Suprised to hear summer is our favorite season? You shouldn’t be. We make ice cream, for goodness sake! Summer may officially start on June 21st, but for us it kicks off when our favorite bands hit outdoor stages to fill the air with music. This summer, we’re traveling the country to visit six can’t-miss festivals. If you’re at any of these, stop by our tent to say hello, share a smile and get yourself some free Ben & Jerry’s!
1. The Governor’s Ball Music Festival:
June 6-8. Randall’s Island, NYC
New York City has rounded up a killer combination of bands and activities too good to ignore. From Photo/GIF booths to art installations and lawn games, this festival has it all.
Did you hear that Outkast is back together? Well, they are, and they’re headlining alongside Jack White and Vampire Weekend. The Strokes, Skrillex, Grimes and Interpol will all be there, too. Every day offers a new variety of amazing, so check out the schedule and plan accordingly.
2. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival:
June 12-15. Manchester, TN
We released a Bonnaroo Buzz flavor in 2011 (now called Bonnaroo’s Coffee Caramel Buzz) because this festival is: Just. That. Delicious. It deserves to be devoured. Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White and Lionel Richie will be there. So will Umphrey’s McGee, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, and Cake. If that’s somehow not enough, we dare you to take a look at the entire line-up and assemble your own all-star line-up.
3. Chipotle Cultivate Music Festival:
June 7th in San Francisco, August 23rd in Minneapolis, and October 18th in Dallas
Three days. Three cities. Three festivals full of good music, great food, and unforgettable people. Cultivate is free, but our excitement comes from the chance to set up alongside family farmers and artisans, and get a taste of what the local breweries have on tap. Every location will feature different bands, exhibits and eats. See what each city offers and meet us there.
4. Phish at Randall's Island:
July 11-13. Randall’s Island, NYC
We didn’t name an ice cream after the jam band from Vermont just because they’re from our home state. We think their music is some of the best around. We’ll be there to catch them playing Randall’s Island for the first time in their 30-year history. We're joining our friends from the WaterWheel Foundation, so come find our tent and let’s share in the good vibes. More info.
5. Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival:
August 8-10. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Have you ever seen the sun sink into the Pacific, causing the sky to explode in fiery shades of purple, orange, and red? It’s a sight to behold. Now imagine that same sight with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a whole slew of other bands providing the soundtrack for the action. Utter euphoria. Music isn’t the only draw. In true San Francisco style, Outside Lands will have enough great food, wine, beer, and art to make the days fly by.
6. The Frendly Gathering:
June 27-28. Timber Ridge, VT.
What do you get when you cross an old ski resort, with some of the hottest touring jam bands around and then add in more camping options than you can shake a scoop at? You get the Frendly Gathering in Timber Ridge, Vermont. There’s skateboarding, yoga, hiking and kids under 12 can get in free. That sounds like a guaranteed good time. More info.
There you have it – six festivals we wouldn’t dare miss. Combined with euphoric scoops of Ben & Jerry’s, they’re going to make this a summer to remember. We hope to see you there!