Your Guide to 2013 Summer Music Festivals in DFW
Summertime goes hand in hand with music festival season, even down here in the 100-plus-degree heat. This area will be hosting festivals in the months of June, July and August, ranging from genres of heavy metal to indie rock. So the next time you're wanting to lose your voice in unbearable heat, there's no need to leave DFW to do so.
KXT Summer Cut: The Happy Funtime Fest When? Saturday, June 1 Where? Gexa Energy Pavilion Who? The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Matt & Kim and more Cost? $32.25-$70.16 Things to know: This festival is in its sophomore year and is put on by local independent radio station KKXT-FM 91.7.
Kerrville Folk Festival When? Thursday, May 23- Sunday, June 9 Where? Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville, TX Who? More than 100 songwriters including The Stray Birds, Warren Hood Band and more Cost? $25-$40 Things to know: The annual festival is in its 42nd year and is the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America
SolJazz Festival When? Friday, June 7- Sunday, June 16 Where? Various spots around DFW -- check the site for the official calendar. Who? Smokin' Joe McBride, Cherrelle, Natural Change and more Cost? $10-$500 Things to know: The festival is offering hotel deals for out of town guests with a $79.99 per night/SolJazz room rate at the Holiay Inn Express & Suites and Marriott Towne Place Suites in Desoto.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic When? Thursday, July 4 Where? Billy Bob's Texas Who? Willie Nelson and Family, Randy Rogers Band, Gary Allan and many more Cost? General admission is $35 in advance and $55 the day of Things to know : Willie's long-running Independence Day celebration is a Texas tradition.
BFD When? Friday, July 12 Where? Gexa Energy Pavilion Who? Megadeth, Slash, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah and Newsted Cost? tickets start at $9.71 Things to know: BFD is put on by KEGL-FM 97.1 The Eagle, so listen for chances to win tickets on weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival When? Sunday, August 4, 1 p.m. Where? Gexa Energy Pavilion Who? Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and more Cost? tickets between $32.25-$97.42 Things to know: The festival is looking for volunteers to help ensure that the festival is as eco-friendly as it can be -- and volunteers get in free. Sign up here
Vans Warped Tour When? Friday, August 2, 11:30 a.m. Where? Gexa Energy Pavilion Who? Bowling for Soup, Reel Big Fish, Motion City Soundtrack, etc. Cost? General admission is $48.33 Things to know: It's hot as hell and crowded, so dress appropriately, i.e. don't wear pants. Be careful of mosh pits. Use the buddy system.
Navasota Blues Fest When? Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10 Where? Grimes Country Expo Center, Navasota, TX Who? Woody Russell, Tubie and the Touchtones and many more Cost? $15 before, $30 there Things to know: BYOB (liquor and wine only)
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival When? Wednesday, August 28, 2 p.m. Where? Gexa Energy Pavilion Who? Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction and Coheed and Cambria Cost? $18-$595 Things to know: 20 VIP packages are available!
Dia De Los Toadies When? Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14 Where? Panther Island Pavilion Who? Toadies, Gary Clark Jr., James Hall, Dirty River Boys and many more Cost? $30-$60 Things to know: The festival is in its sixth year, and has been called "Willie's picnic for a new generation" by the Austin Chronicle .
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