As the music festival season scene becomes a year-round affair, March fests have grown exponentially, with plenty of warm weather options like the southern United States and Australia to chillier regions like Scandinavia and the ski slopes. There’s now a healthy mix of genres to choose from, and whether you want electronic, indie rock, or something different, is up to you. Here is our rundown of music festivals in March around the world.
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.
Photo Credit: Bradley Garner
Okeechobee Music Festival 2018
March 1-4, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: 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
Photo Credit: Alex Peters
March 1-3, 2018
by:Larm Festival asks: What kind of music nerd are you? This sets the tone for a weekend of musical discovery in Oslo, Norway. by:Larm combines an industry conference with a showcase music festival that takes place around the Norwegian capital. The focus of the fest remains on presenting artists that are on the verge of success mixed with daytime seminars, lectures, and debates.
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McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2018
March 2-4, 2018
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.
CRSSD Festival Spring 2018
March 3-4, 2018
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.
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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Beyond Wonderland 2018
March 16-17, 2018
San Bernardino, CA
It's time to journey back down the rabbit hole for this Alice in Wonderland themed fest. Insomniac's springtime EDM festival in southern California, the sister festival of Nocturnal Wonderland, features everything from house to trance to dubstep to drum and bass. We'll see you at the Mad Hatter's Castle.
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Gasparilla Music Festival 2018
March 10-11, 2018
The non-profit Gasparilla Music Festival is putting downtown on the map with this annual fest that takes place the second weekend in March. The community based festival packs in a mix of indie rock and roots with alumni like Best Coast, Dr. Dog, Dawes, The Flaming Lips, and Modest Mouse.
Savannah Stopover 2018
March 8-10, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Of Montreal
Photo Credit: Geoff L. Johnson
Country 2 Country (C2C) 2018
March 9-11, 2018
Country comes to the United Kingdom! What started as London concerts in 2013 has turned into a traveling country festival tour that hits up London, Glasgow, and Dublin every March. The main event in London now boasts 80,000 fans and brings a solid dose of Nashville to England.
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Golden Plains 2018
March 10-12, 2018
There's no commercial sponsors, no market stalls, no commercial signage, and a strict "no dickhead" policy at Golden Plains -- just a few of the features of this transformational festival that makes it beloved by Australian festies. Less a festival and more a community experiment, Golden Plains welcomes all to the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheater.
Photo Credit: Aunty Meredith
South By Southwest (SXSW) 2018
March 9-18, 2018
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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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.
Featured Artists: Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Galantis, Hardwell, Imagine Dragons, Kygo, Lana Del Rey, LCD Soundsystem, Liam Gallagher, Mac DeMarco, Mac Miller, Metronomy, Milky Chance, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Spoon, The Killers, The National, Volbeat, Wiz Khalifa, Yellow Claw
Photo Credit: Camilia Cara M Rossi
Lollapalooza Chile 2018
March 16-18, 2018
If August is too long to wait for the flagship Lollapalooza (and you’re dying to take a trip to Chile) head to this South American edition. Started in 2011, the Santiago ‘palooza features two days of international headliners mixed with influential Chilean acts. For true Lolla fans, stick around the continent and check out the other editions in Brazil and Argentina.
Featured Artists: Chance The Rapper, DJ Snake, Galantis, Hardwell, Imagine Dragons, Kygo, Lana Del Rey, LCD Soundsystem, Liam Gallagher, Mac DeMarco, Mac Miller, Metronomy, Milky Chance, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Spoon, The Creator, The Killers, The National, Tyler, Volbeat, Wiz Khalifa, Yellow Claw
Photo Credit: Gabriel Rossi/Lollapalooza Chile
Pot of Gold Festival 2018
March 16-18, 2018
It's St. Patrick's Day which means another edition of Arizona's Pot of Gold Festival. Jam bands, hip-hop, and rock form the heart of this multi-day Phoenix festival which also sees warm, sunny days mixed into the lineup.
March 17-24, 2018
The "ultimate mountain party" takes you from the peaks of the French Alps into the heart of charming Avoriaz and the Snowboxx Village. Two huge main stage events anchor a week of apres-ski, on-mountain concerts, igloo raves, and tropical waterpark parties. This is one wild week in France.
Ultra Miami 2018
March 23-25, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Afrojack, Andy C, Armin Van Buuren, Azealia Banks, Benny Benassi, Blasterjaxx, Carl Cox, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Empire of the Sun, Eric Prydz, Flosstradamus, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, Kaskade, Maceo Plex, Marshmello, Modestep, RL Grime, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, The Crystal Method
Photo Credit: Kevin Verkruijssen
Estereo Picnic 2018
March 23-25, 2018
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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Innings Festival 2018
March 23-25, 2018
Much like (insert name of famous sportsball team), Arizona has been on a hot streak lately when it comes to picking up new festivals. This spring, Tempe will recruit the Innings Festival to their lineup. Produced by the folks behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, the three-day fest takes place during Spring Training in Arizona, so expect plenty of overlap between the two events.
In Bloom Festival 2018
March 24-25, 2018
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.
Mayday Festival Dortmund 2018
March 30, 2018
One of the longest running electronic music festivals in Europe, Mayday Dortmund has been raving for over 25 years. It attracts huge international techno megastars from around the world and half a million fans since its inception giving it the title: "The Mother of all Raves".
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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018
March 29 - April 2, 2018
Byron Bay, Australia
Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia's premier contemporary blues and roots music festival, showcasing a wide range of international artists over the long Easter Weekend. A fanbase of over 100,000 festies enjoy more than 200 performances over the five days along with family friendly fun.
Photo Credit: Evan Malcolm
Treefort Music Festival 2018
March 21-25, 2018
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.
Photo Credit: Nick Peterson
Big Ears 2018
March 22-25, 2018
Big Ears in Knoxville, Tennessee, is part of a group of intriguing American music festivals that have cropped up in the spring and fall seasons. Big Ears likes to explore connections between musicians while mixing it up with film, performance, and the visual arts. The venues are varied including the Knoxville Museum of Art, a cathedral, and an ornate theater.
Photo Credit David Simchock