Comparing The Costs Of Attending This Summer's Most Popular Destination Music Festivals.

There's certainly a lot to love about living in a place like North Texas. It's not all biscuits and gravy, though. Like, did you know there's only like a gazillion music festivals that'll be put on around North Texas this year? And none of those were even one of the 40 fests hit by last year's Outkast reunion tour, either.

Fortunately, other parts of the country are even more blessed in the festival department than we are around these parts. That in mind — and since so many North Texans will likely be traveling outside of the area to catch festivals this summer — we decided it might be helpful to compare the price of the most popular summer festivals, including things like transportation and lodging.

A little methodology: all ticket prices were for general admission tickets; gas prices were figured using GasBuddy.com's trip calculator, using a vehicle that gets 26 mpg/hwy; airline tickets and hotels were based off the lowest fares on Expedia and Hotels.com at the time of this writing. We didn't take into account things like meals, whether or not you found a Groupon or if you have a buddy in the destination town whose couch you can crash on. Use the following as a rough guide, but know that, yes, your results will absolutely vary.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Location: Empire Polo Club / Indio, CA.
Dates: April 10-12 and April 17-19.
Festival Highlights: Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Alabama Shakes, AC-DC, Jack White, alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, The Weeknd, Drake, Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, David Guetta.
Ticket Price: $375 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 1,310 miles (19-hour drive).
Gas Money: $187.
Price of Flight: $404+.
Accommodations: $30-$85 for a three-day camping pass.
Total Cost: $592-$864.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Location: The Fair Grounds / New Orleans, LA.
Dates: April 24-26 and April 30-May 3.
Festival Highlights: Elton John, The Who, Wilco, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Big Freedia, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, John Legend, T.I., Ryan Adams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The O'Jays, Steve Winwood, The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Ticket Price: $70 per day.
Distance From DFW: 507 miles (7.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $64.
Price of Flight:$301+.
Accommodations: $55 per night.
Total Cost: $439-$676 (opening weekend).

Shaky Knees Festival.
Location: Central Park / Atlanta, GA.
Dates: May 8-10.
Festival Highlights: The Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, Tame Impala, Ryan Adams, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mastodon, Interpol.
Ticket Price: $215 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 787 miles (11.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $108.
Price of Flight: $177+.
Accommodations: $112+ per night.
Total Cost: $659-$728.

Levitation (Austin Psych Fest).
Location: Carson Creek Ranch / Austin, TX.
Dates: May 8-10.
Festival Highlights: The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, Spiritualized, Mac DeMarco, Thee Oh Sees, A Place to Bury Strangers, Metz, The Soft Moon, Primal Scream, The Sword, The Black Angels, Lightning Bolt, White Fence, Nothing, Indian Jewelry, Fat White Family, Holy Wave.
Ticket Price: $165 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 195 miles (3-hour drive).
Gas Money: $27.
Price of Flight: $179+.
Accommodations: $60+ per night.
Total Cost: $372-$524.

Hangout Music Festival.
Location: Gulf Shores, AL.
Dates: May 15-17.
Festival Highlights: Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Foster The People, Spoon, Major Lazer, Phantogram, Future Islands.
Ticket Price: $280 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 644 miles (10-hour drive).
Gas Money: $85.
Price of Flight:$330+.
Accommodations: $250+ per night.
Total Cost: $1,115-$1,360.

Boston Calling.
Location: City Hall Plaza / Boston, MA.
Dates: May 22-24.
Festival Highlights: St. Vincent, Run the Jewels, MØ, Beck, Pixies, Tove Lo, My Morning Jacket, Krill, TV on the Radio, Marina and the Diamonds, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, Chet Faker, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Jungle.
Ticket Price: $175 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 1,770 miles (27-hour drive).
Gas Money: $232.
Price of Flight: $260+.
Accommodations: $80+ per night.
Total Cost: $647-$675.

Sasquatch! Festival.
Location: Gorge Amphiteatre / Quincy, WA.
Dates: May 22-25.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price:$350 (four-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 2,020 miles (30-hour drive).
Gas Money: $262.
Price of Flight: $367+.
Accommodations: $150 per vehicle for four-day on-site camping pass.
Total Cost: $762-$867.

Wakarusa.
Location: Mulberry Mountain / Ozark, AR.
Dates: June 4-7.
Festival Highlights: Chance the Rapper, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Rustie, Portugal. The Man, The Roots, Young the Giant, Matisyahu, Big Gigantic, Slightly Stoopid, Reptar, The Gaslamp Killer, Trippy Turtle, ProbCause.
Ticket Price: $179 (four-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 316 miles (5.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $40.
Price of Flight: $418+ (plus cab fare).
Accommodations: $59-219 for four-day on-site camping pass.
Total Cost: $278-$816.

The Governors Ball.
Location: Randall's Island Park / New York, NY.
Dates: June 5-7.
Festival Highlights: Drake, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Bjork, Ryan Adams.
Ticket Price: $285 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 1,548 miles (23 hour drive).
Gas Money: $201.
Price of Flight: $398+.
Accommodations: $106+ per night.
Total Cost: $804-$1,001.

Free Press Summer Fest.
Location: Eleanor Tinsley Park / Houston, TX.
Dates: June 6-7.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price: $160 (two-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 239 miles (3.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $30.
Price of Flight: $170+.
Accommodations: $45+ per night.
Total Cost: $280-$420.

Firefly Music Festival.
Location: The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway / Dover, DE.
Dates: June 18-21.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price: $299 (four-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 1,428 miles (21.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $190.
Price of Flight: $250+ (plus cab fare).
Accommodations: $149 for four-day on-site tent camping pass.
Total Cost: $638-$788.

Bonnaroo.
Location: Great Stage Park / Manchester, TN.
Dates: June 11-14.
Festival Highlights: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Alabama.
Ticket Price: $332 (four-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 721 miles (10.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $89.
Price of Flight: $278+.
Accommodations: Free (GA on-site camping included in ticket price).
Total Cost: $421-$610.

Pitchfork Music Festival.
Location: Union Park / Chicago, IL.
Dates:July 17-19.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price: $150 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 968 miles (14.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $117.
Price of Flight: $264+.
Accommodations: $45+ per night.
Total Cost: $402-$549.

Newport Folk Festival.
Location: Fort Adams State Partk / Newport, RI.
Dates: July 24-26.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price: $214 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW:1,728 miles (27-hour drive).
Gas Money: $218.
Price of Flight: $500+ (plus cab fare).
Accommodations: $200+ per night.
Total Cost: $1,032-$1,314.

Lollapalooza.
Location: Grant Park / Chicago, IL.
Dates: July 31-August 2.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price: $250 (three-day GA pass).
Distance From DFW: 968 miles (14.5-hour drive).
Gas Money: $117.
Price of Flight: $264+.
Accommodations: $45 per night.
Total Cost: $502-$649.

Outside Lands.
Location: Golden Gate Park / San Francisco, CA.
Dates: August 7-9.
Festival Highlights: TBA.
Ticket Price: $275 (price of three-day GA pass in 2014).
Distance From DFW: 1,732 miles (26-hour drive).
Gas Money: $266.
Price of Flight: $281+.
Accommodations: $70+ per night.
Total Cost: $721-$742.

Cover photo by Cory Graves.

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