2024 Festival Guide

Hell, this year might be the last year for America, so see some of the continent's festivals while you still can....
2021 Festival Guide

2024 Festival Guide

Hell, this year might be the last year for America, so see some of the continent’s festivals while you still can. See last year’s Festival Guide

Updated continuously throughout the year with new acts, dates, festivals & coverage


January & February

Girls Just Wanna Weekend

What: Girls Just Wanna Weekend
Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico
When: January 8-12
Who: Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Sarah McLachlan, Lucius, Allison Russsell, Celisse, KT Tunstall, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Brandy Clark, Kim Richey, and more
Why: Alt-country star Brandi Carlile throws her own weekend party in Mexico for the girls who just wanna.
Web: girlsjustwannaweekend.com


Crash My Playa

What: Crash My Playa
Where: Riviera Cancun, Mexico
When: January 17-20
Who: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Eddie Montgomery, Jelly Roll, Jon Pardi, and more
Why: Luke Bryan Crashes My Playa down Mexico way.
Web: crashmyplaya.com


RokIsland

What: RokIsland
Where: Key West, FL
When: January 17-20
Who: Night Ranger, Bret Michaels, Stone Temple Pilots, Tom Keifer, Don Felder, Buckcherry, Dee Snider, Mr. Big, Lit, Winger, Jefferson Starship, L.A. Guns, Bowling For Soup, and more
Why: Start your year by Rokking in Key West.
Web: www.rokislandfest.com


Wintersong

What: Wintersong
Where: Stouffville, ON, Canada
When: January 19-20
Who: Wintersleep, Mother Tongues, Pony Girl, and more
Why: Enjoy a Wintersong in the Great White North.
Web: wintersong.ca


Groove Cruise

What: Groove Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
When: January 24-28
Who: Tiësto, Diplo, John Summit, and more
Why: Take a Cruise, enjoy the Groove.
Web: www.groovecruise.com


The Rock Boat

What: The Rock Boat
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Bay, Bahamas to Costa Maya, Mexico
When: January 30 – February 4
Who: Young the Giant, The Struts, Bowling For Soup, Lit, KT Tunstall, Jon Foreman, Red Wanting Blue, Susto, Drivin’ n Cryin’, and more
Why: Do Rock the Boat.
Web: www.therockboat.com


GroundUP

What: GroundUP
Where: Miami Beach, FL
When: February 2-4
Who: Snarky Puppy, Grupo Afrocuba, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and more
Why: Hit Miami Beach from the Ground UP.
Web:
www.groundupmusicfestival.com


Homesick

What: Homesick
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: February 2-3
Who: Superchunk, julie, SPELLLING, Fucked Up, and more
Why: Regency Ballroom gets Homesick.
Web:
www.axs.com/series/20628/6th-annual-homesick-festival-featuring-julie-spellling-and-superchunk-tickets?skin=goldenvoice


Tucson Gem & Jam

What: Tucson Gem & Jam
Where: Tucson, AZ
When: February 2-4
Who: Of the Trees, The Disco Biscuits, Lettuce, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Boogie T, Spafford, Daily Bread, LP Giobbi, The Main Squeeze, and more
Why: Spin some beats & groove some jams while you look at some gems.
Web: gemandjamfestival.com


Mardi Gras at Universal

What: Mardi Gras at Universal
Where: Orlando, FL
When: February 3 – April 7
Who: Walker Hayes, The All-American Rejects, Nesa Barrett, KC & The Sunshine Band, Barenaked Ladies, DJ Khaled, Ava Max, Queen Latifah, Zedd, and more
Why: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida.
Web: www.universalorlando.com/mardigras


Outlaw Country Cruise

What: Outlaw Country Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to San Juan, PR
When: February 4-10
Who: Blackberry Smoke, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Nikki Lane, 49 Winchester, Shinyribs, Drivin’ n Cryin’, Los Straijackets, Jim Lauderdale, Dale Watson, and more
Why: Outlaw Country heads to the high seas.
Web: www.outlawcountrycruise.com


Shiprocked

What: Shiprocked
Where: Miami, FL to Bimini, Bahamas to Ocho Rios, Jamaica to Grand Cayman
When: February 4-10
Who: I Prevail, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Highly Suspect, Code Orange, Badflower, Black Stone Cherry, Dorothy, and more
Why: Rock hard. Vacation harder.
Web: www.shiprocked.com


Cali Vibes

What: Cali Vibes
Where: Long Beach, CA
When: February 16-18
Who: Gwen Stefani, Stick Figure, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Damian & Stephen Marley, Sublime with Rome, Ice Cub, Iration, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Soja, The Interrupters, Tribal Seeds, The Pharcyde, Skip Marley, and more
Why: The Vibes are so Cali.
Web: www.calivibesfest.com


Gasparilla

What: Gasparilla
Where: Tampa, FL
When: February 16-18
Who: Louis the Child, Young the Giant, Lake Street Dive, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Coin, Surf Mesa, Digable Planets, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more
Why: Southern Florida gets a nice early fest (that’s never canceled). Read & see more in QRO’s 2022 recap here
Web: gasparillamusic.com


Vibra Urbana

What: Vibra Urbana
Where: Miami, FL
When: February 17-18
Who: Anuel AA, Rauw Alejandro, Ivy Queen, Young Miko, and more
Why: America’s biggest reggaeton festival.
Web: vibraurbanafest.com


Noise Pop

What: Noise Pop
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: February 22 – March 3
Who: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snail Mail, The Mountain Goats, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Cherry Glazerr, Alessandro Cortini, Cherry Glazerr, Dehd, Califone, Snail Mail, The Mountain Goats, Ultra Q, Narrow Head, Cadence Weapon, Alice Glass, Jacqures Greene b2b Nosaj Thing, Laetitia Sadier, Mark Sultan BBQ, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Mount Eerie, and more
Why: Venues across San Francisco have a nice line-up of acts from the hottest in today’s indie-rock to ultra-vets & in between.
Web: noisepopfest.com


Innings

What: Innings
Where: Tempe, AZ
When: February 23-24
Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hozier, Macklemore, Greta Van Fleet, Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind, Young the Giant, 311, Phantogram, Cautious Clay, Miya Folick, Matt & Kim, Bully, The Beaches, Taipei Houston, and more
Why: Spring Training in Arizona gets its own music festival. See more in QRO’s photos of last year’s Innings Tampa here
Web: www.inningsfestival.com/arizona


Palm Tree – Aspen

What: Palm Tree – Aspen
Where: Aspen, CO
When: February 23-24
Who: David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Harry Hudson, and more
Why: Palm Tree – in Aspen?
Web: www.palmtreemusicfestival.com/festival/ptc-aspen


Skyline

What: Skyline
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: February 24-25
Who: Adam Ten, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Chris Lake, LP Giobbi, and more
Why: DJs play to the Skyline.
Web: skylinefest.com


Emo’s Not Dead Cruise

What: Emo’s Not Dead Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
When: February 26 – March 1
Who: Yellowcard, Sleeping With Sirens, Mayday Parade, Story of the Year, August Burns Red, Senses Fail, The Devil Wears Parada, Charlotte Sands, and more
Why: Emo takes to the high seas.
Web: www.emosnotdeadcruise.com


Houston Livestock

What: Houston Livestock
Where: Houston, TX
When: February 27 – March 17
Who: Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, For King & Country, 50 Cent, Hardy, Ivan Cornejo, Hank Williams Jr., Jelly Roll, Luke Bryan, Major Lazer, Whiskey Myers, Bun B, Nickelback, Zac Brown Band, Jonas Brothers, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, and more
Why: Have some music with your steers.
Web: www.rodeohouston.com


Florida Strawberry

What: Florida Strawberry
Where: Plant City, FL
When: February 28 – March 10
Who: The Oak Ridge Boys, Oliver Anthony, The Beach Boys, Jordan Davis, Black Eyed Peas, Parker McCollum, The Bellamy Brothers, ZZ Top, Mark Lowry, Zach Williams, Craig Morgan, Riley Green, Gene Watson, Kirk Franklin, The Commodores, Foreigner, Jo Dee Messina, Flo Rida, Cody Johnson, and more
Why: Enjoy the sweet taste – and sound – of Florida’s strawberries.
Web: flstrawberryfestival.com

 


March


Mardi Gras at Universal

What: Mardi Gras at Universal
Where: Orlando, FL
When: February 3 – April 7
Who: Walker Hayes, The All-American Rejects, Nesa Barrett, KC & The Sunshine Band, Barenaked Ladies, DJ Khaled, Ava Max, Queen Latifah, Zedd, and more
Why: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida.
Web: www.universalorlando.com/mardigras


Noise Pop

What: Noise Pop
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: February 22 – March 3
Who: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snail Mail, The Mountain Goats, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Cherry Glazerr, Alessandro Cortini, Cherry Glazerr, Dehd, Califone, Snail Mail, The Mountain Goats, Ultra Q, Narrow Head, Cadence Weapon, Alice Glass, Jacqures Greene b2b Nosaj Thing, Laetitia Sadier, Mark Sultan BBQ, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Mount Eerie, and more
Why: Venues across San Francisco have a nice line-up of acts from the hottest in today’s indie-rock to ultra-vets & in between.
Web: noisepopfest.com


Emo’s Not Dead Cruise

What: Emo’s Not Dead Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
When: February 26 – March 1
Who: Yellowcard, Sleeping With Sirens, Mayday Parade, Story of the Year, August Burns Red, Senses Fail, The Devil Wears Parada, Charlotte Sands, and more
Why: Emo takes to the high seas.
Web: www.emosnotdeadcruise.com


Houston Livestock

What: Houston Livestock
Where: Houston, TX
When: February 27 – March 17
Who: Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, For King & Country, 50 Cent, Hardy, Ivan Cornejo, Hank Williams Jr., Jelly Roll, Luke Bryan, Major Lazer, Whiskey Myers, Bun B, Nickelback, Zac Brown Band, Jonas Brothers, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, and more
Why: Have some music with your steers.
Web: www.rodeohouston.com


Florida Strawberry

What: Florida Strawberry
Where: Plant City, FL
When: February 28 – March 10
Who: The Oak Ridge Boys, Oliver Anthony, The Beach Boys, Jordan Davis, Black Eyed Peas, Parker McCollum, The Bellamy Brothers, ZZ Top, Mark Lowry, Zach Williams, Craig Morgan, Riley Green, Gene Watson, Kirk Franklin, The Commodores, Foreigner, Jo Dee Messina, Flo Rida, Cody Johnson, and more
Why: Enjoy the sweet taste – and sound – of Florida’s strawberries.
Web: flstrawberryfestival.com

 


Cayamo

What: Cayamo
Where: Miami, FL to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Oranjestad, Aruba
When: March 1-8
Who: Lyle Lovett, Lake Street Dive, The Mavericks, Billy Bragg, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin, Lucius, Buddy Miller, The Lone Bellow, KT Tunstall, Nikki Lane, Langhorne Slim, Hiss Golden Messenger, Shawn Mullins, The War and Treaty, Mipso, Jenny Owen Youngs, and more
Why: A journey through song (and water).
Web: www.cayamo.com


M3F

What: M3F
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: March 1-2
Who: Lane 8, Gorgon City, Elderbrook, Dominic Fike, SG Lewis, Duke Dumont, Dayglow, Hippo Campus, Arlo Parks, and more
Why: Phoenix gets an early festival – all for charity.
Web: www.m3ffest.com


Winter Wondergrass Colorado

What: Winter Wondergrass Colorado
Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
When: March 1-3
Who: The Dead South, The Infamous Stringdusters, Paul Cauthen, Sierra Ferrell, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Kitchen Dwellers, Andy Frasco & The U.N., and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds in Colorado.
Web: winterwondergrass.com/steamboat


CRSSD – Spring

What: CRSSD – Spring
Where: San Diego, CA
When: March 2-3
Who: Armand Van Helden, Black Coffee, Richie Hawtin, and more
Why: Spinning up a strong electronic festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: crssdfest.com


Freakout

What: Freakout
Where: Seattle, WA
When: March 2-3
Who: Fuzz, Boogarins, Nick Waterhouse, Plague Vendor, Levitation Room, and more
Why: Freakout in Seattle.
Web: www.the-freakout.com


Monsters of Rock Cruise

What: Monsters of Rock Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Jamaica to Bahamas
When: March 2-7
Who: Joe Satriani, Ace Frehley, The Darkness, Winger, Queensrÿche, Quiet Riot, and more
Why: Aging Rock Monsters take a Cruise.
Web: monstersofrockcruise.com


New Colossus

What: New Colossus
Where: New York, NY
When: March 6-10
Who: Big Bliss, CHAII, Ducks Ltd., FRANKIIE, Moon Walker, Phantom Wave, POSTDATA, RIP Dunes, Ultra Q, and more See more in our preview here
Why: For all the up-and-comers looking to be found who are in NYC the weekend before SXSW (see below). See more in our 2020 photo gallery here
Web: www.newcolossusfestival.com


