A musician performs outside in front of a crowd. ( Photo by Maxwell Collins)
A musician performs outside in front of a crowd.

Photo by Maxwell Collins



April 13, 2023

The spring is quickly approaching, with music festivals announcing their impressive lineups, including some of your favorite artists. Large-scale music festivals can be fun, with the extravagant outfits and locations, as well as the diverse music and art.


However, it’s difficult to go to a huge music festival on a budget. For example, the cheapest ticket available for the iconic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California is $549, not including a shuttle pass. This ticket price combined with travel and hotel expenses can become quite the costly weekend trip. 


So, here’s how you can still go to a music festival this summer without breaking the bank. Instead of worrying about plane tickets, there’s always the option to attend one of the numerous music festivals in Pittsburgh. They might not have the same appeal as Coachella, but you can instead support local musicians and artists while spending your day in the sun. Here’s a few festivals you should check out! 


Oakland Pop Festival 

April 22, 2023 

A one-day nonprofit show featuring ten of the best musicians and bands in the city. Last year’s lineup included Sierra Sellers, Gaadge, Jordan Montgomery, and Melt. 


Millvale Music Festival 

May 19 – May 20, 2023 

Millvale Music Festival features local artists performing all original music. There’s really something for everyone, with artists ranging in age, genre, and style, all in the heart of Millvale. 


Three Rivers Arts Festival 

June 2 – June 11, 2023 

This 10-day free festival in the cultural district of Pittsburgh spotlights local artists and musicians. Additionally, many acclaimed musicians perform on the main stage. The 2022 lineup included Sierra Hull, Goodie Mob, Nick Lowe, and Cory Henry. 


WYEP Summer Music Festival 

Date not yet announced. 

Pittsburgh’s adult alternative radio station puts on a curated festival of national acts and local artists who you can frequently catch on air. The 2022 lineup included headliner Jukebox The Ghost as well as the Seratones, Bill Deasy, and The Living Street.


You don’t have to spend your life savings on tickets to be able to hear great music. To hear these local artists and more, listen to the Listen Local playlist here. 

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Gabriella Salvucci is a senior music major at Lincoln Park who writes the In Queue Music Review column. This is her first year writing for The Siren. She enjoys writing songs, playing gigs, and reading.

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