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The Best of the Fests: 19 Cool Summer Festivals

Peak summer festival season has arrived! Check out the wildest blow-outs still to come, from Lollapalooza to the Gathering of the Juggalos

Best of the Fests

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This year's summer music festival season is in full swing – and it's far from over. From the monster multi-stage blowouts (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits) to the smaller, wackier events (Gathering of the Juggalos), there are more opportunities than ever to see the greatest live acts touring this year all in one place. Enjoy our mid-season guide to the biggest and best festivals coming up in the rest of 2012.

By Patrick Doyle

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Austin City Limits

WHEN: October 12th-14th
WHERE: Austin, Texas
TOP ACTS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, Iggy & the Stooges, Weezer, The Shins, Bassnectar

What started as a country television show in 1976 is now one of the biggest rock events of the summer – drawing as many as 70,000 fans to the Texas capital's 46-acre Zilker Park.

PRO TIP: Don't just go home when the festival is over! Local venues like the legendary blues club Antone's offer after-hours music that can rival what you'll find at the mainstage.

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