100+ of the Best Music Festivals in the United States this Summer [2019]
By / May 10, 2019

Lightning in a Bottle 2019

May 8-13, 2019

Bakersfield, 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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Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas 2019

May 17-19, 2019

Las Vegas, NV

The Electric Daisy Carnival brings all the glitter and glam of Las Vegas to this three-day celebration of electronic music. Now a worldwide phenomenon, there's no place like home for the flagship version of EDC, which shows off hundreds of performers set to the backdrop of a full-sized carnival.

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Fisherman’s Village Music Festival 2019

May 16-18, 2019

Everett, WA

'It's happening again. For the sixth year, households across the pacific northwest will empty their inhabitants into the downtown core of Everett, Washington for this three-day music festival. Each year, Fisherman's Village Music Festival features new venues, new bands and new experiences for thousands of attendees.'

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Sonic Temple 2019

May 17-19, 2019

Columbus, OH

America's largest rock festival tears up the Midwest every May in the most metal of cities -- Columbus, Ohio. The three-day festival is one of the anchors of The World's Loudest Month, an annual festival ode to all that is loud music. 60 bands across three stage over three days makes this a must-stop festival for fans of rock and metal.

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Hangout Fest 2019

May 16-19, 2019

Gulf Shores, AL

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.

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Rhythm N Blooms 2019

May 17-19, 2019

Knoxville, TN

The springtime Rhythm N’ Blooms prides itself on celebrating Tennessee’s rich musical heritage and discovering bands that are on the verge of mainstream success. The fest spreads a variety of alternative, roots, and blues acts across seven stages in downtown historic Knoxville. The weekend is also filled with secret shows, guitar design contests, and guided music history tours.

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Joshua Tree Festival Spring 2019

May 16-19, 2019

Joshua Tree, CA

The DIY Joshua Tree Music Festival puts out two editions of desert loving fun during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. Just a few hours from the hectic vibes of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a haven of magical surroundings with phenomenal live music. The spring edition focuses more on dance, world, and funk with the fall reaching out towards Americana, roots and folkadelic vibes.

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Chicago Open Air 2019

May 18-19, 2019

Bridgeview, IL

Chicago Open Air is back! This time around the festival presents a massive stadium show with headlining sets from chart-topping acts including System Of A Down, Tool, The Prodigy and Ghost.

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Boston Calling 2019

May 24-26, 2019

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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Bottlerock Napa Valley 2019

May 24-26, 2019

Napa, CA

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.

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California Roots 2019

May 24-26, 2019

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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Soundset 2019

May 26, 2019

St Paul, MN

It's one of the premier hip-hop festivals of the season. For over a decade, underground rappers Atmosphere have curated this single day Minneapolis festival dedicated to hip-hop and rap with a crazy mix of emerging acts and legends.

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Summer Camp 2019

May 24-26, 2019

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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DelFest 2019

May 23-26, 2019

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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Neon Desert 2019

May 25-26, 2019

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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Rooster Walk 2019

May 23-26, 2019

Axton, VA

Making the most out of tragedy, Rooster Walk was started to celebrate the lives of two childhood friends that passed away. With a mission to create a festival that could fund a scholarship, the Rooster Walk Music and Arts was born. A decade later, this festival for charity has become a centerpiece event of the region.

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Rocklahoma 2019

May 24-26, 2019

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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Sunset Music Festival 2019

May 25-26, 2019

Tampa, FL

As a growing key player in the Florida electronic scene, Sunset Music Festival brings big name artists to Raymond James Stadium each Memorial Day weekend. As one of the largest events in Tampa Bay, Sunset brings in crowds of over 50,000 attendees to the area. With costumed-clad performing artists and colorful stages, Sunset Music Festival basks in the Florida sunshine.

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Movement Detroit 2019

May 25-27, 2019

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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Punk Rock Bowling 2019

May 25-27, 2019

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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Elements Lakewood Festival 2019

May 24-27, 2019

Lakewood, PA

After 10 years of throwing wildly successful ragers in the big city, BangOn!NYC brings their style to the woods for a three day summer camp style party. The new Memorial Day Weekend festival features seven stages, massive art installations, and plenty of fun camp games. Grab a cabin or bring a tent to the bucolic hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania and be ready to dance.

