USA Fall Music Festival Preview for September 2022
By / August 12, 2022

Photo Credit: Life is Beautiful 2021/Vito Valentinetti

The leaves are starting to change color. There’s a crisp bite in the afternoon air. Starbucks is serving up pumpkin flavored sludge. It’s autumn! Well, not quite, but we are looking ahead to a stacked September of festivals here in the United States.

North Coast Music Festival 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: Chicago, IL


The Scene: North Coast Music Festival is a collaboration of independent promoters in Chicago that have presented everything from small shows to selling out large scale concerts. Summer's Last Stand descends upon Union Park during Labor Day Weekend with the world's electronic, house, jam-band, indie, and hip-hop communities.



More Info: North Coast Music Festival 2022 Guide


Made In America Festival 2022

When: September 3-4, 2022

Where: Philadelphia, PA


The Scene: Jay-Z curates the Philadelphia based Made in America Festival over Labor Day Weekend. The two-day event, now in its eighth year features a superstar roster with everything from hip-hop to rock to pop to electronic.



More Info: Made In America Festival 2022 Guide


All In Music Festival 2022

When: September 3-4, 2022

Where: Indianapolis, IN


The Scene: A two-day music and culture festival experience taking place over Labor Day weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.



More Info: All In Music Festival 2022 Guide


Rocklahoma 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: Pryor, OK


The Scene: Looking for a contemplative weekend of drum circles and mellow campfire jams -- then Rocklahoma is your nightmare. The only thing more legendary than the lineup at Rocklahoma are the campground ragers. Contests throughout the weekend inspire party animals to fully trick out their campsite in creative and often, puzzling ways.



More Info: Rocklahoma 2022 Guide


ARC Music Festival 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: Chicago, IL


The Scene: This second-year fest promises to bring the global scene to the birthplace of house music.



More Info: ARC Music Festival 2022 Guide


HOCO Fest 2022

When: September 1-4, 2022

Where: Tucson, AZ


The Scene: Even without a full-blown indie rock festival, downtown Tucson is the best spot to party in Arizona. HOCO (short for Hotel Congress) is a legendary hotel, well known for its stiff drinks, trivia nights, and the spot where John Dillinger was captured in 1934.


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More Info: HOCO Fest 2022 Guide


Electric Zoo 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: New York City, NY


The Scene: Electric Zoo is New York City’s premier electronic music festival every Labor Day weekend. With stacked artists ranging from bass to techno and everything in between, Electric Zoo promises to not disappoint attendees. As the largest and longest-running electronic festival in the city, the park transforms into an electronic playground for a three-day jammed pack festival.



More Info: Electric Zoo 2022 Guide


Live on the Green 2022

When: September 1-5, 2022

Where: Nashville, TN


The Scene: Live On The Green is a free, outdoor music festival held in downtown Nashville.


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More Info: Live on the Green 2022 Guide


Nelsonville Music Festival 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: Nelsonville, OH


The Scene: The laidback Nelsonville Music Festival mixes small regional bands, under the radar acts, and national headliners for a weekend of music in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. One of the best kept secrets in Southeast Ohio, the four stage fest brings back fans year after year with its intimate vibe.



More Info: Nelsonville Music Festival 2022 Guide


Big Fam Festival 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: Farwell, MI


The Scene: A weekend long camping, music and arts festival in beautiful northern Michigan surrounded by an amazing pine forest and your festival fam.


The Lineup:


More Info: Big Fam Festival 2022 Guide


Adirondack Independence Music Festival 2022

When: September 2-4, 2022

Where: Lake George, NY


The Scene: This three day, multi-band event will feature several of the premiere touring bands currently on the festival circuit. Located at the beautiful Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in the heart of Lake George, NY, the festival prides itself on high-quality production and an amazing atmosphere that is suitable for all ages.



More Info: Adirondack Independence Music Festival 2022 Guide


ILLFest 2022

When: September 3-4, 2022

Where: Austin, TX


The Scene: ILLfest brings some of the world's best electronic musicians to the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. Art installations and trippy sights are around every corner at this two-day festival.



More Info: ILLFest 2022 Guide


Same Same But Different 2022

When: September 9-11, 2022

Where: Perris, CA


The Scene: SSBD caters to those that embrace unique and diverse music spanning multiple genres over a multi-day experience. Late night electronic, funky day-time beach parties, early morning acoustic, secret jam spots and lots more.



More Info: Same Same But Different 2022 Guide


Dancefestopia 2022

When: September 8-11, 2022

Where: Kansas City, MO


The Scene: A high energy music and camping festival, Dancefestopia takes place in the rolling hills just south of Kansas City. Over four nights, festies can party to nonstop music and one of the strongest dance music lineups in the region.



