2018 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....
2014 Festival Guide

2018 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: 193

Total festivals with full line-ups: 106

 

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

 


January & February

Voices On the Hudson

What: Voices On the Hudson
Where: New York, NY
When: January 4 – March 19
Who: Teddy Thompson, Peter Yarrow, Charlie Mars, Hollis Brown, Sean Rowe, Kevin Kinney, Ryan Montbleau, Kat Edmonson, Mary Gauthier, Michelle Shocked, Eleanor Friedberger, Nellie McKay, Laura Cantrell, Robbie Fulks, and more
Why: City Winery (QRO venue review) sister venue City Vineyard brings Voices to the Hudson.
Web: www.cityvineyardnyc.com/voicesonthehudson.html

 

Holy Ship!

What: Holy Ship!
Where: Port Canaveral, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas to Nassau, Bahamas
When: January 6-10
Who: A-Trak, Baauer, Claude Von Stroke, Gorgon City, Justin Martin, Kaskade, Kill the Noise, Louis the Child, Tchami, AC Slater, Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: holyship.com

 

Holy Ship!

What: Holy Ship!
Where: Port Canaveral, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas to Nassau, Bahamas
When: January 10-13
Who: Alison Wonderland, The Black Madonna, Excision, GTA, Jauz, Justin Martin, NGHTMRE, What So Not, 12th Planet, AC Slater, Cookie Monsta, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: holyship.com

 

Shivering Songs

What: Shivering Songs
Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada
When: January 18-21
Who: Tim Baker, Sandro Perri, Fiver, Catherine Maclellan, The Olympic Symphonium, Timber Timbre, and more
Why: The Olympic Symphonium’s hometown festival returns.
Web: shiveringsongs.com

 

Shiprocked

What: Shiprocked
Where: Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas
When: January 21-25
Who: Stone Sour, Seether, In This Moment, Black Label Society, P.O.D., Nothing More, Starset, Beartooth, and more
Why: A hard rock cruise.
Web: www.shiprocked.com

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: January 24 – March 27
Who: John Paul White, Cloud Cult, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Rachel Bloom & Adam Schlesinger, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jalen N’Gonda, Randy Newman, Rosanne Cash, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (as well as David Rubenstein Atrium & Rose Theatre). 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: January 25-28
Who: STS9, Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Emancipator, Breaking Biscuits, Papadosio, and more
Why: Spin some beats & groove some james while you look at some gems.
Web: gemandjamfestival.com

 

Timbrrr Winter

What: Timbrrr Winter
Where: Leavenworth, WA
When: January 26-27
Who: Ra Ra Riot, Cave Singers, Hobosexual, Y La Bamba, and more
Why: Timbrr!
Web: www.timbermusicfest.com

 

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 27 – April 26
Who: Xenia Rubinos, Kronos Quartet, Glasser, Juliana Barwic, Adam Schatz and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

Girlschool LA

What: Girlschool LA
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: February 2-4
Who: Shirley Manson, The Girlschool Choir, Jay Som, Kristin Kontrol, Amber Coffman, and more
Why: To benefit WriteGirl.org.
Web: girlschoolla.com

 

Megaphono

What: Megaphono
Where: Ottawa, ON, Canada
When: February 8-10
Who: Lido Pimienta, Silla and Rise, Above Top Secret, Eric Landry, Nap Eyes, and more
Why: The Canadian capital gets a Megaphono.
Web: www.megaphono.tv

 

Monsters of Rock Cruise

What: Monsters of Rock Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Falmouth, Jamaica
When: February 11-16
Who: Tesla, Queensrÿche, Thunder, Lita Ford, Winger, British Lion, LA Guns, and more
Why: Aging Rock Monsters take a Cruise.
Web: monstersofrockcruise.com

 

Noise Pop

What: Noise Pop
Where: San Francisco, CA and Oakland, CA
When: February 19-25
Who: tUnE-yArDs, Built To Spill, Ty Dolla $ign, Real Estate, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jay Electronica, Parquet Courts, San Fermin, Why?, Superchunk, Waxhatchee, Toro y Moi, Bahamas, Rostam, Shabazz Palaces, Japanese Breakfast, The Album Leaf, Langhorne Slim, Jay Som, Tei Shi, Bully, Alex Cameron, Girlpool, Dengue Fever, No Age, Shamir, Mount Eeri, The Coathangers, The Fresh & Onlys, Jeff Rosenstock, Enter Shikari, The Hotelier, Night Beats, Ha Ha Tonka, The Weather Station, Death Valley Girls, 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/2018

 

Winter Wondergrass Colorado

What: Winter Wondergrass Colorado
Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
When: February 23-25
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Fruition, Travelin’ McCourys, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds in Colorado.
Web: www.winterwondergrass.com/colorado-home

 


March

Voices On the Hudson

What: Voices On the Hudson
Where: New York, NY
When: January 4 – March 19
Who: Teddy Thompson, Peter Yarrow, Charlie Mars, Hollis Brown, Sean Rowe, Kevin Kinney, Ryan Montbleau, Kat Edmonson, Mary Gauthier, Michelle Shocked, Eleanor Friedberger, Nellie McKay, Laura Cantrell, Robbie Fulks, and more
Why: City Winery (QRO venue review) sister venue City Vineyard brings Voices to the Hudson.
Web: www.cityvineyardnyc.com/voicesonthehudson.html

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: January 24 – March 27
Who: John Paul White, Cloud Cult, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Rachel Bloom & Adam Schlesinger, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jalen N’Gonda, Randy Newman, Rosanne Cash, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (as well as David Rubenstein Atrium & Rose Theatre). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 27 – April 26
Who: Xenia Rubinos, Kronos Quartet, Glasser, Juliana Barwic, Adam Schatz and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

Okeechobee

What: Okeechobee
Where: Okeechobee, FL
When: March 1-4
Who: Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Khalid, Foster the People, Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Zeds Dead, Slightly Stoopid, Tipper, Big Gigantic, STS9, Local Natives, Gramatik, Illenium, Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue, Thievery Corporation, Tycho, Lil Dicky, Sylvan Esso, Judah & The Lion, SuperDuperKyle, MisterWives, Sofi Tukker, Lettuce, Billie Eilish, Denzel Curry, Allah-Las, Nightmares On Wax, Chicano Batman, Hippo Campus, Tukuaz, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Districts, Basia Bulat, and more
Why: A new, popular, and diverse festival down in warm Florida.
Web: okeechobeefest.com

 

Wanderlust Oahu

What: Wanderlust Oahu
Where: Oahu, HI
When: March 1-4
Who: Xavier Rudd, DJ Drez and Good Crush, and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders all the way to Hawaii. See more in our photo gallery of 2017 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/oahu/

 

McDowell Mountain

What: McDowell Mountain
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: March 2-4
Who: Nick Murphy, Big Gigantic, Griz, Father John Misty, The Revivalists, Gorgon City, Cut Copy, O.A.R., Mura Masa, Dr. Dog, Jai Wolf, Washed out, Anderson East, The Motet, White Denim, Com Truise, Seratones, and more
Why: Phoenix gets a better jam-band festival.
Web: mmmf.com

 

Nrmal

What: Nrmal
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
When: March 3
Who: Explosions In the Sky, Mac DeMarco, Sleep, and more
Why: Head down Mexico way for Festival Nrmal.
Web: www.festivalnrmal.net

 

Air + Style L.A.

