5 All American Music Festivals This Summer

Thinking of hitting a music festival abroad this summer? Then look no further than New York State’s amazing line up of the biggest and best music festivals.

Syracuse Jazz Festival
Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Make like a New Yorker and discover the hidden gems in a music scene beyond Manhattans’ hot and humid city walls. Follow the hipsters in-the-know and head upstate to sample some authentic American festival life…..

The Taste of Country Festival (13th – 15th June)

Situated in the green and pristine Hunter Mountain area and only a two-hour drive from bustling Manhattan, expect big name country acts such as Willie Nelson to appear against the stunning backdrop of the Catskills Mountains – think high peaks, waterfalls, and cowboy hats aplenty.

Syracuse Jazz Festival (4th – 6th July)

Multi-award winning, it’s the largest free jazz festival in the north-east of America, and only a five-hour road trip from JFK airport.

Offering a huge variety of artists over three days, its big draw headliners are Kenny G & Donovan. Combine it with a stopover at the beautiful Oneida Lake just north of the town for a chilled out post-festie retreat.

Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (18th – 21st July)

This festival offers something rather different in the scenic Finger Lakes region. Originally starting out in life as a benefit to raise money for a local AIDS charity, it has grown so much it now showcases over 60 bands, playing over 4 stages.

Expect diverse world music, arts, dancing, and a genuinely chilled-out quirky vibe. Discover something you have never seen or heard before – fancy dress optional.

Grassroots Festival.
Grassroots Festival.

International Celtic Festival (17th – 18th August)

Billed as one of the most exciting festivals in the world, it features all of the best from the Emerald Isle crammed into one St Paddy’s-style weekend.

Situated in Hunter Mountain, a long time favourite music venue in Green County; expect world-class Irish and American bands and plenty of that famous Irish ‘craic’.

Moe.Down Festival (9th – 11th August)

Now into its 14th year and its bigger than ever, the event is located at the picturesque Snow Ridge Ski Resort in upstate New York. Only four hours from New York City and hosted by the band Moe, it’s a bouncy mix of jam music and good old fashioned family fun typical of an all American ho-down.

Taste of Country Festival
Camping at the Taste of Country Festival.

If you don’t get caught out by an English downpour at a festie this summer, leave your wellies at home, soak up some sunshine and enjoy a genuine all American festival.

America As You Like It offer a seven night holiday to New York State from £1099 per person, based on two people travelling, including return flights and seven night’s accommodation with car hire. For more information you can go to the America as you like it website or call 020-8742 8299.

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