There's nothing better than a beautiful sunny day, good music and friends. Music festivals and outdoor concerts are the perfect way to experience all of those at once and thankfully, there are a number of music festivals along the east coast that are within driving distance of D.C.
Location: The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware (approximately 2 hours from D.C.)
Dates: June 21-23
Line-Up: Panic! At the Disco, Zedd, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Vampire Weekend, Alison Wonderland, Young the Giant and TLC are among the headliners and big performers. There are over 100 performers . See the full line-up here.
Tickets: General admission costs $309 for the weekend. VIP tickets are available, too.
Where to stay: You definitely want to camp while at Firefly -- it's what everyone does and it's part of the true music festival experience! You can rent a tent (there are different packages available through the festival's website), bring your own or use an RV. If camping isn't totally your thing but you still want the experience, Firefly offers glamping! Yes, you read that right. Glamping packages includes air conditioned tents with a comfortable bed.
Location: FedEx Field, Washington, D.C.
Dates: April 26-27
Line-Up: Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne, 6lack, Ella Mai, Lil Baby, Teyana Taylor, Wizkid, Gunna, City Girls, YBN Cordae, Ade and New Impressionz Band will all be performing. See the schedule and line-up here.
Tickets: General admission to Saturday's show is $99.50, and a two-day pass is $150.50. You can also buy combined tickets to the festival and the conference, "Broccolicon", which is a 2-day event before the festival dedicated to building thriving urban communities.
Where to stay: Thankfully, this festival is right here at home in D.C., so you don't have to worry about lodging! But if you have friends coming from out of town, there are a number of hotels offering discounted rates for Broccoli City attendees. Hampton Navy Yard, Hotel Engine and Eaton House are among the list. See more hotels here.
Location: Great Stage Park, Tennessee (approx. 10 hours from D.C. -- a good road trip with friends!)
Dates: June 13-16
Line-Up: Solange, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Odesza Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, The Lumineers, Hozier, Phish, Grand Ole Opry, Zhu and Griz are all among the headliners. There are over 150 performers that will be at Bonnaroo! See the full line up here.
Tickets: As of right now, general admission tickets for the four-day festival is $339. Cost will go up to $349 eventually. VIP tickets cost $825.
Where to stay: Camping is probably your best option at Bonnaroo, too. Tent camping without a car is included in your ticket price, but if you bring your car, you'll need to purchase a car camping pass. You can also use an RV, rent a tent or stay in a group or community themed tents! If you think you'll want a real bed after a long day in the sun and dancing along to your favorite musicians, there are some hotels nearby and Bonnaroo offers shuttle services. Learn more about those options here.
Location: Randall's Island Park, New York, NY (approx. 5 hours from D.C.)
Dates: May 31-June 2
Line-Up: Florence + The Machine, Lil WayneThe 1975, Sza, The Strokes, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla $ign, Jorja Smith, Tyler, The Creater, Lily Allen and Vince Staples are going to be performing at The Governors Ball, as well as many other artists. Check out the full line-up here.
Tickets: Three-day general admission tickets cost $305, but you can attend one day for $115.
Where to stay: Since this is right in New York City, your best bet is stay in a hotel or an Airbnb. Book your lodging soon, so you are able to secure a good place to stay!