2017 Festival Guide

2017 Festival Guide

North America welcomes festivals from the first days of January to the last day of December – and QRO’s got them all in our massive, constantly-updated year-round guide. See last year’s Festival Guide

Total festivals with dates: 223

Total festivals with full line-ups: 109

 

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

 

 

 


January & February

Holy Ship

What: Holy Ship 8.0
Where: Port Canaveral, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas to Nassau, Bahamas
When: January 6-10
Who: DJ Snake, Tchami, Duke Dumont, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Marshmello, Big Gigantic, Rudimental, Kill the Noise, Destructo, Justin Martin, Snails, Rufus Du Sol, Bob Moses, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: holyship.com

 

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 9 – May 13
Who: Sleigh Bells, San Fermin, Kronos Quartet, Nick Zammuto and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

Holy Ship

What: Holy Ship 9.0
Where: Port Canaveral, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas to Nassau, Bahamas
When: January 10-14
Who: Fatboy Slim, GRiZ, Claude Von Stroke, Jauz, Maya Jane Coles, Hot Since 82, GTA, Gorgon City, Destructo, Justin Martin, Felix da Housecat, AC Slater, Slow Magic, Soul Clap, Wolf + Lam, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: holyship.com

 

Shiprocked

What: Shiprocked
Where: Miami, FL to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos
When: January 16-20
Who: Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil, The Stowaways, Crobot, Letters From the Fire, Wilson, and more
Why: A hard rock cruise.
Web: www.shiprocked.com

 

Shivering Songs

What: Shivering Songs
Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada
When: January 19-22
Who: Basia Bulat, Bad People, Donovan Woods, Jim Bruson, The Olympic Symphonium, The Wooden Sky, and more
Why: The Olympic Symphonium’s hometown festival returns.
Web: shiveringsongs.com

 

Voices On the Hudson

What: Voices On the Hudson
Where: New York, NY
When: January 24 – March 29
Who: Michelle Shocked, Bobby Bare Jr., Elvis Perkins, Teddy Thompson, Amy Helm, Diane Birch, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joseph Arthur, Jill Sobule, Melissa Ferrick, Bob Schneider, and more
Why: City Winery (QRO venue review) sister venue City Vineyard brings Voices to the Hudson.
Web: www.cityvineyardnyc.com

 

Timbrrr Winter

What: Timbrrr Winter
Where: Leavenworth, WA
When: January 27-28
Who: The Thermals, Lucy Dacus, Wimps, and more
Why: Timbrr!
Web: www.timbermusicfest.com

 

Megaphono

What: Megaphono
Where: Ottawa, ON, Canada
When: February 1-3
Who: New Swears, Bry Webb, Steve Adamyk Band, and more
Why: The Canadian capital gets a Megaphono.
Web: www.megaphono.tv

 

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: February 1 – May 13
Who: Okkervil River, Five For Fighting, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lidell, India.Arie, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, José González, Rhiannon Giddens, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (and Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

Tuscon Gem & Jam

What: Tuscon Gem & Jam
Where: Tuscon, AZ
When: February 2-5
Who: Gramatik, Mike Gordon, The Floozies, Lotus, EOTO, The Infamous Stringdusters, Com Truise, The Motet, The New Deal, and more
Why: Spin some beats & groove some james while you look at some gems.
Web: gemandjamfestival.com

 

Noise Pop

What: Noise Pop
Where: San Francisco, CA and Oakland, CA
When: February 17-27
Who: Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Deafheaven, MSTRKRFT, Grandaddy, BADBADNOTGOOD, Dawes, Radical Face, Cloud Nothings, The Radio Dept., Los Campesinos!, Rogue Wave, Clipping., The Joy Formidable, This Will Destroy You, Hanni El Khatib, Julia Holter, Tennis, Crocodiles, Moon Duo, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tacocat, PWR BTTM, White Fence, Matt Pond PA, The Mother Hips, Mothers, Diet Cig, Adia Victoria, and more
Why: Venues across San Francisco (and now Oakland!) have a nice line-up of acts from the hottest in today’s indie-rock to ultra-vets & in between.
Web: noisepop.com/2017

 

Soulquarius

What: Soulquarius
Where: Orange County, CA
When: February 18
Who: R Kelly, Erykah Badu, JA Rule & Ashanti, Jhene Aiko, Brandy, The Internet, The Dream, DMX, Kelis, Willow Smith, The Pharcyde, Ying Yang Twins, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more
Why: Head to Los Angeles to grab some air – and some style. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: soulquarius.com

 

Air + Style L.A.

What: Air + Style L.A.
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: February 18-19
Who: Major Lazer, Flume, ZHU, Chromeo, Atmosphere, YG, TV On the Radio, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa, St. Lucia, XYLO, and more
Why: Head to Los Angeles to grab some air – and some style. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2

 

Red Bull Sound Select: 3 Days In Miami

What: Red Bull Sound Select: 3 Days In Miami
Where: Miami, FL
When: February 23-25
Who: Angel Olsen, GoldLink, Kelela, and more
Why: Red Bull Sound Select comes to the Hangar in downtown Miami for three days.
Web: 3days.redbullsoundselect.com/2017/miami#

 

Wanderlust Oahu

What: Wanderlust Oahu
Where: Oahu, HI
When: February 23-26
Who: Allen Stone, GRiZ, Son Little, and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders all the way to Hawaii. See more in our photo gallery of 2016 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/oahu/

 

Winter Wondergrass Colorado

What: Winter Wondergrass Colorado
Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
When: February 24-26
Who: Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The California Honeydrops, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds in Colorado.
Web: www.winterwondergrass.com/co-landing

 


March

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 9 – May 13
Who: Sleigh Bells, San Fermin, Kronos Quartet, Nick Zammuto and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

Voices On the Hudson

What: Voices On the Hudson
Where: New York, NY
When: January 24 – March 29
Who: Michelle Shocked, Bobby Bare Jr., Elvis Perkins, Teddy Thompson, Amy Helm, Diane Birch, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joseph Arthur, Jill Sobule, Melissa Ferrick, Bob Schneider, and more
Why: City Winery (QRO venue review) sister venue City Vineyard brings Voices to the Hudson.
Web: www.cityvineyardnyc.com

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: February 1 – May 13
Who: Okkervil River, Five For Fighting, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lidell, India.Arie, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, José González, Rhiannon Giddens, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (and Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

Okeechobee

What: Okeechobee
Where: Okeechobee, FL
When: March 2-5
Who: Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Young the Giant, Porter Robinson, Anderson .Paak, GRiZ, Cold War Kids, Blood Orange, Mike Posner, Bleachers, Soja, The Revivalists, D.R.A.M., Mac DeMarco, Waka Flocka Flame, Sleigh Bells, Gallant, The Growlers, Moon Taxi, The Knocks, BADBADNOTGOOD, Joywave, Allen Stone, George Clinton, Galactic, The Japanese House, Lewis Del Mar, Nightmares On Wax, Futurebirds, and more
Why: A new, popular, and diverse festival down in warm Florida.
Web: okeechobeefest.com

 

McDowell Mountain

What: McDowell Mountain
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: March 3-5
Who: Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, Grouplove, Gov’t Mule, Lettuce, Emancipator, Bob Moses, Railroad Earth, and more
Why: Phoenix gets a better jam-band festival.
Web: mmmf.com

 

CRSSD

What: CRSSD
Where: San Diego, CA
When: March 3-5
Who: Flume, Duke Dumont, Blood Orange, Bob Moses, Alunageorge, Snakehips, Giraffage, Justin Martin, 2manydjs, Skream, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, and more
Why: Spinning up a strong electronic festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Read much more in our recap here
Web: crssdfest.com

 

Savannah Stopover

What: Savannah Stopover
Where: Savannah, GA
When: March 9-11
Who: Kishi Bashi, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ezra Furman, JEFF The Brotherhood, Crocodiles, The Dig, Muddy Magnolias, Allison Crutchfield, Walker Lukens, A Tribe Called Red, and more
Why: Before heading to SXSW (see below), stopover in Savannah. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: www.savannahstopover.com

 

The Buku Project

What: The Buku Project
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: March 10-11
Who: deadmau5, Travi$ Scott, Grizmatik, Run the Jewels, Zeds Dead, Tycho, Young Thug, ZHU, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staples, Washed Out, Cashmere Cat, Thundercat, Car Seat Headrest, Caddywhompus, and more
Why: The Buku Project brings electronica & more to the Big Easy. Read & see much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: thebukuproject.com

 

Gasparilla

What: Gasparilla
Where: Tampa, FL
When: March 11-12
Who: Cage the Elephant, Ryan Adams, Ghostface Killah, Chronixx, Moon Taxi, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The New Mastersounds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Why: Southern Florida gets a nice early fest.
Web: gasparillamusic.com

 

Nrmal

What: Nrmal
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
When: March 11-12
Who: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tortoise, Psychic TV, Clubz, Porches, Moon Duo, Holy Wave, and more
Why: Head down Mexico way for Festival Nrmal.
Web: www.festivalnrmal.net

 

SXSW

What: South-by-Southwest
Where: Austin, TX
When: March 13-19
Who: More than you count
Why: Still the bar by which all other of the multiplying music industry expos are judged by – and still the best. Read & see much, much more in our big recap here
Web: sxsw.com

 

Musink

What: Musink
Where: Costa Mesa, CA
When: March 17-19
Who: NOFX, The Used, Pennywise, Bad Religion, The Vandals, Swingin’ Utters, Glassjaw, Lagwagon, A Wilhelm Scream, Story of the Year, and more
Why: Blink 182’s Travis Barker brings music together with a tattoo convention.
Web: musinkfest.com

 

Starry Nites

What: Starry Nites
Where: Santa Barbara, CA
When: March 18-19
Who: Alan Parsons Project, The Kills, Cat Power, The Dandy Warhols, She Wants Revenge, Black Mountain, Teenage Fanclub, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lumerians, Asteroid No. 4, Immigrant Union, and more
Why: Starry Nites under the California sky.
Web: www.starrynitesfestival.com

 

Treefort

What: Treefort
Where: Boise, ID
When: March 22-26
Who: Mac DeMarco, The Growlers, STRFKR, The Bouncing Souls, Deafheaven, Touché Amoré, WHY?, Alvvays, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dead Meadow, Lower Dens, Coathangers, Kate Tempest, Lizzo, The Album Leaf, Kishi Bashi, Grouper, Meat Puppets, Jonathan Richman, Delicate Steve, Marco Benevento, Open Mike Eagle, Andy Shauf, This Will Destroy You, 65daysofstatic, The Dig, Psychic Twin, ALex Cameron, Dressy Bessy, Aldous Harding, The Werks, Happyness, and more
Why: Go to your own private Idaho for Treefort.
Web: treefortmusicfest.com

 

Big Ears

What: Big Ears
Where: Knoxville, TN
When: March 23-26
Who: Wilco, The Magnetic Fields, My Brightest Diamond, Tortoise, Blonde Redhead, Colin Stetson, Xiu Xiu, Glenn Kotche, Johann Johannson, Matmos, Deerhoof, Dave Harrington, Jeremy Gara, and more
Why: Knoxville’s super-classy high art music festival returns. Read & see more in our 2015 recap here
Web: www.bigearsfestival.com

 

So What?

