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Bumbershoot Travel Deals

bumbershoot3Washington State music lovers kick off the summer with the Sasquatch Music Festival in the Columbia Gorge each May, and they zip up to Seattle for the summer-ending Bumbershoot music-and-arts festival to bookend the season. Summers in the Pacific Northwest are all about enjoying as much of the nice weather as possible, since it doesn’t last long, so it’s a great excuse for people outside the state to come visit, too.

Bumbershoot started in Seattle in 1971, and has been a Labor Day weekend fixture since 1977. Festival-goers are regularly treated to local talent on the stage, but Bumbershoot has grown enough in stature over the decades to also attract big acts from all over the world. The “arts” part of the festival includes things like independent films, dance performances, poetry slams, and street performers, and there are plenty of vendors selling a variety of foods and arty souvenirs.

Incidentally, the word “bumbershoot” means “umbrella,” and that’s worth noting. Labor Day weekend in Seattle is usually perfectly lovely – but this is the Pacific Northwest, so anything could happen. People in this part of the world don’t let a little rain keep them from enjoying their festivals, however, so the show will most certainly go on – rain or shine.

>> Bumbershoot takes place each yer over Labor Day weekend 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Travel Deals

fringe1Edinburgh is a popular enough place to visit any time of the year, but for most of the month of August the city is transformed into one gigantic open-air arts festival. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – lovingly known simply as “The Fringe” – is the biggest arts festival anywhere, and rather than being just a fancy festival with art or theatre exhibits behind closed doors, The Fringe spills out into the streets of Edinburgh, so that everywhere you look there’s performance art going on. It’s a feast for the senses.

Because the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh is so popular, however, it can make planning a trip to Edinburgh in August quite complicated – not to mention expensive. Hotels and hostels book up well in advance, for instance, and even if you’re on the ball and book ahead of time you’re going to notice the room rates are higher than normal. But perhaps the biggest expense of your trip to Edinburgh – especially if you’re traveling from far away – is going to be your airfare. Not only is the Festival Fringe a big draw for thousands of people, it also falls right in the midst of the peak tourist season in Europe. That’s two counts against anyone who’s a budget traveler.

Still, there are ways to find Edinburgh Festival Fringe travel deals, and we’ve talked about some of them in a series of articles this past week. You’ll find links to those articles below – including what airports to fly into if you’re coming to Edinburgh from overseas, and how to find cheap airfare no matter which airport you’re flying into.

Lollapalooza Travel Deals

lollapalooza4Even if you’re old enough to remember Lollapalooza as a touring summer music festival, the current incarnation of the event bears such little resemblance to the original that it’s worth checking it out again. And if you’re just a fan of music and you didn’t know Lollapalooza was ever anything but a big music festival in Chicago, then ignore the previous statement’s reminiscing and carry on.

Since 2005, Lollapalooza has been a three-day music festival held in Chicago’s Grant Park, featuring live performances by some of the top musical acts from around the world. The 2005 event wasn’t huge in terms of the number of attendees, but more recent years have brought in enough festival-goers (and money) that Chicago has agreed to host the festival through 2018.

Music lovers who already live in or near Chicago are lucky to not need much guidance when it comes to travel tips for Lollapalooza – but for the rest of us, here are links to some articles that will help you save money on your flight to Lollapalooza, scope out alternative airports in search of better deals, and figure out how to get there.

>> When is Lollapalooza in 2012? It’s the weekend of August 3-5. 

New Orleans Jazz Fest Travel Deals

Next to Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest is perhaps the second most popular time to be in New Orleans. Although the city’s reputation as a jazz-filled city isn’t without merit, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (most commonly known simply as Jazz Fest) runs the musical gamut from Dixieland to hip-hop to rock, and lots of stuff in between – not to mention scores of music fans. This is one of the many reasons why a trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest requires a little pre-planning.

To help you plan your own trip to see New Orleans Jazz Fest, then, here are some articles we’ve published recently – including tips on finding cheap airfare and other ways to get to New Orleans and the festival grounds. You’ll also find links below for accommodation in the Crescent City to help complete your travel planning.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

How to Get to New Orleans Jazz Fest

When you’re asking about how to get to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the easy answer is that since the location is in the event’s name it shouldn’t be hard to locate.

