With live shows, concerts, and music festivals slowly but surely returning, everyone’s getting back into preparation mode. Outfits for each day of your favorite festival must be planned months in advance, of course, but more importantly, saving enough money for a ticket should come first.
The prices of music festivals and concerts fluctuate each year. While the cost of a ticket usually rises with every fresh lineup, this year is slightly different. Because last year’s festivals were almost all canceled, ticket prices haven’t gone up too drastically. The people who run these events need audiences back as much as we want to be there–and therefore, you can get some solid deals this year.
Here are the average prices for some of the most famous and long-running music festivals you can attend this year and the next. If you’d rather go to a single concert, we’ve got the rundown on the cheapest ways to enjoy live music as well as a guide to knowing when to treat yourself to pricey, once-in-a-lifetime shows.
Cincinnati Music Festival (July 2022)
The Cincinnati Music Festival is a hidden gem. For an average ticket price of only about $185, you can attend the three-day event to see acts like Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, BJ the Chicago Kid, Jonathan Butler, Fantasia, Kirk Whalum, Tony Toni Tone, Tank, The O’Jays, and more. That’s more bang for your buck than most festivals offer. The Cincinnati Music Festival at the Paul Brown Stadium will not pick back up this year, but it’s set to return with this same lineup in the summer of 2022.
4. Austin City Limits (October 2021)
Austin City Limits is another solid choice that won’t break the bank. The event will take place two weekends in a row at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, where you can see Miley Cyrus, George Strait, Stevie Nicks, DaBaby, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Erykah Badu, Jack Harlow, St. Vincent, Chet Faker, and dozens more talented musicians. The average price of a ticket for the upcoming event is $303.
3. Lollapalooza (July 2021)
For an average ticket price of about $389, Lollapalooza in Chicago is still one of the best and most reasonable festivals in the country. For that price, you can spend four days at Grant Park, enjoying performances by Post Malone, the Foo Fighters, Brockhampton, Modest Mouse, Miley Cyrus, Freddie Gibbs, Aly & AJ, Megan Thee Stallion, Limp Bizkit, and more.
2. Life Is Beautiful (September 2021)
For an average ticket price of about $482, the Life is Beautiful music festival in downtown Las Vegas will feature acts like Green Day, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Dillon Francis, 6lack, Glass Animals, Jamila Woods, Noah Cyrus, J.I.D., Ashnikko, and more. Three days of music for less than $500 is pretty incredible!
1. Bottlerock Festival (September 2021)
Bottlerock will take place over three days in Napa Valley, CA. Artists who will perform include Run the Jewels, Jessie Reyez, Finneas, Big Freedia, Jimmy Eat World, and Cage the Elephant. Sound fun? I sure think so! The average ticket price for this festival in the beautiful Napa Valley runs at about $952, so it’s wise to start saving up early!