Not-to-be-missed music on an Oregon farm.

Summer has begun to accelerate at lightning speed, and we suddenly feel that it’s prime time to soak up every sun-kissed moment of the season. If you’re with us, we’d love to strongly urge you—music lovers in particular—to make a really smart move to further enhance your summer. If you don’t yet have plans for next weekend (August 5-7); grab tickets to Pickathon before they’re gone. This gem of a gathering will forever raise your festival-going bar, and that’s not a promise we make lightly.

With any luck, all of your drenched, wrung-out clothing has (finally!) dried since Saturday’s downpour, which came along with a surprise dose of lightning that temporarily brought the music to a halt. By this point in the weekend, we know the ropes of this year’s new ticket-bracelet system, we know to expect a strikingly young festival crowd, and we know to pack a raincoat/poncho just in case.