this one’s for you! With a lineup featuring such classic artists as Train, New Kids On The Block, Hanson, Boyz II Men, and the Jonas Brothers, Mixtape Festival hopes to bring back the soulful alternative and pop sounds of our childhood. And if you’re a big shot, you can spend just $650 for a VIP-only meet and mingle with the artists!

Musikfest 2013
WHERE: Bethlehem, PA
WHEN: August 2-11
TICKETS: See Website

If you’re just looking for a big music festival — like a really big festival, you definitely have to check out Musikfest 2013. This 10-day festival will feature over 300 artists. Yes, you read that right — over THREE HUNDRED artists playing on 16 stages throughout downtown Bethlehem. Some of the big names coming to Musikfest include Carly Rae Jepsen, OneRepublic, Skillet, Styx, Foreigner, Ke$ha, Darius Rucker, and Avenged Sevenfold. This festival really has something for everyone, so be sure to check it out.

Flood City Music Festival 2013
WHERE: Johnstown, PA
WHEN: August 2-4
Flood City Music Festival is a 3-day celebration of American roots music hosted at Peoples Natural Gas Park in Johnstown, PA. With a host of folk, blues, bluegrass, and other musical performances throughout the first weekend in August, this one is certainly for the country night at Pickles crowd. Some big names include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Greensky Bluegrass, and Robert Rudolph and the Family Band.

Peach Music Festival 2013
WHERE: Scranton, PA
WHEN: August 15-18
Hosted by the iconic southern rockers The Allman Brothers band, the Peach Music Festival is a 2-night jam fest held in a beautiful camping site on the outskirts of Scranton, PA. This year’s lineup features Bob Weir & Rat Dog, The Black Crowes, Rusted Root, and other jam rock acts. This is a great place to get away from your day job and spend a weekend camping out and listening to some awesome music.

Equifunk 2013
WHERE: Equinunk, PA
WHEN: August 16-19
Equifunk is a 3-day camping and jam music festival in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. The ticket for the event includes your very own lodging site with full access to shows, meals, a private pool, and all the beer you can drink. Headlined by Soulive and the Shady Horns with Maceo Parker, Equifunk brings a weekend of funk and jazz jams to an intimate mountain setting.

Made In America 2013
WHERE: Philadelphia, PA
WHEN: August 31-September 1
Hosted and headlined by iconic rapper Jay-Z, the Made In America Festival features a lineup of over 30 big name artists ranging from the dirty rap of 2 Chainz to the electro-house beats of Calvin Harris to indie rockers Imagine Dragons and Queens of the Stone Age. The biggest music festival in the Philadelphia area will host artists on 3 stages along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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