What: Air + Style L.A.
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: March 3-4
Who: Phoenix, Zedd, Gucci Mane, Cashmere Cat, Cut Copy, DRAM, GRiZ, Mura Masa, Phantogram, Washed Out, Cloud Nothings, Twin Peaks, and more
Why: Head to Los Angeles to grab some air – and some style. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: https://airandstyle.com/

 

CRSSD - Spring

What: CRSSD – Spring
Where: San Diego, CA
When: March 3-4
Who: Empire of the Sun, Gorgon City, Bonobo, Little Dragon, Gryffin, The Presets, SNBRN, Tchami, Jai Wolf, Nora En Pure, Wax Motif, and more
Why: Spinning up a strong electronic festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: crssdfest.com

 

Savannah Stopover

What: Savannah Stopover
Where: Savannah, GA
When: March 8-10
Who: of Montreal, Nikki Lane, Wild Child, Larkin Poe, The Cave Singers, Yonatan Gat, Public Access TV, Caroline Rose, Shopping, Vundabar, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, David Barbe, Honduras, 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 9-10
Who: Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT, SZA, A Day To Remember, Alison Wonderland, Isaiah Rashad, Borgore, Flatbush Zombies, Sylvan Esso, Bonobo, Mura Masa, Little Dragon, Green Velvet, Jay Electronica, Snakehips, Gryffin, Bishop Briggs, Jai Wolf, Princess Nokia, 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 10-11
Who: Break Science, The Roots, Father John Misty, Spoon, Break Science, Mondo Cozmo, and more
Why: Southern Florida gets a nice early fest.
Web: gasparillamusic.com

 

SXSW

What: South-by-Southwest
Where: Austin, TX
When: March 12-18
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 16-18
Who: Blink-182, Descendents, Lil Yachty, Machine Gun Kelly, Fear, Good Charlotte, Strung Out, and more
Why: Blink 182’s Travis Barker brings music together with a tattoo convention.
Web: musinkfest.com

 

Pot of Gold

What: Pot of Gold
Where: Chandler, AZ
When: March 16-18
Who: Russ, Phil Lesh, Rebelution, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, BoomBox, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Con Brio, Dirty Heads, Donovan Frankenreiter, G. Love & Special Sauce, Pepper, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson, Tauk, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more
Why: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Arizona.
Web: www.potofgoldaz.com

 

Treefort

What: Treefort
Where: Boise, ID
When: March 21-25
Who: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Andrew W.K., Zola Jesus, Oddisee & Good Company, Connan Mockasin, Built To Spill, Galactic, Twin Peaks, Cindy Wilson, Hanni El Khatib, Antibalas, U.S. Girls, Treepeople, The Distriks, Mirah, Titus Andronicus, The Suffers, Kelly Lee Owens, PUJOL, Field Medic, Vundabar, Ed Scharder, Skating Polly, Robin Bacior, and more
Why: Go to your own private Idaho for Treefort.
Web: treefortmusicfest.com

 

Big Ears

What: Big Ears
Where: Knoxville, TN
When: March 22-25
Who: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Algiers, Bang On a Can All Stars, Diamanda Galas, Four Tet, Jenny Hval, Jon Gibson, Julie Byrne, Kelly Lee Owens, Kid Koala, Lightning Bolt, Lucius, Medeski Martin & Mood, Nels Cline, Rostam, Sam Amidon, Steve Gunn, Suuns, and more
Why: Knoxville’s super-classy high art music festival returns. Read & see more in our 2015 recap here
Web: www.bigearsfestival.com

 

Hogs For a Cause

What: Hogs For a Cause
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: March 23-24
Who: North Mississippi Osbourne, The Band of Heathens, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Sweet Spirit, Samantha Fish, Son Little, and more
Why: Some hogs (and music) for a cause.
Web: www.hogsforthecause.org

 

Ultra

What: Ultra
Where: Miami, FL
When: March 23-25
Who: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell Ingrosso, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Hardwell, J.E.S.U.S, Kaskade, Maceo Plex, Marshmello, RL Grime, Nicky Romero, Sasha John Digweed, Steve AOki, Tiesto, Azealia Banks, Crystal Method, Empire of the Sun, The Wailers, Audien, Keys N Krates, Matoma, What So Not, Sub Focus, 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

 

In Bloom

What: In Bloom
Where: Houston, TX
When: March 24-25
Who: Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Martin Garrix, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Explosions In the Sky, Broken Social Scene, Grizzly Bear, Lil Dicky, Sylvan Esso, Highly Suspect, DRAM, T-Pain, Gramatik, Moon Taxi, Houndmouth, Broods, Twin Shadow, Wolf Alice, Ying Yang Twins, Craig Finn, Dhani Harrison, Son Little, Mikky Ekko, and more
Why: Check this cheap & winning festival.
Web: www.inbloomfestival.com

 


April

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: January 24 – March 27
Who: John Paul White, Cloud Cult, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Rachel Bloom & Adam Schlesinger, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jalen N’Gonda, Randy Newman, Rosanne Cash, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (as well as David Rubenstein Atrium & Rose Theatre). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 27 – April 26
Who: Xenia Rubinos, Kronos Quartet, Glasser, Juliana Barwic, Adam Schatz and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.ecstaticmusicfestival.com

 

 

Mission Creek
What: Mission Creek
Where: Iowa City, IA
When: April 3-8
Who: Built To Spill, Wye Oak, Jamila Woods, Carrie Brownstein & Roxane Gay & Amber Tamblyn, Bassem Yousseh, Julien Baker, Margaret Glaspy, Algiers, Xylouris White, Laurel Halo, S. Carey, Horse Feathers, Gordi, and more
Why: Iowa City kicks if off early with some interesting names.
Web: missioncreekfestival.com

 

Emerge

What: Emerge
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When:
April 6-8
Who: Andrew Gibson, Downtown Boys, Hamell On Trial, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Jeff Rosenstock, Kevin Morby, Liz Cooper, Lower Dens, Madame Gandhi, Michael Blume, OK Go, Sir the Baptist, Starcrawler, Warbly Jets, Waxahatchee, and more
Why: A “music + impact” conference on the Las Vegas Strip.
Web:
www.emergelv.com

 

Tortuga

What: Tortuga
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
When: April 6-8
Who: Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Snoop Dogg, Brothers Osborne, Dwight Yoakam, Kip More, Cheap Trick, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Shaggy, and more
Why: For spring break, go country in Ft. Lauderdale. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.tortugamusicfestival.com

 

Winter Wondergrass California

What: Winter Wondergrass California
Where: Lake Tahoe, CA
When: April 6-8
Who: The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Lil Smokies, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds on Lake Tahoe.
Web: www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com

 

Parahoy

What: Parahoy
Where: Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas
When: April 6-10
Who: Paramore, Local Natives, Judah & The Lion, mewithoutyou, Now Now, and more
Why: Paramore sets sail.
Web: www.parahoy.com

 

Safety Harbor Song

What: Safety Harbor Song
Where: Safety Harbor, FL
When: April 7-8
Who: Fantastic Negrito, Josh Ritter, Larkin Poe, and more
Why: Singers find Safe Harbor.
Web: www.safetyharborsongfest.com

 

World Ski & Snowboard

What: World Ski & Snowboard
Where: Whistler, BC, Canada
When: April 10-15
Who: To be announced
Why: In addition to the snow, come for the sounds at World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
Web: wssf.com

 

French Quarter

What: French Quarter
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 12-15
Who: Alfred Banks with Cool Nasty, Alvin Youngblood, Anais St. John, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Calvin Johnson, Cryil Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Zachary Richard, and more
Why: Nobody does music or festivals like the French Quarter. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: frenchquarterfest.org

 

Launch

What: Launch
Where: Lancaster, PA
When: April 12-15
Who: August Burns Red and more to be announced
Why: Music conference & festival in Lancaster, PA.
Web: www.launchmusicconference.com

 

Marfa Myths

What: Marfa Myths
Where: Marfa, TX
When: April 12-15
Who: Wire, Ryley Walker, Jessica Pratt, Omar-S, Allah-Las, and more
Why: Home of the Marfa Mystery Lights & other Myths.
Web: shop.mexicansummer.com/product/marfa-myths

 

