Hundreds of music festivals happen across the U.S. each year, but we love a festival that has something for all of our senses, so here are four of the best music festivals for music, food, and wine.
BottleRock Napa Valley, Napa, Calif., May 8 to 12
Featuring some of the most popular musicians of the past decade, BottleRock kicks off its first year with a pop. Food tents house the best of Napa, Sonoma, and San Francisco, and pair that with some of the best wines from the same, and you’ve got yourself a pretty serious (and delicious) sensory overload. The best part? You can feel good about gluttony, since BottleRock also raises money for several national charities.
The Great GoogaMooga, Brooklyn, N.Y., May 17 to 19
Now in its second year, GoogaMooga offers 85 New York City restaurant tents (duck sausage and foie gras donuts abound, but there is also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare), 100 wines from around the world, and a decidedly hipster lineup (Matt & Kim, The Flaming Lips, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and De La Soul, to name a fabulous few).
Lollapalooza, Chicago, Aug 2 to 4
Lolla goes big: big-name names onstage, big crowds, and big flavors. The food area, Chow Town, offers comfort food done right — Chicago deep-dish pizza, lobster corn dogs, and grilled cheese-stuffed pretzels. Lolla has gone digital with its wine experience, featuring the "Uncorked Wine Lounge" where you can pair wines with your friends’ personalities using the Pass the Bottle app.
Outside Lands, San Francisco, Aug 9 to 11
Taking place in one of the most accomplished culinary cities in the U.S. and just one hour south of one of the most famous wine regions in the world, Outside Lands was a shoe-in for this list. The music lineup doesn’t fall short either, with an eclectic mix of folk, country, pop, soul, and rock. Past performers include Neil Young, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, and Radiohead.
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What to Eat at This Summer's Music Festivals
This year, music fests are boasting food lineups just as good as their musical ones&mdashand they go far beyond the regular fare of pretzels and hot dogs. Keep checking in on this page to see the best vendors at the each major festival. Get your Instagram ready.
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July 28-31, Chicago, IL
Bella Bacinos: Despite Chicago's reputation for deep-dish pizzas, this joint promises a favored thin-crust fare.
Cheesie's Pub: Consider this an open invitation for your inner cheese lover. Chicago's first grilled cheese restaurant offers sandwiches, soups and drinks for the perfect comfort food fix while you're jamming out to music.
Dia de los Tamales: With menu options like buffalo chicken, apple cobbler and crawfish etouffee, there's no denying these tamales are next-level.
M Burger: This burger joint offers a juicy fare from chicken sandwiches to turkey burgers, and all with locally- sourced in ingredients.
Original Rainbow Cone: This 90-year-old Chicago ice cream shop boasts a five-flavor ice cream cone that's bound to make you feel like a kid again.
The Purple Pig: In a swankier take on festival food, this Windy City post brings fine Mediterranean cuisine to festival grounds.
Wow Bao: Taste this joint's one-of-a-kind bao, potstickers and more in eight different game-changing flavors.
June 16-19, Dover, DE
Talenti: An icy scoop of gelato or sorbet is the perfect match to those hot beats.
Wok on the Wild Side: Their puns may be impressive, but their plates are even better. Get a taste of their soba noodles or Teriyaki anything.
The Gouda Boys: Cheese lovers, meet your new favorite #foodporn.
Mayhem & Stout: Kick back on the lawn with a slow-braised meat sandwich, matching unique condiments and a refreshing cocktails from this post.
Roti Rolls: This joined was voted the best food truck in Charleston, and rightfully so. Roti with toppings like creole mac n' cheese or kimchi sounds worthy of recognition.
The Burger Joint: An even more mouth-watering take on an all-time American classic.
Slider House: "If you thought sliders were just about beef, think again," this eatery promises.
Peace Love Tacos: The only three words you need to hear.
Frothy Monkey: Sip on their coffee (and much on their pastries) to stay awake from the first act to the last.
Goatocado: Order one of this shop's unique quinoa bowls or, if you want comfort food, opt for the mac and cheese.
What's the Catch: Seek out this favored food truck for seafood sliders, tacos and more.