More Info: Dancefestopia 2022 Guide


Moon River Festival 2022

When: September 10-11, 2022

Where: Chattanooga, TN


The Scene: Annually held in the scenic Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Moon River Festival is one of the most successful festivals in the city. Often selling out, the festival features a number of acclaimed artists in folk and indie. Each year they are committed to continually improving the experience for attendees, most recently adding more interactive areas for kids and their parents.



More Info: Moon River Festival 2022 Guide


Hopscotch Festival 2022

When: September 8-10, 2022

Where: Raleigh, NC


The Scene: Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh! With more than 450 bands performing to a crowd of 60,000 fans, Hopscotch is the perfect weekend getaway for music lovers in the fall.


The Lineup:


More Info: Hopscotch Festival 2022 Guide


Blue Ridge Rock Fest 2022

When: September 8-11, 2022

Where: Alton, VA


The Scene: With 180 bands across 6 stages, there is no shortage of rock at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Virginia.



More Info: Blue Ridge Rock Fest 2022 Guide


Bristol Rhythm and Roots 2022

When: September 9-11, 2022

Where: Bristol, TN/VA


The Scene: 'Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future.'


The Lineup:


More Info: Bristol Rhythm and Roots 2022 Guide


Sacred Acre Festival 2022

When: September 9-11, 2022

Where: Ninilchik, AK


The Scene: It's time to head north, like really far north, to experience Alaska's first electronic music festival.



More Info: Sacred Acre Festival 2022 Guide


Four Chord Music Fest 2022

When: September 9-10, 2022

Where: Washington, PA


The Scene: Four Chord Music Festival is as all-day, pop/punk/alternative music festival in the wonderful city of Pittsburgh.



More Info: Four Chord Music Fest 2022 Guide


Lightning Bug Festival 2022

When: September 9-10, 2022

Where: Valparaiso, IN


The Scene: Lightning Bug Music Festival is a non-profit with a mission to shed light on how important live music is for the mental well-being of fans and artists.


The Lineup:


More Info: Lightning Bug Festival 2022 Guide


High Ground Festival 2022

When: September 10-11, 2022

Where: Sedalia, CO


The Scene: High Ground embarks on a festival experience that fuses music, narrative, immersive art, cannabis, and nature. This is a festival for those who wish to dive deeper and experience more.


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More Info: High Ground Festival 2022 Guide


Primavera Sound Los Angeles 2022

When: September 12-18, 2022

Where: Los Angeles, CA


The Scene: Celebrating twenty years of arguably the best lineups in the history of music festivals, Primavera Sound is looking to do a global victory tour with this special one-time edition in Los Angeles.



More Info: Primavera Sound Los Angeles 2022 Guide


Americanafest 2022

When: September 13-18, 2022

Where: Nashville, TN


The Scene: 'The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium.'



More Info: Americanafest 2022 Guide


Bourbon & Beyond 2022

When: September 15-18, 2022

Where: Louisville, KY


The Scene: Bourbon & Beyond brings world class music to Louisville along with over 40 bourbon brands, a plethora of workshops, and and experiences that you won't find at other festivals. Don't forget the chefs, restaurants, and supper clubs to keep you full in between the biggest acts touring this year.



More Info: Bourbon & Beyond 2022 Guide


Imagine Festival 2022

When: September 15-18, 2022

Where: Rome, GA


The Scene: Starting as a smaller two-day downtown event, Imagine Festival has become Atlanta's largest EDM camping festival. Six stages host a wealth of electronic royalty at Chattahoochee Hills each fall. Proudly independent, organizers call Imagine Festival a living and breathing representation of our guests wishes and imagination.



More Info: Imagine Festival 2022 Guide


Life is Beautiful 2022 Lineup Poster

Life is Beautiful Festival 2022

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Las Vegas, NV


The Scene: Taking place in the year-long adult party capital of the United States, Life Is Beautiful returns to Downtown Las Vegas. With acclaimed artists taking residency in various resorts and playing home to one of the biggest festivals in the world, the city has become a mecca for traveling music fans. Life Is Beautiful emerged in 2012 as a festival of electronic mashups and has continued to hold its own in the crowded Vegas market space.



More Info: Life is Beautiful Festival 2022 Guide


Riot Fest Chicago 2022

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Chicago, IL


The Scene: For fans of punk, alt rock, and artists you won’t see on other festival lineups, Riot Fest should be on your bucket list. Started as a showcase festival in Chicago in 2005, Riot Fest has transformed into a multi-day outdoor festival and has spawned editions in Toronto and Denver. The original in Chicago’s Humbolt Park remains the best and most solid lineup of the bunch.



