The Best Memorial Day Weekend Music Festivals for 2023
By / January 2, 2023

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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 2023

May 26-28, 2023

Allston, MA

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.

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Bottlerock Napa Valley 2023

May 26-28, 2023

Napa, CA

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.

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Punk Rock Bowling 2023

May 26-29, 2023

Las Vegas, NV

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.

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Sonic Temple Festival 2023

May 25-28, 2023

Columbus, OH

America's largest rock festival tears up the Midwest every May in the most metal of cities -- Columbus, Ohio. 60 bands across three stages over four days makes this a must-stop festival for fans of rock and metal.

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Summer Camp 2023

May 26-28, 2023

Chillicothe, IL

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.'

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Sunset Music Festival 2023

May 27-28, 2023

Tampa, FL

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.

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California Roots 2023

May 25-28, 2023

Monterey, CA

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.

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Solid Sound Festival 2024

June 28-30, 2024

North Adams, MA

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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Movement Detroit 2023

May 27-29, 2023

Detroit, MI

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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.

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DelFest 2023

May 25-28, 2023

Cumberland, MD

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.

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Lightning in a Bottle 2023

May 24-29, 2023

Bakersfield, CA

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.

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Rooster Walk 2023

May 25-28, 2023

Axton, VA

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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Dark Star Jubilee 2023

May 26-28, 2023

Thornville, OH

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.

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Adjacent Music Festival 2023

May 27-28, 2023

Atlantic City, NJ

The all-new Adjacent Music Festival is coming to the beach in Atlantic City this Memorial Day Weekend.

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I Love RNB Festival 2023

May 27, 2023

Long Beach, CA

The 'I Love RnB Music Festival' will be hosting the biggest and best lineup of your favorite RnB performing artists, from classics to new hits.

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