Music festival season is upon us and although the Coachella busses are long gone and it looks like Woodstock 50 might be canceled, that doesn’t mean the fun is over! There are still tons of festivals yet to take place across America and we’ve listed the top 13 that you should consider checking out this summer.
1. Mo Pop — West Riverfront Park, Detroit, MI
This festival really has it all! Not only does it have a strong line-up of performers, but it also has a dizzying array of food and activities for festival-goers. Pop up arcades, craft bazaars, dance parties, and dart games are just a select few of the fun activities they have for you party people and if you’re hungry you can always hit Food Truck Rally Alley or drop by The Shipyard for a pop-up restaurant experience.
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Dates: July 27-28
Line-up: Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Kali Uchis, Ella Mai, Lizzo
Tickets: Weekend pass starting at $109.50 plus fees. You can check out more options for tickets and pricing here.
2. Pitchfork Music Festival — Union Park, Chicago, IL
Pitchfork is an independent music festival that has been running since 2006 and it highlights the best in new and emerging music. The festival has a wide array of activities available and is committed to supporting local businesses and promoting the Chicago arts and food communities. Besides a great line-up, they have a record, craft, poster, and book fair for those looking to get their hands on some sweet goodies and they even have a kids' zone for any families looking to rock out together.
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Dates: July 19-21
Line-up: HAIM, Earl Sweatshirt, Belle & Sebastian, Pusha T, The Isley Brothers, Charli XCX
Tickets: Three-day general admission pass starting at $175 plus fees. You can check out more options for tickets and pricing here.
3. Roots Picnic — The Mann at Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
This event is running for one day and one day only, so if you’re looking for a Saturday filled with fun, then this is the show for you. This festival has a unique mix of musical performers as well as live podcast shows, which keeps the line up fresh and funky. Plus, when the noms hit visitors can look forward to a variety of food trucks featuring a specially curated menu from The Roots themselves.
Dates: June 1
Line-up: The Roots, H.E.R., 21 Savage, The Joe Budden (Podcast), Queen Naija, City Girls
Tickets: In the current phase they are $79.50, but may change once the next sales phase begins. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
4. Bottlerock — Napa Valley, California
Bottlerock festival is truly a hipsters paradise. Besides the music, visitors can indulge in craft beers, Michelin star chefs' vibrant culinary creations, bourbon bars, craft cocktails, and of course the best wines the valley has to offer. The festival also has a spa offering massage treatments, hair treatments, make-up, and glitter application, as well as custom festival jewelry. If you’re looking for a luxury experience at a reasonable price, then this is the event for you.
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Dates: May 24-26
Line-up: Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Santana, Logic, Lord Huron
Tickets: One-day general admission is $159; three-day general admission is $359. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
5. Hangout — Gulf Shores, Alabama
Are you ready to party your heart out? Then Hangout festival is definitely the spot for you! The musical acts will be sure to keep you entertained all day long, but if you need a break or a change of scenery then there’s an endless amount of activities to try out. The event boasts a roller disco, mid-morning yoga, a tropical spa, beach volleyball, various art installations, and if you need an overdose of cute, then there’s even a puppy kissing booth!
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Dates: May 16-19
Line-up: Travis Scott, The Lumineers, Khalid, Cardi B, Kygo, The 1975
Tickets: Three-day general admission is $319. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
6. Firefly — The Woodlands, Dover, DE
Firefly has got a star-studded line-up with some of the top names in music today. Beyond that, they also have a silent disco, multiple hang out spaces, and art installations that come alive at night. Plus if you want to chill in a hammock for a bit, then you can head over to The Nook to get some rest from all the festivities. What more could you ask for?
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Dates: June 21-23
Line-up: Panic! At The Disco, Tyler the Creator, Louis The Child, Kygo, Post Malone, Alison Wonderland
Tickets: Three-day general admission is $309 plus fees. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
7. Boston Calling — Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston, MA
Ready for three days of good times and awesome performers? Then Boston Calling should be at the top of your list! The line-up includes tons of well-known artists as well as a non-musical performance by the Boston Ballet. They also have 30 different food vendors, each with more exciting and tasty options than the last. Not to mention there are plenty of fun activities to participate in between sets, including a 100 foot Ferris wheel to ride. You better hurry though, time to get tickets is running out fast!
Dates: May 24-26
Line-up: Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott, Tame Impala, Odesza, Logic, Anderson.Paak
Tickets: Three-day general admission is $289. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
8. Rolling Loud — Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
If you’re here for the hip hop revolution, then Rolling Loud festival will not disappoint. Self-proclaimed as the worlds largest hip hop festival, it boasts past performances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, and many, many more. The tickets and line-up information below is for the Miami festival. However, there are also tickets and dates available for Los Angeles and the Bay Area if you’re on the West Coast.
