At long last, Summer is here, and that means festival season. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a first-time festie, get out your road maps, pack the Westfalia, and check out these three summer festivals you can’t miss to find romance, or to experience with that special someone.
1. EDC Las Vegas
June 18th-25th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada. Electronic/Ambient/Bass music.
This is the great grand-daddy of them all, a show that evolved from a one-day event of a couple thousand people in the Shrine Expo Hall in LA, to what is now a week-long event culminating in a three day music blowout that is the Mecca for electronic music, boasting a veritable who’s who of figureheads in the EDM scene. If that’s not enough, it is the largest North American electronic music festival and dance music event ever, last year packing in 300,000+ attendees. It’s also one of the most attractive, drawing what is arguably the most appealing-looking clientele ready to bust a move on the dance floor. Whether you’re looking for love or want to bring your special someone out for an unforgettable experience, EDC Las Vegas is something truly to behold.
2. Electric Forest
June 27th-30th, Rothbury Michigan. Electronic/Bluegrass/Alternative/Indy Pop.
Feel like cutting a rug in the woods to electronic beats, drink moonshine to some bluegrass, and find romance to some of the best contemporary music the world has to offer all at the same time? Now you can. One of the most eclectic and bizarre festivals on the list is Electric Forest, a three-day celebration of modern music and art set in the woods of Michigan. It has something for everyone, including interactive art pieces, carnival rides, and one of the funkiest lineups ever seen, bridging the festival gap of several different genres. This is an excellent opportunity to go have a backwoods experience, see some music and get your groove on with some of the legends of the festival music scene, like String Cheese Incident, and Pretty Lights. It is a great road trip destination, and a great place to find romance in America’s heartland.
3. Outside Lands
August 9th-11th, San Francisco California. Alternative/Rock/???
This festival is like a hand-picked selection of the top ten from your iTunes library, with headliners like Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Willie Nelson. This show is one not to be missed, as many of the artists found on the list are ones you may never see again, in an intimate setting you will never forget (alumni include Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Radiohead, who had the first ever night show in the park at the first ever Outside Lands in 2008.) It also acts as a showcase for some of the best food and wine from local artisans, featuring a food truck village and circus tent with tasting booths for local wineries. Plus, it’s full of San Franciscans, some of the most friendly and easy on the eyes people in the whole world. This is a great one to make new friends you’ll never forget, or take a date to something you both will thoroughly enjoy.