4 Fittest Music Festivals

4 Fittest Music Festivals

BONNAROO: Manchester, TN; June 12–15; General admission: $284.50 + $28.80 service fee; bonnaroo.com

The Southern granddaddy of the national festival circuit draws a crowd 80,000-plus strong. The big acts this year include Kanye West, Jack White, Elton John, the Flaming Lips, and Vampire Weekend, performing across 11 stages.

In addition to its popular arts and crafts tents—as well as workshops on sustainability—there’s a food-truck oasis offering cuisine from all over the world, a “Broo’ers Festival” microbrew tasting area, and a silent rave-style dance party where DJs spin tunes directly into dancers’ headphones.

Fit Offerings: The Saturday morning “Roo Run,” a 5K that loops around the Farm, Bonnaroo’s name for the festival grounds. Though it’s held in good fun, the run is actually competitive: Racers wear bibs and compete for prizes, including tickets to Bonnaroo 2015.

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WANDERLUST SQUAW VALLEY: North Lake Tahoe, CA; July 17–20; One day, $100–150; Three days, $395; Four days, $475; squaw.wanderlustfestival.com

This year at the West Coast festival—which borders on a spiritual retreat—featured artists include RJD2, DJ Krush, and MC Yogi.

The higher entrance fee gives access to more than music, namely yoga, hiking, and meditation classes, and, for an additional fee, a farm-to-table dinner and high-end craft beer/wine tasting. If you’re not game to pitch a tent on the sprawling campsite, there are hotel packages, too.

Fit Offerings: A 12-mile pro-guided mountain biking expedition led by the Tahoe Adventure Company ($85/person), and a rafting adventure on the Truckee River with fitness guru Chelsey Korus ($50/person). You can also try standup paddleboard yoga in classes on Lake Tahoe ($50/person).

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THE COLOR RUN: Chicago, IL, June 8; Los Angeles, CA , June 21; Reno, NV, June 28; $50.00/person or $45.00/ person for teams of four for more runners; thecolorrun.com

Though not a music festival in the traditional sense, the touring Color Run, founded in 2012, has quickly become the biggest road race–slash–music event in the world, operating in 30-plus countries with more than 170 events (each averages more than 8,000 runners). Bonus: It all ends with a giant rave.

Fit Offerings: The main event is a 5K in which hundreds of Color Run staffers dowse runners with varying shades of safe, edible cornstarch dye. (Just remember to wear shades to keep it out of your eyes.)

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ELECTRIC FOREST: Rothbury, MI; June 26–29; Regular weekend passes: $264.50/person (camping included); access to a VIP camping site with showers, bathrooms, and exclusive food vendors and lounges: $585; electricforestfestival.com

Welcome to Michigan’s psychedelic retreat from the summer heat, replete with art installations and nightly laser-light displays. Main music attractions are Cut Copy, Flying Lotus, the String Cheese Incident, and Lauryn Hill. The festival is also known to feature promising up-and-comers, so prepare to explore bands such as Nahko and Medicine for the People when you’re not relaxing on a hammock or tucking into fresh eats prepared by chefs at the Woodland Kitchen + Bar.

Fit Offerings: The festival grounds feature an 18-hole golf course ($45/round before 3 p.m. during the week, $59 on Friday and Saturday); a 60,000-square-foot indoor water park ($7, free with VIP pass); and horseback riding sessions ($25.50/hour). There’s also a massive central tent with daily yoga sessions.

And bring your running shoes: According to event management, festival goers often take group runs on the forest’s many trails.

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