2020 Festival Guide

North America welcomes festivals from the first days of January to the last day of December - and QRO's got them all in our massive, constantly-updated year-round guide....
2014 Festival Guide

2020 Festival Guide

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

Total festivals with dates: 220

Total festivals with full line-ups: 96

 

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

 

 

 


January & February

Friendship

What: Friendship
Where: Miami, FL to Coco Bay, Bahamas
When:
January 6-10
Who: AC Slater, Bob Moses, Boogie T, Boys Noize, Channel Tres, Destructo, Golf Clap, GRiZ, Troyboi, Ty Dolla $ign, and more
Why: All aboard the Friendship.
Web:
thefriendship.com

 

Holy Ship!

What: Holy Ship!
Where: Puta Cana, Dominican Republic
When: January 22-26
Who: Diplo, Lane 8, Claude Von Stroke, Madeon, Armand Van Helden, NGHTMRE & Slander, Chris Lake, Jai Wolf, Gorgon City, Big Wild, Snails, Tokimonsta, Whethan, A-Trak, Justin Martin, 12th Planet, What So Not, Skream, and more
Why: Holy ship that’s a lot of DJs!
Web: holyship.com

 

American Songbook

What: American Songbook
Where: Lincoln Center, New York, NY
When: January 22 – February 29
Who: Martin Sexton, Natalie Merchant, Roomful of Teeth, Cowboy Junkies, Rufus Wainwright, and more
Why: Pretty much the classiest venue out there, Lincoln Center celebrates American songwriting at Appel Room (as well as Alice Tully Hall). See our venue review & photos of Lincoln Center’s Appel Room here
Web: www.americansongbook.org

 

Timbrrr Winter

What: Timbrrr Winter
Where: Leavenworth, WA
When: January 24-25
Who: Pedro The Lion, Bully, Ivan & Alyosha, Robin Bacior, and more
Why: Timbrr!
Web: www.timbermusicfest.com

 

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 28 – May 16
Who: Bell Orchestra, Nadah El Shazly, JACK Quartet, Nadia Sirota, and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/series/ecstatic-music-festival

 

Girls Just Wanna Weekend

What: Girls Just Wanna Weekend
Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico
When: January 29 – February 2
Who: Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Lake Street Dive, Patty Griffin, Lucius, Wanda Sykes, KT Tunstall, Jade Bird, Amanda Shires, Yola, and more
Why: Alt-country star Brandi Carlile throws her own weekend party in Mexico for the girls who just wanna.
Web: girlsjustwannaweekend.com

 

Shivering Songs

What: Shivering Songs
Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada
When: January 29 – February 2
Who: The Olympic Symphonium, Richie Young, John Leroux, David R. Elliott, Matt Anderson, The Belle Comedians, Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron, and more
Why: The Olympic Symphonium’s hometown festival returns.
Web: shiveringsongs.com

 

Super Bowl Music Fest

What: Super Bowl Music Fest
Where: Miami, FL
When: January 30 – February 1
Who: Guns n’ Roses, DJ Khaled, Maroon 5, Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg, Megan Thee Stallion, and more
Why: Celebrate the Super Bowl in Miami with these big-name acts.
Web: www.superbowlmusicfest.com

 

Tuscon Gem & Jam

What: Tuscon Gem & Jam
Where: Tuscon, AZ
When: January 31 – February 2
Who: Tipper, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, Twiddle, Billy Strings, Manic Focus, and more
Why: Spin some beats & groove some james while you look at some gems.
Web: gemandjamfestival.com

 

Shiprocked

What: Shiprocked
Where: New Orleans, LA to Key West, FL to Cozumel, Mexico
When: February 1-6
Who: Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Asking Alexandria, Badflower, Beartooth, Black Stone Cherry, Dead Sara, Ice Nine Kills, Living Colour, Of Mice & Men, and more
Why: Rock hard.  Vacation harder.
Web: www.shiprocked.com

 

Monsters of Rock Cruise

What: Monsters of Rock Cruise
Where: Miami, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica
When: February 8-13
Who: Tesla, Krokus, Extreme Winger, and more
Why: Aging Rock Monsters take a Cruise.
Web: monstersofrockcruise.com

 

Winter Wondergrass Colorado

What: Winter Wondergrass Colorado
Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
When: February 21-23
Who: Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, Margo Price, Keller & The Keels, Nikki Lane, The Travelin McCourys, Molly Tuttle, Della Mae, Jon Stickley Trio, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds in Colorado.
Web: winterwondergrass.com/steamboat

 

Noise Pop

What: Noise Pop
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: February 24 – March 1
Who: Raphael Saadiq, Maya Jane Coles, Best Coast, Duster, Washed Out, Helado Negro, Bas, Shigeto, Jamila Woods, Bag Raiders, Lower Dens, Imperial Teen, Joshua Radin, The Stone Foxes, Sasami, Frances Quinlan, Kilo Kish, Mannequin Pussy, Califone, Combo Chimbita, Y La Bamba, and more
Why: Venues across San Francisco have a nice line-up of acts from the hottest in today’s indie-rock to ultra-vets & in between.
Web: noisepopfest.com

 


March

EcstaticWhat: Ecstatic
Where: New York, NY
When: January 28 – May 16
Who: Bell Orchestra, Nadah El Shazly, JACK Quartet, Nadia Sirota, and more
Why: The burgeoning indie-classical genre gets Ecstatic with the latest series of events at Merkin Concert Hall.
Web: www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/series/ecstatic-music-festival

 

Noise Pop

What: Noise Pop
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: February 24 – March 1
Who: Raphael Saadiq, Maya Jane Coles, Best Coast, Duster, Washed Out, Helado Negro, Bas, Shigeto, Jamila Woods, Bag Raiders, Lower Dens, Imperial Teen, Joshua Radin, The Stone Foxes, Sasami, Frances Quinlan, Kilo Kish, Mannequin Pussy, Califone, Combo Chimbita, Y La Bamba, and more
Why: Venues across San Francisco have a nice line-up of acts from the hottest in today’s indie-rock to ultra-vets & in between.
Web: noisepopfest.com

 

Houston Livestock

What: Houston Livestock
Where: Houston, TX
When: March 3-22
Who: Midland, Willie Nelson, Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Lizzo, Cody Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Gwen Stefani, Khalid, Chris Stapleton, marshmello, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, and more
Why: Have some music with your steers.
Web: www.rodeohouston.com/home.aspx

 

Savannah Stopover

What: Savannah Stopover
Where: Savannah, GA
When: March 5-7
Who: Shovels & Rope, CAAMP, Durand Jones & The Indications, DeVotchKa, The Districts, The Nude Party, Tall Tall Trees, and more
Why: Before heading to SXSW (see below), stopover in Savannah. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: www.savannahstopover.com

 

Okeechobee

What: Okeechobee
Where: Okeechobee, FL
When: March 1-4
Who: Rüfüs Du Sol, Bassnectar, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Glass Animals, HAIM, Kaskade, A R I Z O N A, Said the Sky, Gunna, Tipper, Alison Wonderland, GRiZ, Sublime with Rome, Big Gigantic, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Clairo, San Holo, Machine Gun Kelly, Blood Orange, Lotus, Bob Moses, Flatbush Zombies, G Jones, Nora En Pure, CAAMP, Hippie Sabotage, Ghostland Observatory, Papadosio, Baynk, Lucy Dacus, The Aces, Xylo, Mallrat, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and more
Why: A new, popular, and diverse festival down in warm Florida.
Web: okeechobeefest.com

 

McDowell Mountain

What: McDowell Mountain
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: March 6-8
Who: Bon Iver, Rüfüs Du Sol, The Growlers, LANY, Local Natives, San Holo, Greensky Bluegrass, Sofi Tukker, moe., Snakehips, Mayer Hawthorne, The Infamous Stringdusters, Generationals, New Madrid, and more
Why: Phoenix gets a better jam-band festival.
Web: www.m3ffest.com

 

Nrmal

What: Nrmal
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
When: March 7
Who: Flying Lotus, Juana Molina, The Sea and Cake, Wand, Bush Tetras, and more
Why: Head down Mexico way for Festival Nrmal.
Web: www.festivalnrmal.net

 

CRSSD - Spring

What: CRSSD – Spring
Where: San Diego, CA
When: March 7-8
Who: Gesaffelstein, RÜFÜS Du Sol, Majid Jordan, Okay Kaya, The Rapture, Soulwax, Chris Lake, Nora En Pure, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, and more
Why: Spinning up a strong electronic festival at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: crssdfest.com

 

Gasparilla

What: Gasparilla
Where: Tampa, FL
When: March 7-8
Who: Brandi Carlile, Portugal. The Man, De La Soul, Rival Sons, Anderson East, St. Lucia, Tauk, Curtis Harding, Big Freedia, Marco Benevento, The Nude Party, and more Read more in QRO’s preview here
Why: Southern Florida gets a nice early fest.
Web: gasparillamusic.com

 

New Colossus

What: New Colossus
Where: New York, NY
When: March 11-15
Who: A Place To Bury Strangers, Ali Barter, Hussy, Petrol Girls, Stealing Sheep, The Orielles, The Natvral, Tim Burgess, and more
Why: For all the up-and-comers looking to be found who are in NYC the weekend before SXSW (see below). See much more in our big 2019 photo gallery here
Web: www.newcolossusfestival.com

 

