The Alaskan Air Fair: Biggest Music Festivals & How to Get There

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As highly anticipated as the Alaskan summer is, and as much as we as Alaskans love it- it’s also the best time to get out. Take a trip we mean. For most Alaskans, summer also is travel season. Visiting the in-laws, taking the kiddos to Disneyland or maybe just seeing some sights. Summers here, and we finally have some time to do it. And thanks to a little old fashion competition, the airline industry has done us a favor in their battle to get our business. This phenomenon has thus created more than affordable airfare to all sorts of locations stateside.

Let the “Battle for Seattle” begin… 

While most are familiar with the lower airfare to and from Seattle during this time of year, the appearance of new airlines adopting popular travel routes throughout the country has risen the competition and dropped the prices. New airlines like Jet blue and United are setting up summer shop here in Anchorage. Alaska Airlines recently announced purchase of Virgin Air, leads us to believe those once steep airfare prices will now be found as low as $200 round trip!! So, what do you do with all that extra loot? Do you like outdoor music festivals? Imagine trotting across the country to some of the summer’s hottest events and concerts and it not costing you an arm and a leg to do so?

We have comprised a list of some of the biggest music festivals this summer and how you can utilize those cheap tickets to your advantage. Here is our list of some of the biggest music festivals in the country and some competitive Alaskan airfares to get you there.


Anchorage – Seattle: What has become known as the “Battle for Seattle” airlines like Alaska Airlines and Delta drive down the prices early in the summer. If you have two weeks’ advance notice, the cost is just $197 round trip. That’s a great deal. But the real spoiler on this route is JetBlue. Starting around the middle of May, Jet Blue brings in a red-eye flight and is selling seats for as little as $157 round trip. #freetrips

When: May 27-30

Where: George, WA

2015 Lineup Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, The Decemberist, Modest Mouse, Schoolboy Q, Ryan Adams.

2016 Lineup: Florence and The Machine, The Cure, Major Lazer, M83, ASAP Rocky, Alabama Shakes

Why You Should Go: The setting alone is enough to buy a ticket to Sasquatch!, as the main stage is literally on the precipice of a giant cliff overlooking a majestic gorge. With acts like last year’s Kendrick Lamar, 2015 brought about tons of memorable musical moments. (Expect nothing less from a festival that sold out in a record 90 minutes in 2013.)

Governors Ball

Governors Ball

Anchorage – New York: Delta offers a $483 round trip fare, departing May 28. Anything under $500 for a round trip East Coast ticket is a smoking deal. Lets get on a jet plane.

When: June 3 – 5 (New York)
Where: New York, NY

2015 Lineup Highlights: Drake, the Black Keys, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Björk, Ryan Adams, Chromeo

2016 Lineup Highlights: Kanye West, the Strokes, Miike Snow, Miquel, Mac Miller, Galantis, Elle King

Why You Should Go: Governors Ball 2013 proved to be the meaning of “the show must go on,” as the festival weathered a tropical storm and a flash flood warning on New York’s Randall’s Island. With an incredible lineup, it was a weekend where attendees had to look past their own mud-caked features and appreciate the music at hand.
2015 will pay off for those who return, as they got to watch major talents hailing from every genre rock so loudly their tunes bounced off the nearby Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

Electric Daisy

Electric Daisy Carnival

Anchorage – Las Vegas: Luck be a lady tonight — Flying Anchorage to Las Vegas has never been less of a gamble. Grabbing a ticket between May 8 and May 29 could run you as little as $333 round trip. Starting May 17, you can fly Jet Blue through Long Beach and catch a connecting flight to Sin City for as little as $318 round trip.

When: June 17 – 19 (Las Vegas)
Where: Las Vegas, NV

2015 Lineup Highlights: Afrojack, ATB, Astronomar, Avicii, Benny Benassi, Dada Life, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip

2016 Lineup Highlights: KREWELLA, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Lil Jon, Dada Life, Chain Smokers

Why You Should Go: The New York City event is a two-day warm-up for the bigger attraction, which is the insane party in Las Vegas—and 2015 marks the year that EDC went international, 2016 EDC is at it again! There’s rarely an EDM festival that’s more widely anticipated, and Electric Daisy does it right by having acts perform between sunset and sunrise as opposed to during the day. Make sure you stay hydrated—you’ll get surprisingly tired considering the sun’s not out—but besides that, it’s a blast of a festival.



Anchorage – Chicago: Both Alaska and United offer nonstop flights. while Alaska charges about $646 roundtrip. United, charges even more at like $706 roundtrip. The best deal is to probably cut thru Milwaukee for as little as $474 round trip on Delta (via Seattle and Minneapolis). It is a little out of the way, but a way sweeter deal.

When: July 28 – 31
Where: Chicago, IL

2015 Lineup Highlights: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Dj Snake, Mighty Oaks

2016 Lineup Highlights: J.cole, Lana Del Rey, Radio Head, Future, G-Easy, Ellie Goulding

Why You Should Go: Lolla has a great reputation as one of the most organized festivals in the country, as we saw in 2012 when a gnarly storm shut things down for part of the weekend. Sets were rescheduled and the show impressively went on. Other pros about the Chicago fest: Krewella says “you don’t have to dress fancy and you can explore the city by day”.



Anchorage – Seattle: People again, $157 round trip!!  Smoking great deal. But again, hook up with  JetBlue.  Keep a look out for those red-eye flights at as little as $197 round trip. Thank us later… And the Weeknd? Seriously? We can’t feel our face, its such a great deal.

When: September 2 – 4
Where: Seattle, WA

2015 Lineup Highlights: The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Cake, Flying Lotus, Fitz & the Tantrums, Lindsey Stirling, Jhené Aiko, Atmosphere, The Airborne Toxic Event

2016 Lineup Highlights: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fetty Wap, Tame Impala, Halsey, Bryson Tiller, DJ Snake

Why You Should Go: Bumbershoot is perhaps the most well-known of Seattle festivals, and not without good reason. Since its inception in the 1970s as a regional event, it has grown to international proportions. Although the main emphasis of the festival is good music (not of any particular genre), there are plenty of other attractions to enjoy in the performance and art sections.


Did you make it to one of these concerts? Did you have a favorite performer? What show would you go to if you could? What airline do you fly?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Phillip Crawford

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