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FAQ - Music Festivals (Music Library)


Music Festivals

There are many ways to find out about music festivals in the United States and abroad.

Outside of the library

  1. Ask your teachers and coaches about festivals and programs they recommend. Many teachers receive promotional material about festivals in the mail and would be happy to share these materials with you.
  2. Watch bulletin boards. Some festivals and summer programs don't advertise in journals and aren't listed in reference books because they are too new, small, etc. However, many of these programs mail out promotional materials to schools and faculty. Frequently these are posted for student use.

Sources in the Music Library

Guide des festivals. ML5 .D522.
In French. Covers European festivals. Issued as a supplement to the periodical Diapason annually.

British Music Yearbook. Ref. ML21.M94.
Lists festivals from the United Kingdom as well as worldwide (including the USA and Canada), including jazz festivals.

Music Festivals from Bach to Blues: A Traveler's Guide. Ref. ML35 .C6.
Published 1996.

Music Lover's Guide to Great Britain & Ireland: Guide to the Best Musical Venues, Festivals & Events. Ref. ML21 .G7 B5.
Published 1996.

Opera in Italy Today: A Guide. ML1733 .R8.
Published 1995.

Festival Fever: The Ultimate Guide to Musical Celebrations in the Northeast. Ref. ML35 .C3 1995.
Published 1995.

The Music Lover's Guide to Europe: A Compendium of Festivals, Concerts, and Opera. 1992. Ref. ML12.M87 1992.


In addition to the British Music Yearbook, many periodicals have listings and/or advertisements for various festivals, summer programs, and summer camps. Check periodicals in your field of interest. Many summer festivals begin their listing or advertisements the February preceding the festival.

last updated: 2/8/2012