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Roots Picnic 2019

June 1, 2019

Philadelphia, PA

Roots Picnic, named after its founders and iconic hip-hop legends, The Roots, takes place at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. Expanding into New York, they have made it clear the festival will always keep its roots in Philadelphia where it has helped grow the cultural landscape. Although founded by hip-hop icons, the festival features a diverse lineup of R&B, rap, and indie alternative.

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Bunbury Music Festival 2019

May 31-June 2, 2019

Cincinnati, OH

Finding its stride at Yeatman’s Cove and Sawyer Point in Cincinatti, Ohio, Bunbury Music Festival highlights a lineup geared toward the millennial crowd. Sitting on the banks of the Ohio River, the festival showcases anything from pop-punk to rap. Taking a stake in advancing into the future, Bunbury also incorporates eco-friendly and technology initiatives.

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The Untz Festival 2019

May 31-June 2, 2019

Mariposa, CA

Adding to the myriad of festivals taking place in California each summer, The Untz Festival brings a weekend of dance music to the Mairposa Fairgrounds. Founded in 2009, Untz has devoted their event to bringing to light some of the best underground electronic artists making an impact on the industry.

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Governors Ball Music Festival 2019

May 31-June 2, 2019

New York City, NY

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.

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Carolina Country Music Festival 2019

June 6-9, 2019

Myrtle Beach, SC

Grab a cowboy hat and a pair of flip-flops, as country music meets the scenic shores of Myrtle Beach when the boardwalk becomes home to the Carolina Country Music Fest!

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Nelsonville Music Festival 2019

June 6-9, 2019

Nelsonville, OH

The laidback Nelsonville Music Festival mixes small regional bands, under the radar acts, and national headliners for a weekend of music in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. One of the best kept secrets in Southeast Ohio, the four stage fest brings back fans year after year with its intimate vibe.

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Taste of Country 2019

June 7-9, 2019

Hunter Mountain, NY

Country music heads to the hills when Taste of Country rolls into Hunter Mountain. The ski resort provides cozy camping and ToC provides some of the biggest stars in country music. We don't see many country music festivals up here in the Northeast, which makes this one a must for genre fans.

Spring Awakening 2019

June 7-9, 2019

Hoffman Estates, IL

With a new home at Addams/Medil Park, the five year old Spring Awakening Festival continues to supply Chicago with a summertime burst of EDM cacophony. There’s over 100 artists on the bill supported by trippy stage production like fireworks, smoke plumes, and pyrotechnics.

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LaureLive 2019

June 8-9, 2019

Russel Township, OH

In addition to a weekend of great music in a beautiful setting, careful attention is given to the culinary and family aspects of the event. LaureLive provides first-class culinary and artisan experiences, as well as children’s activities and educational events appropriate for the entire family.

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Chicago Blues Festival 2019

June 7-9, 2019

Chicago, IL

The largest free blues festival in the world, the Chicago Blues Festival treats fans to three days of live music across four stages. The Blues Capital of the World includes alumni like Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, and Gary Clark Jr.

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Blue Ox Music Festival 2019

June 13-15, 2019

Eau Claire, WI

Bluegrass band, Pert Near Sandstone, hosts the Blue Ox Music Festival just outside of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Whispering Pines Campground brings back festies each year with its hammock-handy shade trees and the peace of the central pond. This small sized festival is beloved for its cozy size and excellent bluegrass lineup.

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Paradiso Festival 2019

June 14-15, 2019

George, WA

The latest addition to the Washington festival scene, Paradiso takes advantage of the stunning natural amphitheater of the Gorge. With multiple stages blasting out music, you'll find yourself transported into EDM nirvana. Camping at The Gorge is always an amazing experience that is not to be missed.