Humpty's Dumplings: Handmade, gourmet dumplings that come in sweet and savory flavors? Yes, please.
Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co.: Don't miss out on a reinvented southern classic&mdashmade from scratch.
Dia De Los Tamales: This joint puts a unique twist on the quintessential Mesoamerican dish, and even provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Now this is what you call a hot tamale.
Pie for the People: If you like your pizza slices as big as you like your beats, head for this NY-style eatery.
Corn and Co: Who says popcorn can't come in fun flavors?
Black Tap: This joint may be dedicated for craft burgers, but its milkshakes are the true stars. Just try to sip them up before they melt outdoors.
by CHLOE.: Vegan food never looked (or tasted) this good.
Momofuku Milk Bar: Soft serve, pies and cakes&mdashoh my! Get your fix from this contemporary sweet shop, and don't miss out on their original cereal milk flavor.
Jeepney: This unique twist on Filipino cuisine will have you eager for second helpings.
Luke's Lobster: Wind down between sets with a lobster, shrimp or crab roll.
Bluestone Lane: Avocado toast this pretty at a music festival? You better believe it. Sip cold brew coffee and lattes on the side, too.
Seamore's: Only in New York can you casually chow down on some seafood while waiting for your next act to play.
Davey's Ice Cream: Three words: speculoos ice cream.
Tacombi: Mexican food fans, rejoice. This taco spot is your headliner for the weekend.
Taqueria Diana: Burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tacos, elote, chips and guacamole? That's a killer lineup right there.
Snowdays: Rekindle your inner child with a tricked-out cup of shaved ice this weekend. Music festivals are like carnivals for adults, after all.
Coolhaus: Treat yourself to one of these elevated cookie ice cream sandwiches.
Dan & John's Wings: Not afraid to get messy? Dig into these mouth-watering wings. (Just make sure you have enough napkins.)
Top American Summer Wine Festivals
There are few better ways to celebrate summer than with festival that honors the noble grape. Luckily, America is filled with a plethora of vintage-centric events where guests can toast the terroir to their heart’s content. Here are eight of this summer’s winningest wine festivals.
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Those with a passion for pinot won’t want to miss this homage to the world’s most vaunted varietal. Oregon is one of America’s most celebrated wine regions and they are particularly renowned for their masterful pinots. Now in its 33rd year, the event offers guests the opportunity to partake in an unparalleled selection of pinot noirs from around the world. You’ll get to pal-up with flavorful pinots—all in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The festival offers seminars, tastings, winery tours and mouthwatering meals by top northwest chefs. Be sure to attend the tasty Salmon Bake event, where wild salmon is slow roasted on alder stakes over a huge fire pit. July 26-28, 2019
FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen
This is one of the most coveted events in the wine world (and one of the biggest celebrity draws). Attendees will spend the weekend joined by celebrity chefs, stellar winemakers and more for a celebration like no other. Take in cooking demonstrations, plentiful wine tastings, as well as unique panel discussions that are led by some of the world’s best chefs and wine experts. One of the hottest tickets is the FOOD & WINE Collaboration Dinner, with Andrew Carmellini and Kate Williams. The two famed chefs collaborate on an unforgettable menu. Wine, food and festivities all with the majestic Aspen mountain as a backdrop. It’s an unparalleled event that should be on any oenophile’s bucket list. June 14-16, 2019
Lake Michigan Wine Festival
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Lake Michigan Shore Festival, Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan
Even if you’re a teetotaler, you’ll want to make a beeline for Michigan’s Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival. It has a gorgeous location unlike few other wine galas. Taking place at Warren Dunes State Park, located on the coast of Lake Michigan, you’ll find yourself nestled between golden sand dunes and the sea as you sip away the day. The festival features regional live music, a VIP area and access to the beach. Best of all, you’ll be able to sample 17 local wineries showcasing over 70 vintages. You won’t know if it’s the views or the wine that’s making you lightheaded. June 15, 2019.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
