Festival fun: music festivals happening in the Midwest this summer


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Indie folk rock band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down play at the HyVee main stage during the 80/35 music festival in Des Moines.

Jill O'Brien

Lollapalooza isn’t the only festival that happens in the Midwest during the summer months. If you’re looking for something new, check out this list of different and lesser known festivals happening this summer.

Eaux Claires Music Festival- June 16-17, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

A smaller festival held in western Wisconsin, Eaux Claires will feature a wide variety of artists, from Francis and the Lights and Wilco to Bon Iver and Chance the Rapper. Eaux Claires is a festival that allows attendees to camp onsite, so bring what you need if camping at festivals is something you’re into.

Summerfest- June 28-July 2, July 4-July 9, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

One of the longest running music festivals in the world, Summerfest has been bringing artists to Milwaukee for fifty years, hosting 800 bands over 11 days and 11 stages. This year’s lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Future, Flume, DNCE, Bleachers, Jon Bellion and many more.

80/35 Music Festival- July 7-8, Des Moines, Iowa

Coming up on ten years this July, this 2-day fest is only a short drive up to Des Moines, and features a mix of up and coming and local artists, as well as more well-known headliners. Bands MGMT and The Shins will be headlining this year, and over thirty other acts will be playing across 3 different stages in Western Gateway Park over the weekend.

Hinterland Music Festival- August 4-5, Saint Charles, Iowa

Held just outside of Des Moines, Hinterland Music Festival is a 2-day festival that blends both music and the outdoors, allowing attendees to camp on the festival grounds. Lineup includes British alt-rock group alt-J, Ryan Adams, The Head and the Heart, Shakey Graves and more.