When: July 15th-17th
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Why Go: With the Ohio River as its backdrop, this 14-year-old gathering in Louisville, Kentucky has become one of the more formidable fests in the Midwest. This year's lineup is stacked with festival stalwarts like the spellbinding Alabama Shakes and axe-slinger Gary Clark Jr. Forecastle also serves as a way for music fans to learn more about Kentucky's many offerings: The Bourbon Lodge showcases one of the Bluegrass State's most storied exports, with offerings from large and small distilleries, while Kentucky Landing will give space to home-grown vendors of clothing, jewelry, art and food.
Must-See Acts: Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark Jr., the Avett Brothers, Sylvan Esso, Danny Brown, Blackberry Smoke
Official Site: forecastlefest.com