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60 Summer Festivals for 2023

Classical, Opera & Jazz in North America

Mark Gresham | 16 MAY 2023

Summer is a great season for travel! Here at EarRelevant, we’ve compiled a list of 60 North American summer music festivals featuring classical music, opera, or jazz, with events occurring primarily between Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-29) and the Autumnal Equinox (September 23).

The list is curated, not intended to be comprehensive, and the information is deliberately minimal: name, location, dates, directors, genres, and website link.

Here are festivals large and small, urban and remote, with performers ranging from developing young talent to world-class seasoned professionals. We hope you find one or more that attracts your 2023 summer travel interests.

United States

Alaska

SITKA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sitka, AK
May 31 – June 25, 2023
Artistic Director: Zuill Bailey
Genres: Classical
Website: sitkamusicfestival.org

Arkansas

OPERA IN THE OZARKS
Eureka Springs, AR
June 23 – July 21, 2023
Artistic Director: Thomas Cockrell
Genres: Classical, Opera
Website: opera.org

California

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Santa Cruz, CA
July 39 – August 13, 2023
Artistic Director: Cristian Măcelaru
Genres: Classical
Website: cabrillomusic.org

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
July 15 – 29, 2023
Artistic Directors: Andrew Megill, Peter Hanson, Andrew Arthur, Edwin Huizinga, Suzanne Mudge, Michael Beattie, Allen Whear
Genres: Classical
Website: bachfestival.org

FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY
Napa Valley, CA
July 15 – 24, 2023
Exec. Producer: Charles Letourneau
Genres: Classical
Website: festivalnapavalley.org

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY SUMMERFEST
La Jolla, CA
July 28 – August 26, 2023
Music Director: Inon Barnatan
Genres: Classical
Website: ljms.org

MAINLY MOZART ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL
Del Mar, CA
June 15 – 24, 2023
Artistic Director: Michael Francis
Genres: Classical
Website: mainlymozart.org

MUSIC IN THE VINEYARDS
Napa Valley, CA
July 28 – August 20, 2023
Artistic Directors:
Michael & Daria T. Adams
Genres: Classical, Chamber Music
Website: musicinthevineyards.org

MUSIC@MENLO
Atherton, CA
July 14 – August 5, 2023
Artistic Directors: David Finckel & Wu Han
Genres: Classical
Website: musicatmenlo.org

OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ojai, CA
June 8 – 11, 2023
Artistic Director: Ara Guzelimian
Genres: Classical
Website: ojaifestival.org

Colorado

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL
Aspen, CO
June 29 – August 21, 2023
Artistic Director: Robert Spano
Genres: Classical
Website: aspenmusicfestival.com

BRAVO! VAIL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Vail, CO
June 22 – August 3, 2023
Artistic Director: Anne-Marie McDermott
Genres: Classical
Website: bravovail.org

CENTRAL CITY OPERA FESTIVAL
Central City, CO
June 24 – August 6, 2023
General & Artistic Director: Pelham G. Pearce
Genres: Opera
Website: centralcityopera.org

COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Boulder, CO
June 29 – August 6, 2023
Artistic Director: Peter Oundjian
Genres: Classical, Chamber Music
Website: coloradomusicfestival.org

NATIONAL REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Breckenridge, CO
June 24 – August 12, 2023
Artistic Director: Michael Stern
Genres: Classical
Website: nromusic.org

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Georgia

16 ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Atlanta, GA
May 27 – 29, 2023
Artistic Director: [mot listed]
Genres: Jazz
Website: atljazzfest.com

Idaho

SUN VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sun Valley, ID
July 30 – August 24, 2023
MUSIC DIRECTOR Alasdair Neale
Genres: Classical
Website: svmusicfestival.org

Illinois

RAVINIA FESTIVAL
Highland Park, IL
June 13 – September 10, 2023
Artistic Director: Marin Alsop
Genres: Classical, Jazz, Other
Website: ravinia.org

Iowa

DES MOINES METRO OPERA
Indianola, IA
July 1 – 23, 2023
Artistic Director: Michael Egel
Genres: Classical, Opera
Website: desmoinesmetroopera.org