Burgerama

What: Burgerama
Where: Austin, TX
When: March 14
Who: The Mummies, Flamin’ Groovies, Apache, Hollywood Stars, Tomorrows Tulips, and more
Why: Burger Records’ Burgerama returns!
Web: burgerrecords.com/burgerama-2020-lineup

 

SXSW

What: South-by-Southwest
Where: Austin, TX
When: March 16-22
Who: More than you count
Why: Still the bar by which all other of the multiplying music industry expos are judged by – and still the best. Read & see much, much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: sxsw.com

 

The Buku Project

What: The Buku Project
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: March 20-21
Who: Tyler the Creator, Flume, Illenium, Glass Animals, Run the Jewels, Alison Wonderland, Kaytranada, Zeds Dead, Megan Thee Stallion, Charli XCX, Flatbush Zombies, Taking Back Sunday, Gramatik, Troyboi, Cashmere Cat, JPEGMAFIA, Channel Tres, Young M.A., Pussy Riot, and more
Why: The Buku Project brings electronica & more to the Big Easy. Read & see much more in our 2015 recap here
Web: thebukuproject.com

 

Tecate Pa'l Norte

What: Tecate Pa’l Norte
Where: Monterrey, Mexico
When: March 20-21
Who: The Strokes, Tame Impala, Alejandro Fernandez, Daddy Yankee, Foster The People MGMT, Iggy Azalea, Sum41, Galantis, Milky Chance, The Whitest Boy Alive, LAUV, Lila Downs, Danny Ocean, Clairo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Seth Troxler, Sasha Sloan, Kongos, Elliot Moss, Shiba San, Lauren Lane, Thomas Jack, and more
Why: Rock Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico (and have beer…).
Web: www.palnorte.com.mx

 

Powabunga Lake Tahoe

What: Powabunga Lake Tahoe
Where: Lake Tahoe
When: March 20-22
Who: Bob Moses, Claptone, Eli & Fur, and more
Why: Powabunga – now with two editions (see below).
Web: powabungafestival.com

 

Ultra

What: Ultra
Where: Miami, FL
When: March 20-22
Who: Flume, Gesaffelstein, Gryffin, Madeon, Major Lazer, Sofi Tukker, Zedd, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Richie Hawtin, and more to be announced
Why: Downtown Miami throws down the beats with America’s best electro-dance festival. See more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web: www.ultramusicfestival.com

 

Brooklyn Comes Alive

What: Brooklyn Comes Alive
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: March 21
Who: Oteil & Friends, Turkuaz, Birds of a Feather, The Motet, Robert Randolph & Friends, and more
Why: Brooklyn Comes Alive to Jam at Avant Gardner.
Web: www.brooklyncomesalive.com

 

Treefort

What: Treefort
Where: Boise, ID
When: March 25-29
Who: Chromatics, Calexico, Japanese Breakfast, Omar Apollo, Grouplove, Built To Spill< Larkin Poe, Peter Bjorn and John, Tennis, Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt, AJJ, Sinkane, The Felice Brothers, Algiers, Nite Jewel, Mikal Cronin, Delicate Steve, The Districts, Xiu Xiu, Becca Mancari, Torres, Mal Blum, Molly Burch, The Orielles, The Prids, Potty Mouth, and more
Why: Go to your own private Idaho for Treefort.
Web: treefortmusicfest.com

 

Big Ears

What: Big Ears
Where: Knoxville, TN
When: March 26-29
Who: Patti Smith, Damo Suzuki, Efterklang, Terry Riley, Kronos Quartet, Devendra Banhart, Tindersticks, múm, Saul Williams, Thunder Cat, and more
Why: Knoxville’s super-classy high art music festival returns. Read & see more in our 2015 recap here
Web: www.bigearsfestival.com

 

Hogs For a Cause

What: Hogs For a Cause
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: March 27-28
Who: Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Yola, Illiterate Light, and more
Why: Some hogs (and music) for a cause.
Web: www.hogsforthecause.org

 

Winter Wondergrass California

What: Winter Wondergrass California
Where: Squaw Valley, CA
When: March 27-29
Who: The Devil Makes Three, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Keller & The Keels, Fruition, The War and Treaty, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae, and more
Why: Embrace the Wonderful bluegrass sounds on Lake Tahoe.
Web: winterwondergrass.com/squaw

 

Cruise To the Edge

What: Cruise To the Edge
Where: Miami, FL to to Harvest Caye, Belize to Roatan, Honduras
When: March 27 – April 1
Who: Yes, Marillion, Steve Hackett, Flying Colors, Saga, Anathema, and more
Why: A cruise for prog rock.
Web: cruisetotheedge.com

 


April

Cruise To the Edge

What: Cruise To the Edge
Where: Miami, FL to to Harvest Caye, Belize to Roatan, Honduras
When: March 27 – April 1
Who: Yes, Marillion, Steve Hackett, Flying Colors, Saga, Anathema, and more
Why: A cruise for prog rock.
Web: cruisetotheedge.com

 

Mission CreekWhat: Mission Creek
Where: Iowa City, IA
When: April 1-4
Who: Samantha Irby, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Caroline Rose, Parquet Courts, (Sandy) Alex G, Mdou Moctar, Lucy Dacus, Nat Baldwin, Adia Victoria, Elizabeth Moen, Squirrel Flower, and more
Why: Iowa City kicks if off early with some interesting names.
Web: missioncreekfestival.com

 

Dreamville

What: Dreamville
Where: Raleigh, NC
When: April 4
Who: To be announced
Why: Dream(ing) in Raleigh(ville).
Web: www.dreamvillefest.com

 

Coachella

What: Coachella
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 10-12 & 17-19
Who: Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Coldplay, Disclosure, Lana Del Rey, Flume, Miley Cyrus, The Chemical Brothers, A$AP Rocky, FKA Twigs, Dua Lipa, Daddy Yankee, Lil Uzi Vert, ScHoolboy Q, Thom Yorke, RL Grime, Madeon, Alessia Cara, ZHU, Flying Lotus, Jamie xx, The Raconteurs, Erykah Badu, Explosions In the Sky, Two Door Cinema Club, Squarepusher, Kehlani, Tycho, Lauv, Lauren Diagle, Toro y Moi, Troye Sivan, Lil Baby, GRiZ, Sharon Van Etten, Rhye, Jai Wolf, Mitski, Megan Thee Stallion, The Japanese Breakfast, Mike Posner, American Football, Joji, Jessie Reyez, What So Not, Isaiah Rashad, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Apparat, Babymetal, Cigarettes After Sex, The Get Up Kids, Chromatics, Jade Bird, Modeselektor, Real Estate, Panda Bear, Omar Apollo, Alex Lahey, Anamanaguchi, Charly Bliss, IDLES, Wild Nothing, Lucy Dacus, and many, many more
Why: The biggest & best festival has grown so big as to have a second weekend, with another amazing line-up. See much more in our 2012 photo gallery here
Web: www.coachella.com

 

French Quarter

What: French Quarter
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 16-19
Who: Alex McMurray, Amanda Shaw, Anais St. John, Bonerama, Cha Wa, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Erica Falls, Givers, Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Kermit Ruffins, Lost Bayou Ramblers, New Birth Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Royal Teeth, Tank & The Bangas, The Soul Rebels, and more
Why: Nobody does music or festivals like the French Quarter. Read & see more in our 2016 recap here
Web: frenchquarterfest.org

 

Moogfest

What: Moogfest
Where: Durham, NC
When:
April 16-19
Who: To be announced
Why: Moogest returns to celebrate Bob Moog and his wonderful instrument. See much more in our 2011 photo gallery here
Web:
www.moogfest.com

 

Old Settler's

What: Old Settler’s
Where: Tilmon, TX
When: April 16-19
Who: The Head and The Heart, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tanya Tucker, Sam Bush, Ruston Kelly, Jade Bird, The Travelin’ McCours, The California Honeydrops, Hiss Golden Messenger, Joseph, Molly Tuttle, Devon Gilfillian, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Steve Poltz, The Deer, Cedric Burnside, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, and more
Why: As American as the Old Settler’s.
Web: oldsettlersmusicfest.org

 

World Ski & Snowboard

What: World Ski & Snowboard
Where: Whistler, BC, Canada
When: April 16-20
Who: To be announced
Why: In addition to the snow, come for the sounds at World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
Web: wssf.com

 

Rites of Spring

What: Rites of Spring
Where: Nashville, TN
When: April 17-18
Who: To be announced
Why: Vanderbilt University knows how to book ’em for its Rites of Spring (fling).
Web: www.vanderbilt.edu/ros

 

Brooklyn Folk

What: Brooklyn Folk
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: April 17-19
Who: The Cactus Blossoms, Nora Brown, Megg Farrel, and more
Why: Celebrate folk in the biggest of cities.
Web: brooklynfolkfest.com

 

Powabunga Vail

What: Powabunga Vail
Where: Vail, CO
When: April 17-19
Who: GRiZ, Claptone, Goldfish, and more
Why: Powabunga – now with two editions (see below).
Web: powabungafestival.com

 

Tortuga

What: Tortuga
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
When: April 17-19
Who: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Pitbull, Barenaked Ladies, Kelsea Ballerini, Toots & The Maytals, Vanilla Ice, Colbie Caillat, and more
Why: For spring break, go country in Ft. Lauderdale. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.tortugamusicfestival.com

