Finding and Affording a Music Festival this Summer

Now that the weather is getting warmer, something amazing is going to start happening: all across America, bands and fans will be uniting for summer music festivals. As a young 20-something and a lover of music, you’ll surely want to be a part of this annual phenomenon—but the burning question is how to afford a music festival once you’ve found the right one for yourself? Below is a quick guide to finding and affording your dream music festival this summer.

Ask Yourself Some Questions

If you’re looking to attend a music festival this summer, there are some important questions you can ask yourself that will help you figure out what is the best fest for you. Ask yourself questions like: How far are you willing to travel? How much are you willing to spend? What type of music and bands are you interested in seeing? Asking simple questions like these will help you to map out what you want and what your options are for music festivals this summer.

Research What’s Happening this Summer

Now that you’ve figured out what you are looking for in a music festival (location, budget, entertainment) you can start looking for a festival the meets most or all of the criteria you’ve established. The easiest way to find a music festival is by doing a quick Google search. Try stringing together keywords in your search to bring up the most relevant results. Searches terms like “New Jersey Music Festivals” or “2013 Summer Music Festivals in New York” will narrow the results. Once you’ve found some results, make a list of all the festivals you’d be interested in attending.

Compare Costs

Once you’ve got your list of potential festivals to attend, take a look at the costs associated with each (travel expenses, food, tickets, etc.). There’s a wide range when it comes to ticket prices, with festivals like Warped Tour costing around $60 and festivals like Governor’s Ball costing around $300. It’s great to be young and to have fun, but going to a music festival should not cause you to think about when to take social security benefits or dipping into your retirement savings.  Remember, it’s okay to go to your second or third choice festival if they are more affordable—you will have fun no matter where you go.

Save Up

Now that you know what you expenses will be for your chosen music festival, start saving for the show. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to save money—it’s about discipline and a plan. Say you want to go to a music festival in August and now it’s May. That gives your roughly three months to save up. If you took $50, or even $25, out of every paycheck over the course of the next 90 days, you could have plenty of money stashed away by the time the festival comes around. Be vigilant in your saving, it will pay off in the long run.

Rock Out

You’ve asked yourself the important questions, done the research, figured out your costs, and save the money you needed. When the day comes and all your favorite bands take the stage, enjoy yourself—you’ve earned it.

Being outside and enjoying your favorite music shouldn’t be something that breaks the bank, and it doesn’t have to be this year. With a little foresight and planning, you can easily find and afford your dream summer music festival—all you have to do is try!