More Info: Riot Fest Chicago 2022 Guide


XPoNential Festival 2022

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Camden, NJ


The Scene: 'The XPoNential Music Festival offers an unparalleled experience for music discovery. With a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists heard on WXPN 88.5FM, the award-winning Philadelphia public radio station, along with a variety of family-friendly activities, the XPoNential Music Festival has been pleasing audiences of all ages for more than a decade on the Camden Waterfront.'



More Info: XPoNential Festival 2022 Guide


Born & Raised Festival 2022

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Pyror, OK


The Scene: The Born & Raised Music Festival, a country music and camping experience returns to the Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds. The 'weekend of music and camping for the outlaw in all of us' will feature more than 25 acts.



More Info: Born & Raised Festival 2022 Guide


Beachlife Ranch 2022

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Redondo Beach, CA


The Scene: 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.



More Info: Beachlife Ranch 2022 Guide


Telluride Blues and Brews 2022

When: September 16-18, 2022

Where: Telluride, CO


The Scene: It's a match made in Colorado heaven. Three days of blues, funk, jam, gospel, rock, and soul combined with tasting from 150+ breweries makes this beer and music festival mashup a one-of-a-kind experience. It all takes place at Telluride, a classic Colorado mountain town nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains.


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More Info: Telluride Blues and Brews 2022 Guide


The Big Climate Thing 2022

When: Cancelled

Where: New York City, NY


The Scene: The Big Climate Thing is a three-day music concert featuring an eclectic lineup of artists and programming, immersive on-site activations, and curated experiences.



More Info: The Big Climate Thing 2022 Guide


Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2022

When: September 17-18, 2022

Where: Asbury Park, NJ


The Scene: 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.



More Info: Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2022 Guide


Nocturnal Wonderland 2022

When: September 17-18, 2022

Where: San Bernardino, CA


The Scene: Presented by electronic stronghold Insomniac, Nocturnal Wonderland plays host to a roster of top notch electronic DJs in San Bernardino, California. With colorful luminescent art installations throughout the festival, the atmosphere of Nocturnal Wonderland is a playground for electronic fans of all genres. Spanning over a weekend, this two day festival includes more than 50 artists across three separate stages.



More Info: Nocturnal Wonderland 2022 Guide


Borderland Festival 2022

When: September 17-18, 2022

Where: East Aurora, NY


The Scene: The Borderland Music + Arts Festival celebrates the rich history and renaissance of the region with a two-day music and cultural festival set in one of the most scenic and storied grounds in all of New York State, Knox Farm State Park.



More Info: Borderland Festival 2022 Guide


Louder Than Life 2022

When: September 22-25, 2022

Where: Louisville, KY


The Scene: Taking place in the heart of America in Louisville, Kentucky, Louder Than Life proclaims to be the 'World’s Largest Rock ‘N’ Roll Whiskey Festival.' This three-day festival highlights hard rock, punk, heavy metal and alternative headliners only a few miles away from downtown Louisville. Over the span of the weekend, the festival features over 50 artists and continually brings in over 120,000 fans each year.



More Info: Louder Than Life 2022 Guide


Firefly Music Festival 2022

When: September 22-25, 2022

Where: Dover, DE


The Scene: In only a few short years, the Firefly Music Festival has become a solid addition to the East Coast summer calendar. Set in the forested landscape of The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, Firefly boasts seven stages and over a 100 performers each year.



More Info: Firefly Music Festival 2022 Guide


Pygmalion Music Festival 2022

When: September 22-24, 2022

Where: Champaign, IL


The Scene: Back in 2005, Pygmalion was a collective of club shows, but over the past seventeen years it showcase has transformed into one of the Midwest's premier indie rock festivals.



More Info: Pygmalion Music Festival 2022 Guide


FreshGrass Festival 2022

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: North Adams, MA


The Scene: 'FreshGrass is a wonderland of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum in the Berkshire mountains of northwestern Massachusetts. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is family-friendly and brimming with the brightest talent not just on our four stages, but also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy fields.'



More Info: FreshGrass Festival 2022 Guide


Monterey Jazz Festival 2022

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: Monterey, CA


The Scene: Home to an area holding some of the biggest names in festival history, Monterey Jazz Festival was founded in 1958 by jazz DJ icon, Jimmy Lyons. The festival features dozens of acclaimed acts, well known jazz musicians and other rising stars in the industry to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. With over 60 years of bringing some of the best jazz to Monterey every year, festival attendees are sure to hear some of the best in classic jazz and witness the evolution of jazz music in today’s modern music culture scene.



