LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
It’s the only music festival in New England that should require you to get your passport stamped upon arrival. A world of music – from Dominican merengue and Portuguese fado to bluegrass and Chicago blues – is at your fingertips at this family-friendly event.
When: July 26-28
Where: Downtown Lowell
Miles from Boston: 30
Top billings: Aurelio Martinez, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Nathalie Pires
Others not to miss: Maggie Ingram and the Igramettes, Marshall Ford Swing Band, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
Before you go: No tickets required; events are free. 978-970-5000, www.lowellfolkfestival.org
SUMMER ARTS WEEKEND
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, WGBH, The Boston Globe, and Citizens Bank are again teaming up to present this weekend festival that ranges from jazz to bluegrass to classical to world music.
When: July 26-28
Where: Copley Square, Boston
Top billings: Dr. John with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Angelique Kidjo, Alison Krauss
Others not to miss: Red Baraat, Carlos Núñez, Della Mae
Before you go: Most events are free. For full details visit www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/summer_arts_weekend/2013
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Newport Folk Festival is mostly sold out (with tickets still available for July 26), but its jazz counterpart is another good excuse to spend a weekend harborside in Rhode Island.
When: Aug. 2-4
Where: Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I.
Miles from Boston: 76
Top billings: Wayne Shorter, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding
Others not to miss: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Robert Glasper Experiment, Bill Charlap Trio, Marcus Miller
Before you go: Advance tickets $74 (each day) $135 (Saturday-Sunday pass), with discounts for students and children. 401-848-5055, www.newportjazzfest.net
For its launch, the Nines is counting on music fans to have a wide palette to enjoy everything from modern indie rock to R&B to comedy.
When: Aug. 10
Where: Willard Field, Devens
Miles from Boston: 35
Top billings: Explosions in the Sky, Shuggie Otis, Delta Spirit, Kid Koala, Walk Off the Earth, and more to be announced.
Before you go: Tickets $49. www.theninesfestival.com
A brew fest, art installations, 65 bands, and 30 films are all on tap for the fifth edition of this eclectic gathering that prides itself on supporting indie artists. Best boast? “Oh, and we got a Ferris wheel. You can ride it if you want to.”
When: Aug. 8-11
Where: Bangor, Maine
Miles from Boston: 235
Top billings: Dr. Dog, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Mean Creek, Lights
Others not to miss: The Knocks, Oberhofer, Herra Terra, Toussaint Morrison
Before you go: Tickets $35 (festival pass) and $55 (camping pass). 207-942-9207, www.kahbang.com
TWEED RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL
If Boston-area bars are vacant in mid-August, it’s because half of our roots-rock luminaries will be performing at this weekend festival.
When: Aug. 16-18
Where: 2056 Route 100, Stockbridge, Vt.
Miles from Boston: 161
Top billings: Tim Gearan, Bow Thayer, Session Americana, Waylon Speed
Others not to miss: Glenn Yoder & the Western States, Andrea Gillis, Mellow Bravo, Amy Correia
Before you go: Advance tickets $40-$60 (day passes) and $120 (weekend pass). www.tweedrivermusicfestival.com