Right now is probably the best time of the year to start looking for a place where to go and where to have the best time during the summer. And what is the best way to spend it? Of course, in various music festivals! Today, let’s talk about the top 10 best summer music festivals hosted in the United States you should definitely consider going to! All of these festivals are going to ensure that your summer will never be forgotten, and you will have the best time of your life as well. The good thing is that these festivals are perfectly suitable for all music fans, so both pop and hard rock lovers will find one or two perfect festival they can attend this summer.
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1. Electric Daisy Carnival, Nevada
The biggest electronic music festival in America is surely worth visiting if you are a fan of such music. More than one million people each year attend it, so here you can meet tons of people from every part of the world without any doubt. Festival is hosted at the end of the June, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is turned into an adult’s amusement park especially for the festival. It is also the adult-only festival, so here you won’t be irritated by small screaming kids as well and will be able to enjoy fantastic electronic music from the best artists in the world as much as you want.
2. Bumbershoot, Washington
If Electric Daisy was more suitable for adults, the Bumbershoot festival is undoubtedly appropriate for kids this time. A three-day long festival takes place in Seattle, and here every festival lover can find a thing to do for sure. One of the biggest contemporary festivals in the United States is full not only of the most talented musicians but also comedians, theater, and literature. And of course, this festival is also focused on small children, therefore, if you have one or two of your own, definitely bring them with you, because here kids can find tons of activities to do as well.
3. Firefly Music Festival, Delaware
Still pretty fresh (it started in 2012) this festival has a lot of potential in becoming one of the best festivals in the East Coast. No wonder why – Firefly Music Festival actually managed to get such music professionals like the Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Snoop Dogg, The Killers and more to play on the seven different stages perfectly balanced for different styles of music. Festival invites visitors of all ages, so it can be perfect for both families looking for some fantastic summer time, and even older people who cherish modern music.
4. Coachella, California
Coachella is popular wide world, so there is nothing surprising that we are talking about it today as well. Technically, festival actually takes place in spring, but we can’t forget to mention it anyway – it is so crazy and so good! The two-weekend long event features music stars like AC/DC, LCD Soundsystem, and many others and is usually visited by many show business celebrities as well. So, you might get a chance to meet someone famous here for sure! It is also interesting to know, that festival’s art installations were borrowed from the Burning Man Festival, so it look pretty magical in there too. Take notice that tickets to this festival are sold out pretty soon, and the festival starts at the end of April. Hence, you should take care of it as soon as possible.
5. TomorrowWorld, Georgia
TomorrowLand is the festival which takes place in Europe is super fun and widely popular, but its sister festival TomorrowWorld in Georgia is also equally fantastic. Moreover, the festival is quickly becoming America’s largest 21 and over fest not because it features more than 250 DJs across the three-day festival, but millions of visitors as well. Fabulous scene design, location it takes place and naturally beautiful people, make this festival indeed worth visiting for all electronic music fans that are looking for magical experience. Chattahoochee Hills are waiting for you!
6. Outside Lands, California
Usually, this festival takes place in the end of the summer – in August – so you will have to wait a bit to attend it. However, finishing up the summer in this festival will be the most amazing way to do it, trust us! First of all, Outside Lands festival is getting more and more popular after its start in 2008, and there are a few reasons why. First of all, not only because of the epic music and the best artists, but because this festival‘s array of culinary experiences as well! Festival managed to invite such music professional like Stevie Wonder and Radiohead, and can also offer you more than 80 different food vendors as well. So Outside Land can offer you not only the best music, but the best food as well – where else you can listen to Radiohead’s live performance eating lobster?
7. What the Festival, Oregon
One of the newest and fleshiest festivals in the United States also should be worth considering visiting this summer. Interactive music and art festival takes place in the most beautiful parts of Oregon in semi open fields and partly wooded areas, so here you can get in touch with nature and enjoy amazing music all at the same time. Camping area will ensure that you will get in touch with nature even more, so don’t forget to pack the most essential stuff as well. A garbage bag is provided upon arrival to this festival as well, so festival really works hard to encourage visitors sustainability and ‘leave no trace’ camping. All that asides, What the Festival also offers is great music and other activities perfect for all spiritual souls – yoga studies, various workshops, or even a comedy stage which you can enjoy with the best electronic music in the background.
8. Lollapalooza, Illinois
Illinois has something amazing to offer as well. Two days long festival with a funny name gives a stage not only for the best already known artists in the South America, but for many aspiring groups as well. Lollapalooza actually has a pretty long history and was used to be compared with another super famous and legendary music festival Woodstock. All that because both of these festivals offered counter-culture vibe and such crazy activities like shaving your head, smashing a TV (or a guitar) and getting a tattoo you might regret afterwards. But all that really makes such festivals amazing and hard to forget. However, old wild days have passed and not Lollapalooza is suitable for families and kids of all ages as well, so if your little ones are as huge fans of rock and metal like you, don’t hesitate talking them along with you, because here everyone can enjoy the best performances from such bands like Metallica, Imagine Dragons or Pearl Jam.
9. Summerfest, Wisconsin
Summerfest is another great music festival you must visit one day. Not only this is the longest running festival, but is very budget friendly as well – ticket for a day here cost only 19 dollars, so everyone can afford visiting it for sure. This festival is also one of the biggest in the United States as well – with more than 11 different stages, 800 acts from the best musicians in the world and around one million visitors, Summerfest will provide you the best music festival experience there is. What is even more amazing about it is the variety of music styles and artists invited. Here you can listen to both Lady Gaga and King of Leon in the same day. So no matter what music style your friends like, grab all of them and head to Wisconsin for the best music festival in the whole continent!
10. Electric Forest, Michigan
And for the last, but not least summer music festivals, let’s take some time to appreciate the Electric Forest festival in Michigan. This surreal electronic music festival takes place in the real forest and it indeed makes you travel to another dimension. Four day long music fantasy land will take your head away with the world’ best DJ’s, electronic acts, and jam bands; all located throughout an immersive, creative setting awfully similar to what Wonderland in which Alice traveled, might look like. Tons of light and sound equipment will help you to see the darkness of forest differently and therefore experience music in a different way as well. Fun thing is that kids are also allowed in this festival, so here you can meet a lot of youthful families with children of all ages enjoying calm and relaxing environment with the best electronic music around.
Have you been to these summer music festivals? Or maybe you have something else to recommend? Hit the comment section right now and share your thoughts!
10 Best Summer Music Festivals in The US
- Electric Daisy Carnival, Nevada
- Bumbershoot, Washington
- Firefly Music Festival, Delaware
- Coachella, California
- TomorrowWorld, Georgia
- Outside Lands, California
- What the Festival, Oregon
- Lollapalooza, Illinois
- Summerfest, Wisconsin
- Electric Forest, Michigan