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Dates: May 10-12, 2019
Line-up: Migos, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane
Tickets: Three-day general admission is $339. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
9. Outside Lands — Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Outside Lands is a West Coast festival experience you would be foolish to miss. Besides a world-class line-up of talented musicians, there will also be a comedy line-up as well as Discussions About Virtually Everything (D.A.V.E.) hosted by special guests Bill Nye, Gavin Newsom, and Mickey Hart.
If all of this doesn’t fill up your time and you’re still looking for more to do, then you can also check out the local artists at work creating murals or the GastroMagic stage where chefs and performers are paired up to create whimsical and unpredictable shows. No matter what you’re looking for, this festival has it all!
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Dates: August 9-11
Line-up: Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Flume, Blink-182
Tickets: Three-day general admission, $385 plus fees. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
10. Governors Ball — Randall's Island, New York City, NY
Living in or near NYC and looking for a delightful mix of contemporary musical performers? Then you’re in luck! Governors Ball has an amazing array of musical talents as well as fun activities, street artists, and some of the best eats in town. If you’re looking to take a break between acts, then you can try some life-size lawn games, interactive photo booths, or a round of mini-golf.
All this activity got you hungry? Then you can check out all the good eats including specialty doughnuts, tacos, cheesy creations, ramen burgers, cookie dough as well as plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. You’ll be filled to the brim after this event!
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Dates: May 31-June 2
Line-up: Tyler, The Creator, Lil Wayne, Florence + The Machine, Major Lazor, The Strokes, Vince Staples
Tickets: Three-day general admission is $305. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
11. Bonnaroo — Manchester, TN
Bonnaroo, which is actually Creole slang for “Good Stuff”, is definitely an accurate representation of the festival as a whole. Boasting an amazing line-up, lots of fun activities, interactive art installations, marketplaces, and tasty treats, you’ll be sure to have a great time. Whether you’re looking to relax your body with yoga, paint water-colors with local artists, or strut your stuff in the 5K or parade, then you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.
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Dates: June 13-18
Line-up: Phish, Childish Gambino, Odesza, The Lumineers, Hozier, Solange
Tickets: Four-day general admission is $339 plus fees. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
12. Lollapalooza — Grant Park, Chicago, IL
This four-day Windy City extravaganza is set to take place in the heat of August, just before summer comes to an end. This is an all-out star-studded line-up with over 170 bands performing, so even the pickiest music connoisseurs will find something to enjoy. Not to mention, Chow Town is where you can chow down on all of Chicago's favorite restaurant picks. Plus, this festival is extremely family friendly, so if you’ve got kids, but still want to get your groove on, then this festival is definitely right for you.
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Dates: August 1-4
Line-up: The Strokes, The Chain Smokers, Childish Gambino, RL Grime, Ariana Grande, Flume
Tickets: Four-day tickets range from $340. You can find out more about tickets and pricing here.
13. Burning Man — Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Burning Man is one of the most infamous festivals in America and has been running since 1986 — just over three decades! The event is known to be notoriously hippy-leaning and doesn’t even have a fixed line-up or schedule. It is purely a creative space for people to come together and create and perform when and where they wish.
The fest is held in the middle of a desert, which means camping is mandatory and you’ll need to bring everything with you that you’ll need to survive. Despite the harsh living conditions in the desert, the festival is electric with artistic energy and draws people from all walks of life to join in and share an incredible experience together. It may be a bit of a trek to get to, but all of the travel will be well worth it for this cosmic event!
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Dates: August 25 - September 2
Line-up: No fixed line-up or schedule available
Tickets: These vary in pricing depending on your ability to pay and the time in which you purchase. You can learn more about sales dates and pricing here.
But What About Woodstock?
We’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize Woodstock 50, which was earmarked to be filled with star-studded performances from the likes of Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Chance the Rapper, The Lumineers and many more. Fifty years have passed since the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival that left an indelible mark on American history and culture, but confusion is mounting as financial backers, event companies, and even performers are cutting ties with the infamous festival.
Michael Lang, Woodstock co-founder and anniversary organizer, insists that despite the loss, the team will continue on with festival preparations. Although this has Fyre Festival 2.0 written all over it, there is still a slim chance that Lang may be able to pull off a miracle. In the past, he had also encountered major problems at the original Woodstock when last minute they lost their venue. Within days he reached an agreement for another venue and the event moved forward.
We wouldn’t ask you to hold your breath, but if you’re feeling hopeful, then you can find further information about the festival below.
Dates: August 16-18
Line-up: Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Chance the Rapper, The Lumineers, Cage the Elephant
Where: Watkins Glen, NY
Tickets: They will supposedly be on sale soon, so subscribe to receive updates on further sales information here.