ZENITH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Des Moines, IA
June 6 – 10, 2023
Artistic Director: Ashley Sidon
Genres: Chamber Music
Website: zenith.wp.drake.edu

Maine

BAY CHAMBER CONCERTS: SCREEN DOOR FESTIVAL
Camden, ME
August 2 – 20, 2023
Artistic Director: Manuel Bagorro
Genres: Classical, Jazz, Other
Website: baychamber.org

BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Brunswick, ME
June 26 – August 4, 2023
Artistic Directors: David Ying & Phillip Ying
Genres: Classical
Website: bowdoinfestival.org

MONTEUX SCHOOL & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hancock, ME
June 18 – July 30, 2023
Artistic Director: Michael Jinbo
Genres: Classical
Website: monteuxmusic.org

Massachusetts

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Rockport, MA
June 9 – July 17, 2023
Artistic Director: Barry Shiffman
Genres: Classical
Website: rcmf.org

TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL
Lenox, MA
June 22 – August 27, 2023
Artistic Director: Andris Nelsons
Genres: Classical
Website: bso.org/tanglewood

Minnesota

25 NORTHERN LIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Gilbert, MN
July 1 – 21, 2023
Artistic Director: Veda Zuponcic
Genres: Classical
Website: northernlightsmusic.org/

Missouri

TANEYCOMO FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Branson, MO
June 18 – July 1, 2023
Executive & Artistic Director: Larkin Sanders
Genres: Classical
Website: taneycomofestivalorchestra.org

Montana

TIPPET RISE ART CENTER
Fishtail, MT
August 18 – September 17, 2023
Artistic Advisor: Pedja Mužijevic
Genres: Classical
Website: tippetrise.org/

Nevada

CLASSICAL TAHOE
Incline Village, NV
July 9 – August 17, 2023
Artistic Director: Laura Hamilton
Genres: Classical, Jazz
Website: classicaltahoe.org

New Mexico

SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Santa Fe, NM
July 16 – August 21, 2023
Artistic Director: Marc Neikrug
Genres: Classical
Website: santafechambermusic.com

THE SANTA FE OPERA
Santa Fe, NM
June 30 – August 26, 2022
Directors: Robert K. Meya, general director; Harry Bicket, music director
Genres: Opera
Website: santafeopera.org

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New York

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL & SUMMERSCAPE
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
June 22 – August 12, 2023
Artistic Directors: Leon Botstein, Christopher H. Gibbs, Gideon Lester
Genres: Classical, Opera, Theater, Dance
Website: fishercenter.bard.edu

BRIDGEHAMPTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Bridgehampton & Water Mill, NY
July 16 – August 13, 2023
Artistic Director: Marya Martin
Genres: Classical
Website: bcmf.org

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC & THE ARTS
Katonah, NY
June 17 – August 18, 2023
Artistic Director: Kathy Schuman
Genres: Classical, Opera, Jazz, Other
Website: caramoor.org

THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL
Cooperstown, NY
July 7 – August 20, 2023
Directors: Francesca Zambello, artistic & general director; Joseph Colaneri, music director
Genres: Classical
Website: glimmerglass.org

THE HAMPTONS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Wainscott, NY
September 3 – 10, 2023
Artistic Director: Michael Palmer
Genres: Classical
Website: thehamptonsfestivalofmusic.com

LAKE GEORGE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Lake George, NY
August 6 – 17, 2023
Artistic Directors:
Barbora Kolárová & Roger Kalia
Genres: Classical
Website: lakegeorgemusicfestival.com

MAVERICK CONCERTS
Hurley, NY
June 24 – September 10, 2023
Music Director: Alexander Platt
Genres: Classical, Jazz, Other
Website: maverickconcerts.org

TIME:SPANS FESTIVAL 2023
New York, NY
August 12 – 26, 2023
Artistic Director: Thomas Fichter
Genres: Contemprary Classical, Avant-Garde
Website: timespans.org

North Carolina

JOHN COLTRANE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
High Point, NC
September 2 – 3, 2023
Artistic Director: Joe Williams
Genres: Jazz
Website: coltranejazzfest.com

