2021 Festival Guide

Deep breath, fingers crossed - maybe, just maybe, North America will have some festivals this year....
2021 Festival Guide

2021 Festival Guide

Deep breath, fingers crossed – maybe, just maybe, North America will have some festivals this year. See last year’s aborted Festival Guide

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



April

Ubbi Dubbi

What: Ubbi Dubbi
Where: Ennis, TX
When: April 24-25
Who: Adventure Club, Carnage, Destructo, Green Velvet, Gryffin, Illenium, Justin Jay, Kaskade, Kill the Noise, Liquid Stranger, Seth Troxler, Shiba San, Valentino Khan, and more
Why: Camp out and get down.
Web: ubbidubbifestival.com


Moon Crush

What: Moon Crush
Where: Miramar Beach, FL
When: April 26 – May 1
Who: Grace Potter, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Lake Street Dive, Margo Price, NEEDTOBREATHE, The Revivalists, Sheryl Crow, Shovels & Rope, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vintage Trouble, the War and Treaty, Yacht Rock Revue, and more
Why: Livestream platform Topeka launches a safely connected music festival that we all need right now.
Web: www.mooncrush.live

 


May

Moon Crush

What: Moon Crush
Where: Miramar Beach, FL
When: April 26 – May 1
Who: Grace Potter, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Lake Street Dive, Margo Price, NEEDTOBREATHE, The Revivalists, Sheryl Crow, Shovels & Rope, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vintage Trouble, the War and Treaty, Yacht Rock Revue, and more
Why: Livestream platform Topeka launches a safely connected music festival that we all need right now.
Web: www.mooncrush.live


Live On the Lawn

What: Live On the Lawn
Where: Louisville, KY
When: May 21 – September 14
Who: Billy Strings, Styx, Greensky Bluegrass, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Nelly, Shinedown, Erykah Badu, Sublime With Rome, Dark Star Orchestra, Pop Evil, The Dirty Heads, Black Stone Cherry, and more to be announced
Why: Concerts return to The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.
Web: www.liveonthelawnlou.com


Sunset

What: Sunset
Where: Tampa, FL
When: May 29-30
Who: AC Slater, Adventure Club, NGHTMRE, Party Favor, Said the Sky, Zomboy, 12th Planet, Destructo, Green Velvet, Troyboi, and more
Why: Dance into the Sunset. Read & see more in our recap here
Web: smftampa.com

 


June

Live On the Lawn

What: Live On the Lawn
Where: Louisville, KY
When: May 21 – September 14
Who: Billy Strings, Styx, Greensky Bluegrass, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Nelly, Shinedown, Erykah Badu, Sublime With Rome, Dark Star Orchestra, Pop Evil, The Dirty Heads, Black Stone Cherry, and more to be announced
Why: Concerts return to The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.
Web: www.liveonthelawnlou.com


Mountain Music

What: Mountain Music
Where: Oak Hill, WV
When: June 3-5
Who: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, TAUK, Big Something, The Werks, Moon Hooch, and more
Why: Head up into the mountains at ACE Adventure Resort. See more in our photo gallery here here
Web:
mountainmusicfestwv.com


Atlantic City Beer

What: Atlantic City Beer
Where: Atlantic City, NJ
When: June 4-5
Who: Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, Face To Face, Knuckle Puck, The Early November, Pronoun, and more
Why: Punk and beer? Never fear.
Web:
acbeerfest.com


UNTZ

What: UNTZ
Where: Mariposa, CA
When: June 4-6
Who: Charlesthefirst, Yheti, Of the Trees, KLL BILL, and more
Why: Party right near Yosemite.
Web: www.theuntzfestival.com


River To River

What: River To River
Where: New York, NY
When: June 10-27
Who: Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, The Illustrious Blacks, Damon Davis, and more
Why: River-to-River returns to downtown NYC.
Web: lmcc.net/river-to-river-festival


Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 11 – July 18th
Who: Kishi Bashi, The War and Treaty, Laith Al-Saadi, and more
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


Blue Note Jazz

What: Blue Note Jazz
Where: New York, NY
When: June 15 – August 15
Who: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Chris Botti, Galactic, Robert Glasper, Jacob Collier, Ghost-Note, Brasstracks, Talib Kweli, John Scofield, Eddie Palmieri, Eric Krasno, Digable Planets, and more
Why: Legendary jazz club Blue Note reopens with a bang. See more in our photo galleries here
Web: bluenotejazzfestival.com


SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 17 – September 21
Who: Dawes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Machine Gun Kelly, Indio Girls, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, and more
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 and Harlem’s storied Marcus Garvey Park 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 20 – August 29
Who: Ledisi, Perfume Genius, SF Symphony, Thievery Corporation, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, X, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Thundercat, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tower of Power, Too $hort, Devon Gilfillian, and more
Why: The oldest free-admission festival of its kind in America is of course in San Francisco.
Web: www.sterngrove.org


Rock, Ribs and Ridges

What: Rock, Ribs and Ridges
Where: Augusta, NJ
When: June 25-27
Who: Blackberry Smoke, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, and more
Why: Rock AND Ribs?!?
Web: www.rockribsandridges.com


Summer Roots

What: Summer Roots
Where: Orange County, CA
When: June 26
Who: Fortunate Youth, The Expandables, Pacific Dub, and more
Why: Craft beer & music.
Web: www.summerrootsfest.com

 


July

Live On the Lawn

What: Live On the Lawn
Where: Louisville, KY
When: May 21 – September 14
Who: Billy Strings, Styx, Greensky Bluegrass, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Nelly, Shinedown, Erykah Badu, Sublime With Rome, Dark Star Orchestra, Pop Evil, The Dirty Heads, Black Stone Cherry, and more to be announced
Why: Concerts return to The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.
Web: www.liveonthelawnlou.com


Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 11 – July 18th
Who: Kishi Bashi, The War and Treaty, Laith Al-Saadi, and more
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


Blue Note Jazz

What: Blue Note Jazz
Where: New York, NY
When: June 15 – August 15
Who: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Chris Botti, Galactic, Robert Glasper, Jacob Collier, Ghost-Note, Brasstracks, Talib Kweli, John Scofield, Eddie Palmieri, Eric Krasno, Digable Planets, and more
Why: Legendary jazz club Blue Note reopens with a bang. See more in our photo galleries here
Web: bluenotejazzfestival.com


SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 17 – September 21
Who: Dawes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Machine Gun Kelly, Indio Girls, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, and more
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 and Harlem’s storied Marcus Garvey Park 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 20 – August 29
Who: Ledisi, Perfume Genius, SF Symphony, Thievery Corporation, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, X, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Thundercat, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tower of Power, Too $hort, Devon Gilfillian, and more
Why: The oldest free-admission festival of its kind in America is of course in San Francisco.
Web: www.sterngrove.org


Peach

What: Peach
Where: Scranton, PA
When: July 1-4
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Oysterhead, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Warren Haynes, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Oteil & Friends, Twiddle, Turkuaz, Dark Star Orchestra, Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers, Keller Williams, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Tauk, Aqueous, Nicole Atkins, The Nth Power, and more
Why: Bringing the jam to the home of Joe Biden & Dunder-Mifflin.
Web: www.thepeachmusicfestival.com


Spaceberry

What: Spaceberry
Where: Eureka Springs, AK
When: July 1-3
Who: Tauk, Big Something, and more
Why: Head into Space (or rather, Arkansas)
Web: spaceberryfestival.com


M3 Rock Fest

What: M3 Rock Fest
Where: Columbia, MD
When:
July 2-4
Who: Queensrÿche, Night Ranger, Kix, Accept, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Great White, Heaven’s Edge, Steven Adler, Lita Ford, and more
Why: Rock out at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Web:
m3rockfest.com


Waterfront Blues

What: Waterfront Blues
Where: Portland, OR
When:
July 2-5
Who: Samantha Fish, Marc Broussard, Marchfourth, Ghost-Note, and more
Why: Head to The Lot at Zidell Yards for some Blues.
Web:
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com


Festival d'été de QuébecWhat: Festival d’été de Québec
Where: Québec City, QC, Canada
When: July 8-18
Who: Coeur de Pirate, Men I Trust, Apashe, Jonathan Roy, Steve Hill, and more
Why: The capital of Francophone America hosts a wide but odd collection of acts, from old to young, mainstream to indie, jazz to metal, folk to electronica.
Web: www.feq.ca/en


River & BluesWhat: River & Blues
Where: New York, NY
When:
July 8-29
Who: Nicole Atkins, Devon Gilfillian, and more
Why: Free shows return to Battery Park.
Web:
bpca.ny.gov/home


Festival of the LakesWhat: Festival of the Lakes
Where:
Hammond, IN
When: July 13-18
Who: Old Dominion, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Limp Bizkit, REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar & Friends, Twista, and more
Why: Celebrate the lakes.
Web:
www.festivalofthelakes.com


Rock FestWhat: Rock Fest
Where:
Cadott, WI
When: July 15-17
Who: Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Snoop Dogg, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Anthrax, Motionless In White, Badflower, Steel Panther, Of Mice & Men, Queenrÿche, Memphis May Fire, All That Romans, We Came As Romans, Bones UK, Crobot, and more
Why: “Where We Just Rock”
Web:
www.rock-fest.com


Folk On the Rocks

What: Folk On the Rocks
Where:
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
When: July 16-18
Who: Cartel Madras, The Jerry Cans, Leela Gilday, Partner, Jay Gilday, and more
Why: Head all the way up to the Northwest Territories to get your Folk On the Rocks.
Web:
folkontherocks.com