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Bonnaroo Music Festival 2019

June 13-16, 2019

Manchester, TN

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.

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Clearwater Festival 2019

June 15-16, 2019

Croton-On-Hudson, NY

The Great Hudson River Revival, usually just called The Clearwater Festival, is one of America's oldest environmental events. The non-profit both celebrates and helps the Hudson River with folk and Americana artists. Founded in 1966 by Pete Seeger, this riverfront festival also features activities like kayaking, rowboating, and rides on the tall ships.

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Mountain Jam 2019

June 13-16, 2019

Bethel NY

Held in the picturesque Hunter Mountains, Mountain Jam is a three-day rock festival set out to bring rock fans together in upstate New York. With more than 50 artists on the lineup covering multiple stages, headliners each year include legends in the rock world.

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Country Summer Music Festival 2019

June 14-16, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA

Celebrating its sixth year anniversary in 2019, Country Summer has evolved into a colossal three-day destination country music event, featuring a total of 20 performers on the Chevy Silverado Stage and the Redwood Credit Union Stage.

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Sonic Bloom 2019

June 20-23, 2019

Rye, CO

A three day camping festival, Sonic Bloom brings together electronic music, dance, and art, in an inspirational atmosphere that encourages creative expression. Traditionally held over the summer solstice, Sonic Bloom is located in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado at the tranquil Hummingbird Ranch.

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Firefly Music Festival 2019

June 21-23, 2019

Dover, DE

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.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2019

June 20-23, 2019

Telluride, CO

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.

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Bonanza Campout 2019

June 21-23, 2019

Heber, Utah

Nestled in the heart of an old Utah mining town, Bonanza Campout boasts a picture perfect setting for this boutique music festival. An eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop, EDM, and indie rock will welcome campers along with a variety of art installations, local breweries, food trucks, and a nightly Pond Yacht After Party with surprise guest DJs.

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Country LakeShake 2019

June 21-23, 2019

Chicago, IL

Chicago’s biggest weekend for country music returns with all the genre superstars that has made it famous. 50,000 fans take to the scenic shores of Lake Michigan on Northerly Island for three days packed with music and outdoor fun.

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Electric Forest 2019

June 27-30, 2019

Rothbury, MI

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.

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Outlaw Music Festival 2019

June 14-July 3, 2019

North America Tour

Willie Nelson and friends hit the road each summer on this American festival tour. With 15+ stops around the country, Willie brings that outlaw attitude and a varied lineup to cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Each mini-festival features an Outlaw Village with local cuisine, craft beers, and local artists showing off the unique vibe of the host city.

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Great Blue Heron Festival 2019

July 5-7, 2019

Sherman, NY

Since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, has enticed thousands of fans to the rolling hills of Western New York, for a weekend of Americana, reggae, swing, Celtic, rock, and bluegrass music. Taking place over the long 4th of July weekend, festies can take advantage of the excellent camping with sites tucked away in the woods that surround the nearby lake.

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High Sierra Music Festival 2019

July 4-7, 2019

Quincy, CA

Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, High Sierra Music Festival boasts a family friendly atmosphere packed with artists traversing all musical genres. The eclectic lineup at the festival is backed by a picturesque venue surrounded by a mountainous landscape and national forests. More than just music is offered at the High Sierra with yoga areas, audience-participation parades, children’s areas and more.

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Summerfest 2019

June 26-July 7, 2019

Milwaukee, WI

Officially billed in the Guinness Book of World Records as The World's Largest Music Festival, this lakeside festival lasts for a staggering 11-day stretch and entertains nearly a million fans. Taking place along the shores of Lake Michigan right in downtown Milwaukee, this massive festival is also one of the most budget friendly music events of the summer.

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80/35 Music Festival 2019

July 12-13, 2019

Des Moines, IA

For over a decade, the non-profit 80/35 festival has been filling downtown Des Moines with live music. Taking advantage of road touring artists that pass through on Interstates 80 and 35, this two-day fest always has a solid lineup of indie rock and other genres to delight the fans. As they say on their website: 'We believe in the power of music. To wake the spirit of the people and stir the street.'