Pitchfork Mexico

What: Pitchfork Mexico
Where:
Mexico City, Mexico
When: March 6-9
Who: The Smile, Big Thief, Bon Iver, Kelela, Weyes Blood, Alvvays, Perfume Genius, King Krule, Koffee, Killer Mike, Snail Mail, Leikel47, Nation of Language, Panda Bear, JPEGMafia, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Sonic Boom, Julia Jacklin, Youth Lagoon, Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul, Mdou Moctar, illuminati hotties, Black Belt Eagle Scout, and more
Why: The mother of all online indie music magazines heads down Mexico way. See much more in our photo gallery of last year’s Pitchfork America here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com


Illfest

What: Illfest
Where: Austin, TX
When: March 9-10
Who: Rezz, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Sidepiece, Dab the Sky, Dr. Fresch, Bonnie x Clyde, Canabliss, and more
Why: Get Ill in Austin.
Web: www.illfest.com


Jazz In the Gardens

What: Jazz In the Gardens
Where: Miami Gardens, FL
When: March 9-10
Who: Summer Walker, Maxwell, Davido, Jazmine Sullivan, Babyface, Jeezy, and more
Why: The largest black city in Florida goes big with its latest Jazz In the Gardens. See much more in our photo gallery of last year here
Web: www.jazzinthegardens.com


Slide Away - Philadelphia

What: Slide Away – Philadelphia
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: March 9
Who: Nothing, Swirlies, and more
Why: Shoegaze comes to Philly.
Web: www.slideaway.co


SXSW

What: South-by-Southwest
Where: Austin, TX
When: March 11-16
Who: More than you count
Why: Still the bar by which all other of the other music industry expos are judged by – and still the best, finally returning. Read & see much more in our recap of last year here
Web: sxsw.com


SXM

What: SXM
Where: St. Martin
When: March 11-18
Who: Adam Ten, Doc Martin, Eli & Fur, Loco Dice, Sebastien Roche, Vintage Culture, and more
Why: Electronic music in the Caribbean.
Web: www.sxmfestival.com


American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: March 12 – April 12
Who: Nona Hendryx, Justin Vivian Bond, Indigo Girls, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (as well as Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org


Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea

What: Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
Where: Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico
When: March 13-18
Who: Joe Bonamassa, Grace Potter, The Marshall Tucker Band, John Oates, Jimmy Vivino, Jackie Venson, and more
Why: Keeping the Blues Alive – at Sea.
Web: www.bluesaliveatsea.com


Reggae Rise Up – Florida

What: Reggae Rise Up – Florida
Where: St. Petersburg, FL
When: March 14-17
Who: Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Dirty Heads, SOJA, Iration, Lupe Fiasco, and more
Why: Reggae Rises Up in Florida.
Web: reggaeriseup.com/florida


Rolling Loud California

What: Rolling Loud California
Where:
Inglewood, CA
When: March 15-17
Who: ¥$ (Ye + Ty Dolla $ign), Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Future x Metro Boomin, Don Toliver, $uicideboy$, YG & Tyga, Party Next Door, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, Ski Mask the Slump God, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Tecca, Chief Keef, NLE Choppa, and many more
Why: Hollywood Park is Rolling Loud with this stacked hip-hop line-up.
Web: www.rollingloud.com


Shamrock Rebellion - California

What: Shamrock Rebellion – California
Where:
Silverado, CA
When: March 16
Who: Flogging Molly, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Buzzcocks, Face To Face, and more to be announced
Why: Flogging Molly throw their own Rebellion.
Web: www.shamrockrebellion.com


Shamrock Rebellion - Las Vegas

What: Shamrock Rebellion – Las Vegas
Where:
Las Vegas, NV
When: March 17
Who: Flogging Molly, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Buzzcocks, Face To Face, and more to be announced
Why: Flogging Molly throw their own Rebellion.
Web: www.shamrockrebellion.com


Treefort

What: Treefort
Where: Boise, ID
When: March 20-24
Who: Marc Maron, Channel Tres, Briston Maroney, Ty Segall, K.Flay, Neko Case, Dawes & Lucius, Devendra Banhart, Dehd, Built To Spill, Armand Hammer, Patrick Watson, A Place To Bury Stranges, Shamir, Miya Folick, The National Parks, The Moss, Madi Diaz, Pokey LaFarge, Deap Vally, San Cisco, CMAT, Marnie Stern, Delicate Steve, San Fermin, Mary Timony, Ducks Ltd., Torres, El Perro Del Mar, Rosie Tucker, Liza Anne, and more
Why: Go to your own private Idaho for Treefort.
Web: treefortmusicfest.com


Big Ears

What: Big Ears
Where: Knoxville, TN
When: March 21-24
Who: Herbie Hancock, André 3000, Jon Batiste, Rhiannon Giddens, Laurie Anderson, Digable Planets, Mavi, Jon Medeski, Joe Russo, Marc Ribot, Aoife O’Donovan, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Kronos Quartet, Steve Keene, and more
Why: Knoxville’s super-classy high art music festival returns. Read & see more in our 2015 recap here
Web: www.bigearsfestival.com


Estereo Picnic

What: Estereo Picnic
Where:
Bogota, Columbia
When: March 21-24
Who: Paramore, SZA, Feid, blink-182, Arcade Fire, Placebo, Sam Smith, Limp Bizkit, Hozier, Greta Van Fleet, M.I.A., The Offspring, Grupo Frontera, Phoenix, Thirty Seconds To Mars, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Black Coffee, James Blake, Rina Sawayama, ZHU, Arca, The Blessed Madonna, Jaden, Yves Tumor, Poolside, Four Tet, Floating Points, Future Islands, Omar Apollo, Nothing But Thieves, and more
Why: A killer line-up down in Columbia.
Web:
www.festivalestereopicnic.com


Beyond Wonderland

What: Beyond Wonderland
Where:
San Bernadino, CA
When: March 22-23
Who: A-Trak, Afrojack, Alesso, Andy C, Benny Benassi, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lorenzo, Diesel, Dillon Francis, Infected Mushroom, J. Worra, Joyryde, Kill the Noise, Madeon, Slander, Subtronics, Sullivan King, The Chainsmokers, Wax Motif, Whethan, Zeds Dead, and more
Why: Can’t we get Beyond Wonderland?
Web:
socal.beyondwonderland.com


On the Mountain

What: On the Mountain
Where:
Hunter Mountain, NY
When: March 22-24
Who: Local Natives, Gus Dapperton, Rubblebucket, Salt Cathedral, Fat Tony, Toledo, and more
Why: Wild Honey Pie heads up On the Mountain.
Web:
www.eventbrite.com/e/on-the-mountain-4-tickets-801666284437


Ultra

What: Ultra
Where: Miami, FL
When: March 22-24
Who: Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Calvin Harris, Camelphat, Chase and Status, David Guetta, Dubfire, Elderbrook, Eric Prydz, Excision, Gryffin, Fisher, Chris Lake, Hardwell, San Holo, Martin Garrix, Nin Kraviz, Nore En Pure, Oliver Heldens, John Digweed, Seven Lions, Slander, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Vintage Culture, Zeds Dead, Andy C, ARMNHMR, Eli & Fur, Orbital, Sub Focus, and more
Why: Downtown Miami throws down the beats with America’s best electro-dance festival. See more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web: www.ultramusicfestival.com


Savannah Music

What: Savannah Music
Where:
Savannah, GA
When: March 28 – April 13
Who: Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Helm, Tony Trischka, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Madison Cunningham, Tinsley Ellis, Samara Joy, Oumou Sangaré, Futurebirds, Juana Molina, T. Hardy Morris, and more
Why: Head down to the Trustees’ Garden in Savannah.
Web:
www.savannahmusicfestival.org


Tecate Pa’l Norte

What: Tecate Pa’l Norte
Where: Monterrey, Mexico
When: March 29-31
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Peso Pluma, Keane, Alemán, Bad Religion, Belanova, Bomba Estéreo, Infected Mushroom, The Vaccines, Young the Giant, Cimafunk, Highly Suspect, and more
Why: Rock Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico (and have beer…).
Web: www.palnorte.com.mx


Slide Away - Los Angeles

What: Slide Away – Los Angeles
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: March 30
Who: Nothing, Tanukichan, Film School, and more
Why: Shoegaze comes to Los Angeles.
Web: www.slideaway.co


Psalm City

What: Psalm City – Texas
Where: Sugarland, TX
When: March 31
Who: Nathaniel Bassey, Moses Bliss, Limo Blaze, and more
Why: Do you like gospel music?
Web: www.dukeconcept.com/psalmcityfest

 


April


Mardi Gras at Universal

What: Mardi Gras at Universal
Where: Orlando, FL
When: February 3 – April 7
Who: Walker Hayes, The All-American Rejects, Nesa Barrett, KC & The Sunshine Band, Barenaked Ladies, DJ Khaled, Ava Max, Queen Latifah, Zedd, and more
Why: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida.
Web: www.universalorlando.com/mardigras


American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: March 12 – April 12
Who: Nona Hendryx, Justin Vivian Bond, Indigo Girls, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (as well as Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

Savannah Music

What: Savannah Music
Where:
Savannah, GA
When: March 28 – April 13
Who: Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Helm, Tony Trischka, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Madison Cunningham, Tinsley Ellis, Samara Joy, Oumou Sangaré, Futurebirds, Juana Molina, T. Hardy Morris, and more
Why: Head down to the Trustees’ Garden in Savannah.
Web:
www.savannahmusicfestival.org


Midland: The Last Resort Cruise

What: Midland: The Last Resort Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
When: April 1-5
Who: Midland, Orville Peck, Hayes Carll, Madeline Edwards, Jaime Wyatt, and more
Why: Midland has their own non-land cruise.
Web: www.midlandcruise.com


Mission Creek

What: Mission Creek
Where: Iowa City, IA
When: April 4-6
Who: Neko Case, Hanie Abdurraoir, Osees, Indigo de Souza, George Clanton, SG Goodman, Armand Hammer, Sunny War, and more
Why: Iowa City kicks if off early with some interesting names.
Web: missioncreekfestival.com


One Big Holiday

What: One Big Holiday
Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico
When: April 4-8
Who: My Morning Jacket, The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett, The Walkmen, Alvvays, Angel Olsen, Poolside, Futurebirds, Shabazz Palaces, and more
Why: My Morning Jacket throws it’s own One Big Holiday.
Web: mmjonebigholiday.com


Eclipse Utopia

What: Eclipse Utopia
Where: Burnet, TX
When: April 5-9
Who: Ghostland Observatory, The Texas Gentlemen, Sir Woman, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Toubab Krewe, Son Little, Mixer Rogers, and more
Why: Head to catch the Eclipse in Utopia. Read & see much more in our recap here
Web: www.utopiafest.com


Hogs For a Cause

What: Hogs For a Cause
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 5-6
Who: Band of Horses, Shane Smith & The Saints, The Record Company, and more
Why: Some hogs (and music) for a cause.
Web: hogsfest.org


On the Blue Cruise

What: On the Blue Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Puerto Plata, Mexico to Costa Maya, Mexico
When: April 5-10
Who: Justin Hayward, The Zombies, Alan Parson, Starship, Uriah Heep, and more
Why: A Cruise On the Blue.
Web: onthebluecruise.com


Rendezvous

What: Rendezvous
Where: Jackson Hole, WI
When: April 5-6
Who: The Head and The Heart, Mt. Joy, and more
Why: Free concerts Rendezvous in Jackson Hole.
Web: www.jacksonhole.com/rendezvous


Springing the Blues

What: Springing the Blues
Where: Jacksonville Beach, FL
When: April 5-7
Who: Tab Benoit, Vanessa Collier, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Bywater Call, JP Soars Gypsy Blue Revue, and more
Why: Springing the Blues in Jacksonville.
Web: www.springingtheblues.com


Texas Eclipse

What: Texas Eclipse
Where: Burnet, TX
When: April 5-9
Who: Big Gigantic, Boogie T, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Oteil and Friends, STS9, Sunsquabi, The Disco Biscuits, The Floozies, The String Cheese Incident, Tycho, Vulfpeck, Barclay Crenshaw, Subtronics, Tipper, Zeds Dead, LP Giobbi, and more
Why: Catch the Eclipse over Texas.
Web: seetexaseclipse.com


Tortuga

What: Tortuga
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
When: April 5-7
Who: Lainey Wilson, Hardy, Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Bailey Zimmerman, Ashley McBryde, Turnpike Troubadours, Bret Michaels, Teddy Swims, Boyz II Men, TLC, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and more
Why: For spring break, go country & more in Ft. Lauderdale. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.tortugamusicfestival.com


Winter Wondergrass Tahoe

What: Winter Wondergrass Tahoe
Where: Tahoe, CA
When: April 5-7
Who: Sierra Ferrell, The Devil Makes Three, Paul Cauthen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Kitchen Dwellers, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Sierra Hull, The Lil Smokies, and more
Why: Enjoy a Wonder(grass)ful Winter in Tahoe.
Web: winterwondergrass.com/tahoe


Dreamville

What: Dreamville
Where: Raleigh, NC
When: April 6-7
Who: To be announced
Why: Dream(ing) in Raleigh(ville).
Web: www.dreamvillefest.com


