18 Rockin’ Music Festivals Within An 8 Hour Drive Of Columbus

There are a lot of great things about living in Columbus. We’ve got amazing food, friendly people, and plenty of fun things to do around town. But one of the best things about the city is its location.

Within an 8 hour drive of Cbus, you can make it to a large portion of the country, which means festival season is extremely convenient for Columbusites. We’ve rounded up 18 awesome music festivals that are taking place this summer, all within perfect road trip distance.

Firefly Festival- 7.5 hours from Columbus

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Where: Dover, Delaware
When: June 15-18
Headliners: The Weeknd, Muse, twenty one pilots, Chance the Rapper, and Bob Dylan. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $89-$2,499 and tickets are available here

Bonnaroo- 7 hours from Columbus

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Where: Manchester, Tennessee
When: June 8-11
Headliners: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance the Rapper. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $210.50-$554.50 and tickets are available here.

Peach Music Festival- 7 hours from Columbus

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Where: Scranton, Pennsylvania
When: August 10-13
Headliners: Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule & Friends, and Joe Bonamassa. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $135-$650 and tickets are available here.

Summerfest Milwaukee- 7 hours from Columbus

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Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
When: June 28-July 2 & July 4-9
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Brandi Carlisle, Luke Bryan, Deerhoof, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul Simon, The Shins, Willie Nelson and Zac Brown Band. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Ticket prices vary. For more information, click here.

Lollapalooza- 6.5 hours from Columbus

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Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: August 3-6
Headliners: Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, The XX, Lorde, Blink 182, and DJ Snake. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: General Admission Tickets are sold out, but some may be available through Verified Ticket exchange, here. VIP tickets range from $650-$2,200 and tickets are available here.

North Coast Music Festival- 6.5 hours from Columbus

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Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: September 1-3
Headliners: Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, Gucci Mane, Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley, STS9, Carnage, Ween, and Tipper. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $59-$199 and tickets are available here.

Pitchfork Music Festival- 6.5 hours from Columbus

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Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: July 14-15
Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, PJ Harvey, Dirty Projectors, Nicolas Jaar, Angel Olsen, the Avalanches, Danny Brown, Ride, George Clinton, Vince Staples, and Mitski. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $75-$365 and tickets are available here.

Electric Forest- 6 hours from Columbus

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Where: Rothbury, Michigan
When: June 22-25 & June 29-July 2
Headliners: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Odesza, My Morning Jacket, Above & Beyond, Flume, and DJ Snake. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: General Admission wristbands are sold out for the first weekend, but may still be available on the Official Wristband Exchange here. Second-weekend ticket prices range from $179-$1,599 and are available here.

Forecastle Festival- 3.5 hours from Columbus

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Where: Louisville, Kentucky
When: July 14-16
Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson, Cage the Elephant, and PJ Harvey. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $54.50-$424.50 and tickets are available here.

Movement Music Festival- 3.5 hours from Columbus

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Where: Detroit, Michigan
When: May 27-29
Headliners: Adam Beyer, Carl Craig, Dusky, Dixon, Nicole Moudaber, Seth Troxler, Coyu, Richie Hawtin, Testpilot, Carl Cox Thundercat, and Shiba San.
Tickets: Prices range from $85-$300 and tickets are available here.

Bunbury Music Festival- 2 hours from Columbus

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Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
When: June 2-4
Headliners: Muse, Wiz Kalifa, G-Eazy, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights Live, The 1975, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Deathcab for Cutie, and The Shins. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $89-$1299 and tickets are available here.

Country Concert- 1 hour and 45 mins from Columbus

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Where: Fort Loramie, Ohio
When: July 6-8
Headliners: Blake Shelton, Jake Owen, and Florida Georgia Line. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $108-$668 and tickets are available here.

Nelsonville Music Festival- 1 hour from Columbus

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Where: Nelsonville, Ohio
When: June 1-4
Headliners: Ween, They Might Be Giants, Emmylou Harris, Connor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Rodriguez, Cloud Nothings, and Parquet Courts. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $55-$350 and tickets are available here.

Dark Star Jubilee Festival- 40 minutes from Columbus

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Where: Thornville, Ohio
When: May 26-28
Headliners: Dark Star Orchestra, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Tuna and Railroad Earth. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $149-$295 and tickets are available here.

The Werk Out Festival- 40 minutes from Columbus

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Where: Thornville, Ohio
When: August 3-5
Headliners: The Werks, Gramatik, The Floozies, and Emancipator. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $119.99-$229.99 and tickets are available here.

Fashion Meets Music Festival- 15 minutes from Columbus

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Where: Obetz, Ohio
When: August 18-19
Headliners: Third Eye Blind, Tegan and Sara, St. Lucia, Michelle Branch, and Kristin Kontrol. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices range from $40-$175 and tickets are available here.

Breakaway Music Festival- Mapfre Stadium

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Where: Mapfre Stadium
When: September 1-2
Headliners: Lineup TBD
Tickets: Earlybird Tickets are available here, General Admission for $80 and VIP from $130.

Buckeye Country Superfest- Ohio Stadium

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Where: Ohio Stadium
When: June 10-11
Headliners: Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, and Billy Currington. View the full lineup here.
Tickets: Prices vary from $40-$250 and tickets are available here.