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Basilica Block Party 2019

July 12-13, 2019

Minneapolis, MN

Come ye sinners and worship at the best party ever held at a church. Back in 1995, the Basilica Block Party began as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Now 25 years later, it's one of the best summertime events in the Twin Cities with an incredible lineup of indie rock.

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Forecastle Festival 2019

July 12-14, 2019

Louisville, KY

An annual gathering that's equal parts music, arts, and activism, Forecastle takes place at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, attracting over 75,000 attendees annually. Featuring alumni like Outkast, Jack White, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and The Flaming Lips makes this a stellar summer event. And because it's Kentucky, there's definitely a taste of the state's famous liquor in the Bourbon Lodge.

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The Ride Festival 2019

July 12-14, 2019

Telluride, CO

There’s not many places on Earth that rival the majestic beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Lucky for us festies, the cozy ski town of Telluride lets us take a summertime sample at The Ride Festival. 'Since its debut in 2012, The RIDE Festival has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans for its thoughtful performance curation – handpicking rootsy, rocking talent whose music flawlessly compliments the festival’s stunning Telluride, Colorado setting.'

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Levitate Festival 2019

July 12-14, 2019

Marshfield, MA

This grassroots music and arts festival features roots, reggae, folk, rock, and funk. The organizers, a community oriented surf/skate shop, started the festival as an anniversary party in 2013, but it became such a success, it’s now an annual New England event. Held just 30 minutes south of Boston, the festival is an excellent reason to get out of the city for the weekend!

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Rock Fest Wisconsin 2019

July 18-20, 2019

Cadott, WI

There are rock fests and then there’s the Rock Fest. Now in its 25th year, Rock Fest in Wisconsin features the very best of active and classic rock names in the history of the genre. Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Kiss, Motley Crue, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, and Korn are just a few of the names to touch down here. And with 7,000 campsites, you know it’s going to be a crazy weekend.

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Camp Bisco 2019

July 18-20, 2019

Scranton, PA

Back in 1999, jam band The Disco Biscuits, were tired of playing opening slots so they created their own festival and curated the lineup with like-minded artists. Now nearly two decades later, Camp Bisco is a highly anticipated event on the east coast. Now held at Montage Mountain in Pennsylvania, expect a wild weekend with some of the best in the modern-day jam and electronic scene.

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Float Fest 2019

July 20-21, 2019

Gonzales, TX

Cooling festival-goers down in the San Marcos River, Float Fest brings a range of music from indie-pop and electro to hip hop and progressive rock to Texas each summer. Float Fest also attracts a large college-aged audience from the nearby Texas State and University of Texas. Taking a break from the stages, attendees can bring their own floats to splash around in summer Texan sun.

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Northwest String Summit 2019

July 18-21, 2019

North Plains, OR

Touring legends, Yonder Mountain String Band, hosts their friends for a weekend of bluegrass paradise in the shady forests of North Plains, Oregon. Multiple sets, late name jam session, and unique collaborations are all part of the fun. The Northwest String Summit (known as Strummit to festies) boasts some incredible camping at beautiful Horning's Hideout.

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Pitchfork Festival 2019

July 19-21, 2019

Chicago, IL

As one of the leading voices in the musical landscape, you would guess right that Pitchfork knows how to throw an outstanding festival. The Chicago based festival takes place in Union Park. You may not recognize most of the names on the lineup poster, but if it's curated by Pitchfork, then these artists are definitely worth checking out.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

July 19-21, 2019

Seattle, WA

This three day music and arts festival celebrates the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, with a 100 local and national acts performing at dozens of bars, outdoor stages, and restaurants. If you’re looking for a showcase festival in one of the world’s best live music cities, then CHBP should be on our list.

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Country Thunder Wisconsin 2019

July 18-21, 2019

Twin Lakes, WI

Grab a cowboy hat, an RV or tent if you want to camp and come and enjoy the worlds premier country acts with the camaraderie of over 100,000 fans!