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Described by many wine connoisseurs as the “the Napa of the East,” this Finger Lakes festival is not to be missed. Its the largest showcase of New York State wines, featuring tastings from over 80 wineries. Guests will also enjoy music, wine seminars and cooking classes, food trucks, art vendors and more. This 21+ festival makes a point of highlighting the fun side of the wine world by encouraging attendees to show up in togas or group costumes (after all you don’t want to get your everyday clothing all soaking wet during one of the festival’s foam parties). To encourage responsible drinking, the festival offers onsite furnished glamping accommodations and land plots for campers. July 12-14, 2019
CA Wine Festival, Santa Barbara
CA Wine Festival, Santa Barbara, California
The California Wine Festival is a multifaceted event held in several cities all in an effort to put the spotlight on the state’s wine and culinary professionals. It showcases 250 wines from over 70 wineries, as well as 30 fine dining restaurants and gourmet food purveyors. Due to its stunning seaside location, Santa Barbara has always been one of the festival’s most popular locales. The Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting highlights rare and reserve vintages, including some that are no longer in distribution. At the Beachside Wine Festival, which is the festival’s signature event, oenophiles can sip and savor oceanside. There’s also lots of opportunity to sample microbreweries, gourmet foods and more. Wine, great food, sun and the sea—what more could you possibly need? July 19-20, 2019
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Burlington Wine Festival, Burlington, Vermont
The slogan of this wine fest is "Eat Locally, Drink Globally," and they mean it! The event focuses not only on wine but also showcases the world-class cuisine of Vermont's farm-to-table food scene. There will also be 300 wines from around the world for sampling. Some of the unique events include incredible winemaker dinners, Ladies’ Night at Highball Social (which celebrates women in the wine industry) and Rockin’ Rose. A highlight is the Winemakers Roundtable where a select number of guests get to do tastings and dine with world-renown winemakers. Come experience just how marvelous eating locally and drinking globally can be. June 22, 2019
Telluride Wine Festival, Telluride, Colorado
This intimate 4-day wine and food fete hosts an amazing roundup of 37 wineries from Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, France, Italy and Uruguay. Events include a Bubbles Seminar with Camille Cox of Laurent Perrier, a discussion with celebrated sommelier Robert Bath about Alpha Omega Wines, a Women of Wine Luncheon and a seminar on Uruguay’s wine scene. There are also incredible culinary offerings like winemaker luncheons with top chefs and celebrated mixologists. Don’t miss the amazing Patron dinner at Kathleen Kennedy and Robert Marshall's Gold Creek Ranch with a fantastic menu and wines from Uruguay. It’s an intimate, incredible and truly fun wine festival. June 27-30, 2019
Opening night at Meadowood Napa Valley
Photographer Bob McClenahan
Festival Napa Valley, Napa, California
You know Napa, America’s premier wine region, is going to throw a good party. What better way to honor the art of winemaking than with wine, food and art? The 14th annual Festival Napa Valley will pay homage to the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with more than 60 themed concerts and events that showcase innovation and exploration. Performances include an orchestra performance of the score to Star Wars: A New Hope, as well as a film screening of the Apollo 11 documentary. The Taste of Napa event offers the chance to sample 70 local wineries and restaurants. Winemaking is an art after all, so why not enjoy a glass or two surrounded by world-class performers. July 12-21, 2019
I’m a Canadian writer and editor who specializes in travel, food and wine. My father was in the Canadian Air Force so my family was constantly moving from base to base,
I’m a Canadian writer and editor who specializes in travel, food and wine. My father was in the Canadian Air Force so my family was constantly moving from base to base, which is why I developed an unquenchable thirst to discover what lies beyond the next horizon. My work has appeared in a variety of publications like the New York Times, the UK Telegraph, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Toronto Star. As a wayfaring writer I spend most of time exploring new destinations and I’ve also been fortunate enough to live for a year or two in captivating cities across the globe like Paris, France, Seoul, South Korea and, most recently, Cape Town, South Africa. When travelling I especially love experiencing the food and wine scene, and I have my WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. Follow me on Twitter at @MacgregorWrites and Instagram at @sandragetssidetracked.
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Blend the strawberries and watermelon with 130ml water.
Once the puree is smooth, pour into ice lolly moulds, add your sticks and freeze until solid (at least 3 hours or overnight).