 

High Water

What: High Water
Where: Charleston, SC
When: April 18-19
Who: Wilco, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Shovels & Rope, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, Sharon Van Etten, Andrew Bird, Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Delta Spirit, Wilder Woods, The Felice Brothers, Shannon & The Clams, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, and more
Why: Wash ashore the high waters of Charleston
Web: www.highwaterfest.com

 

Sweetwater 420

What: Sweetwater 420
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: April 19-21
Who: Oysterhead, Trey Anastasio, Cage the Elephant, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Revivalists, Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, Toots & The Maytals, Tank & The Bangas, Larkin Poe, Futurebirds, Twiddle, Delta Rae, Marco Benevento, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, and more
Why: 4-20 – Sweet!
Web: www.sweetwater420fest.com

 

Something In the Water

What: Something In the Water
Where: Virginia Beach, VA
When: April 20-26
Who: A$AP Rocky, Banks, Beck, Brittany Howard, Buddy, Chance the Rapper, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Jaden Smith, Kali Uchis, LANY, Leon Bridges, Major Lazer, Metro Boomin, Migos, Nelly, Pharrell, Playboi Carti, Post Malone, Quinn XCII, Tank & The Bangas, Tyler the Creator, Usher, Wale, 6LACK, and more
Why: There’s Something In the Water at Virginia Beach.
Web: www.somethinginthewater.com

 

Norman

What: Norman
Where: Norman, OK
When: April 23-25
Who: The Drums, (Sandy) Alex G, Kero Kero Bonito, METZ, Mannequin Pussy, Y La Bamba, and more to be announced
Why: Norman Oklahoma’s own free festival & QRO favorite stays sweet. Read & see more in 2010 our recap here
Web: normanmusicfestival.com

 

MerleFest

What: MerleFest
Where: Wilkesboro, NC
When: April 23-26
Who: Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, John Prine, Melissa Etheridge, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Marcus King, Colin Hay, Billy Strings, Sam Bush, and more
Why: Wilkes Community College welcomes MerleFest.
Web: merlefest.org

 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 23 – May 3
Who: The Who, Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Lionel Richie, The Lumineers, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Norah Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Erykah Badu, H.E.R., The Beach Boys, The Revivalists, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Of Monsters and Men, Irma Thomas, Wu-Tang Clan, John Prine, Maggie Rogers, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jimmy Cliff, Brittany Howard, Jon Batiste, The Isley Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Tank & The Bangas, Keb’ Mo’, Kool & The Gang, Big Freedia, Galactic, Chris Isaak, Jenny Lewis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cyril Neville, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Shovels & Rope, Charlie Musselwhite, Asleep at the Wheel, Molly Tuttle, Puss N Boots, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Low Cut Connie, Givers, and many, many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com

 

Double Decker

What: Double Decker
Where: Oxford, MS
When: April 24-25
Who: Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, New Respects, Toots & The Maytals, The War and Treaty, Maggie Rose, and more
Why: Take the Double Decker to Oxford – Mississippi.
Web: www.doubledeckerfestival.com

 

Sand Jam

What: Sand Jam
Where: Panama City, FL
When: April 24-26
Who: Weezer, 311, Shinedown, The Struts, Judah & The Lion, AJR, Manchester Orchestra, Skillet, Rival Sons, Dorothy, Sir Sly, White Reaper, Strand of Oaks, Devon Gilfillian, Magic City Hippies, and more
Why: Jam on the Sand of Panama City Beach.
Web: sandjamfest.com

 

Stagecoach

What: Stagecoach
Where: Indio, CA
When: April 24-26
Who: Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Midland, Brett Young, Dan + Shay, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Tanya Tucker, Ryan Bingham, Nikki Lane, The Last Bandoleros, Courtney Marie Andrews, and more
Why: California’s premiere country music festival.
Web: stagecoachfestival.com

 

Fortress

What: Fortress
Where: Ft. Worth, TX
When: April 25-26
Who: Leon Bridges, CHVRCHES, Rae Sremmurd, Khruangbin, Tinashe, Tank & The Bangas, Superorganism, The Bright Light Social Hour, and more
Why: Fort Worth is a Fortress.
Web: fortressfestival.com

 

Launch

What: Launch
Where: Lancaster, PA
When: April 30 – May 3
Who: To be announced
Why: Music conference & festival in Lancaster, PA.
Web: www.launchmusicconference.com

 

SunFest

What: SunFest
Where: West Palm Beach, FL
When: April 30 – May 3
Who: Cage the Elephant, Darius Rucker, Illenium, Slightly Stoopid, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Adam Lambert, AJR, JJ Grey & Mofro, Kevin Gates, LIVE, Mellisa Etheridge, Nelly, Ne-Yo, The Revivalists, Sean Paul, scarypoolparty, Tower of Power, Colony House, and more
Why: The sun always shines on Palm Beach with this festival. Read & see much more in our 2010 recap here
Web: www.sunfest.com

 


May

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

What: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: April 23 – May 3
Who: The Who, Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Lionel Richie, The Lumineers, The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Norah Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Erykah Badu, H.E.R., The Beach Boys, The Revivalists, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Of Monsters and Men, Irma Thomas, Wu-Tang Clan, John Prine, Maggie Rogers, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jimmy Cliff, Brittany Howard, Jon Batiste, The Isley Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Tank & The Bangas, Keb’ Mo’, Kool & The Gang, Big Freedia, Galactic, Chris Isaak, Jenny Lewis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cyril Neville, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, Shovels & Rope, Charlie Musselwhite, Asleep at the Wheel, Molly Tuttle, Puss N Boots, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Low Cut Connie, Givers, and many, many more
Why: The Big Easy’s big festival gets some big names.
Web: www.nojazzfest.com

 

Launch

What: Launch
Where: Lancaster, PA
When: April 30 – May 3
Who: To be announced
Why: Music conference & festival in Lancaster, PA.
Web: www.launchmusicconference.com

 

SunFest

What: SunFest
Where: West Palm Beach, FL
When: April 30 – May 3
Who: Cage the Elephant, Darius Rucker, Illenium, Slightly Stoopid, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Adam Lambert, AJR, JJ Grey & Mofro, Kevin Gates, LIVE, Mellisa Etheridge, Nelly, Ne-Yo, The Revivalists, Sean Paul, scarypoolparty, Tower of Power, Colony House, and more
Why: The sun always shines on Palm Beach with this festival. Read & see much more in our 2010 recap here
Web: www.sunfest.com

 

III Points

What: III Points
Where: Miami, FL
When: May 1-2
Who: The Strokes, Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan, Disclosure, Kaytranada, Caribou, Amon Tobin, Chris Lake, Stereolab, Tycho, Omar Apollo, Moses Sumney, Ariel Pink, Maribou State, Yves Tumor, (Sandy) Alex G, Erol Alkan, and more to be announced
Why: Miami covers all the Points.
Web: iiipoints.com

 

Beale Street

What: Beale Street
Where:
Memphis, TN
When:
May 1-3
Who: The Lumineers, Lil Wayne, The Avett Brothers, Three 6 Mafia, Leon Bridges, Lindsey Buckingham, Portugal. The Man, Brittany Howard, AJR, Billy Strings, Rival Sons, Mavis Staples, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Taj Mahal, Sheer Mag, and more
Why: Beale Street is alive with music.
Web:
www.memphisinmay.org/beale-street-music-festival

 

Epicenter

What: Epicenter
Where: Rockingham, NC
When: May 1-3
Who: Metallica, Disturbed, Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Staind, Volbeat, Gojira, Chevelle, David Lee Roth, Royal Blood, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Anthrax, Ice Nine Kills, Of Mice & Men, Hollywood Undead, Sleeping With Sirens, The Darkness, Starset, Sick Of It All, Anti-Flag, The Amity Affliction, Dinosaur Pile-Up, and more
Why: Find the Epicenter of rock.
Web: epicenterfestival.com

 

Shaky Knees

What: Shaky Knees
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: May 1-3
Who: The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portugal. The Man, Of Monsters and Men, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Liam Gallagher, Brittany Howard, Phoebe Bridgers, Angels & Airwaves, Stereolab, The Growlers, Royal Blood, Ty Segall, Pup, Drive-By Truckers, Delta Spirit, The Front Bottoms, Guided By Voices, The Aces, Snail Mail, Delta Spirit, Tennis, The Darkness, White Reaper, Black Pistol Fire, Durand Jones & The Indications, Murder By Death, Caroline Rose, Jawbox, and many more
Why: Limbs quake for what looks to be another amazing year. Read & see more in our 2019 recap here
Web: shakykneesfestival.com

 

What: Cruel World
Where: Carson, CA
When: May 2
Who: Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, DEVO, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, English Beat, Public Image LTD, Gary Numan, Marc Almond, She Wants Revenge, TR/ST, Cold Cave, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Berlin, Bad Manners, Drab Majesty, Black Marble, Sextile, The KVB, and more
Why: Eighties New Wave comes to The Grounds at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Web: www.cruelworldfest.com

 

Homecoming

What: Homecoming
Where: Cincinnati, OH
When: May 8-9
Who: The National, Patti Smith, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archies, and more
Why: Hometown boys The National (QRO spotlight on) return to Cincinnati.
Web: ntlhomecoming.com

 