In point of fact, the Crescent City’s famous jazz festival has been held in the same location since 1972 (the Fair Grounds Race Course), and it happens to be pretty close to the popular French Quarter – so once you get yourself to the city it’s actually not hard to find at all.

If the question is a broader one about the best way to get to the city and then to festival grounds, then here are your main options.

>> The 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs from April 29-May 8.

What Airports to Use for New Orleans Jazz Fest

It shouldn’t surprise you that the closest airport to the New Orleans Jazz Fest is the main airport in New Orleans – but if you’re scouring the web for potential savings on airfare to New Orleans for the big music festival, then one thing you shouldn’t overlook is the option of flying into a different airport (and a different city) altogether.

Often, flying right into New Orleans’ main airport will be the cheapest option – but, depending on where you’re flying from, that’s not always going to be the case. The airports listed below are, after the primary New Orleans airport, between 70-120 miles from the Crescent City. In other words, it doesn’t hurt to check on flights into those airports in case you find a spectacular deal – especially if you don’t mind a little bit of a road trip after your flight.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest is from April 29-May 8 in 2011.

How to Find Cheap Airfare to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Unless you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of New Orleans, the first order of business upon planning a trip to see the popular annual music festival known as New Orleans Jazz Fest is to find yourself a cheap flight. Airfare is almost always the biggest part of any travel budget, so the more you can cut down on that expense the more you’ll save on your trip overall. And as we all know, the more you save on airfare, the more po’boys you can buy. Or something like that.

Flying to New Orleans for Jazz Fest isn’t usually as expensive as flying to the city for its most famous festival, Mardi Gras – but it’s not unheard of for airlines to raise their prices on flights to New Orleans right around Jazz Fest. They know more people than usual are traveling to the event, and when demand is higher it’s the ideal time (in the eye of the airline) to raise ticket prices.

The good news is that Jazz Fest occurs before the height of the busy summer travel season, so prices on airline tickets aren’t quite at their peak yet – and if you do a bit of homework before you buy, you can avoid paying the highest prices for your trip. Here are some tips to help you save money on your airfare for New Orleans Jazz Fest.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

Coachella Festival Travel Deals

coachella4There are music and art festivals, and then there’s Coachella. Set in the desert of the Coachella Valley south of Palm Springs, California, this three-day event brings together several different genres of musical acts and countless fans to enjoy some southern California sun every April since 1993.

Not everyone who goes to Coachella is from southern California, obviously, and not everyone who travels to the festival is rolling in cash. So whether you’re planning to carpool, take a Greyhound bus, or fly to get to the festival, we’ve got some information that will help you get to Coachella without breaking the bank.

>> In 2012, Coachella runs from April  13 – 15 and 20-22.

What Airports to Use for the Coachella Festival

coachella2Usually when you’re thinking of taking a trip, there’s one obvious airport into which you’ll fly, so you don’t have much to do in the way of research regarding how to get there. When your destination is a big field in the middle of a desert valley, however, things are a little more tricky. To get to the Coachella Music Festival by plane, you have a few options. Some are closer to the actual site, but others are more likely to offer better fares overall.

In this article, we’ll list the major airports in the Coachella Valley area, so you can pick the one that suits your needs best for attending the Coachella Festival. Regardless of the airport you choose, you’ll still end up a ways from the actual festival site – so don’t forget to look into driving directions for Coachella, and either plan on renting a car or finding a carpool to join.

>> Read more about how to get to the Coachella Festival

>> In 2012, Coachella runs from April  13 – 15 and 20-22.

How to Get to the Coachella Festival

coachella1Going to the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California is a great way to see several of your favorite bands (and perhaps find out about some new ones, too) in one go. The three-day festival features a few different styles of music alongside being performed alongside art displays throughout the grounds, and the Coachella Valley setting can be really beautiful – albeit a little challenging to reach.

In this article, we’ll cover the best ways for getting to the Coachella Music Festival, whether you’re driving or flying.

>> In 2012, Coachella runs from April  13 – 15 and 20-22.