This recipe makes 4 standard lollies.
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Most know Pitchfork for its reviews and news content but the Chicago-based outlet throws a mean party too. Held each summer, this festival showcases established and emerging bands coupled with food and drinks from some forty vendors. There tend to be more creative (and sometimes collaborative) offerings from hometown brewery Goose Island, along with cider and frozen cider cocktails from nearby Virtue, as well as solid grub from places like Chicago Diner and Puffs of Doom.
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Summer Music Guide: 20 Lesser Known but Totally Cool Festivals Across the Country
With spring around the corner, it's time to start making plans for summer's music festivals. This year, why not skip the more obvious and played out (ahem, Coachella) and hit up a slightly more under-the-radar fest instead? Here's our list of the best of the season. Get your tickets soon—they're likely to sell out.
Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival
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What: A healing, arts, spiritual fest, think of this as a Burning Man-esque experience where you'll be immersed in numerous art installations including flaming art cars, various workshops like sound baths, and tons of talented performers. A chill, beachside vibe permeates the space at Sunshine Grove where you'll be met with endless things to do in addition to taking in the solid lineup of artists.
Where: Dover, DE
When: March 1-4, 2018
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, Travis Scott, Powow! feat. Snoop Dogg, Khalid, Foster the People, Leon Bridges, and The Flaming Lips
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What: Head to the cultural district of Fort Worth to sing, dance and be merry with over 9,000 people for the second edition of Fortress. Over 20 bands will take two outdoor stages (last year's lineup included Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Flying Lotus, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Slowdive and more) for the partnership event with Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Where: Fort Worth, Texas
When: April 28-29, 2018
Headliners: Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Tune-Yards, Chicano Batman, and De La Soul
What: Held at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch offers epic views along with the tunes. It's in a remote area, so plan to camp out—you won't want to miss the experience of this festival in nature.
Where: George, Washington
When: May 25-27, 2017
Headliners: Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler the Creator
Hangout Music Fest
What: Hangout is a music festival and beach vacation in one. Practice your best barn dance, play sand volleyball court, relax in one of many hammocks on the beach, and enjoy the fresh seafood all weekend long.
Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama
When: May 18-20, 2018
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, the Chainsmokers, the Killers, Halsey, and Odezsa
What: Ok, ok. If you're a local, then Bottlerock is perfectly well known to you. But the small festival best known to bring wine galore, top-notch restaurants (think Morimoto and Bouchon Bakery) and culinary acts (hello, Martha Stewart!), is at last hitting its groove where the music is concerned. Bottlerock sold out with a quickness this year. For a chance at tickets, click over to lyte.com.
Where: Napa, CA
When: May 25-27, 2018
Headliners: Bruno Mars, The Killers, Billy Idol, Thievery Corporation, Muse
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What: At Harvard's outdoor Athletic Complex, Boston Calling is great way to enjoy the warm spring weather in a city that's often covered in snow. In addition to music, this year's festival will include a film experience curated by Natalie Portman.
Where: Allston, Massachusetts
When: May 25-27, 2018
Headliners: Eminem, the Killers, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, St. Vincent, and Portugal the Man.
Firefly Music Festival
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What: You'll get a new-meets-old school mix of music here in a solid lineup including Lil' Wayne, Alt-J, Foster the People, MGMT, Chromeo, Warren G, and Odezsa. Hang in the trees, chill in one of the many hammocks, join a silent disco, or dance the night away in a festival that lounges as hard as it parties.
Where: Dover, DE
When: June 14-17, 2018
Headliners: Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and the Killers
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What: Hosted in LA's Exposition Park, FYF Fest is a great option for folks who want to skip out on Coachella and hang in the city instead. FYF even has its own night market where you can buy food while watching the shows. The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but you can expect it in mid-March. Last year's headliners were Frank Ocean, Missy Elliot, Björk, Nine Inch Nails, a Tribe Called Quest, and Erykah Badu.
Where: Los Angeles, California
When: July 21-23, 2018
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What: Since 1973, Bumbershoot has brought people to Seattle from all over the country. Not just for music, the festival also highlights comedy, theater, film, visual arts, and dance—perfect for a weekend getaway not too far from home. The lineup has not been announced yet, but last year's headliners included Solange, Lorde, the Roots, Odezsa, Spoon, Margaret Cho, and Chicano Batman.
