Music festivals in the United States have been releasing 2018 lineups at a furious pace over the last couple weeks. We’ve collected some of the major fests of the US below including Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Governors Ball, along with a few that might not have crossed your radar. Need more inspiration for the summer? Our full 2018 music festival calendar for the United States can be found right here.
Coachella Music Festival 2018
When: April 13-22, 2018
Where: Indio, CA
The Scene: Like a barometer always reading a temperature of awesome, the traditional kickoff to the summer festival season is dominated by Coachella. The glitz and glamour of Los Angeles migrates east to the Indio desert for back to back weekends of the biggest names in music. What started as a small electronic festival in the desert has transformed into a cultural touchstone for the festival season.
The Lineup: Alt-J, Aurora, Bleachers, BØRNS, Carl Craig, Cash Cash, Chromeo, Eminem, Fidlar, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Haim, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Jamiroquai, Kygo, MØ, Nothing But Thieves, Odesza, Portugal. the Man, Princess Nokia
More Info: Coachella Music Festival 2018 Guide
Bonnaroo Music Festival 2018
When: June 7-10, 2018
Where: Manchester, TN
The Scene: Over the last decade, no other US music festival has captured the spirit of large greenfield gatherings like the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Bonnaroo burst onto the scene grabbing headlines along with our hearts as we watched it grow from scrappy newcomer to a full fledged anchor of the summer. It may not be the oldest or the largest, but Bonnaroo is the spirit of the quintessential American music festival. Long live The Roo.
The Lineup: Alt-J, Bassnectar, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Eminem, First Aid Kit, Future, Kaskade, Muse, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paramore, Pond, Sheryl Crow, The Killers, Thundercat, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
More Info: Bonnaroo Music Festival 2018 Guide
Firefly Music Festival 2018
When: June 14-17, 2018
Where: Dover, DE
The Scene: In only a few short years, the Firefly Music Festival has become a solid addition to the East Coast summer calendar. Set in the forested landscape of The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, Firefly boasts seven stages and over a 100 performers each year.
The Lineup: Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys, Big Gigantic, Chromeo, Cold War Kids, Eminem, Foster the People, Jimmy Eat World, Kendrick Lamar, Lord Huron, Martin Garrix, MGMT, Odesza, Royal Blood, Rudimental, The Killers, Vance Joy
More Info: Firefly Music Festival 2018 Guide
Governors Ball Music Festival 2018
When: June 1-3, 2018
Where: New York City, NY
The Scene: New York City struggled for years to land a proper mega-festival and finally found the perfect partner with The Governor’s Ball. Taking place on the Hudson River on Randall’s Island, festival fans can settle back and enjoy the show with the unforgettable NYC skyline as the backdrop.
The Lineup: Aurora, CHVRCHES, Eminem, Galantis, Halsey, Jack White, James Blake, Japandroids, Pond, Wolf Alice, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
More Info: Governors Ball Music Festival 2018 Guide
Bottlerock Napa Valley 2018
When: May 25-27, 2018
Where: Napa, CA
The Scene: Wine meets music when artists from around the world descend on Napa Valley just north of San Francisco. The internationally renown wine region lets it all hang out during this Memorial Day Weekend Festival, putting out one of the best West Coast lineups of the season.
The Lineup: Billy Idol, Bleachers, Bruno Mars, Halsey, Incubus, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Muse, Phantogram, Snoop Dogg, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
More Info: Bottlerock Napa Valley 2018 Guide
Boston Calling 2018
When: May 25-27, 2018
Where: Allston, MA
The Scene: 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.
The Lineup: Eminem, Fleet Foxes, Jack White, Paramore, Pond, Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, St. Vincent, Stormzy, The Decemberists, The Killers, The National, Thee Oh Sees, Thundercat, Zola Jesus
More Info: Boston Calling 2018 Guide
Hangout Fest 2018
When: May 18-20, 2018
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
The Scene: Hangout takes music festivalling to the beach with this springtime party held mid-May on the golden sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The huge lineup of just about every genre frequently gives a sneak peek to what's coming this summer in the United States. As far as we know, this is the only festival in the world where you can watch the main stage from a hot tub.
The Lineup: Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Foster the People, Galantis, Grouplove, Halsey, Kendrick Lamar, Nothing But Thieves, Odesza, Portugal. the Man, Slightly Stoopid, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Zedd
More Info: Hangout Fest 2018 Guide
In Bloom Festival 2018
When: March 24-25, 2018
Where: Houston, TX
The Scene: Formally the Free Press Summer Fest, In Bloom Festival rebranded in 2018 along with a move to the much cooler season of March. The Houston festival now features one of the most stacked lineups of spring.
