Wow! 60+ USA Music Festival Lineups for September 2021
By / August 6, 2021

Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti

Delays, schedule shifts, and postponements have turned this year’s September into a festival free-for all with with an absolute slew of announced lineups all vying for attention. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites and their confirmed lineups below.

And remember, if you want to support music festivals, concerts, and live events, get vaccinated.

Beachlife Festival 2021

When: September 10-12, 2021

Where: Redondo Beach, CA

The Scene: Dip your toes into the sand and enjoy that Beachlife! This festival in Redondo Beach, California, puts out a chill festival vibe with classic rock, reggae, and Americana artists.

More Info: Beachlife Festival 2021 Guide

Bonnaroo Music Festival 2022

When: June 16-19, 2022

Where: Manchester, TN

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Bonnaroo Music Festival 2022 Guide

Summerfest 2021

When: September 2-18, 2021

Where: Milwaukee, WI

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Summerfest 2021 Guide

Bottlerock Napa Valley 2021

When: September 3-5, 2021

Where: Napa, CA

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Bottlerock Napa Valley 2021 Guide

North Coast Music Festival 2021

When: September 3-5, 2021

Where: Chicago, IL

The Scene: 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.

More Info: North Coast Music Festival 2021 Guide

ARC Music Festival 2021

When: September 3-5, 2021

Where: Chicago, IL

The Scene: This new fest promises to bring the global scene to the birthplace of house music.

More Info: ARC Music Festival 2021 Guide

Electric Zoo 2021

When: September 3-5, 2021

Where: New York City, NY

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Electric Zoo 2021 Guide

Blue Ridge Rock Fest 2021

When: September 9-12, 2021

Where: Danville, VA

The Scene: With 180 bands across 6 stages, there is no shortage of rock at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Virginia.

More Info: Blue Ridge Rock Fest 2021 Guide

Same Same But Different 2021

When: September 9-12, 2021

Where: Perris, CA

The Scene: SSBD caters to those that embrace unique and diverse music spanning multiple genres over a multi-day experience. Late night electronic, funky day-time beach parties, early morning acoustic, secret jam spots and lot’s more.

More Info: Same Same But Different 2021 Guide

Elements Lakewood Festival 2021

When: September 3-6, 2021

Where: Lakewood, PA

The Scene: 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. This 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.

The Lineup: ,

More Info: Elements Lakewood Festival 2021 Guide

Inkcarceration Festival 2021

When: September 10-12, 2021

Where: Mansfield, OH

The Scene: 'One of the most unique rock festivals in the country, INKCARCERATION is truly a festival to be experienced. Featuring some of the top names in rock, alternative and metal music on two outdoor stages along with tattoo artists from all over the country, Reformatory tours, gourmet food, camping, and lots more.'

More Info: Inkcarceration Festival 2021 Guide

Moon River Festival 2021

When: September 11-12, 2021

Where: Chattanooga, TN

The Scene: Annually held in the scenic Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Moon River Festival is one of the most successful festivals in the city. Often selling out, the festival features a number of acclaimed artists in folk and indie. Each year they are committed to continually improving the experience for attendees, most recently adding more interactive areas for kids and their parents.

More Info: Moon River Festival 2021 Guide

Pitchfork Festival 2021

When: September 10-12, 2021

Where: Chicago, IL

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Pitchfork Festival 2021 Guide

Dancefestopia 2021

When: September 9-12, 2021

Where: Kansas City, MO

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Dancefestopia 2021 Guide

Bristol Rhythm and Roots 2021

When: September 10-12, 2021

Where: Bristol, TN/VA

The Scene: 'Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future.'

More Info: Bristol Rhythm and Roots 2021 Guide

ROMP Fest 2021

When: September 15-18, 2021

Where: Owensboro, KY

The Scene: 'Celebrating its 17th year, ROMP Festival will return to Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its nature trails, winding creek and fishing lake, and sweeping tree-lines, plays host to ROMP each year. A full line-up of artist-led instrument workshops takes place throughout the day, as ROMP artists interact with fans and players of all ages and skill levels. Other workshops and forums include songwriting, clogging and flat-foot dancing, yoga (all levels), and bluegrass jamming 101.'