Where: Seattle, Washington
When: August 31-September 2, 2018
What: At the same location as Governors Ball, this New York music festival is an easy trip from Manhattan. Panorama is known for it's spectacular panoramic stage, with its 30-foot-tall, ultra-high-definition video screen wrapping 170 feet around the stage for an entirely immersive audio/video experience.
Where: Randall's Island, New York
When: July 27-29, 2018
Headliners: Cardi B, War on Drugs, Janet Jackson, David Byrne, Chicano Batman, and Fleet Foxes
Essence Music Festival
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What: Essence Music Festival began as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence Magazine back in 1994. Then the thing took off. Today, the festival is the largest celebration of African-American culture and music in the United States. Plus, it's a great excuse to get your Nola fix.
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
When: July 5-8, 2018
Headliners: Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Snoop Dogg
Austin City Limits
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What: Music and food—that's what Austin does best. Get the flavor of both at Austin City Limits, one of the larger festivals on this list but a perennial favorite with eight stages, more than 110 bands, and two whole weekends of jams. The ACL Eats Food Court offers eats, drinks, and sweets from some of Austin's most renowned restaurants. If you've been waiting to check out this budding city, now's the time. The lineup has not been announced yet, but you can have high expectations after last year's headliners of Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, the Killers, and Gorillaz.
Where: Austin, Texas
When: October 5-7 and 12-14, 2018
Newport Folk Festival
What: At scenic Fort Adams State Park overlooking Newport Harbor, this festival has been the stomping grounds for legends including Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan since 1959. Through the years, the festival has maintained a focus on folk, blues, country, bluegrass and folk rock—it's definitely the go-to event for a folksy vibe.
Where: Newport, Rhode Island
When: July 27-28, 2018
Headliners: Fantastic Negrito, Bedouine, Gary Clark Jr., Courtney Barnett, and the Weather Station.
Pitchfork Music Festival
What: For the past 12 years, Pitchfork has consistently served up solid alternative-rock, hip hop, and electronica-focused lineups. In addition to the music you'll hear onstage, festivalgoers will also love shopping the collection at Pitchfork's record fair. The lineup has not been announced yet but last year's headliners included LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, PJ Harvey, Dirty Projectors, Nicolas Jaar, Angel Olsen, and the Avalanches.
Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: July 20-28, 2018
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What: Eaux Claires was founded in 2015 by Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National. The lineup has not yet been announced, but the festival is usually full of musical surprises: Last year, Mikael Jorgenson debuted a new project Quindar, "named for space 'quindar' sounds taken from NASA archives, electronically re-mixed for an intergalactic feel." Other major acts included Wilco, Chance the Rapper, Feist, Sylvan Esso, and Collections Of Colonies Of Bees.
Where: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
When: July 6-7, 2018
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What: For 14 years, eco-savvy music lovers have been making the trek to the Catskills for Mountain Jam, held in a natural amphitheater where a chairlift runs throughout the festival as an added bonus. Don't miss the Awareness Village, which hosts exhibits from nonprofit organizations and environmental groups.
Where: Hunter Mountain, New York
When: June 15-17, 2018
Headliners: Jack Johnson, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Portugal the Man, and the War on Drugs
What: For a taste of the Southwest, Neon Desert promises community up-and-comers and local and regional art in addition to bigger international names. The lineup has not been announced yet but you can expect and eclectic range from EDM to reggaetón, indie to mainstream artists, like last year's headliners of Foster the People, J Balvin, Alesso, and Nelly.
Where: El Paso, Texas
When: May 26-27, 2018
What: Looking for some rural relaxation in America's heartland? Camp out at Hinterlands, just outside Des Moines, and enjoy the countryside and after-hours campfire stage.
Where: St. Charles, Iowa
When: August 3-4, 2018
Headliners: Sturgill Simpson, Band of Horses, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, and Chvrches.
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What: Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lockn' Festival focuses on jam bands—past performers have included The Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and My Morning Jacket. You can expect to hear some face-melting jams and improvised solos.