FloydFest

What: FloydFest
Where: Floyd, VA
When: July 21-25
Who: The Avett Brothers, Billy Strings, Old Crow Medicine Show, Turkuaz, Whiskey Myers, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Molly Tuttle, The Band of Heathens, Nicole Atkins, Devon Gilfillian, Brent Cobb, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Katie Pruitt, Consider the Source, and many more
Why: Americana-jam at FloydFest.
Web: www.floydfest.com


Vision

What: Vision
Where: New York, NY
When: July 22-31
Who: WIlliam Parker, Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell, jaimie branch, David Murray, James Blood Ulmer, Andrew Cyrille, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Ava Mendoza, and more
Why: 25th anniversary of Vision.
Web: www.visionfestival.eventbrite.com


Cheyenne Frontier Days

What: Cheyenne Frontier Days
Where:
Cheyenne, WY
When: July 23-31
Who: Garth Brooks, Thomas Rhett, Cody Johnston, Maren Morris, Eric Church, Kane Brown, Blake Shelton, Rhett Atkins, and more
Why: Go to the West for rodeo & country music.
Web: cfdrodeo.com


Inkcarnation

What: Inkcarnation
Where: Mansfield, OH
When: July 23-25
Who: Slipknot, Mudvayne, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Chevelle, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria, Steel Panther, The Hu, Pop Evil, Fever 333, All That Remains, Pop Evil, Ice Nine Kills, Badflower, Escape the Fate, August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Local H, and more
Why: Music + Tattoo.
Web: inkcarceration.com


Newport Folk

What: Newport Folk
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 23-25 & 26-28
Who: Randy Newman, Beck, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Grace Potter, Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus, Sharon Van Etten, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Waxahatchee, Yola, Billy Strings, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn & William Tyler, Bonny Light Horseman, Deer Tick, Fruit Bats, Shakey Graves, Natalie Hemby, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Devon Gilfillian, Aoife O’Donovan, Joy Oladokun, and more to be announced Read more in our preview here
Why: The festival where Bob Dylan was called “Judas” for going electric is still going strong, with two unique three-day events, and leaving the artist announcements up to the artists (so expect surprises), this unique year. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: www.newportfolk.org


Rolling LoudWhat: Rolling Loud
Where:
Miami, FL
When: July 23-25
Who: A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Dababy, Megan Thee Stallion, Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, Rick Ross, Gunna, Tyga, Gucci Mane, Nav, Lil Skies, Wale, T-Pain, Fett Wap, Curren$y, and more
Why: Miami is Rolling Loud.
Web: www.rollingloud.com


Wonderstruck

What: Wonderstruck
Where: Cleveland, OH
When: July 24-25
Who: Walk the Moon, Portugal. The Man, AJR, Third Eye Blind, Lennon Stella, Trombone Shorty, Noah Cyrus, Tate McRae, Dayglow, JP Saxe, Jade Bird, and more
Why: Live music returns to Cleveland at Lakeland Community College.
Web: www.wonderstruckfest.com


Camp Fuzz

What: Camp Fuzz
Where: Big Indian, NY
When: July 27-30
Who: Dinosaur Jr, Michael Imperioli, Tim Meadows, Negative Approach, and more
Why: Punk rock icons Dinosaur Jr put on a Fuzzy Camp.
Web: www.campfuzz.com


CMA Summer Jam

What: CMA Summer Jam
Where: Nashville, TN
When: July 27-28
Who: Jimmy Allen, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, Dwight Yoakam, and more
Why: CMA throws a big country Summer Jam at Ascend Amphitheater.
Web: cmasummerjam.com


Lollapalooza

What: Lollapalooza
Where: Chicago, IL
When: July 29 – August 1
Who: Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler the Creator, Miley Cyrus, Dababy, Marshmello, Illenium, Journey, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Kaytranada, Brockhampton, Playboi Carti, Young Thug, Limp Bizkit, Modest Mouse, Jack Harlow, Polo G, Trippie Redd, Suicideboys, Alison Wonderland, Slander, Steve Aoki, Brittany Howard, Band of Horses, Jimmy Eat World, Dermot Kennedy, Young the Giant, Lauv, Angels & Airwaves, All Time Low, Mt. Joy, Whitney, Tchami, Freddie Gibbs, The Front Bottoms, Big Wild, Kim Petras, Oliver Heldens, Cash Cash, Oliver Tree, Omar Apollo, Ashe, LP, Tate McRae, Rico Nasty, Jpegmafia, Jacob Banks, White Reaper, Orville Peck, Princess Nokia, Cautious Clay, Dayglow, Elohim, Slowthai, Noga Erez, Hinds, Porches, Black Pistol Fire, Justin Jay, Blossom, and many, many more Read much more in our big preview here
Why: The granddaddy of today’s indie fests returns to bring a hell of a line-up right to Chicago’s Grant Park to save your summer. Read & see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.lollapalooza.com


HARD SUMMER

What: HARD SUMMER
Where: Fontana, CA
When: July 31 – August 1
Who: Future, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Kaytranada, RL Grime, Baauer, 2 Chainz, Skream!, Slushii, A-Trak, and more
Why: HARD returns this SUMMER with some hard beats. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.hardsummer.com


Maha

What: Maha
Where: Omaha, NE
When: July 31
Who: Khruangbin, Thundercat, Japanese Breakfast, Drive-By Truckers, Shovels & Rope, and more
Why: Head to O’Maha.
Web: mahafestival.com


Newport Jazz

What: Newport Jazz
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 31 – August 1
Who: Wynton Marsalis, Andra Day, Khruangbin, Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mavis Staples, Ledisi, Robert Glasper, Andra Day, Cory Wong, Yola, Terri Lyne Carrington, Catherine Russell, and more
Why: While best known for its storied folk festival, little Newport in little Rhode Island has a jazz fest the following weekend to boot!
Web: www.newportjazz.org


BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: July 31 – September 18
Who: Glass Animals, The Roots, Ari Lennox, Wizkid, Skip Marley, Mr. Eazi, Trombone Short, Junglepussy, Buffy Sainte Marie, Vijay Iyer, Lido Pimienta, Yaeji, KAMAUU, San Fermin, Son Little, and more
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! delivers. See our venue review & photos of Prospect Park Bandshell here
Web: www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/bric-celebrate-brooklyn

 


August

Live On the Lawn

What: Live On the Lawn
Where: Louisville, KY
When: May 21 – August 7
Who: Billy Strings, Styx, Greensky Bluegrass, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Nelly, Shinedown, Erykah Badu, Sublime With Rome, Dark Star Orchestra, Pop Evil, The Dirty Heads, Black Stone Cherry, and more to be announced
Why: Concerts return to The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.
Web: www.liveonthelawnlou.com


Blue Note Jazz

What: Blue Note Jazz
Where: New York, NY
When: June 15 – August 15
Who: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Chris Botti, Galactic, Robert Glasper, Jacob Collier, Ghost-Note, Brasstracks, Talib Kweli, John Scofield, Eddie Palmieri, Eric Krasno, Digable Planets, and more
Why: Legendary jazz club Blue Note reopens with a bang. See more in our photo galleries here
Web: bluenotejazzfestival.com


SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 17 – September 21
Who: Dawes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Machine Gun Kelly, Indio Girls, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, and more
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 and Harlem’s storied Marcus Garvey Park 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 20 – August 29
Who: Ledisi, Perfume Genius, SF Symphony, Thievery Corporation, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, X, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Thundercat, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tower of Power, Too $hort, Devon Gilfillian, and more
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: July 29 – August 1
Who: Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler the Creator, Miley Cyrus, Dababy, Marshmello, Illenium, Journey, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Kaytranada, Brockhampton, Playboi Carti, Young Thug, Limp Bizkit, Modest Mouse, Jack Harlow, Polo G, Trippie Redd, Suicideboys, Alison Wonderland, Slander, Steve Aoki, Brittany Howard, Band of Horses, Jimmy Eat World, Dermot Kennedy, Young the Giant, Lauv, Angels & Airwaves, All Time Low, Mt. Joy, Whitney, Tchami, Freddie Gibbs, The Front Bottoms, Big Wild, Kim Petras, Oliver Heldens, Cash Cash, Oliver Tree, Omar Apollo, Ashe, LP, Tate McRae, Rico Nasty, Jpegmafia, Jacob Banks, White Reaper, Orville Peck, Princess Nokia, Cautious Clay, Dayglow, Elohim, Slowthai, Noga Erez, Hinds, Porches, Black Pistol Fire, Justin Jay, BLossom, and many, many more Read much more in our big preview here
Why: The granddaddy of today’s indie fests returns to bring a hell of a line-up right to Chicago’s Grant Park to save your summer. Read & see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.lollapalooza.com


HARD SUMMER

What: HARD SUMMER
Where: Fontana, CA
When: July 31 – August 1
Who: Future, DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Kaytranada, RL Grime, Baauer, 2 Chainz, Skream!, Slushii, A-Trak, and more
Why: HARD returns this SUMMER with some hard beats. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.hardsummer.com


Newport Jazz

What: Newport Jazz
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 31 – August 1
Who: Wynton Marsalis, Andra Day, Khruangbin, Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mavis Staples, Ledisi, Robert Glasper, Andra Day, Cory Wong, Yola, Terri Lyne Carrington, Catherine Russell, and more
Why: While best known for its storied folk festival, little Newport in little Rhode Island has a jazz fest the following weekend to boot!
Web: www.newportjazz.org


BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: July 31 – September 18
Who: Glass Animals, The Roots, Ari Lennox, Wizkid, Skip Marley, Mr. Eazi, Trombone Short, Junglepussy, Buffy Sainte Marie, Vijay Iyer, Lido Pimienta, Yaeji, KAMAUU, San Fermin, Son Little, and more
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! delivers. See our venue review & photos of Prospect Park Bandshell here
Web: www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/bric-celebrate-brooklyn


Magic City Blues

What: Magic City Blues
Where: Billings, MT
When: August 5-7
Who: Samantha Fish, Larkin Poe, Keb’Mo’, G. Love & The Juice, and more
Why: Urban music in the most un-urban of states.
Web: www.magiccityblues.com


Mile of Music

What: Mile of Music
Where: Appleton, WI
When: August 5-8
Who: Jackie Venson, The Accidentals, Seth Walker, The Vegabonds, Cordovas, and more
Why: A Mile of Music comes to Appleton. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: mileofmusic.com


Out of Space

What: Out of Space
Where: Evanston, IL
When: August 5-8 & September 2-5
Who: Emmylou Harris & Los Lobos, Patti Smith, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Caamp, Big Boi, Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, Neko Case, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Son Little, and more
Why: Evanston heads Out of Space.
Web: www.spacepresents.com


Riverfest Fort Madison

What: Riverfest Fort Madison
Where: Fort Madison, IA
When: August 5-8
Who: Lit, Local H, Candlebox, Blessed Union of Souls, and more
Why: Rock out on the river in Iowa.
Web: riverfestfm.com


Hinterland

What: Hinterland
Where: St. Charles, IA
When: August 6-8
Who: The Avett Brothers, Tyler Childers, Leon Bridges, Khruangbin, Black Pumas, Old Crow Medicine Show, CAAMP, Tanya Tucker, Mt. Joy, Elle King, The Marcus King Band, Yola, Shura, Shooter Jennings, Orville Peck, Hamilton Leithauser, and more
Why: Head to America’s Hinterland for this nice festival. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: hinterlandiowa.com


Sweet Pea

What: Sweet Pea
Where: Bozeman, MT
When: August 6-8
Who: Langhorne Slim, Tall Tall Trees, The Jacob Joliff Band, and more
Why: Some Sweet Pea in Montana.
Web: sweetpeafestival.org


Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle RallyWhat: Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle Rally
Where: Sturgis, SD
When: August 6-15
Who: Kid Rock, Reverend Horton Heat, Stone Temple Pilots, Tesla, Vince Neil, ZZ Top, Queensrÿche, Wyonna Judd, Anthrax, Black Label Society, Jackyl, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, P.O.D., Insane Clown Posse, and more
Why: Seriously, why?
Web: www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com


Punk in the Park - Colorado

What: Punk in the Park – Colorado
Where: Denver, CO
When: August 7
Who: Pennywise, The Vandals, H2O, Voodoo Glowskulls, and more
Why: Bring some punk to Sculpture Park.
Web: www.punkintheparkco.com


Secret Stages

What: Secret Stages
Where: Birmingham, AL
When: August 7-8
Who: Allie Baby, Armand Hammer, Banditos, Becca Mancari, Fathom, S.G. Goodman, and more
Why: A mostly free event in Birmingham’s Historic Loft District.
Web: www.secretstages.net


Bellwether

What: Bellwether
Where:
Waynesville, OH
When: August 12-14
Who: To be announced
Why: Southwestern Ohio is a Bellwether.
Web:
bellwetherfest.com


Baja Beach

What: Baja Beach
Where: Rosarita Beach, Mexico
When: August 13-15 & 20-22
Who: J Balvin, Ozuna, Anula AA, Becky G, Karol G, and more
Why: Get down in Mexico’s Baja California.
Web: bajabeachfest.com


Mad Mountain

What: Mad Mountain
Where: Shell, WY
When: August 13-14
Who: Lucii, Ivboo, Veil, Notlo, and more
Why: The Mountains of Wyoming are Mad.
Web: madmountainmusicfestival.com


LOCKN' FARM

What: LOCKN’ FARM
Where: Arrington, VA
When: August 13-14, 20-22, 27-29
Who: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Goose, Tedeschi Trucks, Jon Batiste, Dawes, The Slip, Dr. Dog, Cory Wong, The Marcus King Band, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lettuce, John Medeski & Billy Martin, and more
Why: LOCKN’ expands & returns to the summer with three weekends on the Farm. Read & see much more in our LOCKN’ 2019 recap here
Web: locknfarm.com


Blue Ox

What: Blue Ox
Where: Eau Claire, WI
When: August 19-21
Who: Pert Near Standstone, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Shakey Graves, Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Charlie Parr, Molly Tuttle, Lissie, The Lil Smokies, Lillie Mae, and more
Why: Country jam comes to Wisconsin. Read more in our 2015 recap here
Web: blueoxmusicfestival.com


Gathering of the Juggalos

What: Gathering of the Juggalos
Where: Thornville, OH
When: August 19-21
Who: Insane Clown Posse, Big Hoodoo, Ouija Macc, DJ Clay, and more to be announced
Why: The world is healing: Gathering of the Juggalos is back.
Web: juggalogathering.com


Twilight

What: Twilight
Where:
Salt Lake City, UT
When:
August 19 – September 24
Who: Big Boi, Thundercat, Neon Trees, St. Vincent, Lake Street Dive, STRFKR, and more
Why: Defying your stereotypes about Utah and anything with the world ‘Twilight’ in it, Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park holds a Big Apple-worthy series of concerts at the Gallivan Center.
Web:
twilightconcertseries.com


Psycho Las Vegas

What: Psycho Las Vegas
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: August 20-22
Who: Danzig, Emperor, Down, The Flaming Lips, Cannibal Corpse, Thievery Corporation, Exodus, GZA, Mayhem, Satyricon, Ty Segall, Osees, High On Fire, The Sword, Drab Majesty, Obituary, Poison the Well, Cursive, Red Fang, HEALTH, Pig Destroyer, Cult of Fire, Pinback, Zola Jesus, TSOL, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and many more
Why: Vegas goes Psycho.
Web: www.vivapsycho.com


Railbird

What: Railbird
Where: Lexington, KY
When: August 20-21
Who: My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Khruangbin, The Revivalists, Black Pumas, Midland, Band of Horses, Tanya Tucker, Margo Price, Japanese Breakfast, Colter Wall, The War and Treaty, Sarah Jarosz, Pinegrove, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, and more
Why: New festival with Music. Bourbon. Equine.
Web: www.railbirdfest.com


Summer Camp

What: Summer Camp
Where: Chillicothe, IL
When: August 20-21
Who: Ween, Billy Strings, Three 6 Mafia, GRiZ, Rezz, STS9, Tipper, Dirty Heads, Subtronics, Shpongle, The Wood Brothers, Houndmouth, The Floozies, Lettuce, Cherub, Manic Focus, Emancipator, Clozee, Boogie T, Twiddle, scarypoolparty, Yonder Mountain String Band, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Aqueous, Big Something, Break Science, Dopapod, Keller Williams, Maggie Rose, Papadosio, The Werks, and more
Why: Summer Camp mixes a little something more into its jam.
Web: summercampfestival.com


Hot 97 Summer Jam

What: Hot 97 Summer Jam
Where: East Rutherford, NJ
When: August 22
Who: Saweetie, Rowdy Rebel, Bobby Shmurda, Moneybagg Yo, Swizz Beatz, Meek Mill, Migos, A Boogie, Young Devyn, Mooski, Morray, Yung Bleu, and more
Why: Radio station Hot 87 puts on a hip-hop Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium.
Web: www.hot97.com/summerjam


Backwoods

What: Backwoods
Where:
Mulberry Mountain, AR
When: August 26-29
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Lotus, Ganja White Night, Greensky Bluegrass, G Jones, Opiuo, Shpongle, AC Slater, Andy Frasco & The UN, and more
Why: Jam on the (Mulberry) Mountain.
Web:
backwoodsmusicfestival.com


Be Kind

What: Be Kind
Where:
Concord, VA
When: August 27-28
Who: Bigfoot Country, Five Oaks Fire, Lost Soul Society, Sisters & Brothers, and more
Why: Be Kind at DeVault Vineyards.
Web:
bekindfestival.com


Green River

What: Green River
Where:
Greenfield, MA
When: August 27-29
Who: Jon Batiste, Shakey Graves, Ani DiFranco, Deer Tick, Drive-By Truckers, Valerie June, Watchhouse, Antibalas, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonny Light Horseman, JD McPherson, Charlie Parr, Ghost of Paul Revere, Son Little, and more
Why: This lighter jam-folk fest has hot air balloon rides.
Web:
www.greenriverfestival.com


Wonderbus

What: Wonderbus
Where: Columbus, OH
When: August 28-29
Who: Wilco, Kesha, Grouplove, AJR, Black Pumas, The Band Camino, The Knocks, Bob Moses, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Dreamers, Smallpools, and more
Why: Get on the (Wonder)bus.
Web: www.wonderbusfest.com

 


SeptemberLive On the Lawn

What: Live On the Lawn
Where: Louisville, KY
When: May 21 – September 14
Who: Billy Strings, Styx, Greensky Bluegrass, ZZ Top, Collective Soul, Nelly, Shinedown, Erykah Badu, Sublime With Rome, Dark Star Orchestra, Pop Evil, The Dirty Heads, Black Stone Cherry, and more to be announced
Why: Concerts return to The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.
Web: www.liveonthelawnlou.com


SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: June 17 – September 21
Who: Dawes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Machine Gun Kelly, Indio Girls, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, and more
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 and Harlem’s storied Marcus Garvey Park See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org


BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: July 31 – September 18
Who: Glass Animals, The Roots, Ari Lennox, Wizkid, Skip Marley, Mr. Eazi, Trombone Short, Junglepussy, Buffy Sainte Marie, Vijay Iyer, Lido Pimienta, Yaeji, KAMAUU, San Fermin, Son Little, and more
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! delivers. See our venue review & photos of Prospect Park Bandshell here
Web: www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/bric-celebrate-brooklyn


Twilight

What: Twilight
Where:
Salt Lake City, UT
When:
August 19 – September 24
Who: Big Boi, Thundercat, Neon Trees, St. Vincent, Lake Street Dive, STRFKR, and more
Why: Defying your stereotypes about Utah and anything with the world ‘Twilight’ in it, Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park holds a Big Apple-worthy series of concerts at the Gallivan Center.
Web:
twilightconcertseries.com


Bonnaroo

What: Bonnaroo
Where: Manchester, TN
When: September 2-5
Who: Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler the Creator, Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Grand Ole Opry, Run the Jewels, My Morning Jacket, Lil Baby, deadmau5, G-Eazy, Glass Animals, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Leon Bridges, Young the Giant, Phoebe Bridgers, Deftones, Khruangbin, Young Thug, Incubus, Brittany Howard, Jack Harlow, Andy Frasco, Grace Potter, Flogging Molly, Boombox Cartel, Sylvan Esso, Primus, Big Something, Nelly, Kevin Gates, Greensky Bluegrass, The Struts, The Disco Biscuits, Dashboard Confessional, CAAMP, Julien Baker, Jon Batiste, Troyboi, Larkin Poe, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Marcus King Band, The Band Camino, Colony House, Ekali, Orville Peck, Turkuaz, Pinegrove, Jamila Woods, Waxahatchee, THe Weather Station, and many, many more
Why: The granddaddy of indie-meets-jam & more music festivals celebrates another genre-crossing year.
Web: www.bonnaroo.com


Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: September 2-4, 9-11 & 16-18
Who: Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Chance the Rapper, Dave Chappelle, Dave Matthews Band, Megan Thee Stallion, Jonas Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, 24kGoldn, Kelsea Ballerini, Sheryl Crow, Mammoth WVH, Run the Jewels, Brett Eldredge, G-Eazy, Wilco, Diplo, Pixies, ZZ Top, Modern English, Rise Against, Fitz & The Tantrums, 311, Dirty Heads, Jake Owen, Bleachers, Black Pumas, Big Wild, Flo Rida, Quinn XCII, Lindsey Sterling, Goo Goo Dolls, T-Pain, REO Speedwagon, Ludacris, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greensky Bluegrass, The Struts, O.A.R., Nelly, Cold War Kids, Tank & The Bangas, Turkuaz, Jai Wolf, Styx, Iration, MISSIO, Candlebox, Poi Dog Pondering, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Future Islands, Drive-By Truckers, Everclear, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Sugarhill Gang, The Psychedelic Furs, Indigo Girls, Maddie & Tae, Blackberry Smoke, Jade Bird, Alexander 23, Queensrÿche, Night Ranger, Liz Phair, Better Than Ezra, Buckcherry, Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Hinder, Dead Sara, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Filter, Living Colour, Fishbone, The Weather Station, JD McPherson, Shinyribs, Better Than Ezra, and many, many more
Why: The biggest music festival in the world is also the most mainstream, but there’s so many bands over so many days, bound to be someone you want to see.
Web: summerfest.com


Appaloosa

What: Appaloosa
Where: Front Royal, VA
When: September 3-5
Who: Scythian, Dustbowl Revival, Young Dubliners, and more
Why: Get out of D.C. and get back to the roots.
Web: appaloosafestival.com


BottleRock

What: BottleRock
Where:
Napa Valley, CA
When:
September 3-5
Who: Guns n’ Roses, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, G-Eazy, Run the Jewels, Brandi Carlile, Cage the Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Young the Giant, Maren Morris, Black Pumas, Future Islands, James Murphy, Jimmy Eat World, Finneas, Polo G, Jack Harlow, Milky Chance, Jessie Reyez, Chromeo, Mavis Staples, Jon Batiste, Walk Off the Earth, Digable Planets, Turkuaz, Village People, Gracie Abrams, Matt Nathanson, Hobo Johnson, Lawrence, Hamilton Leithauser, Joywave, Big Freedia, Muna, Atlas Genius, White Reaper, Mondo Cozmo, Meg Myers, North Mississippi Allstars, DeVotchKa, Donna Missal, Reignwolf, Z-Trip, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, The Last Bandoleros, In the Valley Below, and many, many more
Why: The Napa Valley welcomes another year of a great new festival (to go with its great old wine). Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
bottlerocknapavalley.com


Electric Zoo

What: Electric Zoo
Where: Randall’s Island, NY
When: September 3-5
Who: Alesso, Ekali, Zeds Dead, Audien, Kaskade, Tiësto, Adventure Club, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Destructo, Duke Dumont, Galantis, Illenium, JOYRYDE, Loud Luxury, Peekaboo, Subtronics, Zomboy, and more 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. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web:
electriczoofestival.com


Elements

What: Elements
Where: Lakewood, PA
When: September 3-6
Who: GRiZ, Chris Lake, Diplo, Bonobo, Walker & Royce, Ganja White Night, Bob Moses, Claude Von Stroke, Tokimonsta, Rusko, Golf Clap, Manic Focus, and more
Why: Dance on a campground somewhere in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Web: www.elementsfest.us


4848What: 4848
Where: Snowshoe, WV
When: September 3-5
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, Grace Potter, Goose, Legion of Melvin, Galactic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Twiddle, Keller & The Keels, The Motet, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Lil Smokies, Toubab Krewe, and more
Why: Two nights of bluegrass & skiing in West Virginia.
Web: www.4848festival.com


Rocklahoma

What: Rocklahoma
Where: Pryor, OK
When: September 3-5
Who: Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Halestorm, Anthrax, Falling in Reverse, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Sevendust, The Hu, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Badflower, Grandson, Candlebox, Puddle Of Mudd, Stephen Pearcy The Voice Of Ratt, Andrew W.K., Tremonti, Bones UK, Butcher Babies, 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


Freakazoid Robots

What: Freakazoid Robots
Where: El Paso, TX
When: September 4-5
Who: Adventure Club, Alesso, Atliens, Audien, Boogie T, Decadon, Gryffin, Jauz, Joyryde, Lane 8, Riot Ten, Rusko, Shiba San, Slander, Subtronics, Wax Motif, Zhu, and more
Why: Get your Freakazoid on, even if you’re a Robot.
Web: freakazoidrobots.com


Made In America

What: Made In America
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When:
September 4-5
Who: Justin Bieber, Lil Baby, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Kehlani, Young Thug, Bobby Shmurda, Baby Keem, Lil Durk, A$AP Ferg, Moneybagg Yo, Freddie Gibbs, Tinase, and more to be announced
Why: Jay-Z’s doing everything from sports agenting to festivals, such as Philadelphia’s Made In America.
Web:
www.madeinamericafest.com


Full Terror Assault

What: Full Terror Assault
Where: Cave In Rock, IL
When: September 8-11
Who: Exodus, Misery Index, M.O.D., Devourment, Internal Bleeding, Bat, War Curse, Bandit, and more
Why: Behold the Full Terror Assault.
Web: fullterrorassault.com


Park City Song Summit

What: Park City Song Summit
Where: Park City, UT
When: September 8-12
Who: Adia Victoria, Alison Mosshart, Amanda Shires, Anders Osborne, Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus, Bonny Light Horseman, Cedric Bunside, Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers, Devon Gilfillian, Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite, Father John Misty, Fred Armisen, Fruit Bats, Gary Clark Jr., Iron & Wine, Ivan Neville, Jason Isbell, Joe Pug, John Doe, Jonathan Russell, Jonathan Wilson, Josh Ritter, Kamasi Washington, Keller Williams, Langhorne Slim, Leslie Jordan, Lori McKenna, Lucis, Mavis Staples, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ben Jafee, Ryan Bingham, Tank & The Bangas, and more
Why: Labs & performances by songwriters galore.
Web: parkcitysongsummit.com


Blue Ridge

What: Blue Ridge
Where: Danville, VA
When: September 9-12
Who: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Limp Bizkit, Megadeth, A Day To Remember, Rise Against, Lamb of God, Papa Roach, Bush, The Ghost Inside, Falling In Reverse, Halestorm, I Prevail, Chevelle, Seether, Cypress Hill, Gojira, Anthrax, Mastodon, Skillet, Ludacris, Theory of a Deadman, T-Pain, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Body Count, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Underoath, Philip Anselmo & The Illegals, Lil Jon, Beartooth, Rev Run, P.O.D., Clutch, Sabaton, Tech N9ne, Pop Evil, Motionless In White, Badflower, Ice Nine Kills, Sevendust,Testament, Tech N9ne, Pop Evil, Motionless In White, Hatebreed, The Hu, Badflower, Ice Nine Kills, Sevendust, Avatar, August Burns Red, Fever 333, We Came As Romans, Atreyu, All That Remains, Corrosion of Conformity, Escape the Fate, Nonpoint, Miss May I, and many more
Why: Rock out in a big way among the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Web: blueridgerockfest.com


Dancefestopia

What: Dancefestopia
Where: Kansas City, MO
When: September 9-12
Who: GRiZ, Zeds Dead, Rezz, 12th Planet, Boogie T, Borgore, G Jones, Jai Wolf, Lane 8, Peekaboo, Riot Ten, Subtronics, Troyboi, Justin Jay, and more
Why: Get your dance on in the middle of the country.
Web: www.dancefestopia.com


