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5 Country Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss This Fall

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Summer may be known as festival season, but the party doesn’t stop once fall rolls around. Now that you’ve spent all summer drowning in sunscreen and baking in the heat at outdoor summer jams, a cooler, (mostly) sweat-free music festival is just what you need. Here are five music festivals to check out this fall.

5. Route 91 Harvest Festival

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Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Held in Las Vegas from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, the Route 91 Harvest Festival features performances by country superstars Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride, along with newcomers William Michael Morgan, Aubrie Sellers and Lucie Silvas. A $210 festival pass gets you into all three days of music.

4. Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival

Margo Price. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Margo Price. Photo by Lorie Liebig

Held just outside Music City at a century-old horse farm in Franklin, Tenn., the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival takes place on Sept. 24 and 25. Americana favorites Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Anderson East, Shakey Graves and The Suffers are among the lineup.

In addition to the fantastic music, the festival honors Tennessee culture with onsite antique dealers and artisans. Two-day passes for the festival have sold out, but tickets for single-day admission are currently available for $69.

3. FreshGrass Festival

The Freshgrass Festival is not only a three-day celebration of roots music, it’s also educational. Admission to the festival, which is co-produced by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Freshgrass Foundation, includes entrance to workshops on instruments and bluegrass techniques. If you’d like to get a lesson from a Grammy award-winning artist and be part of an epic jam session, you can register for a workshop on the first day of the festival.

The lineup for the Freshgrass Festival, which takes place Sept. 16 through Sept. 18 in North Adams, Mass., includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Rosanne Cash, Ruthie Foster and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

A three-day pass for the festival costs $99.

 2. Gulf Coast Jam

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If a beach retreat is more your speed, check out the Gulf Coast Jam. Held in Panama City Beach, Fla. from Sept. 2 through Sept. 4, the festival boasts a lineup that includes Eric Church, The Band Perry and Sara Evans.

General admission for the three-day festival starts at $169.

1. AmericanaFest

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Facebook/Americana Music Association

Out of all the fall music festivals, AmericanaFest gives you the most music for your money. From Sept. 20 through Sept. 25, over 200 artists are slated to perform at 14 venues across the Music City. Performers include John Prine, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna and the Big Noise, Dwight Yoakam and Sam Outlaw.

A $60 wristband gets you into all showcases and special events. If a venue is at capacity, first priority goes to those registered for the AmericanaFest conference. Conference attendees can also purchase tickets for the Americana Honors and Awards show, which takes place Sept. 21 at the Ryman Auditorium.

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5 Country Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss This Fall