More Info: ROMP Fest 2021 Guide

Riot Fest Chicago 2021

When: September 16-19, 2021

Where: Chicago, IL

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Riot Fest Chicago 2021 Guide

Life is Beautiful Festival 2021

When: September 17-19, 2021

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Scene: Taking place in the year-long adult party capital of the United States, Life Is Beautiful returns to Downtown Las Vegas each year. With acclaimed artists taking residency in various resorts and playing home to one of the biggest festivals in the world, the city has become a mecca for traveling music fans. Life Is Beautiful emerged in 2012 as a festival of electronic mashups and has continued to hold its own in the crowded Vegas market space.

More Info: Life is Beautiful Festival 2021 Guide

ILLFest 2022

When: September 3-4, 2022

Where: Austin, TX

The Scene: ILLfest brings some of the world's best electronic musicians to the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. Art installations and trippy sights are around every corner at this two-day festival.

More Info: ILLFest 2022 Guide

Imagine Festival 2022

When: September 15-18, 2022

Where: Rome, GA

The Scene: Starting as a smaller two-day downtown event, Imagine Festival has become Atlanta's largest EDM camping festival. Six stages host a wealth of electronic royalty at Chattahoochee Hills each fall. Proudly independent, organizers call Imagine Festival a living and breathing representation of our guests wishes and imagination.

More Info: Imagine Festival 2022 Guide

XPoNential Festival 2021

When: September 17-19, 2021

Where: Camden, NJ

The Scene: 'The XPoNential Music Festival offers an unparalleled experience for music discovery. With a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists heard on WXPN 88.5FM, the award-winning Philadelphia public radio station, along with a variety of family-friendly activities, the XPoNential Music Festival has been pleasing audiences of all ages for more than a decade on the Camden Waterfront.'

More Info: XPoNential Festival 2021 Guide

Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2021

When: September 18-19, 2021

Where: Asbury Park, NJ

The Scene: A new festival is washing up on the Jersey shore this autumn. The debut Sea.Hear.Now Festival will bring 25+ bands to three stages three stages at North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park. Catch all this music along with a bunch of surfers and art in September.

More Info: Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2021 Guide

Treefort Music Festival 2021

When: September 22-26, 2021

Where: Boise, ID

The Scene: 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.

The Lineup: ,

More Info: Treefort Music Festival 2021 Guide

Louder Than Life 2021

When: September 23-26, 2021

Where: Louisville, KY

The Scene: Taking place in the heart of America in Louisville, Kentucky, Louder Than Life proclaims to be the 'World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival.' This three-day festival highlights hard rock, punk, heavy metal and alternative headliners only a few miles away from downtown Louisville. Over the span of the weekend, the festival features over 50 artists and continually brings in over 120,000 fans each year.

More Info: Louder Than Life 2021 Guide

Firefly Music Festival 2021

When: September 23-26, 2021

Where: Dover, DE

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Firefly Music Festival 2021 Guide

FreshGrass Festival 2021

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: North Adams, MA

The Scene: 'FreshGrass is a wonderland of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum in the Berkshire mountains of northwestern Massachusetts. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is family-friendly and brimming with the brightest talent not just on our four stages, but also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy fields.'

More Info: FreshGrass Festival 2021 Guide

Governors Ball Music Festival 2021

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: New York City, NY

The Scene: The Governors Ball is back! This year, New York City's mega-fest takes the party to Citi Field in Queens.

More Info: Governors Ball Music Festival 2021 Guide

Furnace Fest 2021

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: Birmingham, AL

The Scene: Furnace Fest returns for its 20th anniversary! All the punk/emo/hardcore that you have been missing is coming to the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama for this three-day event.

The Lineup:

More Info: Furnace Fest 2021 Guide

Ohana Festival 2021

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: Dana Point, CA

The Scene: Taking place at Dana Point, California, Ohana Festival thrives off pairing good music with good vibes. Half of the proceeds earned at Ohana each year benefit a local non-profit that aims to preserve and maintain the magic of California’s coastal parks. Keeping in tune with Ohana’s premise, the lineup showcases the best of indie, surfer rock, and alternative music.

More Info: Ohana Festival 2021 Guide

Punk Rock Bowling 2021

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Scene: 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.

