There are a few things that feel more like summer than outdoor music festivals. North America has no shortage of these summertime traditions, which range from concert series to gigantic music festivals.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Governors Ball Music Festival
This New York City festival is one of the coolest ones around. Only in its fourth year, the fast-growing event already draws big names from the hip-hop, rock and indie scene — this year’s headliners include Outkast, Jack White and the Strokes.
June 6 to 8, Randall’s Island Park, New York City, N.Y.
Calgary Folk Festival
This highly anticipated festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with another diverse and eclectic line-up. Headliners taking to the main stage in Prince’s Island Park include Rufus Wainwright, The Jayhawks, Feist and Andrew Bird.
July 24 to 27, Prince’s Island Park, Calgary, Alta.
This not-for-profit festival, set on the grassy shores of Guelph Island Lake, has been around for more than three decades. Among this year’s highlight are the Mounties, a British Columbia/Ontario hybrid super-group that features Canadian heavyweights like Hawksley Workman, and Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays.
July 25 to 27, Guelph Lake Island, Guelph, Ont.
Mission Hill Family Estate Concert Series
The vineyard’s outdoor amphitheatre is a magical place to take in a concert and this year’s musical performers will only add to the experience. On August 1, Grammy-Award-winning Tony Bennett will take the stage and August 24 features the Gipsy Kings on their 25th anniversary tour.
August 1 and August 24, Mission Hill Estate Winery, West Kelowna, B.C.