When and Where: July 12-14; Louisville Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky
Lineup Highlights: Alabama Shakes, Big Boi, Matt & Kim, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys
The Scoop: What started as a 50-person gathering has grown to 75,000 a decade later. Festival-goers can sample 11 local bourbons at a newly expanded Bourbon Lodge while overlooking the scenic Louisville Waterfront.
Insider Tip: Bring your favorite reusable water bottle to fill up at stations throughout the grounds.
Escape From Your Escape: Music starts in the afternoon, so grab brunch in town at Toast on Market for steak and eggs beforehand. Stay an extra day to tour Louisville’s bourbon country and distilleries such as Four Roses Distillery, Maker’s Mark or Woodford Reserve.
Unofficial Hashtag Prediction: #byobourbon
Tickets: Available at ForecastleFest.com ($60 for a one-day pass; $165 for a three-day pass)
Photo Credit: The Forecastle Festival