Top Ten Summer Music Festivals

Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury, Michigan
Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury, Michigan
Compost stations at eco-friendly Electric Forest (Michael Weintrob/courtesy, Electric Forest Festival)

6. Electric Forest Festival (Late June)
Rothbury, Michigan
Still in its infancy, the Electric Forest Festival (formerly the Rothbury Festival) aims to celebrate peace, love, and environmental sustainability. And music, of course. With more than 80 bands, the forested lands of the Double JJ Ranch and Golf Club in western Michigan become party central for jam-band fans. A-list talents like the Stringcheese Incident are featured, as are gen-next artists like Girl Talk. But it's the commitment to "green" alternatives that makes Electric Forest a breakout model for destination festivals. The generators powering the bands, for instance, all run on biodiesel, and organizers offset the conventional energy used at the festival by investing in wind farm development. What's more, concertgoers are invited to participate in onsite discussions with scientists, scholars, and progressive activists about economic solutions, organic farming, and lifestyle choices. Lest anybody get bored of the jam sessions at the main stages (blasphemy!), entertainment extends to a water park, glow-in-the-dark disc golf, and a trippy light display in the Sherwood Forest. Basic tickets include onsite camping, while upscale packages offer amenities such as air-conditioned lounges and flush toilets. The site is halfway between Chicago and Detroit, a three-hour drive from both.

Hot Tip: You can work off the price of a three-day pass by joining the Work Exchange Team, meaning you'll work at least 18 hours throughout the weekend.

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Published: 23 May 2009 | Last Updated: 17 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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