Quick Guide to 2012 Labor Day Weekend Music Festivals

Labor Day is almost upon us and like every weekend over this summer, it’s stacked full with music festivals. Here’s a list of some of the biggies to give you an idea on where you should party over Labor Day.

Electric Zoo (New York City)
Headliners: David Guetta, Pretty Lights, Laidback Luke, Hardwell
Randall’s Island is NYC’s answer to a stellar festival venue and nobody takes better advantage of it than Electric Zoo. The EDM festival packs the grassy field for three full days of raving and dancing and whatever else goes along with that.

Made In America (Philadelphia)
Headliners: Jay-Z, Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, Drake
Expectations are high for the Budweiser sponsored and Jay-Z curated Made In America. The mega-festival makes its debut this weekend in Philly and hopefully becomes a Labor Day tradition.

FYF Fest (Los Angeles)
Headliners: Refused, M83, Beirut, The Faint
The downtown L.A. Historic State Park provides the backdrop for two days of stellar indie rock and comedy. The lineup is stuffed with local acts, current favorites, and longtime indie legends back on the stage.

Bumbershoot (Seattle)
Headliners: Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennett, Mac Miller, Big Sean, M. Ward
There’s no comparison when it comes to street cred and Bumbershoot. The forty-one year old festival institution not only drops a huge music lineup, but features art, spoken word, comedy, and loads more.

North Coast Music Festival (Chicago)
Headliners: Girl Talk, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Axwell, Knife Part, Big Boi
The “last stand of summer” returns to Union Park and is bringing along a big old mix bag from electronic to jam bands and everything in between.

And even more is happening…

The desert of Nevada catches fire as the infamous Burning Man kicks off in all its bizzare glory. Over in Ohio, the Dark Star Jubilee celebrates the legacy of Jerry Garcia. El Paso hosts the second annual Sun City Music Festival featuring two days of electronic artists. Beatles fans will flock to DC for the Abbey Road on the River Festival. So many more — check out our guide to upcoming US Festivals here and hopefully we’ll see you this weekend.

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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