Best Fests: Mega-Festivals (US)

Ultra Miami 2016

March 18-20, 2016


For EDM fans around the world, Ultra in Miami is a must-stop on the international circuit. While most of the United States is shivering in parkas waiting for the summer festival season, Ultra fans are dancing their asses off in sunny Miami. The show always delivers surprises – both in the musical acts and the fans that attend.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Kevin Verkruijssen

South By Southwest (SXSW) 2016

March 11-20, 2016


It’s not that South by Southwest takes over Austin — downtown Austin becomes SXSW for nine days in March. Music, art, interactive, panels, comedy, and movies all vie for your attention span. Let’s put it this way. You could skip media for a year, come to Austin for the week, and still come out ahead on pop culture.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , ,

Photo Credit: Diego Donamaria

Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay

Coachella Music Festival 2016

April 15-24, 2016


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.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay for Coachella

Sasquatch 2016

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:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Matthew Lamb

Governors Ball Music Festival 2016

June 3-5, 2016


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.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Christopher Garbushian

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2016

June 9-12, 2016


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.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lollapalooza Chicago 2016

July 28-31, 2016


It’s loud. It’s messy. It’s Lollapalooza. You got to hand it Perry Farrell, the bizarre and quirky visionary who reinvented the American music festival with Lollapalooza, first taking it on the road in the last century and then putting down stakes in Chicago. Despite a firm homebase in the Windy City, Lolla hasn’t forgotten its traveling roots with editions in South America and Europe.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Nick Simonite

Outside Lands 2016

August 5-7, 2016


A bike valet, wine tasting tent, and local organic food vendors are just a couple of signs that you’re in San Francisco at Outside Lands. The quirky and wonderful Golden Gate Park hosts a wide range of acts and has quickly grown into a highlight of the San Fran summer. Bring a hoodie with you. Just because it’s August doesn’t mean that the fog won’t join the party.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Katie Mendez

Bumbershoot 2016

September 2-4, 2016


Now in its fourth decade, Bumbershoot (a oldie time word for umbrella) is more of an institution than a music festival. There’s so much happening here that you’ll need all three days to sort through all the live music, art shows, speakers, and exhibitions happening under the Bumbershoot. With a budget friendly price (and children under ten are FREE), this fest is one of the most affordable and family friendly of the season.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti

Austin City Limits 2016

September 30-October 9, 2016


Named after the venerable PBS series, the Austin City Limits Festival heads into its second decade stronger than ever. The traditional lineup announcement leads to a flurry of praise and criticism from the hip kids, but the love for this festival is so strong that ACL added a second weekend.


Festival Hub:

Featured Artists: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Nick Simonite

South By Southwest (SXSW) 2017

March 10-19, 2017


It’s not that South by Southwest takes over Austin — downtown Austin becomes SXSW for nine days in March. Music, art, interactive, panels, comedy, and movies all vie for your attention span. Let’s put it this way. You could skip media for a year, come to Austin for the week, and still come out ahead on pop culture.


Festival Hub:

Photo Credit: Diego Donamaria

Ultra Miami 2017

March 24-26, 2017


For EDM fans around the world, Ultra in Miami is a must-stop on the international circuit. While most of the United States is shivering in parkas waiting for the summer festival season, Ultra fans are dancing their asses off in sunny Miami. The show always delivers surprises – both in the musical acts and the fans that attend.


Festival Hub:

Photo Credit: Kevin Verkruijssen

Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay

Coachella Music Festival 2017

April 14-23, 2017


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.


Festival Hub:

Photo Credit: Mike Ivankay for Coachella

Sasquatch Festival 2017

May 26-29, 2017


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:

Photo Credit: Matthew Lamb

Governors Ball Music Festival 2017

June 2-4, 2017


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.


Festival Hub:

Photo Credit: Christopher Garbushian

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2017

June 8-11, 2017


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.


Festival Hub:

Lollapalooza Chicago 2017

August 3-6, 2017


It’s loud. It’s messy. It’s Lollapalooza. You got to hand it Perry Farrell, the bizarre and quirky visionary who reinvented the American music festival with Lollapalooza, first taking it on the road in the last century and then putting down stakes in Chicago. Despite a firm homebase in the Windy City, Lolla hasn’t forgotten its traveling roots with editions in South America and Europe.


Festival Hub:

Photo Credit: Nick Simonite

Outside Lands 2017

August 11-13, 2017


A bike valet, wine tasting tent, and local organic food vendors are just a couple of signs that you’re in San Francisco at Outside Lands. The quirky and wonderful Golden Gate Park hosts a wide range of acts and has quickly grown into a highlight of the San Fran summer. Bring a hoodie with you. Just because it’s August doesn’t mean that the fog won’t join the party.


Festival Hub:

Photo Credit: Katie Mendez