Now that summertime is already on the horizon – wait, wasn’t it just New Year’s last week?! – it’s time to start mapping out our plan of attack for summer. With big spring festivals like Ultra, Coachella, and Stagecoach now behind us, we outdoor-lovin’ music junkies are left pining for more.
Grab your dancing shoes, pack your koozies, and clear your calendar for the rest of the summer – we’ve got some serious festival-hopping to do! From Chicago’s cultural music phenomenom and Las Vegas’ one-of-a-kind EDM experience, to San Fran’s art-inspired musical gathering and the country’s longest running festival concert tour, check out our top picks for summer music festivals in the United States.
Sasquatch in Quincy, Washington (5/24 – 5/27)
Founded in 2002, Washington’s annual Sasquatch musical festival caters to the eclectic tastes of voracious music enthusiasts around the globe. From May 24th through May 27th, the 2013 Sasquatch Music Festival will return to the internationally acclaimed Gorge Amphitheatre for four fun-filled days of music and culture. Don’t miss this star-studded lineup featuring headlining performances by Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The xx, Artic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Empire of the Sun, The Lumineers, Grimes, Bloc Party, and more! Get tickets: http://bit.ly/12eSX7r.
CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee (6/5 – 6/8)
Throw on your Stetson and get ready to stomp the ground in your cowboy boots! From June 5th through June 8th, the 42 Annual CMA Music Festival will host four days and nights of non-stop country music and action-packed activities and entertainment. The all-star lineup features smokin’ hot artists and bands including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and more! Get tickets: http://bit.ly/10sgvr8.
Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee (6/13 – 6/16)
With over 10 stages of live music and 80,000 happy campers occupying 700 acres of Tennessee nature, Bonaroo is guaranteed to be an epic escape into a musical wonderland. This year’s four-day gathering held from June 13th to June 16th sports a solid lineup: Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Pretty Lights, Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, The xx, plus a very special performance by the one and only, Paul McCartney. And we can’t forget to mention the several dozen comedians (we heart Daniel Tosh!), interactive art installations, mini film festival, and an Apples to Apples Game Lounge. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/12fgy7S.
Warped Tour in Everywhere, USA (6/15 – 8/4)
Vans Warped Tour has become the longest running music and extreme sports festival in America, reaching more than 500,000 music fans every summer. Kicking off on June 15th in Seattle, the 19th Annual Warped Tour will make stops in every major U.S. city until reaching its final destination in Houston in early August. This year’s diverse bill is slated to include Reel Big Fish, Motion City Soundtrack, Sleeping with Sirens, The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, We Came as Romans, and more! Get tickets: http://bit.ly/18uIloi.
Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada (6/21 – 6/23)
Since its inception in 1997, the infamous Electric Daisy Carnival has grown into one of the most captivating electronic dance music experiences in the world. This year, EDC returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for its third year from Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd. The roster features big name DJs including Tiesto, Dash Berlin, Hardwell, Benny Benassi, Armin Van Buuren, Dada Life, Kaskade, Tommy Trash, Major Lazer, and Ferry Corsten. To top it off the musical soiree, festival-goers can enjoy the dozens of fun-filled carnival rides, myriad art installations, and intricate theatrical performances under the electric sky. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/17Mr3BZ.
Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana (7/5 – 7/7)
Get ready to groove to the smooth sounds of R&B, hip hop, pop, and soul when the nation’s preeminent showcase for African American musical talent returns to New Orleans from July 5th through July 7th. Featuring a mix of bold names, exciting newcomers and longtime favorites, the 19th Annual Essence Music Festival hosts a blockbuster musical lineup including Beyoncé, Keyshia Cole, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Brandy, Maxwell, LL Cool J, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Monáe, and more. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/10JuUt1.
Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island (7/26 – 7/28)
Founded in 1959 as a counterpart to the previously established Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival has been captivating audiences with melodic performances by folk, blues, country, bluegrass and folk rock musicians from around the world. On Friday, July 26, check out Feist, Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Mountain Goats. On Saturday, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Father John Misty, The Lone Bellow, and Colin Meloy will take the stage. And on Sunday, July 28th, catch Beck, The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, and Lord Huron as they close out the weekend’s festivities. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/YGnSv5.
Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois (8/2 – 8/4)
Spawned by Jane’s Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell in 1991, Lollapalooza become a place where fans can gather together to enjoy gourmet grub, peruse handmade arts and crafts, get rewarded for recycling and, of course, jam out to some of the best music in the world. From August 2nd – 4th, festival-goers will get to rock out to the tunes of 130 bands and artists from varying genres. Highly anticipated headlining acts include The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, and The Postal Service. If you love indie beats, don’t miss The Lumineers, Local Natives, Tegan and Sara. Band of Horses, Alt-J, Foals, and Two Door Cinema Club. And for the EDM lovers, get ready for big performances from Dada Life, Steve Angello, Dog Blood, Knife Party, and Steve Aoki. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/15JUKpB.
Outside Lands in San Francisco, California (8/9 – 8/11)
More than your stereotypical three-day music festival, Outside Lands rolls interactive art experiences, delectable food and beverage choices, and a diverse lineup of live music all into one action-packed weekend-long event. This year, Outside Lands returns to San Francisco from August 9th – 11th and will host some serious music legends, from Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson to Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other highly anticipated acts include Vampire Weekend, Kaskade, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Young the Giant, Jurassic 5, The National, Atlas Genius, A-Trak, Foals, and more. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/10HtlvQ.
Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8/31 – 9/1)
After last year’s highly successful inaugural festival, the Budweiser Made in America Festival will return for two exciting days of musical performances in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend, August 31st and September 1st. Cultivated by the one and only Jay Z, the eclectic roster of talent features smash hit artists including Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Fitz and the Tantrums, Nine Inch Nails, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wiz Khalifa and more! Get tickets: http://bit.ly/YmaISS.
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