Fisherman's Village

What: Fisherman’s Village
Where: Everett, WA
When: September 9-11
Who: Built To Spill, Lady A, The Microphones, L.A. Witch, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Assertion, Jason Webley, Nite Wave, and more
Why: This Village welcomes more than just a Fisherman.
Web: www.thefishermansvillage.com


Hopscotch

What: Hopscotch
Where: Raleigh, NC
When:
September 9-11
Who: Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dog, Parquet Courts, Archers of Loaf, Caroline Polachek, Hippo Campus, Shannon & The Clams, Helado Negro, Colin Stetson, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Bowerbirds, and more to be announced
Why: The Independent Weekly throws a great fest at venues across Raleigh.
Web:
hopscotchmusicfest.com


Launch

What: Launch
Where: Lancaster, PA
When: September 9-12
Who: To be announced
Why: Music conference & festival in Lancaster, PA.
Web: www.launchmusicconference.com


Basilica Block PartyWhat: Basilica Block Party
Where:
Minneapolis, MN
When: September 10-11
Who: The Avett Brothers, AJR, Spoon, Tate McRae, Motion City Soundtrack, Black Pumas, Jade Bird, and more
Why: Cities 97.1 brings its Basilica Block Party.
Web:
www.basilicablockparty.org


BeachLifeWhat: BeachLife
Where:
Redondo Beach, CA
When: September 10-12
Who: Jane’s Addiction, Cage the Elephant, Counting Crows, Ziggy & Stephen Marley, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Portugal. The Man, Fitz & The Tanrums, Men At Work, The Revivialists, Silversun Pickups, Larkin Poe, Save Ferris, The Wallflowers, Cam, Phosophorescent, Gary Clark Jr., Thievery Corporation, G. Love & Special Sauce, Sugar Ray, English Beat, The White Buffalo, Zella Day, Nicki Bluhm, and more
Why: Enjoy the Redondo BeachLife.
Web:
www.beachlifefestival.com


Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionWhat: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Where:
Bristol, TN
When: September 10-12
Who: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, Blackberry Smoke, Dr. Dog, Yola, The Steeldrivers, and more
Why: Bristol can bring both the rhytm and the roots.
Web:
www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/festival


Pitchfork

What: Pitchfork
Where:
Chicago, IL
When: September 10-12
Who: Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Animal Collective, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, The Fiery Furnaces, Ty Segall, Danny Brown, Cat Power, Waxahatchee, Yaeji, black midi, Jay Electronica, Andy Shauf, Caroline Polachek, Jamila Woods, Hop Along, Kelly Lee Owens, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Yves Tumor, The Weather Station, Faye Webster, Ela Minus, and more
Why: The mother of all online indie music magazines returns for another festival with all the bands they’ve been telling you that you have to hear. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com


Brew Ska Ska

What: Brew Ska Ska
Where: Orange County, CA
When: September 11
Who: Less Than Jake, Hepcat, The Aggrolites, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, and more
Why: Ska + brews. Pick it up, up!
Web: www.ocbrewhaha.com


Moon River

What: Moon River
Where: Chattanooga, TN
When: September 11-12
Who: Wilco, Lord Huron, Drew Holcom & The Neighbors, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Indigo Girls, Hippo Campus, Dawes, Coin, Shovels and Rope, Yola, Molly Tuttle, Madison Cunningham, Rebirth Brass Band, Seratones, The National Parks, American Aquarium, and more
Why: Drew Holcomb brings a festival to Chattanooga. See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: moonriverfestival.com


Shadow of the City

What: Shadow of the City
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: September 11
Who: Bleachers, Japanese Breakfast, Beach Bunny, Claud, and more
Why: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers & fun. & more brings a festival to the Stone Pony in Jersey – in the Shadow of the City.
Web: shadowofthe.city


Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: September 15-19
Who: Ólafur Arnalds, Ravi Coltrane, Charlie Cunningham, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Macy Gray, Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, John Scofield, Joss Stone, Woodkid, and more
Why: Of course Montreal has a classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA


MerleFest

What: MerleFest
Where: Wilkesboro, NC
When: September 16-19
Who: Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks, Melissa Etheridge, Mavis Staples, Margo Price, LeAnn Rimes, Shovels & Rope, JOHNNYSWIM, The Milk Carton Kids, Cordovase, Donna the Buffalo, Happy Traum, Jim Lauderdale, Robbie Fulks, Roy Book Binder, Sam Bush Band, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, and more
Why: Wilkes Community College welcomes MerleFest.
Web: merlefest.org


Born & Raised

What: Born & Raised
Where: Pryor, OK
When: September 17-19
Who: ZZ Top, Cody Jinks, Blackberry Smoke, Lucinda Williams, Randy Rogers, Parker McCollum, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Paul Cauthen, and more
Why: Born & Raised in Oklahoma!
Web: www.bornandraisedfestival.com


Four Chord

What: Four Chord
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
When: September 17
Who: Rise Against, The Used, State Champs, Mayday Parade, The Menzingers, Four Year Strong, The Ataris, and more
Why: Four punk rock Chords.
Web: www.fourchordmusicfestival.com


Imagine

What: Imagine
Where: Atlanta, GA
When:
September 17-19
Who: Excision, GRiZ, Illenium, Kaskade, Gryffin, Madeon, 3LAU, Adventure Club, Riot Ten, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Carnage, Borgore, Charlesthefirst, Clozee, Liquid Stranger, Peekaboo, Subtronics, Shiba San, and more
Why: Imagine all the DJs…
Web: www.imaginefestival.com


Life Is Beautiful

What: Life Is Beautiful
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: September 17-19
Who: Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Dillon Francis, Modest Mouse, Ludacris, LANY, Brittany Howard, Gorgon City, San Holo, Death From Above 1979, J.I.D., All Time Low, HAIM, Ekali, Purity Ring, Illenium, Noah Cyrus, SHAED, Cash Cash, Young Thug, Glass Animals, White Reaper, St. Vincent, 6LACK, and more
Why: Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
lifeisbeautifulfestival.com


Riot

What: Riot Fest
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 17-19
Who: Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Pixies, Faith No More, Coheed and Cambria, Lupe Fiasco, Dropkick Murphys, Machine Gun Kelly, Rancid, Taking Back Sunday, NOFX, DEVO, Vic Mensa, Dirty Heads, Mr. Bungle, Sublime with Rome, New Found Glory, Gogol Bordello, Circle Jerks, Simple Plan, Dinosaur Jr, Motion City Soundtrack, Mayday Parade, Bayside, Thrice, Circa Survive, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Thursday, K.Flay, Andrew W.K., Best Coast, Big Freedia, The Lawrence Arms, Meg Myers, Beach Bunny, Mayday Parade, Pup, Andrew W.K., GWAR, Living Colour, Anti-Flag, Fever 333, Les Savy Fav, Fishbone, The Sounds, Alex G, The Bronx, Joywave, Fucked Up, White Lung, Seratones, Radkey, Skating Polly, and many more
Why: Riot Fest collects punks & more, old & young. Read and see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.riotfest.org


Telluride Blues & Brews

What: Telluride Blues & Brews
Where: Telluride, CO
When: September 17-19
Who: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Buddy Guy, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Larkin Poe, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, North Mississippi Allstars, The Allman Betts Band, Jamestown Revival, Liz Cooper, and more
Why: Have some blues – and some brews.
Web: www.tellurideblues.com


XPoNential

What: XPoNential
Where:
Camden, NJ
When: September 17-19
Who: Tedeschi Trucks, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dawes, Los Lobos, The Record Company, Shovels & Rope, Ani DiFranco, Strand of Oaks, Devon Gilfillian, Nicole Atkins, Adia Victoria, Jade Bird, and more
Why: WXPN 88.5 holds an Americana alt-country fest at Camden’s Waterfront.
Web:
xpnfest.org


Lights On – Bay Area

What: Lights On – Bay Area
Where: Concord, CA
When: September 18-19
Who: H.E.R., Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $ign, Keyshia Cole, Masego, and more
Why: H.E.R. puts on her own festival at Concord Pavilion.
Web: lightsonfest.com/bay-area


Music Midtown

What: Music Midtown
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 18-19
Who: Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, 21 Savage, Dababy, Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Pumas, Jack Harlow, AJR, Yungblud, Bleachers, Lauv, Dashboard Confessional, 24kgoldn, Oliver Tree, Tierra Whack, Omar Apollo, Girl In Red, Tate McRae, Gus Dapperton, 070 Shake, Claud, and many more
Why: Music comes to Midtown Atlanta.
Web: www.musicmidtown.com


Sea.Hear.Now

What: Sea.Hear.Now
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: September 18-19
Who: Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Avett Brothers, Cage the Elephant, Billy Idol, Lord Huron, Dirty Heads, Grouplove, Patti Smith, Orville Peck, The Growlers, Grouplove, Dr. Dog, Phoebe Bridgers, Matt & Kim, Ani DiFranco, Gang of Youths, Tank & The Bangas, Moon Taxi, Reignwolf, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Strand of Oaks, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, White Denim, and more
Why: Rock Asbury Park.
Web:
www.seahearnowfestival.com


Second Sky

What: Second Sky
Where: Berkeley, CA
When: September 18-19
Who: Porter Robinson, Madeon, Jai Wolf, Toro y Moi, Jon Hopkins, and more
Why: Porter Robinson opens up a Second Sky.
Web: secondskyfest.com


