6 Can’t-Miss Summer Music Festivals Across the Country

Summer is the season of music festivals, and soaking up the sun while listening to your favorite performers is the ideal summer experience. From toe-tapping country jams to the freshest hip hop performances, you’ll find incredible festivals featuring A-list musical acts all across the country.

Grab your friends, load up the car, and head out on an adventure to see awesome acts at amazing venues. If you’re already on the road this summer, one of these events would make for a rocking pit stop! Discover 6 unique music festivals fit for any musical taste.

1) Newport Folk Festival

  • Where: Newport, RI
  • When: July 22-24, 2016

Discover artists that are helping redefine the folk genre. Far from crooning tunes of yesteryear, acts like Ray Lamontagne, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, and Alabama Shakes will give you something to sing about. The sailboat-dotted Narragansett Bay provides a stunning backdrop and fresh lobster rolls will help fuel the festivities.

2) Lollapalooza

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: July 28-31, 2016

With a reputation for being one of the nation’s best organized festivals, Lollapalooza is a music lover’s dream event. Four days of incredible acts are headlined this year by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ellie Goulding, and many more. The festival takes place in the heart of the Chicago at Grant Park, so you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the Windy City.

3) WE Fest

  • Where: Detroit Lakes, MN
  • When: August 4-6, 2016

Three days of boot-stomping country music are in store at WE Fest 2016. The serene wilderness of Detroit Lakes gives you all the wide open space you need to turn the party up to eleven. From humble beginnings in a barn in 1983, it’s now one of the nation’s largest country music festivals. This year’s must-see acts include Eric Church, Tim Mcgraw, Kid Rick, and Steven Tyler.

4) Outside Lands

  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • When: August 5-7, 2016

This festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is truly a unique experience. Solar powered stages, refillable water stations, and workshops supporting green initiatives make for an eco-friendly weekend of amazing music. You can also sample great Californian wines and relax in the sports lounge. Headliners include LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Ritchie, and Lana Del Ray.

5) Made in America

  • Where: Philadelphia, PA
  • When: September 3-4, 2016

A festival founded by Jay-Z has got to be good! Presenting acts over a wide range of genres from hip hop to rock, and R&B to pop, celebrate the Labor Day weekend with an eclectic lineup of performers. Rock out with Rihanna, Coldplay, Chance the Rapper, and many more. You might have 99 problems but having fun won’t be one!

6) Austin City Limits

  • Where: Austin, TX
  • When: Sept 30-Oct 9, 2016

Give summer the send off it deserves at one of America’s most iconic music festivals. Set over two weeks starting September 30, enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere and cooler temperatures than you’d find at some of the other summer music events. Like the city of Austin, this year’s lineup is weird – in a good way. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, and LL Cool J.

Now that you’ve got a solid playlist for a great summer adventure, it’s time to plan your route!

Whether it’s for a home base during a festival or a stop along the way, InTown Suites’ extended stay properties offer affordable accommodations in convenient locations.

6 Incredible Destinations for 4th of July Celebrations

The most patriotic weekend of the year is just around the corner! Cities and towns across the U.S. will be bringing out the red, white, and blue to toast our independence and spend quality time with family and friends.

If you’re on the road or looking for a reason to road trip, this weekend is the ideal time to take in the best that America has to offer. From dazzling fireworks displays and colorful parades, to toe-tapping concerts and good old fashioned fun, discover 6 amazing places to celebrate the nation’s 240th birthday.

1) New Orleans, LA

Although the good times keep rolling year-round in the Big Easy, its 4th of July celebrations are some of the best in the country. Marvel at one of the American Pyrotechnics Association’s “Top Five Must-See Fireworks Displays in the U.S.” over the Mississippi River and dance the night away at the many jazz bars in the French Quarter.

2) Philadelphia, PA

Where better to ring in the 4th than the birthplace of the nation? Perfect for history buffs, channel our founding fathers at Independence Hall and discover the many significant firsts in American history including the first library, Capitol, and zoo. The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert is one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country and features performances by many celebrities that call Philly home.

3) Ashland, OH

You’ll see a lot more than fireworks in the skies from June 30th to July 2nd! Home to the Ashland Balloonfest, watch as dozens of hot air balloons take off to make for a colorful weekend of family fun. If you’re still searching for a light show at night, it’s a quick drive down to Columbus for Red, White and BOOM!, the largest fireworks display in the Midwest.

4) Austin, TX

For country music lovers, this is the place to be on July 4th! Dust off those cowboy boots and celebrate with one of the genre’s most enduring icons at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. With two stages and over 20 of the best country music acts, this amazing outdoor concert will be one to write home about!

5) Flagstaff, AZ

Rated #1 among “America’s Best Towns for July 4th” by Travel + Leisure, Flagstaff offers a classic Independence Day experience. Enjoy an exciting parade through downtown, relax under ponderosa pines to the sounds of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and lay out your picnic provisions for Lights on the Lawn at the Continental Country Club. For adventure seekers, the Grand Canyon is just a short drive away.  

6) Washington, DC

What a capital idea! Experience a 4th of July like no other in Washington, DC. Keep an eye out for VIPs at the National Independence Day Parade, take in a free concert at the U.S. Capitol building, and pay tribute America’s presidents and the National Portrait Gallery. A world-class fireworks display over the National Mall caps off an unforgettable July 4th weekend. 

Now that you’ve got some inspiration for a great American adventure, it’s time to plan your trip! Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties along your route for affordable accommodations this 4th of July weekend.