MusicNOW

What: MusicNOW
Where: Cincinnati, OH
When: May 8-10
Who: Aaron Dessner, Andrew Barr, Bryce Dessner, Leif Vollebekk, Leslie Feist, Mina Tindle, Moses Sumney, Sylvan Esso, and more
Why: Associated with Homecoming (see just above).
Web: musicnowfestival.org

 

Rockville

What: Rockville
Where: Jacksonville, FL
When: May 8-10
Who: Metallica, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Offspring, Deftones, Social Distortion, Staind, Godsmack, Lamb of God, Dropkick Murphys, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Gojira, The Pretty Reckless, Rancid, Royal Blood, Hollywood Undead, Anthrax, Of Mice & Men, The Darkness, The Hu, Motionless In White, Dinosaur Pile-Up, New Years Day, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, and more
Why: Do go back to Rockville.
Web: www.welcometorockvillefestival.com

 

Rolling Loud - Miami

What: Rolling Loud – Miami
Where:
Miami, FL
When: May 8-10
Who: A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Tyga, YG, Big Sean, Dababy, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Pump, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Rick Ross, A$AP Ferg, Sheck Wes, Juicy J, Wale, Shoreline Mafia, Action Bronson, T-Pain, Fetty Wap, Rico Nasty, Soulja Boy, Young M.A., Yung Gravy, Cousin Stizz, and more
Why: Miami is Rolling Loud.
Web: www.rollingloud.com

 

Electric Daisy Carnival

What: Electric Daisy Carnival
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 15-17
Who: Alison Wonderland, Borgore, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Excision, G Jones, Golf Clap, Loud Luxury, Maceo Plex, Moon Boots, Nicky Romero, Space Jesus, Troyboi, Zedd, Zeds Dead, 12th Planet, 3LAU, AC Slater, Alesso, Boys Noize, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Elephante, Galantis, Gryffin, Oliver Heldens, Martin Garrix, Paul Van Dyk, Sofi Tukker, Tïesto, Whethan, Yellow Claw, Afrojack, R3HAB, Black Tiger Sex Machine, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Friction, Knife Party, Louis the Child, Major Lazer, Modestep, NGHTMRE, Rezz, Richie Hawtin, Snakehips, 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

 

Hangout

What: Hangout
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
When: May 15-17
Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, marshmello, Lana Del Rey, Cage the Elephant, Illenium, Kane Brown, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Louis the Child, RL Grime, The Head and The Heart, Jhene Aiko, Megan Thee Stallion, Finneas, Madeon, Quinn XCII, The Band Camino, T Pain, Tove Lo, Bea Miller, Jai Wolf, Mt. Joy, Omar Apollo, Snakehips, Yungblud, The Aces, Barns Courtney, The Glorious Sons, and many more
Why: Hangout on the Shores with a very strong line-up. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.hangoutmusicfest.com

 

Pouzza

What: Pouzza
Where: Montreal, PQ, Canada
When: May 15-17
Who: A Wilhelm Scream, Millencolin, Mustard Plug, Radkey, Tim Barry, War On Women, and more to be announced
Why: Have some punk with your poutine.
Web: www.pouzzafest.com

 

Sonic Temple

What: Sonic Temple
Where: Columbus, OH
When: May 15-17
Who: Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me the Horizon, Evanescence, Deftones, Royal Blood, Staind, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, Alter Bridge, Pop Evil, Sleeping With Sirens, The Darkness, Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Flatbush Zombies, Pennywise, Dropkick Murphys, Ice Nine Kills, Suicidal Tendencies, Dregg, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Testament, The Hu, and more
Why: Making MAPFRE Stadium a Sonic Temple.
Web: sonictemplefestival.com

 

Trondossa

What: Trondossa
Where: Charleston, SC
When: May 16-17
Who: Widespread Panic, Yola, Billy Strings, The Record Company, The Nude Party, Samantha Fish, Black Pumas, and more
Why: Charleston gets in on the jam.
Web: trondossa.com

 

Canadian Music Week

What: Canadian Music Week
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: May 19-23
Who: Pussy Riot and more to be announced
Why: Toronto has it’s own multi-venue music industry fest (not to be confused with North-by-Northeast – see below). See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: cmw.net/music

 

Delfest

What: Delfest
Where: Cumberland, MD
When: May 21-24
Who: Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Billy Strings, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Mandolin Orange, The Infamous Stringdusters, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, Molly Tuttle, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae, and more
Why: Del McCoury rolls out the bluegrass red carpet.
Web: delfest.com

 

Hot Luck

What: Hot Luck
Where: Austin, TX
When: May 21-24
Who: To be announced February 24th
Why: Food & music in a town that’s known for both. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.hotluckfest.com

 

Punk Rock Bowling

What: Punk Rock Bowling
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: May 21-25
Who: Madness, Circle Jerks, Cock Sparrer, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Streetlight Manifesto, Propagandhi, Avail, Stiff Little Fingers, Municipal Waste, G.B.H., Anti-Flag, The Lawrance Arms, The Bronx, The Flatliners, Buzzcocks, Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers, and more
Why: Las Vegas takes the punks bowling.
Web: www.punkrockbowling.com

 

Boston Calling

What: Boston Calling
Where: Boston, MA
When: May 22-24
Who: Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, The 1975, Liam Gallagher, Brittany Howard, Noname, Run the Jewels, Banks, Angels & Airwaves, LP, The Struts, Phoebe Bridgers, Sharon Van Etten, Pink Sweat$, Dinosaur Jr, PVRIS, Andrew W.K., The Districts, Jay Som, Beabadoobee, Phony PPL, Mew, and more
Why: Boston is seriously Calling – wicked pissah! See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: bostoncalling.com

 

BottleRock

What: BottleRock
Where:
Napa Valley, CA
When:
May 22-24
Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Khalid, Anderson .Paak, Zedd, Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Janelle Monae, Maggie Rogers, Blondie, Of Monsters and Men, Maren Morris, Empire of the Sun, Foals, Tegan & Sara, Jimmy Eat World, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Local Natives, Finneas, Milky Chance, Matt Nathanson, Amos Lee, Trampled by Turtles, CAAMP, The Band Camino, Mandolin Orange, Village People, Eric B. & Rakim, Muna, Hobo Johnson, Hamilton Leithauser, Ra Ra Riot, The Frights, Digable Planets, Big Freedia, Z-Trip, Meg Myers, Atlas Genius, White Reaper, DeVotchKa, Reignwolf, Black Joe Lewis, In the Valley Below, and many more
Why: The Napa Valley welcomes another year of a great new festival (to go with its great old wine). Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
bottlerocknapavalley.com

 

California Roots

What: California Roots
Where: Monterey, CA
When: May 22-24
Who: Rebelution, Damian Marley, Ice Cube, Sean Paul, Atmosphere, Nahko & Medicine For the People, Jimmy Cliff, Durand Jones & The Indications, Sublime with Rome, and more
Why: Get in touch with your Cali Roots. See more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: californiarootsfestival.com

 

Rocklahoma

What: Rocklahoma
Where: Pryor, OK
When: May 22-24
Who: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Anthrax, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Motionless In White, Body Count, Hollywood Undead, Hellyeah, Badflower, The Hu, Bad Wolves, All That Remains, Dinosaur Pile-Up, 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

 

Summer Camp

What: Summer Camp
Where: Chillicothe, IL
When: May 22-24
Who: moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Ween, Joe Russo’a Almost Dead, Billy Strings, Rezz, STS9, Dirty Heads, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Houndmouth, The Floozies, Lettuce, Cherub, Emancipator, Twiddle, Aqueous, Break Science, Keller Williams, The Record Company, and more to be announced
Why: Summer Camp usually mixes a little something more into its jam.
Web: summercampfestival.com

 

Elements

What: Elements
Where: Lakewood, PA
When: May 22-25
Who: Diplo, Bonobo, Chris Lake, Codes, Tokimonsta, Gramatik, Emancipator, Rusko, Manic Focus, Bob Moses, Four Tet, Claude VonStroke, and more to be announced
Why: Dance on a campground somewhere in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Web: www.elementsfest.us

 

Movement

What: Movement
Where: Detroit, MI
When: May 23-25
Who: Adam Beyer, A$AP Ferg, Avalon Emerson, The Black Madonna, Bob Moses, Carl Craig, Claude VonStroke, Ellen Allien, Four Tet, Jamie xx, John Talabot, Jon Hopkins, Justin Martin, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Tokimonsta, Underworld, and more
Why: Electronic music returns to the city where techno (and much more in music) was born. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: www.movement.us

 

Welcome Campers

What: Welcome Campers
Where: Camp Lenox, MA
When: May 23-25
Who: Vagabon, Haley Heynderickx, SASAMI, Salt Cathedral, and more
Why: The Wild Honey Pie goes to camp with an all-female line-up.
Web: www.thewildhoneypie.com

 

Candler Park

What: Candler Park
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: May 29-30
Who: Old Crow Medicine Show, Galactic, Moon Taxi, JJ Grey & Mofro, and more
Why: Jam out in Candler Park, Atlanta.
Web:
candlerparkmusicfestival.com

 

Mountain Jam

What: Mountain Jam
Where: Bethel Woods, NY
When: May 29-31
Who: Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dispatch, Alison Krauss, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Toots & The Maytals, Lukas Nelson, Mandolin Orange, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Amy Helm, Marco Benevento, Tyler Ramsey, The National Reserve, Consider the Source, Hollis Brown, and more
Why: Despite the name, the festival now in Bethel Woods is more than just another jam-fest.
Web: mountainjam.com