AmericanaWhat: Americana
Where: Nashville, TN
When: September 22-25
Who: To be announced
Why: Music festival in Nashville couldn’t be more American(a). Read & see much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: americanamusic.org/about-americanafest


Pop MontrealWhat: Pop Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: September 22-26
Who: To be announced
Why: The artistic alt-SXSW showcases acts based on artistic style, not commercial viability, in the snowy but beautifully European Montreal, with a mix of socially distant in-person shows & online (they can pull this off in Canada…).
Web: www.popmontreal.com/en


Treefort

What: Treefort
Where: Boise, ID
When: September 22-26
Who: Japanese Breakfast, The Marías, Lake Street Dive, Calexico, Andy Shauf, Built To Spill, Larkin Poe, Mdou Moctar, Goth Babe, Tennis, Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, AJJ, Haley Heynderickx, Y La Bamba, The Felice Brothers, Manic Focus, Vundabar, Mannequin Pussy, Habibi, Algiers, Nite Jewel, William Basinski, Xiu Xiu, Open Mike Eagle, Sonny & The Sunsets, Con Brio, Wild Pink, Sofía Valdés, Rosie Tucker, and more
Why: Go to your own private Idaho for Treefort.
Web: treefortmusicfest.com


Delfest

What: Delfest
Where: Cumberland, MD
When: September 23-26
Who: Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Leftover Salmon, Watchhouse, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae, and more to be announced
Why: Del McCoury rolls out the bluegrass red carpet.
Web:
delfest.com


Firefly

What: Firefly
Where: Dover, DE
When: September 23-26
Who: Billie Eilish, The Killers, Tame Impala, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Cage the Elephant, Roddy Ricch, Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly, Diplo, Glass Animals, Portugal. The Man, Sylvan Esso, Khruangbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Rezz, Nelly, Blackbear, Madeon, Sofi Tukker, Chris Lake, Big Wild, Duke Dumont, Caribou, Taking Back Sunday, Band of Horses, Judah & The Lion, Denzel Curry, Girl In Red, Mt. Joy, Badflower, Aluna, Elohim, White Reaper, Atlas Genius, Duckwrth, and many more
Why: Delaware delivers in the presidential game and the festival game. Read & see much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: fireflyfestival.com


Goner

What: Goner
Where: Memphis, TN
When:
September 23-26
Who: The Spits, Reigning Sound, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Negative Approach, Nots, Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks, Henry Rollins, Gregg Turner, and more
Why: Goner Fest brings a weekend of rock ‘n’ roll to Memphis.
Web:
goner-records.com/collections/gonerfest-18


Louder Than Life

What: Louder Than Life
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 23-26
Who: Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Judas Priest, Snoop Dogg, Jane’s Addiction, Staind, Mudvayne, Machine Gun Kelly, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Gojira, Ghostemane, Seether, Pennywise, The Distillers, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Sevendust, Skillet, The Hu, Code Orange, Fever 333, Helmet, Escape the Fate, Dead Sara, Ice Nine Kills, Badflower, Red Fang, and many more
Why: Louisville is Louder Than Life.
Web:
louderthanlifefestival.com


Cold Waves

What: Cold Waves
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 24-26
Who: Front 242, Clipping., Stabbing Westward, Consolidated, Youth Code, Actors, Bootblacks, and more
Why: A Cold Wave of goth passes over the Windy City. See much more in our 2018 photo gallery here
Web: www.coldwaves.net


Governors Ball

What: Governors Ball
Where: New York, NY
When: September 24-26
Who: Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, DaBaby, J Balvin, 21 Savage, Rüfüs Du Sol, Megan Thee Stallion, Ellie Goulding, Leon Bridges, Phoebe Bridgers, Young Thug, Portugal. The Man, Pink Sweat$, BurnaBoy, 24kGoldn, King Princess, Carly Rae Jepsen, Future Islands, Aminé, Jamie xx, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Big Thief, Smino, EarthGang, Cordae, Duck Sauce, Sasha Sloan, Bleachers, Princess Nokia, Orville Peck, A R I Z O N A, Bachelor, MUNA, 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

Lost Lands

What: Lost Lands
Where: Legend Valley, OH
When: September 24-26
Who: Excision, 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Boogie T, Diesel, G Jones, Ganja White Night, GRiZ, Liquid Stranger, NGHTMRE, Peekaboo, Rusko, Slander, Subtronics, Sullivan King, Zomboy, Canabliss, and more
Why: Excision brings the DJs to Ohio.
Web:
www.lostlandsfestival.com


Ohana

What: Ohana
Where: Dana Point, CA
When: September 24-26
Who: Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, My Morning Jacket, Black Pumas, The Frames, Yola, Sharon Van Etten, Spoon, Durand Jones & The Indications, CAAMP, Mac DeMarco, Jade Bird, Cold War Kids, The Regrettes, Plague Vendor, Wild Belle, Real Estate, Shovels & Rope, Brian Fallon, Kevin Garrett, Son Little, and more
Why: Doheny State Beach welcomes some nice sounds to the shore.
Web:
www.theohanafest.com


Punk Rock Bowling

What: Punk Rock Bowling
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: September 24-26
Who: DEVO, Descendents, Circle Jerks, Frank Turner, Streelight Manifesto, The Menzingers, Leftover Crack, Murder City Devils, The Lawrence Arms, Gorilla Biscuits, ALL, Anti-Flag, The Bronx, The English Beat, and more
Why: Las Vegas takes the punks bowling.
Web: www.punkrockbowling.com


Rebel Rock

What: Rebel Rock
Where: Orlando, FL
When: September 24-26
Who: The Used, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Gun Kelly, Lip Bizkit, Volbeat, P.O.D., Sevendust, Anti-Flag, All That Remains, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Legends of Wu-Tang, Philip H. Andselmo & The Illegals, Skillet, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Hatebread, August Burns Red, Escape the Fate, Nonpoint, Miss May I, and more
Why: Rebels Rock Orlando.
Web: rebelrockfest.com


Afropunk Atlanta

What: Afropunk Atlanta
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 25-26
Who: Wale & The Ppl, Smino, Rico Nasty, Dungeon Family’s KP The Great & Friends, Tems, Fousheé, serpentwithfeet, Tkay Maidza, Amindi, Liv.e, Hollow Sinatra, and Lesibu Grand, with more to be announced
Why: Afropunk heads down south.
Web: afropunk.com/festival/atlanta


Decibel Metal & Beer

What: Decibel Metal & Beer
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: September 25-26
Who: Converge, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, and more
Why: Decibel Magazine puts together metal and beer at Fillmore Philadelphia.
Web:
www.decibelmagazine.com/events/metalandbeerfest


Farm Aid

What: Farm Aid
Where: Hartford, CT
When: September 25
Who: Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Time Reynolds, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bettye Lavette, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and more
Why: The Redheaded Stranger keeps America growing.
Web: www.farmaid.org/festival


Hyde Park Jazz

What: Hyde Park Jazz
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 25-26
Who: Ben Goldberg, Geof Bradfield, Xavier Davis, Tomeka Reid, Regina Carter, Miguel Zenon, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ken Vandermark, and more
Why: Hepcats head to Hyde Park.
Web:
www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org


Knotfest

What: Knotfest
Where: Indianola, IA
When: September 25
Who: Slipknot, Faith No More, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Gojira, Trivium, Tech N9ne, Fever 33, and more
Why: Slipknot throws a festival.
Web: www.knotfest.com


Pilgrimage

What: Pilgrimage
Where: Franklin, TN
When: September 25-26
Who: Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris, Cage the Elephant, Khruangbin, Black Pumas, Amos Lee, Tanya Tucker, Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival, Tank & The Bangas, Valerie June, JD McPherson, Better Than Ezra, Low Cut Connie, Katie Pruitt, Morgan Wade, Dylan LeBlanc, Jimbo Mathus, and more
Why: Make a Pilgrimage to Tennessee.
Web:
pilgrimagefestival.com


Woodsist

What: Woodsist
Where: Accord, NY
When: September 25-26
Who: Yo La Tengo, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, Kevin Morby, Woods, Steve Gunn, and more
Why: Woodsist Records throws their party at Arrowood Farms.
Web: www.woodsist.com/product/woodsist-festival-2021


Brooklyn Comes Alive

What: Brooklyn Comes Alive
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: September 26
Who: To be announced
Why: Brooklyn Comes Alive at Brooklyn Mirage.
Web: www.brooklyncomesalive.com


French QuarterWhat: French Quarter
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: September 30 – October 3
Who: T’Canaille, Babineaux Sisters Band, Soul Creole, Joe Hall & The Can Cutters, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Preservation Brass, Lena Prima, Kermut Ruffins, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tank & The Bangas, and more to be announced
Why: Nobody does music or festivals like the French Quarter. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: frenchquarterfest.org

 


October

French Quarter

What: French Quarter
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: September 30 – October 3
Who: T’Canaille, Babineaux Sisters Band, Soul Creole, Joe Hall & The Can Cutters, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Preservation Brass, Lena Prima, Kermut Ruffins, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tank & The Bangas, and more to be announced
Why: Nobody does music or festivals like the French Quarter. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: frenchquarterfest.org


