20 Nearby Music Festivals Clevelanders Must Hit Up This Summer

Summer is music festival season, which means road trips, friends and lots of shows to see. Although often expensive, music festivals are one of the best options to see a ton of artists at the same time. Here are 20 music festivals worth hitting up this summer, all within a day's drive from Cleveland.

Summer is music festival season, which means road trips, friends and lots of shows to see. Although often expensive, music festivals are one of the best options to see a ton of artists at the same time. Here are 20 music festivals worth hitting up this summer, all within a day's drive from Cleveland.

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Nelsonville Music Festival
Nelsonville, Ohio, Dates: June 1-4
Nelsonville takes place this weekend and provides on site camping and a slew of indie rock acts. Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit,"and you can still get a day pass now.
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Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville, Ohio, Dates: June 1-4
Nelsonville takes place this weekend and provides on site camping and a slew of indie rock acts. Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit,"and you can still get a day pass now.

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Bunbury Music Festival
Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove, Cincinnati, Dates: June 2-4
Bunbury is a big festival for those not looking to leave Ohio. It  features quite an eclectic lineup, from Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars, along with D.R.A.M. and Tech N9ne.
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Bunbury Music Festival

Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman's Cove, Cincinnati, Dates: June 2-4
Bunbury is a big festival for those not looking to leave Ohio. It features quite an eclectic lineup, from Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars, along with D.R.A.M. and Tech N9ne.

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Roots Picnic
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, Date: June 3
The Philadelphia location of Roots Picnic is sure to be filled with non-stop performances from some of the best artists in the R&B and hip-hop game at the moment like, Solange, Thundercat, Pete Rock, and of course a performance by the Roots themselves with Pharrell. 
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Roots Picnic

Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, Date: June 3
The Philadelphia location of Roots Picnic is sure to be filled with non-stop performances from some of the best artists in the R&B and hip-hop game at the moment like, Solange, Thundercat, Pete Rock, and of course a performance by the Roots themselves with Pharrell.

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Bonnaroo
Manchester, Tenn., Dates: June 8-11
One of the bigger national festivals taking place every summer, Bonnaroo is a perfect option for those looking for that Coachella experience without having to go to Cali. Those willing to camp sout for four days will enjoy a stacked lineup of artists like U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper and Lorde. 
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Bonnaroo

Manchester, Tenn., Dates: June 8-11
One of the bigger national festivals taking place every summer, Bonnaroo is a perfect option for those looking for that Coachella experience without having to go to Cali. Those willing to camp sout for four days will enjoy a stacked lineup of artists like U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper and Lorde.

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LaureLive
Laurel School’s 140-acre Butler Campus, Cleveland, Dates: June 10-11
You won't have to travel very far to enjoy an outdoor music festival this summer, LaureLive has you covered. Now in its second year, the lineup features Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr., St. Paul & The Broken Bones and The Head and the Heart. In addition to the music, there's also a culinary event.
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LaureLive

Laurel School’s 140-acre Butler Campus, Cleveland, Dates: June 10-11
You won't have to travel very far to enjoy an outdoor music festival this summer, LaureLive has you covered. Now in its second year, the lineup features Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr., St. Paul & The Broken Bones and The Head and the Heart. In addition to the music, there's also a culinary event.

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Larchmere PorchFest
12800 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, Date: June 17
For a different take on an outdoor music festival, look no further than Larchmere PorchFest. Taking place in Cleveland's Shaker Heights neighborhood the free fest boasts 30 bands on 30 porches and featues an eclectic lineup of local artists from Americana and rock to hip-hop and world.
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Larchmere PorchFest

12800 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, Date: June 17
For a different take on an outdoor music festival, look no further than Larchmere PorchFest. Taking place in Cleveland's Shaker Heights neighborhood the free fest boasts 30 bands on 30 porches and featues an eclectic lineup of local artists from Americana and rock to hip-hop and world.

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Tri-C JazzFest
Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Dates: June 22-24
You don't have to leave Cleveland to experience some great jazz. Taking place downtown in Playhouse Square you can expect to see Chris Botti, Dianne Reeves, Boney James, and Kamasi Washington to name a few at this summer's Tri-C JazzFest.
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Tri-C JazzFest

Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Dates: June 22-24
You don't have to leave Cleveland to experience some great jazz. Taking place downtown in Playhouse Square you can expect to see Chris Botti, Dianne Reeves, Boney James, and Kamasi Washington to name a few at this summer's Tri-C JazzFest.

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Electric Forest
Double JJ Resort, Grant Township, Mich., Dates: June 22-25, June 29-July 2
As the name implies this festival has a focus on electronic music, while also escaping your cares in the city. With acts like Tycho, Odesza, Big Gigantic and some jazz thrown into the mix from Kasmi Washington, the festival will certainly feel electric. 
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Electric Forest

Double JJ Resort, Grant Township, Mich., Dates: June 22-25, June 29-July 2
As the name implies this festival has a focus on electronic music, while also escaping your cares in the city. With acts like Tycho, Odesza, Big Gigantic and some jazz thrown into the mix from Kasmi Washington, the festival will certainly feel electric.

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Mamby on the Beach
Oakwood Beach, Chicago, Dates: June 24-25
Chicago has a handful of festivals going during the summer but this looks to be the most relaxing. Taking place on Oakwood Beach, enjoy a nice breeze and scenic sunset over Chicago's skyline as big name indie rockers like MGMT, Local Natives, and Miike Snow take to the stage.
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Mamby on the Beach

Oakwood Beach, Chicago, Dates: June 24-25
Chicago has a handful of festivals going during the summer but this looks to be the most relaxing. Taking place on Oakwood Beach, enjoy a nice breeze and scenic sunset over Chicago's skyline as big name indie rockers like MGMT, Local Natives, and Miike Snow take to the stage.

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Jamboree in the Hills
Belmont County, Ohio, Dates: July 13-16
If you're a country music fan, then make sure to plan a trip to Belmont County this summer for Jamboree in the Hills. The fest features new, veteran, and legendary country artists.
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Jamboree in the Hills

Belmont County, Ohio, Dates: July 13-16
If you're a country music fan, then make sure to plan a trip to Belmont County this summer for Jamboree in the Hills. The fest features new, veteran, and legendary country artists.

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