1. 2013 MUSIC FESTIVALS

    (in or near Connecticut)

    It's the 2013 festival season in Connecticut, and we're pumped. Music, food, art & theater: It's all happening somewhere, so get out there and take advantage while you can.

    Here are 13 ridiculously good music festivals you don't want to miss, all within driving distance from where you're sitting.

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  2. International Festival of Arts & Ideas

    June 15-29

    Aaron Neville, Calexico & Susan Baca, String Quartet Truck, Freewheelers, Stuck Elevator, Kronos Quartet, theater, art, food, etc.

    New Haven Green, New Haven. (888) ART-IDEA, artidea.org.

    Pictured: String Quartet Truck (Kathleen Cei Photo).

  3. Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival

    June 15-16

    An annual festival to celebrate the environmental movement. Pete Seeger, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins, Keller Williams, Antibalas, Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer Band, and many more. Camping. $64-$200.

    Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. clearwaterfestival.org

    Pictured: Mavis Staples (Promotional Photo). mavisstaples.com

  4. Hot Steamed Jazz Fest

    June 21-23

    Essex Steam Train, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, (800) 348-0003, hotsteamedjazz.com

    Pictured: Funky Butt Jazz Band (Promotional Photo). piercecampbell.com

  5. Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival

    Sun., June 29

    In partnership with Guakia, this festival features Hartford's own Ray Gonzalez and his orchestra with other local Latin jazz favorites. Free.

    6-10 p.m. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, riverfront.org

    Pictured: Crowd shot (Flickr: riverfrontcapture)

  6. Woodbury Reggaefest

    June 30

    New Kingston, Inner Roots, High Hopes, Todo Bien, Crucial Massive, Marley Brown, Papa Biggie.

    785 Woodbury Rd., Woodbury, (203) 263-2203, woodburyskiarea.com

    Pictured: New Kingston (Promotional Photo). facebook.com/newkingston

  7. Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Talcott Mountain Festival

    June 28-July 27

    Program selected by music director Carolyn Kuan. Mozart in the Moonlight (June 28), Celebrate America (July 3), Sinatra (July 12), John Williams (July 19) and the Rolling Stones (July 26).

    Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury, (860) 244-2999, hartfordsymphony.org

    Pictured: Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Courtesy HSO). hartfordsymphony.org

  8. Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

    July 19-21

    Hartford's downtown jazz festival with live music by local, national and international jazz musicians. Free.

    Bushnell Park, Hartford, (860) 727-0500, hartfordjazz.com

    Pictured: Tom Browne (Promotional Photo). tombrowne.org

  9. Gathering of the Vibes

    July 25-28

    Annual summer music, camping and arts festival that was created to celebrate the legacy of Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh & Friends (2 nights), The Black Crows, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Roots, Funky Meters, John Butler Trio, Galactic, Dark Star Orchestra, Blues Traveler, and many more. Camping. $42.50-$475.

    Seaside Park, Bridgeport. (203) 908-3030, gatheringofthevibes.com

    Pictured: The Roots (Promotional Photo). facebook.com/theroots

  10. Newport Folk Festival

    July 26-28

    The festival at which Dylan "went electric." Beck, Jim James, Feist, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Father John Misty, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, the Lumineers, Mountain Goats, Phosphorescent, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and many more. Sold out except for Friday, $49 single day tickets.

    Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI. newportfolkfest.net

    Pictured: Amanda Palmer (Promotional Photo). facebook.com/amandapalmer

  11. SoNo Arts Celebration

    Aug. 3-4

    Musical performers, dance and theater troupes, children's entertainers, artists food and a puppet-filled street parade.

    Various locations around Washington Street in South Norwalk, sonoarts.org

    Pictured: Crowd shot (Flickr: sonoarts).

  12. Litchfield Jazz Festival

    Aug. 9-11

    Eddie Palmeri Latin Jazz Band, Strings Attached, Christine Ebersole & Aaron Weinsten Trio, Gregory Porter, Chet Baker Project with June Bisantz, Don Braden Quartet featuring Geri Allen, Emmet Cohen Trio, Orrin Evans Trio, Vincent Herring and many more $30-$500.

    Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen. (860) 361-6285, litchfieldjazzfest.com

    Pictured: The Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble (Promotional Photo). valramosflamenco.com

  13. Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo

    Sept. 7

    Live folk music and eco-friendly educational programs and activities. Lineup TBA.

    Edgerton Park and other venues, New Haven. ctfolk.com

    Pictured: Crowd shot from last year (Courtesy CT Folk). ctfolk.com

  14. Vans Warped Tour

    July 14

    Featuring The Used, Motion City Soundtrack, 3OH!3, Bring Me the Horizon, Reel Big Fish, Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, chiodos and more.

    Comcast Theatre, Hartford. vanswarpedtour.com.

    Pictured: Forever the Sickest Kids (Promotional Photo). fearlessrecords.com

  15. Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival

    Aug. 10

    Featuring Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Danko Jones, New Politics and more.

    Comcast Theatre, Hartford. rockstaruproar.com

    Pictured: Coheed and Cambria (Chapman Caehler Photo). facebook.com/coheedandcambria

  16. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

    July 21

    Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, more.

    Comcast Theatre, Hartford, rockstarmayhemfest.com.

    Pictured: Mastodon (Promotional Photo).