There may be no pop culture segment as underserved as the Northwest country music fans, and the people behind the annual Watershed Festival at the Gorge know it. Since launching in 2012, the country music festival has quickly become one of the hottest tickets of the summer. Recent editions have sold out in mere minutes.
Because of the incredible demand, Watershed Festival expands to two weekends in 2016. This year's Watershed will take place July 29–31 and August 5–7. It's the first time a country music festival has taken the Coachella model of rerunning the same lineup on back-to-back weekends. That lineup features headliners Keith Urban, Merle Haggard, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Kacey Musgraves. Even with twice the tickets this time around, a roster of artists like that means you better act fast if you want snag a festival pass.
July 29–31 & Aug 5–7, Gorge Amphitheatre, $199