There’s no better way to recover from a full night of festivaling than a relaxing day on the beach. Summertime’s harsh heat doesn’t matter as you dip into the sea to cool off — and rinse off some of the dirt from camping. If you haven’t yet experienced the true beauty of a beachside festival, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorites. So kick of your flip-flops and let’s dance in the sand!
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.
Photo Credit: Eric Allen
Lost And Found Malta 2018
May 3-6, 2018
Numero Uno, Malta
Annie Mac, a popular Irish DJ, hosts the Lost and Found Festival every spring on the sun-drenched island of Malta. Sultry electronic beats transform this warm weather holiday haven into a bumping 4-day festival. AMP Lost and Found finds itself playing in multiople venues including castle raves and boat parties.
Tortuga Music Festival 2018
April 6-8, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, annually held on the white sands of Ft. Lauderdale Beach, raises awareness and support of marine conservation. This beachside music festival features everything from rap to country with a mix of Americana roots added to the mix.
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Defected Croatia 2018
August 9-14, 2018
It's house music heaven when the UK Defected label takes over The Garden at Tisno. Beachside camping, boat parties, special shows, and lots of surprises makes this an ideal island getaway. Need a break from the bumping beats? Explore the lovely Croatian seaside city of Tisno in between sets.
Featured Artists: Basement Jaxx
August 11-12, 2018
Zeebrugge Beach, Belgium
Party on the beach! The Belgian flavored We Can Dance Festival takes place on the sands of sunny Zeebrugge Beach with five mind-blowing stages and electronic heavyweight DJs from around the world. There's a different theme each year and festies are encouraged to dress the part, which may change the atmosphere, but the vibe always remains full dance mode.
Photo Credit: Jon Verhoeft
MEO Sudoeste 2018
August 7-11, 2018
Zambujeira Do Mar, Portugal
MEO Sudoeste settles into a coastal Portuguese town for a marathon five days of music. The festival brings in a varied array of artists with a strong emphasis on electronic and pop. For festival-goers the fabled Alentejo coast is nearby for swimming and exploration.
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August 8-12, 2018
It's a magical combination when competitive surfing joins up with a music festival on the beaches of Cornwall, the surfing mecca of the UK. Boardmasters mixes professional surfers with 50,000 festies a day along with an electronic and rock lineup.
Photo Credit: Mo Samuals and Boardmasters
Fresh Island Festival 2018
July 10-12, 2018
Pag Island, Croatia
Croatia may be internationally known for its EDM festivals, but the largest hip-hop festival in Europe is also held on the sunny shores of the Adriatic seas. Fresh Island, which takes place on the party island of Pag, hosts three day days of hip-hop and R&B in one of the most beautiful places in the country.
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Hangout Fest 2018
May 18-20, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Foster the People, Galantis, Grouplove, Halsey, Kendrick Lamar, Nothing But Thieves, Odesza, Portugal. the Man, Slightly Stoopid, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Zedd
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Calvi on the Rocks 2018
July 6-11, 2018
A week-long dance party under the sun and the stars in rugged Corsica, Calvi on the Rocks is on fire 24 hours a day. Multiple beach parties (including secret ones) kick off each day. At night, everyone gathers under the shadows of the ancient citadel for the headliners, and then it's off to dance until sunrise in the many clubs of Calvi.
Photo Credit: Vito Valentinetti
Sea Star Festival 2018
May 24-27, 2018
From the people behind the legendary EXIT festival in Serbia, comes their latest Balkan adventure. This festival moves the action to the Croatian seaside for a weekend of electronic music at the incredible Stella Maris laguna in Umag.
August 29-September 3, 2018
As the sun sets on summer, underground electronic fans flock to Pula for the last major music fest of the Croatian summer scene. A spin-off of the hugely popular Outlook Festival, diehards can stack these two festival weekends together for one mega-run of electronic goodness. Like its sister festival, Dimensions features performances in an amazing 19th century abandoned fort.
Photo Credit: Dan Medhurst
Rototom Sunsplash 2018
August 16-22, 2018
Rototom Sunsplash, the European reggae festival is a full week of music, culture, peace, and unity. Reggae fans from across Europe trek to Valencia in Spain to experience this festival which has been delighting festies since 1991. From its DIY roots to italy to Spain, Sunsplash is a treat for all lifestyles.
Photo Credit: Luca Valenta/Rototom Sunsplash
Outlook Festival 2018
September 5-9, 2018
Fans of bass will want to head to Outlook Festival in Croatia which is famous for their bass heavy lineups along with boat parties and beachside performances. The main event is held the historic Fort Punta Christo, an abandoned fort, which means you may even find yourself dancing in a moat.
Primavera Sound 2018
May 30-June 3, 2018
This Barcelona institution is a beacon for the entire spectrum of indie rock along with a smattering of entries from just about every other genre of music. Hundreds of bands fill the Parc El Forum along with one-of-a-kind intimate performances throughout the city. Add this music festival mecca to your bucket list immediately.
Featured Artists: A$AP Rocky, Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, Car Seat Headrest, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Cigarettes After Sex, Deerhunter, Father John Misty, Grizzly Bear, Haim, IDLES, Jon Hopkins, Lorde, Lykke Li, Mogwai, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Black Madonna, The Creator, The National, The War on Drugs, Thundercat, Tyler, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vince Staples, Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Wolf Parade
Ultra Europe 2018
July 6-8, 2018
Hosted every year on the idyllic Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the European edition of the massively popular Ultra Festival has become one of the largest electronic festivals on the continent. The multi-venue event is known for changing up venues around Split, so expect everything from a massive stadium and smaller beach parties.