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Grassroots Finger Lakes Festival 2019

July 18-21, 2019

Trumansburg, NY

The GrassRoots Festival, held in late July, takes place in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York. The non-profit brings in 80+ bands for four days of music and camping.

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The Peach Music Festival 2019

July 25-28, 2019

Scranton, PA

Started by the Allman Brothers in 2012, The Peach Music Festival proudly plays out the jams at Montage Mountain just outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The spirit of Greg Allman (who died in 2017), still lives out with a lineup that always brings in the big names from this genre.

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Floydfest 2019

July 24-28, 2019

Floyd, VA

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.

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The Werk Out 2019

August 1-3, 2019

Thornville, OH

The Werks may spend most of the year touring, but they always find time to return home to Ohio for their annual festival. Held at Legend Valley, the annual camping event includes multiple sets by the hosts along with surprises and collaborations by their numerous friends in the jam festival community.

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WE Fest 2019

August 1-3, 2019

Detroit Lakes, MN

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.”

Hard Summer 2019

August 3, 2019

Fontana, CA

Founded by Gary Richards, also known as the electronic artist Destructo, Hard Summer thrives each year on the root of its founder’s fame – electronic. Taking place in diverse locations within the Los Angeles city limits since its inaugural year in 2007, the festival has finally found a home at Fontana Speedway where it will be returning each year.

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Hinterland Festival 2019

August 2-3, 2019

Des Moines, IA

Strike out for the uncharted regions of central Iowa and the two-day Hinterland Festival. Located along the scenic Raccoon River, this newcomer to the festival scene has already hosted a number of world class bands including San Fermin, TV on the Radio, Future Islands, Shakey Graves, Dwight Yoakam, and Ryan Adams.

Arise Music Festival 2019

August 2-4, 2019

Loveland, CO

The transformational vibes of positivity and joy flow into the aptly named Loveland in Colorado for the annual ARISE Music Festival. It’s an independent, family-run, leave-no-trace event, which puts as much emphasis on the experience as they do on the seven stages of music. Sunrise Ranch, a 350-acre organic farm in a stunning Colorado mountain valley, is home to the ARISE Festival.

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Lollapalooza Chicago 2019

August 1-4, 2019

Chicago, IL

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.

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Newport Jazz Festival 2019

August 2-4, 2019

Newport, RI

Breaking ground since the mid-1950s, the Newport Jazz Festival has a storied history rivaling that of any other American festival hosting artists like Herbie Hancock, Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, The Allman Brothers, and Miles Davis. Its current incarnation is three full days of jazz on four unique stages on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island.

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Summer Meltdown 2019

August 1-4, 2019

Darrington, WA

A multi-day grassroots festival, Summer Meltdown features four stages of music and onsite camping with river access and tubing. There's rafting, helicopter rides, and horseback riding in between the tunes, along with a lush woodland venue, making this an amazing summertime getaway.

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Pickathon 2019

August 2-4, 2019

Happy Valley, OR

Just east of Portland, the magical Pickathon springs up on a rambling farm. Stages that double as art installations not only host bluegrass, but roots and indie artists too. The festival is proudly sustainable, becoming became the first large outdoor music festival in the US to eliminate single-use plates, cups and utensils.

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Bellwether 2019

August 9-10, 2019

Waynesville, Ohio

After a successful debut in 2018, the Bellwether Music Festival returns for another weekend of camping and music at the scenic Renaissance Park in Waynesville, Ohio. If you're into indie rock, but not into gigantic mega-fest crowds, check out this hidden gem on the festival circuit.

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Outside Lands 2019

August 9-11, 2019

San Francisco, CA

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.

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Moonrise Festival 2019

August 10-11, 2019

Baltimore, MD

It’s off to the races with the EDM Moonrise Festival. Held just outside Baltimore at the nearly 150 year old Pimlico Race Course, Moonrise is growing organically into one of the largest electronic events in the Capitol Region.