More Info: Monterey Jazz Festival 2022 Guide


Lost Lands 2022

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: Thornville, OH


The Scene: Presented by top electronic bass artist Excision, Lost Lands brings the 'the top bass music from the past 65 million years' to Legend Valley, Ohio. With 1,000,000+ watts of bass, attendees are sure to feel the beat of a variety of electronic acts spanning decades. Instead of the hardcore, handbanging fans that such a festival lineup would typically yield, the attendees of Lost Lands represent a more mellow vibe of general EDM enthusiasts looking to experience a well rounded electronic festival with something for everyone.



More Info: Lost Lands 2022 Guide


Furnace Fest 2022

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: Birmingham, AL


The Scene: Furnace Fest returns for its 21th anniversary! All the punk/emo/hardcore that you have been missing is coming to the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama for this three-day event.



More Info: Furnace Fest 2022 Guide


iHeartRadio Festival 2022

When: September 23-24, 2022

Where: Las Vegas, NV


The Scene: Held every September, iHeartRadio Festival comes to the notorious Las Vegas Strip for a two day festival. The lineup each year features top artists of the time along with rising musicians on the scene. The lineup boosts a variation of everything on the radio today, with anything between rap and pop being played.



More Info: iHeartRadio Festival 2022 Guide


Format Festival 2022

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: Bentonville, AR


The Scene: FORMAT is a multidisciplinary experience unifying over eighty live music acts with two dozen visual, performance, and institutional artists from around the world. Set on 250 acres of a natural landing strip surrounded by a forested ravine, the festival aims to encourage discovery, spark curiosity, and build community.



More Info: Format Festival 2022 Guide


Rolling Loud NYC 2022

When: September 23-25, 2022

Where: New York City, NY


The Scene: The largest hip-hop festival in the world that started in Miami, Florida is coming to NYC. Some of the biggest names in the business have already played this festival including Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Lil B, Post Malone, Migos, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and more.



More Info: Rolling Loud NYC 2022 Guide


Pilgrimage Music Festival 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: Franklin, TN


The Scene: 'Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, experience and the desire to create an authentic music festival. The festival has grown in its three years to double down on the music programming, with six stages and heralded lineups year after year, and has expanded its cultural focus by showcasing hundreds of local artisans, restaurants, food trucks and makers that give context and authenticity to the Pilgrimage experience.'



More Info: Pilgrimage Music Festival 2022 Guide


Sound on Sound Festival 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: Bridgeport, CT


The Scene: Sound On Sound is a brand-new music festival bringing together world-class performing artists, renowned local eateries, craft breweries, a variety of wines and spirits, and much more for one unforgettable weekend in Fairfield County. Featuring 2 stages, over 22 bands, and no overlapping sets, the festival allows attendees to catch every act on the lineup without having to pick and choose.



More Info: Sound on Sound Festival 2022 Guide


Frantic City 2022

When: September 24, 2022

Where: Atlantic City, NJ


The Scene: Welcome to the debut of Frantic City where the goal is to bring some of the most exciting bands in the world to Atlantic City, New Jersey’s resort by the sea.



More Info: Frantic City 2022 Guide


Portola Festival 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: San Francisco, CA


The Scene: Portola is a new 2-day music festival taking place on September 24 and 25 at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.



More Info: Portola Festival 2022 Guide


CRSSD Festival Fall 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: San Diego, CA


The Scene: CRSSD Festival returns to Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego with this now annual springtime event. The electronic heavy festival has introduced indie rock into the lineup over the last few editions as well as some incredible underground DJs. Leave the hula hoops, LED gloves, and totems at home -- they're prohibited at CRSSD.



More Info: CRSSD Festival Fall 2022 Guide


Woodsist Festival 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: Accord, NY


The Scene: Just north of New York City, the boutique Woodsist Festival takes place at Arrowood Farms is a brewery and farm based in Accord, New York.



More Info: Woodsist Festival 2022 Guide


Blended Festival Austin 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: Austin, TX


The Scene: Wine meets music at the Blended Festival, a celebration of social gatherings taking place in Austin, San Diego, and Nashville. The days start off with local DJs and bands setting the mood for a wine centric day-drinking event leading up to the evening headliners.



More Info: Blended Festival Austin 2022 Guide


Making Time Festival 2022

When: September 24-25, 2022

Where: Philadelphia, PA


The Scene: Experience two magical days of futuristic musical transcendence with the Making Time Festival in Philadelphia.


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More Info: Making Time Festival 2022 Guide


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