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21 Epic Music Festivals in the USA: With Map!

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
Written by Town & Tourist

The United States is the home to some epic Music Festivals, from Coachella to Lollapalooza and of course Burning Man!

There is something for everything at the U.S music festivals, whether your into Rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, Country or electronic!

In this U.S Music Festival guide, our resident raver Scarlet at Town & Tourist will outline the top 20 and even include a U.S music festival road trip map and quiz to help you choose which one is right for you!

Independent (Town & Tourist): This is a completely independent article unlike some others on the web, we are not affiliated with the Fesitvals & we will not try and sell you tickets etc!

 So lets dive right in….turn up the music! 

21. Coachella – California

Starting our list of with one of the most high demand and trendy Music Festivals in the U.S.A. Coachella attracts the biggest stars in Hip Hop, Rock, Pop and Electronic.

The festivals first edition was in 1999, where Rage against the Machine played to 37,000 people. Since then the likes of Drake, Oasis, Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Jay Z, Beyonce, ACDC, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and many more have played. The crowd in 2019 reached over 250,000 thousand!

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coachella-music festival. Source: Coachella.

Since it’s inception Coachella has become a Music & Arts festival, and has attracted a number of celebrities.

How much does Coachella Cost?

Coachella tickets cost $429 for general admission for the weekend, but how much Coachella really costs depends on the experience you want!

When is the Festival?

The Next edition is on 10-12 & 17-19 April 2020.

Where is the Festival? 

Indio, Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert, California.

20. Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) offers a magical, Carnival style festival with a big focus on Electronic Music.  With a real real emphasis on fun and union, this is a golden hearted electronic music festival.

Under the Electric Sky, we come together to celebrate life, love, art, and music. From the stages and the sound to the pyrotechnics and the performers, so many unique elements go into bringing this world to life.

We invite you to wander, explore, interact, and connect. Imagination and positive energy are the currency of this place.”  EDC Las Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Source: www.ktnv.com

The Stages, Art and Performances:

The high tech stages perfectly fuse together nature & technology to create a real feast for the eye balls!

The EDC Las Vegas music festival, has a vast spectrum of art installations through the festival to create a supernatural world worth diving into. From glow in the dark landmarks to 3D superstructures, you will have your imagination whipped up while at EDC.

Carnival Rides & Performers: 

Of course, you will spot a few ferris wheels & fairground attractions it is a Carnival after all. Keep your eyes peeled as a variety of wacky performers from dancers & stilt walkers to aerial circus performers keep you engaged & entertaining in the fun atmosphere.

Line Up:

The Line up at EDC winter music festival includes many popular EDM artists, such as Axwell, Alesso, Dillon Francis. Others include Chainsmokers, 4B and even A$AP Rocky.

Insider Tip: If your not into big crowds or mainstream EDM, then perhaps give this one a miss. But if you would like an immersive  fun packed, carnival style EDM festival…this is for you.

How Much are Tickets?

EDC, tickets start at $319, plus taxes and booking fees.

When is the Music Festival?

EDC Las Vegas is held on the 15-17 May 2020.

Where is the Music Festival?

EDC Las Vegas is held in Las Vegas, Nevada. But there are also editions in Orlando during the winter, see 20 Epic Winter Music Festivals/Ski Festivals:USA and in the U.K & Mexico.

19. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

For a real Classic Jazz festival there is no better festival than New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival first started back in the 1970’s and has hosted some great names over the years.

Last years (2019) line up saw, The Rolling Stones, Katie Perry, Van Morrison, Earth Wind & Fire and even Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band!

Is it just Jazz?

As you can see from the line up above, the festival has expanded into more genres but tries to keep a focus on the music & culture of New Orleans & Louisiana. Such as: Blues, Gospel, R&B, Afro Cairbbean, Folk, Latin, Rock, Country, Blue Grass and of course Jazz!

New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans Jazz Festival. Source: LouisianaTravel.com

Insider Tip:

It does not usually sell out completely so you can get tickets, however nearby hotels usually sell out way in advance.

How much do Tickets cost?

