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A Perfect Mess 2019 Northeast US Festival Guide - Continuously Updating!

Festival dates are slowly stacking up solid on the web and A Perfect Mess is here to keep them neatly in one place for you! As we get word of dates and information, we will keep this list running and updated.
If YOU have dates, please send them over to us so we can keep the list updated and growing. Have a new festival? Want it listed? Want it promoted? Send us the info! Do you want your festival covered by the folks at A Perfect Mess? We can be there! Send us the info!

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2019 Festival Season Cheat Sheet   Sorted by date  - Northeast     

March 22 - March 23
The Finger Lakes Thaw
Ithaca, NY
fingerlakesthaw.com
Multi-Venue, Music

April 25 - April 28
Some Kind of Jam
Schuylkill Haven, PA
www.jibberjazz.com
Music, Camping, Workshops

May 16 - May 19
Froggy Daze Music Festival
Narrowsburg, NY
www.peacepadproductions.com
Music, Camping

May 16 - May 18
Camp Jam In the Pines
Hammonton, NJ
www.cjinthep.com
Music, Camping             

May 24 – May 2…
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