Where: Arrington, Virginia
When: August 23-26, 2018
Headliners: Dead & Co, Toots and the Maytals, Sheryl Crow, and Tedeschi Trucks Band
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What: Held at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Shaky Knees celebrates its sixth anniversary this year with its best lineup yet, featuring more than 60 musical acts. Shaky Knees is also known for its food—can you say southern barbecue?
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
When: May 4-6, 2018
Headliners: Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, the National
*This article has been updated since it was originally published on Apr 28, 2017.
Starting out as a DIY movement in the US, as a response to feeling like an outsider and desiring a sense of belonging, AFROPUNK is now one of the world's most famous cultural movements. Its mix of art, activism and music now attracts up to 60,000 people and spreads its message in cities around the globe, celebrating black culture and giving community to those who feel marginalised in modern western societies.
When & where: TBA August 2021 Brooklyn, New York / TBA October 2021 Atlanta, Georgia
Best Music Festival: Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
This is the second win for Musikfest &mdash Photo courtesy of Jesse Faatz Photography / Musikfest
Musikfest was founded in 1984 with 295 performances on six stages. Today, this event in the town of Bethlehem has grown to include 500-plus shows on 16 stages over the course of 10 days, with some 900,000 music lovers in attendance each year. Past headliners have included The Chainsmokers, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and The Goo Goo Dolls.
Planning Your Summer Music Festival Calendar
Which summer music festivals are you going to attend? Beyonce has already headlined Coachella in April, but there’s lots more to come during the summer of . Five of America’s best and biggest annual summer music festivals convene between Memorial Day and Labor Day in five different states right across the country.
Governors Ball Music Festival
Randall’s Island Park
New York, NY 10035
Dates: June 1 through June 3, 2018
Get to this music festival on a ferry. The eighth edition of this New York City event is headlining Eminem for the first time in this city since 2010. Also headlining are Jack White and Travis Scott with a lineup to include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, N.E.R.D, Khalid, Chvrches, The Gaslight Anthem, Post Malone, Diplo and Mark Ronson (AKA Silk City), Lil Uzi Vert, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, Maggie Rogers, Russ, 6lack, DRAM, 2 Chainz, Kelela, Vic Mensa, and Third Eye Blind. All in all, the three-day festival features 65 artists plus a stellar lineup of food, craft beer, and cocktails plus grassy lawn activities such as lawn games, mini golf, and more. General admission tickets for single-day admission are on sale from $115. Upgrade to VIP, VIP-plus, platinum or suites & cabanas.
627 Campground Road
Manchester, TN 37355
Dates: June 7 through June 10, 2018
Sixty-five miles northwest of Nashville on a 700-acre farm, it’s a Burning Man offshoot or a Woodstock-esque event, depending on who you talk to, that attracts about 80,000 fans. Long considered one of the country’s best music festivals, a list of who has performed in past years is a litany of musical genius from Bob Dylan to Paul McCartney to James Brown. Who’s playing in the 17th edition in 2018? Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Future, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, Bon Iver, Khalid, Paramore, Kaskade, Alt-J, Dua Lipa, Sheryl Crow, Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals, Sylvan Esso, and more. Besides music, dust, heat and crowds, festival goers get a mini film festival, a beer garden, silent disco and plenty of good southern grub. Tickets went on sale in January, ranging from $299.50 to a whopping $12,750.
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Dates: June 27 through July 8, 2018
The amphitheater main stage already has tickets on sale for headliners Blake Shelton, James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt, Imagine Dragons, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mendes, Arcade Fire, Journey & Def Leppard, J. Cole, Halsey & Logic and Florida Georgia Line. More lineup announcements are being posted on the website this spring. Going strong in its 51st year and dubbed “The World’s Largest Festival,” nearly one million festival goers will experience Summerfest 2018 on the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee. We’re talking 800 acts on 11 stages totaling more than 1,000 performances from noon to midnight every day except July 2. Single day weekday admission to the all the activities within the festival grounds, excluding the amphitheater shows, is as low as $9 per day (seniors and kids) or $14 per day (adults).