 

UNTZ

What: UNTZ
Where: Mariposa, CA
When: May 29-31
Who: Charlesthefirst, Yheti, Of the Trees, and more
Why: Party right near Yosemite.
Web: www.theuntzfestival.com

 

Roots Picnic

What: Roots Picnic
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: May 30
Who: The Roots, Meek Mill, Summer Walker, Dababy, Thundercat, Meshell Ndegeocello, and more
Why: Tonight Show band (and more) brings their annual picnic, at Fairmont Park.
Web: rootspicnic.com

 

Do-Division

What: Do-Division
Where: Chicago, IL
When: May 30-31
Who: To be announced in the Spring
Why: Held on ten blocks of Chicago’s Division Street, Ashland to Leavitt, the Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale features Chicago indie rock.
Web: do-divisionstreetfest.com

 


June

Nelsonville

What: Nelsonville
Where: Nelsonville, OH
When: June 4-7
Who: Billy Strings, Ezra Furman, Nilüfer Yanya, Jay Som, and more to be announced
Why: Ohio needs more music – especially southeastern Ohio.
Web: www.nelsonvillefest.org

 

Born & Raised

What: Born & Raised
Where: Pryor, OK
When: June 5-7
Who: Blackberry Smoke, Cody Canada & The Departed, Elizabeth Cook, Hank Williams Jr., Hayes Carll, Margo Price, Shooter Jennings, The Band of Heathens, Willie Nelson & Family, and more
Why: Born & Raised in Oklahoma!
Web: www.bornandraisedfestival.com

 

Governors Ball

What: Governors Ball
Where: New York, NY
When: June 5-7
Who: Tame Impala, Missy Elliott, Flume, Vampire Weekend, Stevie Nicks, Solange, Miley Cyrus, Ellie Goulding, Rüfüs Du Sol, H.E.R., Portugal. The Man, Foals, Jon Bellion, Khruangbin, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maren Morris, Of Monsters and Men, Milky Chance, Bleachers, Banks, Danny Brown, Gryffin, Alessia Cara, Madeon, YBN Cordae, Girl Talk, Pinegrove, Snail Mail, A R I Z O N A, Muna, Pup, Charly Bliss, Princess Nokia, Fontaines D.C., Nancy Whang, Sasha Sloan, Poolside, Frankie Cosmos, Jay Som, Chase Atlantic, and 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

 

Oblivion Access

What: Oblivion Access
Where: Austin, TX
When: June 5-7
Who: Carcass, Youth of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, Duster, Converge, Zola Jesus, A Place To Bury Strangers, Melt Banana, Anna Von Hausswolff, Kool Keith, and many more
Why: Dark music comes to Austin.
Web: oblivionaccessfestival.com

 

Twangfest

What: Twangfest
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: June 10-13
Who: To be announced
Why: 88.1 KDHX brings some twang to Middle America.
Web: twangfest.com

 

Blue Ox

What: Blue Ox
Where: Eau Claire, WI
When: June 11-13
Who: Pert Near Standstone, Greensky Bluegrass, Gov’t Mule, Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, and more to be announced
Why: Country jam comes to Wisconsin. Read more in our 2015 recap here
Web: blueoxmusicfestival.com

 

Bonnaroo

What: Bonnaroo
Where: Manchester, TN
When: June 11-14
Who: Tool, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, Flume, Miley Cyrus, Grand Ole Opry, Bassnectar, Oysterhead, Vampire Weekend, Leon Bridges, Tenacious D, The 1975, Run the Jewels, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Young Thug, Rezz, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Glass Animals, Young the Giant, Grace Potter, Flogging Molly, Megan Thee Stallion, Brittany Howard, Devon Gilfillian, Primus, Sylvan Esso, Boombox Cartel, Greensky Bluegrass, Kevin Gates, Dashboard Confesional, Nelly, The Struts, CAAMP, Troyboi, Pinegrove, Dermot Kennedy, Lennon Stella, Larkin Poe, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, The Band Camino, Denzell Curry, Mandolin Orange, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, The Growlers, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Colony House, Billy Strings, The Regrettes, Mt. Joy, Colony House, Bill Frisell, Nilüfer Yanya, Mdou Moctar, and many, many more
Why: The granddaddy of indie-meets-jam & more music festivals celebrates another genre-crossing year.
Web: www.bonnaroo.com

 

North by Northeast

What: North by Northeast
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
When: June 12-21
Who: More than you can count, eh
Why: Canada’s North-by-Northeast shifts to a traditional weekend festival arrangement, with acts from both sides of the border & more. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.nxne.com

 

Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 12 – July 5
Who: Kristen Chenoweth and more to be announced
Why: Home of the University of Michigan (and The Dharma Initiative…), all those kind of guys who are hailing from Ann Arbor get a much-needed reason to smile with this three-week Summer Fest.
Web: www.annarborsummerfestival.org

 

Firefly

What: Firefly
Where: Dover, DE
When: June 18-21
Who: Rage Against the Machine, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, Blink-182, Maggie Rogers, Cage the Elephant, Illenium, Diplo, Run the Jewels, CHVRCHES, David Lee Roth, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Kali Uchis, Blackbear, Lil Dicky, The Struts, RL Grime, NGHTMRE, Grouplove, Cold War Kids, Tove Lo, The Band Camino, Big Boi, Boys Noize, Cash Cash, Conan Gray, K.Flay, Matt Maeson, Neon Trees, Noah Cyrus, Omar Apollo, Space Jesus, White Reaper, Badflower, Devon Gilfillian, The Districts, The Glorious Sons, Illiterate Light, JJ Wilde, Leif Vollebekk, Mallrat, Missio, The Regrettes, and many more
Why: Delaware delivers in the festival game. Read & see much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: fireflyfestival.com

 

LOCKN'

What: LOCKN’
Where: Arrington, VA
When: June 18-21
Who: Phil Lesh, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, David Crosby, Joe Russo, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, Gov’t Mule, Oteil & Friends, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Electric Hot Tuna, Railroad Earth, Yola, Mike Gordon, The War and Treaty, Black Pumas, Midnight North, Marcus King, Garcia Peoples, Keller Williams, and more
Why: LOCKN’ the jam. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.locknfestival.com

 

Telluride Bluegrass

What: Telluride Bluegrass
Where: Telluride, CO
When: June 18-21
Who: Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, Del McCoury Band, Mandolin Orange, Billy Strings, Punch Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Live From Here with Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas Band, and more to be announced
Why: The ski resort of Telluride’s bluegrass festival always brings some big names in along with the jam.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/telluride

 

Country Summer

What: Country Summer
Where: Santa Rosa, CA
When: June 19-21
Who: Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Young, and more to be announced
Why: Have some Country in a warm northern California Summer. See much more in our photo gallery here
Web: countrysummer.com

 

Camp Nowhere

What: Camp Nowhere
Where: Dallas, TX & Austin, TX
When: June 20-21
Who: Bassnectar, Rezz, Jai Wolf, Said the Sky, and more
Why: Camp out with DJs in two different spots in the middle of Nowhere.
Web: www.campnowheretexas.com

 

Sled Island

What: Sled Island
Where: Calgary, AB, Canada
When: June 24-28
Who: Sudan Archives and more to be announced
Why: The mammoth & varied Sled Island returns to Calgary.
Web: www.sledisland.com

 

Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 24 – 28 & June 30 – July 2
Who: Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Dave Matthews Band, Halsey, Guns n’ Roses, and many, many more to be announced
Why: The biggest music festival in the world is also the most mainstream, but there’s so many bands over so many days, bound to be someone you want to see.
Web: summerfest.com

 

Electric Forest

What: Electric Forest
Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 25-28
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Flume, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Louis the Child, Diplo, The Disco Biscuits, 12th Planet, Big Boi, Big Wild, The Black Madonna, Boys Noize, Duke Dumont, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, The Glitch Mob, Gryffin, Keller Williams, Lindsey Stirling, Lous, Princess Nokia, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Tchami, YBN Cordae, Zomboy, Allen Stone, Black Pumas, The California Honeydrops, Cashmere Cat, and more
Why: Nature meets technology as Electric Forest. Read much more in our 2017 recap here
Web: www.electricforestfestival.com

 

Kate Wolf

What: Kate Wolf
Where: Laytonville, CA
When: June 25-28
Who: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Angelique Kidjo, Allman Betts Band, The Wood Brothers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Madeline Payroux, Ozomatli, Marcia Ball, and more to be announced
Why: Ladies & gents are welcome at Kate Wolf.
Web: katewolfmusicfestival.com

 

Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: June 25 – July 4
Who: Bebel Gilberto, Femi Kuti, Gregory Porter, Joss Stone, Lauren Diagle, Leslie Odom Jr., Macy Gray, Mappe Of, Marcus Miller, Thundercat, Walk Off the Earth, and many more to be announced
Why: Of course Montreal has a big, classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA

 

Shadow of the City

What: Shadow of the City
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: June 27
Who: Bleachers and more to be announced
Why: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers & fun. brings a festival to the Stone Pony in Jersey – in the Shadow of the City.
Web: shadowofthe.city

 


July

Ann Arbor Summer

What: Ann Arbor Summer
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
When: June 12 – July 5
Who: Kristen Chenoweth and more to be announced
Why: Home of the University of Michigan (and The Dharma Initiative…), all those kind of guys who are hailing from Ann Arbor get a much-needed reason to smile with this three-week Summer Fest.
Web: www.annarborsummerfestival.org

