With spring here and summer just around the corner, a lot of people are planning a favorite warm weather activity: attending music festivals. From the California deserts to the southern U.S. there are great festivals around the country and even the world offering opportunities to hear your favorite artists and enjoy an entire weekend of the best music.

With all the good that comes with a music festival trip, there can be some downsides, the biggest of which is often the cost.

So how can you spend time listening to your favorite music without breaking the bank?

Look for Discounted Tickets

If you take the time to look online and explore all your options, you might just find some pretty heavily discounted tickets for various festivals. A source like StubHub might not necessarily be your best option because tickets on there tend to be marked up quite a bit by both individuals and professional resellers. Instead, look at sources like Craigslist, where people who end up having their plans change are looking for a quick way to get rid of their tickets. 

Another note when it comes to tickets: try to buy them as early as possible for the best deal. You can even consider setting up a Google Alert for the festivals you’re interested in to find out if there are any good deals available.

Bring Your Own Food If Possible

There are some festivals and similar events that don’t allow attendees to bring in their own refreshments but check the website to see these particular rules. If you can bring in your own food or even drinks, it can go a long way toward helping you save money on the total cost of the event.

Also, as long as you’re able to, bring your own water bottle. A lot of festivals are in hot climates or happen when the weather is warm, so staying hydrated is important and buying bottles of water throughout the day can add up quickly.


A lot of the fun that comes with a festival for many people is the opportunity to travel outside of your town, but that can also mean you have to pay for expensive lodging. Luckily, many festivals offer adjacent or nearby campsites for people attending the festival. You might have to make a few sacrifices regarding comfort and convenience, but you’ll also save money and get to know other people. If you can’t camp or simply don’t want to, you might want to use an option like Couchsurfing

As a final note, if you’re going to a festival this spring or summer, avoid the urge to overspend by bringing only cash, rather than your debit card. This will help you set a spending limit that you won’t be as likely to go over, and you can also avoid the very high surcharge fees that come with cash machines on festival grounds. Just make sure you have a safe place to keep your cash stashed while you’re enjoying the music. 

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