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 2023
February 27-March 8, 2023
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.
Featured Artists: Bonobo, The California Honeydrops
Photo Credit: Eric Allen
Tortuga Music Festival 2023
April 14-16, 2023
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.
Featured Artists: Brett Young, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Wiz Khalifa
Photo Credit: Tortuga Facebook
Defected Croatia 2023
August 3-8, 2023
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: A-Trak, Boys Noize, Carl Craig, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Jeff Mills, Nightmares on Wax, Sg Lewis, Vintage Culture
August 5-13, 2023
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.
Featured Artists: Diplo, Dixon, Maceo Plex
Photo Credit: Jon Verhoeft
Hangout Fest 2023
May 19-21, 2023
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: AJR, Alison Wonderland, Big Wild, Calvin Harris, Flume, Kevin Gates, Mayday Parade, Paramore, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rezz, Russ, Skrillex, Thundercat, Tove Lo
Photo Credit: Hangout Festival
MEO Sudoeste 2023
August 9-12, 2023
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.
Featured Artists: David Guetta, Farruko, Metro Boomin
Photo Credit: MEO Sudoeste
August 9-13, 2023
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.
Featured Artists: Cypress Hill, Everything Everything, Example, Florence + the Machine, Four Tet, Liam Gallagher, Lorde, Sg Lewis, Sofi Tukker
Photo Credit: Mo Samuals and Boardmasters
Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2023
September 16-17, 2023
Asbury Park, NJ
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.
Featured Artists: Bob Moses, Cory Wong, Foo Fighters, Greta Van Fleet, Rebelution, Royal Blood, Sheryl Crow, Tash Sultana, Tegan & Sara, The Beach Boys, The Breeders, The Killers, Weezer
Photo Credit: Charles Reagan Hackleman
Fresh Island Festival 2023
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.
Photo Credit: Fresh Island
Beachlife Festival 2023
May 5-7, 2023
Redondo Beach, CA
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.
Featured Artists: Aly & AJ, Band of Horses, Caamp, Dispatch, Gwen Stefani, Kurt Vile & The Violators, LP, Mavis Staples, Modest Mouse, Pixies, Sublime with Rome, Sugar Ray, Tegan & Sara, Tegan And Sara, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, The Head and the Heart, The Wailers, Trampled By Turtles
Ultra Europe 2023
July 7-9, 2023
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 to intimate beach parties.
Featured Artists: Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Alesso, Axwell, Boris Brejcha, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, DJ Snake, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Nora En Pure, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki, Timmy Trumpet, Zedd
Weekend Festival Finland 2023
August 4-5, 2023
Started back in 2012, this one of the wildest electronic parties Northern Europe. 40000 festies shop up to dance to EDM, house, techno, and even some pop. This year, Weekend moves to its new home at at Suvilahti, a former energy production area in Helsinki.
Featured Artists: Claptone, David Guetta, Hardwell, Headhunterz, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki
Photo Credit: Rannel Pensa
Sea Dance Festival 2023
August 18-20, 2023
For those of you not tired of partying in an ancient Serbian castle for seven days straight, the organizers of EXIT recently spun off a second festival of fun on the ocean. Sea Dance takes the techno to the shores of Montenegro for an idyllic weekend of sunbathing and dancing in the waves.
Photo Credit: Sea of Dreams
Luminosity Beach Festival 2023
June 22-25, 2023
A festival for trance lovers, Luminosity Beach features over 40 artists highlighting everything special about this genre of electronic music. Taking place on the famous beaches of Bloemendaal, this popular seaside town is a perfect place to welcome the summer.
Featured Artists: Aly & Fila, Christina Novelli, Ferry Corsten, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Markus Schulz, Paul Van Dyk
Photo Credit: Luminosity Beach
July 6-9, 2023
Romania’s wildly successful Untold Festival added a second festival to their family with the electronic Neversea situated on the coast of the Black Sea. It takes place in the summertime haven of Romania on the shores of Constanța just east of Bucharest.
Featured Artists: Alok, Don Diablo, Sofi Tukker, Timmy Trumpet
Photo Credit: Neversea Festival
Arenal Sound 2023
August 1-6, 2023
Held right on the beach in the super sunny east of Spain, the open-air Arenal Sound Festival takes place in the coastal town of Borianna. Indie music in all its various forms (pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic) plays over a whopping six days to 250,000 festies.
Featured Artists: Nervo, Nicky Jam, Nicky Romero
Photo Credit: Nerea Coll
TidalWave Music Festival 2023
August 11-13, 2023
Atlantic City, NJ
The TidalWave Music Festival roars up onto the shores of Atlantic City this August. Kick it on the beach with all your favorite country stars from around the country.
Featured Artists: Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett
Les Plages Électroniques 2023
August 4-6, 2023
Cannes isn't just about film festivals! It's also home to Les Plages Electroniques , a three-day dance event held right on the beautiful sands of the scenic Palais des Festivals.
Featured Artists: Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake, Tale of Us, The Blessed Madonna
Photo Credit: Les Plages Electroniques
Kala Festival 2023
May 31-June 7, 2023
Kala is a boutique festival that takes place in Dhërmi, a stunning beach location on the Albanian Riviera. During the day you can enjoy paradisiacal beaches, excursions to explore the unspoilt surroundings, wellness activities, heavenly food and laid-back music selections.