Coachella

What: Coachella
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 13-15 & 20-22
Who: The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Eminem, ODESZA, HAIM, SZA, Kygo, Tyler the Creator, Portugal. The Man, Migos, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, alt-J, A Perfect Circle, Cardi B, Post Malone, Vince Staples, Fleet Foxes, Miguel, King Krule, Chromeo, Soulwax, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kali Uchis, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Illenium, Kamasi Washington, BØRNS, Louis the Child, French Montana, 6LACK, Angel Olsen, MØ, Vance Joy, Russ, LANY, The Drums, Brockhampton, Maceo Plex, The Neighbourhood, Marian Hill, Aminé, Jessie Ware, First Aid Kit, Alison Wonderland, Kelela, Snakehips, Kamaiyah, FIDLAR, Highly Suspect, Bleachers, Ibeyi, LP, Princess Nokia, ALvvays, SuperDuperKyle, Justin Martin, The Black Madonna, Aurora, Noname, Django Django, TroyBoi, X Japan, Jacob Banks, Jidenna, Benjamin Booker, Perfume Genius, PVRIS, Flastbush Zombies, Moses Sumney, Tank & The Bangas, Ekali, Giraffage, Nothing But Thieves, Big Thief, Cash Cash, Whethan, Oh Sees, Sigrid, Benjamin Clementine, The Bronx, AC Slater, Jackmaster, John Maus, Japanese BreakfastSir Sly, Slow Magic, Hundred Waters, Magic Giant, Cherry Glazerr, Moon Boots, Helado Negro, Mild High Club, Snail Mail, Priests, Boogarins, Ron Gallo, Declan McKenna, 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

 

Wanee

What: Wanee
Where: Live Oak, FL
When: April 19-21
Who: Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, As the Crow Flies, Dark Star Orchestra, St. Paul & The broken Bones, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, North Mississippi Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Soul Rebels, 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: Tilmon, TX
When: April 19-22
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, I’m With Her, The Grateful Ball, Calexico, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna the Buffalo, The Travelin’ McCours, Steve Poltz, Jeff Austin, and more to be announced
Why: As American as the Old Settler’s.
Web: oldsettlersmusicfest.org

 

 

Rites of Spring

What: Rites of Spring
Where: Nashville, TN
When: April 20-21
Who: Gucci Mane, DNCE, Cheat Codes, H.E.R., Goldlink, and more
Why: Vanderbilt University knows how to book ’em for its Rites of Spring (fling).
Web: www.vanderbilt.edu/ros

 

Las Rageous

What: Las Rageous
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: April 20-21
Who: A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, Ghost, Clutch, In This Moment, Underøath, Saxon, Beartooth, Pop Evil, Hollywood Undead, and more
Why: Rage in Vegas with this strong, heavy line-up. Read & see much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.lasrageous.com

 

Norman

What: Norman
Where: Norman, OK
When: April 26-28
Who: tUnE-yArDs, Parquet Courts, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, The Men, and more
Why: Norman Oklahoma’s own free festival & QRO favorite stays sweet. Read & see more in 2010 our recap here
Web: normanmusicfestival.com

 

Levitation

What: Levitation
Where: Austin, TX
When: April 26-29
Who: Slowdive, The Black Angels, Electric Wizard, Ministry, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Thee Oh Sees, Parquet Courts, OM, S U R V I V E, Chelsea Wolfe, Dan Deacon, Baths, Dead Meadow, Waxahatchee, Hurray For the Riff Raff, The Men, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Acid Mothers Temple, Omni, A Giant Dog, and more
Why: Levitation returns to Austin, to play host to a mixture of indie & psych, thanks to The Black Angels (QRO spotlight on). Read & see much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: levitation-austin.com

 

MerleFest

What: MerleFest
Where: Wilkesboro, NC
When: April 26-29
Who: Steep Canyon Rangers with Steve Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, The Mavericks, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Robert Earl Keen, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Bush, The Devil Makes Three, Jim Lauderdale, Mandolin Orange, Elephant Revival, The Mavericks, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Mandolin Orange, and more
Why: Wilkes Community College welcomes MerleFest.
Web: merlefest.org

 

Double Decker

What: Double Decker
Where: Oxford, MS
When: April 27-28
Who: The Delta Saints, Cold War Kids, Houndmouth, Whitney Morgan, Tank & The Bangas, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and more
Why: Take the Double Decker to Oxford – Mississippi.
Web: www.doubledeckerfestival.com

 

Move

What: Move
Where: Albany, NY
When: April 27-28
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

 

Rockville

What: Rockville
Where: Jacksonville, FL
When: April 27-29
Who: Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Billy Idol, Breaking Benajmin, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, The Used, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Underøath, Killswitch Engage, Clutch, Thrice, Baroness, Hollywood Undead, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Quicksand, Trivium, Andrew W.K., Wolf Alice, The Sword, Red Fang, the Bronx, Texas Hippie Coalition, Black Foxxes, 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

 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 27 – May 6
Who: Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Ritchie, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common, Cage the Elephant, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Steve Miller Band, Jason Isbell, Smokey Robinson, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Toots & The Maytals, Charlie Wilson, Irma Thomas, Steel Pulse, John Batist with The Dap-Kings, Big Freedia, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Old Crow Medicine Show, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Blind Boys of Alabama, Galactic, Better Than Ezra, Tank & The Bangas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Lukas Nelson, Samantha Fish, GIVERS, and 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 28-29
Who: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Bullet For My Valentine, Underøath, Killswitch Engage, Hollywood Undead, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Trivium, Hatebreed, Red Sun Rising, Texas Hippie Coalition, and more
Why: Fort Myers Fort Rocks.
Web: www.fortrockfestival.com

 

Fortress

What: Fortress
Where: Ft. Worth, TX
When: April 28-29
Who: Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, De La Soul, RZA, Chicano Batman, tUnE-yArDs, The Voidz, Rapsody, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Waxahatchee, Shabazz Palaces, Lee Fields, Jay Som, and more
Why: Fort Worth is a Fortress.
Web: fortressfestival.com

 

Homecoming

What: Homecoming
Where: Cincinnati, OH
When: April 28-29
Who: The National, Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, The Breeders, Lord Huron, Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Alvvays, Big Thief, Sam Amidon, Mouse On Mars, Spank Rock, Lisa Hannigan, and more
Why: Hometown boys The National (QRO spotlight on) return to Cincinnati.
Web: ntlhomecoming.com

 


May

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 27 – May 6
Who: Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Ritchie, David Byrne, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Khalid, Sturgill Simpson, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common, Cage the Elephant, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Steve Miller Band, Jason Isbell, Smokey Robinson, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Toots & The Maytals, Charlie Wilson, Irma Thomas, Steel Pulse, John Batist with The Dap-Kings, Big Freedia, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Old Crow Medicine Show, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Blind Boys of Alabama, Galactic, Better Than Ezra, Tank & The Bangas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Lukas Nelson, Samantha Fish, GIVERS, and many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com

 

Mutek - San Francisco

What: Mutek – San Francisco
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: May 3-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Montréal gets even more artsy with Mutek.
Web: www.mutek.org

 

SunFest

What: SunFest
Where: West Palm Beach, FL
When: May 3-6
Who: Pitbull, Zedd, Logic, Rae Sremmurd, Incubus, Nick Jonas, Sublime with Rome, 311, Partynextdoor, Billy Idol, SOJA, Nathaniel Rateliff, Cake, Third Eye Blind, Grouplove, Girl Talk, DNCE, KC & The Sunshine Band, Toots & The Maytals, Sir Sly, Dreamers, Living Colour, Lukas Nelson, and more
Why: The sun always shines on Palm Beach with this festival. Read & see much more in our 2010 recap here
Web: www.sunfest.com

 

Beale Street

What: Beale Street
Where:
Memphis, TN
When:
May 4-6
Who: Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, ODESZA, Erykah Badu, Post Malone, Logic, Incubus, Alanis Morissette, Tyler the Creator, David Byrne, Kaleo, Ludacris, Vance Joy, Cake, D.R.A.M., The Flaming Lips, Juicy J, Luke Combs, Third Eye Blind, Gov’t Mule, Dashboard Confessional, Chevelle, Action Bronson, Franz Ferdinand, Clutch, All Time Low, Oh Wonder, Margo Price, Delbert McClinton, Misterwives, Robert Randolph, Andrew W.K., Tank & The Bangas, Calexico, Wilderado, Amasa Hines, and more
Why: Beale Street is alive with music.
Web:
www.memphisinmay.org/beale-street-music-festival

