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You don’t need me to tell you that food festivals have gotten exponentially better since the days when a foot-long corn dog was big news. You also know that, beverage-wise, music festivals aren’t just about bad beer in plastic cups that you hope someone doesn’t throw at your head.
Still, the improvement is mind-blowing. The only problem, besides getting into some of them, is deciding whether to describe these events as food festivals or music festivals. It’s your call.
At Tony Mantuano’s Italian Bar Toma, you’ll find potato chips with Calabrian licorice powder, and the One-Hitter sandwich with smoked prosciutto and mozzarella. The local brewer Goose Island Brewpub offers grilled cheese-stuffed pretzels, plus the Goose Island beer brat. Festival headliners include The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails.
All that space means there’s also room for lots of music, including Paul McCartney, Grizzly Bear and Red Hot Chili Peppers. We hope you have your tickets already, because Outside Lands just sold out.
This being Colorado, the craft brew scene will be off the hook, represented by the likes of Avery Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery and Strange Brewing Co.
Boston Calling: Boston, Massachusetts September 7-8
As far as the fall music lineup, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit are headlining. Solange and Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to be there, too.
Music City Eats and Petty Fest Nashville: Nashville, Tennessee September 21-22
On September 21, you’ll also find the fourth annual Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers–dedicated Petty Fest, hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, with special guests. The website promises: “If you love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers you’ll be in heaven. If you don’t, you will. Petty Fest will do you like that.”
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