Jazz Fest advance tickets cost $70 till Feb 1st.  Then, the price rises to $75.  Jazz Fest daily tickets purchased at the gate cost $85 for adults, $5 for children ages 2 to 10.

When is the Festival?

23 April – 3 May 2020

Where is the Festival?

 Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

18. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – TN

Bonnaroo, was originally a festival which focused on folk rock and jam bands. However, it has now since expanded into a large array of genres from Rock to Hip Hop, Metal, Jazz, Gospel and Reggae.

Last Years line up (2019) included Post Malone, Cardi B, ODESZA, Phish, Solange Lumineers.

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – TN. Source: Billboard.com

How much do tickets cost?

The tier 1 price for 4-day general admission is $274.50 + fees.

When is the Festival?

The Festival is held on the 11–14 June 2020. 

Where is the Festival?

Great Stage Park on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, U.S.A.

17. Electric Forest – Michigan 

Electric Forest    was originally called Rothbury Festival when it began in 2008 and was focused mainly on jam bands & rock bands. Since then however, the festival has expanded majorly into Electronic Music over two weekends.

Each Weekend in late June, electronic DJ’s take over the forest for a colorful, electronic experience.

Past Line ups (2019) have included: KYGO, Zeds Dead, Gorgon city, ODESZA , Alison Wonderland, Gramatik

Michigan Electric Forest Festival

Michigan Electric Forest Festival. Youredm.com

How much do tickets cost?

Individual day passes cost $75; the general admission ticket is $175.

When is the Festival?

The Festival is held on the 27 Jun 2019 – 30 Jun 2019. 2020 date tbc.

Where is the Festival?

Rothbury, Michigan, USA

16. Stagecoach – California 

Stagecoach is California Premier Country Music Festival! Last years event attracted over 80,000 visitors and the fun packed festival is expected to grow. Last years (2019) headliners included Garth Brooks and Keith Urban.

Popular attractions include, carnival rides, a Honkytonk Dance hall, Ferris Wheels and beer barns!

Will it sell Out?

Stagecoach  festival does not usually sell out, but it does draw big crowds so who’s to say what will happen in the future.

Stagecoach Festival California

Stagecoach Festival California. Source: Erik Voake Stagecoach 2017

How much do tickets cost?

General Admission tickets are $299. Corral Standing Pit spots cost $1,299 and Corral Reserved Seating passes begin at $829

When is the Festival?

The Festival is held on the 26 Apr 2019 – 28 Apr 2019. 2020 date tbc.

Where is the Festival?

 Empire Polo Club; 81-800 Avenue 51; Indio, California 92201

15. Hot 97 Summer Jam – New Jersey

Hot 97 Summer Jam  is one of the best Hip Hop Festivals in the U.S.A!  Having running it’s first edition in 2008, Hot 97 Jam has been a platform for the freshest names in Hip Hop!

Last Years line up was Migos, Meek Mill, Cardi B and Tory Lanez

Hot97 Summer Jam

Drake, Lil Wayne & Nikki Minaj on stage at Hot97 Summer Jam. Source: hiphop-n-more.com

How much do tickets cost?

On average, a ticket to Hot 97 Summer Jam costs $156. 

When is the Festival?

June 2nd

Where is the Festival?

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

14. Dirtybird Campout – California 

A Unique Music Festival in the U.S.A, Dirtybird campout is an adult summer camp with a twist.

Music: 

The Music at Dirtybird Campout includes a variety of Genres, last years line up included: Eric B. & Rakim, Jhené Aiko, Nastia Cut Chemist, DāM-FunK, Claude VonStroke, Pillow Talk, Amp Fiddler.

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Dirtybird-Campout-Best music festivals usa. Source: radseason.com

Fun Games & Activities:

The Games & Activities are probably the most unique part of this festival. They include:

  • Dodgeball
  • Archery
  • Potato Sack Race
  • Water Balloon Toss
  • DIY Boat Wars
  • Costumed Boat Races
  • 3 Legged Race
  • Canoes, Kayaks and Many more!

They also have an arts & crafts area which offers Face Painting, Knitting, Tie Dye and Totem Crafting!

How much do tickets cost?

