Saving Money at Summer Music Festivals

Posted on 05/23/2014

Summer and music go so well together. Music festivals are often once in a lifetime experiences that offer unforgettable memories and unmatched entertainment. Summer music festivals are a great way to get away from the daily grind and unwind. And thankfully they don't have to be expensive either.

Consider the Cost Per Act
Often tickets to a concert featuring one or two big named artists can cost more than $100. So while a summer music festival ticket might seem pricey, consider the cost per show. If the lineup includes ten or more bands that you'll see perform live then the ticket price per act is extremely low.

Sign Up to Volunteer
Music festivals take a lot of coordination to pull off and many festivals rely on volunteers to get the job done. Volunteers don't get paid, but they do receive valuable perks like free passes to the festival and free camping facilities. If you volunteer you'll probably be asked to serve on a team that provides security, manages parking or helps set up for the big event.

Go Early and Leave Early
Many festivals offer a one-day pass for far less money than paying for the entire weekend festival. For instance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware a Thursday General Admission ticket is just $49. Attend on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and that price more than doubles.

Pack Cheap Clothes
A summer music festival is not the time to break in your brand new Birkenstocks. Instead wear clothing and accessories from a thrift store. When they get damaged or lost you won't feel bad about the money you wasted.

Rough It
Hotels are great, but they're much more expensive than camping. Try roughing it during the festival. You will likely spend less time getting to and from the event which means more time to enjoy the real reason you're there-- live music.

By Alison Storm

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