10 Music Festivals in the Midwest This Summer

Crowd at Pitchfork 2014 // Photo by Jessica Lehrman

Crowdsurfing at Pitchfork 2014 // Photo by Jessica Lehrman

Summer is fleeting in the Midwest. Blink and you could miss out on a whole season of outdoor music. Here are ten music festivals across the region that you shouldn’t pass up.


Basilica Block Party || Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 10–11

Twenty years ago, the Basilica of Saint Mary threw a block party to raise money to help pay for structural restoration costs. Turns out, Minnesotans can’t resist a good get-together and the party has been a summer staple ever since. The 20th anniversary line-up is one of the best ones yet, featuring headliners Weezer, O.A.R., Zoo Animal, Wilco, Fitz and the Tantrums, and American Scarecrows, plus sets by the likes of Motion City Soundtrack, Jason Isbell, and Mat Kearney.

Info: Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis, MN; $60/one night, $100/both nights; 5pm–10:30pm

Buy tickets and find more info at www.basilicablockparty.org.


80/35 || Des Moines, Iowa

July 10–11

If you think the only music going down in Iowa is in “The Music Man,” think again. 80/35 Music Festival is the brainchild of the Des Moines Music Coalition and, since its inception in 2008, has grown from being a dream to being an impressive part of the national music scene. This year’s headliners are Wilco and Weezer, supported by acts like Jenny Lewis, Run the Jewels, St. Lucia, Lettuce, and dozens more.

Info: Western Gateway Park and surrounding streets (12th and Locust), Downtown Des Moines, IA; advance tickets: $44/one day, $75/both days; day-of tickets: $50/$90

Buy tickets and find more info at www.2015.80-35.com.

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