 

Carolina Rebellion

What: Carolina Rebellion
Where: Concord, NC
When: May 4-6
Who: Alice In Chains, Godsmack, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Incubus, Billy Idol, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, In This Moment, The Struts, Clutch, The Used, Underøath, Trivium, Thrice, Baroness, Black Veil Brides, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Asking Alexandria, Quicksand, The Sword, Hatebreed, Red Fang, The Bronx, Andrew W.K., Texas Hippie Coalition, Black Foxxes, and more
Why: Carolina rebels with hard rock.
Web: www.carolinarebellion.com

 

 

Shaky Knees

What: Shaky Knees
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: May 4-6
Who: Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, David Byrne, Tenacious D, Fleet Foxes, The War On Drugs, Vance Joy, Cake, Courtney Barnett, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lord Huron, Manchester Orchestra, Matt & Kim, The Distillers, Japandroids, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, The Voidz, All Time Low, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, Alvvays, Parquet Courts, Circa Survive, Rival Sons, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sir Sly, The Menzingers, Chicano Batman, Andrew W.K., Jacob Banks, Waxahatchee, Ezra Furman, Torres, Broncho, The Frights, Bully, Lukas Nelson, Charly Bliss, Mikky Ekko, Mt. Joy, Bayonne, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch, and many more
Why: Limbs quake for what looks to be another amazing year. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: shakykneesfestival.com

 

Waking Windows - Vermont

What: Waking Windows – Vermont
Where:
Winooski, VT
When:
May 4-6
Who: Deer Tick, Noname, Bully, The Districts, Anais Mitchell, Steve Gunn, Leif Vollebekk, 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

 

 

Canadian Music Week

What: Canadian Music Week
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: May 7-13
Who: Alice Glass, Anna Mae, Annie Hart, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blackberries, Crystal Cities, Dear Child, Hinds, Jess Williamson, Keys N Krates, Lindi Ortega, Little Boxer, Mad Caddies, Pictureplane, Sloan, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dirty Nil, This Will Destroy You, Yonathan Gat, and more
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: cmw.net/music

 

Rolling Loud

What: Rolling Loud
Where:
Miami, FL
When: May 11-13
Who: J. Cole, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Post Malone, N.E.R.D, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Cardi B, 21 Savage, Tory Lanez, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Russ, Kevin Gates, Juicy J, The Diplomats, Metro Boomin, Lil Yachty, A$AP Ferg, Fetty Wap, Action Bronson, Playboi Carti, Belly, Machine Gun Kelly, Jaden Smith, Princess Nokia, Big K.R.I.T., Dreezy, and more
Why: Miami is Rolling Loud.
Web: www.rollingloud.com

 

Shaky Beats

What: Shaky Beats
Where:
Atlanta, GA
When: May 11-13
Who: Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd, Excision, Dillon Francis, Ludacris, Louis the Child, Playboi Carti, Borgore, Troyboi, Tokimonsta, Whethan, Quinn XCII, Wolfgang Gartner, Manic Focus, and many more
Why: Just after Shaky Knees (see above), it’s Beats that Shake Atlanta.
Web: www.shakybeatsfestival.com

 

Homegrown

What: Homegrown
Where: Dallas, TX
When: May 12
Who: To be announced
Why: A nice little fest in Dallas for cheap.
Web: homegrownfest.com

 

Northern Invasion

What: Northern Invasion
Where: Somerset, WI
When: May 12-13
Who: Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, A Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, The Used, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Andrew W.K., Anti-Flag, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, Hawthorne Heights, Senses Fail, Miss May I, Wilson, Black Foxxes, and more
Why: Hard rock Invades the North.
Web: northerninvasion.com

 

Moogfest

What: Moogfest
Where: Durham, NC
When:
May 17-20
Who: Annie Hart, Chelsea Manning, Nadia Sirota, Jamila Woods, 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

 

Electric Daisy Carnival

What: Electric Daisy Carnival
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 18-20
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

 

The Hangout

What: The Hangout
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
When: May 18-20
Who: Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Halsey, ODESZA, Portugal. The Man, Logic, SZA, Galantis, Anderson .Paak, Foster the People, St. Vincent, Cold War Kids, AWOLNATION, Grouplove, Oh Wonder, Slightly Stoopid, Bleachers, Anderson East, The Struts, Manchester Orchestra, Pussy Riot, NF, Tank & The Bangas, Nothing But Thieves, Whethan, Cashmere Cat, Ron Gallo, Hippo Campus, Bahamas, Alex Lahey, Noname, Sunflower Bean, Son Little, Mikky Ekko and more
Why: Hangout on the Shores with a very strong line-up. Read much more in our recap here
Web: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

 

Pouzza

What: Pouzza
Where: Montreal, PQ, Canada
When: May 18-20
Who: Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, MU330, A Wilhelm Scream, Cancer Bats, and more to be announced
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 18-20
Who: Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Underøath, Babymetal, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Yelawolf, Trivium, Body Count, Quicksand, Baroness, Andrew W.K., Anti-Flag, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, Miss May I, Wilson, Black Foxxes, 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

 

Vulture

What: Vulture
Where:
New York, NY
When: May 19-20
Who:
To be announced
Why: Entertainment website Vulture throws it’s own festival.
Web:
vulturefestival.com

 

Lightning In a Bottle

What: Lightning In a Bottle
Where: Bradley, CA
When: May 23-28
Who: Anderson .Paak, ZHU, GRiZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, tUnE-yArDs, Nao, Beats Antique, Tokimonsta, Modeselektor, Emancipator, Giraffage, 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 23-29
Who: To be announced
Why: Sweet soul comes to the beaches of Aruba.
Web: soulbeach.net/2018

 

Delfest

What: Delfest
Where: Cumberland, MD
When: May 24-27
Who: Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Bluegrass Congress, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck & ABigail Washburn, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Billy Strings, and more to be announced
Why: Del McCoury rolls out the bluegrass red carpet.
Web: delfest.com

 

Boston Calling

What: Boston Calling
Where: Boston, MA
When: May 25-27
Who: Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Tyler the Creator, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Brockhampton, Maggie Rogers, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Dirty Projectors, Stormzy, Thundercat, Belly, Pussy Riot, Julien Baker, Alvvays, The Menzingers, Thee Oh Sees, Perfume Genius, Noname, (Sandy) Alex G, Big Thief, Mount Kimbie, Citizen, Pond, Zola Jesus, Charly Bliss, Field Report, Tauk, This Is the Kit, Natalie Portman, Jenny Slate, Bridget Everett, and more
Why: Boston is seriously Calling – wicked pissah! Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: bostoncalling.com

 

BottleRock

What: BottleRock
Where:
Napa Valley, CA
When:
May 25-27
Who: Bruno Mars, The Killers, Muse, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Snoop Dogg, Incubus, Earth Wind & Fire, The Head and The Heart, Billy Idol, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, The Revivalists, Bleachers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mike D, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Oh Wonder, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, SOJA, Shakey Graves, Lake Street Dive, LANY, Manchester Orchestra, Nahko & Medicine For the People, Bomba Estéreo, The Record Company, The Struts, New Politics, Allen Stone, Tank & The Bangas, Jacob Banks, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, The Motet, Mondo Cozmo, Missio, Lukas Nelson, Pokey LaFarge, Jukebox the Ghost, Dhani Harrison, The Districts, Magic Giant, ALex Lahey, Moonalice, Low Cut Connie, and many, many 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 25-27
Who: Rebelution, Iration, Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Dispatch, 311, Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, Chronixx, Xavier Rudd, The Original Wailers, Brother Ali, 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 25-27
Who: Claude Vonstroke, Jamie Jones, Jai Wolf, Maceo Plex, Shpongle, Troyboi, Mount Kimbie, and more
Why: Dance on a campground somewhere in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Web: www.elementsfest.us