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Das Energi Festival 2019

August 16-17, 2019

Salt Lake City, UT

This small EDM-centric Utah festival has stepped up to the next level in recent years, gaining national recognition for its production and lineup. Not many venues can match the atmosphere of The Great Saltair, a historical Utah icon that overlooks the stark beauty of the Great Salt Lake and the sharp backdrop of the Wasatch Range mountains.

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Hoxeyville 2019

August 16-18, 2019

Wellston, MI

This peaceful fest makes its home in the gentle north country of Michigan. Surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, Hoxeyville is the Midwest’s premier Americana and roots festival. The family-friendly event also has camping, kid’s programming, and plenty of outdoor diversions in between the tunes.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival 2019

August 15-18, 2019

Upper Salford, PA

'The Philadelphia Folk Festival began in 1962 and is the largest and longest-running Festival of its kind in the country. The event is unique in that it is presented by a non-profit arts education organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and is operated with the help of 2,500 dedicated volunteers.'

Mamby on the Beach 2019

August 23-24, 2019

Chicago, IL

Mamby on the Beach, Chicago’s only beachside summer music festival takes place on the grassy fields and sand-swept coastline of Oakwood Beach in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The two-day boutique festival features not only a stunning view of Chicago’s skyline and the shimmering waters of Lake Michigan, but also the best in indie, electronic, and hip-hop.

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Lockn’ Festival 2019

August 22-25, 2019

Arrington, VA

First appearing in 2013, the Lockn’ Festival immediately established itself as one of the premier jam band festivals of the season. Thousands of fans from around the country now make the trek to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia for four packed days of jam music and inspiring collaborations.

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Afropunk Brooklyn 2019

August 24-25, 2019

Brooklyn, NY

Founded in Brooklyn, the Afropunk Festival has made its away around the world to London, Paris, Atlanta, and South Africa. The flagship edition, which takes place in mid-August, has grown to over 60,000 attendees with two days of world-class hip-hop, soul, and rock.

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Bumbershoot 2019

August 30-September 1, 2019

Seattle, WA

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.

Electric Zoo 2019

August 30-September 1, 2019

New York City, NY

Electric Zoo is New York City’s premier electronic music festival every Labor Day weekend. With stacked artists ranging from bass to techno and everything in between, Electric Zoo promises to not disappoint attendees. As the largest and longest-running electronic festival in the city, the park transforms into an electronic playground for a three-day jammed pack festival.

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North Coast Music Festival 2019

August 30-September 1, 2019

Chicago, IL

North Coast Music Festival is a collaboration of independent promoters in Chicago that have presented everything from small shows to selling out large scale concerts. Summer's Last Stand descends upon Union Park during Labor Day Weekend with the world's electronic, house, jam-band, indie, and hip-hop communities.

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Dancefestopia 2019

September 5-8, 2019

Kansas City, MO

A high energy music and camping festival, Dancefestopia takes place in the rolling hills just south of Kansas City. For three days and four nights, festies can party to nonstop music and one of the strongest dance music lineups in the region.

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Telluride Blues and Brews 2019

September 13-15, 2019

Telluride, CO

It's a match made in Colorado heaven. Three days of blues, funk, jam, gospel, rock, and soul combined with tasting from 150+ breweries makes this beer and music festival mashup a one-of-a-kind experience. It all takes place at Telluride, a classic Colorado mountain town nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains.

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Riot Fest Chicago 2019

September 13-15, 2019

Chicago, IL

For fans of punk, alt rock, and artists you won’t see on other festival lineups, Riot Fest should be on your bucket list. Started as a showcase festival in Chicago in 2005, Riot Fest has transformed into a multi-day outdoor festival and has spawned editions in Toronto and Denver. The original in Chicago’s Humbolt Park remains the best and most solid lineup of the bunch.

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Music Midtown 2019

September 14-15, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Fall may have a bite of chill in the air, but Georgia in September and the annual Music Midtown Festival still feels like summer. Held in Atlanta's beautiful Piedmont Park, this outdoor festival offers up a mix of rock, hip-hop, pop, and just about every other genre you can imagine, all within shouting distance of the coolest spots in the city.

