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
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
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, Joyce Manor, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, Turnover, 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
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, Joyce Manor, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, Turnover, 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, Bleachers, Fred Armisen, 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 many more
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 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, 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, Porches, Black Pistol Fire, Justin Jay, Blossom, G Herbo, and many, many more
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 much more in our big 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
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, Joyce Manor, Lake Street Dive, Chris Botti, Patti Smith, Antibalas, Ginuwine, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wynton Marsalis, Ani DiFranco, Erin Rae, Turnover, 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, 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, Porches, Black Pistol Fire, Justin Jay, Blossom, G Herbo, and many, many more
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 much more in our big 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


Little Island

What: Little Island
Where: New York, NY
When: August 11 – September 5
Who: Ali Stroker, Julius Eastman, Devonté Hynes, Matt Rogers, Bowen Yang, Flor de Toloache, Dulce Sloan, Pat Regan, The Westerlies, John Early, Jo Firestone, and more
Why: The Big Apple’s newest island has a series of free events.
Web: littleisland.org/nyc-free-2021


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


Blended – Nashville

What: Blended – Nashville
Where: Nashville, TN
When: August 13-14
Who: Kaskade, Lil Jon, Bryce Vine, Blanco Brown, and more
Why: Blend music, wine, and culinary in Nashville.
Web: www.blendedfestival.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


Hip-Hop in NYC

What: Hip-Hop in NYC
Where: New York, NY
When: August 16-20
Who: KRS-One, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Big Daddy Kane, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Slick Rick, Pharoahe Monch, Desiigner, EPMD, and many more
Why: To celebrate the return of the NYC summer, the city brings hip-hop to the boroughs – for free!
Web: www.tixr.com/groups/nychomecoming


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, Chris Hansen, Danny Brown, Blahzay Roze, Dayton Family, DJ Clay, DJ Paul, and more
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


We Love NYC

What: We Love NYC
Where: New York, NY
When: August 21
Who: Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean, Kane Brown, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen, Cynthia Erivo, Don Lemon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Lucky Daye, Elvis Costello, Gayle King, Jennifer Hudson, Jimmy Fallon, Journey, Jon Batiste, The Killers, LL COOL J, The New York Philharmonic, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Polo G, Maluma, Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, and many more
Why: The Big Apple celebrates NYC getting through COVID with a giant free festival on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Read & see more in our recap here
Web: www.homecoming2021.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


Beyond Wonderland

What: Beyond Wonderland
Where:
San Bernadino, CA
When: August 27-28
Who: Alison Wonderland, Carl Craig, Code Black, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dubfire, Ducky, Flosstradamus, Gryffin, Infected Mushroom, Jack Beats, Paul Oakenfold, Subtronics, Tiësto, Umek, VNSSA, and more
Why: Go Beyond Wonderland.
Web:
socal.beyondwonderland.com


Breakaway – Michigan

What: Breakaway – Michigan
Where: Grand Rapids, MI
When: August 27-28
Who: Illenium, Quinn XCII, Gryffin, Chelsea Cutler, Big Wild, Madeon, Loud Luxury, and more
Why: Spin it up and Breakaway in Michigan.
Web: breakawayfestival.com/michigan


Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, presented by Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage

What: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, presented by Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: August 27-29
Who: Vincent Herring, Donald Harrison Quartet, Willie Jones III, Gary Bartz, Harlem Symphony Orchestra, Donald Vega, Bobby Watson, Endea Owens, David Kikoski, Justin Robinson, Yashushi Nakamura, Sapporo, Carl Allen, Erena Terakubo, Antonio Hart, Godwin Louis, Miki Yamanaka, Sarah Hanahan, Alex Ayala, Vince Ector, and more
Why: A celebration of the 100th birthday of jazz great Charlie “Bird” Parker at Harlem’s storied Marcus Garvey Park. See more in our photo gallery here
Web:
cityparksfoundation.org/charlieparker


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


Brewdog General Mayhem

What: Brewdog General Mayhem
Where: Winchester, OH
When: August 28
Who: Dr. Dog, Superchunk, The Get Up Kids, and more
Why: Brewdog Brewing throws some General Mayhem.
Web: shopusa.brewdog.com/pages/agm


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
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


Little Island

What: Little Island
Where: New York, NY
When: August 11 – September 5
Who: Ali Stroker, Julius Eastman, Devonté Hynes, Matt Rogers, Bowen Yang, Flor de Toloache, Dulce Sloan, Pat Regan, The Westerlies, JOhn Early, Jo Firestone, and more
Why: The Big Apple’s newest island has a series of free events.
Web: littleisland.org/nyc-free-2021