What: So What?
Where: Grand Prairie, TX
When: March 24-26
Who: After the Burial, Envy On the Coast, Forever the Sickest Kids, Dance Gavin Dance, Escape the Fate, Every Time I Die, Mayday Parade, We the Kings, Set Your Goals, THe Story So Far, and more
Why: If you like emo instead of indie, go to Grand Prairie instead of Austin.
Web: www.southbysowhat.com

 

Ultra

What: Ultra
Where: Miami, FL
When: March 24-26
Who: Ice Cube, Justice, Major Lazer, The Prodigy, Underworld, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell Ingrosso, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, and more to be announced
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

 

Drill - Los Angeles

What: Drill – Los Angeles
Where: Los Angels, CA
When: March 31 – April 2
Who: Wire, Bob Mould, Julia Holter, Mikal Cronin, Mild High Club, WAND, and more to be announced
Why: Post-punks Wire throws a festival.
Web: drillfestival.com/los-angeles

 

Hogs For a Cause

What: Hogs For a Cause
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: March 31 – April 1
Who: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, Shovels & Rope, The London Souls, Fruit Bats, and more
Why: Some hogs (and music) for a cause.
Web: www.hogsforthecause.org

 

March Madness

What: March Madness
Where: Houston, TX
When: March 31 – April 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate March Madness – into April – with music.
Web: www.ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest

 

Winter Wondergrass California

What: Winter Wondergrass California
Where: Lake Tahoe, CA
When: March 31 – April 2
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, Mandolin Orange, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds on Lake Tahoe.
Web: www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com

 


April

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 9 – May 13
Who: Sleigh Bells, San Fermin, Kronos Quartet, Nick Zammuto and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: February 1 – May 13
Who: Okkervil River, Five For Fighting, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lidell, India.Arie, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, José González, Rhiannon Giddens, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (and Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

Drill - Los Angeles

What: Drill – Los Angeles
Where: Los Angels, CA
When: March 31 – April 2
Who: Wire, Bob Mould, Julia Holter, Mikal Cronin, Mild High Club, WAND, and more to be announced
Why: Post-punks Wire throws a festival.
Web: drillfestival.com/los-angeles

 

March Madness

What: March Madness
Where: Houston, TX
When: March 31 – April 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate March Madness – into April – with music.
Web: www.ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest

 

Hogs For a Cause

What: Hogs For a Cause
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: March 31 – April 1
Who: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, Shovels & Rope, The London Souls, Fruit Bats, and more
Why: Some hogs (and music) for a cause.
Web: www.hogsforthecause.org

 

Winter Wondergrass California

What: Winter Wondergrass California
Where: Lake Tahoe, CA
When: March 31 – April 2
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, Mandolin Orange, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds on Lake Tahoe.
Web: www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com

 

Safety Harbor Song

What: Safety Harbor Song
Where: Safety Harbor, FL
When: April 1-2
Who: The Wood Brothers, Fantastic Negrito, Magic Giant, and more
Why: Singers find Safe Harbor.
Web: www.safetyharborsongfest.com

 

Mission Creek
What: Mission Creek
Where: Iowa City, IA
When: April 4-9
Who: Andrew Bird, Margaret Cho, Rufus Wainwright, Ghostface Killah, Kishi Bashi, DIIV, The Cool Kids, Mykki Blanco, Tennis, Floating Points, My Brightest Diamond, Cloud Nothings, The Bad Plus, Preoccupations, and more to be announced
Why: Iowa City kicks if off early with some interesting names.
Web: missioncreekfestival.com

 

Euphoria

What: Euphoria
Where: Austin, TX
When: April 6-9
Who: Alesso, Chromeo, Pretty Lights, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, Zeds Dead, The Disco Biscuits, The Floozies, Knife Party, Moby, Oliver Heldens, Post Malone, BADBADNOTGOOD, Bob Moses, The Knocks, and more
Why: EDM comes to TEX. See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: www.euphoriafest.com

 

French Quarter

What: French Quarter
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 6-9
Who: Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Hot Stuff, Leroy Jones, Kermit Ruffins, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Soul Rebels, and more
Why: Nobody does music or festivals like the French Quarter. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: fqfi.org/frenchquarter

 

Maverick

What: Maverick
Where: San Antonio, TX
When: April 7-8
Who: Young the Giant, B∆stille, De La Soul, Naked and Famous, Minus the Bear, Book of Love, Generationals, Small Black, and more
Why: Some more mavericks of the Lone Star State. See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: maverickmusicfestival.com

 

Tortuga

What: Tortuga
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
When: April 7-9
Who: Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Slightly Stoopid, Nelly, G. Love & Special Sauce, Delta Rae, and more
Why: For spring break, go country in Ft. Lauderdale. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.tortugamusicfestival.com

 

Telus World Ski & Snowboard

What: Telus
Where: Whistler, BC, Canada
When: April 7-16
Who: Virginia To Vegas, Walk Off the Earth, Busty & The Bass, Grandson, Northern Ignition, Keys N Krates, Busta Rhymes, Alpha Omega, Ozomatli, and more to be announced
Why: In addition to the snow, come for the sounds at Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
Web: wssf.com

 

Sabroso

What: Sabroso
Where: Dana Point, CA
When: April 8
Who: The Offspring, Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, Unwritten Law, and more
Why: KLOS brings beer, tacos, and music.
Web: sabrosotacofest.com

 

When We Were Young

What: When We Were Young
Where: Santa Ana, CA
When: April 8-9
Who: Morrissey, Descendents, AFI, Cage the Elephant, Taking Back Sunday, FIDLAR, Alkaline Trio, Silversun Pickups, Dr. Dog, Streetlight Manifesto, Foxygen, Joyce Manor, The Get Up Kids, Saves the Day, Beach Fossils, Mount Eerie, Balance and Composure, Pinback, Sheer Mag, Sunflower Bean, and more
Why: An indie mix reminds us of When We Were Young.
Web: www.whenwewereyoung.net

 

Coachella

What: Coachella
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 14-16 & 21-23
Who: Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, The xx, Travi$ Scott, Father John Misty, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Bon Iver, Future, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Lorde, Justice, New Order, Porter Robinson, Madeon, Future Islands, Hans Zimmer, DJ Khaled, Marshmello, Galantis, Kehlani, Grouplove, Kaytranada, The Head & The Heart, Two Door Cinema Club, Nicolas Jaar, B∆stille, Tycho, Tory Lanez, Röyksopp, Mac Miller, Steve Angello, Glass Animals, Phantogram, Mac DeMarco, Little Dragon, BANKS, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, DJ Shadow, Capital Cities, Big Gigantic, Crystal Castles, SOHN, Local Natives, Four Tet, Róison Murphy, Moderat, The Avalanches, Toots & The Maytals, Devendra Banhart, Tove Lo, Jack Garratt, Real Estate, Maya Jane Coles, What So Not, Lee Fields, GoldLink, Allah-Las, Warpaint, Banks & Steelz, Classixx, Car Seat Headrest, Jagwar Ma, BROODS, Guided By Voices, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Oh Wonder, Stormzy, Zipper Club, Tennis, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Brodinski, Floating Points, Thundercat, Arkells, Bishop Briggs, King Sunny Adé, Whitney, Twin Peaks, Preoccupations, HINDS, Ezra Furman, Pond, Caveman, Blossoms, Denzel Curry, The Lemon Twigs, Tacocat, and many, many more
Why: The biggest & best festival has grown so big as to have a second weekend, repeating it’s once again amazing line-up. See much more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web: www.coachella.com

 

Brufest

What: Brufest
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: April 15
Who: The Offspring, Pennywise, Atreyu, All That Remains, and more
Why: Sabroso & 98 KUPD bring music & beer.
Web: brufest.com

 

Canadian Music Week

What: Canadian Music Week
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: April 18-23
Who: Earl Sweatshirt, Wolf Parade, Melissa Etheridge, Good Charlotte, Charlotte Day Wilson, Japanese Breakfast, Hollerado, and more to be announced
Why: Toronto has it’s own multi-venue music industry fest (not to be confused with North-by-Northeast – see below). See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: canadianmusicfest.com

 

Wanee

What: Wanee
Where: Live Oak, FL
When: April 20-22
Who: Widespread Panic, Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Blackberry Smoke, Leftover Salmon, Matisyahu, Keller Williams, Papadosio, Turkuaz, and more
Why: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Florida hosts a jam-band festival.
Web: www.waneefestival.com

 

Old Settler's

What: Old Settler’s
Where: Driftwood, TX
When: April 20-23
Who: Shakey Graves, Del McCoury, Los Lobos, Sam Bush, Old 97’s, Sarah Jarosz, Elephant Revival, The Lone Bellow, Anders Osborne, Nikki Lane, The Travelin’ McCourys, Mandolin Orange, The California Honeydrops, The Last Bandoleros, and more
Why: As American as the Old Settler’s.
Web: oldsettlersmusicfest.org

 

Las Rageous

What: Las Rageous
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: April 21-22
Who: Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed and Cambria, Breaking Benjamin, Anthrax, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Eagles of Death Metal, Of Mice and Men, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Escape the Fate, and more
Why: Rage in Vegas with this strong, heavy line-up.
Web: www.lasrageous.com

 

Rites of Spring

What: Rites of Spring
Where: Nashville, TN
When: April 21-22
Who: The Shins, Rae Sremmurd, St. Lucia, Ty Dolla $ign, and more
Why: Vanderbilt University knows how to book ’em for its Rites of Spring (fling).
Web: www.vanderbilt.edu/ros

 

Move

What: Move
Where: Albany, NY
When: April 27-29
Who: To be announced
Why: Be like Andrew Cuomo and Move up to the town’s that played host to David Patterson, Elliott Spitzer, and late papa Cuomo.
Web: www.movemusicfest.com

 

