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5 fall music festivals worth the trip

Music fans have always traveled to catch a glimpse of one of their favorite acts, whether they're "Deadheads" crossing land and sea to see The Grateful Dead or international millennials camping out in the California desert for Coachella.

With new festivals popping up at a fast tempo, there's more reason than ever to hit the road for the sake of some live music. Here are five of the fall's best.

Made in America, Sept. 2-3: Since its inception in 2012, this fest has boasted astounding lineups exclusively curated by its founder, rapper Jay Z. With Jay's connections, it's no wonder that "surprise" performances from Beyonce, Rihanna and Kanye West have all enticed fans to return to Philadelphia year after year. This year's headliners include Jay Z himself, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Migos and Solange along with rising artists like Sampha and 21 Savage. Two-day weekend passes are $162. madeinamericafest.com

KAABOO Del Mar, Sept. 15-17: If you're looking to soak up the sun before the autumn chill (and aren't pinching pennies), KAABOO Del Mar, just north of San Diego, may be the ticket. The musical lineup spans decades, from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Jackson Browne to Kesha and Jason Derulo. Factor in the public art exhibits, comedy shows and top culinary offerings, and this one has plenty of reasons to motor west. KAABOO also boasts being "port-o-potty free" which, if you've ever been to a music festival, you know is a big deal. General admission, three-day passes are $259 before fees. Higher-tier packages start at $839. www.kaaboodelmar.com

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, Sept. 23-24: Head down to Franklin, Tenn., to see the likes of Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Mavis Staples and more at this multi-genre music and culture festival. In addition to the music, Pilgrimage really gives festgoers a taste of Franklin and the surrounding Williamson County. Food and drinks are locally sourced, as are the vendors occupying the huge bazaar and art barn for those looking to get their shop on. Weekend passes are $225, general single-day admission is $135. pilgrimagefestival.com

Austin City Limits, Oct. 6-8, 13-15: Held in the capital of Texas, ACL continually puts out stellar lineups. This year is no exception. Chance the Rapper, The Killers and Gorillaz are all set to headline both weekends, while up-and-coming artists Jamila Woods and Bibi Bourelly will likely make household names for themselves following their showcases. ACL is known for being one of the best festivals for discovering new talent. Three-day tickets are $255, prices for single-day admission were not yet available as of press time. aclfestival.com

Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, Oct. 27-29: New Orleans seems to be a fitting place to celebrate Halloween weekend and the end of festival season. The Voodoo Experience encourages the creepy, weird and wonderful to "join the ritual" by jamming to more than 70 acts, hanging out in a haunted cemetery and other large-scale art installations, dressing up in costume all weekend long and sampling signature NOLA cuisine. This year's headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and DJ Snake. Three-day general admission tickets are $140, VIP and Platinum packages are also available. voodoofestival.com

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