The Lineup:

More Info: Punk Rock Bowling 2021 Guide

Pilgrimage Music Festival 2021

When: September 25-26, 2021

Where: Franklin, TN

The Scene: 'Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, experience and the desire to create an authentic music festival. The festival has grown in its three years to double down on the music programming, with six stages and heralded lineups year after year, and has expanded its cultural focus by showcasing hundreds of local artisans, restaurants, food trucks and makers that give context and authenticity to the Pilgrimage experience.'

More Info: Pilgrimage Music Festival 2021 Guide

Outlaw Music Festival 2021

When: August 22-October 24, 2021

Where: North America Tour

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Outlaw Music Festival 2021 Guide

Front Porch Festival 2021

When: September 2-5, 2021

Where: Staurt, VA

The Scene: Front Porch Fest was born out of the idea that life is art, and music is at the soul. Creators and lovers of music and movement come together in an intimate outdoor setting to enjoy a full weekend of local, regional, and national performers.

The Lineup:

More Info: Front Porch Festival 2021 Guide

Adirondack Independence Festival 2021

When: September 3-5, 2021

Where: Lake George, NY

The Scene: Lake George’s biggest party of the year is a three day, multi-band event located at the beautiful Charles R. Wood Festival Commons.

The Lineup: ,

More Info: Adirondack Independence Festival 2021 Guide

Rocklahoma 2021

When: September 3-5, 2021

Where: Pryor, OK

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Rocklahoma 2021 Guide

Breakaway Festival Columbus 2021

When: September 3-4, 2021

Where: Columbus, OH

The Scene: Breakaway is the fastest growing multi-city music festival with events in the Midwest including Ohio, Michigan, the Carolinas and Tennessee.

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More Info: Breakaway Festival Columbus 2021 Guide

Lost in Dreams Festival 2021

When: September 4-5, 2021

Where: Las Vegas, NV

The Scene: The Lost in Dreams Festival will transform the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and surrounding area into a transcendental space where visitors can experience a dreamworld come to life. Expect three stages of bass, dubstep, and dance music.

More Info: Lost in Dreams Festival 2021 Guide

Freakazoid Robots 2021

When: September 4-5, 2021

Where: El Paso, TX

The Scene: Freakazoid Robots is bringing dance music back to El Paso this Labor Day Weekend!

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More Info: Freakazoid Robots 2021 Guide

Made In America Festival 2021

When: September 4-5, 2021

Where: Philadelphia, PA

The Scene: Jay-Z curates the Philadelphia based Made in America Festival over Labor Day Weekend. The two-day event, now in its eighth year features a superstar roster with everything from hip-hop to rock to pop to electronic.

More Info: Made In America Festival 2021 Guide

Fisherman’s Village Music Festival 2021

When: September 9-11, 2021

Where: Everett, WA

The Scene: 'It's happening again. 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.'

The Lineup:

More Info: Fisherman’s Village Music Festival 2021 Guide

Hopscotch Festival 2021

When: September 9-11, 2021

Where: Raleigh, NC

The Scene: Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh! With more than 450 bands performing to a crowd of 60,000 fans, Hopscotch is the perfect weekend getaway for music lovers in the fall.

More Info: Hopscotch Festival 2021 Guide

Basilica Block Party 2021

When: September 10-11, 2021

Where: Minneapolis, MN

The Scene: 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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More Info: Basilica Block Party 2021 Guide

Blended Festival Austin 2021

When: September 10-11, 2021

Where: Austin, TX

The Scene: Wine meets music at the Blended Festival, a celebration of social gatherings taking place in Austin, San Diego, and Nashville. The days start off with local DJs and bands setting the mood for a wine centric day-drinking event leading up to the evening headliners.

More Info: Blended Festival Austin 2021 Guide

Candler Park Music Festival 2021

When: September 10-11, 2021

Where: Atlanta, GA

The Scene: The Candler Park Music Festival proudly benefits City of Atlanta Parks, Atlanta ContactPoint and Candler Park neighborhood organizations.

More Info: Candler Park Music Festival 2021 Guide

Born & Raised Festival 2021

When: September 17-19, 2021

Where: Pyror, OK

The Scene: The inaugural Born & Raised Music Festival, a new country music and camping experience will take over the Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds this June. The 'weekend of music and camping for the outlaw in all of us' will feature more than 25 acts.

