12 music festivals that are just a day trip away from the River City

Lineups have been trickling in over the past month and it’s time to plan your summer concert schedule. These festivals are less than 6 hours away (!) from the River City and feature some really big acts!

Sweetwater 420 Fest – Atlanta, GA 

April 19 -21, 2019

While the Sweetwater 420’s 15th-anniversary lineup includes The Avett Brothers and Widespread Panic. Seeing these two in Centennial Olympic Park would be really cool!


  • 3-Day Pass GA $154
  • 3-Day Pass VIP $442

Beale Street Music Fest – Memphis, TN  

May 3-5, 2019

Enjoy some of the best BBQ in the world and tunes to match it at this 3-day music fest overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. The music acts range from today’s current hitmakers to some who hit their prime 20 years ago!


  • Tier 3: $135 (pricing expires on April 19 at midnight)
  • Tier 4: $180

Single-day tickets

  • $55 (pricing expires on April 19 at midnight)
  • $60 (pricing expires May 2 at midnight)
  • $65

VIP Experience

  • $649
  • Parking included: $749

Shaky Knees Fest – Atlanta, GA

May 3-5, 2019

Atlanta’s next festival boasts a slightly more impressive lineup for the 3-day event in Central Park. Catch this rock lovers dream display of music of world-renowned acts and up-and-comers!


  • 3-Day GA $189
  • 3-Day VIP $695
  • 3-Day Platinum $1600
  • 1-Day GA $99
  • 1-Day VIP $265
  • 1-Day Platinum $750


Sonic Temple – Columbus, OH

May 17-19, 2019

Sonic Temple is another festival for rock lovers that brags its food selection as much as their lineup.  Pizza, craft beer, Caribbean kitchen… the more you read about it the more you have to go!


  • Weekend Field GA $325
  • Weekend Stadium GA $175
  • Weekend Field VIP $429
  • Single Day Tickets $79.50

Chicago Open Air – Bridgeview, IL

May 18-19, 2019

Just 12 miles from downtown Chicago you’ll find loud drums and heavy guitars in SeatGeek Stadium. Lollapalooza not your thing? This 2-day festival is very different from Chicago’s most popular festival but it is for a totally different crowd!


  • Two Day Passes $129.50 – $459.50
  • One Day Pass $69.50 – $249.50

Bunbury Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH

May 31 – June 2, 2019

Rock, Hip-Hop and Pop music… this mega concert is one of the most diverse in the area. There’s music for just about anyone who wants to make the short drive to Cincy to listen to tunes by the Ohio River.


  • 3-Day GA Tier 2 $189
  • 3-Day 3-Day Tier 2 VIP $450
  • 3-Day 3-Day Tier 2 Ultimate VIP $1,299

CMA Music Fest – Nashville, TN

June 6-9, 2019

Listen to some of country’s biggest stars in Music City USA in this 3-day festival spread over three Nashville venues. The 2019 lineup hasn’t been released yet, but last years featured some huge acts including featured Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, and Darius Rucker!


  • 4-Day Passes $223 – $430

Bonnaroo – Machester, TN

June 13-16, 2019

Without a doubt, the most diverse festival is a four-day event celebrating every genre of music on what they call ‘the farm’. This year’s lineup showcases music’s biggest hitmakers, musicians and comedians. Bonnaroo also has activities like races, art exhibits and crafts for sale.


  • 4-Day GA $339
  • 4-Day VIP $825
  • 4-Day Platinum $3,275

Country Lakeshake – Chicago, IL

June 21-23, 2019

This Windy City music festival actually takes place on an island in beautiful Lake Michigan and is celebrating 5 years of tunes. The 3-day fest features country stars that everyone has heard of including Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and so much more!


  • 3-Day GA $249.50
  • 3-Day GA Lawn $125.50
  • 3-Day VIP $649.50
  • Single Day GA $129.50 – $150.50
  • Single Day Lawn $80 – $99.50
  • Grandstand 3-Day Reserved Pass $299.50

Romp Fest – Owensboro, KY

June 26-29, 2019

ROMP needs no introduction to the River City. The beloved Bluegrass festival right here in the Tri-State is celebrating 16 years in Yellow Creek Park famous for its nature trails and fishing.


  • 4-Day Early Bird $150
  • VIP Early Bird $400
  • 4-Day with Tent Camping Early Bird $175

Forecastle Fest – Louisville, KY

July 12-14, 2019

The next closest festival to the River City features big names in the music industry as well as big names in the bourbon game thanks to its location, Louisville’s Waterfront Park. This festival claims another diverse lineup of current and past, known and new artists.


  • General Admission $189.50 – $199.50
  • Yacht Club – $274.50

Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL

August 1-4, 2019

Our last big music festival is one of the more known concerts in the country, Lollapalooza! Set in historic Grant Park in Chicago, this big event is diverse and hosts more than 100,000 people every day. The 2019 lineup hasn’t been released yet, but last years headliners included The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Travis Scott.

Ticket info to be released at later date.