Norman

What: Norman
Where: Norman, OK
When: April 27-29
Who: Thee Oh Sees, Israel Nash, Oddisee & Good Compny, Low Cut Connie, and more to be announced
Why: Norman Oklahoma’s own free festival & QRO favorite stays sweet. Read & see more in 2010 our recap here
Web: normanmusicfestival.com

 

MerleFest

What: MerleFest
Where: Wilkesboro, NC
When: April 27-30
Who: The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Marty Stuart, Del McCourty, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mandolin Orange, Sarah Jarosz, Tift Merritt, and more
Why: Wilkes Community College welcomes MerleFest.
Web: merlefest.org

 

Double Decker

What: Double Decker
Where: Oxford, MS
When: April 28-29
Who: Jim ‘Duck’ Holmes, Muddy Magnolias, The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble, Seratones, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and more
Why: Take the Double Decker to Oxford – Mississippi.
Web: www.doubledeckerfestival.com

 

Rock Into Spring

What: Rock Into Spring
Where: Lax Vegas, NV
When: April 28-29
Who: Art of Anarchy, Sick Puppies, Buckcherry, Alien Ant Farm, DJ Lethaland more
Why: M Resort Spa and Casino hosts a hard rock festival.
Web: rockintospring.com

 

Fyre

What: Fyre
Where: Fyre Cay, Bahamas
When: April 28-30 & May 5-7
Who: Major Lazer, G.O.O.D. Music Family, Disclosure, and more to be announced
Why: Held on a private island in the Bahamas, this is the kind of festival whose line-up announcements come through Kendall Jenner’s social media…
Web: www.fyrefestival.com

 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 28 – May 7
Who: Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick Jr., Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Pitbull, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth, Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, Patti LaBelle, NAS with Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, Corinne Bailey Rae, Irma Thomas, Elle King, Dr. John, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Amos Lee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Big Freedia, Maze, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Dawes, Galactic, Blues Traveler, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow, Margo Price, Lake Street Dive, Kermit Ruffins, Anders Osborne, and many, many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com

 

Fort Rock

What: Fort Rock
Where: Fort Myers, FL
When: April 29-30
Who: Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Dinosaur Pile Up, and more
Why: Fort Myers Fort Rocks.
Web: www.fortrockfestival.com

 

Fortress

What: Fortress
Where: Ft. Worth, TX
When: April 29-30
Who: Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Flying Lotus, Slowdive, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Peter Hook & The Light, Houndmouth, Wolf Parade, Alvvays, Whitney, Dengue Fever, and more
Why: Fort Myers Fort Rocks.
Web: fortressfestival.com

 

Rockville

What: Rockville
Where: Jacksonville, FL
When: April 29-30
Who: Def Leppard, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Mastodon, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Three Days Grace, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, In This Moment, Motionless In White, All That Remains, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Dinosaur Pile Up, and more
Why: Unfortunately, the festival named ‘Rockville’ is just about what you’d expect from that name (and not the R.E.M. song…).
Web: www.welcometorockvillefestival.com

 

Texas Crawfish

What: Texas Crawfish
Where: Spring, TX
When: April 29-30
Who: Reckless Kelly, Asleep At the Wheel, and more
Why: Celebrate the southern crawfish & more at this festival.
Web: texascrawfishfestival.com

 


May

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 9 – May 13
Who: Sleigh Bells, San Fermin, Kronos Quartet, Nick Zammuto and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: February 1 – May 13
Who: Okkervil River, Five For Fighting, Laura Mvula, Jamie Lidell, India.Arie, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, José González, Rhiannon Giddens, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (and Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

Fyre

What: Fyre
Where: Fyre Cay, Bahamas
When: April 28-30 & May 5-7
Who: Major Lazer, G.O.O.D. Music Family, Disclosure, and more to be announced
Why: Held on a private island in the Bahamas, this is the kind of festival whose line-up announcements come through Kendall Jenner’s social media…
Web: www.fyrefestival.com

 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 28 – May 7
Who: Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick Jr., Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Pitbull, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth, Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, Patti LaBelle, NAS with Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, Corinne Bailey Rae, Irma Thomas, Elle King, Dr. John, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Amos Lee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Big Freedia, Maze, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Dawes, Galactic, Blues Traveler, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow, Margo Price, Lake Street Dive, Kermit Ruffins, Anders Osborne, and many, many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com

 

SunFest

What: SunFest
Where: West Palm Beach, FL
When: May 3-7
Who: Blink-182, Weezer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Widespread Panic, Marshmello, Snoop Dogg, Dirty Heads, Ziggy Marley, Tori Kelly, Flo Rida, Steve Winwood, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, X Ambassadords, Fetty Wap, Rachel Platten, Jon Bellion, Tinashe, Kaleo, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Strumbellas, The Naked and Famous, Loverboy, Christopher Cross, Wavves, Night Ranger, Filter, and more
Why: The sun always shines on Palm Beach with this diverse festival. Read & see much more in our 2010 recap here
Web: www.sunfest.com

 

Middle of the Map

What: Middle of the Map
Where:
Kansas City, MO
When:
May 4-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to the middle of the Google Map. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: middleofthemapfest.com

 

Beale Street

What: Beale Street
Where:
Memphis, TN
When:
May 5-7
Who: Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, Death Cab for Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Jill Scott, Ben Harper, Tori Kelly, Ludacris, Grouplove, X Ambassadors, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Eat World, GRiZ, Bush, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Midnight Oil, The Strumbellas, Taking Back Sunday, Alter Bridge, Sum 41, Drive-By Truckers, Greensky Bluegrass, Machine Gun Kelly, Highly Suspect, Ani DiFranco, MUTEMATH, Mayer Hawthorne, Dawes, Charles Bradley, Deer Tick, Peter Wolf, and more
Why: Beale Street is alive with music.
Web:
www.memphisinmay.org/beale-street-music-festival

 

Carolina Rebellion

What: Carolina Rebellion
Where: Rockingham, SC
When: May 5-7
Who: Soundgarden, Def Leppard, Avenged Sevenfold, The Offspring, Korn, A Perfect Circle, Mastodon, The Cult, Pierce the Veil, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Volbeat, Papa Roach, Seether, Three Days Grace, Skillett, Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Falling In Reverse, Sum 41, Dillinger Escape Plan, Highly Suspect, Eagles of Death Metal, Starset, Radkey, Machine Gun Kelly, The Amity Affliction, All That Remains, Rival Sons, Motionless In White, Royal Republic, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Citizen Zero, and more
Why: Carolina rebels with hard rock.
Web: www.carolinarebellion.com

 

Middlelands

What: Middlelands
Where:
Todd Mission, TX
When: May 5-7
Who: 12th Planet, AC Slater, Alison Wonderland, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Bonobo, Crizzly, Crystal Castles, Danny Brown, Datsik, Flatbush Zombies, Friction, Gramatik, GRiZ, Jurassic 5, Major Lazer, Paper Diamond, Phantogram, Rae Sremmurd, and more
Why: Middlelands comes to Todd Mission.
Web: www.middlelands.com

 

Rolling Loud

What: Rolling Loud
Where:
Miami, FL
When: May 5-7
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Travi$ Scott, Young Thug, Mac Miller, Kevin Gates, Tyler the Creator, Post Malone, Migos, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Curren$y, Denzel Curry, and more
Why: Miami is Rolling Loud.
Web: www.rollingloud.com

 

Shaky Beats

What: Shaky Beats
Where:
Atlanta, GA
When: May 5-7
Who: The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, GRiZ, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Galantis, RL Grime, Girl Talk, Gramatik, Bonobo, Alison Wonderland, Flatbush Zombies, Little Dragon, Claude Von Stroke, MUTEMATH, and more
Why: Just before Shaky Knees (see below), it’s Beats that Shake Atlanta.
Web: www.shakybeatsfestival.com

 

Waking Windows Vermont

What: Waking Windows – Vermont
Where:
Winooski, VT
When:
May 5-7
Who: Real Estate, Dan Deacon, !!!, Pond, Frankie Cosmos, Big Thief, Screaming Females, Ed Scharader, and more
Why: Bands head to Vermont to wake up some windows. See much more in our 2016 photo gallery here
Web:
www.wakingwindows.com/winooski

 

KIWR Rockfest

What: KIWR Rockfest
Where: Council Bluffs, IA
When: May 12
Who: Soundgarden, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce the Veil, Sum 41, Dillinger Escape Plan, Biffy Clyro, and more
Why: KIWR brings the rock to Iowa.
Web: www.897theriver.com/page.asp?int=10

 

Form

What: Form
Where: Arcosanti, AZ
When: May 12-14
Who: Hundred Waters, Skrillex, Bonobo, Four Tet, Tortoise, Thundercat, Perfume Genius, Julia Holter, Bill Callahan, Saul Williams, Dan Deacon, Julianna Barwick, Empress Of, BRAIDS, Ryan Hemsworth, Son Lux, The Range, Tyondai Braxton, LNZNDRF, Autre Ne Veut, Big & Ruth, and more
Why: Hundred Waters holds a festival in the Arizona desert.
Web: formarcosanti.com

 

Shaky Knees

What: Shaky Knees
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: May 12-14
Who: The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, The Shins, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Third Eye Blind, Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bleachers, Shovels & Rope, Highly Suspect, The Revivalists, FIDLAR, Wolf Parade, The Growlers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, Anderson East, Hamilton Leithauser, Cloud Nothings, Bishop Briggs, Whitney, Lewis Del Mar, Twin Peaks, Temples, Pond, Run River North, Preoccupations, Fruit Bats, The London Souls, Mariachi El Bronx, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Arkells, Zipper Club, Public Access TV, and more
Why: Limbs quake for what looks to be another amazing year. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: shakykneesfestival.com

 

Homegrown

What: Homegrown
Where: Dallas, TX
When: May 13
Who: Tripping Daisy, MUTEMATH, White Denim, Lower Dens, Porches, Still Corners, and more
Why: A nice little fest in Dallas for cheap.
Web: homegrownfest.com

 

Northern Invasion

What: Northern Invasion
Where: Somerset, WI
When: May 13-14
Who: Kid Rock, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Godsmack, Bush, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce the Veil, Sum 41, The Struts, Motionless In White, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Story So Far, Every Time I Die, Rival Sons, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Citizen Zero, and more
Why: Hard rock Invades the North.
Web: northerninvasion.com

 

Together

What: Together
Where: Boston, MA
When: May 15-21
Who: Alessandro Cortini, Com Truise, Dâm-Funk, Leon Vynehall, Mount Kimbie, Pangaea, Pantha Du Prince, Simian Mobile Disco, and more to be announced
Why: The Together New England Electronic Music Festival goes into its eighth year.
Web: togetherboston.com