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 UPDATE: Canceled due to damage from Hurricane Ida
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, 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


Breakaway – Columbus

What: Breakaway – Columbus
Where: Columbus, OH
When: September 3-4
Who: Kygo, Illenium, Chelsea Cutler, 24kgoldn, Gryffin, Madeon, Channel Tres, Sofi Tukker, Elderbrook, Alexander 23, and more
Why: Spin it up and Breakaway in Ohio.
Web: breakawayfestival.com/ohio



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
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


Lost In Dreams

What: Lost In Dreams
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: September 4-5
Who: Elephante, Gryffin, Autograf, Washed Out, and more
Why: Get Lost In Dreams in Vegas.
Web: www.lostindreamsfestival.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
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. See more in our photo gallery here
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, Garcia Peoples, and more
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: Smokepurpp, Ice Nine Kills, and more
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


Blended – Austin

What: Blended – Austin
Where: Austin, TX
When: September 10-11
Who: Kaskade, 3LAU, Bryce Vine, Loud Luxury, Nelly, Blanco Brown, and more
Why: Blend music, wine, and culinary in Austin.
Web: www.blendedfestival.com


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


Candler Park

What: Candler Park
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 10-11
Who: Galactic, The Infamous Stringdusters, Marco Benevento, and more
Why: Jam out in Candler Park, Atlanta. Read & see more in our recap here
Web:
candlerparkmusicfestival.com


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. Read & see much more in our big recap here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com


Sing Out Loud

What: Sing Out Loud
Where:
St. Augustine, FL
When: September 10-25
Who: TLC, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Disco Biscuits, Parquet Courts, Yola, Patty Griffin, Kevin Morby, The Cactus Blossoms, Cedric Burnside, Surfer Blood, Lapeche, Dylan LeBlanc, Ben Sollee, and more
Why: Sing Out Loud around St. Augustine.
Web:
www.singoutloudfestival.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


Ladyland

What: Ladyland
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: September 11
Who: Christina Aguilera, Caroline Polachek, Nina Sky, and more
Why: Pride is every day. See more in our photo gallery here
Web: www.ladylandfestival.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


Sound Summit

What: Sound Summit
Where: Mill Valley, CA
When: September 11
Who: Lukas Nelson, Father John Misty, Allah-Las, and more
Why: Sound mounts the Summit of Mount Tamalpais.
Web: soundsummit.net


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


Riot

What: Riot Fest
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 16-19
Who: The Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Slipknot, Morrissey, Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against, Machine Gun Kelly, Alkaline Trio, Lupe Fiasco, Dropkick Murphys, The Flaming Lips, Patti Smith, NOFX, Rancid, DEVO, Taking Back Sunday, Dirty Heads, Vic Mensa, Anthrax, New Found Glory, Gogol Bordello, Sublime with Rome, Circle Jerks, Mayday Parade, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside, Bayside, Dinosaur Jr., Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, Body Count, Thrice, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Thursday, K.Flay, Andrew W.K., Circa Survive, Meg Myers, Best Coast, Knuckle Puck, HEALTH, Big Freedia, The Lawrence Arms, Beach Bunny, GWAR, The Bled, Mother Mother, Hepcat, 3OH!3, Alex G, Anti-Flag, Living Colour, The Bronx, Fever 333, KennyHoopla, Les Savy Fav, Fishbone, Envy On the Coast, Four Year Strong, Bleached, The Gories, Citizen, The Sounds, Amigo the Devil, Fucked Up, Joywave, Night Moves, Melkbelly, Seratones, Radkey, Joyce Manor, Kristeen Young, and many more
Why: Riot Fest collects punks & more, old & young – now for four days! Read and see much more in our big recap here
Web: www.riotfest.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


iHeartRadio

What: iHeartRadio
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: September 17-18
Who: Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line, J Cole, Journey, Khalid, Lil Baby, Maroon 5, Nelly, Sam Hunt, Weezer, Finneas, Olivia Rodrigo, The Kid Laroi, Saweetie, All Time Low, 24kGoldn, Yungblud, Tate McRae, Conan Gray, and more
Why: Massive radio station conglomeration website iHeartRadio gets the big names in Vegas.
Web: www.iheart.com/music-festival


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


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, 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: Pop goes 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. See much more in our photo gallery here
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


SoCal Hoedown

What: SoCal Hoedown
Where: San Pedro, CA
When: September 18
Who: Suicidal Tendencies, Horrorpops, Face to Face, TSOL, Fishbone, Nashville Pussy, and more
Why: A punk rock hoedown at the Port of Los Angeles.
Web: www.socalhoedown.com