 

Summerfest

What: Summerfest
Where: Milwaukee, WI
When: June 24 – 28 & June 30 – July 2
Who: Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Dave Matthews Band, Halsey, Guns n’ Roses, and many, many more to be announced
Why: The biggest music festival in the world is also the most mainstream, but there’s so many bands over so many days, bound to be someone you want to see.
Web: summerfest.com

 

Montreal Jazz Fest

What: Montreal Jazz Fest
Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
When: June 25 – July 4
Who: Bebel Gilberto, Femi Kuti, Gregory Porter, Joss Stone, Lauren Diagle, Leslie Odom Jr., Macy Gray, Mappe Of, Marcus Miller, Thundercat, Walk Off the Earth, and many more to be announced
Why: Of course Montreal has a big, classy jazz festival.
Web: www.montrealjazzfest.com/en-CA

 

Essence

What: Essence
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: July 1-5
Who: Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle, Raphael Saadiq, D-Nice, Doug E. Fresh, GoldLink, Jidenna, Leikeli47, Masego, Smino, Swizz Beatz, Tank & The Bangas, and more
Why: Essence Magazine throws a festival in New Orleans.
Web: www.essence.com/festival

 

Peach

What: Peach
Where: Scranton, PA
When: July 2-5
Who: Oysterhead, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Billy & The Kids, Rebelution, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Oteil & Friends, Twiddle, Turkuaz, Billy Strings, Steel Pulse, The Slip, Keller Williams, Nicole Atkins, and more
Why: Bringing the jam to the home of Joe Biden & Dunder-Mifflin.
Web: www.thepeachmusicfestival.com

 

High Sierra

What: High Sierra
Where: Quincy, CA
When: July 2-5
Who: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Lettuce, The California Honeydrops, Twiddle, Dumpstaphunk, Samantha Fish, Steve Pooltz, Aqueous, Cedric Burnside, and more to be announced
Why: California’s High Sierra Music Festival, up in the mountains, is stocked with festival staples. See much more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: www.highsierramusic.com

 

Waterfront Blues

What: Waterfront Blues
Where: Portland, OR
When:
July 2-5
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for some Blues.
Web:
www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

 

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Barenaked Ladies, The Decemberists, Sharon Van Etten, Gin Blossoms, Real Estate, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Fruit Bats, and many more to be announced
Why: A mixture of paid benefit shows and free shows receiving those benefits are a staple every summer in the Big Apple at the iconic Central Park – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

Camp Bisco

What: Camp Bisco
Where: Scranton, PA
When:
July 9-11
Who: The Disco Biscuits and more to be announced
Why: Electro-jam festival regulars The Disco Biscuits revive Camp Bisco, now in Scranton. Read & see more in our 2013 recap here
Web:
campbisco.com

 

Northern Lights Festival Boréal

What: Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Where: Sudbury, ON, Canada
When: July 9-12
Who: To be announced
Why: Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boréal is basically a few Canadian heavy-hitters and others only Canadians have ever even heard of.
Web: nlfb.ca

 

Winnipeg FolkWhat: Winnipeg Folk
Where: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
When: July 9-12
Who: To be announced
Why: Every city in the Great White North has a folk festival – this one’s at Winnipeg’s Birds Hill Park, and is pretty damn good.
Web: www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca

 

Festival d'été de QuébecWhat: Festival d’été de Québec
Where: Québec City, QC, Canada
When: July 9-19
Who: To be announced February 26th
Why: The capital of Francophone America hosts a wide but odd collection of acts, from old to young, mainstream to indie, jazz to metal, folk to electronica.
Web: www.infofestival.com/en/?lang=en-CA

 

Basilica Block Party

What: Basilica Block Party
Where:
Minneapolis, MN
When: July 10-11
Who: Sylvan Esso, Hippo Campus, Dermot Kennedy, The Band CAMINO, SHAED, Jade Bird, Courtney Marie Andrews, Kaleo, Tash Sultana, half•alive, Sharon Van Etten, MisterWives, Weyes Blood, and more
Why: Cities 97.1 brings its Basilica Block Party.
Web:
www.basilicablockparty.org

 

80/35

What: 80/35
Where: Des Moines, IA
When: July 10-11
Who: To be announced
Why: Better known for corn & presidential primaries, Iowa has also been holding hold a sweet & diverse 80/35 festival. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.80-35.com

 

Green River

What: Green River
Where:
Greenfield, MA
When: July 10-12
Who: The Head and The Heart, Jenny Lewis, Mandolin Orange, Mt. Joy, Billy Strings, Jade Bird, Sarah Jarosz, Bonny Light Horseman, The War and Treaty, JD McPherson, Fruit Bats, Asleep At the Wheel, Jupiter & Okwess, and more to be announced
Why: This lighter jam-folk fest has hot air balloon rides.
Web:
www.greenriverfestival.com

 

Inkcarnation

What: Inkcarnation
Where: Mansfield, OH
When: July 10-12
Who: Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Blink-182, Mastodon, Halestorm, Papa Roach, Steel Panther, Underøath, Hollywood Undead, Falling In Reverse, Badflower, Candlebox, All That Remains, Puddle of Mudd, The Devil Wears Prada, New Politics, We Came As Romans, Escape the Fate, New Years Day, and more
Why: Music + Tattoo.
Web: inkcarceration.com

 

Levitate

What: Levitate
Where:
Marshfield, MA
When: July 10-12
Who: Jack Johnson, Phil Lesh, Stick Figure, Tash Sultana, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dirty Heads, Umphrey’s McGee, Toots & The Maytals, Billy Strings, Mt. Joy, Nahko and Medicine For the People, Jade Bird, Durand Jones & The Indications, Fruition, Mike Love, and more
Why: Levitate to the jam.
Web:
www.levitatemusicfestival.com

 

Ride

What: Ride
Where: Telluride, CO
When: July 10-12
Who: To be announced February 28th
Why: Ride into Telluride.
Web:
www.ridefestival.com

 

Pleasantville

What: Pleasantville
Where: Pleasantville, NY
When: July 11
Who: To be announced
Why: Making Pleasantville even more pleasant.
Web:
www.pleasantvillemusicfestival.com

 

Burger Boogaloo

What: Burger Boogaloo
Where: Oakland, CA
When: July 11-12
Who: John Waters, Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks, Bleached, Pansy Division, Flipper, and more to be announced
Why: Burger Records holds a Boogaloo.
Web: www.burgerboogaloo.com

 

Grey Fox Bluegrass

What: Grey Fox Bluegrass
Where:
Oak Hill, NY
When: July 15-19
Who: Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band, Della Mae, and more to be announced
Why: Blue or Grey is welcome in the Catskills.
Web:
www.greyfoxbluegrass.com

 

Rock Fest

What: Rock Fest
Where:
Cadott, WI
When: July 16-18
Who: Slipknot, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Anthrax, Steel Panther, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men, Queensrÿche, Memphis May Fire, All That Remains, Crobot, and more
Why: “Where We Just Rock”
Web:
www.rock-fest.com

 

Great South Bay

What: Great South Bay
Where: Patchogue, NY
When: July 16-19
Who: Tedeschi Trucks Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and more to be announced
Why: Jam fest on Long Island.
Web: www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com

 

Northwest String Summit

What: Northwest String Summit
Where:
North Plains, OR
When: July 16-18
Who: Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Umphrey’s McGee, The Infamous Stringdusters, Colter Wall, Sam Bush, Fruition, Keller & The Keels, and more
Why: “Where We Just Rock”
Web:
stringsummit.com

 

Timbrrr

What: Timbrrr
Where: Leavenworth, WA
When: July 16-19
Who: To be announced
Why: Timbrr!
Web: www.timbermusicfest.com

 

Folk On the Rocks

What: Folk On the Rocks
Where:
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
When: July 17-19
Who: To be announced
Why: Head all the way up to the Northwest Territories to get your Folk On the Rocks.
Web:
folkontherocks.com

 

Forecastle

What: Forecastle
Where: Louisville, KY
When: July 17-19
Who: Jack Johnson, Cage the Elephant, The 1975, Brockhampton, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Tash Sultana, Umphrey’s McGee, Jack Harlow, Clairo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Third Eye Blind, Grace Potter, YBN Cordae, Jon Bellion, Troyboi, Gryffin, LP, Manchester Orchestra, Thundercat, Yung Gravy, Allen Stone, Parquet Courts, Wale, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Julien Baker, Soccer Mommy, Durand Jones & The Indications, Nahko & Medicine For the People, (Sandy) Alex G, Elohim, Low Cut Connie, Andy Shauf, Beabadoobee, Cass McCombs, Caroline Rose, Illiterate Light, and more
Why: Forecastle comes with a vengeance and a top-tier line-up. Read and see much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: forecastlefest.com

 

Pitchfork

What: Pitchfork
Where:
Chicago, IL
When: July 19-21
Who: To be announced
Why: The mother of all online indie music magazines returns for another festival with all the bands they’ve been telling you that you have to hear. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web:
pitchforkmusicfestival.com

 