Psalm City

What: Psalm City – Washington
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: April 6
Who: Nathaniel Bassey, Moses Bliss, Limo Blaze, and more
Why: Do you like gospel music?
Web: www.dukeconcept.com/psalmcityfest


Scenario

What: Scenario
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: April 9-11
Who: Carlos Niño, R.A.P. Ferreira, Daddy Kev, and more
Why: DIY music conference in L.A.
Web: scenario24.com


French Quarter

What: French Quarter
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 11-14
Who: Ivan Neville, Big Freedia, Irma Thomas, Teedra Moses, John Boutté, and more
Why: Nobody does music or festivals like the French Quarter. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: frenchquarterfest.org


Coachella

What: Coachella
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 12-14 & 19-21
Who: Lana Del Rey, Tyler the Creator, Doja Cat, No Doubt, J Balvin, Blur, Pseo Pluma, Lil Uzi Vert, Ice Spice, Jhené Aiko, Khruangbin, Desaffelstein, Lil Uzi Vert, Justice, Sublime, Lil Yachty, John Summit, Jungle, Deftones, Grimes, Jon Batiste, The Rose, AP Dhillon, Charlotte de Witte, Sabrina Carpenter, Steve Angello, The Drums, Reneé Rapp, Bebe Rexha, Skream & Benga, Skepta, Faye Webster, Orbital, Coi Leray, Tacking Back Sunday, Gorgon City, L’Impétraice, The Aquabats, Boy Harsher, The Blessed Madonna, Brittany Howard, The Japanese House, BLOND:ISH, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mdou Moctar, Young Fathers, The Beths, Neil Frances, The Last Dinner Party, and many, many more
Why: The biggest & best festival has grown so big as to have a second weekend. See much more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web: www.coachella.com


Decibel Metal & Beer

What: Decibel Metal & Beer
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: April 12-13
Who: Biohazard, Deicide, Dying Fetus, Crowbar, and more
Why: Turn it up to eleven for this metal fest at The Fillmore Philadelphia.
Web: www.decibelmagazine.com/events/metalandbeerfest


Moon Crush

What: Moon Crush
Where: Miramar Beach, FL
When: April 18-21
Who: Lake Street Dive, Marcus King, The Revivalists, Noah Kahan, The Head and The Heart, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Charley Crockett, Dawes, Red Clay Strays, Larkin Poe, The Wood Brothers, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and more
Why: Livestream platform Topeka launches a safely connected music festival that we all need right now.
Web: www.mooncrush.live


Dark Force

What: Dark Force
Where: Parsippany, NJ
When: April 19-21
Who: Stabbing Westward, Nitzer Ebb, and more
Why: Goth-industrial in the most industrial goth state in the union.
Web: darkforcefest.com


High Water

What: High Water
Where: North Charleston, SC
When: April 20-21
Who: Noah Kahan, Hozier, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Shovels & Rope, Grace Potter, The Wallflowers, Courtney Barnett, The Walkmen, Briston Maroney, Houndmouth, Olivia Jean, The Linda Lindas, Kevin Morby, The Heavy Heavy, and more
Why: Wash ashore the high waters of Charleston.
Web: www.highwaterfest.com


Sweetwater 420

What: Sweetwater 420
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: April 20-21
Who: Beck, Slightly Stoopid, Big Gigantic, Black Pumas, Gov’t Mule, Trombone Shorty, Cory Wong, Grace Potter, moe., St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Larkin Poe, Houndmouth, Ripe, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Hayes & The Heathens, Little Stranger, Papadosio, and more
Why: 4-20 (and more) – Sweet! See much more in our 2023 photo gallery here
Web: www.sweetwater420fest.com


Two Step Inn

What: Two Step Inn
Where: Georgetown, TX
When: April 20-21
Who: Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Hank Williams Jr., Ryan Bingham, Colter Wall, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Charley Crockett, Lee Ann Womack, Megan Moroney, Ludacris, Sierra Ferrell, 49 Winchester, and more
Why: Do the Texas Two Step (Inn).
Web: www.twostepinn.com


Live In the Vineyard

What: Live In the Vineyard
Where: Napa, CA
When: April 23-25
Who: Scott McCreery, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins, Locash, and more
Why: Country comes to the Napa Valley.
Web: www.liveinthevineyard.com/litvgc


Launch

What: Launch
Where: Lancaster, PA
When: April 25-28
Who: To be announced
Why: Music conference & festival in Lancaster, PA.
Web: www.launchmusicconference.com


Lauren Diagle's Kaleidoscope Beach Weekend

What: Lauren Diagle’s Kaleidoscope Beach Weekend
Where: Miramar Beach, FL
When: April 25-27
Who: Lauren Diagle, Jon Batiste, Natalie Hemby, Kari Jobe, Ellie Holcomb, and more
Why: Lauren Diagle has her own Beach Weekend.
Web: www.tixr.com/groups/topeka/events/lauren-daigle-s-kaleidoscope-beach-weekend-81576


MerleFest

What: MerleFest
Where: Wilkesboro, NC
When: April 25-28
Who: Old Crow Medicine Show, Turnpike Troubadours, The Teskey Brothers, Nickel Creek, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Larkin Poe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Steep Canyon Rangers, Béla Fleck, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Shinyribs, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, S.G. Goodman, and more
Why: Wilkes Community College welcomes MerleFest. See more in our photo gallery of last year here
Web: merlefest.org


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 25 – May 5
Who: The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Neil Young Crazy Horse, The Killers, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, HOZIER, Jon Batiste, Queen Latifah, Vampire Weekend, Greta Van Fleet, Heart, Widespread Panic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fantasia, The Revivalists, The Beach Boys, Big Freedia, Kem, Juvenile with Mannie Fresh, Irma Thomas, Joe Bonamassa, Steel Pulse, Cyril Neville, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Jeffrey Osborne, Rhiannon Giddens, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic feat. Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Terence Blanchard: FLOW, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The Wallflowers, Béla Fleck, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Samara Joy, Allison Russell, The Allman Betts Band, Dumpstaphunk, Stephen Marley, Anders Osborne, The Soul Rebels, Bomba Estéreo, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tower of Power, Samantha Fish, Nickel Creek, and many, many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com


Norman

What: Norman
Where: Norman, OK
When: April 25-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Norman Oklahoma’s own free festival & QRO favorite stays sweet. Read & see more in our 2010 recap here
Web: normanmusicfestival.com


Austin Psych Fest

What: Austin Psych Fest
Where: Austin, TX
When: April 26-28
Who: Courtney Barnett, The Black Angels, Alvvays, Kurt Vile & The Violators, All Them Witches, Chicano Batman, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Witch, Dehd, Still Corners, Frankie & The Witch Fingers, Levitation Room, L.A. Witch, Blondshell, and more
Why: Austin Psych Fest returns to Far Out Lounge, thanks to The Black Angels (QRO spotlight on). Read & see more in our big recap of last year here
Web: levitation-austin.com


Double Decker

What: Double Decker
Where: Oxford, MS
When: April 26-27
Who: Brittany Howard, Flatland Cavalry, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Neal Francis, Bass Drum of Death, Jamie Wyatt, and more
Why: Take the Double Decker to Oxford – Mississippi.
Web: www.doubledeckerfestival.com


Holo Holo

What: Holo Holo
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When:
April 26-28
Who: J Boog, Common Kings, and more
Why: The good vibes come to Las Vegas.
Web:
www.holoholofestival.com


Stagecoach

What: Stagecoach
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 26-28
Who: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Morgan Wallen, Hardy, Post Malone, Jelly Roll, Elle King, Willie Nelson, Bailey Zimmerman, Nickelback, Diplo, Wiz Khalifa, Guy Fieri, The Beach Boys, Leon Bridges, Dwight Yoakam, Paul Cauthen, Charley Crockett, Megan Moroney, Clint Black, The War and Treaty, Maddie & Tae, Shane Smith, Tramped by Turtles, Tenille Townes, Katie Pruitt, Asleep at the Wheel, and more
Why: California’s premiere country music festival.
Web: stagecoachfestival.com


We Bridge

What: We Bridge
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: April 26-28
Who: Ampers&one, Cravity, Kard, and more
Why: Festival & expo at Mandalay Bay.
Web: webridgeexpo.com


Brightside

What: Brightside
Where: Orlando, FL
When: April 27
Who: Sublime, 311, Goldfinger, Story of the Year, Face To Face, Save Ferris, and more
Why: Look on the Brightside.
Web: www.brightsidefest.com


Sick New World

What: Sick New World
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: April 27
Who: System of a Down, Slipknot, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Bring Me the Horizon, Danny Elfman, Primus, Slowdive, Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White, Swans, Black Veil Brides, Helmet, Sevendust, Bad Omens, Killing Joke, Code Orange, Nitzer Ebb, Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Combichrist, Knocked Loose, Skindred, and more
Why: It’s a Sick New World with nü-metal & more. Read & see more in our recap here
Web: www.sicknewworldfest.com


Daze Between New Orleans

What: Daze Between New Orleans
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 30 – May 1
Who: Lettuce with John Scofield, Gov’t Mule, Dirty Dozen Brass band, Galactic with Jelly Joseph, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Krasno/Moore Project, and more
Why: Faubourg Brewery welcomes a Daze or two.
Web: dazebetweennola.com

 


May

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 25 – May 5
Who: The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Neil Young Crazy Horse, The Killers, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, HOZIER, Jon Batiste, Queen Latifah, Vampire Weekend, Greta Van Fleet, Heart, Widespread Panic, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fantasia, The Revivalists, The Beach Boys, Big Freedia, Kem, Juvenile with Mannie Fresh, Irma Thomas, Joe Bonamassa, Steel Pulse, Cyril Neville, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Jeffrey Osborne, Rhiannon Giddens, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic feat. Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Terence Blanchard: FLOW, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The Wallflowers, Béla Fleck, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Samara Joy, Allison Russell, The Allman Betts Band, Dumpstaphunk, Stephen Marley, Anders Osborne, The Soul Rebels, Bomba Estéreo, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tower of Power, Samantha Fish, Nickel Creek, and many, many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com


Daze Between New Orleans

What: Daze Between New Orleans
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 30 – May 1
Who: Lettuce with John Scofield, Gov’t Mule, Dirty Dozen Brass band, Galactic with Jelly Joseph, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Krasno/Moore Project, and more
Why: Faubourg Brewery welcomes a Daze or two.
Web: dazebetweennola.com


Sol Fest

What: Sol Fest
Where:
Ponce de Leon, FL
When: May 2-5
Who: Rezz, Clozee, LSDream, Big Gigantic, Barclay Crenshaw, Bob Moses, Dr. Fresch, Elderbrook, G Jones, Lettuce, NGHTMRE, Of the Trees, Break Science, Emancipator, Manic Focus, Netsky, Opiuo, Papadosio, The Glitch Mob, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more
Why: Celebrate our sun Sol with DJs.
Web:
solfestfl.com


Sun, Sand and Soul

What: Sun, Sand and Soul
Where:
Miramar Beach, FL
When: May 2-4
Who: Tedeschi Trucks Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Teskey Brothers, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Blackberry Smoke, Maggie Rose, and more
Why: Tedeschi Trucks Band enjoys Sun, Sand and Soul.
Web:
www.tixr.com/groups/topeka/events/tedeschi-trucks-band-sun-sand-and-soul-beach-wknd-82179


BeachLife

What: BeachLife
Where:
Redondo Beach, CA
When: May 3-5
Who: Sting, Incubus, My Morning Jacket, Trey Anastasio, DEVO, Dirty Heads, Seal, Local Natives, Fleet Foxes, ZZ Top, Santigold, City and Colour, G. Love & Donavon Frankenreiter, Pepper, Steel Pulse, Chevy Metal, Courtney Barnett, Margo Price, Sugar Ray, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Samples, Jordana, Surfer Blood, Abraham Alexander, Kevin Seconds, Atlas Genius, Gaby Moreno, and more
Why: Enjoy the Redondo BeachLife.
Web:
www.beachlifefestival.com


BirdFest

What: BirdFest
Where:
Pinewood, SC
When:
May 3-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Bluegrass & wildlife.
Web:
birdfestmusic.com


Landlock

What: Landlock
Where:
Waco, TX
When: May 3-5
Who: Young the Giant, Midland, Shakey Graves, Cory Wong, Arcy Drive, Cannons, Colony House, Jupiter & Okwess, Matthew Logan Vasquez, The Nude Party, Pachyman, S.G. Goodman, and more
Why: Surf’s up in Landlocked Texas.
Web:
www.landlockfest.com


Long Play

What: Long Play
Where:
Brooklyn, NY
When: May 3-5
Who: Arone Dyer, Bang On a Can All-Stars, Claire Chase, David Lang, Deerhoof, Hannah Kendall, JACK Quartet, Jeff Mills, Julia Wolfe, Laurel Halo, Laurie Spiegel, Matmos, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamato, Sam Prekop & John McEntire, So Percussion, Soundwalk Collective, Steve Reich, and more
Why: Bang On a Can throws classy concerts around Brooklyn.
Web:
bangonacan.org/long-play-2024