 

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, PJ Harvey, Gov’t Mule, All Time Low, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave, Chris Robinson Brotherhood 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 – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

Moogfest

What: Moogfest
Where: Durham, NC
When:
May 18-21
Who: Nick Zinner, The Haxan Cloak, Wolf Eyes, Peanut Butter Wolf, Pharmakon, and more to be announced
Why: Moogest returns to celebrate Bob Moog and his wonderful instrument. See much more in our 2011 photo gallery here
Web:
www.moogfest.com

 

The Hangout

What: The Hangout
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
When: May 19-21
Who: Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Weezer, DJ Snake, MGMT, Sigur Rós, Marshmello, Dillon Grancis, Band of Horses, The Head & The Heart, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, Young the Giant, Franz Ferdinand, Charli XCX, Lukas Graham, Mac DeMarco, Local Natives, Rüfüs Du Sol, Warpaint, Snakehips, Shaggy, Cheat Codes, Bob Moses, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, MUTEMATH, Bishop Briggs, Lewis Del Mar, Joseph, LP, Barns Courtney, Frances, White Reaper, and more
Why: Hangout on the Shores with a very strong line-up. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

 

Pouzza

What: Pouzza
Where: Montreal, PQ, Canada
When: May 19-21
Who: Lagwagon, Pup, The Flatliners, Rvivr, The Slackers, Tim Barry, Mustard Plug, Off With Their Heads, and more
Why: Have some punk with your poutine.
Web: www.pouzzafest.com

 

Rock On the Range

What: Rock On the Range
Where: Columbus, OH
When: May 19-21
Who: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Live, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Of Mice & Men, Thrice, Pierce the Veil, Skillet, Sum 41, Dillinger Escape Plan, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Radkey, and more
Why: How is Columbus, Ohio “where rock lives” (or a “range”, for that matter?)? Thought that was Cleveland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame…
Web: www.rockontherange.com

 

Project Pabst - Denver

What: Project Pabst – Denver
Where: Denver, CO
When:
May 20
Who: Ice Cube, Phantogram, Danny Brown, Kurt Vile & The Violators, STRFKR, Twin Peaks, Deap Vally, Summer Cannibals, and more
Why: The beer of choice for hipsters (and Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet) throws festivals across the country. Read & see more in our 2016 Portland recap here
Web: denver.projectpabst.com

 

Vulture

What: Vulture
Where:
New York, NY
When: May 20-21
Who:
To be announced
Why: Entertainment website Vulture throws it’s own festival.
Web:
vulturefestival.com

 

Love Street

What: Love Street
Where: Houston, TX
When: May 21
Who: Jr Jr, Lewis Del Mar, Run River North, and more
Why: Karbach Brewing throws a street fest.
Web: karbachbrewing.com/lovestreetmusicfest

 

Lightning In a Bottle

What: Lightning In a Bottle
Where: Bradley, CA
When: May 24-29
Who: Bassnectar, Bonobo, Rüfüs Du Sol, Kaytranada, Bob Moses, Jhene Aiko, Bomba Estereo, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Richie Hawtin, Leon Vynehall, Paper Diamond, Machinedrum, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more
Why: Trance/electronica captures lightning in a bottle on Lake Skinner. See much more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web: lightninginabottle.org

 

Soul Beach

What: Soul Beach
Where: Aruba
When: May 24-29
Who: Usher, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Faith Evans, Cedric the Entertainer, Big Sean, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and more
Why: Sweet soul comes to the beaches of Aruba.
Web: soulbeach.net/2017

 

Boston Calling

What: Boston Calling
Where: Boston, MA
When: May 26-28
Who: Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Bon Iver, The xx, Major Lazer, Weezer, The 1975, Sigur Rós, Solange, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tegan & Sara, Brandi Carlile, Sylvan Esso, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Mac DeMarco, Wolf Parade, Danny Brown, Frightened Rabbit, Car Seat Headrest, Buffalo Tom, Deerhoof, Whitney, Stand of Oaks, Kevin Morby, and more
Why: Boston is seriously Calling – wicked pissah! Read & see much more in our 2015 Spring recap here Read & see much more in our 2015 Fall recap here
Web: bostoncalling.com

 

BottleRock

What: BottleRock
Where:
Napa Valley, CA
When:
May 26-28
Who: Maroon 5, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ben Harper, The Roots, Band of Horses, Live, The Back & Famous, Dirty Heads, Modest Mouse, Silversun Pickups, Fitz & The Tantrums, Bob Moses, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gavin Degraw, St. Lucia, The Strumbellas, The Devil Makes Three, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Saint Motel, Frightened Rabbit, House of Pain, Alunageorge, Charles Bradley, Lewis Del Mar, Andra Day, Mavis Staples, Galactic, The Staves, Ani DiFranco, Bishop Briggs, Highly Suspect, Elephant Revival, Barns Courtney, Bad Suns, Giraffage, The California Honeydrops, Day Wave, and more
Why: The Napa Valley welcomes another year of a great new festival (to go with its great old wine). See much more in our inaugural year 2013 photo gallery here
Web:
bottlerocknapavalley.com

 

California Roots

What: California Roots
Where: Monterey, CA
When: May 26-28
Who: Rebelution, Nas, Dirty Heads, Soja, Iration, Thievery Corporation, Jurassic 5, Matisyahu, Nahko & Medicine For the People, Collie Buddz, Roots of Creation, and more
Why: Get in touch with your Cali Roots. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: californiarootsfestival.com

 

Elements Lakewood

What: Elements Lakewood
Where: Northeast PA
When: May 26-28
Who: Tipper, Claude Von Stroke, Baauser, Lee Burridge, Claptone, Keys N Krates, and more to be announced
Why: Dance on a campground somewhere in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Web: www.elementsfest.us

 

Rocklahoma

What: Rocklahoma
Where: Pryor, OK
When: May 26-28
Who: Def Leppard, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Pierce the Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Ratt, Skillet, Taking Back Sunday, Buckcherry, Fuel, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, Starset, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Royal Republic, and more
Why: A bunch of hard rock acts? At least the name’s good (though it doesn’t pronounce right…).
Web: www.rocklahoma.com

 

Sasquatch!

What: Sasquatch!
Where: George, WA
When: May 26-28
Who: Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, The Head & The Heart, The Shins, MGMT, Phantogram, Mac Miller, Bonobo, Rüfüs Du Sol, Kaytranada, Big Gigantic, Bleachers, Bomba Estereo, Bob Moses, Aesop Rock, Charles Bradley, Car Seat Headrest, Catfish & The Bottlemen, American Football, Mount Kimbie, Thee Oh Sees, Foxygen, Jagwar Ma, The Strumbellas, The Radio Dept., Moses Sumney, White Lung, Arkells, July Talk, Fred Armisen, and many more
Why: Bring it on Memorial Day Weekend for this top-tier festival. Read much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.sasquatchfestival.com

 

Summer Camp

What: Summer Camp
Where: Chillicothe, IL
When: May 26-28
Who: moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Trey Anastasio, Zeds Dead, Primus, Run the Jewels, Mike Gordon, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Destructo, EOTO, The Floozies, The Infamous Stringdusters, Kwahtro, Nahko & The Medicine For the People, The Wood Brothers, Escort, Lukas Nelson, A Tribe Called Red, The Werks, White Denim, Amasa Hines, and more to be announced
Why: Summer Camp usually mixes a little something more into its jam.
Web: summercampfestival.com

 

Punk Rock Bowling - Las Vegas

What: Punk Rock Bowling – Las Vegas
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 26-29
Who: Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, Cock Sparrer, Pennywise, FIDLAR, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, OFF!, Bouncing Souls, and more
Why: Las Vegas takes the punks bowling.
Web: www.punkrockbowling.com

 

River City Rockfest

What: River City Rockfest
Where: San Antonio, TX
When: May 27
Who: Def Leppard, Godsmack, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Buckcherry, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, and more
Why: The River City rocks. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.rivercityrockfest.com

 

Neon Desert

What: Neon Desert
Where: El Paso, TX
When: May 27-28
Who: Hardwell, Foster the People, J Balvin, Alesso, Logic, Migos, Ghostland Observatory, Nelly, Baauer, Thomas Jack, Khalid, Mija, Ty Segall, Marc E. Bassy, Trae Tha Truth, and more
Why: The Desert glows in Neon.
Web: www.neondesertmusicfestival.com

 

Movement

What: Movement
Where: Detroit, MI
When: May 27-29
Who: Richie Hawtin, Toliptset, Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Factory Floor, The Gaslamp Killer, Juicy J, Mount Kimbie, Thundercat, and more
Why: Electronic music returns to the city where techno (and much more in music) was born.
Web: www.movement.us

 


June

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, PJ Harvey, Gov’t Mule, All Time Low, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave, Chris Robinson Brotherhood 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 – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

Nelsonville

What: Nelsonville
Where: Nelsonville, OH
When: June 1-4
Who: Ween, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, Rodriguez, Cloud Nothings, Son Volt, Parquet Courts, Twin Peaks, Sara Watkins, Big Thief, Sallie Ford, Mothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and more
Why: Ohio needs more music – especially southeastern Ohio.
Web: www.nelsonvillefest.org

 

Colossal Cluster

What: Colossal Cluster
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 2-4
Who: Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Tegan & Sara, Chromeo, Hannibal Buress, Broad City, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Hardwick, Fred Armisen, Princess, Vince Staples, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Lizzo, Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anna Faris, Rachel Bloom, Kyle Kinane, Ron Funches, Ty Segall, Roy Wood Jr., Joe Derosa, Rory Scovel, Beth Stelling, Escort, Great Good Fine OK, and more
Why: Comedy Central brings a cluster of comedians & musicians to San Francisco.
Web: www.clusterfest.com

 

Governors Ball

What: Governors Ball
Where: New York, NY
When: June 2-4
Who: Tool, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Cage the Elephant, ScHoolboy Q, Marshmello, Beach House, Air, The Avalanches, Rae Sremmurd, The Head & The Heart, Tove Lo, Phantogram, Franz Ferdinand, Banks, A$AP Ferg, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco, Rüfüs Du Sol, YG, Parquet Courts, Charli XCX, Bleachers, Royal Blood, Charles Bradley, Danny Brown, Kehlani, Michael Kiwanuka, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, Skepta, Stormzy, The Strumbellas, Saint Motel, The Range, The Orwells, Roosevelt, Barns Courtney, Blossoms, and many, many more
Why: Only a few years old, Governors Ball has already become one of the country’s biggest music festivals – and it’s in New York City! Read & see much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: governorsballmusicfestival.com