Everyone joining Camp Dirtybird needs a festival pass or a VIB Pass. Passes start at $255.00 + fees.

When is the Festival?

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 – Sun, 6 Oct 2019

Where is the Festival?

Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds,  Modesto Reservoir Regional Park, California, United States. 

13. Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago 

Pitchfork Music Festival  is musical melting pot of independent rock, Jazz, Punk, hip hop and even electronic music. Last years line up included HAIM, Belle & Sebastian, Clairo, Charli XCX.

Unique attractions here include a Record Fair, and a variety of art, food and beverage vendors which offer local produce.

Pitchfork-Music Festival USA

Pitchfork-Music Festival USA. Source: www.spin.com

How much do tickets cost?

Single day passes are $75. Three-day general admission and PLUS passes are on sale for $150 and $300.

When is the Festival?

July 19-21.

Where is the Festival?

 Union Park, Chicago

 

12. Lollapalooza – Chicago 

One of the most Iconic Music Festivals in the U.S.A. Lollapalooza started as a rock, heavy metal, punk rock music festival combined with a traveling freak show and even some Shaolin monks! Since then the festival has grown to an attendance of over 400,000 people!

Line Up:

Last years line up (2019) included The Strokes, the Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, J Balvin, Ariana Grande, Flume.

Why is it called Lollapalooza? 

Founder and Jane’s Addiction leader Perry Farrell claims to have named the festival Lollapalooza back in 1991 after hearing the word used to describe an exceptional thing, person or event, in a Three Stooges short

Lollapalooza Chicago

Lollapalooza Chicago. Source: chicago.eater.com/Maclay Heriot

How much do tickets cost?

This first round includes four-day ducats, priced from $340 for a basic wristband, to $4,200 for Platinum access.

When is the Festival?

1 Aug – 4 Aug 2019

Where is the Festival?

Grant Park, Illinois, Chicago, United States

Note: Although Lollapalooza is very popular.  Many have criticised the event of becoming “Over commercialised”such as guitarist Steve Albini. He said the festival has become a   “corporatization of popularized “alternative” music”.

 

11. Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival – CA

Wonderfront Music Festival bring 95+ diverse artists from electronic to Hip Hop, Latin and alternative t0 over 7 waterfront stages in San Diego, California. Last Years line up (2019) included: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, MGMT, Miguel, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Don Omar, Slightly Stoopid and Nicky Jam.

Popular attractions here include: 

  • Yacht Parties
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Craft Beer village
  • Variety of Food Vendors
  • Water Taxis
Waterfront Music Festival California

Source: Waterfront Music Festival California: The members of the Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos are, from left, Offset, Quavo and Takeoff. The group will headline the second night of the three-day Wonderfront Music & Arts Fair in San Diego in November.(Photo by Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

How much do tickets cost?

This first round includes four-day ducats, priced from $340 for a basic wristband, to $4,200 for Platinum access.

When is the Festival?

NOV 22 – 24, 2019

Where is the Festival?

San Diego, California , United States

10. Electric Zoo – NYC

The clue is in the name, electric zoo is a wild collection of the most epic electronic music artists in the world! Last years line up (2019) included Diplo, Skrillex & Boys Noize, Zedd and Afrojack!

Insider info:

This festival is run by the same people which run, Tomorrowland, Mysterland and Sensation so expect, magical creativity, high productive value and a host of electronic music!

Electric Zoo Festival USA

Electric Zoo Festival USA. Source: electriczoo.com

How much do tickets cost?

General admission tickets for the whole weekend,  cost $300 plus fees. Just theFriday and Saturday, costs you $200 plus fees.

When is the Festival?

Aug 31/Sep 1-2

Where is the Festival?

Randall’s Island Park, New York, USA.

(They also run a variety of events in Mexico City, Tokyo, Shanghai and São Paulo.)

9. Afropunk Festival – NYC

Afropunk is a cultural movement celebrating Black culture, Activism, art and of course music! They call themselves “The other black experience” and attract over 60,000 people each year.

They have a strong message and Fierce  political views for example a previous campaign was called “When are we going to Impeach the Mother F**ker!” referring to Donald Trump!