The Lineup:

More Info: Born & Raised Festival 2021 Guide

Telluride Blues and Brews 2021

When: September 17-19, 2021

Where: Telluride, CO

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Telluride Blues and Brews 2021 Guide

Baton Rouge Blues Festival 2021

When: September 18, 2021

Where: Baton Rogue, LA

The Scene: Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the Foundation's board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival committee, local support and generous partners.

More Info: Baton Rouge Blues Festival 2021 Guide

Nocturnal Wonderland 2021

When: September 18-19, 2021

Where: San Bernardino, CA

The Scene: Presented by electronic stronghold Insomniac, Nocturnal Wonderland plays host to a roster of top notch electronic DJs in San Bernardino, California. With colorful luminescent art installations throughout the festival, the atmosphere of Nocturnal Wonderland is a playground for electronic fans of all genres. Spanning over a weekend, this two day festival includes more than 50 artists across three separate stages.

More Info: Nocturnal Wonderland 2021 Guide

Borderland Festival 2021

When: September 18-19, 2021

Where: East Aurora, NY

The Scene: The Borderland Music + Arts Festival celebrates the rich history and renaissance of the region with a two-day music and cultural festival set in one of the most scenic and storied grounds in all of New York State, Knox Farm State Park.

More Info: Borderland Festival 2021 Guide

Second Sky Festival 2021

When: September 18-19, 2021

Where: Berkley, CA

The Scene: This all new festival from Porter Robinson will be back in 2021.

More Info: Second Sky Festival 2021 Guide

Music Midtown 2021

When: September 18-19, 2021

Where: Atlanta, GA

The Scene: 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.

More Info: Music Midtown 2021 Guide

So-Cal Hoedown 2021

When: September 18, 2021

Where: Los Angeles, CA

The Scene: 'The So-Cal Hoedown is a kustom kulture music festival in San Pedro in October 2019. The Hoedown will bring you some of the best local and national Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Punk bands around.'

More Info: So-Cal Hoedown 2021 Guide

Americanafest 2021

When: September 22-25, 2021

Where: Nashville, TN

The Scene: 'The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium.'

More Info: Americanafest 2021 Guide

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DelFest 2022

When: May 26-29, 2022

Where: Cumberland, MD

The Scene: 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.

More Info: DelFest 2022 Guide

Rebel Rock Fest 2021

When: Cancelled

Where: Orlando, FL

The Scene: When it comes to Florida, there's no shortage of either rock or rule-breakers which makes it an ideal location for the first edition of the Rebel Rock Fest. This new heavy metal, rock, and hip-hop fest will take over the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando at the end of September for a weekend of mayhem and revolt.

More Info: Rebel Rock Fest 2021 Guide


Lost Lands 2021

When: September 24-26, 2021

Where: Thornville, OH

The Scene: Presented by top electronic bass artist Excision, Lost Lands brings the 'the top bass music from the past 65 million years' to Legend Valley, Ohio. With 1,000,000+ watts of bass, attendees are sure to feel the beat of a variety of electronic acts spanning decades. Instead of the hardcore, handbanging fans that such a festival lineup would typically yield, the attendees of Lost Lands represent a more mellow vibe of general EDM enthusiasts looking to experience a well rounded electronic festival with something for everyone.

More Info: Lost Lands 2021 Guide

Ohana Encore Weekend 2021

When: October 1-2, 2021

Where: Dana Point, CA

The Scene: Ohana Festival hosted by Pearl Jam will be having a SECOND weekend of music in Los Angeles!

More Info: Ohana Encore Weekend 2021 Guide

Woodsist Festival 2021

When: September 25-26, 2021

Where: Accord, NY

The Scene: Just north of New York City, the boutique Woodsist Festival takes place at Arrowood Farms is a brewery and farm based in Accord, New York.

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More Info: Woodsist Festival 2021 Guide

Metal and Beer Fest 2021

When: September 25-26, 2021

Where: Philadelphia, PA

The Scene: Do you like metal? Do you like beer? Then this is the festival of your dreams.

More Info: Metal and Beer Fest 2021 Guide

Punk in Drublic New England 2021

When: September 25, 2021

Where: Worcester, MA

The Scene: Created from the mind and livers of NOFX's frontman Fat Mike and craft beer fanatic / festival promoter, Cameron Collins, the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival will take place in various cities across the US and will also be making some stops in Europe this summer.

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More Info: Punk in Drublic New England 2021 Guide

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