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September 13-15, 2019

San Diego, CA

KAABOO, the latest entry in the southern California festival scene, spends the weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, just north of San Diego. Mixing it up from other festivals, KAABOO is geared towards an older crowd with a wide range of popular artists from across the decades. There's also a strong emphasis on delicious food and intriguing cocktails along with contemporary art and late night dance parties.

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River City Rockfest 2019

September 21-22, 2019

San Antonio, TX

The River City Rockfest is an annual rock music festival at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 25,000 hard rocking fans turn out to see 20+ bands across three stages -- all in a single day.

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CRSSD Festival Fall 2019

September 28-29, 2019

San Diego, CA

CRSSD Festival returns to Waterfront Park in downtown San Deigo with this now annual springtime event. The electronic heavy festival has introduced indie rock into the lineup over the last few editions as well as some incredible underground DJs. Leave the hula hoops, LED gloves, and totems at home -- they're prohibted at CRSSD.

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A3C Hip Hop Festival 2019

October 8-13, 2019

Atlanta, GA

Since its founding in 2005, Atlanta's A3C Festival has become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year. During the day, industry professionals mix it up at the A3C conference with panels, live interviews, and special speakers, while at night the three stages at the festival grounds are lit up with talent.

Dirtybird Campout 2019

October 4-6, 2019

Waterford, CA

It's summer camp for adults at the annual Dirtybird Campout! Hosted by the folks at the Dirtybird label, this electronic-themed campout is all about non-stop entertainment. Wood carving, knot tying, tug-of-war, dodgeball, talent shows, and of course, tons of music. This southern California experience has even been adapted for a spring-time east coast version.

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Hillberry 2019

October 10-13, 2019

Eureka Springs, AR

'The Harvest Moon Festival launched spontaneously in 2015 and has already emerged as the premier jamgrass event in the region. Hosted in the heart of the Ozark Mountains on the stunning DHP property known as The Farm, the region has a rich history with bluegrass music, and Hillberry honors this past while ushering in this continually unfolding story of music, mountains, and community. With attendance capped at 3000, attendees can expect a truly intimate festival and camping experience.'

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Aftershock Festival 2019

October 11-13, 2019

Sacramento, CA

California's biggest rock festival storms into Sacramento with a powerful lineup of rock and metal favorites. With alumni like Megadeth, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Nine Inch Nails, Godsmack, Alice in Chains, and System of a Down, this is the place to see genre legends in the western United States along with up-and-comers to the scene.

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Austin City Limits 2019

October 4-13, 2019

Austin, TX

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 and continues to sell out.

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Voodoo Experience 2019

October 25-27, 2019

New Orleans, LA

Worship the music this Halloween in New Orleans. Every year the faithful gather for another edition of The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Boasting one of the epic lineups of the fall, the three day festival takes place right in downtown New Orleans. Delicious food, mind blowing art, and the costumed attendees all make this an experience not to forget.

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Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando 2019

November 8-10, 2019

Orlando, FL

Summer is still a long way out there, but Electric Daisy Carnival helps out their fans with an east coast edition of the famous festival. EDC Orlando brings two packed days of EDM to Tinker Field in Florida along with full-sized carnival rides, unique performances, and art.

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Lights All Night 2019

December 27-28, 2019

Dallas, TX

The longest running EDM festival in Texas lights up New Year's Eve in Dallas with a roster of confetti exploding talent. The production is top-notch, with stages and light shows that has fans raving. Jump on a plane to Dallas and jump your way into the next year.

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Snowglobe 2019

December 29-31, 2019

South Lake Tahoe, CA

The annual SnowGlobe in Lake Tahoe has made good on their promise to bring a top-notch EDM festival to a ski town. SnowGlobe is loud. It’s flashy. Music shakes your chest. Fireworks explode. Imagine a club filled with thousands of EDM fans dancing and screaming and losing their minds. And it’s outside. In the middle of the winter.

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