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4 Underrated Music Festivals to Attend this Spring

Features & Advice Patrick Clarke February 15, 2017

4 Underrated Music Festivals to Attend this Spring

PHOTO: Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Festival is back for its sixth year in 2017. (Photo via Flickr/jerkaminski)

While most travelers can't help but imagine summer when they think music festivals, there are actually countless celebrations of music, film and art set to take place ahead of the summer solstice.

Of course, next month's South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas is undoubtedly the most notable of those events, but if you're looking for a slightly easier ticket to snag, check out one of these underrated spring music festivals that are right around the corner.

Treefort Music Festival

Where: Boise, Idaho

When: March 22-26, 2017

The Treefort Music Festival has something for everyone in one of America's most slept on destinations, downtown Boise, Idaho. There's lots of music, of course, but also movies, comedy shows, yoga parties and food and beer. There's even a Kidfort to keep the little ones entertained.

In addition to gorgeous scenery Boise is home to a variety of natural attractions and parks that will just be beginning to warm up in late March.

Big Ears 2017 

Where: Knoxville, Tennessee

When: March 23-26, 2017

Whether a fan of original music or film, Tennessee's Big Ears festival is the place to be in late March. Taking place in historic downtown Knoxville, this annual tradition features a slew of stellar bands, brilliant composers and a plethora of unique artists. 

While Knoxville may take a backseat to Nashville and Memphis, there's a lot to love about it, including Market Square and a wide range of historic sites.

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This year's lineup includes alternative rock band Wilco and the American debut performance of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble performing "The Sinking of the Titanic."

Savannah Music Festival

Where: Savannah, Georgia

When: March 23-April 8, 2017

Six hours southeast of Knoxville is where you'll find Georgia's Savannah Music Festival, the state's largest musical arts event. Whether going for the duration or just an extended weekend, you won't be disappointed. After all, Savannah is home to tremendous history and some of the best haunts in the U.S.

This year's two-week celebration of music and art includes rock band The Avett Brothers and a long list of creative talents.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

When: April 28-May 7, 2017

Although certainly more renowned than some of the aforementioned festivals, the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can still be considered a must-see event. This year's headliners include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5 and more.

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If you miss this month's NBA All-Star weekend events or the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration in the Big Easy, there's no better excuse to visit than to see some of the top acts in music, taste some delicious food and experience the best of the local culture.

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