Free Press Summer Fest

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Free Press Summer Fest
Bicycle Houston Free Press Summer Fest.jpg
Bicycle hangs on a fence at Houston's Free Press Summer Festival 2012.
GenreFolk, Country, Blues, Folk rock, Indie folk, Alternative Rock, Hip hop, Electronic dance music
DatesFirst week in June
Location(s)Eleanor Tinsley Park
Houston, Texas, United States
InauguratedAugust 2009
Most recentJune 2017
Patron(s)Free Press Houston

The Free Press Summer Festival was an annual two-day music festival held in Houston, Texas at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park.

Other activities include fireworks, interactive art installations, a paint slide, music workshops, a 30-foot water wall and an off-site after party.

The festival was started to emphasize local musical performers, visual arts and artists. A recycling program, carbon offset credits and a partnership with the Texas Campaign for the Environment are implemented to help this festival become a greener experience.

The festival is organized by Free Press Houston, a local independent newspaper and Presents, a local concert promotion company.[1]

As of November 30, 2017 it has been made official by both Free Press Houston and Austin City Limits promoters that a new version of the festival is to take place in Houston on the weekend of March 24–25, 2018 under a new name; In Bloom Music Festival. This change comes in precisely on the ninth anniversary of the FPSF. In January 2019 it was announced that a new edition of the In Bloom Music Festival would not be held.


A recycling plan (with assistance from Little Joy Recycling) sorts aluminum, plastic, paper and glass. A free bottle of water is given to anyone who recycles 10 plastic bottles. All carbon output is balanced by carbon offset credits. Carpooling and bicycling to the festival are encouraged. Over 2000 attendees biked to the 2009 festival.[citation needed]

Fancy Pants Tent[edit]

In February 2011, a new pass was introduced that would have granted access to a premium side stage viewing area and entry to a limited access electronic music tent. The Fancy Pants Tent was intended to host exclusive performances by electronic musicians and provide complimentary bar drinks and hors d'œuvres, free massages and meet and greets.[citation needed]

Complaints about the cost led festival organizers to remove the Fancy Pants ticket tier in April 2011 and announced that all festival attendees would be able to watch the Fancy Pants acts.[citation needed]



The 2009 festival was held August 8–9 with an attendance of approximately 30,000. A portion of the proceeds went to Project Row Houses (a community non-profit responsible for restoration, art and social activism in Houston's Third Ward since 1991).[citation needed]

The lineup for FPSF 2009[2] was:

Peekaboo Theory Band


The 2010 festival was held June 5–6 with an attendance of over 45,000. A portion of the proceeds went to Buffalo Bayou Partnership (a non-profit corporation that develops and facilitates improvements to the Buffalo Bayou greenway system).[citation needed]

The lineup for FPSF 2010[3] was:


The festival was held June 4–5, 2011 with a two-day attendance of over 60,000. A portion of the proceeds went to Houston Tomorrow (a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to explore urban issues and to inform the discussion of growth in the Houston region).

The lineup for FPSF 2011[4] was:


The festival was held June 2–3, 2012 with an estimated attendance of 92,000.[5] Tickets for FPSF 2012 ranged in price from $75 to $115.[6]

The lineup[7] was:


The festival was held on June 1–2, 2013 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. This marks the festival's first sold-out edition.[9]

The lineup was:


The 2014 festival was held on May 31 - June 1, 2014.

The venue was closed and the first day was evacuated at about 1:00pm due to bad weather and lightning. Many acts were bumped or rescheduled with no notice when gates were rumored to be reopened at 3:30pm. Upon return many acts had sound trouble. Weather and construction at the park caused many stages to be moved to the Allen Parkway tarmac, often creating congestion and competing for sound. Partial refunds were not offered.

The 2014 FPSF lineup consisted of:


The 2015 festival was held on June 6–7, 2015.

The lineup was:


The event was held June 4–5, 2016 at NRG Park, Yellow Lot, Houston, TX

The lineup was:[11]


The event was held June 3–4, 2017 at Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston, TX.

Due to flash flood warnings, the remainder of the festival was cancelled.

The lineup was:[13]


As of 2013, the festival was supported by Absolut Vodka, Aio Wireless, American Apparel, Barefoot Refresh Wines, Budweiser, Cracker Jack'D, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Houston Chronicle 29-95, ikan, IKEA, MKT Bar, Kroger, Lowe's, Red Bull, Seidio and the Texas Lottery.[14]

As of 2017, the festival was supported by Budweiser, Brisk, Taco Bell, Dark Horse, DSW, Razor, TopGolf, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Jack Daniel's, Vita Coco and 11 Hundred.


  1. ^ Serrano, Shea. "A Guide to Houston Summer Fest". Retrieved February 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Free Press Summer Festival | May 31 + June 1, 2014 | Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston TX". 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  3. ^ "Free Press Summer Festival | May 31 + June 1, 2014 | Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston TX". 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  4. ^ "Free Press Summer Festival | May 31 + June 1, 2014 | Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston TX". 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  5. ^ frankieortega. "FPSF 2012 attendance estimate breaks record | 29-95". Archived from the original on 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  6. ^ Moffitt, Nick (1 June 2012). "Free Press Summer Festival Announces 2012 Lineup". mxdwn. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Free Press Summer Festival | May 31 + June 1, 2014 | Eleanor Tinsley Park, Houston TX". 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  8. ^ "Free Press Summer Festival". Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  9. ^ "Event Tickets". Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
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  12. ^ "Short True Headliners, FPSF 2017 Boasts Diversity and Local Depth". 2017-02-16.
  13. ^ "Lineup". FPSF. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  14. ^ "Sponsors". Free Press Summer Festival. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2013.

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