 

Riverfest

What: Riverfest
Where: Little Rock, AZ
When: May 25-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Festival on the river in Little Rock.
Web: www.riverfestarkansas.com

 

Rocklahoma

What: Rocklahoma
Where: Pryor, OK
When: May 25-27
Who: A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, The Used, Underøath, Machine Gun Kelly, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Trivium, Yelawolf, Candlebox, Andrew W.K., Powerman 5000, 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 25-27
Who: Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler the Creator, Ray LaMontagne, Anderson .Paak, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Explosions In the Sky, Neko Case, Vince Staples, TV On the Radio, Slowdive, Thundercat, Shakey Graves, tUnE-yArDs, Wolf Parade, Japandroids, Snakehips What So Not, Jai Wolf, Perfume Genius, Noname, Margo Price, Hippo Campus, Lizzo, Tokimonsta, Julien Baker, Pedro the Lion, Whitney, Pup, Pond, Tank & The Bangs, Girlpool, Big Thief, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Japanese Breakfast, (Sandy) Alex G, Curtis Harding, Rostam, Chastity Belt, Jeff Rosenstock, Jacob Banks, Dhani Harrison, Son Little, Typhoon, Benjamin Clementine, The Suffers, Phoebe Bridgers, White Reaper, Alex Lahey, Escort, Charly Bliss, 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 25-27
Who: moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Phil Lesh, Diplo, STS9, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Action Bronson, Beats Antique, Cherub, EOTO, JJ Grey & Mofro, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, Yonder Mountain String Band, Zomboy, Con Brio, and more to be announced
Why: Summer Camp usually mixes a little something more into its jam.
Web: summercampfestival.com

 

Punk Rock Bowling

What: Punk Rock Bowling
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 25-28
Who: Rise Against, NOFX, At the Drive-In, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, X, Suicidal Tendencies, Against Me!, Turbonegro, L7, GBH, Slaves, Swingin Utters, D.O.A., and more
Why: Las Vegas takes the punks bowling.
Web: www.punkrockbowling.com

 

Hoagie Nation

What: Hoagie Nation
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: May 26
Who: Hall & Oates, Train, Fitz & The Tantrums, and more to be announced
Why: Hall & Oates celebrate all things Philly – including hoagies.
Web: hoagienation.com

 

Neon Desert

What: Neon Desert
Where: El Paso, TX
When: May 26-27
Who: To be announced
Why: The Desert glows in Neon.
Web: www.neondesertmusicfestival.com

 

Movement

What: Movement
Where: Detroit, MI
When: May 26-28
Who: Claude Von Stroke, Loco Dice B2B The Martinez Brothers, Wu-Tang 25th Anniversary, BADBADNOTGOOD, Carl Craig, Diplo, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Ellen Allien, John Digweed, Justin Martin, Kenny Larkin, Maceo Plex, Mija, Seth Troxler, Shigeto, Tiga, and more
Why: Electronic music returns to the city where techno (and much more in music) was born.
Web: www.movement.us

 

Nelsonville

What: Nelsonville
Where: Nelsonville, OH
When: May 31 – June 3
Who: The Decemberists, Ani DiFranco, Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Middle Kids, Antibalas, Wooden Shjips, Sunflower Bean, and more to be announced
Why: Ohio needs more music – especially southeastern Ohio.
Web: www.nelsonvillefest.org

 


June

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 2 – to be announced
Who: Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nahko & Medicine For the People, 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: May 31 – June 3
Who: The Decemberists, Ani DiFranco, Alvvays, Kevin Morby, Middle Kids, Antibalas, Wooden Shjips, Sunflower Bean, and more to be announced
Why: Ohio needs more music – especially southeastern Ohio.
Web: www.nelsonvillefest.org

 

 

Bunbury

What: Bunbury
Where: Cincinnati, OH
When: June 1-3
Who: Jack White, The Chainsmokers, Blink-182, Post Malone, Incubus, Foster the People, Young the Giant, GRiZ, Dropkick Murphys, Royal Blood, Third Eye Blind, Coheed and Cambria, Manchester Orchestra, Fitz & The Tantrums, Misterwives, Andrew McMahon, LANY, The Front Bottoms, Bishop Briggs, A R I Z O N A, Everything Everything, Sir Sly, Black Pistol Fire, Peter Bjorn and John, Magic Giant, Gang of Youths, and many more
Why: Nice mix of mainstream & alternative – and no bees!
Web: bunburyfestival.com

 

Cluster

What: Cluster
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 1-3
Who: Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, The Lonely Island, Trevor Noah, Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies, Third Eye Blind, David Cross, Michael Che, Salt-n-Pepa, Desus & Mero, Maria Bamford, Action Bronson, Reggie Watts, Roy Wood Jr., Drunk History, Nikki Glaser, This Is Not Happening, 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 1-3
Who: Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, N.E.R.D., Khalid, CHVRCHES, The Gaslight Anthem, Post Malone, James Blake, Silk City, Lil Uzi Vert, Damian Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, 2 Chainz, Galantis, The Glitch Mob, Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors, Russ, Manchester Orchestra, 6LACK, DRAM, Margo Price, Japandroids, Kelela, Vic Mensa, Third Eye Blind, Kali Uchis, Brockhampton, Aminé, LANY, Goldlink, Alvvays, The Menzingers, Wolf Alice, Jay Electronica, Billie Eilish, Moses Sumney, The Struts, Pond, Sir Sly, Slaves, Mikky Ekko, and many, many more
Why: Governors Ball has 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

 

Field Trip

What: Field Trip
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 2-3
Who: To be announced
Why: Toronto takes a Field Trip. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: fieldtriplife.com

 

Roots Picnic

What: Roots Picnic
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: June 2
Who: The Roots, Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats, 2 Chainz, 6LACK, DVSN, Brandy, Goldlink, BADBADNOTGOOD, 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 2-3
Who: Caspa, Koan, Mala, and more
Why: Party right near Yosemite.
Web: www.theuntzfestival.com

 

Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: June 5 – to be announced
Who: Common and more to be announced
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s BRIC 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

 

Eaux Claires

What: Eaux Claires
Where:
Eau Claire, WI
When: June 6-7
Who: To be announced
Why: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (and much more) gets his friends together for a hometown fest. See more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web:
eauxclaires.com

 

Twangfest

What: Twangfest
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: June 6-9
Who: To be announced
Why: 88.1 KDHX brings some twang to Middle America.
Web: twangfest.com

 

Northside

What: Northside
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: June 6-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Northside Festival returns for a seventh 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 2017 recap here
Web: www.northsidefestival.com

 

Bonnaroo

What: Bonnaroo
Where: Manchester, TN
When: June 7-10
Who: Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver, Khalid, Paramore, Kaskade, alt-J, Dua Lipa, Sheryl Crow, Anderson .Paak, Sylvan Esso, Rebelution, The Revivalists, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rüfüs Du Sol, Chromeo, STS9, Alison Wonderland, Moon Taxi, Old Crow Medicine Show, Glitch Mob, Rag’n’Bone Man, Broken Social Scene, First Aid Kit, Jungle, T-Pain, Manchester Orchestra, Brothers Osborne, Gryffin, What So Not, Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue, Billie Eilish, Kali Uchis, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, LANY, Thundercat, Mavis Staples, Big Wild, Sir Sly, Denzel Curry, Moses Sumney, Snakehips, Amadou & Mariam, Midland, Japanese Breakfast, Lissie, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Alex Lahey, Ron Gallo, Everything Everything, Frenship, Mikky Ekko, Dreamers, Michael Blume, 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 8-9
Who: Boogarins, Allah Las, Cass McCombs & Dan Horne, Dean Wareham, Robyn Hitchcock, Christopher Owens, Heron Oblivion, Beachwood Sparks, Mattson 2, Britta Phillips, Joe Pug, Tim Cohen, 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 8-10
Who: Afrojack, Borgore, Carnage, Dmitri Vegas, Hardwell, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, 3LAU, Tritonal, Alison Wonderland, Big Gigantic, deadmau5, Flux Pavilion, Nghtmre, Slushii, Tchami, Zeds Dead, Baauer, Joyryde, Matoma, Minnesota, 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 8-10
Who: Stars, Tank & The Bangas, Allen Stone, Nick Mulvey, and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into West Virginia. See more in our photo gallery of 2017 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/snowshoe