Austin City Limits

What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 1-3 & 8-10
Who: George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Rüfüs Du Sol, Dababy, Erykah Badu, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Machine Gun Kelly, Black Pumas, Greta Van Fleet, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Phoebe Bridgers, Jack Harlow, Band of Horses, Jon Pardi, Bleachers, Future Islands, Polo G, Alison Wonderland, Madeon, Lane 8, Chris Lake, Finneas, Chet Faker, Dermot Kennedy, Jon Batiste, Dayglow, Missio, Freddie Gibbs, Tanya Tucker, Moses Sumney, Omar Apollo, Tate McRae, White Reaper, Gracie Abrams, Durand Jones & The Indications, Hinds, The Hu, Heartless Bastards, Tkay Maizda, Asleep At the Wheel, Claud, Mother Mother, Riders Against the Storm, and many, many more
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 2019 recap here
Web: www.aclfestival.com


Gasparilla

What: Gasparilla
Where: Tampa, FL
When: October 1-3
Who: To be announced
Why: Southern Florida’s nice early fest – perhaps the last festival to happen in 2020 before everything shut down – returns for 2021 in the late fall. Read & see more in QRO’s 2021 recap here
Web: gasparillamusic.com


Interstellar Meltdown

What: Interstellar Meltdown
Where: Ozark, AR
When: October 1-3
Who: Jack Harlow, Louis the Child, Liquid Stranger, Big Gigantic, The Glitch Mob, Emancipator, Ghostland Observatory, Lettuce, Magic City Hippies, Manic Focus, Masked Wolf, Whethan, and more to be announced
Why: EDM comes to Mulberry Mountain in the Ozarks.
Web: interstellarmeltdown.com


LOCKN'

What: LOCKN’
Where: Arrington, VA
When: October 1-3
Who: To be announced
Why: LOCKN’ the jam. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.locknfestival.com


Sand Jam

What: Sand Jam
Where: Panama City, FL
When: October 1-3
Who: The Killers, Shinedown, AJR, The Struts, Coin, Dawes, Rival Sons, Pete Yorn, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, American Authors, K.Flay, SHAED, and more
Why: Jam on the Sand of Panama City Beach.
Web: sandjamfest.com


Broccoli City

What: Broccoli City
Where:
Washington, D.C.
When: October 2
Who: Lil Baby, Snoh Aalegra, Moneybagg Yo, Soulection, and more
Why: Hip-hop comes to RFK Stadium.
Web: www.bcfestival.com


Lost In Riddim

What: Lost In Riddim
Where: Sacramento, CA
When: October 2-3
Who: Wizkid, Burna Boy, GoldLink, Koffee, and more
Why: Get Lost In Riddim.
Web: lostinriddim.com


Shoals

What: Shoals
Where: Florence, AL
When: October 2-3
Who: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Drive-By Trucker, Lucinda Williams, Amanda Shires, Centro-Matic, Cedric Burnside, and more
Why: That Muscle Shoals sound.
Web: shoalsfest.net


Philly Music

What: Philly Music
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: October 6-10
Who: The Menzingers, Sandy (Alex G), Hop Along, Son Little, Spirit of the Beehive, and more
Why: You know you love Philly Music.
Web: phillymusicfest.com


Aftershock

What: Aftershock
Where: Sacramento, CA
When: October 7-10
Who: Metallica, Misfits, Rancid, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Volbeat, Machine Gun Kelly, Rise Against, Seether, Gojira, Mastodon, LIVE, Anthrax, Pennywise, Skillet, Killswitch Engage, The Pretty Reckless, Suicidal Tendencies, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, Pop Evil, Body Count, Steel Panther, Badflower, Thursday, Yelawolf, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, Limp Bizkit, and more
Why: Today’s hard rock comes to the capitol of the Bear Republic.
Web: www.aftershockconcert.com


Hillberry

What: Hillberry
Where: Eureka Springs, AR
When:
October 8-10
Who: Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, and more to be announced
Why: Railroad Earth brings a harvest festival to Arkansas.
Web: hillberryfestival.com


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: October 8-17
Who: Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, The Black Crowes, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, Ludacris, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Wu-Tang Clan feat. The Soul Rebels, Ziggy Marley, The Revivalists, Brittany Howard, Randy Newman, Irma Thomas, Melissa Etheridge, The Isley Brothers, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Boz Scaggs, Tank & The Bangas, Big Freedia, Chris Isaak, Keb’ Mo’, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Samantha Fish, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Shovels & Rope, Cyril Neville, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Asleep at the Wheel, Arturo Sandoval, Kermit Ruffins, Martha Redbone, Ricky Skaggs, Ivan Neville, Charlie Musselwhite, Anders Osborne, Terri Lyne Carrington, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Puss N Boots, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and more to be announced
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com


Wildwood Revival

What: Wildwood Revival
Where: Arnoldsville, GA
When: October 8-10
Who: Jenny Lewis, Sharon Van Etten, Hiss Golden Messenger, John Moreland, White Denim, Bones of J.R. Jones, Tré Burt, Elizabeth Cook, Early James, and more to be announced
Why: It’s a Revival at Cloverleaf Farm.
Web:
wildwoodrevival.com


MondoWhat: Mondo
Where: New York, NY
When: October 12-15
Who: To be announced
Why: From the creators of the late 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


Dirtybird Campout

What: Dirtybird Campout
Where: Waterford, CA
When: October 15-17
Who: Boys Noize, Carl Craig, Claude Vonstroke, Codes, Digable Planets, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Justin Jay, Kid Koala, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and more
Why: DJs come to Modesto Reservoir.
Web: www.dirtybirdcampout.com/west


Huichica

What: Huichica
Where: Sonoma, CA
When: October 15-16
Who: Mac DeMarco, Yo La Tengo, Devendra Banhart, Whitney, Cass McCombs, Wet, Vetiver, Bedouine, Kelley Stoltz, The Entrance Band, Lia Ices, 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: sonoma.huichica.com


Monsters On the Mountain

What: Monsters On the Mountain
Where: Pigeon Forge, TN
When: October 15-17
Who: Tesla, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Winger, Slaughter, Firehouse, Eclipse, Bulletboys, Vixen, Kingdom Come, Native Sons, and more to be announced
Why: Monsters of rock summit the Mountain.
Web: www.monstersonthemountain.com


Utopia

What: Utopia
Where: Burnet, TX
When: October 15-16
Who: Rubblebucket, Shinyribs, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Mikeala Davis, and more
Why: Head to Utopia: Down In the Oaks. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.utopiafest.com


All Things Go Fall Classic

What: All Things Go Fall Classic
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: October 16
Who: HAIM, St. Vincent, Charli XCX, Lauv, Girl In Red, Cautious Clay, Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy, Gus Dapperton, and more
Why: All Things Go holds its Fall Classic at D.C.’s Union Market. See more in our 2018 photo gallery here
Web: www.allthingsgofallclassic.com


Lights On – Brooklyn

What: Lights On – Brooklyn
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: October 21-22
Who: H.E.R., Maxwell, 6LACK, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, and more
Why: H.E.R. puts on her second own festival at Barclays Center.
Web: lightsonfest.com


Chain

What: Chain
Where: Irvine, CA
When: October 23
Who: Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, Saves the Day, Anberlin, and more
Why: Enjoy some emo.
Web: www.chainfest.co


The Buku Project - Planet B

What: The Buku Project – Planet B
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: October 22-23
Who: Megan Thee Stallion, ILLENIUM, Machine Gun Kelly, Playboi Carti, Kaytranada, Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, Jamie xx, EARTHGANG, Ghostemane, Subtronics, Remi Wolf, Slowthai, and more
Why: The Buku Project brings electronica & more to Planet B. Read & see much more in our 2015 Buku Project recap here
Web: thebukuproject.com


Electric Daisy Carnival

What: Electric Daisy Carnival
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: October 22-24
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


Shaky Knees

What: Shaky Knees
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: October 22-24
Who: Stevie Nicks, Run the Jewels, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Alice Cooper, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Portugal. The Man, Phoebe Bridgers, O.A.R., Royal Blood, Dermot Kennedy, Ty Segall, IDLES, Orville Peck, The Aces, The Hives, Jay Electronica, Living Colour, Tennis, Larkin Poe, White Reaper, Mercury Rev, Delta Spirit, Black Pistol Fire, Cults, Local H, Cloud Nothings, Black Midi, and many more
Why: Limbs quake for another amazing year. Read & see more in our 2019 recap here
Web: shakykneesfestival.com


III Points

What: III Points
Where: Miami, FL
When: October 22-23
Who: The Strokes, Wu-Tang Clan, Rüfüs Du Sol, Eric Prydz, Jamie xx, Kaytranada, ZHU, Khruangbin, Three 6 Mafia, Thundercat, slowthai, Maceo Plex, Virgil Abloh, Marc Rebillet, Channel Tres, Washed Out, Devendra Banhart, Moses Sumney, Alex G, Whomadewho, Kelly Lee Owens, Boy Harsher, William Basinski, Yves Tumor, Mount Kimbie, Ela Minus, and many more
Why: Miami covers all the Points.
Web: iiipoints.com


S.S. Neverender

What: S.S. Neverender
Where: Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas
When: October 25-29
Who: Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Andrew W.K., The Dear Hunter, Cloud Nothings, SHeer Mag, Torche, Peelander-Z, and more
Why: Coheed and Cambria and more take to the high seas.
Web: ssneverender.com


Levitation

What: Levitation
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 28-31
Who: Japanese Breakfast, Thundercat, The Black Angels, Chicano Batman, Red Fang, The Hives, Andy Shauf, Tinariwen, Fuzz, Nothing, Starcrawler, Black Midi, Yves Tumor, SASAMI, Shannon & The Clams, A Place To Bury Strangers, Boy Harsher, Frankie Rose, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Shabazz Palaces, Connan Mockasin, Drab Majesty, Post Animal, Calliope Musicals, Cloud Nothings, L.A. Witch, Octopus Project, No Joy, La Luz, Holy Wave, Acid Dad, and more to be announced
Why: Levitation comes 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 2018 recap here
Web: levitation-austin.com