AmericanaWhat: Americana
Where: Nashville, TN
When: September 22-25
Who: Allison Russell, Dave Hause, Don Bryant, Early James, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Eilliott BROOD, Emma Swift, Hayes Carll, Ida Mae, Jackson+Sellers, Joshua Radin, Kathleen Edwards, Kiefer Sutherland, Langhorne Slim, Lilly Hiatt, Lydia Loveless, Maggie Rose, Matt Costa, Natalie Hemby, Neal Francis, S.G. Goodman, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Steve Poltz, SUSTO, Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur, The Wandering Hearts, Tré Burt, Yasmin Williams, and many more
Why: Music festival in Nashville couldn’t be more American(a). Read much more in our recap here
Web: americanamusic.org/about-americanafest


Pop MontrealWhat: Pop Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: September 22-26
Who: Cakes da Killa, Backxwash, SUUNS, Cadence Weapon, The Dears, The Besnard Lakes, Ada Lea, Soccer Mommy, Ada Lea, Islands, and more
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
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


Furnace

What: Furnace
Where: Birmingham, AL
When: September 24-26
Who: Underøath, Taking Back Sunday, Killswitch Engage, Anberlin, Andrew W.K., Glassjaw, The Appleseed Cast, August Burns Red, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Converge, Every Time I Die, Face To Face, The Get Up Kids, He Is Legend, Hot Water Music, The Juliana Theory, Mayday Parade, Deafheaven, Motionless In White, Thursday, Touché Amoré, Anthony Green, and more
Why: Sloss Furnaces hosts the rock.
Web: www.furnacefest.us


Gold Rush

What: Gold Rush
Where: Chandler, AZ
When: September 24-26
Who: Above & Beyond, Atliaens, Autograf, Camelphat, Chris Lorenzo b2b Wax Motif, Clozee, Cray, Diplo, Gorgon City, Green Velvet, Illennium, Jauz, Kill the Noise, NGHTMRE, Seth Troxler b2b Tiga, Troyboi, Vintage Culture, Zedd, Zeds Dead b2b GRiZ, and many more
Why: Head to Rawhide Western Town for twenty-first century international beats.
Web: goldrushfestaz.com


Governors Ball

What: Governors Ball
Where: New York, NY
When: September 24-26
Who: Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, J Balvin, 21 Savage, Rüfüs Du Sol, Megan Thee Stallion, Ellie Goulding, Leon Bridges, Phoebe Bridgers, Young Thug, Kehlani, Portugal. The Man, Pink Sweat$, BurnaBoy, 24kGoldn, King Princess, Carly Rae Jepsen, Future Islands, Aminé, Jamie xx, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Big Thief, Smino, EarthGang, Tate McRae, Duck Sauce, Caroline Polachek, BJ the Chicago Kid, The Brothers Macklovitch, Princess Nokia, Orville Peck, 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 much more in our 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
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: The Disco Biscuits, The Motet, Break Science, Joe Russo, John Medeski, Dave Harrington, and more
Why: Brooklyn Comes Alive at Brooklyn Mirage.
Web: www.brooklyncomesalive.com


OctoberAustin City Limits

What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 1-3 & 8-10
Who: George Strait, Billie Eilish, Tyler the Creator, Duran Duan, Miley Cyrus, Rüfüs Du Sol, 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 Read much more in our big preview here
Why: ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ & America’s longest-running live music show bring their festival back to Zilker Park with another ridiculously stocked line-up of both old & new, mainstream & not – for two weekends! Read & see much more in our big recap here
Web: www.aclfestival.com


Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge

What: Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge
Where:
Quincy, WA
When: October 1-2
Who: 3LAU, AC Slater, Alison Wonderland, Benny Benassi, The Chainsmokers, CID, Felix Cartal, G Jones, Green Velvet, JOYRYDE, Loud Luxury, Said the Sky, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Wax Motif, and more
Why: Go Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge.
Web:
pnw.beyondwonderland.com


Breakaway – Charlotte

What: Breakaway – Charlotte
Where: Charlotte, NC
When: October 1-2
Who: Martin Garriz, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Gryffin, Swae Lee, Lane 8, Wax Motif, and more
Why: Spin it up and Breakaway in North Carolina.
Web: breakawayfestival.com/carolina


Gasparilla

What: Gasparilla
Where: Tampa, FL
When: October 1-3
Who: Nas, Sylvan Esso, Gov’t Mule, Sofi Tukker, Matt & Kim, Parquet Courts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keller Williams, Old 97’s, Young MC, The Bright Light Social Hour, and more
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 recap here
Web: gasparillamusic.com


