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Summer Music Guide: Five Music Festivals Worth the Trip

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Part of the joy of summertime is top-down, windows-down, road tripping. And, what better designation than a music concert to set a soundtrack and purpose to that road trip? The Messenger swings your compass north, south and east for some of the summer’s best shows. Or, what’s that? Don’t agree? Summer is more about lazying in a hammock and staying close to home? We have you covered there as well, with our Local Shows Not To Miss on the next page.  


festwhatthefestWhat the Festival

From Fri., June 17 to Mon., June 20, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) will call the small farming community of Dufur, Oregon home. The festival’s impressive lineup consists of 117 musical artists from around the world, but what makes this festival truly unique are the experiences it offers that go beyond music. There’s the Casbah Hookah Lounge, live performance art, a number of Movement Classes, and the largest disco ball in the Northwest. The Illuminated Forest may be the most intriguing option, where people can experience wonderful pieces of art, like a flamethrowing chandelier, dreamcatchers, and kaleidoscopes. What the Festival has emerged over the past few years as one of the most colorful, both audibly and visually, festivals in the region.

What the Festival

June 17-20

Wolf Run Ranch, Dufur, Oregon

$275 General Admission



festnwstringsummitNorthwest String Summit (15th annual)

The Northwest String Summit pretty much does what its name says: Honors string-based folk music. For three days in July, there’s enough violin/fiddle/guitar/harp/cello/banjo strings here to stretch probably around the globe at least once. The festival’s 15th annual production features 50 bands from Thursday to Sunday, as well as a band competition that will take place on the second day. This year’s finalists include the Sweet Lillies, the Hollerbodies, and the Riverside. With bigger names like Yonder Mountain String Band to emerging artist Yak Attack, this festival honors the folk tradition of presenting authentic bluegrass and folk music, but also presenting more experimental bands as well.

Northwest String Summit

July 14-17

Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, Oregon




High Sierra Music Festival (26th annual)

In Quincy, California, the annual High Sierra Music Festival has entertained tens of thousands of fans for more than a quarter-century. There isn’t a clearly delineated genre—with funk, jazz, and reggae are in rotation—but the music often hover around jam-bands. This is both a destination and legacy festival, and has evolved with the appropriate audience-friendly perks—check-in options, more space to spread out, a relaxing campground, and late night shows. The festival also boasts one of the better festival Apps, with a highly user-friendly interactive calendar. The booking may be in the Grateful Dead sensibility, but the hosts are current on festival amenities.

High Sierra Music Festival

June 30-July 3

Quincy, California

$285.75 General Admission



festchinookChinook Fest

Chinook Fest is one of the most affordable festivals in the Northwest; however, the festival does not discount the quality of music and experience. Started in 2012 by a band that wanted to provide the music community with more opportunities to come together and simply enjoy the creation of music, the festival runs this year from Fri., July 8 to Sun., July 10, with 20 artists performing, ranging from pop by Fame Riot to folk by Washington natives Dave & Mandy. More than almost any other festival, this one has the ambiance of a great summertime weekend at a friend’s elaborate getaway—with yoga classes, hiking trails, swimming in Keechelus Lake, and yard games like ladder golf and corn-hole.  

Chinook Fest Summit

July 8-10

Jim Sprook Community Park, Naches, Washington




festtimberTimber! Outdoor Music Festival

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival consists of DJs such as Paris Alexa, a tribute to Credence Clearwater Revival, to garage rock by Acapulco Lips. For three days, many will gather at Tolt-Macdonald Park in Carnation, Washington to experience an eclectic community of music. One of the most outdoorsy music festivals, attendees also have the opportunity to run a 5K, relax on the Tolt River Beach, kayak, mountain bike, and paddle board. During the night, acting troupe Blood Squad scares attendees with tales of horror.

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

July 14-16

Tolt-Macdonald Park, Carnation, Washington




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