 

Do-Division

What: Do-Division
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 3-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Held on ten blocks of Chicago’s Division Street, Ashland to Leavitt, the Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale features Chicago indie rock thanks to local music clubs The Empty Bottle & Subterranean.
Web: do-divisionstreetfest.com

 

Field Trip

What: Field Trip
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 3-4
Who: Broken Social Scene, Phoenix, Feist, A Tribe Called Red, Portugal. The Man, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Pharcyde, Cloud Nothings, Thundercat, James Vincent McMorrow, Joseph, Tei Shi, Timber Timbre, LP, Royal Canoe, Hannah Georgas, and more
Why: Toronto takes a Field Trip. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: fieldtriplife.com

 

Free Press Summer

What: Free Press Summer
Where: Houston, TX
When: June 3-4
Who: Lorde, Flume, G-Eazy, Cage the Elephant, Solange, The Shins, Tove Lo, Carnage, Post Malone, Jon Bellion, Grouplove, Milky Chance, Portugal. The Man, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Rüfüs Du Sol, Charli XCX, The Strumbellas, Cashmere Cat, Bishop Briggs, The Struts, Frightened Rabbit, Cheat Codes, Bad Suns, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Hippo Campus, Cherry Glazerr, Zipper Club, Coast Modern, and more
Why: Check this cheap & winning festival.
Web: www.fpsf.com

 

Roots Picnic

What: Roots Picnic
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: June 3
Who: The Roots, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Solange, Kimbra, Thundercat, Michael Kiwanuka, Pete Rock, James Vincent McMorrow, Khalid, and more
Why: Tonight Show band (and more) brings their annual picnic to Penns Landing.
Web: rootspicnic.com

 

UNTZ

What: UNTZ
Where: Mariposa, CA
When: June 3-4
Who: Liquid Stranger, Space Jesus, Truth, and more
Why: Party right near Yosemite.
Web: www.theuntzfestival.com

 

Twangfest

What: Twangfest
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: June 7-10
Who: James McMurtry, Hurray For the Riff Raff, JD McPherson, Alejandro Escovedo, The Waco Brothers, Nikki Lane, and more to be announced
Why: 88.1 KDHX brings some twang to Middle America.
Web: twangfest.com

 

Northside

What: Northside
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: June 7-11
Who: To be announced
Why: Northside Festival returns for a sixth year, taking place in venues across the Williamsburg & Greenpoint neighborhoods, with showcases curated by all sorts of New York City music industry players. Read & see much more in our big 2016 recap here
Web: www.northsidefestival.com

 

Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: June 7 – to be announced
Who: Lake Street Dive and more to be announced
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s Celebrate Brooklyn! delivers all summer long. See our venue review & photos of Prospect Park Bandshell here
Web: www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/bric-celebrate-brooklyn

 

Blue Ox

What: Blue Ox
Where: Eau Claire, WI
When: June 8-10
Who: Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Son Volt, Pert Near Sandstone, Travelin’ McCourys and more
Why: Country jam comes to Wisconsin. Read more in our 2015 recap here
Web: blueoxmusicfestival.com

 

Bonnaroo

What: Bonnaroo
Where: Manchester, TN
When: June 8-11
Who: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The xx, Travi$ Scott, Cage the Elephant, Marshmello, The Head & The Heart, Big Gigantic, Glass Animals, Future Islands, Tory Lanez, Tove Lo, Crystal Castles, Umphrey’s McGee, Portugal. The Man, Tegan & Sara, Milky Chance, Cold War Kids, Kaleo, Royal Blood, The Strumbellas, Car Seat Headrest, Michael Kiwanuka, Gallant, D.R.A.M., Borgore, James Vincent McMorrow, Joseph, Flatbush Zombies, Claude Von Stroke, Margo Price, BADBADNOTGOOD, The Front Bottoms, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Bad Suns, Mandolin Orange, Kevin Morby, Angelique Kidjo, Deap Vally, The Orwells, Turkuaz, White Reaper, Lukas Nelson, and many, many more
Why: The granddaddy of indie-meets-jam & more music festivals celebrates another genre-crossing year.
Web: www.bonnaroo.com

 

Huichica

What: Huichica
Where: Sonoma, CA
When: June 9-10
Who: Allah Las, Beachwood Sparks, Dean Wareham, Avey Tare, Robyn Hitchcock, Heron Oblivion, Cave Singers, Britta Phillips, Mattson 2, Joe Pug, Tim Cohen, Boogarins, William Tyler, and more
Why: Gundlach Bundschu Winery gives you some music to go with you wine-tasting. See much more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web: huichica.com

 

Spring Awakening

What: Spring Awakening
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 9-11
Who: Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell Ingrosso, Diplo, Marhsmello, Martin Garrix, Datsik, Die Antwoord, Duke Dumont, Excision, Galantis, GRiZ, Krewella, Keys N Krates, What So Not, and more to be announced
Why: Spring awakens (in June?) in Chicago with electrodance at Addams-Medill Park.
Web: springawakeningfestival.com

 

Wanderlust Snowshoe

What: Wanderlust Snowshoe
Where: Snowshoe, WV
When: June 9-11
Who: Little Dragon, Bonobo, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lettuce, Quixotic and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into West Virginia. See more in our photo gallery of 2016 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/snowshoe

 

Mysteryland

What: Mysteryland
Where: Bethel, NY
When: June 9-12
Who: G-Eazy, LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Run the Jewels, A-Trak, Art Department, Baauer, Bob Moses, Boys Noize, Cashmere Cat, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything, Giraffage, Goldroom, Holy Ghost!, Jazz Cartier, Leon Vynehall, Mount Kimbie, Robert Delong, Skream, and more
Why: On the grounds of the original Woodstock is a DJ fest – kind of says it all…
Web: www.mysteryland.us

 

Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 9 – July 2
Who: Diana Krall, and more to be announced
Why: Home of the University of Michigan (and The Dharma Initiative…), all those kind of guys who are hailing from Ann Arbor get a much-needed reason to smile with this three-week Summer Fest.
Web: www.annarborsummerfestival.org

 

Punk Rock Bowling - Asbury Park

What: Punk Rock Bowling – Asbury Park
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: June 10-11
Who: Specials, NOFX, Buzzcocks, Charles Bradley, Lifetime, Dillinger Four, Leftover Crack, Pup, Pietasters, and more
Why: Asbury Park takes the punks bowling.
Web: www.punkrockbowling.com

 

G Fest

What: G Fest
Where: Muskogee, OK
When: June 15-17
Who: Blackberry Smoke, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Mavericks, J.J. Grey & Mofro, and more to be announced
Why: Okies from Muskogee welcome country.
Web: gfestmuskogee.com

 

Burlington Steamboat Days

What: Burlington Steamboat Days
Where: Burlington, IA
When: June 15-18
Who: Skillet, Locash, and more to be announced
Why: Burlington Steamboat Days is past fifty years old – and so are its acts.
Web: www.steamboatdays.com

 

Firefly

What: Firefly
Where: Dover, DE
When: June 15-18
Who: The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Flume, Weezer, The Shins, 30 Seconds To Mars, Dillon Francis, Miike Snow, Ke$ha, Franz Ferdinand, Galantis, Glass Animals, Tory Lanez, Phantogram, AFI, Capital Cities, OK Go, Naked and Famous, Kaleo, Busta Rhymes, Banks, O.A.R., Bleachers, Benny Benassi, Misterwives, T-Pain, Snakehips, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, Bob Moses, Cashmere Cat, The Strumbellas, Nahko & Medicine For the People, NF, Bishop Briggs, Hamilton Leithauser, Judah & The Lion, K.Flay, Barns Courtney, Blossoms, Sunflower Bean, Sir the Baptist, Kevin Garrett, Dreamers, Savoir Adore, New Madrid, and many, many more
Why: A relatively recent entry into the festival game was a strong one in Firefly – and it’s in Delaware?!?!
Web: fireflyfestival.com

 

Mad Tea Party Jam

What: Mad Tea Party Jam
Where: Hedgesville, WV
When: June 15-18
Who: Papdosio, TAUK, BIG Something, and more
Why: Make your Jam a Mad Tea Party.
Web: www.themadteapartyjam.com

 

Telluride Bluegrass

What: Telluride Bluegrass
Where: Telluride, CO
When: June 15-18
Who: Sam Bush Band, Jason Mraz, Brandi Carlile, Dispatch, Dierks Bentley, The Travelin’ McCourys, Dispatch, Margo Price, Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Béla Fleck & Chris Thile, Elephant Revival, Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Fruition, and more
Why: The ski resort of Telluride’s bluegrass festival always brings some big names in along with the jam.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/telluride

 

Eaux Claires

What: Eaux Claires
Where:
Eau Claire, WI
When: June 16-17
Who: Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Wilco, Feist, Chance the Rapper, The Autumn Defense, Danny Brown, Perfume Genius, S. Carey & Glenn Kotche, Spank Rock, Sylvan Esso, Tweedy, and more
Why: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (and much more) gets his friends together for a hometown fest. See more in our inaugural 2015 photo gallery here
Web:
eauxclaires.com

 

Country Summer

What: Country Summer
Where: Santa Rosa, CA
When: June 16-18
Who: Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Randy Hauser, Maddie & Tae, and more
Why: Have some Country in a warm northern California Summer. See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: countrysummer.com

 

Electric Daisy Carnival

What: Electric Daisy Carnival
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: June 16-18
Who: To be announced
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

 

Mountain Jam

What: Mountain Jam
Where: Hunter Mountain, NY
When: June 16-18
Who: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Strumbellas, Shovels & Rope, The Revivalists, The Infamous Stringdusters, White Denim, Elephant Revival, Lukas Nelson, and more
Why: Despite the name, the festival at Hunter Mountain is more than just another jam-fest.
Web: mountainjam.com

 

What The

What: What The
Where:
Dufur, OR
When: June 16-19
Who: Classixx, Giraffage, Paper Diamond, and more to be announced
Why: Head to the Wolf Run Ranch to ask, “What The?”.
Web:
whatthefestival.com

 

North by Northeast

What: North by Northeast
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 16-25
Who: To be announced
Why: State support has given Canada a ton of great alternative acts, and even their own version of South by Southwest (see above) in North by Northeast. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.nxne.com

 

Sled Island

What: Sled Island
Where: Calgary, AB, Canada
When: June 21-25
Who: Flying Lotus, Converge, Cloud Nothings, Waxahatchee, Low, Silver Apples, Wolves In the Throne Room, Weyes Blood, Daughters, Land of Talk, Mothers, and more to be announced
Why: The mammoth & varied Sled Island returns to Calgary.
Web: www.sledisland.com

