When summer arrives, the stage is set in Delaware for some long, freewheeling weekends featuring some of the nation’s top music acts. Savvy music fans from across the East Coast know that Delaware is one of the best destinations for music festivals, thanks to its convenient location in the Mid-Atlantic, its low-cost, tax-free status.
Most of Delaware’s top music festivals also offer a camping option, and all are within quick drive of the state’s beach resorts, should you decide to turn your music pilgrimage into an extended summer break.
First up in June is the four-day Firefly Music Festival, which in a few short years has become one of the nation’s top showcases of indie rock and other genres, from old-school to modern music’s cutting edge. Year after year, the headliners include the world’s can’t-miss superstars, from the Foo Fighters to Jack Black to Paul McCartney.
Soon after Firefly winds down at The Woodlands, the scene gets buzzing again. The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival features top acts over several days in Wilmington. Back at The Woodlands, Firefly is followed up by the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which delivers three days of performances by country music’s top superstars.
In July, the Delaware State Fair keeps things hopping with a dependably star-studded lineup. More country music gets under way in August at the Delaware Junction Festival, where headliners such as Toby Keith and Jason Aldean have headed the lineup.
And throughout the summer, Freeman Stage at Bayside and the bandstands in Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach offer regular concerts that are a perfect side trip for folks vacationing at the Delaware beaches.