Lovin' Life

What: Lovin’ Life
Where:
Charlotte, NC
When: May 3-5
Who: Post Malone, Stevie Nicks, Noah Kahan, Maggie Rogers, The Chainsmokers, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, Quinn XCII, Dababy, Dominic Fike, The Struts, Dashboard Confessional, and more
Why: Charlotte is Lovin’ Life.
Web:
lovinlifemusicfest.com


Shaky Knees

What: Shaky Knees
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: May 3-5
Who: Noah Kahan, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Offspring, Billy Idol, Portugal. The Man, Girl In Red, Young the Giant, Interpol, Miike Snow, Men I Trust, Dinosaur Jr, Royal Blood, The Revivalists, Yves Tumor, Sunny Day Real Estate, Waxahatchee, Matt & Kim, Metric, All Them Witches, Holly Humberstone, The Struts, Kevin Morby, Chicano Batman, Switchfoot, Del Water Gap, Pond, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Arcy Drive, and more
Why: Limbs quake for another amazing year. Read & see much more in our big recap of last year here
Web: shakykneesfestival.com


Sing Us Home

What: Sing Us Home
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: May 3-5
Who: The Jayhawks, The Loved Ones, Dave Hause, Langhorne Slim, Tim barry, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Fire In the Radio and more
Why: Dave Hause throws his own festival on Venice Island.
Web: singushomefestival.com


Sol Blume

What: Sol Blume
Where: Sacramento, CA
When: May 3-5
Who: Snoh Aalegra, Kayraminé, SZA, Partynextdoor, Masego, Omar Apollo, Pinkpatheress, Wale, Ari Lennox, Kelela, Jojo, Toosii, and more
Why: Sacramento is in Blume.
Web: solblume.com


SunFest

What: SunFest
Where: West Palm Beach, FL
When: May 3-5
Who: Nelly, Cole Swindell, Rebelution, Third Eye Blind, Yung Gravy, Billy Idol, Shaggy, The Revivalists, Dashboard Confessional, Matisyahu, Elle King, The Aces, Boys Like Girls, and more
Why: The sun always shines on Palm Beach with this festival. Read & see much more in our 2010 recap here
Web: www.sunfest.com


iHeart Country

What: iHeart Country
Where: Austin, TX
When:
May 4
Who: Jason Aldean, Jelly Roll, Old Dominion, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Walker Hayes, and more
Why: iHeartRadio hearts Country.
Web:
www.iheart.com/iheartcountry-festival


Lovers & Friends

What: Lovers & Friends
Where:
Las Vegas, NV
When: May 4
Who: Janet Jackson, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Nelly, TLC, M.I.A., T-Pain, Akon, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Brandy, Monica, Eve, Kelly Rowland, Sean Paul, 6LACK, Jodeci, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, 98 Degrees, Majid Jordan, Method Man & Redman, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Fat Joe, T.I., Ginuwine, Lupe Fiasco, Cam’Ron, Ying Yang Twins, and more
Why: Goldenvoice & Snoop Dogg put on this new festival.
Web: loversandfriendsfest.com


M3 Rock

What: M3 Rock
Where: Columbia, MD
When:
May 4-5
Who: Queensrÿche, Bret Michaels, Dee Snider, Stephen Pearcy, Night Ranger, Quiet Riot, Stryper, and more
Why: Rock out at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Web:
m3rockfest.com


Punk in the Park

What: Punk in the Park
Where: Orange County, CA
When: May 4
Who: Descendents, The Vandals, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Exploited, T.S.O.L., and more
Why: Bring some punk to Oak Canyon Park.
Web: www.punkinthepark.com


Welcome To Rockville

What: Welcome To Rockville
Where: Daytona Beach, FL
When: May 9-12
Who: Mötley Crüe, Limp Bizkit, Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Breaking Benjamin, Greta Van Fleet, Falling In Reverse, Judas Priest, Anthrax, In This Moment, Primus, Architechts, Mammoth WVH, Starset, Dirty Honey, Amigo the Devil, Nonpoint, Reignwolf, P.O.D., Jehnny Beth, Powerman 5000, Disturbed, Jelly Roll, Queens of the Stone Age, Evanescence, Bad Omens, A Day To Remember, The Offspring, Mudvayne, Skillet, Stone Temple Pilots, Theory of a Deadman, Sebastian Bach, Royal Blood, Living Colour, Flyleaf, The Struts, Drowning Pool, Taipei Houston, Nita Strauss, Alien Ant Farm, Machine Head, Mr. Bungle, Cypress Hill, Sum 41, Atreyu, L7, Biohazard, Bitzer Ebb, Helmet, Frank Carter, Lacuna Coil, In Flames, Clutch, Black Veil Brides, Baroness, August Burns Red, All That Remains, All Them Witches, Enter Shikari, Soulfly, Red Fang, Insane Clown Posse, Tech N9ne, Code Orange, The Amity Affliction, Of Mice & Men, Miss May I, and many more
Why: Do go back to Rockville.
Web: www.welcometorockvillefestival.com


Kilby Block Party

What: Kilby Block Party
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
When: May 10-12
Who: LCD Soundsystem, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan, Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, Jai Paul, Joanna Newsom, Belle and Sebastian, 100 gecs, Dayglow, Courtney Barnett, TV Girl, Alvvays, Dinosaur Jr, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Guided by Voices, Yves Tumor, Beach Fossils, Cautious Clay, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ty Segall, Pond, Yoke Lore, Andy Shauf, Slow Pulp, CSS, Ekkstacy, Blondshell, Arcy Drive, and more
Why: Even Salt Lake City gets in on the festival Party.
Web: www.kilbyblockparty.com


Mothership Weekend

What: Mothership Weekend
Where: Miramar Beach, FL
When: May 10-12
Who: Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, Nickel Creek, Bonnie Raitt, Black Pumas, S.G. Goodman, and more
Why: Brandi Carlile welcomes you to the Mothership.
Web: mothership.topeka.live


Seismic Spring Lite

What: Seismic Spring Lite
Where: Austin, TX
When: May 10-11
Who: Armin Van Buuren, Medvza, James Hype, and more
Why: Austin rocks to a Seismic Dance Event.
Web: seismicdanceevent.com


UNTZ

What: UNTZ
Where: Mariposa, CA
When: May 10-12
Who: G Jones, Eazybaked, Halogenix, and more
Why: Party right near Yosemite.
Web: www.theuntzfestival.com


Wonderfront

What: Wonderfront
Where: San Diego, CA
When: May 10-12
Who: Kaytranada, Weezer, Beck, Mt. Joy, Dominic Fike, JID, T-Pain, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Roots, Marcus King, Milky Chance, Joey Bada$$, Dayglow, Chennel Tres, Phony PPL, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Natasha Bedingfield, Fruit Bats, BADBADNOTGOOD, Sudan Archives, Poolside, Rayland Baxter, Alice Phoebe Lou, IDKHOW, Action Bronson, and more
Why: San Diego’s waterfront is a Wonder.
Web: wonderfrontfestival.com


Cruel World

What: Cruel World
Where: Carson, CA
When: May 11
Who: Duran Duran, Interpol, Blondie, Simple Minds, Placebo, Soft Cell, Adam Ant, Ministry, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Gary Numan, TR/ST, The Faint, The Stranglers, and more
Why: Eighties New Wave comes to The Rose Bowl.
Web: www.cruelworldfest.com


Head In the Clouds

What: Head In the Clouds
Where: Queens, NY
When: May 11-12
Who: (G)I-DLES, Joji, Illenium, Bibi, and more
Why: Asian pop comes to Forest Hill Stadium. Read & see much more in our 2023 recap here
Web: ny.hitcfestival.com


Mill Valley

What: Mill Valley
Where: Mill Valley, CA
When: May 11-12
Who: Fleet Foxes, Greensky Bluegrass, Thee Sacred Souls, Margo Price, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Fruit Bats, and more
Why: More than mill about in Mill Valley.
Web: www.millvalleymusicfest.com


Milwaukee MetalFest

What: Milwaukee MetalFest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: May 16-19
Who: Mr. Bungle, Blind Guardian, Slaughter To Death, Testament, Hatebreed, Avatar, In Flames, Lacuna Coil, and more
Why: As Wayne, Garth, and Alice have long known, Milwaukee is Metal.
Web: www.milwaukeemetalfestival.com


Sonic Temple

What: Sonic Temple
Where: Columbus, OH
When: May 16-19
Who: Disturbed, The Misfits, Pantera, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Falling In Reverse, Evanescence, Mudvayne, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, A Day To Remember, Royal Blood, Starset, Anthrax, Theory of a Deadman, P.O.D., Dirty Honey, Living Colour, Bad Religion, Nonpoint, Drowning Pool, Nita Strauss, Judas Priest, Rise Against, 311, In This Moment, Sum 41, Black Veil Brides, Flyleaf, Of Mice & Men, Movements, Taipei Houston, Reignwolf, Cypress Hill, Mr. Bungle, Clutch, Baroness, The Amity Affliction, Code Orange, Enter Shikari, Helmet, Red Fang, Jehnny Beth, Tech N9ne, L7, Atreyu, August Burns Red, Frank Carter, Soulfly, Apocalyptica, All That Remains, Lacuna Coil, New Years Day, Miss May I, and many more
Why: Making MAPFRE Stadium a Sonic Temple.
Web: sonictemplefestival.com


Electric Daisy Carnival

What: Electric Daisy Carnival
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 17-19
Who: 12th Planet, A Hundred Drums, Above & Beyond, Acraze, Afrojack, Alison Wonderland, Armin Van Buuren, ARMNHMR, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Boogie T, Borgore, Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, David Guetta, Dom Dolla, Duke Dumont, Ellen Allien, Emo Nite, Excision, Fisher, Galantis, Gareth Emery, Griz, J. Worra, Kaskade, Kaytranada, Kream, Lane 8, Loud Luxury, marshmello, Martin Garrix, Matroda, Netsky, Nostalgix, Peekaboo, Riot Ten, Said the Sky, Ship Wrek, Slander, Subtronics, Sullivan King, Tchami, Tiësto, Wax Motif, Yellow Claw, Zedd, Zeds Dead, and many more
Why: Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Vegas for three days. See much more in our photo gallery of 2013 EDC NY here
Web: lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com


Fresh Grass – Bentonville

What: Fresh Grass – Bentonville
Where: Bentonville, AR
When: May 17-18
Who: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Trampled by Turtles, Aoife O’Donovan, S.G. Goodman, and more
Why: Celebrate bluegrass & more in Arkansas – and later Massachussetts (see below).
Web: freshgrass.com/bentonville


Hangout

What: Hangout
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
When: May 17-19
Who: Zach Bryan, Lana Del Rey, ODESZA, The Chainsmokers, Cage the Elephant, Dominic Fike, Reneé Rapp, Jessie Murph, Alison Wonderland, Nelly, Dom Dolla, Subtronics, NLE Choppa, A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Chromeo, Matt Maeson, The Beaches, Del Water Gap, and many more
Why: Hangout on the Shores with a very strong line-up. Read & see much more in our big recap of last year here
Web: www.hangoutmusicfest.com


Lost Highway

What: Lost Highway
Where: Bushkill, PA
When: May 17-19
Who: Oliver Anthony, Tim Montana, Nikki Lane, and more
Why: Get Lost on a Highway on your motorcycle.
Web: losthighwayshow.com


Pure Imagination

What: Pure Imagination
Where: Prescott, AZ
When: May 17-18
Who: To be announced
Why: Eco-forward in Arizona.
Web: pureimagination.frontgatetickets.com


Just Like Heaven

What: Just Like Heaven
Where: Pasadena, CA
When: May 18
Who: The Postal Service, Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, The War On Drugs, Miike Snow, Passion Pit, Alvvays, Two Door Cinema Club, Phantogram, Metric, Tegan & Sara, Washed Out, Broken Social Scene, Sleigh Bells, Warpaint, CSS, Be Your Own Pet, The Go! Team, Gossip, and more
Why: Now this is the nostalgia fest for the young Gen X/geriatric millenial set. See much more in our 2022 photo gallery here
Web: justlikeheavenfest.com


Mountain Music

What: Mountain Music
Where: Oak Hill, WV
When: May 21 – June 1
Who: Beats Antique, Monophonics, Big Something, Moon Hooch, and more
Why: Head up into the mountains at ACE Adventure Resort. See more in our 2021 photo gallery here here
Web:
mountainmusicfestwv.com


Lightning In a Bottle

What: Lightning In a Bottle
Where: Bradley, CA
When: May 22-27
Who: Skrillex, Labrinth, Lane 8, James Blake, M.I.A., Tipper, Fatboy Slim, Clozee, Nora En Pure, Bob Moses, Bomba Estéreo, Honey Dijon, Mura Masa, Of the Trees, Floating Points, Justin Martin, Aluna, Skream, Tycho, and more
Why: Trance/electronica captures lightning in a bottle on Lake Skinner. See much more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web: libfestival.org


