11 Music Festivals Over Memorial Day Weekend To Remember

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, and the unofficial kickoff of the summer festival season. We’re already celebrating at Music Festival Wizard with our annual rundown of the best festivals over the holiday. Here are 11 of our picks to check out. Need inspiration for the rest of the summer? We’ve got it right here in our festival calendar with 500+ events left before the end of 2017.

Lightning in a Bottle 2017

May 24-29, 2017

Bradley, CA


The dedicated fans of this transformational festival have kept LiB at the top of its game for over ten years. It’s changed venues more than a few times, but the incredible art, enthusiastic attendees, and top notch lineup at this boutique fest is a steady constant.


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Sasquatch Festival 2017

May 26-29, 2017

George, WA


Much like its namesake, the Sasqutach Festival resides in the northwest, is completely legendary, and sought after by fans from all over the world. The Memorial Day weekend powerhouse now stretches over four days in a trippy Washington wasteland that would be considered desolate if The Gorge didn’t provide one of the greatest natural stages known to man.


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Movement Detroit 2017

May 27-29, 2017

Detroit, MI


Long before the onslaught of the modern day EDM festival scene, the Movement Festival has owned downtown Detroit over Memorial Day weekend. Running under a few different names since 2000, this festival brings in top talent to Hart Plaza and delivers an EDM urban experience far different than any other you’ll find over the summer.


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Neon Desert 2017

May 27-28, 2017

El Paso, TX


30,000+ fans converge on downtown El Paso for this annual celebration of hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock. The Texas festival prides itself on a mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts.


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Boston Calling 2017

May 26-28, 2017

Allston, MA


It’s been a dry spell for Boston and music festivals until Boston Calling showed up with this downtown fest. As if making up for lost time, Boston Calling now happens twice a year. The spring version takes place over Memorial Day Weekend and has featured acts like Death Cab for Cutie, The National, Bastille, and Built to Spill.


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DelFest 2017

May 25-28, 2017

Cumberland, MD


The legendary bluegrass artist Del McCoury curates this annual festival at the picture perfect Allegany County Fairgrounds in Maryland. Camping, dancing, and of course, plenty of bluegrass set the stage for a Memorial Day weekend of world class collaborations, special guest sit-ins, informal workshops, and late night picking sessions.


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Rocklahoma 2017

May 26-28, 2017

Pryor, OK


Looking for a contemplative weekend of drum circles and mellow campfire jams -- then Rocklahoma is your nightmare. The only thing more legendary than the lineup at Rocklahoma are the campground ragers. Contests throughout the weekend inspire party animals to fully trick out their campsite in creative and often, puzzling ways.


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Summer Camp 2017

May 26-28, 2017

Chillicothe, IL


From chilled out late night campfire jams to beat busting dance shows, the party at Summer Camp goes long past the end of scheduled performances. “Scampers” can apply to become camp counselors which means free tickets, free camping, and free beer in exchange for being an official party ambassador to the other attendees. Our resident festival expert calls Summer Camp — “The best festival of the Memorial Day Weekend.”


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Sunset Music Festival 2017

May 27-28, 2017

Tampa, FL


The hottest names in electronic music descend on Tampa Bay for the steamy Sunset Music Festival. The central Florida fest keeps the vibe chill with cool-down mazes, shade installations, and free water stations.


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Punk Rock Bowling Las Vegas 2017

May 27-29, 2017

Las Vegas, NV


Combining mankind's three greatest creations (punk rock, bowling, and Las Vegas), this annual festival has grown popular enough to spin off editions across the country. But nothing compares to the flagship festival of Punk Rock Bowling in its downtown Las Vegas home over Memorial Day Weekend. 100 bands, 1000 bowlers, poker tournaments, movie screenings, and plenty of booze -- sounds like the perfect weekend.


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California Roots 2017

May 26-28, 2017

Monterey, CA


One of the largest reggae festivals in the country, Calforinia Roots "delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter." The three-day festival takes place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, where Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire in 1967.


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Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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