Osheaga Get Together

What: Osheaga Get Together
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: October 1-3
Who: Half Moon Run, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Cardin, DVSN, Majid Jordan, July Talk, Grandson, Ruby Waters, Stars, and more
Why: While Osheaga couldn’t put on their full-fledged fest this year, they did Get Together for this 100% Canadian line-up. Read & see much more in our Osheaga 2013 recap here
Web: www.osheaga.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


Higher Ground

What: Higher Ground
Where:
Denver, CO
When: October 2
Who: Snakehips, Kasbo, Louis Futon, Haywyre, Chet Porter, and more
Why: Take the Higher Ground at Levitt Pavilion.
Web: www.highergroundfest.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


Punk In Drublic

What: Punk In Drublic
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
When: October 2
Who: NOFX, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, Sick of It All, and more
Why: The return of NOFX getting Punk in Drublic.
Web: punkindrublicfest.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, Faith No More, 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
Why: Railroad Earth brings a harvest festival to Arkansas.
Web: hillberryfestival.com


Wildwood Revival

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


First River

What: First River
Where: Peekskill, NY
When: October 9-10
Who: Parquet Courts, Waxahatchee, The Felice Brothers, Guided By Voices, Small Black, The Nude Party, Liz Cooper, and more
Why: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater brings the indie upstate.
Web:
www.firstriverfestival.com


Blended – San Diego

What: Blended – San Diego
Where: San Diego, CA
When: October 15-16
Who: The Chainsmokers, Bryce Vine, Loud Luxury, Nelly, Blanco Brown, and more
Why: Blend music, wine, and culinary in San Diego.
Web: www.blendedfestival.com


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
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 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


20th Street Block Party

What: 20th Street Block Party
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: October 16
Who: Y La Bamba, Con Brio, L.A. Witch, and more
Why: Noise Pop couldn’t happen this year, so they put on a free block party.
Web: www.20thstreetblockparty.com


BRIC JazzFest

What: BRIC JazzFest
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: October 21-23
Who: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Sun Ra Arkestra, Madison McFerrin, Roy Nathanson, and more
Why: Of course Brooklyn does jazz.
Web: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-jazzfest-back-bric-house


Reggae Rise Up

What: Reggae Rise Up
Where: St. Petersburg, FL
When: October 21-24
Who: Damian Marley, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Soja, Collie Buddz, Hirie, Matisyahu, Badfish, and more
Why: Reggae Rises Up in Florida.
Web: reggaeriseupflorida.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


Electric Daisy Carnival

What: Electric Daisy Carnival
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: October 22-24
Who: Alesso, Alison Wonderland, The Chainsmokers, CID, Excision, Flosstradmus, GG Magree, Loud Luxury, LP Giobbi, NGHTMRE, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Tchami, Sullivan King, Zhu, 12th Planet, AC Slater, Benny enassi, BT, deadmau5, Diplo, DJ Snake, Elephante, Excision, Gryffin, Louis the Child, Maceo Plex, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Slander, Tiësto, Vintage Culture, Whethan, 3LAU, Afrojack, R3HAB, Audien, Borgore, Duke Dumont, Eric Prydz, Infected Mushroom, Joyryde, Kaskade, Lane 8, Liquid Stranger, Nina Kraviz, Rezz, Slander, Said the Sky, Snakehips, Subtronics, Tokimonsta, Troyboi, Wax Motif, Z-Trip, Zeed, ZOmboy, and more
Why: Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Vegas for three days. See much more in our photo gallery of 2013 EDC NY here
Web: lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com


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 Read more in our preview here
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, Greensky Bluegrass, Bonobo, Chris Lake, Claude Vonstroke, Earthgang, JUNGLE, Lane 8, Lettuce, Lotus, Masego, Turkuaz, Break Science, Cautious Clay, Dumpstaphunk, Durand Jones & The Indications, Eric Krasno, The Floozies, Manic Focus, Tank & The Bangas, and more
Why: A strong combination of jam & EDM on Hulaween
Web: suwanneehulaween.com


Boo! Seattle

What: Boo! Seattle
Where: Seattle, WA
When: October 29-30
Who: 12th Planet, Blossom, Borgore, Dr. Fresch, Ekali, Kaskade, NGHTMRE, Noga En Pure, Rusko, Tchami, Troyboi, and more
Why: Spin Halloween at the WAMU Theater.
Web:
seattle.boo-halloween.com


Escape Halloween

What: Escape Halloween
Where: San Bernadino, CA
When: October 29-30
Who: Adam Beyer, Benny Benassi, The Chainsmokers, Ekali, Elephante, Eric Prydz, Ganja White Night, Green Velvet, Gryffin, Jauz, Loud Luxury, Playboi Carti, Sullivan King, Tchami, Vintage Culture, Zedd, Zomboy, and more
Why: Escape Halloween with this psycho circus.
Web:
escapehalloween.com


