If the thought of summertime coming up gets you itching to start packing up your camping gear and heading out on new adventures, why not combine your love of the great outdoors with a little culture? We’ve rounded up an assortment of great festivals throughout the country for you to consider along with the closest place to pitch your tent.
The Riverbend Festival, June 6-12, Chattanooga, TN Eight nights of music that ranks in the top 10 percent of all American festivals. www.riverbendfestival.com Where to pitch your tent: Raccoon Mountain (primitive sites available)
Rochester International Jazz Festival, June 20-28, Rochester, NY Come hear the greats like Janelle Monae, Michael McDonald, Fourplay and Buddy Guy. www.rochesterjazz.com Where to pitch your tent: The Ridge NY, Le Roy, NY
Maine Lobster Festival, July 30 – August 3, Rockland, ME Start planning now to enjoy five days of feasting and fun on the fabulous coast of Maine! www.mainelobsterfestival.com Where to pitch your tent: Saltwater Farm or Megunticook Campground by the Sea
Great Falls Balloon Festival, August 15-17, Lewiston/Auburn, Maine This popular fundraiser for local nonprofits features food, fun and two balloon launches a day. Don’t forget your camera! www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org Where to pitch your tent: Poland Spring Campground
Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Weekends, August 18-September 28, Shakopee, MN Travel back in time to the 16th century for fun, food, art and live jousting at the largest Renaissance fair in the U.S. www.renaissancefest.com Where to pitch your tent: Town & Country Campground
Telluride Film Festival, August 29 – September 1, Telluride, CO It has been called the “Tiffany” of the world’s film festivals. www.telluridefilmfestival.org Where to pitch your tent: 4J+1+1 Trailer Park & Campground
Of course, this is just a sampling of all of the great festivals that will take place across the country this summer. As soon as you find one that grabs your interest, head to our Find a Park section to find the perfect place to pitch your tent.