Music festivals are starting to pop up all around the country these days.
Jamming out to your favorite bands, hanging out with your friends and getting a little sun can be a great way to spend the weekend, but festivals tend to be expensive. Unless you have an in with the promoter, you will have to pay for your own tickets, food, drinks and all the expensive amenities the festival has to offer. But there are plenty of ways you can crowd surf up to the front of the stage without using up your entire checking account. Here are a few things you can do to save money when going to a music festival:Travel in a group
Unless it is right in your backyard, chances are you'll have to travel in order to enjoy some tunes. Gas, tolls and parking can begin to add up if you are planning several days of traveling. To help save money while driving, see if you can get a group of friends to tag along and car pool. You can all split the gas and tolls and make the trip more affordable for everyone.
From California to Tennessee, some of the most popular festivals are spread across the country. This may mean that you have to secure airfare in order to enjoy the good vibrations. If you need to hop on a plane to get to another state, check the festival's website and see if they offer any discounts for plane tickets or the airline's website to check if they can offer deals for a group of people.Consider camping
If the festival is too far from your home to drive back each night, you'll have to spend the night in the area. If this is the case, check to see whether the concert venue allows you to camp on the grounds. This can be less expensive than paying for a hotel, plus you can get to know all the other concertgoers and share stories about the shows you saw that day.Save on food and drinks
It is pretty common to see someone buy a $5 bottled water or a $10 hamburger at a festival. Instead, try to bring your own food and drinks if the venue allows it. It can be a good way to save a few extra bucks and make sure you don't pass out from hunger.
Before you start packing a three course meal into your fanny pack, look at the festival's website to see if there are any restrictions in place. Some places will not allow outside food or drink. If that is the case, bring an empty water bottle and simply refill that when you need to.Save on tickets
One of the biggest hits to your budget for a music festival is the price of tickets. A three-day pass could easily cost hundreds of dollars even before the extra charges are thrown in. To help you save extra money, look at the schedule and see when your favorite band is playing and buy a single day ticket instead. You may not be able to see all the bands you want, but paying a fraction of the three-day pass and still seeing a band you like may be worth it.
Many festivals allow people to get into the shows for free if they volunteer. Being a guide for lost festival attendees or handing out maps for a few hours can help you save a ton of money. These spots tend to go quickly so make sure you sign up as soon as possible.
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