 

Amnesia Rock

What: Amnesia Rock
Where: Montebello, PQ, Canada
When: June 22-25
Who: Rammstein, Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Alexisonfire, The Offspring, Wu-Tang Clan, Megadeth, Bullet For My Valentine, At the Drive In, AFI, 311, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Good Charlotte, Eagles of Death Metal, The Specials, Thursday, Parkway Drive, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, Dee Snider, Soulfly, All That Remains, P.O.D., Protest the Hero, Jello Biafra, Sham 69, Discharge, Reverend Horton Heat, Agent Orange, Converge, Lucero, Pup, A Wilhelm Scream, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Living End, Down By Law, The Birthday Massacre, and many more
Why: Canada’s biggest rock fest.
Web: www.amnesiarockfest.com

 

Kate Wolf

What: Kate Wolf
Where: Laytonville, CA
When: June 22-25
Who: John Prine, Bruce Cockburn, Blind Pilot, Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and more to be announced
Why: Ladies & gents are welcome at Kate Wolf.
Web: katewolfmusicfestival.com

 

Wanderlust Stratton

What: Wanderlust Stratton
Where: Bondville, VT
When: June 22-25
Who: Little Dragon, Bonobo, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lettuce, Quixotic and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into Vermont. See more in our photo gallery of 2016 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/stratton

 

Electric Forest

What: Electric Forest
Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 22-25 & June 29 – July 2
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Odesza, Flume, DJ Snake, My Morning Jacket, Above & Beyond, Dillon Francis, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, Nero, Thievery Corporation, Lotus, Claude Vonstroke, A-Trak, 12th Planet, Banks, Bob Moses, Brazilian Girls, Cashmere Cat, Giraffage, GTA, Lettuce, Matisyahu, Papadosio, The Infamous Stringdusters, The London Souls, The Motet, Waka Flocka Flame, Vince Staples, and more
Why: Nature meets technology as Electric Forest expands to a second weekend. Read much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: www.electricforestfestival.com

 

Saskatchewan Jazz

What: Saskatchewan Jazz
Where: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
When: June 22 – July 2
Who: To be announced
Why: (Sa)Skat it up, jazz-cat.
Web: saskjazz.com

 

Bonanza

What: Bonanza
Where: Heber, UT
When: June 23-25
Who: Odesza, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Nick Murphy, Cut Copy, The Airborne Toxic Event, Duke Dumont, Kongos, MUTEMATH, Bob Moses, Method Man & Redman, LANY, Cherub, Waka Flocka Flame, The Knocks, Robert Delong, and more to be announced
Why: Of course a festival in Utah would be named “Bonanza”.
Web: bonanzacampout.com

 

Rockland-Bergen

What: Rockland-Bergen
Where: Tappan, NY
When: June 23-25
Who: To be announced
Why: Rockland & Bergen are crossing county (and state) lines.
Web: www.rocklandmusicfestival.com

 

Solid Sound

What: Solid Sound
Where: North Adams, MA
When: June 23-25
Who: Wilco, Television, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Kevin Morby, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Tweedy, The Autumn Defense, The Nels Cline Four, John Hodgman, and more to be announced
Why: Wilco’s off-year Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA.
Web: solidsoundfestival.com

 

Tall Tree

What: Tall Tree
Where: Port Renfrew, BC, Canada
When: June 23-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Enjoy Canadian music among the Tall Trees of British Columbia.
Web: www.talltreemusicfestival.com

 

Stern Grove

What: Stern Grove
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 25 – August 27
Who: To be announced May 1st
Why: The oldest free-admission festival of its kind in America is of course in San Francisco.
Web: www.sterngrove.org

 

Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 28 – July 2 & July 4-9
Who: Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Chris Stapleton, and 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: www.summerfest.com

 

Essence

What: Essence
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: June 29 – July 2
Who: Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper, Solange, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Master P, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, India.Arie, BJ the Chicago Kid, Gallant, Yuna, Lizzo, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, and more
Why: Essence Magazine throws a festival in New Orleans.
Web: www.essence.com/festival-2017

 

Frendly Gathering

What: Frendly Gathering
Where: Windham, VT
When: June 29 – July 1
Who: Twiddle, Charles Bradley, Turkuaz, Moon Hooch, and more to be announced
Why: Gather some frends for a Frendly Gathering.
Web: frendlygathering.com

 

High Sierra

What: High Sierra
Where: Quincy, CA
When: June 29 – July 2
Who: Trey Anastasio, Ween, STS9, Andrew Bird, Snarky Puppy, Galactic, Mike Gordon, Hard Working Americans, Deer Tick, The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller Williams, White Denim, Fruition, The Suffers, and more 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

 

Waterfront Blues

What: Waterfront Blues
Where: Portland, OR
When:
June 30 – July 4
Who: Chris Isaak, Fantastic Negrito, Galactic, JD McPherson, Joss Stone, and more to be announced
Why: Head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for some Blues.
Web:
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

 


July

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, PJ Harvey, Gov’t Mule, All Time Low, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave, Chris Robinson Brotherhood 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 – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 9 – July 2
Who: Diana Krall, and more to be announced
Why: Home of the University of Michigan (and The Dharma Initiative…), all those kind of guys who are hailing from Ann Arbor get a much-needed reason to smile with this three-week Summer Fest.
Web: www.annarborsummerfestival.org

Electric Forest

What: Electric Forest
Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 22-25 & June 29 – July 2
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Odesza, Flume, DJ Snake, My Morning Jacket, Above & Beyond, Dillon Francis, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, Nero, Thievery Corporation, Lotus, Claude Vonstroke, A-Trak, 12th Planet, Banks, Bob Moses, Brazilian Girls, Cashmere Cat, Giraffage, GTA, Lettuce, Matisyahu, Papadosio, The Infamous Stringdusters, The London Souls, The Motet, Waka Flocka Flame, Vince Staples, and more
Why: Nature meets technology as Electric Forest expands to a second weekend. Read much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: www.electricforestfestival.com

 

Saskatchewan Jazz

What: Saskatchewan Jazz
Where: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
When: June 22 – July 2
Who: To be announced
Why: (Sa)Skat it up, jazz-cat.
Web: saskjazz.com

 

Stern Grove

What: Stern Grove
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 25 – August 27
Who: To be announced May 1st
Why: The oldest free-admission festival of its kind in America is of course in San Francisco.
Web: www.sterngrove.org

 

Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 28 – July 2 & July 4-9
Who: Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Chris Stapleton, and 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: www.summerfest.com

 

Frendly Gathering

What: Frendly Gathering
Where: Windham, VT
When: June 29 – July 1
Who: Twiddle, Charles Bradley, Turkuaz, Moon Hooch, and more to be announced
Why: Gather some frends for a Frendly Gathering.
Web: frendlygathering.com

 

High Sierra

What: High Sierra
Where: Quincy, CA
When: June 29 – July 2
Who: Trey Anastasio, Ween, STS9, Andrew Bird, Snarky Puppy, Galactic, Mike Gordon, Hard Working Americans, Deer Tick, The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller Williams, White Denim, Fruition, The Suffers, and more 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

 

Waterfront Blues

What: Waterfront Blues
Where: Portland, OR
When:
June 30 – July 4
Who: Chris Isaak, Fantastic Negrito, Galactic, JD McPherson, Joss Stone, and more to be announced
Why: Head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for some Blues.
Web:
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

 

Burger Boogaloo

What: Burger Boogaloo
Where: Oakland, CA
When: July 1-2
Who: John Waters and more to be announced
Why: Burger Records holds a Boogaloo.
Web: www.burgerboogaloo.com

 

Bunbury

What: Bunbury
Where: Cincinnati, OH
When: July 2-4
Who: Muse, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, The 1975, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, AFI, Jon Bellion, D.R.A.M., Flogging Molly, MUTEMATH, Moon Taxi, Rev. Horton Heat, NF, Kevin Garrett, Arkells, Civil Twilight, San Fermin, July Talk, and more to be announced
Why: Nice mix of mainstream & alternative – and no bees!
Web: bunburyfestival.com

 

Common Ground

What: Common Ground
Where: Lansing, MI
When: July 6-9
Who: Toby Keith, LOCASH, and more to be announced
Why: At this lengthy festival, find some Common Ground.
Web: www.commongroundfest.com

 

Winnipeg FolkWhat: Winnipeg Folk
Where: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
When: July 6-9
Who: To be announced
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

 

Ottawa Blues

What: Ottawa Blues
Where: Ottawa, ON, Canada
When: July 6-16
Who: Toby Keith, DJ Mustard, 50 Cent, Eric Lindell, Fetty Wap, LCD Soundsystem, Lil Yacht, The Campbell Brothers, Bob Moses, Peter Wolf, Xavier Rudd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Foy Vance, Migos, The Shins, Phantogram, Gary Clark Jr., Anderson East, The Zombies, RL Grime, July Talk, Brandi Carlile, Tegan & Sara, Melissa Etheridge, Sam Roberts Band, Death From Above 1979, Pokey LaRage, and many more
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

 

Québec City SummerWhat: Québec City Summer
Where: Québec City, QC, Canada
When: July 6-16
Who: Muse, Metallica and more 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.infofestival.com/?lang=en-CA

 

Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series

What: Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series
Where: Montauk, NY
When: July 6 – September 11
Who: Lucius, Sunflower Bean, G. Love, Saint Motel, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Brett Dennen, Porches, Bombino, Brazilian Girls, Donavon Frankenreiter, Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue, Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, Bob Moses, The London Souls, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lewis Del Mar, The Arcs, Chairlift, Gallant, Wild Belle, Beach Slang, Gary Clark Jr., Talib Kweli, and more
Why: Get out of the city and head to the Surf at Montauk.
Web: thesurflodge.com/concert-series

 

80/35

What: 80/35
Where: Des Moines, IA
When: July 7-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Better known for corn & presidential primaries, Iowa has also been holding hold a sweet & diverse 80/35 festival. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web: www.80-35.com

 

Northern Lights Festival Boréal

What: Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Where: Sudbury, ON, Canada
When: July 7-9
Who: Yukon Blonde and more 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

 

Ride

What: Ride
Where: Telluride, CO
When: July 8-9
Who: Beck, Ben Harper, John Butler Trio, Kaleo, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Jackie Greene, and more to be announced
Why: Ride into Telluride.
Web:
www.ridefestival.com

 

