7 low-key music festivals to know about in 2019

It seems as though music festivals are more popular than ever, and for good reason.

While some folks see no point going to a random field or desert just to stand for hours in the summer heat, music fans and adventure seekers alike thrive in this environment.

But the most popular music festivals these days tend to be extremely expensive, overcrowded and for some, overwhelming.

Fear not – there are hundreds of more understated festivals that vary in genre, location, size and price.

Here’s a list of upcoming festivals that aren’t Coachella – but are definitely worth considering.

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin, Texas, March 11-17  

Yes, it’s over already in 2019.  But if you didn’t read this in time for SXSW this year, you can always make your plans now to attend in 2020. It’s worth that much advanced planning.

This interesting week-long festival is essentially a mishmash of genres and talents with a central focus besides discovering and celebrating new talent. SXSW encourages creatives to be a part of the festival as well as attend it.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

New Orleans, April 25 – May 5

It’s a celebration of music but also the culture and history behind the fest. While jazz is certainly the central focus of music at this festival, the artists range from the Rolling Stones to Irma Thomas. It’s sure to be a good time with many talented acts.

Shaky Knees

Atlanta, May 3-5

Shaky Knees is designed to be a unique music festival. Focused on but not limited to rock music, attendees will be able to enjoy over 50 bands. Located in Central Park, people can enjoy the warmth and music in a relaxed environment.     


Napa Valley, Calif., May 24 – 26 

A more classic music festival, BottleRock is a three day experience, serving food and drinks. Kick off summer by listening to various rock, indie, and hip hop acts with friends under the Napa sunshine.

Boston Calling

Allston, Mass., May 24 – 26 

Another more common style festival, Boston Calling features outdoor stages as well as an indoors arena for the 50 acts performing. This festival features rock, hip hop, pop, indie and electronic music.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago, July 19-21 

This festival is a comfortable and relaxed experience of music and activities. Focused on showcasing new talent, folks can enjoy listening to fresh music and everything else offered throughout the event.

Newport Folk Festival

Newport, R.I., July 26-28 

Calling all folk-music lovers, this festival is a laid back and small scale experience. Performers range from super popular musicians such as Maggie Rogers to lesser known acts on the rise. This cool festival is highly regarded and very exclusive.

by Anna Wilson

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