 

 

North by Northeast

What: North by Northeast
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 8-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Canada’s North-by-Northeast shifts to a traditional weekend festival arrangement, with acts from both sides of the border & more. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.nxne.com

 

Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 8 – July 1
Who: 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

 

Montebello Rock

What: Montebello Rock
Where: Montebello, PQ, Canada
When: June 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Canada’s biggest rock fest.
Web: www.montebellorockfest.com

 

Burlington Steamboat Days

What: Burlington Steamboat Days
Where: Burlington, IA
When: June 14-17
Who: 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 14-17
Who: Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, ODESZA, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, SZA, alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Foster the People, MGMT, Mike D, Vance Joy, Big Gigantic, Jimmy Eat World, Chromeo, Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, Royal Blood, Cheat Codes, Rudimental, Marian Hill, Lizzo, Warren G, Rag’n’Bone Man, Betty who, Smallpools, Chicano Batman, Whethan, Everything Everything, Middle Kids, Lukas Nelson, Ron Gallo, Chet Porter, Alex Lahey, Mikky Ekko, Flint Eastwood, and many, many more more
Why: Delaware delivers in the festival game. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: fireflyfestival.com

 

Mad Tea Party Jam

What: Mad Tea Party Jam
Where: Hedgesville, WV
When: June 14-17
Who: To be announced
Why: Make your Jam a Mad Tea Party.
Web: www.themadteapartyjam.com

 

 

Blue Ox

What: Blue Ox
Where: Eau Claire, WI
When: June 14-18
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, Margo Price, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Steeldrivers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mandolin Orange, Pert Near Sandstone, Jeff Austin, Lil Smokies, and more
Why: Country jam comes to Wisconsin. Read more in our 2015 recap here
Web: blueoxmusicfestival.com

 

Country Summer

What: Country Summer
Where: Santa Rosa, CA
When: June 15-17
Who: Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Toby Keith, Maren Morris, Granger Smith, and more
Why: Have some Country in a warm northern California Summer. See much more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: countrysummer.com

 

Mountain Jam

What: Mountain Jam
Where: Hunter Mountain, NY
When: June 15-17
Who: Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, alt-J, The War On Drugs, Portugal. The Man, Father John Misty, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rag’n’Bone Man, Turkuaz, Chicano Batman, The Record Company, Anderson East, The Felice Brothers, Mondo Cozmo, Son Little, Everything Everything, Woods, Andry Frasco, The Stone Foxes, Larkin Poe, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, and more
Why: Despite the name, the festival at Hunter Mountain is more than just another jam-fest.
Web: mountainjam.com

 

Stern Grove

What: Stern Grove
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 17 – August 19
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

 

Sled Island

What: Sled Island
Where: Calgary, AB, Canada
When: June 20-24
Who: Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, Wye Oak, Shabazz Palaces, John Maus, Cherry Glazerr, Mount Eerie, Grouper, Tyondai Braxon, and more
Why: The mammoth & varied Sled Island returns to Calgary.
Web: www.sledisland.com

 

Telluride Bluegrass

What: Telluride Bluegrass
Where: Telluride, CO
When: June 21-24
Who: Sam Bush Band, Sturgill Simpson, Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, I’m With Her, Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, Chris Thile, 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

 

Wanderlust Stratton

What: Wanderlust Stratton
Where: Bondville, VT
When: June 21-24
Who: Stars, Tank & The Bangas, Allen Stone, Nick Mulvey, and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into Vermont. See more in our photo gallery of 2017 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/stratton

 

Electric Forest

What: Electric Forest
Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 21-24 & June 28 – July 1
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, GRiZ, Marshmello, Galantis, Rüfüs Du Sol, ZHU, Bonobo, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Datsik, Green Velvet, Gryffin, Keys N Krates, Louis the Child, Marian Hill, The Glitch Mob, Washed Out, Xavier Rudd, !!!, A Tribe Called Red, Andy Frasco, Bishop Briggs, Betty Who, Devin the Dude, Emancipator, EOTO, Fruition, G Jones, Great Good Fine OK, Hayden James, Hiss Golden Messenger, Karl Denson, Manic Focus, Mija, Misterwives, Savoir Adore, The Werks, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz, and many more
Why: Nature meets technology as Electric Forest expands to a second weekend. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.electricforestfestival.com

 

Rockland-Bergen

What: Rockland-Bergen
Where: Tappan, NY
When: June 22-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Rockland & Bergen are crossing county (and state) lines.
Web: www.rocklandmusicfestival.com

 

Saskatchewan Jazz

What: Saskatchewan Jazz
Where: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
When: June 22 – July 1
Who: To be announced
Why: (Sa)Skat it up, jazz-cat.
Web: saskjazz.com

 

Bonanza

What: Bonanza
Where: Heber, UT
When: June 22-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Of course a festival in Utah would be named “Bonanza”.
Web: bonanzacampout.com

 

Arroyo Seco Weekend

What: Arroyo Seco Weekend
Where: Pasadena, CA
When: June 23-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Have a weekend next to the Rose Bowl. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.arroyosecoweekend.com

 

Mamby On the Beach

What: Mamby On the Beach
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 23-24
Who: To be announced
Why: Go to the Beach in Chicago.
Web: www.mambybeach.com

 

Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 27 – July 1 & July 3-8
Who: James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Florida Georgia Line, Dave Matthews Band, Journey, Def Leppard, Halsey, Logic, and many more to be announced
Why: The biggest music festival in the world is also the most mainstream, but there’s so many bands over so many days, bound to be someone you want to see.
Web: www.summerfest.com

 

Kate Wolf

What: Kate Wolf
Where: Laytonville, CA
When: June 28 – July 1
Who: Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, Martha Reeves, Ani DiFranco, Joan Osborne, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Mandolin Orange, and more
Why: Ladies & gents are welcome at Kate Wolf.
Web: katewolfmusicfestival.com

 

Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: June 28 – July 7
Who: Bedouine, Béla Fleck, Cadence Weapon, JD McPherson, José González, Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Valerie June, and more to be announced
Why: Of course Montreal has a big, classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA

 

Frendly Gathering

What: Frendly Gathering
Where: Sugarbush, VT
When: June 29-30
Who: Twiddle, Greensky Bluegrass, Kamasi Washington, Kevin Morby, The Suffer, Algiers, and more
Why: Gather some frends for a Frendly Gathering. See much more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: frendlygathering.com

 

Middle of the Map

What: Middle of the Map
Where:
Kansas City, MO
When:
June 29-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to the middle of the Google Map. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: middleofthemapfest.com

 

Full Moon

What: Full Moon
Where: Governors Island, NY
When: June 30
Who: To be announced
Why: A full moon shines in New York. See much more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: fullmoonfest.com

 

Burger Boogaloo

What: Burger Boogaloo
Where: Oakland, CA
When: June 30 – July 1
Who: John Waters and more to be announced
Why: Burger Records holds a Boogaloo.
Web: www.burgerboogaloo.com

 


July

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 2 – to be announced
Who: Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nahko & Medicine For the People, 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 8 – July 1
Who: 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

 

Stern Grove

What: Stern Grove
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 17 – August 19
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

 