Delfest

What: Delfest
Where: Cumberland, MD
When: May 23-26
Who: Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Greensky Bluegrass, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sierra Ferrell, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more to be announced
Why: Del McCoury rolls out the bluegrass red carpet.
Web: delfest.com


Hot Luck

What: Hot Luck
Where: Austin, TX
When: May 23-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Food & music in a town that’s known for both. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.hotluckfest.com


Boston Calling

What: Boston Calling
Where: Boston, MA
When: May 24-26
Who: Ed Sheeran, Tyler Childers, The Killers, Hozier, Trey Anastasio, Leon Bridges, Reneé Rapp, Khruangbin, Megan Thee Stallion, The Revivalists, Frank Turner, Young the Giant, Beach Weather, d4vd, Blondshell, The Red Clay Strays, The Heavy Heavy, Madi Diaz, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Bad Rabbits, and many more
Why: Boston is seriously Calling – wicked pissah! Read much more in our 2022 recap here
Web: bostoncalling.com


BottleRock

What: BottleRock
Where:
Napa Valley, CA
When: May 24-26
Who: Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam, Stevie Nicks, Megan Thee Stallion, Queens of the Stone Age, Dominic Fike, Kali Uchis, St. Vincent, Nelly, The Kid Laroi, Norah Jones, The Offspring, My Morning Jacket, Miike Snow, Bebe Rexha, All Time Low, T-Pain, Stephen Sanchez, Action Bronson, Oliver Tree, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids, Chevy Metal, Holly Humberstone, The Beaches, Stephen Marley, Colony House, The Record Company, Pete Yorn, Say She She, Deep Sea Diver, Mondo Cozmo, The Soul Rebels with Talib Kweli, Dehd, and many more
Why: The Napa Valley welcomes another year of a great new festival (to go with its great old wine). Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
bottlerocknapavalley.com


California Roots

What: California Roots
Where: Monterey, CA
When: May 24-26
Who: Collie Buddz, Damian Marley, Ice Cube, J Boog, Lupe Fiasco, Pepper, Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Tribal Seeds, Xavier Rudd, and more
Why: Get in touch with your Cali Roots. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: californiarootsfestival.com


Cave Jam

What: Cave Jam
Where: Pelham, TN
When: May 24-26
Who: The String Cheese Incident and more to be announced
Why: The Caverns holds its own jam.
Web: www.tixr.com/groups/thecavernsamphitheater/events/cavejam-at-the-caverns-2024-87014


Summer Camp

What: Summer Camp
Where: Chillicothe, IL
When: May 24-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Summer Camp mixes a little something more into its jam.
Web: summercampfestival.com


Movement Electronic

What: Movement
Where: Detroit, MI
When: May 25-27
Who: Avalon Emerson, Barclay Crenshaw, The Blessed Madonna, Boys Noize, Carl Craig, Channel Tres, Chris Lake, Coco & Breezy, Ellen Allien, Fatboy Slim, Floating Points, Goldie, Gorgon City, Honey Dijon, Honeyluv, James Blake, LP Giobbi, LTJ Bukem, Ludacris, Mount Kimbie, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Skream, Tiga, and more
Why: Electronic music returns to the city where techno (and much more in music) was born. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: www.movement.us


Suenos

What: Sueños
Where: Chicago, IL
When: May 25-26
Who: Rauw Alejandro, Peso Pluma, Ivan Cornejo, Maluma, and more
Why: Chicago welcomes a massive Latin Reggaeton festival.
Web: www.suenosmusicfestival.com


Ubbi Dubbi

What: Ubbi Dubbi
Where: Ennis, TX
When: May 25-26
Who: Alison Wonderland, Bear Grillz, Elderbrook, RL Grime, Troyboi, Afrojack, Audien, Blossom, Galantis, GG Magree, Matroda, Said the Sky, Svdden Death, and more
Why: Camp out and get down.
Web: ubbidubbifestival.com


Schellraiser

What: Schellraiser
Where: McGill, NV
When: May 30 – June 1
Who: We Are Scientists, Ladytron, Mercury Rev, Man Man, The Raveonettes, No Joy, The Besnard Lakes, Sinkane, The Paranoyds, The Jins, Wild Pink, DAIISTAR, Megafauna, and more
Why: Some killer indie-rock – in Nevada.
Web:
schellraiser.com

 


June

Mountain Music

What: Mountain Music
Where: Oak Hill, WV
When: May 21 – June 1
Who: Monophonics, Moon Hooch, and more to be announced
Why: Head up into the mountains at ACE Adventure Resort. See more in our 2021 photo gallery here here
Web:
mountainmusicfestwv.com


Schellraiser

What: Schellraiser
Where: McGill, NV
When: May 30 – June 1
Who: We Are Scientists, Ladytron, Mercury Rev, Man Man, The Raveonettes, No Joy, The Besnard Lakes, Sinkane, The Paranoyds, The Jins, Wild Pink, DAIISTAR, Megafauna, and more
Why: Some killer indie-rock – in Nevada.
Web:
schellraiser.com


Outloud

What: Outloud
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: June 1-2
Who: To be announced
Why: West Hollywood Pride.
Web: weareoutloud.com


Railbird

What: Railbird
Where: Lexington, KY
When: June 1-2
Who: Noah Kahan, Chris Stapleton, Hozier, Turnpike Troubadours, Counting Crows, Lord Huron, Dwight Yoakam, Wynonna Judd, Marcus King, Elle King, Red Clay Strays, Trampled By Turtles, Allison Russell, The Infamous Stringdusters, Katie Pruitt, Brent Cobb, and more
Why: Music. Bourbon. Equine.
Web: www.railbirdfest.com


Roots Picnic

What: Roots Picnic
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: June 1-2
Who: Lil Wayne & The Roots, Jill Scott, André 3000, Nas, Gunna, Victoria Monét, Babyface, Robert Glasper & Yebba, J.Period, Smino, Cam’ron, Wale, Tyla, and more
Why: Tonight Show band (and more) brings their annual picnic, in their hometown.
Web: www.therootspicnic.com


So What

What: So What?!
Where: Dallas, TX
When: June 1-2
Who: Underoath, Skillet, Asking Alexandria, Boys Like Girls, Mayday Parade, P.O.D., Switchfoot, Relient K, Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada, The Amity Affliction, Saosin, 3OH!3, Knuckle Puck, and more
Why: Texas asks – So What?!?
Web: sowhatmusicfestival.com


SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: James Arthur, Ethel Cain, Caifanes, Café Tacvba, and more to be announced
Why: A mixture of paid benefit shows and free shows receiving those benefits are a staple every summer in the Big Apple at the iconic Central Park See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org


CMA

What: CMA
Where: Nashville, TN
When: June 6-9
Who: To be announced
Why: The Country Music Association has its own celebration, fifty-plus years on.
Web: cmafest.com


Throwdown at the Campground

What: Throwdown at the Campground
Where: Soperton, GA
When: June 6-9
Who: Buckcherry, Nonpoint, Taproot, Butcher Babies, Widow7, and more to be announced
Why: Throwdown some hard rock at the Campground.
Web: www.campthrowdown.com


Governors Ball

What: Governors Ball
Where: New York, NY
When: June 7-9
Who: Post Malone, The Killers, SZA, Peso Pluma, 21 Savage, Rauw Alejandro, Dominic Fike, Carly Rae Jepsen, Reneé Rapp, Don Toliver, Sabrina Carpenter, Labrinth, Alex G, TV Girl, Faye Webster, Goth Babe, Yung Gravy, Jessie Murph, Chappell Roan, Stephen Sanchez, Teezo Touchdown, Hippo Campus, Beach Fossils, d4vd, Arcy Drive, Blondshell, Claire Rosinkranz, Geese, G Flip, and many more
Why: Governors Ball has become one of the country’s biggest music festivals – and it’s in New York City! Read much more in our 2022 recap here
Web: governorsballmusicfestival.com


Gridlife Midwest

What: Gridlife Midwest
Where: South Haven, MI
When: June 7-9
Who: Zeds Dead, Mersiv, A Hundred Drums, and more
Why: Motorsports + music.
Web: www.gridlifemidwest.com


No Values

What: No Values
Where: Pomona, CA
When: June 8
Who: The Misfits, Social Distortion, Iggy Pop, Turnstile, Bad Religion, Sublime, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Power Trip, The Damned, Suicidal Tendencies, Joyce Manor, Vandals, Black Flag, L7, TSOL, Viagra Boys, Ceremony, The Jesus Lizard, FIDLAR, The Exploited, FEAR, The Dickies, Agent Orange, Adolescents, The Dead Milkmen, Steve Ignorant, Lawrence Arms, Soul Glo, The Bronx, Cro-Mags, Fishbone, The Aquabats, The Selecter, Jello Biafra, and more to be announced
Why: No Values – but a lot of punks – at Pomona Fairplex.
Web: www.novalues.com


North To Shore

What: North To Shore – Asbury Park
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: June 10-16
Who: To be announced March 7th
Why: A new festival stretching back across the Garden State.
Web: northtoshore.com


North by Northeast

What: North by Northeast
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 12-16
Who: More than you can count, eh
Why: Canada’s North-by-Northeast shifts to a traditional weekend festival arrangement, with acts from both sides of the border & more. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.nxne.com


Bonnaroo

What: Bonnaroo
Where: Manchester, TN
When: June 13-16
Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, fred again.., Pretty Lights, Fisher, Megan Thee Stallion, Cage the Elephant, Maggie Rogers, Geese, Khruangbin, Melanie Martinez, Jason Isbell, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cigarettes After Sex, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, GWAR, The Heavy Heavy, Diplo, Jon Batiste, Joey Bada$$, Reneé Rapp, Dominic Fike, Matt Maltese, Lizzy McAlpine, Parcels, Goth Babe, Galantis, IDLES, Interpol, Michigander, T-Pain, Brittany Howard, Taking Back Sunday, Ashikko, Sean Paul, Svdden Death, Michigander, TV Girl, Ethel Cain, Four Tet, Gary Clark Jr., Nation of Language, Milky Chance, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Mars Volta, Neal Frncis, Faye Webster, The Teskey Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat, Oliver Heldens, Grouplove, Yves Tumor, d4vd, The Japanese House, Róisín Murphy, 49 Winchester, The Maine, The Beaches, Jake Wesley Rogers, S.G. Goodman, Neil Frances, Larkin Poe, Say She She, Mdou Moctar, Half Moon Run, Pretty Lights, and many, many more
Why: The granddaddy of indie-meets-jam & more music festivals celebrates another genre-crossing year.
Web: www.bonnaroo.com


Oblivion Access

What: Oblivion Access
Where: Austin, TX
When: June 13-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Dark music comes to Austin.
Web: oblivionaccessfestival.com


Country Summer

What: Country Summer
Where: Santa Rosa, CA
When: June 14-16
Who: Old Dominion, Jordan Davis, Walker Hayes, Jo Dee Messina, Maddie & Tae, Lily Rose, and more to be announced
Why: Have some Country in a warm northern California Summer. See much more in our photo gallery from 2019 here
Web: countrysummer.com


Funk Fest Orlando

What: Funk Fest Orlando
Where: Orlando, FL
When: June 14-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Get Funky in Orlando.
Web: funkfesttour.com


Ravinia

What: Ravinia
Where: Highland Park, IL
When: To be announced March 14th
Who: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, O.A.R., Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Gipsy Kings, Hauser, Fitz & The Tantrums, and more to be announced
Why: Ravinia Park welcomes great outdoor shows all summer long.
Web:
www.ravinia.org


Winnetka

What: Winnetka
Where: Winnetka, IL
When: June 14-15
Who: To be announced
Why: It’s the latest year of the Winnetka Music Fest.
Web:
www.winnetkamusicfestival.com


Hollywood Bowl Jazz

What: Hollywood Bowl Jazz
Where: Hollywood, CA
When: June 15-16
Who: Jodeci, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, and more to be announced
Why: The iconic Hollywood Bowl throws a jazz festival.
Web: www.hollywoodbowl.com/concerts-and-events/hollywood-bowl-jazz-festival


North To Shore

What: North To Shore – Atlantic City
Where: Atlantic City, NJ
When: June 17-23
Who: To be announced March 7th
Why: A new festival stretching back across the Garden State.
Web: northtoshore.com


Sled Island

What: Sled Island
Where: Calgary, AB, Canada
When: June 19-23
Who: Show Me the Body, Mick Jenkins, Cherry Glazerr, and more to be announced
Why: The mammoth & varied Sled Island returns to Calgary.
Web: www.sledisland.com


Barefoot Country

What: Barefoot Country
Where: Wildwood, NJ
When: June 20-23
Who: Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Bret Michaels, and more
Why: Country music comes to the Garden State.
Web: barefootcountrymusicfest.com


Electric Forest

What: Electric Forest
Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 20-23
Who: Everything Always, Pretty Lights, Subtronics, Excision, Charlotte de Witte, John Summit, Ludacris, Nelly Furtado, The Disco Biscuits, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Gigantic Nghtmre, Psyryn, Umphrey’s McGee, The String Cheese Incident, Atliens, Chase & Status, Green Velvet, Lettuce, LP Giobbi, Matroda, Neil Frances, and more
Why: Nature meets technology as Electric Forest. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.electricforestfestival.com


Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 20-22, June 27-29, July 4-6
Who: Kane Brown, Mötley Crüe, Keith Urban, AJR, Tyler Childers, Ivan Cornejo, Carly Rae Jepsen, NEEDTOBREATHE, S.G. Goodman, and many more to be announced
Why: The biggest music festival in the world is also the most mainstream, but there’s so many bands over so many days, bound to be someone you want to see.
Web: summerfest.com


Telluride Bluegrass

What: Telluride Bluegrass
Where: Telluride, CO
When: June 20-23
Who: Sam Bush Band, Lyle Lovett, Charley Crockett, Sierra Ferrell, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Madison Cunningham, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, The Lil Smokies, Chris Thile, and more to be announced
Why: The ski resort of Telluride’s bluegrass festival always brings some big names in along with the jam.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/telluride


Green River

What: Green River
Where:
Greenfield, MA
When: June 21-23
Who: CAKE, Fleet Foxes, Gregory Alan Isakov, Lawrence, Joy Oladokun, Bonny Light Horseman, Cimafunk, Mdou Moctar, Joseph, S.G. Goodman, The Nude Party, Speedy Ortiz, and more
Why: This lighter jam-folk fest has hot air balloon rides.
Web:
www.greenriverfestival.com


Reggae Rise Up – Maryland

What: Reggae Rise Up – Maryland
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: June 21-23
Who: Iration, Soja, The Roots, Dispatch, Shaggy, Xavier Rudd, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, Fortunate Youth, and more
Why: Reggae Rises Up in Maryland.
Web: reggaeriseup.com/maryland


Toronto Jazz

What: Toronto Jazz
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 21-30
Who: Lake Street Dive, Hiatus Kaiyote, Cory Henry, and more to be announced
Why: Jazzy Toronto.
Web: torontojazz.com


Four Chords

What: Four Chords
Where:
Pittsburgh, PA
When: June 22-23
Who: A Day To Remember, The All-American Rejects, Something Corporate, The Story So Far, Senses Fail, Motion City Soundtrack, The Get Up Kids, State Champs, Relient K, Four Year Strong, Microwave, Hunny, and more
Why: Most of their missiles have only Four Chords.
Web:
www.fourchordmusicfestival.com


Funk Fest Louisville

What: Funk Fest Louisville
Where: Louisville, KY
When: June 22-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Get Funky in Louisville.
Web: funkfesttour.com


Is For Lovers

What: Is For Lovers – Lake Tahoe
Where: Stateline, NV
When: June 22
Who: Hawthorne Heights and more to be announced
Why: Hawthorne Heights throws a bunch of festivals For Lovers, like in Nevada.
Web: www.isforloversfestival.com


Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge

What: Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge
Where:
Quincy, WA
When: June 23-24
Who: AC Slater, Adventure Club, Alison Wonderland, ADMNHMR, Audience, Boogie T, Diesel, Dillon Francis, Dimension, mellodeath, Matroda, Rezz, Riot Ten, Sullivan King, TroyBoi, Zedd, and more
Why: Go Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge.
Web:
pnw.beyondwonderland.com


North To Shore

What: North To Shore – Newark
Where: Newark, NJ
When: June 24-30
Who: To be announced March 7th
Why: A new festival stretching across the Garden State.
Web: northtoshore.com


Blue Ox

What: Blue Ox
Where: Eau Claire, WI
When: June 27-29
Who: Pert Near Standstone, Band of Horses, Sierra Ferrell, Watchhouse, Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Del McCoury Band, and more to be announced
Why: Country jam comes to Wisconsin. Read more in our 2015 recap here
Web: blueoxmusicfestival.com


Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: June 27 – July 6
Who: Laufey, Helena Deland, Dustin O’Halloran, Pink Martini, Future Islands, and more to be announced
Why: Of course Montreal has a big, classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA


Back Home

What: Back Home
Where:
New Martinsville, WV
When: June 28-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Jam out in West Virginia.
Web:
www.backhomefestival.com


Blues From the Top

What: Blues From the Top
Where:
Winter Park, CO
When: June 28-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Blues From the Top of the Rockies.
Web:
grandblues.org/bluesfromthetop


Rock, Ribs and Ridges

What: Rock, Ribs and Ridges
Where: Augusta, NJ
When: June 28-30
Who: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Blackberry Smoke, Larkin Poe, Molly Hatchet, and more
Why: Rock AND Ribs?!?
Web: www.rockribsandridges.com


Solid Sound

What: Solid Sound
Where: North Adams, MA
When: June 28-30
Who: Wilco, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Nick Lowe & Los Straightjackets, John Hodgman, Dry Cleaning, Jeff Tweedy, Horsegirl, Ratboys, Wednesday, Young Fresh Fellows, Courtney Marie Andrews, Horse Lords, Joanna Sternberg, Soul Glo, Mikaela Davis, The Autumn Defense, Sylvan Esso, and more
Why: Wilco’s even-year Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA. See more in our photo gallery here
Web: solidsoundfestival.com


Sips and Sounds

What: Sips and Sounds
Where: Austin, TX
When: June 29-30
Who: Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Marcus King, Paul Cauthen, Charles Wesley Godwin, The War and Treaty, and more
Why: Sips AND Sounds?!?
Web: www.sipssoundsfest.com

 


July

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: James Arthur, Ethel Cain, Caifanes, Café Tacvba, and more to be announced
Why: A mixture of paid benefit shows and free shows receiving those benefits are a staple every summer in the Big Apple at the iconic Central Park See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org


Ravinia

What: Ravinia
Where: Highland Park, IL
When: To be announced March 14th
Who: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, O.A.R., Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Gipsy Kings, Hauser, Fitz & The Tantrums, and more to be announced
Why: Ravinia Park welcomes great outdoor shows all summer long.
Web:
www.ravinia.org


Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: June 27 – July 6
Who: Laufey, Helena Deland, Dustin O’Halloran, Pink Martini, Future Islands, and more to be announced
Why: Of course Montreal has a big, classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA


Desert Hearts

What: Desert Hearts
Where: Flagstaff, AZ
When: July 4-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Desert Hearts bloom in Flagstaff.
Web: desertheartsfestival.us


Festival d'été de QuébecWhat: Festival d’été de Québec
Where: Québec City, QC, Canada
When: July 4-14
Who: To be announced
Why: The capital of Francophone America hosts a wide but odd collection of acts, from old to young, mainstream to indie, jazz to metal, folk to electronica.
Web: www.feq.ca/en


High Sierra

What: High Sierra
Where: Quincy, CA
When: July 4-7
Who: To be announced
Why: California’s High Sierra Music Festival, up in the mountains, is stocked with festival staples. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.highsierramusic.com


Northern Lights Festival Boréal

What: Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Where: Sudbury, ON, Canada
When: July 4-7
Who: To be announced
Why: Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boréal is basically a few Canadian heavy-hitters and others only Canadians have ever even heard of.
Web: nlfb.ca


Ottawa Blues

What: Ottawa Blues
Where: Ottawa, ON, Canada
When: July 4-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Cisco Systems & RBC Royal Bank treat the capital of Canada to a wide span of acts over a wide span of days at a wide span of stages.
Web: www.ottawabluesfest.ca


Camp Punksylvania

What: Camp Punksylvania
Where: Gilbert, PA
When: July 5-7
Who: The Bronx, Big D & The Kids Table, Laura Jane Grace, The Dirty Nil, Diesel Boy, Bad Cop Bad Cop, We Are the Union, Skating Polly, and more to be announced
Why: Punks camp out in Pennsylvania.
Web:
www.camppunksylvania.com


Levitate

What: Levitate
Where:
Marshfield, MA
When: July 5-7
Who: Sublime, Lake Street Dive, Mt. Joy, Tash Sultana, Dirty Heads, Charley Crockett, Cory Wong, Iration, The Elovaters, Neal Francis, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Hip Abduction, The Moss, Oliver Anthony, and more
Why: Levitate to the jam.
Web:
www.levitatemusicfestival.com


Mariposa Folk

What: Mariposa Folk
Where:
Orillia, ON, Canada
When: July 5-7
Who: To be announced
Why: Another great Canadian folk festival.
Web:
mariposafolk.com


Mosswood Meltdown

What: Mosswood Meltdown
Where: Oakland, CA
When: July 6-7
Who: John Waters, The B-52s, Hunx & His Punx, Big Freedia, Redd Kross, Gibby Haynes, Bush Tetras, Pansy Division, and more
Why: The former Burger Boogaloo is now a Mosswood (Park) Meltdown.
Web: mosswoodmeltdown.com


Winnipeg Folk

What: Winnipeg Folk
Where: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
When: July 11-14
Who: To be announced March 8th
Why: Every city in the Great White North has a folk festival – this one’s at Winnipeg’s Birds Hill Park, and is pretty damn good.
Web: www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca


Day In Day Out

What: Day In Day Out
Where: Seattle, WA
When: July 12-14
Who: The Head and The Heart, Bleachers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Men I Trust, Suki Waterhouse, Peach Pit, Hippo Campus, The Walkmen, Amyl & THe Sniffers, Washed Out, Beach Fossils, Sir Chloe, Sudan Archives, Mannequin Pussy, Les Savy Fav, Blondshell, Illuminati Hotties, Miya Folick, and more
Why: A great fest in Seattle that you can watch Day In, Day Out.
Web: www.dayindayoutfest.com


80/35

What: 80/35
Where: Des Moines, IA
When: July 12-13
Who: To be announced
Why: Better known for corn & presidential primaries, Iowa has also been holding hold a sweet & diverse 80/35 festival. See much more in our big photo gallery here
Web: www.80-35.com


HyVee IndyCar Racing Weekend

What: HyVee IndyCar Racing Weekend
Where:
Des Moines, IA
When: July 12-13
Who: To be announced
Why: Big name music + indy car racing in the heart of the country.
Web: www.hyveeindycarweekend.com


Under the Big Sky

What: Under the Big Sky
Where:
Whitefish, MT
When: July 12-14
Who: Miranda Lambert, Billy Strings, Turnpike Troubadours, Brothers Osborne, Mt. Joy, The Revivalists, Tanya Tucker, Sierra Ferrell, Paul Cauthen, City and Colour, Shovels & Rope, The Lil Smokies, Madeline Edwards, and more
Why: Experience country Under the Big Sky.
Web: www.underthebigskyfest.com


Is For Lovers

What: Is For Lovers – West Virginia
Where: Charleston, WV
When: July 12
Who: Hawthorne Heights and more to be announced
Why: Hawthorne Heights throws a bunch of festivals For Lovers, like in West Virginia.
Web: www.isforloversfestival.com


Pleasantville

What: Pleasantville
Where: Pleasantville, NY
When: July 13
Who: To be announced
Why: Making Pleasantville even more pleasant.
Web:
www.pleasantvillemusicfestival.com


Festival of the Lakes

What: Festival of the Lakes
Where:
Hammond, IN
When: July 17-21
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate the lakes.
Web:
www.festivalofthelakes.com


Grey Fox Bluegrass

What: Grey Fox Bluegrass
Where:
Oak Hill, NY
When: July 17-21
Who: To be announced
Why: Blue or Grey is welcome in the Catskills.
Web:
www.greyfoxbluegrass.com


4848

What: 4848
Where: Snowshoe, WV
When: July 18-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Three nights of bluegrass & skiing in West Virginia.
Web: www.4848festival.com


Great South Bay

What: Great South Bay
Where: Patchogue, NY
When: July 18-21
Who: Yes, Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Bonamassa, Pepper, The Disco Biscuits, Streetlight Manifesto, Badfish, Dopapod, and more to be announced
Why: Jam fest on Long Island.
Web: www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com


Capitol Hill Block Party

What: Capitol Hill Block Party
Where:
Seattle, WA
When: July 19-21
Who: To be announced
Why: Seattle throws a block party.
Web: capitolhillblockparty.com


Cheyenne Frontier Days

What: Cheyenne Frontier Days
Where:
Cheyenne, WY
When: July 19-28
Who: To be announced
Why: Go to the West for rodeo & country music.
Web: cfdrodeo.com


Fairwell

What: Fairwell
Where:
Deschutes, OR
When: July 19-21
Who: Brandi Carlile, CAAMP, Billy Strings, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Ryan Bingham, Whiskey Myers, Black Pumas, Leann Rimes, Colter Wall, The War and Treaty, Shakey Graves, The Revivalists, The Red Clay Strays, Sierra Hull, Katie Pruitt, S.G. Goodman, Sarah Jarosz, Madison Cunningham, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Mipso, Madeline Edwards, and more
Why: Fair (thee) Well in Deschutes County.
Web: www.fairwellfestival.com


Folk On the Rocks

What: Folk On the Rocks
Where:
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
When: July 19-21
Who: To be announced
Why: Head all the way up to the Northwest Territories to get your Folk On the Rocks.
Web:
folkontherocks.com