FloydFest

What: FloydFest
Where: Floyd, VA
When: July 22-26
Who: The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Grace Potter, Moon Taxi, Turkuaz, Toots & The Maytals, Leftover Salmon, Cory Wong, Keller Williams, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Devon Gilfillian, Brent Cobb, Molly Tuttle, The Soul Rebels, Illiterate Light, The Nude Party, Futurebirds, Consider the Source, and more
Why: Americana-jam at FloydFest.
Web: www.floydfest.com

 

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Angel Olsen, Bikini Kill, David Gray, Big Thief, Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley, Sheer Mag, Mount Eerie, and more to be announced
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! delivers all summer long. See our venue review & photos of Prospect Park Bandshell here
Web: www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/bric-celebrate-brooklyn

 

Beach Road Weekend

What: Beach Road Weekend
Where:
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
When: July 24-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Have a Weekend on the Beach Road in Martha’s Vineyard.
Web:
www.beachroadweekend.com

 

Capitol Hill Block Party

What: Capitol Hill Block Party
Where:
Seattle, WA
When: July 24-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Seattle throws a block party.
Web: capitolhillblockparty.com

 

Shambhala

What: Shambhala
Where: Salmo, BC, Canada
When: July 24-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Electro-DJs come to Canada – Shambhala!
Web: www.shambhalamusicfestival.com

 

Ozy Fest

What: Ozy Fest
Where: New York, NY
When: July 25
Who: To be announced
Why: Ozy mashes up TED Talks & music festival with some big-name speakers (and some music & comedy). Read & see much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: www.ozy.com/ozyfest

 

Float

What: Float
Where: San Marcos, TX
When: July 25-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Totally tubular. Read & see much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: floatfest.net

 

Mo Pop

What: Mo Pop
Where: Detroit, MI
When: July 25-26
Who: Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Ella Mai, Kali Uchis, Lizzo, The Story So Far, Noname, Snail Mail, and more
Why: A really good festival in the Motor City.
Web: mopopfestival.com

 

Lollapalooza

What: Lollapalooza
Where: Chicago, IL
When: July 30 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: The granddaddy of today’s indie fests still brings a hell of a line-up right to Chicago’s Grant Park. Read & see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.lollapalooza.com

 

Mile of Music

What: Mile of Music
Where: Appleton, WI
When: July 30 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: A Mile of Music comes to Appleton. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: mileofmusic.com

 

Pickathon

What: Pickathon
Where:
Happy Valley, OR
When: July 30 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Pick an instrument at Pickathon. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web:
pickathon.com

 

Magic City Blues

What: Magic City Blues
Where: Billings, MT
When: July 31 – August 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Urban music in the most un-urban of states.
Web: www.magiccityblues.com

 

Area 506

What: Area 506
Where: St. Johns, NB, Canada
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate all things New Brunswick (Canada).
Web: area506.ca

 

Hinterland

What: Hinterland
Where: St. Charles, IA
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: Leon Bridges, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler Childers, Kaleo, Old Crow Medicine Show, Khruangbin, Tanya Tucker, Wallows, The Devil Makes Three, Mt. Joy, Orville Peck, Weyes Blood, Yola, Shooter Jennings, Hamilton Leithauser, and more
Why: Head to America’s Hinterland for this nice new festival. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: hinterlandiowa.com

 

Newport Folk

What: Newport Folk
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: Big Thief, Black Pumas, Joseph, Mandolin Orange, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Randy Newman, Vagabon, Yola, and more to be announced
Why: The festival where Bob Dylan was called “Judas” for going electric is still going strong. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: www.newportfolk.org

 

Osheaga

What: Osheaga
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, Lewis Capaldi, Vampire Weekend, Leon Bridges, French Montana, Brockhampton, Of Monsters and Men, Kraftwerk, Rex Orange County, Partynextdoor, NF, Lauv, Caribou, Nick Murphy, Jessie Reyez, Third Eye Blind, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Dermot Kennedy, Brittany Howard, Madeon, July Talk, Clairo, The Struts, Yaeji, Pink Sweat$, Jacob Banks, The Front Bottoms, Orville Peck, Soccer Mommy, Phoebe Bridgers, Sasha Sloan, Big Wild, Men I Trust, Phony PPL, Baynk, Caroline Polachek, Julia Jacklin, SYML, Illiterate Light, Kevin Garrett, and many, many more
Why: Osheaga stays in the top-tier with another killer line-up. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.osheaga.com

 

Satchmo

What: Satchmo
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Satchmo – comin’ through with the music.
Web:
satchmosummerfest.org

 

XPoNential

What: XPoNential
Where:
Camden, NJ
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: WXPN 88.5 holds an Americana alt-country fest at Camden’s Waterfront.
Web:
xpnfest.org

 


August

SummerStage

What: SummerStage
Where: New York, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Barenaked Ladies, The Decemberists, Sharon Van Etten, Gin Blossoms, Real Estate, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Fruit Bats, and many more to be announced
Why: A mixture of paid benefit shows and free shows receiving those benefits are a staple every summer in the Big Apple at the iconic Central Park – as well as other parks in all five boroughs! See our venue review & photos of Central Park SummerStage here
Web:
www.summerstage.org

 

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

What: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Where: Brooklyn, NY
When: To be announced
Who: Angel Olsen, Bikini Kill, David Gray, Big Thief, Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley, Sheer Mag, Mount Eerie, and more to be announced
Why: Once again, Prospect Park Bandshell’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! delivers all summer long. See our venue review & photos of Prospect Park Bandshell here
Web: www.bricartsmedia.org/performing-arts/bric-celebrate-brooklyn

 

Lollapalooza

What: Lollapalooza
Where: Chicago, IL
When: July 30 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: The granddaddy of today’s indie fests still brings a hell of a line-up right to Chicago’s Grant Park. Read & see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.lollapalooza.com

 

Mile of Music

What: Mile of Music
Where: Appleton, WI
When: July 30 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: A Mile of Music comes to Appleton. Read & see much more in our 2014 recap here
Web: mileofmusic.com

 

Pickathon

What: Pickathon
Where:
Happy Valley, OR
When: July 30 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Pick an instrument at Pickathon. Read & see much more in our 2016 recap here
Web:
pickathon.com

 

Magic City Blues

What: Magic City Blues
Where: Billings, MT
When: July 31 – August 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Urban music in the most un-urban of states.
Web: www.magiccityblues.com

 

Area 506

What: Area 506
Where: St. Johns, NB, Canada
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Celebrate all things New Brunswick (Canada).
Web: area506.ca

 

Hinterland

What: Hinterland
Where: St. Charles, IA
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: Leon Bridges, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler Childers, Kaleo, Old Crow Medicine Show, Khruangbin, Tanya Tucker, Wallows, The Devil Makes Three, Mt. Joy, Orville Peck, Weyes Blood, Yola, Shooter Jennings, Hamilton Leithauser, and more
Why: Head to America’s Hinterland for this nice new festival. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: hinterlandiowa.com

 

Newport Folk

What: Newport Folk
Where: Newport, RI
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: Big Thief, Black Pumas, Joseph, Mandolin Orange, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Randy Newman, Vagabon, Yola, and more to be announced
Why: The festival where Bob Dylan was called “Judas” for going electric is still going strong. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web: www.newportfolk.org

 

Osheaga

What: Osheaga
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, Lewis Capaldi, Vampire Weekend, Leon Bridges, French Montana, Brockhampton, Of Monsters and Men, Kraftwerk, Rex Orange County, Partynextdoor, NF, Lauv, Caribou, Nick Murphy, Jessie Reyez, Third Eye Blind, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Dermot Kennedy, Brittany Howard, Madeon, July Talk, Clairo, The Struts, Yaeji, Pink Sweat$, Jacob Banks, The Front Bottoms, Orville Peck, Soccer Mommy, Phoebe Bridgers, Sasha Sloan, Big Wild, Men I Trust, Phony PPL, Baynk, Caroline Polachek, Julia Jacklin, SYML, Illiterate Light, Kevin Garrett, and many, many more
Why: Osheaga stays in the top-tier with another killer line-up. Read & see much more in our 2013 recap here
Web: www.osheaga.com

 

Satchmo

What: Satchmo
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: Satchmo – comin’ through with the music.
Web:
satchmosummerfest.org

 

XPoNential

What: XPoNential
Where:
Camden, NJ
When: July 31 – August 2
Who: To be announced
Why: WXPN 88.5 holds an Americana alt-country fest at Camden’s Waterfront.
Web:
xpnfest.org

 

HARD SUMMER

What: HARD SUMMER
Where: Fontana, CA
When: August 1-2
Who: To be announced
Why: HARD returns this SUMMER with some hard beats. See more in our 2014 photo gallery here
Web: hardfest.com

 

Maha

What: Maha
Where: Omaha, NE
When: August 5-8
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to O’Maha.
Web: mahafestival.com

 

Bellwether

What: Bellwether
Where:
Waynesville, OH
When: August 6-8
Who: Shovels & Rope, The Devil Makes Three, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Growlers, John Moreland, Langhorne Slim, The Lone Bellow, Scarypoolparty, Cloud Nothings, Waxahatchee, Nicole Atkins, and more to be announced
Why: Southwestern Ohio is a Bellwether.
Web:
bellwetherfest.com

 

Secret Stages

What: Secret Stages
Where: Birmingham, AL
When: August 7-8
Who: To be announced
Why: A mostly free event in Birmingham’s Historic Loft District.
Web: www.secretstages.net

 

