The Best Memorial Day Weekend Music Festivals for 2022
By / May 11, 2022

Photo Credit: Ty Johnson

Memorial Day Weekend is almost here! The official start of the music festival summer season is looking solid this year with a stacked lineup of newcomers and classics returning after the forced hiatus of the past two years. Below, we share some of our favorites that are on the horizon and are very much looking forward to the return of live music.

Boston Calling 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: Allston, MA

The Scene: Boston's signature music festival takes place for three days over Memorial Day Weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Over the years, Boston Calling has transformed into one of the premier music festivals of New England with a strong mix of indie rock, hip-hop, and legendary artists.

More Info: Boston Calling 2022 Guide

So What?! Music Festival 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: Arlington, TX

The Scene: So What?! Music Fest returns on Memorial Day Weekend at Choctaw Stadium in Texas!

More Info: So What?! Music Festival 2022 Guide

Solid Sound Festival 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: North Adams, MA

The Scene: Nestled in the in foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, this 3-day festival hosted by Wilco takes place at the unique MASS MoCA venue. It's a beautiful spot to watch some beautiful music

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More Info: Solid Sound Festival 2022 Guide

Bottlerock Napa Valley 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

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 2022 Guide

Summer Camp 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: Chillicothe, IL

The Scene: From chilled out late night campfire jams to beat busting dance shows, the party at Summer Camp goes long past the end of scheduled performances. 'Scampers' can apply to become camp counselors which means free tickets, free camping, and free beer in exchange for being an official party ambassador to the other attendees. Our resident festival expert calls Summer Camp — 'the best festival of the Memorial Day Weekend.'

More Info: Summer Camp 2022 Guide

Movement Detroit 2022

When: May 28-30, 2022

Where: Detroit, MI

The Scene: Long before the onslaught of the modern day electronic festival scene, the Movement Festival has brought the vibe to downtown Detroit over Memorial Day weekend. Running under a few different names since 2000, this festival brings in top talent to Hart Plaza and delivers an EDM urban experience far different than any other you’ll find over the summer.

More Info: Movement Detroit 2022 Guide

Forecastle Festival 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: Louisville, KY

The Scene: An annual gathering that's equal parts music, arts, and activism, Forecastle takes place at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, attracting over 75,000 attendees annually. Featuring alumni like Outkast, Jack White, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and The Flaming Lips makes this a stellar summer event. And because it's Kentucky, there's definitely a taste of the state's famous liquor in the Bourbon Lodge.

More Info: Forecastle Festival 2022 Guide

Sunset Music Festival 2022

When: May 28-29, 2022

Where: Tampa, FL

The Scene: As a key player in the Florida electronic scene, Sunset Music Festival brings big name artists to Raymond James Stadium each Memorial Day weekend. As one of the largest events in Tampa Bay, Sunset brings in crowds of over 50,000 attendees to the area. With costumed-clad performing artists and colorful stages, Sunset Music Festival basks in the Florida sunshine.

More Info: Sunset Music Festival 2022 Guide

Maryland Deathfest 2022

When: May 26-29, 2022

Where: Baltimore, MD

The Scene: The concept of MDF is simple: to bring to the United States the best and most extreme bands the underground has to offer. Never conforming to trends, or being limited by genre restrictions, MDF is a showcase of what extreme music, both new and old, is capable of.

More Info: Maryland Deathfest 2022 Guide

Get Funky 2022

When: May 27-28, 2022

Where: Salt Lake City, UT

The Scene: One stage, two nights, one groove featuring only the sounds of house this Memorial Day Weekend in SLC.

More Info: Get Funky 2022 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

California Roots 2022

When: May 26-29, 2022

Where: Monterey, CA

The Scene: One of the largest reggae festivals in the country, Calforinia Roots delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter. The three-day festival takes place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, where Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire in 1967.

More Info: California Roots 2022 Guide

Lightning in a Bottle 2022

When: May 26-30, 2022

Where: Bakersfield, CA

The Scene: The dedicated fans of this transformational festival have kept LiB at the top of its game for over ten years. It has changed venues more than a few times, but the incredible art, enthusiastic attendees, and top notch lineup at this boutique fest is a steady constant.

More Info: Lightning in a Bottle 2022 Guide

Bigfoot Electro 2022

When: May 26-29, 2022

Where: Tracy City, TN

The Scene: Baggenstoss Farms, located on Monteagle Mountain in Tracy City, TN, will host the Bigfoot Electro Music Festival. The first ‘underground’ music festival of its kind in the area, it will include some of the top EDM artists in the country. You’ll hear an impressive lineup of live-instrument performers, hip-hop artists and DJs from afternoon until evening.

More Info: Bigfoot Electro 2022 Guide

Rooster Walk 2022

When: May 26-29, 2022

Where: Axton, VA

The Scene: Making the most out of tragedy, Rooster Walk was started to celebrate the lives of two childhood friends that passed away. With a mission to create a festival that could fund a scholarship, the Rooster Walk Music and Arts was born. A decade later, this festival for charity has become a centerpiece event of the region.

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More Info: Rooster Walk 2022 Guide

Revival Festival 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: Clarks Grove, MN

The Scene: Revival is a diverse musical affair with its primary focus on improvisational grooves, jam sessions, string pickers and epic storytellers of all types. It takes place at Harmony Park, an epic, lakeside oak grove that offers gorgeous camping options.

More Info: Revival Festival 2022 Guide

Dark Star Jubilee 2022

When: May 27-29, 2022

Where: Thornville, OH

The Scene: Returning to Thornville, Ohio each year, Dark Star Jubilee is hosted by Dark Star Orchestra who headline each of the three nights of the festival. The rest of the lineup features a wanton mix of artists reminiscing of the classic rock times - most notable the Grateful Dead whom Dark Star Jubilee Orchestra is known to recreate sets from. Set in the Legend Valley, a well known venue in the Midwest, festival attendees are surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

More Info: Dark Star Jubilee 2022 Guide

Skyline Festival Orlando 2022

When: May 27-28, 2022

Where: Orlando, FL

The Scene: Insomniac and Factory 93 present Skyline, a two-day festival dedicated to underground dance music, street, and digital art.

More Info: Skyline Festival Orlando 2022 Guide

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