Stale nachos and dodgy hot dogs no longer suffice. These five festivals feature culinary offerings as distinctive as their musical lineups.
Bonnaroo, June 9—12, www.bonnaroo.com
A 700-acre farm Manchester, Tennessee farms transforms into a four-day, multistage concert featuring Eminem, Neil Young, and Alison Krauss.
Food: Prater's BBQ, a Tennessee mainstay, smokes meats on-site and serves ribs, pulled pork, and chicken wings with made-from-scratch barbecue sauce and a side of fried green tomatoes.
Pitchfork Music Festival, July 15—17, www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com
The skinny-jeans set congregates in Chicago's Union Park to see acts including Neko Case, the Dismemberment Plan, and James Blake.
Food: Local restaurant Wishbone dishes out soul food, including étouffée, corn muffins, and Hopping John, a black-eyed pea and brown-rice salad.
Lollapalooza, August 5—7, www.lollapalooza.com
Now in its 20th year, the festival welcomes Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and My Morning Jacket to Chicago.
Food: The Michelin-starred restaurant Graham Elliot offers truffle-Parmesan popcorn, corn dogs filled with lobster meat, and watermelon gazpacho, while Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe serves the Dipper — a frozen slice of the Eli's Cheesecake Company's legendary plain cheesecake dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.
Outside Lands, August 12—14, www.sfoutsidelands.com
San Francisco's artsy crowd gathers in Golden Gate Park to watch MGMT, Girl Talk, and The Arctic Monkeys.
Food: City favorite Namu, while newcomer Straw creates savory Sno Cones of shawarma-filled pita bread served alongside sweet-potato tots.
Austin City Limits Music Festival, September 16—18, www.aclfestival.com
Big hitters like Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and Arcade Fire gather in downtown Austin, Texas, just a stone's throw from Barton Springs pool.
Food:The Mighty Cone specializes in easy-to-carry grub like a paper cone lined with a soft tortilla and filled with fried shrimp, chicken, or avocado, topped with mango-jalapeño coleslaw and ancho-aioli sauce.
—By Kelly DiNardo