The Free Press Summer Festival

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Music is always happening in Houston. Whether it’s the best dirty-south hip hop or country or EDM or hardcore or Top 40, H-Town produces it all. And the world-class acts that don’t come from Houston want to come to Houston, and for good reason. This city has serious music fans, regardless of genre. And for those serious fans, there’s one summer music festival that gets them all outside in the summer heat to hear the world’s best on stage: Summer Fest.

Officially, it’s called the Free Press Summer Festival, but most around here shorten so it’s easier to say in the hot Southeast Texas sun, to either Summer Fest, or just FPSF. Call it what you want, because it won’t matter when thousands descend on Houston’s Eleanor Tinsley Park for two very full days of music and fun this coming June 6-7, 2015.

Produced by Houston’s favorite independent newspaper, the Free Press, FPSF has quickly become the standard, and the portrait, of what this city has to offer in terms of festivals. The past two years, FPSF has put on sold-out events with some of the world’s best performers. The 2015 lineup assembles about 80 different bands. Just some of this year’s headliners include Skrillex, R. Kelly, Weezer, Major Lazer, The Decemberists, Tears for Fears, Mastodon, Flume, Band of Horses, Future Islands, Brandi Carlisle, G-Eazy, Tove-Lo, Flogging Molly, Welcome to Houston…and the list goes  and on and on.

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One entertainment industry news source, Artist Direct, described the value FPSF has in representing our city well: “Inspired by and building on the cultural diversity of its host city of Houston, FPSF annually aims to deliver a musical line-up as varied as the city it calls home, along with the best of local food and drink, art installations, and artisans.”

And one of the great things about FPSF is indeed the local vendors. Even though the big-name acts draw the big crowds, Free Press knows that the local businesses help keep things running, keeping the audiences well-fed, hydrated, and entertained in various ways other than what’s happening on stage. In addition to the food and beverage booths, local artists of all sorts will be there, exemplifying the diversity of Houston’s arts.


Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll want to make plans for this year’s festival. And by plans, we don’t just mean buy tickets. Be sure you have an idea of who you’re going with, how you’re getting there, how you’ll keep track of each other, parking plans, and especially, how you’re going to not pass out. Houston typically has beautiful clear skies in June, but with those clear skies comes lots of sun, lots of heat, and lots of humidity. Add to that the crowds that will undoubtedly be packing in around you, and, while it will be lots of fun, you will definitely get hot. Like, Texas hot. So be sure to get plenty of water. But other than that, plan to have a ton of fun.


All ages. June 6-7, 2015, at Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston. Tickets are already getting scarce and price range is increasingly limited, so hurry and get your passes here, while you can.

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