This year, the potent lineup spans three days, complete with "Silent Disco."
When: June 7 to 9
Where: Randalls Island Park; governorsballmusicfestival.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Kanye West, Guns n' Roses (take bets to see who will take the longest to go on), Grizzly Bear, Kings of Leon, and so much more.
What It'll Run You: All that's left for sale at this point are the $95 daily admissions; tickets
Pro Tip: The festival's offering ferry and shuttle bus passes, but for a fraction of the price, you can just take an MTA bus from Harlem. Save your cash for the lawn games. And beer.
Follow the twangs to this four-day camp-stravaganza.
When: June 6 to 9
Where: Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; mountainjam.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: The Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Primus
What It'll Run You: $49 to $257 daily passes; tickets
For the City-Dwellers: Too lazy/unskilled to pitch your own tent? With the Premium pre-pitched tent option, you can pay someone to do that.
After last year's highly successful twentieth-anniversary celebration, the indie-pop magazine decided to do it again.
When: June 11 to 13
Where: The Bell House; chickfactor.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Future Bible Heroes, the Cannanes, and the Pastels.
What It'll Run You: $25 a day to $70 for a three-night pass; tickets
Catch Them if You Can: From Glasgow, the Pastels haven't played in NYC since 1997. Let's hope we don't scare them off again.
The L Magazine's Diet SXSW of music, film, and tech in north Brooklyn (check out our feature).
When: June 13 to 20
Where: Various Locations; northsidefestival.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: More than 350 musical acts including the Walkmen, Solange, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Chance the Rapper, and Iceage.
What It'll Run You: Music badges: $65 to $80; tickets
Pack a Résumé: On June 13 and 14, the festival hosts a free technology expo, showcasing the city's companies and start-ups and featuring a job fair.
Taste of Country
For the second weekend in a row the Catskills hosts the down-home sounds of summer.
When: June 13 to 15
Where: Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; tasteofcountryfestival.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins.
What It'll Run You: $49 single day to $499 three-day VIP camping passes; tickets
For the Lovers: Or, really, just folks fond of views. Throughout the festival they're running Skyride up the mountain, where for only $5 you'll bask in glorious landscapes. Nature!
Clearwater Music Festival
Two days in picturesque Hudson Valley at Pete Seeger's annual music and environmental fund-raiser.
When: June 15 to 16
Where: Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; clearwaterfestival.org
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins
What It'll Run You: $64 per day to $200 for the weekend, plus camping; tickets
Come Sail Away: Concertgoers can purchase a supplemental ticket for a scenic boat ride on Haverstraw Bay or try their hand at kayaking.
Full Moon Festival
The sky's the limit at this dance party on the beach.
When: June 22
Where: Governor's Beach Club on Governors Island; fullmoon-nyc.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Two stages and ten bands including Tanlines and Miami Horror.
What It'll Run You: $25 to $95. Or if you're feeling baller, get a bungalow for $1,200 or Stage Level VIP for $3,000; tickets
What's in a Name:The festival is in the tradition of the all-nighters of Thailand, so come prepared to rage.
The Village Voice's former Siren Fest takes up residence off the East River.
When: June 29
Where: South Street Seaport; villagevoice.com
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Kurt Vile, Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts
What It'll Run You: Nothing, nada, zip. It's free! The snow cones on the Pier, on the other hand, are a different story.
And After the Show It's the : The festival is free, but the after-party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with headliner Lil B, will cost you $20.