Camp Bisco

What: Camp Bisco
Where: Scranton, PA
When:
July 13-15
Who: The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, GRiZ, Lotus, Gramatik, Action Bronson, Shpongle, 12th Planet, Beats Antique, Break Science, Classixx, Emancipator, Escort, The Floozies, The Knocks, Nightmares On Wax, Paper Diamond, Turkuaz, Twiddle, The Werks, and more to be announced
Why: Electro-jam festival regulars The Disco Biscuits revive Camp Bisco, now in Scranton. Read & see more in our 2013 recap here
Web:
campbisco.com

 

Rock Fest

What: Rock Fest
Where:
Cadott, WI
When: July 13-15
Who: Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Korn, Shinedown, Volbeat, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Clutch, Insane Clown Posse, Sevendust, Ratt, Lita Ford, Lit, and more to be announced
Why: Hard rock comes to Wisconsin.
Web:
www.rock-fest.com

 

Evolve

What: Evolve
Where:
Antigonish, NS, Canada
When: July 13-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Ever-imperiled by being cut off from the rest of Anglophone Canada by Quebec independence, Atlantic provinces like Nova Scotia have to jump at what they can, like Evolve.
Web:
www.evolvefestival.com

 

Great South Bay

What: Great South Bay
Where: Patchogue, NY
When: July 13-16
Who: 311, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, The Wailers, New Politics, Saves the Day, and more to be announced
Why: Jam fest on Long Island.
Web: www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com

 

Grey Fox Bluegrass

What: Grey Fox Bluegrass
Where:
Oak Hill, NY
When: July 13-16
Who: The Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sarah Jarosz, and more to be announced
Why: Blue or Grey is welcome in the Catskills.
Web:
www.greyfoxbluegrass.com

 

Chicago Open Air

What: Chicago Open Air
Where:
Bridgeview, IL
When: July 14-16
Who: KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Slayer, Megadeth, Seether, Stone Sour, Anthrax, Clutch, Lamb of God, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Body Count, and more
Why: Breathe in the Open Air of Chicago (well, Bridgeview…).
Web:
www.chicagoopenair.com

 

Folk On the Rocks

What: Folk On the Rocks
Where:
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
When: July 14-16
Who: City and Colour, Jason Collett, Operators, The Pack A.D., Elephant Stone, and more to be announced
Why: Head all the way up to the Northwest Territories to get your Folk On the Rocks.
Web:
folkontherocks.com

 

Forecastle

What: Forecastle
Where: Louisville, KY
When: July 14-16
Who: LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson, Cage the Elephant, PJ Harvey, Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff, Phantogram, GRiZ, Spoon, Capital Cities, X Ambassadors, Vince Staples, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tycho, Conor Oberst, Charles Bradley, Real Estate, Cashmere Cat, STRFKR, Judah & The Lion, Foxygen, K.Flay, What So Not, Waka Flocka Flame, Whitney, Classixx, Twin Limb, Joseph, LANY, Rayland Baxter, Giraffage, JD McPherson, Chicano Batman, Beach Slang, Mandolin Orange, Adia Victoria, The Shelters, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and many more
Why: Forecastle comes with a vengeance and a top-tier line-up.
Web: forecastlefest.com

 

Green River

What: Green River
Where:
Greenfield, MA
When: July 14-16
Who: Lake Street Dive, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and more to be announced
Why: This lighter jam-folk fest has hot air balloon rides.
Web:
www.greenriverfestival.com

 

Hillside

What: Hillside
Where:
Guelph, ON, Canada
When: July 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: While many Canadian festivals have flamed out, Hillside has passed its quarter century mark and is still going strong.
Web:
www.hillsidefestival.ca

 

Home County

What: Home County
Where:
London, ON, Canada
When: July 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Victoria Park in London, Canada, has its own festival.
Web:
www.homecounty.ca

 

Pitchfork

What: Pitchfork
Where:
Chicago, IL
When: July 14-16
Who: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and more 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. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com

 

Sloss

What: Sloss
Where: Birmingham, AL
When:
July 15-16
Who: Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson, Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff, Spoon, NEEDTOBREATHE, Phantogram, Tycho, Judah & The Lion, Cherub, Conor Oberst, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, Charles Bradley, K.Flay, Waka Flocka Flame, Beach Slang, Vulture Whale, and more
Why: A new festival in Birmingham.
Web:
slossfest.com

 

Wanderlust Squaw Valley

What: Wanderlust Squaw Valley
Where: North Lake Tahoe, CA
When: July 20-23
Who: Little Dragon, Bonobo, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lettuce, Quixotic and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into Lake Tahoe. See more in our photo gallery of 2016 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley

 

Waking Windows Detroit

What: Waking Windows – Detroit
Where:
Detroit, MI
When:
July 21-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Waking Windows spreads to Detroit. See much more in our 2016 Waking Windows Vermont photo gallery here
Web:
www.wakingwindows.com

 

Rock the Shores

What: Rock the Shores
Where: Colwood, BC, Canada
When:
July 21-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Rock the (western) Shores of Canada.
Web:
rocktheshores.com

 

Float

What: Float
Where: San Marcos, TX
When: July 22-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Totally tubular. See much more in our 2016 photo gallery here
Web: floatfest.net

 

FYF Fest

What: FYF Fest
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: July 22-23
Who: To be announced mid-March
Why: Another great year for this great fest – fuck yeah! See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web:
fyffest.com

 

FloydFest

What: FloydFest
Where: Floyd, VA
When: July 26-30
Who: Thievery Corporation, Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Leftover Salmon, Steel Pulse, Railroad Earth, Shovels & Rope, White Denim, Turkuaz, Fruition, Keller Williams, and more to be announced
Why: Americana-jam at FloydFest.
Web: www.floydfest.com

 

Calgary Folk

What: Calgary Folk
Where: Calgary, AB, Canada
When: July 27-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Another Canadian folk festival, this time in the country’s prairie heartland with some surprisingly big acts.
Web: www.calgaryfolkfest.com

 

Underground Music Showcase

What: Underground Music Showcase
Where:
Denver, CO
When: July 27-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Go underground in the Mile High City.
Web:
www.theums.com

 

Newport Folk

What: Newport Folk
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 28-30
Who: Fleet Foxes, Drive-By Truckers, American Acoustic, The Head and The Heart, Angel Olsen, Dr. Dog, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Marlon Williams, Rhiannon Giddens, Seratones, Margaret Glaspy, Big Thief, and more to be announced
Why: The festival where Bob Dylan was called “Judas” for going electric is still going strong. See much more in our 2016 photo gallery here
Web: www.newportfolk.org

 

Panorama

What: Panorama
Where: Randall’s Island, New York
When:
July 28-30
Who: Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, alt-J, Solange, MGMT, Nick Murphy, Justice, Glass Animals, Nicolas Jaar, Future Islands, Tuler the Creator, Belle & Sebastian, Cashmere Cat, Angel Olsen, Spoon, Girl Talk, Vince Staples, Andrew McMahon, Snakehips, Jagwar Ma, DJ Shadow, Vance Joy, MØ, Mura Masa, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Cherry Glazerr, Bleached, Preoccupations, Dhani Harrison, Bishop Briggs, and more
Why: The people behind Coachella & more bring a big festival to the Big Apple.
Web:
www.panorama.nyc

 

WayHome

What: WayHome
Where: Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada
When: July 28-30
Who: Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, Flume, Justice, Soalnge, Marshmello, Vance Joy, Schoolboy Q, Tegan & Sara, The Shins, Banks, Car Seat Headrest, Charles Bradley, Constantines, Danny Brown, Dashboard Confessional, Death From Above 1979, Hundred Waters, Jagwar Ma, Jazz Cartier, Margaret Glaspy, Mura Masa, Phantogram, Poliça, Pup, Rag’n’Bone Man, Royal Blood, Tanya Tagaq, The Drums, The Naked and Famous, and more to be announced
Why: Find you Way Home to Canada and this impressive new festival.
Web: wayhome.com

 

XPoNential

What: XPoNential
Where:
Camden, NJ
When: July 28-30
Who: Wilco, Conor Oberst, Hop Along, and more to be announced
Why: WXPN 88.5 holds an Americana alt-country fest at Camden’s Waterfront.
Web:
xpnfest.org

 

Wicker Park Fest

What: Wicker Park Fest
Where:
Chicago, IL
When:
July 29-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Way better than the crappy movie of the same name (though it did have a good soundtrack)… See more in our 2011 photo gallery here
Web:
www.wickerparkfest.com

 


August

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, PJ Harvey, Gov’t Mule, All Time Low, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave, Chris Robinson Brotherhood 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 – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

Stern Grove

What: Stern Grove
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 25 – August 27
Who: To be announced May 1st
Why: The oldest free-admission festival of its kind in America is of course in San Francisco.
Web: www.sterngrove.org

 

Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series

What: Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series
Where: Montauk, NY
When: July 6 – September 11
Who: Lucius, Sunflower Bean, G. Love, Saint Motel, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Brett Dennen, Nancy Atlas, Porches, Bombino, Brazilian Girls, Donavon Frankenreiter, Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue, Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, Bob Moses, The London Souls, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lewis Del Mar, The Arcs, Chairlift, Gallant, Wild Belle, Beach Slang, Gary Clark Jr., Talib Kweli, and more
Why: Get out of the city and head to the Surf at Montauk.
Web: thesurflodge.com/concert-series

 

Lollapalooza

What: Lollapalooza
Where: Chicago, IL
When: August 3-6
Who: To be announced
Why: The granddaddy of today’s indie fests still brings a hell of a line-up right to Chicago’s Grant Park. Read much more in our big 2016 recap here
Web: www.lollapalooza.com

 

Mile of Music

What: Mile of Music
Where: Appleton, WI
When: August 3-6
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 3-6
Who: Charles Bradley, Dinosaur Jr, Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Ty Segall, Mandolin Orange, J Mascis, Dungen, Jonathan Richman, Robyn Hitchcock, Andy Shauf, Y La Bamba, Sunflower Bean, Wolf People, Jonathan Toubin, and more to be announced
Why: Pick an instrument at Pickathon. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web:
pickathon.com

 

Satchmo

What: Satchmo
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: August 3-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Satchmo – comin’ through with the music.
Web:
fqfi.org/satchmo

 

Hinterland

What: Hinterland
Where: St. Charles, IA
When: August 4-5
Who: alt-J, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark Jr., The Head and The Heart, Dwight Yoakam, Shakey Graves, Foxygen, Nikki Lane, JD McPherson, Max Jury, and more to be announced
Why: Head to America’s Hinterland for this nice new festival. See much more in our 2016 photo gallery here
Web: hinterlandiowa.com

 