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Greensboro, NC
June 24 – July 29, 2023
Artistic Director: Gerard Schwarz
Genres: Classical
Website: easternmusicfestival.org

HIGHLANDS-CASHIERS CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
HIghlands & Cashiers, NC
July 1 – August 6, 2023
Artistic Director: William Ransom
Genres: Classical
Website: h-cmusicfestival.org

Ohio

BLOSSOM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 1 – September 9, 2023
Artistic Director: Franz Welser-Möst
Genres: Classical, Other
Website: clevelandorchestra.com/…/blossom-23/

CINCINNATI OPERA SUMMER FESTIVAL
Cincinnati, OH
June 22 – July 29, 2022
Artistic Director: Evans Mirageas
Genres: Opera
Website: cincinnatiopera.org

Oregon

CHAMBER MUSIC NORTHWEST SUMMER FESTIVAL
Portland & Beaverton, OR
June 24 – July 29, 2023
Artistic Directors: Gloria Chien & Soovin Kim
Genres: Classical
Website: cmnw.org

OREGON BACH FESTIVAL
Eugene, OR
June 30 – July 16, 2023
Genres: Classical
Website: oregonbachfestival.org

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South Carolina

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
Charleston, SC
May 26 – June 11, 2023
Directors: John Kennedy, Geoff Nuttall, Joe Miller, Mena Mark Hanna
Genres: Classical, Opera, Jazz, Other
Website: spoletousa.org

Texas

TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Houston, TX
June 6 – 24, 2023
Artistic Director: Alan Austin
Genres: Classical, Jazz
Website: www.tmf.uh.edu

ROUND TOP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Round Top, TX
May 27 – July 15, 2023
Artistic Director: James Dick
Genres: Classical
Website: festivalhill.org

Vermont

GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Colchester, VT
June 15 – July 23, 20232
Artistic Director: Elizabeth Chang
Genres: Classical
Website: gmcmf.org

MARLBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Marlboro, VT
July 15 – August 13, 2023
Artistic Directors: Mitsuko Uchida & Jonathan Biss
Genres: Classical
Website: marlboromusic.org

WEST WINDSOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
West Windsor, VT
July 21 – 23, 2023
Artistic Director: Sakiko Ohashi
Genres: Classical
Website: westwindsorvtmusicfestival.com

Virginia

SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg, VA
June 11 – 18, 2023
Artistic Director: Kenneth Nafziger
Genres: Classical
Website: svbachfestival.org

WINTERGREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Nellysford, VA
July 1 – 30, 2023
Artistic Director: Erin Freeman
Genres: Classical
Website: wintergreen-music.org

WOLF TRAP
Vienna, VA
May 25 – September 23, 2023
Prsident & CEO: Arvind Manocha
Genres: Classical, Jazz, Other
Website: wolftrap.org

Washington

BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Bellingham, WA
July 1 – 18, 2023
Artistic Director: [Vacant]
Genres: Classical
Website: bellinghamfestival.org

ORCAS ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Orcas Island, WA
August 4 – 19, 2023
Artistic Director: Aloysia Friedmann
Genres: Classical
Website: oicmf.org

Wyoming

GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Jackson Hole, WY
June 30 – August 19, 2023
Artistic Director: Sir Donald Runnicles
Genres: Classical
Website: gtmf.org

CANADA

Ontario

FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND
Parry Sound, ON
July 19 – August 5, 2023
Artistic Director: James Campbell
Genres: Classical, Jazz
Website: festivalofthesound.ca

OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST
Ottawa, ON
July 20 – August 3, 2023
Artistic Director: Carissa Klopoushak
Genres: Classical
Website: chamberfest.com/

Quebec

MONTREAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Montréal, QC
June 4 – 18, 2022
Artistic Director: Denis Brott, C.M.
Genres: Classical
Website: festivalmontreal.org


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Mark Gresham is publisher and principal writer of EarRelevant. He began writing as a music journalist over 30 years ago, but has been a composer of music much longer than that. He was the winner of an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for music journalism in 2003.

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