May 27-29, 2016
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. --MFJ
Festival Hub: Rocklahoma
Photo Credit: Vernon Gowdy III
Summer Camp 2016
May 27-29, 2016
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.”
Festival Hub: Summer Camp
Featured Artists: Big Gigantic, Dopapod, Emancipator, EOTO, Gramatik, Greensky Bluegrass, Griz, Keller Williams, Kung Fu, Lettuce, moe., STS9, The Roots, Thievery Corporation, Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band
Photo Credit: Katie Mendez
May 26-29, 2016
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.
Festival Hub: Delfest
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Lightning in a Bottle 2016
May 25-30, 2016
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.
Festival Hub: Lightning in a Bottle
Photo Credit: Watchara Phomicinda
May 27-30, 2016
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 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.
Festival Hub: Sasquatch
Featured Artists: Alabama Shakes, Baroness, Caribou, Chet Faker, Disclosure, Florence and the Machine, Grimes, Ibeyi, Jamie xx, Kurt Vile, M83, Mac DeMarco, Major Lazer, Purity Ring, Rudimental, Savages, The Cure, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wolf Alice, Yeasayer, Yo La Tengo
Photo Credit: Matthew Lamb
Mysteryland USA 2016
June 10-13, 2016
Like sailors in the days of old, the long-running Mysteryland out of The Netherlands set sail for the far shores of America. Making landfall in upstate New York at the iconic Woodstock ’69 venue, this Memorial Day fest looks like it’s here to stay and we couldn’t be happier. A stacked EDM lineup keeps this festival going all night with everything from international headliners to underground dance music.
Festival Hub: Mysteryland
Photo Credit: Joey Timmer
Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016
June 16-19, 2016
Camping in the Rocky Mountains during the summer is an enlightening experience especially when surrounded by one the jewels of summer – the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. If you manage to snag tickets to this sold out event, Town Park Campground is the Valhalla of camping with permanent bathrooms, waterfalls, and a location so close that you can listen to music from your tent.
Festival Hub: Telluride Bluegrass
Photo Credit: Benko Photos
Electric Forest 2016
June 23-26, 2016
The legendary Sherwood Forest, beloved by music festival fans around the world, sets the backdrop to Electric Forest. Located on the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan, Electric Forest has grown into a full-on destination fest. At night, the Sherwood Forest becomes alive with lights, art, and the creativity of the fans.
Festival Hub: Electric Forest
Featured Artists: Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Bonobo, Bro Safari, EOTO, Fetty Wap, Greensky Bluegrass, Griz, Major Lazer, Papadosio, Porter Robinson, STS9, The Disco Biscuits, The Polish Ambassador, The String Cheese Incident
Photo Credit: Brian Spady
July 27-31, 2016
The homegrown Floydfest has only one modest aim: “Our mission is to the be the best music experience of our time.” The lofty promise is generating results as each year the lineup gets deeper and the names get bigger. The famous Blue Ridge Parkway serves as your living room for the weekend.
Festival Hub: Floydfest Music Festival
Photo Credit: Andy Cox
WE Fest 2016
August 4-6, 2016
80,000 rowdy country fans descend on the tiny town of Detroit Lakes at this blowout. There’s ten campgrounds to stake out your territory with different areas for different lifestyles. And better leave the kids at home for this one — as the website states: “…we do not recommend that you bring your children.”
Festival Hub: WE Fest
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