Didn’t Make It To Coachella? Consider These Great Festival Alternatives

Whether you forgot to buy tickets, couldn’t find your Indian headdress, or didn’t want to shell out the price of a used Toyota Camry to go, these Coachella alternatives will give you bragging rights and cash to boot.

1. Brokechella | April 19, 2014 | Los Angeles, CA

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Is Brokechella the next best thing to Coachella? Probably not, but the Brokechella experience is absolutely next-level in comparison. Soak up the Downtown LA vibe, and “dance, drink, and be merry.” There even is the Puppychella event, which may be the only festival that allows you to bring your hipster dog. $10-25. http://brokechella.com/

2. Norman Music Festival | April 24-26, 2014 | Norman, OK

SXSWhat??? This is Norman, Oklahoma and this fest has over 100 and it’s all free! http://normanmusicfestival.com/

3. Duluth Homegrown Music Festival | April 27-May 4, 2014 | Duluth, MN

Downtown Duluth comes alive during a week packed with shows in bars, coffeehouses, stores…pretty much anywhere. Ride the Homegrown Trolley between venues. $5-25. http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/

4. Joshua Tree Music Festival | May 15-18, 2014 | Joshua Tree, CA

Coachella isn’t the only desert music festival. The Joshua Tree Music Festival is laid-back, family friendly, and ecofriendly. Music ranges from electro-didgeridoo to house and folk. Get your weird on. $20-140. http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/

5. Northwest Folklife | May 23-26, 2014 | Seattle, WA

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Northwest Folklife receives 250,000 visitors each year. There is folk music (of course), dance, arts, and crafts. Find your inner folk artist. http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/

6. Great Blue Heron Music Festival | July 4-6 | 2014 Sherman, NY

Discover cool folk and rock bands before your friends do. Spend the weekend dancing, swimming and loving life in Western New York. $70-90. http://greatblueheron.com/wp/

7. Pitchfork Music Festival | July 18-20, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Never rely on Pitchfork to tell you what’s cool but the Pitchfork Music Festival is pretty cool. The three day event in Union Park features St. Vincent, Beck, Earl Sweatshirt, Grimes, and a ton more. $60-180. http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

8. 15th Gathering of the Juggalos | July 23-27, 2014 Thornville, OH

Break out the grease paint and Faygo for a festival experience like none other. If a Juggalo gathering isn’t on your bucket list maybe it should be. $180. http://www.juggalogathering.com/

9. Kahbang Festival | August 7-10, 2014 | Bangor, ME

Kahbang really has it all—top-notch music, art, dance events, and beer. Best of all, flexible and inexpensive ticket plans let you pick and choose events or see it all. $30-125. http://kahbang.com/

10. Maha Music Festival | August 16, 2014 | Omaha, NE

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Maha is just one day but there is no shortage of music and community. The non-profit festival books great bands at a decent price. $50. http://www.mahamusicfestival.com/

11. MusicFestNW | August 16-17, 2014 | Portland, OR

Portland’s very own music festival makes the transition to a large outdoor venue in 2014. While wristband prices and lineup have not been announced yet, the organizers promise affordability, accessibility and an undeniably Portland-esque experience. http://musicfestnw.com/

12. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass | October 3-5, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a free, non-commercial music festival held annually in Golden Gate Park. The festival was created by the late venture capitalist Warren Hellman who envisioned a festival devoid of commercialism and consumption. http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/

13. FEST 13 | October 31-November 2, 2014

Forget Warped Tour, The Fest brings together over 100 punk rock bands from around the world for three days of high-energy music. $100-120. http://thefestfl.com/

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