The Lineup: Beck, Broken Social Scene, Cigarettes After Sex, Explosions In The Sky, Gramatik, Grizzly Bear, Incubus, Martin Garrix, Queens of the Stone Age, Wolf Alice
More Info: In Bloom Festival 2018 Guide
Shaky Knees Festival 2018
When: May 4-6, 2018
Where: Atlanta, GA
The Scene: Drawing in nearly 40,000 attendees, Shaky Knees Festival brings a highly desired indie scene to the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. In an era where most festival headliners feature a variation of EDM/DJ acts, Shaky Knees lives to show another side of modern day music.
The Lineup: Cake, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Jack White, Japandroids, Jimmy Eat World, Lord Huron, Parquet Courts, Queens of the Stone Age, Rival Sons, Tenacious D, The Black Angels, The National, The War on Drugs, Vance Joy, Waxahatchee
More Info: Shaky Knees Festival 2018 Guide
Welcome to Rockville 2018
When: April 27-29, 2018
Where: Jacksonville, FL
The Scene: Welcome to Rockville roars into Jacksonville, Florida, every spring with a powerful rock and metal lineup. Part of the World's Loudest Month, more than 50,000 fans show up for a monster weekend of nonstop rock with 45 bands on 4 stages.
The Lineup: Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Halestorm, Queens of the Stone Age
More Info: Welcome to Rockville 2018 Guide
The National Homecoming 2018
When: April 28-29, 2018
Where: Cincinnati, OH
The Scene: International superstars, The National, return to their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, playing two unique sets over two nights. They'll be joined by 20+ artists along with city-wide performances and other surprises!
The Lineup: Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, Lord Huron, The National
More Info: The National Homecoming 2018 Guide
Carolina Rebellion 2018
When: May 4-6, 2018
Where: Concord, NC
The Scene: For three days in May, the Charlotte Motor Speedway trades in fast cars for even faster music. The Carolina Rebellion Festival has become popular with fans for delivering a rock and metal lineup not typically seen in the United States.
The Lineup: Alice in Chains, Baroness, Billy Idol, Breaking Benjamin, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Halestorm, Hatebreed, In This Moment, Incubus, Muse, Parkway Drive, Queens of the Stone Age, Shinedown, Stone Sour
More Info: Carolina Rebellion 2018 Guide
BUKU Music + Art Project 2018
When: March 9-10, 2018
Where: New Orleans, LA
The Scene: From the venue to the art to the music, BUKU is one of the most unique festivals of the spring. With a post-industrial setting as a backdrop and featuring music from electronic, indie, and hip hop, BUKU strives and succeeds as a true festival experience. Catch up on your sleep -- with the all night shows in the city of New Orleans, you're going to need your rest.
The Lineup: A Day To Remember, Bassnectar, Little Dragon, MGMT, Princess Nokia, Sylvan Esso
More Info: BUKU Music + Art Project 2018 Guide
Okeechobee Music Festival 2018
When: March 1-4, 2018
Where: Okeechobee, FL
The Scene: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival burst onto the Florida scene in 2016 and immediately become a fan favorite. Taking place in early March, Okeechobee is now the first major music festival of the US festival season and provides a glimpse of touring summertime artists. The festival's home at Sunshine Grove is a treat for campers with lush grassy fields, a sandy beach, and a majestic grove.
The Lineup: Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Foster the People, Gramatik, Halsey, Lettuce, Local Natives, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, STS9, The Flaming Lips, Thievery Corporation, Tycho, Zeds Dead
More Info: Okeechobee Music Festival 2018 Guide
McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) 2018
When: March 2-4, 2018
Where: Phoenix, AZ
The Scene: It may be late spring everywhere else in the United States, but March is like summertime down in Arizona and McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F Fest) takes full advantage of the warm weather. The now annual celebration of community and charity has become a solid fixture in the growing Phoenix festival scene.
The Lineup: Big Gigantic, Com Truise, Dr. Dog, Father John Misty, Gorgon City, Griz
More Info: McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) 2018 Guide
Treefort Music Festival 2018
When: March 21-25, 2018
Where: Boise, ID
The Scene: Boise in Idaho may sound like an odd city choice for an epic festival, but the Treefort Festival continues to impress us year after year. Treefort typically takes place the week after SXSW to take advantage of artists heading back to the Northwest. Short lines and a welcoming city continually keeps Treefort at the top of our list. Since their inception, the festival has grown in size to include film, yoga, beer, and comedy.
The Lineup: Built To Spill, Galactic
More Info: Treefort Music Festival 2018 Guide
Summer Camp 2018
When: May 25-28, 2018
Where: Chillicothe, IL
The Scene: 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.”
The Lineup: Action Bronson, Beats Antique, EOTO, Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, moe., RL Grime, STS9, Yonder Mountain String Band
More Info: Summer Camp 2018 Guide