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This Summer's Hottest Music Festivals

July 6, 2021

Summer is just around the corner and so are some amazing outdoor music festivals! There are hundreds to choose from and it can be a bit daunting to search through all of them so we’ve narrowed it down to a curated list of only the best.

From jazz to theater, to dance performance and intimate musical experience, we think you’re going to like what you find on our list…

This Summer’s Hottest Music Festivals


Newport Jazz Festival

July 30th – August 1st, Newport

Since the 1950’s the Newport Jazz Festival has been a leading event in the music world with its legendary lineups in the three-day-long festival. This festival has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra, Led Zepplin, Miles Davis, and more!

Addict Insider:  What happens when all the best jazz musicians spend the weekend together? It must be the Newport Festival! With four different stages and an incredible roster of artists including Wynton Marsalis, Andra Day, and Mavis Staples, this year’s Newport Jazz Festival lineup has something for everyone. Enjoy some great seafood and fantastic music at this iconic festival!

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Classical Music

Festival Napa Valley

July 16th – 25th, Napa

If you love wine and classical music then Festival Napa Valley is the event for you! Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy incredible performances by the world’s top classical musicians and rising stars with outdoor concerts with the beautiful Napa Valley as a backdrop!

Addict Insider: Whether you prefer red, white, or rosé, the musical offerings of Festival Napa Valley have something for everyone! Find your perfect pairing of world-class wine, food, music, and even dance in this amazing ten-day festival. If you are not local, you can have a private wine tasting and stream the concerts online in your own backyard!

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Photo by Paul Kolnik for NYCB

New York City Ballet at SPAC

July 14th – 17th, New York City
The New York City Ballet is heading upstate! This world-class ballet returns to the outdoor Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer for a three-day residency featuring two programs in the “NYCB: On and Off Stage”. These two programs “Short Stories” and “All Balanchine” feature excerpts from some of ballet’s most famous stories including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Firebird, and more! Pack a picnic or get reserved seating for these exquisite 75-minute performances!

Addict Insider: These NYCB performances are perfect for people who have always been curious about ballet but are too intimidated to take the plunge. Each program is hosted by principal dancers at the company to help provide context and history for each piece. If you are curious in more traditional ballet, fairytales, and fabulous tutus – check out the “Short Stories” program with excerpts from historic ballets. If more contemporary dance is your thing, you won’t want to miss the “All Balanchine” program featuring dances by the most famous ballet choreographer in the 20th century!

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Photo by Public Theater

Merry Wives – Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park

July 6th – September 18th, New York City

Public Theater brings Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor to Central Park’s Shakespeare in the Park, like you’ve never seen it before! Adapted by playwright Jocelyn Bioh and set in South Harlem, Merry Wives is “a celebration of Black joy and vitality”. The performances of the witty farce are available for FREE and will have you laughing out loud as the wily wives of Windsor outsmart the men in their lives, particularly the devilish Falstaff.

Addict Insider: Happy Wife, Happy Life! Trickster Falstaff is about to learn the hard way that the wives of Windsor are not to be messed with! The wives are ultimate #SquadGoals and prove that they can outsmart any man. This updated version set within a community of West African immigrants in South Harlem is a fresh, hilarious, and vibrant adaption of the Bard’s (aka Shakespeare’s) most raucous comedy that you do NOT want to miss!!

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