Inkcarceration

What: Inkcarceration
Where: Mansfield, OH
When: July 19-21
Who: Shinedown, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, The Offspring, Bad Omens, Halestorm, I Prevail, Chevelle, Parkway Drive, Dropkick Murphys, Killswitch Engage, Hollywood Undead, Sevendust, Sleeping with Sirens, Skillet, Machine Head, The HU, Filter, Poison The Well, As I Lay Dying, Biohazard, Shadows Fall, From Ashes to New, Bad Wolves, Stabbing Westward, Blessthefall, Fit For a King, Devour the Day, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Mushroomhead, and more
Why: Music + Tattoo.
Web: inkcarceration.com


Minnesota Yacht Club

What: Minnesota Yacht Club
Where: St. Paul, MN
When: July 19-20
Who: Gwen Stefani, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, The Black Crowes, The Offspring, Hippo Campus, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Gary Clark Jr., The Hold Steady, The Head and The Heart, Soul Asylum, Morgan Wade, Trombone Short & Orleans Ave., Michigander, Wilderado, and more
Why: Music + Tattoo.
Web: www.minnesotayachtclubfestival.com


Northern Nights

What: Northern Nights
Where: Mansfield, OH
When: July 19-21
Who: To be announced
Why: Art. Wellness. Glamping.
Web: northernnights.org


Pitchfork

What: Pitchfork
Where:
Chicago, IL
When: July 19-21
Who: To be announced
Why: The mother of all online indie music magazines returns for another festival with all the bands they’ve been telling you that you have to hear. See much more in our 2023 photo gallery here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com


FloydFest

What: FloydFest
Where: Floyd, VA
When: July 24-28
Who: To be announced
Why: Americana-jam at FloydFest.
Web: www.floydfest.com


Merge 35

What: Merge 35
Where: Carrboro, NC
When: July 24-28
Who: A Giant Dog, Eric Machmann, The Clientele, Destroyer, Fruit Bats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Imperial Teen, David Kilgour, Lambchop, M(h)aol, The New Pornographers, Redd Kross, Superchunk, Mary Timony, TORRES, William Tyler, Wye Oak, and more to be announced
Why: Those slack motherfuckers at Merge Records celebrate the indie imprint’s 35th anniversary.
Web: www.mergerecords.com


Timbrrr

What: Timber
Where: Leavenworth, WA
When: July 25-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Timber!
Web: www.timbermusicfest.com


Gateway

What: Gateway
Where:
Bengough, SK, Canada
When: July 26-28
Who: To be announced
Why: Fair (thee) Well in Deschutes County.
Web: www.gatewayfestival.com


Nelsonville

What: Nelsonville
Where: Nelsonville, OH
When: July 26-28
Who: To be announced
Why: Ohio needs more music – especially southeastern Ohio.
Web: www.nelsonvillefest.org


Newport Folk

What: Newport Folk
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 26-28
Who: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Guster, Killer Mike, Sierra Ferrell, and many more to be announced
Why: The festival where Bob Dylan was called “Judas” for going electric is still going strong. Read & see much more in our recap here
Web: www.newportfolk.org


Bass Camp

What: Bass Camp
Where: Reno, NV
When: July 27-28
Who: To be announced
Why: Go up Truckee River because Reno is calling.
Web: basscampfest.com


Is For Lovers

What: Is For Lovers – Pop’s
Where: Sauget, IL
When: July 27
Who: Hawthorne Heights and more to be announced
Why: Hawthorne Heights throws a bunch of festivals For Lovers, like in Illinois.
Web: www.isforloversfestival.com

 


August

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: James Arthur, Ethel Cain, Caifanes, Café Tacvba, and more to be announced
Why: A mixture of paid benefit shows and free shows receiving those benefits are a staple every summer in the Big Apple at the iconic Central Park See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org


Ravinia

What: Ravinia
Where: Highland Park, IL
When: To be announced March 14th
Who: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, O.A.R., Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Gipsy Kings, Hauser, Fitz & The Tantrums, and more to be announced
Why: Ravinia Park welcomes great outdoor shows all summer long.
Web:
www.ravinia.org


Mile of Music

What: Mile of Music
Where: Appleton, WI
When: August 1-4
Who: To be announced
Why: A Mile of Music comes to Appleton. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: mileofmusic.com


Pickathon

What: Pickathon
Where:
Happy Valley, OR
When: August 1-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Pick an instrument at Pickathon. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web:
pickathon.com


Hinterland

What: Hinterland
Where: St. Charles, IA
When: August 2-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to America’s Hinterland for this nice festival. See much more in 2022 our photo gallery here
Web: hinterlandiowa.com


Newport Jazz

What: Newport Jazz
Where: Newport, RI
When: August 2-4
Who: To be announced
Why: While best known for its storied folk festival, little Newport in little Rhode Island has a jazz fest the following weekend to boot!
Web: www.newportjazz.org


Osheaga

What: Osheaga
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: August 2-4
Who: Green Day, SZA, Noah Kahan, Melanie Martinez, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hozier, Justice, Martin Garrix, Dominic Fike, Lil Tjay, Reneé Rapp, Jungle, Still Woozy, Alvvays, Skepta, Teddy Swims, Labrinth, Stephen Sanchez, Raye, T-Pain, Two Door Cinema Club, Sleater-Kinney, Rancid, Gryffin, Elderbrook, Denzel Curry, Kevin Abstract, Briston Maroney, Chappell Roan, Mariah the Scientist, Teezo Touchdown, Brittany Howard, Amyl & The Sniffers, Michael Brün, Blonde Redhead, Arlo Parks, The Linda Lindas, Ash, DIIV, The Japanese House, Avalon Emerson, Mannequin Pussy, Soul Clap, Cadence Weapon, and many, many more
Why: Osheaga stays in the top-tier with another killer line-up. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.osheaga.com


Sweet Pea

What: Sweet Pea
Where: Bozeman, MT
When: August 2-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Some Sweet Pea in Montana.
Web: sweetpeafestival.org


Veld

What: Veld
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: August 2-4
Who: To be announced
Why: EDM at Downsview Park.
Web: veldmusicfestival.com


Wildlands

What: Wildlands
Where: Big Sky, MT
When: August 2-3
Who: To be announced
Why: Big Sky Country welcomes modern country.
Web: www.wildlandsfestival.com


HARD SUMMER

What: HARD SUMMER
Where: Inglewood, CA
When: August 3-4
Who: To be announced
Why: HARD returns this SUMMER (and moves to Hollywood Park) with some hard beats. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.hardsummer.com


Lake Tahoe Reggae

What: Lake Tahoe Reggae
Where:
Lake Tahoe, NV
When: August 3-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Pass the reggae to the Lake Tahoe side, mon.
Web: www.laketahoereggaefest.com


Baja Beach

What: Baja Beach
Where: Rosarita Beach, Mexico
When: August 9-11
Who: Rauw Alejandro, Peso Pluma, Fuerza Regida, Kali Uchis, Becky G, and more
Why: Get down in Mexico’s Baja California.
Web: bajabeachfest.com


Elements

What: Elements
Where: Long Pond, PA
When: August 9-11
Who: Chris Lake, Cloonee, Excision, Illenium, Kaskade, Slander, CloZee, Liquid Stranger, LSDREAM, Bob Moses, Sullivan King, Kayzo, Of The Trees, Barclay Crenshaw, BLOND:ISH, Sub Focus, TroyBoi, and more to be announced
Why: Dance on a campground somewhere in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Web: www.elementsfest.us


Outside Lands

What: Outside Lands
Where:
San Francisco, CA
When: August 9-11
Who: To be announced
Why: San Francisco’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park plays host to another year of Outside Lands, with three days of an incredible line-up. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
www.sfoutsidelands.com


Rocky Mountain Folks

What: Rocky Mountain Folks
Where: Lyons, CO
When: August 9-11
Who: To be announced
Why: Folks go up in the Rocky Mt.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/folks


Îesoniq

What: Îesoniq
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: August 10-11
Who: To be announced
Why: Soniq EDM in Montreal.
Web: www.ilesoniq.com/en


Gathering of the Juggalos

What: Gathering of the Juggalos
Where: Thornville, OH
When: August 14-17
Who: Insane Clown Posse and more to be announced
Why: Gathering of the Juggalos is back.
Web: juggalogathering.com


Deep Tropics

What: Deep Tropics
Where: Nashville, TN
When: August 16-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Experience the Deep Tropics – in Nashville. Read & see much more in QRO’s recap of last year here
Web: www.deeptropics.org


Lasso Montreal

What: Lasso Montreal
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: August 16-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Country music heads northeast all the way to French Canada.
Web: www.lassomontreal.com


Riverfest Elora

What: Riverfest Elora
Where: Elora, ON, Canada
When: August 16-18
Who: To be announced
Why: Yet another great festival north of the border.
Web: riverfestelora.com


Afro Nation

What: Afro Nation
Where: Detroit, MI
When: August 17-18
Who: To be announced
Why: The world’s biggest afrobeats festival.
Web: detroit.afronation.com


Is For Lovers

What: Is For Lovers – Iowa
Where: Council Bluffs, IA
When: August 24
Who: Hawthorne Heights and more to be announced
Why: Hawthorne Heights throws a bunch of festivals For Lovers, like in Iowa.
Web: www.isforloversfestival.com


Arc

What: Arc
Where: Chicago, IL
When: August 30 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: DJs Arc over Union Park.
Web:
arcmusicfestival.com


North Coast

What: North Coast
Where: Chicago, IL
When: August 30 – September 1
Who: Above & Beyond, Alan Walker, Diesel, Illenium, LSDream, Clozee, Seven Lions, Slander, Subtronics, Sullivan King, Chase and Status, ARMNHMMR, Boogie T, G Jones, and more to be announced
Why: ‘Summer’s last stand’ returns to Chicago. Read & see much more in our recap of the inaugural 2010 edition here
Web: www.northcoastfestival.com


RPM

What: RPM
Where: Montague, MA
When: August 30 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Millers Fall Rod and Gun Club gets heavy.
Web: www.rpmfest.org


Fool In Love

What: Fool In Love
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: August 31
Who: Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Diana Ross, Durand Jones & The Indications, Zapp, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Thee Sacred Souls, Kool & The Gang, Al Green, Mayer Hawthorne, Stevie B, Santana, Charlie Wilson, Morris Day & The Time, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The O’Jays, WAR, Dionna Warwick, The Commodores, The Pointer Sisters, and more
Why: Be a Fool In Love.
Web: www.foolinlove.com


Is For Lovers

What: Is For Lovers – California
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: August 31
Who: Hawthorne Heights and more to be announced
Why: Hawthorne Heights throws a bunch of festivals For Lovers, like in California.
Web: www.isforloversfestival.com

 


September

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: James Arthur, Ethel Cain, Caifanes, Café Tacvba, and more to be announced
Why: A mixture of paid benefit shows and free shows receiving those benefits are a staple every summer in the Big Apple at the iconic Central Park See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org


Arc

What: Arc
Where: Chicago, IL
When: August 30 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: DJs Arc over Union Park.
Web:
arcmusicfestival.com


North Coast

What: North Coast
Where: Chicago, IL
When: August 30 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘Summer’s last stand’ returns to Chicago. Read & see much more in our recap of the inaugural 2010 edition here
Web: www.northcoastfestival.com


RPM

What: RPM
Where: Montague, MA
When: August 30 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Millers Fall Rod and Gun Club gets heavy.
Web: www.rpmfest.org


Dancefestopia

What: Dancefestopia
Where: Kansas City, MO
When: September 2-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Get your dance on in the middle of the country.
Web: www.dancefestopia.com


Prog Power USA

What: Prog Power USA
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 4-7
Who: To be announced
Why: Progressive & metal meet in Atlanta, USA.
Web: progpowerusa.com


Hopscotch

What: Hopscotch
Where: Raleigh, NC
When:
September 5-7
Who: To be announced
Why: The Independent Weekly throws a great fest at venues across Raleigh.
Web:
hopscotchmusicfest.com


Is For Lovers

What: Is For Lovers – Ohio
Where: Cincinnati, OH
When: September 7
Who: Hawthorne Heights and more to be announced
Why: Hawthorne Heights throws a bunch of festivals For Lovers, like in Ohio.
Web: www.isforloversfestival.com


Harvest Jazz & Blues

What: Harvest Jazz & Blues
Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada
When: September 10-15
Who: To be announced
Why: New Brunswick’s Harvest mixes the folk festivals of Canada with the jazz & blues of Acadia’s lineal descendants, Cajun country.
Web: www.harvestjazzandblues.com


Blossoms & Bones

What: Blossoms & Bones
Where:
Abiquiu, NM
When: September 13-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Georgia O’Keeffe’s summer home & studio hosts its own inspiring music.
Web:
ghostranchmusicfest.com


Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionWhat: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Where:
Bristol, TN
When: September 13-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Bristol can bring both the rhytm and the roots. See more in our 2022 photo gallery here
Web:
www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/festival


Sommo

What: Sommo
Where: Cavendish, PE, Canada
When: September 13-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Canadian alt-stars come to Prince Edward Island.
Web: sommofest.com


