Do you love Coachella? Have you achieved expert camper level at Bonnaroo? Do you thrive on the act of snaking your way through a crowd 200,000 strong to find your friends at Outside Lands?
If that's a hard no, no and no, thank you, you're not alone. Upwards of 32 million people now attend music festivals in the U.S. -- and if you're currently recovering from this year's BottleRock, more power to you! But not everyone loves a massive festival. For example: people who can't afford to spend half their month's rent on a wristband that gets you access to slightly nicer than usual Port-a-Pottys.
Luckily, if you don't have the dough or can't stomach the crowds, that doesn't mean you need to skip out on music festivals entirely. Here are a handful of fests that won't break the bank (these all clock in at $50 or under for a single-day ticket) or lead to large crowd-induced panic attacks (I am not a doctor).
June 9–10 at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma
Set among a picturesque 300-acre vineyard in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, this festival would be a charmer even without a great lineup -- but it has that too. Booked by (((folkYEAH!))), this fest's bill is an annual who's-who in sun-baked West Coast indie music: The Allah-La's bring psychedelic desert twang up from L.A.; the Mattson 2 reinterpret Coltrane's A Love Supreme through a beachy 2017 filter; Christopher Owens' new band Curls brings, well, Christopher Owens being inscrutably Christopher Owens-like. Others to check out: Tara Jane O'Neil, San Francisco's own Heron Oblivion and Cool Ghouls, and Marty O'Reilly, from Santa Cruz. Tickets ($40 and up) here.