Secret Stages

What: Secret Stages
Where: Birmingham, AL
When: August 4-5
Who: To be announced
Why: A mostly free event in Birmingham’s Historic Loft District.
Web: www.secretstages.net

 

Arise

What: Arise
Where: Loveland, CO
When: August 4-6
Who: Atmosphere, Tipper, Ani DiFranco, Brother Ali, Dopapod, The Travelin’ McCourys, and more to be announced in April
Why: Arise in Loveland.
Web: arisefestival.com

 

Osheaga

What: Osheaga
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: August 4-6
Who: The Weeknd, Muse, Lorde, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, Justice, Solange, Vance Joy, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, MGMT, Nicolas Jaar, Father John Misty, Die Antwoord, The Shins, Milky Chance, Belle and Sebastian, Zeds Dead, Run the Jewels, Liam Gallagher, Broken Social Scene, Glass Animals, London Grammar, Crystal Castles, Jon Bellion, Tove Lo, De La Soul, Tegan & Sara, Flatbush Zombies, George Ezra, Death From Above 1979, Local Natives, Arkells, Danny Brown, GRiZ, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sampha, Phantogram, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Matoma, Little Dragon, Car Seat Headrest, Dawes, Strand of Oaks, Plants and Animals, SOHN, Temples, BADBADNOTGOOD, Barns Courtney, Whitney, Joseph, Hamilton Leithauser, Denzel Curry, Cloud Nothings, Muna, Bishop Briggs, Cherry Glazerr, Blaenavon, Beach Slang, The Districts, and more to be announced
Why: Osheaga will stay in the top-tier with another killer line-up. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.osheaga.com

 

Petaluma

What: Petaluma
Where: Petaluma, CA
When: August 5
Who: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Moonalice, and more to be announced
Why: Get down in Petaluma. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.petalumamusicfestival.org

 

Peach

What: Peach
Where: Scranton, PA
When: August 11-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Bringing the jam to the home of Joe Biden & Dunder-Mifflin.
Web: www.thepeachmusicfestival.com

 

Outside Lands

What: Outside Lands
Where:
San Francisco, CA
When: August 11-13
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. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web:
www.sfoutsidelands.com

 

Summer Set

What: Summer Set
Where:
Somerset, WI
When: August 11-13
Who: To be announced
Why: More than just another electro-jam festival.
Web:
www.summersetfestival.com

 

Beloved

What: Beloved
Where:
Tidewater, OR
When: August 11-14
Who: To be announced
Why: The globe comes to Oregon to celebrate The Beloved with sacred music.
Web:
belovedfestival.com

 

Shambhala

What: Shambhala
Where: Salmo, BC, Canada
When: August 11-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Electro-DJs come to Canada – Shambhala!
Web: www.shambhalamusicfestival.com

 

Moonrise

What: Moonrise
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: August 12-13
Who: To be announced
Why: The moon rises over Baltimore. Read much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: www.moonrisefestival.com

 

Riverfest Elora

What: Riverfest Elora
Where: Elora, ON, Canada
When: August 18-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Yet another great festival north of the border.
Web: riverfestelora.com

 

Rocky Mt Folks

What: Rocky Mt Folks
Where: Lyons, CO
When: August 18-20
Who: Gregory Alan Isakov, Lake Street Dive, Dhiannon Giddens, Ben Sollee, and more to be announced
Why: Folks go up in the Rocky Mt.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/folks

 

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

What: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
Where: Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
When: August 18-20
Who: Frazey Ford, John Primer, Booker T, Toubab Krewe, and more to be announced
Why: British Columbia opens its Salmon Arms for artists from around the world.
Web: www.rootsandblues.ca

 

Hot August

What: Hot August
Where:
Cockeysville, MD
When:
August 19
Who: To be announced
Why: It’s hot in August.
Web:
www.hotaugustmusicfestival.com

 

Billboard Hot 100

What: Billboard Hot 100
Where: Wantagh, NY
When:
August 22-23
Who: To be announced
Why: The hottest acts on the Billboard Hot 100 play Long Island. See much more in our 2016 photo gallery here
Web:
www.billboard.com/hot-100-music-festival

 

Mutek - Montréal

What: Mutek – Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: August 23-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Montréal gets even more artsy with Mutek.
Web: www.mutek.org

 

Lockn'

What: Lockn’
Where: Arrington, VA
When: August 24-27
Who: Phil Lesh, Keller Williams, John Butler Trio, The Revivalists, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, The Avett Brothers, moe., Joe Russo, Greensky Bluegrass, Brandi Carlile, JJ Grey & Mofro, The String Cheese Incident, Margo Price, The Suffers, and more to be announced
Why: Lockn’ the jam. See much more in our 2016 photo gallery here
Web: www.locknfestival.com

 

Wanderlust Tremblant

What: Wanderlust Tremblant
Where: Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada
When: August 24-27
Who: Little Dragon, Bonobo, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Lettuce, Quixotic and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into Quebec. See more in our photo gallery of 2016 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/tremblant

 

Huichica East

What: Huichica East
Where: Pine Plains, NY
When: August 25-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Huichica Festival (see above) comes East. See much more in our 2013 Huichica photo gallery here
Web: huichica.com

 

Moontower

What: Moontower
Where: Lexington, KY
When: August 26
Who: To be announced
Why: Music comes to Moontower. See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: www.moontowermusicfestival.com

 


September

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, PJ Harvey, Gov’t Mule, All Time Low, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave, Chris Robinson Brotherhood 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 – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series

What: Surf Lodge Summer Concert Series
Where: Montauk, NY
When: July 6 – September 11
Who: Lucius, Sunflower Bean, G. Love, Saint Motel, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Brett Dennen, Nancy Atlas, Porches, Bombino, Brazilian Girls, Donavon Frankenreiter, Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue, Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf, Bob Moses, The London Souls, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lewis Del Mar, The Arcs, Chairlift, Gallant, Wild Belle, Beach Slang, Gary Clark Jr., Talib Kweli, and more
Why: Get out of the city and head to the Surf at Montauk.
Web: thesurflodge.com/concert-series

 

Electric Zoo

What: Electric Zoo
Where: Randall’s Island, NY
When: September 1-3
Who: To be announced
Why: Electric Zoo is managing to bring European-style electronic craziness on New York City’s Randall’s Island for another year.
Web:
electriczoofestival.com

 

North Coast

What: North Coast
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 1-3
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘Summer’s last stand’ returns to Chicago’s Union Park. Read & see much more in our recap of the inaugural 2010 edition here
Web: www.northcoastfestival.com

 

Dancefestopia

What: Dancefestopia
Where: Kansas City, MO
When: September 7-10
Who: To be announced
Why: Get your dance on in the middle of the country.
Web: www.dancefestopia.com

 

Hopscotch

What: Hopscotch
Where: Raleigh, NC
When:
September 7-10
Who: To be announced
Why: The Independent Weekly throws a great fest at venues across Raleigh.
Web:
hopscotchmusicfest.com

 

Prog Power USA

What: Prog Power USA
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 8-9
Who: Katatonia, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, Amaranthe, Angel Dust, Between the Buried and Me, and more to be announced
Why: Progressive & metal meet in Atlanta, USA.
Web: progpowerusa.com

 

LouFest

What: LouFest
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: September 9-10
Who: To be announced
Why: LouFest celebrates the spirit of St. Louis. Read and see much more in our 2012 recap here
Web: www.loufest.com

 

Harvest Jazz & Blues

What: Harvest Jazz & Blues
Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada
When: September 12-17
Who: To be announced May 11th
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

 

Pop Montreal

What: Pop Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: September 13-17
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.
Web: www.popmontreal.com

 

Rifflandia

What: Rifflandia
Where: Victoria, BC, Canada
When: September 14-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Rifflandia returns to the Garden City at Royal Athletic Park.
Web: www.rifflandia.com

 

Kaaboo

What: Kaaboo
Where: Del Mar, CA
When: September 15-17
Who: Weezer and more to be announced
Why: Kaaboom!
Web: www.kaaboodelmar.com

 

Riot Fest

What: Riot Fest
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 15-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Riot Fest collects punks & more, old & young. Read and see much more in our big 2016 recap here
Web: www.riotfest.org

 

Telluride Blues & Brew

What: Telluride Blues & Brew
Where: Telluride, CO
When: September 15-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Have some blues – and some brews.
Web: www.tellurideblues.com

 

Desert Stars

What: Desert Stars
Where: Pioneertown, CA
When: September 22-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Be a Pioneer under Desert Stars.
Web: www.desertstarsfestival.com

 

Imagine

What: Imagine
Where: Atlanta, GA
When:
September 22-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Imagine all the DJs…
Web: www.imaginefestival.com

 

Life Is Beautiful

What: Life Is Beautiful
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: September 22-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas.
Web:
lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

 

Utopia

What: Utopia
Where: Utopia, TX
When: September 22-24
Who: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Lettuce, Antibalas, Wheeler Brothers, Elephant Revival, The Barr Brothers, Matthew Logan Vasquez, and more to be announced
Why: Head to Utopia (TX).
Web: www.utopiafest.com

 

Waking Windows - Portland

What: Waking Windows – Portland
Where:
Portland, ME
When:
September 29-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Waking Windows spreads to Portland, Maine. See much more in our 2016 Waking Windows Vermont photo gallery here
Web:
www.wakingwindows.com

 

 


October

Mondo

What: Mondo
Where: New York, NY
When: October 4-8
Who: To be announced
Why: From the creators of CMJ (QRO 2015 recap) comes this latest NYC multi-venue fest. Read & see much more in our big 2016 inaugural recap here
Web: www.mondo.nyc

Austin City Limits

What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 6-8 & 13-15
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 2016 recap here
Web: www.aclfestival.com

 

Mutek - Mexico City

What: Mutek – Mexico City
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
When: October 11-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Mexico City gets even more artsy with Mutek.
Web: www.mutek.org

 

Voodoo Experience

What: Voodoo Experience
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: October 27-29
Who: To be announced
Why: Expect sights & sounds that you won’t/can’t forget in the Big Easy just before All Hallow’s Eve. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web: www.voodoofestival.com

 


November & December

Sound on Sound

What: Sound on Sound
Where: McDade, TX
When: November 10-12
Who: To be announced
Why: Sound On Sound returns to Sherwood Forest, just outside of Austin. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web: www.soundonsoundfest.com

 

Welcome To Jam Rock

What: Welcome To Jam Rock
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Montego Bay, Jamaica
When:
November 13-18
Who: Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Mr. Vegas, Junior Reid, Collie Buddz, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Romain Virgo, J Boog and Kabaka Pyramid, and more
Why: Go on the high seas.
Web:
welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com

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