7 Great Summer Music Festivals You Absolutely HAVE To Check Out

7 Great Summer Music Festivals You Absolutely HAVE To Check Out

All the information you need to have the best summer ever!

When Summer finally hits I get so excited because that means it is finally the best season for concert going! There are so many fun music festivals in the summer, the possibilities are endless. So here is a list of the best music festivals across the United States.

1. Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)

This year Lollapalooza takes place on August 2-5, 2018 at Grant Park in downtown Chicago. It's the perfect mix of being in a beautiful city and experiencing concerts of a lifetime! There are so many great artists this year and so much fun to be had in four days at this amazing festival!

Ticket Prices: $120-$335 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

2. Firefly (Dover, DE)

Moving to the east coast now in Dover, Delaware there is the Firefly Festival. Starting off with Eminem as the number one headlining artist following Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and the Killers, Firefly has a very strong lineup! If you live on the east coast tickets are free June 14-17th, you should definitely give this festival a try!

Ticket Prices: $269-$329 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

3. Bonnaroo (Great Stage Park, TN)

Eminem and The Killers again! These two are very popular at music festivals this year it seems! Bonnaroo is one of the most fun music festivals in the south. Located just 60 miles south of Nashville, this is the perfect place to spend some time camping and enjoying all day concert festivities!

Ticket Prices: $190-$337.50 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

4. Boston Calling (Allston, MA)

Back to the east coast again with Boston Calling! This festival also has Eminem and The Killers performing but it is earlier in the summer than a lot of the other festivals. Boston Calling is also cheaper than most other festivals with tickets starting at as low as $105!

Ticket Prices: $105-$289 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

5. Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA)

This four day festival during labor day weekend is located in the beautiful city of Seattle, WA. With The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Ellie Goulding, Faith No More, Hozier, and many others this is a festival you won't want to miss!

Ticket Prices: $150-$199 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

6. Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL)

A music festival with an amazing lineup on the beach! Does it get any better than that!? You can enjoy the luxuries of the soaking up the sun and relaxing by the ocean while also screaming the lyrics to "Mr. Brightside" and "Closer". Hangout festival is one of the coolest I have seen so far!

Ticket Prices: $299 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

7. Bottle Rock (Napa Valley, CA)

Is it even a summer music festival if The Killers aren't performing? This festival takes place in Napa Valley, CA where there is great music and great wine! Unfortunately all of the tickets are sold out at this time but there are still tickets availible on resale sites. You can also add your email and name to a waiting list!

Ticket Prices: Resale only at this time

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

Cover Image Credit: @Lollapalooza instagram

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!

Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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