Free Press Summer Fest: Preview

Avatar Jenna Khakoo

Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest returns to the downtown area for another music-filled weekend. This year’s festival boasts more than 55 musicians, local art installations and plenty of merchandise and food vendors. General Admission, VIP and Platinum tickets are still on the official website.

Finally, FPSF is back at its original home, Eleanor Tinsely Park! For the past two years, the festival relocated to the Yellow Lot at the NRG Stadium due to rain and flooding. Although NRG got the job done, Eleanor Tinsely has more of a festival-vibe because of the grassy hills, shady spots and, of course, the view of Houston’s skyline.

While a festival’s location is important, the lineup can make or break a festival. This year’s lineup features many FPSF veterans, including Cage the Elephant, Flume and Tove Lo among others. However, it also includes many new names, like Post Malone, Rüfüs Du Sol and Miike Snow. It’s also worth noting the local talent on the lineup. Head to the festival early to check out artists like Khruangbin, MIEARS and Bang Bangz.

One thing that stands out about this lineup is the number of female musicians. Artists like Lorde, Solange and Anna Lunoe are notable and powerful artists in their respective genres. It’s always nice to see a little — or a lot — of girl power on a festival lineup!

With FPSF back in a more central location, festival organizers have introduced a new transportation system through Fanzone. This idea draws parallels to Austin City Limit’s shuttle buses to Zilker from the downtown area. The FPSF Coach takes attendees to and from the festival. This eliminates the burden of finding parking, and it provides access to a safe ride.

And last, but certainly not least, it’s time to mention the food and drinks that will fuel your weekend. This year, Houston Eats was curated by Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner, the chefs and The Pass & Provisions. There will be a wide variety of vendors serving all types of delicious cuisine including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Festivals are a prime opportunity to try some new culinary delights, so check out the list of vendors here!

Houston is a proud city, and FPSF has always played into that by incorporating the diverse nature of the city into the festival itself. Between showcasing local artistic and musical talent, planet-themed stages and the glistening skyline as a backdrop, FPSF can offer a special festival experience. This lineup, location and surrounding hype are reminiscent of earlier years. It feels more intimate, more unique and, overall, more Houston.