Rolling Loud - New YorkWhat: Rolling Loud – New York
Where:
New York, NY
When: October 28-30
Who: Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Lil Tjay, Playboi Carti, Gunna, Lil Durk, Kodak Black, A$AP Ferg, Nav, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Jack Harlow, Lil Yachty, Rod Wave, Sheck Wes Wale, Polo G, Moneybagg Yo, The Diplomats, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Young M.A., Chief Keef, Dreezy, Lil Keed, J.I., J.I.D, Fetty Wap, Rico Nasty, and many more
Why: New York’s Citi Field is Rolling Loud.
Web: www.rollingloud.com


Suwannee Hulaween

What: Suwannee Hulaween
Where: Live Oak, FL
When: October 28-31
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Leon Bridges, Khruangbin, Zeds Dead, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bonobo, Chris Lake, Claude Vonstroke, Jungle, Lane 8, Lettuce, Lotus, Turkuaz, Break Science, Cautious Clay, Dumpstaphunk, Durand Jones & The Indications, Eric Krasno, The Floozies, Manic Focus, Tank & The Bangas, and more to be announced
Why: A strong combination of jam & EDM on Hulaween
Web: suwanneehulaween.com


Fest 19

What: Fest 19
Where: Gainesville, FL
When: October 29-31
Who: Hot Water Music, Gorilla Biscuits, Frank Turner, The Lawrence Arms, Murder By Death, Samiam, The Wonder Years, Torche, Teenage Bottlerocket, Strike Anywhere, A Wilhem Scream, Tim Barry, The Appleseed Cast, Mustard Plug, Cobra Skulls, Sheer Mag, Chris Gethard, Into It. Over It., and more to be announced
Why: Punk of all stripes returns to north Florida after Halloween.
Web:
www.thefestfl.com


Freaky Deaky

What: Freaky Deaky
Where:
Houston, TX
When: October 29-30
Who: 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Claude Vonstroke, Crizzly, deadmau5, Excision, Galantis, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Infected Mushroom, Said the Sky, Troyboi, Wax Motif, Zeds Dead, and more to be announced
Why: Get Freaky Deaky in Houston.
Web:
freakydeaky.com


Outside Lands

What: Outside Lands
Where:
San Francisco, CA
When: October 29-31
Who: Tame Impala, Lizzo, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, Vampire Weekend, J Balvin, Rüfüs Du Sol, Kehlani, Zhu, Young Thug, Khruangbin, Beach House, Bonobo, Nelly, Brittany Howard, Burna Boy, Melanie Martinez, Big Thief, Troyboi, Angel Olsen, Sofi Tukker, Sharon Van Etten, A R I Z O N A, JPEGmafia, Dr. Dog, Shiba San, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, Moses Sumney, The Hu, HINDS, The Soul Rebels, Caroline Polachek, Yves Tumor, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Julia Jacklin, The Beths, and more
Why: San Francisco’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park plays host to another year of Outside Lands, with three days of an incredible line-up. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
www.sfoutsidelands.com

 


November & December

Astroworld

What: Astroworld
Where: Houston, TX
When: November 5-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Travis Scott brings back his Astroworld.
Web: www.astroworldfest.com


ATLive

What: ATLive
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: November 5-6
Who: Metallica, George Strait, Cage the Elephant, Eric Church, Greta Van Fleet, and more
Why: Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Statium is Live.
Web: mercedesbenzstadium.com/atlive


Punk in the Park

What: Punk in the Park
Where: Orange County, CA
When: November 6-7
Who: Pennywise, Face To Face, Strung Out, H2O, Voodoo Glowskulls, and more
Why: Bring some punk to Oak Canyon Park.
Web: www.punkinthepark.com


Electric Zoo Cancun

What: Electric Zoo Cancun
Where: Cancun, Mexico
When: November 11-14
Who: Steve Aoki, NGHTMRE, Kaskade, Diplo, Alesso, Cash Cash, Adventure Club, and more to be announced
Why: This is why you should fly to Cancun.
Web: pollen.co/x/ezoo-cancun-spring-2021-1


Freakout

What: Freakout
Where: Seattle, WA
When: November 11-14
Who: Cedric Burnside, Liz Cooper, The Seeds, Big Business, The Mystery Lights, Matthew Dear, Acid Tongue, The Vacant Lots, White Mystery, No Joy, Pearl Charles, Zopa, and more
Why: This is why you should fly to Cancun.
Web: www.the-freakout.com


Rockville

What: Rockville
Where: Jacksonville, FL
When: November 11-14
Who: Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Cypress Hill, Social Distortion, Staind, Mudvayne, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Stone Temple Pilots, Architects, Pennywise, Asking Alexandria, Anthrax, Falling In Reverse, GWAR, Beartooth, Dorothy, Dead Sara, Starset, Badflower, Sleeping With Sirens, Code Orange, Fever 333, Ice Nine Kills, Amigo the Devil, Atreyu, New Years Day, Dance Gavin Dance, Of Mice & Men, and many more
Why: Do go back to Rockville.
Web: www.welcometorockvillefestival.com


Day N Vegas

What: Day N Vegas
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: November 12-14
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Tyler the Creator, SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Doja Cat, Saweetie, DaBaby, YG, Ari Lennox, Polo G, Isaiah Rashad, Thundercat, Flatbush Zombies, $uicideboy$, Joey Bada$$, Majid Jordan, Freddie Gibbs, 24kGoldn, Denzel Curry, Earl Sweatshirt, Rico Nasty, Tinashe, Toosii, Madlib, and more
Why: Celebrate more than one Day N Vegas.
Web: daynvegas2021.com


Desert Daze

What: Desert Daze
Where: Pioneertown, CA
When: November 12-14
Who: The War On Drugs, Kamasi Washington, Toro Y Moi, Tim Heidecker & Weyes Blood, Devendra Banhart, Japanese Breakfast, Ty Segall, Andy Shauf, Yves Tumor, DIIV, The Budos Band, The Black Angels, Moon Duo, Sudan Archives, SASAMI, Deap Vally, La Luz, and more
Why: Head to Poppy & Harriet’s for a long weekend with the Desert and the Daze. Read more in our 2017 recap here
Web: desertdaze.org


EDC Orlando

What: EDC Orlando
Where: Orlando, FL
When: November 12-14
Who: AC Slater, Afrojack, R3HAB, Armin Van Buuren, Cash Cash, Code Black, Diesel, Elephante, Excision, G Jones, Galantis, Green Velvet, Hot Since 82, Jauz, JOYRYDE, Kaskade, Kygo, Liquid Stranger, Loud Luxury, Louis the Child, NGHTMRE, Paul Van Dyk, Said the Sky, Subtronics, Tchami, Tiësto, Vintage Culture, Zedd, and many more
Why: Electric Daisy Carnival is made for South Florida.
Web: orlando.electricdaisycarnival.com


Melissa Etheridge Cruise

What: Melissa Etheridge Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas
When: November 12-18
Who: AC Slater, Afrojack, R3HAB, Armin Van Buuren, Cash Cash, Code Black, Diesel, Elephante, Excision, G Jones, Galantis, Green Velvet, Hot Since 82, Jauz, JOYRYDE, Kaskade, Kygo, Liquid Stranger, Loud Luxury, Louis the Child, NGHTMRE, Paul Van Dyk, Said the Sky, Subtronics, Tchami, Tiësto, Vintage Culture, Zedd, and many more
Why: Electric Daisy Carnival is made for South Florida.
Web: www.themelissaetheridgecruise.com


Tortuga

What: Tortuga
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
When: November 12-14
Who: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Pitbull, Barenaked Ladies, Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell, Kip Moore, Vanilla Ice, Jimmie Allen, Locash, Rita Wilson, Ingrid Andress, and more
Why: For spring break (in the fall this year), go country in Ft. Lauderdale. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.tortugamusicfestival.com


Holy Ship!

What: Holy Ship!
Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico
When: December 3-7
Who: Alison Wonderland, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Lake, Madeon, Marc Rebillet, Nora En Pure, Seth Troxler, Subtronics, ZHU, 12th Planet, A-Trak, Chromeo, Wax Motif, Chet Porter, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: holyship.com


Orange Blossom Revue

What: Orange Blossom Revue
Where: Lake Wales, FL
When: December 3-4
Who: Blackberry Smoke, The Wood Brothers, The Steel Drivers, Hayes Carll, Devon Gilfillian, Nicki Bluhm, The Hummingbirds, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: www.orangeblossomrevue.com


Rolling Loud - California

What: Rolling Loud – California
Where:
San Bernardino, CA
When: December 10-12
Who: Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, French Montana, Gunna, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Don Toliver, Gucci Mane, Swae Lee, Lil Durk, 2 Chainz, Jack Harlow, Moneybagg Yo, Curren$y, Aminé, Lil Yachty, Action Bronson, Soulja Boy, Lil Skies, Yung Gravy, Rico Nasty, and many more
Why: California is Rolling Loud.
Web: www.rollingloud.com


Once Upon at Time in L.A.

What: Once Upon at Time in L.A.
Where:
Los Angeles, CA
When: December 18
Who: Al Green, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, The Game, YG, Ice Cube, The Isley Brothers, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Cypress Hill, Three Six Mafia, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Xzibit, Morris Day, and many more
Why: Once Upon at Time there were rappers & more in L.A.
Web: www.onceuponatimeinlafest.com

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