Where to Stay for Every Major Music Fest | Hostelling International USA

Make the Most of Summer Music Festivals by Staying at a HI USA Hostel

06 January 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for music lovers: festival season! While it might seem complicated figuring out where to stay for Coachella, Lollapalooza and Governors Ball, it doesn’t have to be: the no-brainer solution is to stay at a HI USA hostel. After all, hostels and festivals are both places where strangers can quickly become friends and barriers are broken by finding things you have in common, and after a day of jamming it out you get to come home to a place where the good vibes keep going. Take a look at some awesome music festivals taking place this summer and where to stay to get the most out of the experience.

Where to Stay for Coachella - HI Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel

Perhaps one of the most well-known events on the festival circuit, Coachella in Indio, California is the quintessential music and outdoor extravaganza which kicks off the rest of the season. For those looking for an extended stay in Southern California, HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel is a good base. Located right near the famous coastside promenade, this is the perfect place to charge up before heading to the Coachella Valley and is equally ideal for post-fest relaxing on the beach.

Where to Stay for Lollapalooza - HI Chicago Hostel

There are no camping options for the alternative fest Lollapalooza, but if you stay at HI Chicago you’re as close as you can be. The hostel is just a short walk from Grant Park where the three-day festival draws crowds and diverse acts from Ryan Adams and Arcade Fire to Run the Jewels and Zeds Dead. The free breakfast and Wi-Fi at HI Chicago will allow you to start each day well-fueled and fully prepared for the epic days, and if you’re up for seeing more of the Windy City, the hostel staff can help you see the best.

Where to Stay for Bumbershoot - HI Seattle Hostel

Seattle has its own brand of cool, and on Labor Day Weekend it’s all concentrated into the Bumbershoot festival, a music and arts festivals featuring hyper-local acts as well as performers from all over the world. With its international flavor and diverse programming featuring dance, music, film and visual arts, Bumbershoot attracts the type of festival-goer that will love HI Seattle. Not only is the hostel a half-hour drive from the venue, but it also just embodies the spirit of Seattle while being a hub for international travelers, so you’ll kind of feel like you’re still at Bumbershoot at the end of the day.

Where to Stay for Governers Ball - HI New York City Hostel

For the quintessential Big Apple summer experience a pairing of Governers Ball with a stay at HI New York City hostel is the way to go. The annual music festival has what is probably the most genre-diverse line-up all summer and features food from some favorite New York restaurants and food trucks. HI New York City is easily accessible using public transportation, and it’s also close to some of the best the city has to offer. After the festival, make sure to catch one of the hostel’s volunteer-led tours for a real insider’s NYC experience.

Where to Stay for Outside Lands - HI San Francisco Hostels

Hosted in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is another essential for the festival goer’s bucket list and a great way to experience the City by the Bay’s ethos of fun-loving freedom. Being in Northern California, Outside Lands is also a green-conscious affair, and festival goers are encouraged to use public transportation to get to the park, which is easy to do from both HI San Francisco Downtown and HI San Francisco City Center hostels. Whichever you choose, you’ll get to keep the festival vibes going back at the hostel with international travelers and hyper-local activities.

Where to Stay for Austin City Limits - HI Austin Hostel

Cap off festival season with an epic blowout in Texas at Austin City Limits. This “weird” city in the Lone Star State is billed as a music capital and shows that off each October with two weekends of big-name packed line-ups. It also wouldn’t be an Austin affair without the food, and that is the next best thing about this music festival. Gear up for all the eating and jamming you’ll be doing with a scenic bike ride to the event from HI Austin, which is just half an hour away. Stay here and you’ll get to mix and mingle with fellow adventurous spirits and relax hard along the shores of Lady Bird Lake after a great day of festivaling.


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