Music Festival Guide: Top 10 Free Music Festivals

For the budget impaired, nothing beats the price tag of a freebie festival. And just because you didn’t shell out hard earned dollar bills doesn’t mean that this is a sub-par show. From downtown street festivals to multi-day extravaganzas, we’re traveling around the world to highlight some of the best free music festivals on the planet.

1. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Where: San Francisco, California
When: October 4-6, 2013

Golden Gate Park on a perfect afternoon during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

Don’t let the name throw you off — Hardly Strictly Bluegrass offers a wide range of genres for a zero dollar price tag. Arguably, the best free music festival in the States, HSB runs Golden Gate Park for three days this October. And even though the philanthropist and founder behind the festival recently passed away, the spirit behind Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is still running strong.

2. 4Knots
Where: New York, New York
When: July 2013 (unconfirmed)

A fan checks out the view of NYC @ 4Knots. Photo Credit: 4Knots Facebook

The former Siren Music Festival got a new name and a new venue, but has still kept its indie rocker heart. Taking place at the famous Seaport Pier 17 in New York City, this all ages single day free festival showcases up and coming bands along with national acts.

3. Radio One Hackney Weekend
Where: Derry-Londonderry, UK
When: May 24-26, 2013

Crowd shot from One Big Weekend

It doesn’t get any bigger than this UK free fest. This year the Big Weekend will take place at Londonderry’s Ebrington Square. Even though it’s free, you still a need pick up a ticket via the BBC.

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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