Telluride Blues & Brew

What: Telluride Blues & Brews
Where: Telluride, CO
When: September 13-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Have some blues – and some brews.
Web: www.tellurideblues.com


Sea.Hear.Now

What: Sea.Hear.Now
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: September 14-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Rock Asbury Park. See much more in our 2021 photo gallery here
Web:
www.seahearnowfestival.com


AmericanaFest

What: AmericanaFest
Where: Nashville, TN
When: September 17-21
Who: To be announced
Why: Music festival in Nashville couldn’t be more American(a). Read much more in our recap here
Web: americanamusic.org/about-americanafest


Bourbon & Beyond

What: Bourbon & Beyond
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 19-22
Who: Zach Bryan, Dave Matthews Band, Tyler Childers, Neil Young, Beck, Matchbox Twenty, The National, My Morning Jacket, The War On Drugs, Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Black Pumas, The Beach Boys, Mt. Joy, Fleet Foxes, Young the Giant, Maren Morris, The Head and the Heart, Melissa Etheridge, Teddy Swims, Milky Chance, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, KALEO, Sierra Ferrell, Charles Wesley Godwin, The Wallflowers, Cory Wong, X Ambassadors, Sunny Day Real Estate, Dinosaur Jr, Larkin Poe, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Lucius, JJ Grey & Mofro, Beth Hart, Allen Stone, Wilder Woods, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The War and Treaty, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Mat Kearney, Arlo Parks, Hiss Golden Messenger, BRELAND, Futurebirds, The Bacon Brothers, M. Ward, Soul Asylum, Son Volt, Jade Bird, Neal Francis, Suzanne Vega, Wild Rivers, KT Tunstall, Meg Myers, Samantha Fish, Amigo the Devil, The Record Company, The Sam Bush Band, The Jerry Douglas Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Devon Gilfillian, Robert Finley, Abraham Alexander, Vincent Neil Emerson, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Madi Diaz, Motherfolk, and many more
Why: Bourbon, bands & Beyond. Read more in our 2022 recap here
Web:
bourbonandbeyond.com


Cascade Equinox

What: Cascade Equinox
Where: Redmond, OR
When: September 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Cross-genre festival & camping.
Web: cascadeequinox.com


Fresh Grass – Bentonville

What: Fresh Grass – North Adams
Where: North Adams, MA
When: September 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate bluegrass & more in Massachussetts.
Web: freshgrass.com/north-adams


Lost Lands

What: Lost Lands
Where: Legend Valley, OH
When: September 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Excision brings the DJs to Ohio.
Web:
www.lostlandsfestival.com


Riot

What: Riot Fest
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 20-22
Who: Slayer and more to be announced
Why: Riot Fest collects punks & more, old & young, with a top-tier line-up. Read and see much more in our big recap here
Web: www.riotfest.org


XPoNential

What: XPoNential
Where:
Camden, NJ
When: September 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: WXPN 88.5 holds an Americana alt-country fest at Camden’s Waterfront.
Web:
xpnfest.org


Pop MontrealWhat: Pop Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: September 25-29
Who: To be announced
Why: The artistic alt-SXSW showcases acts based on artistic style, not commercial viability, in the snowy but beautifully European Montreal, with a mix of socially distant in-person shows & online (they can pull this off in Canada…).
Web: www.popmontreal.com/en


Louder Than Life

What: Louder Than Life
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 26-29
Who: Slayer, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Korn, Disturbed, Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch, Evanescence, Falling in Reverse, Breaking Benjamin, The Offspring, Staind, In This Moment, Chevelle, Dropkick Murphys, Halestorm, Gojira, Sum 41, Seether, Tom Morello, Anthrax, Mastodon, Architects, Skillet, Clutch, Highly Suspect, Body Count, Spiritbox, Grandson, Nothing More, Sevendust, Jinjer, Poppy, Badflower, Starset, Sleeping With Sirens, Filter, Eagles of Death Metal, Juliette Lewis & The Licks, Marky Ramone, Black Stone Cherry, PUP, Three 6 Mafia, P.O.D., Saosin, L.S. Dunes, Biohazard, LIT, Show Me The Body, Joey Valence & Braen, The Armed, The Warning, New Years Day, Drowning Pool, Helmet, Alien Ant Farm, Nonpoint, Powerman 5000, Local H, Trapta, D.R.U.G.S., Ho99o9, Veil of Maya, Kneecap, Touché Amoré, and many, many more
Why: Louisville is Louder Than Life. Read more in our 2022 recap here
Web:
louderthanlifefestival.com


Monterey Jazz

What: Monterey Jazz
Where: Monterey, CA
When: September 27-29
Who: To be announced
Why: It’s the 67th (!) anniversary of Monterey Jazz.
Web:
montereyjazzfestival.org


Oceans Calling

What: Oceans Calling
Where: Ocean City, MD
When: September 27-29
Who: Blink-182, The Killers, Dave Matthews Band, Mt. Joy, The Offspring, Cage the Elephant, Sublime, Rebelution, Counting Crows, Boyz II Men, The Beach Boys, 311, O.A.R., Young the Giant, Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, The All-American Rejects, The Revivalists, The Darkness, The Hives, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Guster, Grouplove, Sugar Ray, Larkin Poe, Switchfoot, The Beaches, Tom Odell, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Lisa Loeb, Jade Bird, and more
Why: Oceans (City) is Calling.
Web: www.oceanscallingfestival.com


Ohana

What: Ohana
Where: Dana Point, CA
When: September 27-29
Who: To be announced
Why: Doheny State Beach welcomes some nice sounds to the shore.
Web:
www.ohanafest.com


Same Same But Different

What: Same Same But Different
Where: Perris, CA
When:
September 27-29
Who: To be announced
Why: Lake Perris welcomes the Same Same But Different.
Web:
www.ssbdfest.com


Evolution

What: Evolution
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: September 28-29
Who: The Killers, Beck, Jane’s Addiction, Blondie, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Killer Mike, Elle King, Todd Rundgren, Pete Yorn, Son Volt, Robert Finley, S.G. Goodman, Tre Burt, The Asteroid No. 4, and many more
Why: St. Louis experiences Evolution.
Web: www.evolutionfestival.com

 


October

Hillberry

What: Hillberry
Where: Eureka Springs, AR
When:
October 2-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Railroad Earth brings a harvest festival to Arkansas.
Web: hillberryfestival.com


Austin City Limits

What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 4-6 & 11-13
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ & America’s longest-running live music show bring their festival back to Zilker Park with another ridiculously stocked line-up of both old & new, mainstream & not – for two weekends! Read & see much more in our big recap of 2023 Weekend One hereRead & see much more in our big recap of 2023 Weekend Two here
Web: www.aclfestival.com


Furnace

What: Furnace
Where: Birmingham, AL
When: October 4-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Heating up in Alabama.
Web:
www.furnacefest.us


Mempho

What: Mempho
Where: Memphis, TN
When: October 4-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Rock out in the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Web: www.memphofest.com


Aftershock

What: Aftershock
Where: Sacramento, CA
When: October 10-13
Who: Iron Maiden, Slayer, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Disturbed, Pantera, Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Till Lindemann, Falling in Reverse, Rise Against, Staind, Halestorm, Seether, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Mastodon, Anthrax, Architects, Tom Morello, Cypress Hill, Ministr, Skillet, Sevendust, Tech N9ne, Insane Clown Posse, Static X, Clutch, Body Count, Highly Suspect, Poppy, Grandson, Nothing More, P.O.D., Filter, Eagles of Death Metal, Code Orange, Jinjer, Bad Wolves, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Sleeping With Sirens, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, Marky Ramone, Saosin, L.S. Dunes, PUP, Rival Sons, Hawthorne Heights, Bayside, Show Me The Body, Whitechapel, From Ashes to New, The Warning, Biohazard, Joey Valence & Brae, The Armed, Soul Glo, High Vis, Narrow Head, Touché Amoré, New Years Day, Drowning Pool, Alien Ant Farm, Powerman 5000, Local H, CKY, Brutus, Oxymorrons, Veil of Maya, D.R.U.G.S., Ho99o9, Slothrust, Any Given Sin, and many, many more
Why: Today’s hard rock comes to the capitol of the Bear Republic.
Web: www.aftershockconcert.com


Suwannee Roots Revival

What: Suwannee Roots Revival
Where: Live Oak, FL
When: October 10-13
Who: To be announced
Why: Jam out at the Spirit of the Suwannee.
Web: www.suwanneerootsrevival.com


Best Friends Forever

What: Best Friends Forever
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: October 11-13
Who: Bright Eyes, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cap’n Jazz, The Jesus Lizard, Unwound, The Dismemberment Plan, Built To Spill, American Football, The Get Up Kids, Jawbox, Pinback, The Murder City Devils, Braid, Piebald, Mannequin Pussy, Foxing, and more
Why: In Las Vegas, we’re Best Friends Forever.
Web: www.bestfriendsforeverfest.com


Rebels & Renegades

What: Rebels & Renegades
Where: Monterey County, CA
When: October 12-13
Who: To be announced
Why: Rebels and Renegades come to Monterey County.
Web: www.rebelsandrenegadesfest.com


Mondo

What: Mondo
Where: New York, NY
When: October 15-18
Who: To be announced
Why: From the creators of the late CMJ (QRO recap of its final year) comes this latest NYC multi-venue fest. Read & see much more in our big 2016 inaugural recap here
Web: www.mondo.nyc


Golden Sky

What: Golden Sky
Where: Sacramento, CA
When: October 18-20
Who: Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Bailey Zimmerman, Riley Green, Turnpike Troubadours, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Paul Cauthen, Colbie Caillat, Locash, Shane Smith, and more
Why: A Golden Sky in the Golden State.
Web: goldenskyfestival.com


When We Were Young

What: When We Were Young
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: October 19-20
Who: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, A Day To Remember, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Simple Plan, Pierce the Veil, Coheed and Cambria, The Used, Underoath, The All-American Rejects, The Distillers, New Found Glory, Mayday Parade, Dance Gavin Dance, Motion City Soundtrack, Movements, Bayside, The Maine, Saves the Day, Neck Deep, The Wonder Years, Cobra Starship, Story of the Year, August Burns Red, Say Anything, Thursday, State Champs, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, 3OH!3, Anberlin, Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, We the Kings, Escape the Fate, Nada Surf, and more
Why: Celebrate your younger days like you’re out on the Warped Tour. See much more in our big photo gallery of last year here
Web: www.whenwewereyoungfestival.com


Suwannee Hulaween

What: Suwannee Hulaween
Where: Live Oak, FL
When: October 24-27
Who: To be announced
Why: A strong combination of jam & EDM on Hulaween.
Web: suwanneehulaween.com


Headbangers Boat

What: Headbangers Boat
Where: Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas
When: October 28 – November 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Headbang on the high seas.
Web: www.headbangersboat.com

 


November & December

Headbangers Boat

What: Headbangers Boat
Where: Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas
When: October 28 – November 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Headbang on the high seas.
Web: www.headbangersboat.com


EDSea

What: EDSea
Where: Miami, FL to Bimini, Bahamas
When: November 2-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Electric Daisy heads to the high seas.
Web: www.edsea.com


Launch

What: Launch
Where: Dallas, TX
When: November 7-10
Who: To be announced
Why: Music conference & festival in Dallas, TX.
Web: www.launchmusicconference.com


Avett Moon

What: Avett Moon
Where: Miramar Beach, FL
When: November 8-10
Who: The Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Grace Potter, Band of Horses, Shakey Graves, and more to be announced
Why: The Avett Brothers bring their own festival to Miramar Beach.
Web: topeka.live/avettmoon24


EDC Orlando

What: EDC Orlando
Where: Orlando, FL
When: November 8-10
Who: To be announced
Why: Electric Daisy Carnival is made for South Florida.
Web: orlando.electricdaisycarnival.com


Holiday From Real

What: Holiday From Real
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas
When: November 9-13
Who: Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate, The Academy Is…, MisterWives, Jukebox the Ghost, Augustana, and more
Why: Andrew McMahon throws a Holiday From Real.
Web: www.holidayfromrealcruise.com


Bull City Summit

What: Bull City Summit
Where: Durham, NC
When: November 12-17
Who: To be announced
Why: A musical Summit in Bull City.
Web: www.bullcitysummit.com


Rock the Bells Cruise

What: Rock the Bells Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay & Nassau, Bahamas
When: November 13-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Hip-hop goes from the islands of New York City to the islands of the Caribbean.
Web: www.rockthebellscruise.com


Seismic Dance Event

What: Seismic Dance Event
Where: Austin, TX
When: November 15-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Austin rocks to a Seismic Dance Event.
Web: seismicdanceevent.com


M For Montreal

What: M For Montreal
Where: Montreal, PQ, Canada
When:
November 20-23
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘M’ doesn’t just stand for ‘murder’.
Web:
www.mformontreal.com


Welcome To Jam Rock

What: Welcome To Jam Rock
Where: Miami, FL to Montego Bay & Ocho Rios, Jamaica
When:
December 9-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Go on the high seas.
Web:
welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com

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