Summer’s all about basking in the sun, lying out on the beach, sipping a cold beverage and spending time with family and friends. Throw in a summer block party or two and you’ve got yourself one perfect summer ahead of you.
Summer block parties are music festivals with good food, cold beer and great friends. It’s an experience unlike any other and will leave you begging for more. 2013 seems to be the year of summer block parties, and we found the best of the best. Check out these top 8 summer block parties in the U.S. and try to commit to going to at least one this year. Trust us, you won’t regret it!
The Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party – The Piazza, Philadelphia
This one’s big — and lasts all summer long! It’s a free summer concert series you won’t want to miss. Located at The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties, the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party hosts a free concert (and more!) every single month this summer. Check out all the events and dates here!
Crossroads Summer Block Party – Kansas City, MO
Taking place on June 7, 2013 is Kansas City’s free yearly summer block party featuring performers like Millions of Boys, Shy Boys and Hidden Pictures. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. For the full line-up, click here.
Mad Decent Block Party – locations throughout the US
Mad Decent Block Party kicks off July 19, 2013 in Alabama and runs through September 15, 2013 in San Diego, making 11 stops in between. Most early bird tickets are sold out, so get your general admission ticket as soon as possible as you don’t miss one of the best summer events of the year!
The World’s Largest Block Party – Chicago, IL
The 29th annual World’s Largest Block Party takes place at Old St. Pat’s Church in Chicago and brings together thousands of young adults to listen to their favorite bands. With plenty of Chicago’s best food, four free drinks per admission and raffles taking place, this party is where it’s at! Join in on the fun June 28 and 29 or volunteer to help put the event together.
Downtown Gloucester Block Party – Gloucester, MA
Taking place on the third Saturday of July, August and September is the Downtown Gloucester Block Party. This block party is perfect for families looking to have a good time featuring karaoke, children’s games, face painting and, of course, your favorite bands all in one spot!
Delafield Block Party – Delafield, WI
Delafield Block Party is an annual food and music festival taking place on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Celebrating its fourth year, this family-friendly festival is all about good music, live bands and specialty beers and wines.
St. John’s Block Party – Rochester, MN
Beer tasting, a petting zoo, balloon animals and plenty of live music are just a few of the events that will be taking place at St. John’s Block Party on July 14. Proceeds from the festival are also given back to the community and to charitable organization, so mark your calendars, as this is not an event to miss.
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party NYC
Madison Square Garden hosts the 11th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party June 8-9, 2013. Come for some award-winning barbecue and hear live performances from rock, blues and soul artists all day, plus get some cooking tips from America’s most innovative chefs.