Electric Forest

What: Electric Forest
Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 21-24 & June 28 – July 1
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, GRiZ, Marshmello, Galantis, Rüfüs Du Sol, ZHU, Bonobo, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Datsik, Green Velvet, Gryffin, Keys N Krates, Louis the Child, Marian Hill, The Glitch Mob, Washed Out, Xavier Rudd, !!!, A Tribe Called Red, Andy Frasco, Bishop Briggs, Betty Who, Devin the Dude, Emancipator, EOTO, Fruition, G Jones, Great Good Fine OK, Hayden James, Hiss Golden Messenger, Karl Denson, Manic Focus, Mija, Misterwives, Savoir Adore, The Werks, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz, and many more
Why: Nature meets technology as Electric Forest expands to a second weekend. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.electricforestfestival.com

 

Saskatchewan Jazz

What: Saskatchewan Jazz
Where: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
When: June 22 – July 1
Who: To be announced
Why: (Sa)Skat it up, jazz-cat.
Web: saskjazz.com

 

Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 27 – July 1 & July 3-8
Who: James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Florida Georgia Line, Dave Matthews Band, Journey, Def Leppard, Halsey, Logic, and many more to be announced
Why: The biggest music festival in the world is also the most mainstream, but there’s so many bands over so many days, bound to be someone you want to see.
Web: www.summerfest.com

 

Kate Wolf

What: Kate Wolf
Where: Laytonville, CA
When: June 28 – July 1
Who: Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, Martha Reeves, Ani DiFranco, Joan Osborne, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Mandolin Orange, and more
Why: Ladies & gents are welcome at Kate Wolf.
Web: katewolfmusicfestival.com

 

Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: June 28 – July 7
Who: Bedouine, Béla Fleck, Cadence Weapon, JD McPherson, José González, Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Valerie June, and more to be announced
Why: Of course Montreal has a big, classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA

 

 

Burger Boogaloo

What: Burger Boogaloo
Where: Oakland, CA
When: June 30 – July 1
Who: John Waters and more to be announced
Why: Burger Records holds a Boogaloo.
Web: www.burgerboogaloo.com

 

High Sierra

What: High Sierra
Where: Quincy, CA
When: July 5-8
Who: To be announced
Why: California’s High Sierra Music Festival, up in the mountains, is stocked with festival staples. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.highsierramusic.com

 

Waterfront Blues

What: Waterfront Blues
Where: Portland, OR
When:
July 4-8
Who: To be announced mid-February
Why: Head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for some Blues.
Web:
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

 

Common Ground

What: Common Ground
Where: Lansing, MI
When: July 5-8
Who: 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 5-8
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

 

Festival d'été de QuébecWhat: Festival d’été de Québec
Where: Québec City, QC, Canada
When: July 5-15
Who: To be announced
Why: The capital of Francophone America hosts a wide but odd collection of acts, from old to young, mainstream to indie, jazz to metal, folk to electronica.
Web: www.infofestival.com/?lang=en-CA

 

Northern Lights Festival Boréal

What: Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Where: Sudbury, ON, Canada
When: July 6-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boréal is basically a few Canadian heavy-hitters and others only Canadians have ever even heard of.
Web: nlfb.ca

 

Evolve

What: Evolve
Where:
Moncton, NB, Canada
When: July 6-9
Who: To be announced
Why: Evolve moves from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick, eh?
Web:
www.evolvefestival.com

 

Camp Bisco

What: Camp Bisco
Where: Scranton, PA
When:
July 12-14
Who: 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 12-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Hard rock comes to Wisconsin.
Web:
www.rock-fest.com

 

Great South Bay

What: Great South Bay
Where: Patchogue, NY
When: July 12-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Jam fest on Long Island.
Web: www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com

 

Forecastle

What: Forecastle
Where: Louisville, KY
When: July 13-15
Who: Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Jason Isbell, Houndmouth, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile, Louis the Child, T-Pain, Jenny Lewis, Margo Price, Vic Mensa, Oh Wonder, Punch Brothers, Lucero, White Reaper, PVRIS, I’m With Her, Jai Wolf, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ron Gallo, and many more
Why: Forecastle comes with a vengeance and a top-tier line-up. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: forecastlefest.com

 

Green River

What: Green River
Where:
Greenfield, MA
When: July 13-15
Who: 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 13-15
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

 

Ride

What: Ride
Where: Telluride, CO
When: July 14-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Ride into Telluride.
Web:
www.ridefestival.com

 

Sloss

What: Sloss
Where: Birmingham, AL
When:
July 14-15
Who: Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Jason Isbell, GRiZ, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vance Joy, The War On Drugs, Moon Taxi, Louis the Child, Vic Mensa, LANY, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Margo Price, Jai Wolf, Quinn XCII, PVRIS, Nikki Lane, Big Freedia, Waxhatchee, Brent Cobb, White Reaper, and more
Why: A new festival in Birmingham.
Web:
slossfest.com

 

Grey Fox Bluegrass

What: Grey Fox Bluegrass
Where:
Oak Hill, NY
When: July 19-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Blue or Grey is welcome in the Catskills.
Web:
www.greyfoxbluegrass.com

 

Peach

What: Peach
Where: Scranton, PA
When: July 19-22
Who: Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dickey Betts, moe., Warren Haynes, Twiddle, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blackberry Smoke, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Leftover Salmon, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm, and more to be announced
Why: Bringing the jam to the home of Joe Biden & Dunder-Mifflin.
Web: www.thepeachmusicfestival.com

 

Wanderlust Squaw Valley

What: Wanderlust Squaw Valley
Where: North Lake Tahoe, CA
When: July 19-22
Who: Stars, Tank & The Bangas, Allen Stone, Nick Mulvey, and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into Lake Tahoe. See more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley

 

Capitol Hill Block Party

What: Capitol Hill Block Party
Where:
Seattle, WA
When: July 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Seattle throws a block party.
Web: capitolhillblockparty.com

 

Folk On the Rocks

What: Folk On the Rocks
Where:
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
When: July 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Head all the way up to the Northwest Territories to get your Folk On the Rocks.
Web:
folkontherocks.com

 

Pitchfork

What: Pitchfork
Where:
Chicago, IL
When: July 20-22
Who: To be announced
Why: The mother of all online indie music magazines returns for another festival with all the bands they’ve been telling you that you have to hear. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com

 

Float

What: Float
Where: San Marcos, TX
When: July 21-22
Who: To be announced
Why: Totally tubular. Read & see much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: floatfest.net

 

FloydFest

What: FloydFest
Where: Floyd, VA
When: July 25-29
Who: Foster the People, Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, ZZ Ward, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Keller Williams, Lukas Nelson, Antibalas, Langhorne Slim, Nikki Lane, Son Little, 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 26-29
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

 

Newport Folk

What: Newport Folk
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 27-29
Who: To be announced
Why: The festival where Bob Dylan was called “Judas” for going electric is still going strong. See much more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: www.newportfolk.org

 

Panorama

What: Panorama
Where: Randall’s Island, New York
When:
July 27-29
Who: The Weeknd, Janey Jackson, The Killers, The xx, SZA, Migos, Father John Misty, Cardi B, ODESZA, David Byrne, Gucci Mane, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Fleet Foxes, Greta Van Fleet, PVRIS, Jhene Aiko, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Japanese Breakfast, Mount Kimbie, Chicano Batman, Sigrid, Jay Som, Lo Moon, Rex Orange County, Shannon & The Clams, Downtown Boys, and many more
Why: The people behind Coachella & more bring a big festival to the Big Apple. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web:
www.panorama.nyc

 

Wicker Park Fest

What: Wicker Park Fest
Where:
Chicago, IL
When:
July 27-29
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

 

XPoNential

What: XPoNential
Where:
Camden, NJ
When: July 27-29
Who: David Byrne, The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso, and many more to be announced
Why: WXPN 88.5 holds an Americana alt-country fest at Camden’s Waterfront.
Web:
xpnfest.org

 


August

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 2 – to be announced
Who: Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nahko & Medicine For the People, 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 17 – August 19
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

 

Lollapalooza

What: Lollapalooza
Where: Chicago, IL
When: August 2-5
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 & see much more in our big 2017 recap here
Web: www.lollapalooza.com

 

