Escape The Cold: The Best Warm Weather Winter Festivals

With much of North America in the icy grip of historically low temperatures, our thoughts are drifting to beaches, to sunshine, to pretty much anywhere where the temperature isn’t below zero. So while the winds are howling outside your window, daydream for a bit about going to a festival on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, the desert dry heat of Arizona, or sunbathing on the deck of a cruise ship.

Gem and Jam 2018

January 25-28, 2018

Tucson, AZ

Gem and Jam has grown over the last half decade into the premier festival of Tucson, Arizona. The trippy and diverse electronic lineup fuses music, art, and the indie spirit of the city for an unrivaled winter experience. With the addition of camping and an expanded venue, expect to see Gem and Jam continue to evolve.

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Envision Festival 2018

February 22-25, 2018

Uvita, Costa Rica

Tucked into a corner of Costa Rica where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean, Envision Festival brings together an international community at this transformational festival. The four-day festival centers on art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, and nature. Taking place near the end of February, it's also a wonderful escape from the frigid winter.

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Groove Cruise Miami 2018

January 26-29, 2018

Miami, FL

You can't run away from your life, but you can run away from winter for the weekend with this floating dance party. 2000+ electronic fans mixing with 40+ artists and a couple of islands makes for one wild trip.

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Dirtybird Campout East 2018

February 2-4, 2018

St. Cloud, FL

After making their mark on the California festival scene, The Dirtybird Campout, hosted by Claude VonStroke, is heading to Florida in 2018. The festival features a throwback vibe with camp activities like tug-o-war, canoeing, and crafting, along with a top notch roster of underground electronic artists -- who also double as camp counselors.

Babylon Festival 2018

February 23-25, 2017

Carapooee West, Australia

The Australian Bablyon Festival calls itself a magical world of music, art, and culture. Surrounded by the Kara Kara National Park, the three stage festival is a peaceful retreat into the wilderness. The weekend features a curation of local and international electronic artists along with unique world of art.

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Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico 2018

February 24-25, 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

The largest city in Mexico meets one of the largest EDM festivals in the world when Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Mexico City. With four stages along with 60+ artists, EDC brings its signature carnival theme with rides and grand-scale art exhibitions south of the border.

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Okeechobee Music Festival 2018

March 1-4, 2018

Okeechobee, FL

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.

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BUKU Music + Art Project 2018

March 9-10, 2018

New Orleans, LA

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.

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Savannah Stopover 2018

March 8-10, 2018

Savannah, GA

Roadtripping artists on their way to SXSW Music Convference tend to stop by Savannah Stopover on their way to Texas for a weeekend of musical discovery. Some of the bands featured at Savannah Stopover before their big break include Grimes, of Montreal, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Mac Demarco, Margo Price, Julien Baker, St. Lucia, DIIV, Ra Ra Riot, and hundreds of others.

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South By Southwest (SXSW) 2018

March 9-18, 2018

Austin, TX

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.

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Auckland City Limits 2018

March 3, 2018

Auckland, New Zealand

The world famous Austin City Limits brings its mega-festival vibe to New Zealand with this single-day show. The all ages festivals brings in a number of artists to the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland that typically don't get to play the island nation.

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Ultra Miami 2018

March 23-25, 2018

Miami, FL

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.

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In Bloom Festival 2018

March 24-25, 2018

Houston, TX

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.

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Lollapalooza Brasil 2018

March 23-25, 2018

São Paulo, Brazil

Not content to spend the winter in Chicago, Lollapalooza travels to South America every spring for stops in Chile, Brasil, and Argentina. Huge international artists mix with local and national talent for a mega-festival experience that changes every stop.

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Estereo Picnic 2018

March 23-25, 2018

Bogota, Colombia

Beginning as as a single day local festival, the Estéreo Picnic Festival has transformed into Colombia's modern-day mega-festival. With alumni like The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pixies, Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Snoop Dogg, New Order, and Foals, Estéreo Picnic has made its mark as he biggest alternative festival in the country.

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2018

March 2-4, 2018

Phoenix, AZ

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.

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Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.