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Published July 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Fill your summer travels with music

Summer festivals give families a chance to enjoy music together in beautiful places.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

Summer festivals give families a chance to enjoy music together in beautiful places. Here are five destinations where sweet sounds fill the air:


1. Moab Music Festival, Moab, Utah

Committed to music education and cultural enrichment, this 12-day festival offers music in pristine, wilderness grottos, amid ancient cottonwood trees and on a ranch alongside the Colorado River.

For 20 years, this award-winning celebration of song has served up “music in concert with the landscape.” Savor this feast of classical chamber music, traditional folk, Latin and jazz performed by world-class musicians in remarkable settings. Attend a free family picnic and concert on Sept. 1. The festival runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 10.

Contact: (435) 259-7003; moabmusicfest.org


2. Four Corners Folk Festival, Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Spend time in the largest and steamiest hot springs in the world when you visit this southwestern Colorado town for the 17th annual folk and bluegrass festival. With the San Juan Mountains and 3 million acres of forest as your backdrop, the whole family can tune in for a great musical lineup.

The children will want to spend time at the Four Corners Kids’ Tent, where they’ll find special classes and performances designed for a junior audience. Children 12 and younger admitted free with adult. Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Contact: (970) 731-5582; folkwest.com


3. Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Orkney Springs, Va.

Visit this music-rich region of our country for one of the mid-Atlantic’s longest-running outdoor music events. The festival offers an array of performers and is committed to remaining affordable and family-friendly.

The summer roster includes symphony performances, Western swing and a special free performance for families offered by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, a group of musicians who “plant seeds to grow instruments.” Through Sept. 2.

Contact: (540) 459-3396; virginia.org; musicfest.org


4. The American Folk Festival, Bangor, Maine

From salsa and steel guitar to

doo-wop and blues, tap into the musical and cultural traditions that form the fabric of our country.

You’ll also be treated to dance presentations including Lakota hoop dancing, Appalachian buck dancing and step dancing from Cape Breton. Visit the Children’s Village for age-appropriate songs and dances as well as arts and crafts. Bring a picnic or sample treats from more than 30 vendors. Day and night entertainment on four stages. Aug. 24 to 26.

Contact: (207) 992-2630; americanfolkfestival.com


5. Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass.

The iconic summer festival, in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, is celebrating 75 years of music under the stars with performances from James Taylor,

Yo-Yo Ma and Bernadette Peters. The venue is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Lawn tickets are free for youths younger than 17, and discounts are available for college and graduate school students. Now through Sept. 2.

Contact: berkshires.org; tanglewood.org

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