Mile of Music

What: Mile of Music
Where: Appleton, WI
When: August 2-5
Who: To be announced
Why: A Mile of Music comes to Appleton. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: mileofmusic.com

 

Hinterland

What: Hinterland
Where: St. Charles, IA
When: August 3-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to America’s Hinterland for this nice new festival. See much more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: hinterlandiowa.com

 

Secret Stages

What: Secret Stages
Where: Birmingham, AL
When: August 3-4
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 3-5
Who: To be announced
Why: Arise in Loveland.
Web: arisefestival.com

 

Newport Jazz

What: Newport Jazz
Where: Newport, RI
When: August 3-5
Who: To be announced
Why: While best known for its storied folk festival (see above), little Newport in little Rhode Island has a jazz fest the following weekend to boot!
Web: www.newportjazz.org

 

 

Osheaga

What: Osheaga
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: August 3-5
Who: 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

 

Pickathon

What: Pickathon
Where:
Happy Valley, OR
When: August 3-5
Who: 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 3-5
Who: To be announced
Why: Satchmo – comin’ through with the music.
Web:
fqfi.org/satchmo

 

Area 506

What: Area 506
Where: St. Johns, NB, Canada
When: August 4-5
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate all things New Brunswick (Canada).
Web: area506.ca

 

HARD SUMMER

What: HARD SUMMER
Where: Fontana, CA
When: August 4-5
Who: To be announced
Why: HARD returns this SUMMER with some hard beats. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: hardfest.com

 

Travelers’ Rest

What: Travelers’ Rest
Where: Missoula, MT
When: August 4-5
Who: The Decemberists and more to be announced
Why: The Decemberists let Travelers Rest in Big Sky Country.
Web: travelersrestfest.com

 

Shambhala

What: Shambhala
Where: Salmo, BC, Canada
When: August 10-13
Who: To be announced
Why: Electro-DJs come to Canada – Shambhala!
Web: www.shambhalamusicfestival.com

 

Moonrise

What: Moonrise
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: August 11-12
Who: To be announced
Why: The moon rises over Baltimore. Read much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: www.moonrisefestival.com

 

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

What: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
Where: Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
When: August 16-19
Who: To be announced
Why: British Columbia opens its Salmon Arms for artists from around the world.
Web: www.rootsandblues.ca

 

Psycho Vegas

What: Psycho Vegas
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: August 17-19
Who: To be announced
Why: Vegas goes Psycho.
Web: www.vivapsycho.com

 

Riverfest Elora

What: Riverfest Elora
Where: Elora, ON, Canada
When: August 17-19
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 17-19
Who: To be announced
Why: Folks go up in the Rocky Mt.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/folks

 

Hot August

What: Hot August
Where:
Cockeysville, MD
When:
August 18
Who: To be announced
Why: It’s hot in August.
Web:
www.hotaugustmusicfestival.com

 

Mutek - Montréal

What: Mutek – Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: August 22-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Montréal gets even more artsy with Mutek.
Web: www.mutek.org

 

Lockn'

What: Lockn’
Where: Arrington, VA
When: August 23-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Lockn’ the jam. Read & see much more in our recap here
Web: www.locknfestival.com

 

Wanderlust Tremblant

What: Wanderlust Tremblant
Where: Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada
When: August 23-26
Who: Stars, Tank & The Bangas, Allen Stone, Nick Mulvey, and more
Why: Yoga + music fest Wanderlust wanders into Quebec. See more in our photo gallery of 2017 Wanderlust Squaw Valley here
Web: wanderlust.com/festivals/tremblant

 

Huichica East

What: Huichica East
Where: Pine Plains, NY
When: August 24-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Huichica Festival (see above) comes East. See much more in our 2013 Huichica photo gallery here
Web: huichica.com/#huichica-east-home

 

Bumbershoot

What: Bumbershoot
Where: Seattle, WA
When: August 31 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Seattle welcomes the impressive Bumbershoot. See more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web:
www.bumbershoot.com

 

Electric Zoo

What: Electric Zoo
Where: Randall’s Island, NY
When: August 31 – September 1
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: August 31 – September 2
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

 


September

Bumbershoot

What: Bumbershoot
Where: Seattle, WA
When: August 31 – September 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Seattle welcomes the impressive Bumbershoot. See more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web:
www.bumbershoot.com

 

Electric Zoo

What: Electric Zoo
Where: Randall’s Island, NY
When: August 31 – September 1
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: August 31 – September 2
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

 

Prog Power USA

What: Prog Power USA
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 5-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Progressive & metal meet in Atlanta, USA.
Web: progpowerusa.com

 

Hopscotch

What: Hopscotch
Where: Raleigh, NC
When:
September 6-8
Who: To be announced
Why: The Independent Weekly throws a great fest at venues across Raleigh.
Web:
hopscotchmusicfest.com

 

Dancefestopia

What: Dancefestopia
Where: Kansas City, MO
When: September 6-9
Who: To be announced
Why: Get your dance on in the middle of the country.
Web: www.dancefestopia.com

 

LouFest

What: LouFest
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: September 8-9
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 11-16
Who: To be announced
Why: New Brunswick’s Harvest mixes the folk festivals of Canada with the jazz & blues of Acadia’s lineal descendants, Cajun country.
Web: www.harvestjazzandblues.com

 

Basilica SoundScape

What: Basilica SoundScape
Where: Hudson, NY
When: September 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Head up the Hudson for a SoundScape. See more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web: basilicasoundscape.com

 

Kaaboo

What: Kaaboo
Where: Del Mar, CA
When: September 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Kaaboom! Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.kaaboodelmar.com

 

Riot

What: Riot Fest
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Riot Fest collects punks & more, old & young. Read and see much more in our big 2017 recap here
Web: www.riotfest.org

 

Telluride Blues & Brews

What: Telluride Blues & Brews
Where: Telluride, CO
When: September 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Have some blues – and some brews.
Web: www.tellurideblues.com

 

Imagine

What: Imagine
Where: Atlanta, GA
When:
September 21-23
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 21-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web:
lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

 

Bourbon & Beyond

What: Bourbon & Beyond
Where: Louisville, KY
When:
September 22-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Bourbon, bands & Beyond.
Web:
bourbonandbeyond.com

 

Pilgrimage

What: Pilgrimage
Where: Franklin, TN
When: September 22-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Make a Pilgrimage to Tennessee.
Web:
pilgrimagefestival.com

 

Pop Montreal

What: Pop Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: September 26-30
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

 

Louder Than Life

What: Louder Than Life
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 29-30
Who: To be announced
Why: Music + bourbon + ‘gourmet man food’.
Web:
louderthanlifefestival.com

 


October

Austin City Limits

What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 5-7 & 12-14
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ & America’s longest-running live music show bring their festival back to Zilker Park with another ridiculously stocked line-up of both old & new, mainstream & not – for two weekends! Read & see much more in our big 2017 recap here
Web: www.aclfestival.com

 

Cal Jam

What: Cal Jam
Where: San Bernadino, CA
When:
October 6
Who: To be announced
Why: Foo Fighters throw their own festival.
Web: www.caljamfest.com

 

Hillberry

What: Hillberry
Where: Eureka Springs, AR
When:
October 11-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Railroad Earth brings a harvest festival to Arkansas.
Web: hillberryfestival.com

 

Voodoo Experience

What: Voodoo Experience
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: October 26-28
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 big 2017 recap here
Web: www.voodoofestival.com

 


November & December

 

Utopia

What: Utopia
Where: Utopia, TX
When: November 2-4
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to Utopia (TX). Read & see much more in our recap here
Web: www.utopiafest.com

 

M Is For Montreal

What: M Is For Montreal
Where: Montreal, PQ, Canada
When:
November 14-17
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘M’ doesn’t just stand for ‘murder’.
Web:
www.mformontreal.com

 

Welcome To Jam Rock

What: Welcome To Jam Rock
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Montego Bay, Jamaica
When:
December 1-5
Who: To be announced
Why: Go on the high seas.
Web:
welcometojamrockreggaecruise.comA

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