Fest 19

What: Fest 19
Where: Gainesville, FL
When: October 29-31
Who: Hot Water Music, Frank Turner, The Lawrence Arms, Murder By Death, Samiam, The Wonder Years, Torche, Strike Anywhere, Tim Barry, A Wilhelm Scream, The Appleseed Cast, Mustard Plug, Cobra Skulls, Sheer Mag, Chris Gethard, Eve 6, Into It. Over It., Blacklist Royals, Chuck Ragan, and more
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, Boogie T, CID, Claude Vonstroke, Crizzly, deadmau5, Excision, Galantis, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Infected Mushroom, Riot Ten, Said the Sky, Sullivan King, Troyboi, VNSSA, Wax Motif, Zeds Dead, and more
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 Stadium is Live.
Web: mercedesbenzstadium.com/atlive


Head In the Clouds

What: Head In the Clouds
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: November 6-7
Who: Joji, ILLENIUM, Niki, Rich Brian, Saweetie, DL, Audrey Nuna, beabadoobee, Elephante, Japanese Breakfast, The Linda Lindas, Umi, and more
Why: 88rising puts its Head In the Clouds.
Web: hitcfestival.com


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 10-14
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


Brooklyn Folk

What: Brooklyn Folk
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: November 12-13
Who: Mamady Kouyate, Nora Brown, Radio Jarocho, Anne Waldman, and more
Why: Celebrate folk in the biggest of cities.
Web: brooklynfolkfest.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, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, 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


Dusk

What: Dusk
Where: Tuscon, AZ
When: November 13-14
Who: Diplo, Jimmy Eat World, Porter Robinson, Grouplove, Blu Detiger, John Summit, Justin Martin, Mob Rich, STRFKR, Tank & The Bangas, VNSSA, Yolanda Be Cool, and more
Why: Head to Tucson before Dusk falls on the festival season.
Web: duskmusicfestival.com


Dreamstate SoCal

What: Dreamstate SoCal
Where: San Bernadino, CA
When: November 19-20
Who: BT, Gareth Emery, Infected Mushroom, Paul Van Dyk, and more
Why: Achieve Dreamstate at NOS Events Center.
Web: socal.dreamstateusa.com


Audiotistic Bay Area

What: Audiotistic Bay Area
Where: Mountain View, CA
When: November 20-21
Who: Alison Wonderland, Playboi Carti, Kayzo, Subtronics, Slander, Joyryde, Tchami, Wax Motif, and more
Why: Audiotistic comes to Shoreline Amphitheater.
Web: www.audiotisticfestival.com


Audiotistic San Diego

What: Audiotistic San Diego
Where: San Diego, CA
When: November 20-21
Who: Diplo, Gryffin, Snakehips, Tchami, and more
Why: Audiotistic comes to San Diego.
Web: sandiego.audiotisticfestival.com


Substance

What: Substance
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: November 26-28
Who: Nitzer Ebb, Chelsea Wolfe, HEALTH, John Maus, Squid, Emma Ruth Rundle, Choir Boy, Pictureplane, Plague Vendor, Kid Congo, and more
Why: Darker music comes to The Belasco.
Web: www.substancela.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


97X Next Big Thing

What: 97X Next Big Thing
Where:
Tampa, FL
When: December 3-4
Who: Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, Glass Animals, AJR, All Time Low, B∆stille, girl in red, Yungblud, Meet Me @ The Altar, and more
Why: 97X throws the Next Big Thing at Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater.
Web: www.97xonline.com/fp/nbt20


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


Audacy Beach

What: Audacy Beach
Where:
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
When: December 4-5
Who: Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Swedish House Mafia, Modest Mouse, Glass Animals, Bleachers, Beabadoobee, Willow, Weezer, AJR, B∆stille, All Time Low, Walk the Moon, Yungblud, Cold War Kids, girl in red, and more
Why: Head to the Beach.
Web: audacybeachfestival.com


Coast Is Clear

What: Coast Is Clear
Where: Key West, FL
When: December 4
Who: Black Pumas, Phosphorescent, Rayland Baxter, Langhorne Slim, Liz Cooper, and more
Why: The Coast Is Clear, even in December.
Web: www.coastisclearfest.com


North Beach

What: North Beach
Where:
San Bernardino, CA
When: December 10-11
Who: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, The Motet, Marco Benevento, Tauk, Aqueous, Eric Krasno, and more to be announced
Why: California is Rolling Loud.
Web: northbeachmusicfestival.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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