Newport Jazz

What: Newport Jazz
Where: Newport, RI
When: August 7-9
Who: Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Khruangbin, Angélique Kidjo, Robert Glasper, Jimmy Cliff, The Soul Rebels, Avery*Sunshine, and more to be announced
Why: While best known for its storied folk festival (see above), little Newport in little Rhode Island has a jazz fest the following weekend to boot!
Web: www.newportjazz.org

 

Outside Lands

What: Outside Lands
Where:
San Francisco, CA
When: August 7-9
Who: To be announced
Why: San Francisco’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park plays host to another year of Outside Lands, with three days of an incredible line-up. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
www.sfoutsidelands.com

 

Planet Bluegrass Folks

What: Planet Bluegrass Folks
Where: Lyons, CO
When: August 7-9
Who: To be announced
Why: Folks go to Planet Bluegrass.
Web: www.bluegrass.com/folks

 

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

What: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
Where: Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
When: August 13-16
Who: To be announced
Why: British Columbia opens its Salmon Arms for artists from around the world.
Web: www.rootsandblues.ca

 

Baja Beach

What: Baja Beach
Where: Rosarita Beach, Mexico
When: August 14-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Get down in Mexico’s Baja California.
Web: bajabeachfest.com

 

Psycho Las Vegas

What: Psycho Las Vegas
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: August 14-16
Who: Danzig, Mercyful Fate, Emperor, The Flaming Lips, Blue Öyster Cult, Black Rebel Morotcycle Club, Ty Segall, Mayhem, Warpaint, Blonde Redhead, HEALTH, Poison the Well, Wolves In the Throne Room, Thursday, Pinback, Zola Jesus, Boris, Eyehategod, Cursive, TSOL, Pig Destroyer, Lower Dens, This Will Destroy You, Dengue Fever, Black Joe Lewis, and more
Why: Vegas goes Psycho.
Web: www.vivapsycho.com

 

L.A. Tailgate

What: L.A. Tailgate
Where: Fontana, CA
When: August 15-16
Who: To be announced
Why: Los Angeles Tailgates with some country.
Web:
latailgatefest.com

 

Riverfest Elora

What: Riverfest Elora
Where: Elora, ON, Canada
When: August 21-23
Who: To be announced
Why: Yet another great festival north of the border.
Web: riverfestelora.com

 

Railbird

What: Railbird
Where: Lexington, KY
When: August 22-23
Who: To be announced February 19th
Why: New festival with Music. Bourbon. Equine.
Web: www.railbirdfest.com

 


September

Appaloosa

What: Appaloosa
Where: Front Royal, VA
When: September 3-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Get out of D.C. and get back to the roots.
Web: appaloosafestival.com

 

Electric Zoo

What: Electric Zoo
Where: Randall’s Island, NY
When: September 4-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Electric Zoo is managing to bring European-style electronic craziness on New York City’s Randall’s Island for another year. See much more in our 2019 photo gallery here
Web:
 electriczoofestival.com

 

Seven Peaks

What: Seven Peaks
Where: Buena Vista, CO
When: September 4-6
Who: To be announced
Why: Dierks Bentley throws his own festival among the Peaks of Colorado.
Web:
sevenpeaksfestival.com

 

Prog Power USA

What: Prog Power USA
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 9-12
Who: To be announced
Why: Progressive & metal meet in Atlanta, USA.
Web: progpowerusa.com

 

Hopscotch

What: Hopscotch
Where: Raleigh, NC
When:
September 10-12
Who: To be announced
Why: The Independent Weekly throws a great fest at venues across Raleigh.
Web:
hopscotchmusicfest.com

 

Dancefestopia

What: Dancefestopia
Where: Kansas City, MO
When: September 10-13
Who: To be anounced
Why: Get your dance on in the middle of the country.
Web: www.dancefestopia.com

 

Riot

What: Riot Fest
Where: Chicago, IL
When: September 11-13
Who: My Chemical Romance and many more to be announced
Why: Riot Fest collects punks & more, old & young. Read and see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.riotfest.org

 

Grand Point North

What: Grand Point North
Where: Burlington, VT
When: September 12-23
Who: Grace Potter and more to be announced
Why: Vermont & Grace Potter do the jam right. See much more in our 2017 photo gallery here
Web: www.grandpointnorth.com

 

Moon River

What: Moon River
Where: Chattanooga, TN
When: September 12-13
Who: Sheryl Crow, Nickelback, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Billy Strings, Indigo Girls, Dawes, Robert Earl Keen, Shovels & Rope, Yola, The Jayhawks, Colony House, Molly Tuttle, and more
Why: Drew Holcomb brings a festival to Chattanooga. See much more in our 2015 photo gallery here
Web: moonriverfestival.com

 

Harvest Jazz & Blues

What: Harvest Jazz & Blues
Where: Fredericton, NB, Canada
When: September 15-29
Who: To be announced
Why: New Brunswick’s Harvest mixes the folk festivals of Canada with the jazz & blues of Acadia’s lineal descendants, Cajun country.
Web: www.harvestjazzandblues.com

 

Basilica SoundScape

What: Basilica SoundScape
Where: Hudson, NY
When: September 18-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Head up the Hudson for a SoundScape. See more in our 2013 photo gallery here
Web: basilicahudson.org/soundscape

 

Kaaboo

What: Kaaboo
Where: Del Mar, CA
When: September 18-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Kaaboom! Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web: www.kaaboodelmar.com

 

Telluride Blues & Brews

What: Telluride Blues & Brews
Where: Telluride, CO
When: September 18-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Have some blues – and some brews.
Web: www.tellurideblues.com

 

Hometown Rising

What: Hometown Rising
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 12-13
Who: To be announced
Why: The Hometown country is Rising.
Web: hometownrising.com

 

Utopia

What: Utopia
Where: Burnet, TX
When: September 17-19
Who: To be announced
Why: Head to Utopia: Down In the Oaks. Read & see much more in our 2019 recap here
Web: www.utopiafest.com

 

Life Is Beautiful

What: Life Is Beautiful
Where: Las Vegas, NV
When: September 18-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas. Read much more in our 2018 recap here
Web:
lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

 

Louder Than Life

What: Louder Than Life
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 18-20
Who: Metallica and more to be announced
Why: Louisville is Louder Than Life.
Web:
louderthanlifefestival.com

 

Music Midtown

What: Music Midtown
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: September 19-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Music comes to Midtown Atlanta.
Web: www.musicmidtown.com

 

Sea.Hear.Now

What: Sea.Hear.Now
Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: September 19-20
Who: To be announced
Why: Rock Asbury Park.
Web:
www.seahearnowfestival.com

 

Pop Montreal

What: Pop Montréal
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada
When: September 23-27
Who: To be announced
Why: The artistic alt-SXSW showcases acts based on artistic style, not commercial viability, in the snowy but beautifully European Montreal.
Web: www.popmontreal.com

 

Pygmalion

What: Pygmalion
Where: Champaign-Urbana, IL
When:
September 24-26
Who: To be announced
Why: Central Illinois’s Pygmalion Music Festival returns its sixteenth year.
Web:
www.thepygmalionfestival.com

 

Bourbon & Beyond

What: Bourbon & Beyond
Where: Louisville, KY
When: September 25-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Bourbon, bands & Beyond. See more in our 2018 photo gallery here
Web:
bourbonandbeyond.com

 

Global Citizen

What: Global Citizen
Where: New York, NY
When: September 26
Who: To be announced
Why: Giant names try to bring awareness to the Great Lawn at Central Park.
Web: www.globalcitizen.org/en/festival

 

Pilgrimage

What: Pilgrimage
Where: Franklin, TN
When: September 26-27
Who: To be announced
Why: Make a Pilgrimage to Tennessee.
Web:
pilgrimagefestival.com

 


October

Austin City Limits

What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: October 2-4 & 9-11
Who: To be announced
Why: ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ & America’s longest-running live music show bring their festival back to Zilker Park with another ridiculously stocked line-up of both old & new, mainstream & not – for two weekends! Read & see much more in our big 2019 recap here
Web: www.aclfestival.com

 

Hillberry

What: Hillberry
Where: Eureka Springs, AR
When:
October 8-11
Who: To be announced
Why: Railroad Earth brings a harvest festival to Arkansas.
Web: hillberryfestival.com

 

Aftershock

What: Aftershock
Where: Sacramento, CA
When: October 9-11
Who: Metallica, My Chemical Romance, and more to be announced
Why: Today’s hard rock comes to the capitol of the Bear Republic.
Web: www.aftershockconcert.com

 

Mondo

What: Mondo
Where: New York, NY
When: October 13-16
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

 

Voodoo Experience

What: Voodoo Experience
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: October 30 – November 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Expect sights & sounds that you won’t/can’t forget in the Big Easy around All Hallow’s Eve. Read & see much more in our big 2017 recap here
Web: www.voodoofestival.com

 


November & December

Voodoo Experience

What: Voodoo Experience
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: October 30 – November 1
Who: To be announced
Why: Expect sights & sounds that you won’t/can’t forget in the Big Easy around All Hallow’s Eve. Read & see much more in our big 2017 recap here
Web: www.voodoofestival.com

 

EDC Orlando

What: EDC Orlando
Where: Orlando, FL
When: November 13-15
Who: To be announced
Why: Electric Daisy Carnival is made for South Florida.
Web: orlando.electricdaisycarnival.com

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