They also offer some great music, last years line up included: FKA Twigs, Leon Bridges, Lianne La Havas, Jill Scott, Brittany Howard.

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Afropunk Festival Brooklyn NEw York. Source: Red Bull Content.

How much do tickets cost?

Prices are $70 for single-day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) and $130 for 2-day, weekend tickets

When is the Festival?

Aug 2020

Where is the Festival?

Brooklyn, New York, USA.

(They also have Festivals in Atlanta, London, Paris and even Johannasberg.

8. South By South West (SXSW) – Texas

SXSW is the ultimate career launcher and the perfect place to spot “The next big star”. The SXSW brand runs many fantastic Arts, comedy, film and of course Music Festivals!

The Music Festival brings together over 2000 performers from over 60 different countries in this Genre neutral Music Festival.

Together with film & tech creatives, SXSW is well renowned as a platform where you can see some of the greatest musical artists before they “Make it big”. So you can be the one that says “I heard them first!” .  Plenty of record labels & agents are always on the prowl at this great winter music festival.

With performances taking place from bars, to clubs, parks to hotels and even in Churches all over Austin, you will be sure to find this a unique and eye opening occasion.

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SXSW Music Festival

Line Up:

With glitz, glammer and a star studding line up from rock to Hip Hop, Latin to salsa this is definitely one worth attending. Some say it has gone quite expensive but you do get a lot of bass for your buck!

Last Years line up (2019) included names such as: Lizzo, Car Seat Headrest, Japanese Breakfast, Wyclef Jean and many more.

How much do tickets cost?

Purchase a SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, or SXSW Music Badge at the discounted price of $395.

When is the Festival?

March 13–22, 2020

Where is the Festival?

Brooklyn, New York, USA.

(They also have Festivals in Atlanta, London, Paris and even Johannesburg. )

7. Time Warp US – NYC

Time Warp is a vibrant techno brand which has an annual music fesitval in Mannheim, Germany. But now this Brand has come to New York, and brough the biggest names in House, Techno & electronic music with it.

Last Years line up (2019); Saw the Techno kings & queens such as: Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth, Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, Peggy Gou, Maceo Plex, Ricardo Villalobos.

Time Warp Music Festival USA NYC

Time Warp Music Festival USA NYC. Source: escapismmagazine.com

How much do tickets cost?

Purchase a SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, or SXSW Music Badge at the discounted price of $395.

When is the Festival?

November 22-23

Where is the Festival?

New York City, New York

 6. Ultra Music Festival – Florida 

Ultra Music Festival is a world renowned, Monster of the Electronic Music Industry.

Major headliners include the worlds very best from Carl Cox, Arman Van Buuren, Skrillex, Afrojack and Martin Garrix to Fedde le grand, David Guetta and of course Axwell.

The high end production is an immersive extravaganza, which provides one of the most surreal experiences, giving you a sensory overload of light, sound & color!

The music here is a mix of Electronic stylings. From EDM, to Jungle and Deep house.

Ultra-Music-Festival-USA

Ultra-Music-Festival-USA. (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets start from $300 for the first release up to $450.

When is the Music Festival?

March 29th – 31st 2020 (Late March)

Where is the Music Festival?

Miami, Florida. 
(As an international Electronic Music Festival, Ultra has festivals all over the world! From Ultra Australia, Ultra Brazil,  Ultra Europe (Croatia) and even Ultra Singapore & Ultra China!)

5. Austin City Limits Music Festival 

Austin City Limits Festival   is a ran by the same company which produces Lollapalooza and it lives up to it’s name! Last years line up (2019) saw the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, The Cure, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala.

Set out over 8 mammoth stages, this event is an all inclusive occasion with a variety of great music, art markets, food/drink vendors and even a dedicated family area.  As it’s popularity has increased so much, it has been expanded to two weekends.

Austin City limits Music Festival

Austin City limits Music Festival. Source: Getty Images. (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

How much do tickets cost?

The three-day passes cost $255, while one-day GA tickets cost $100. One-day VIP tickets cost $450, and three-day VIP tickets cost $1,100.

When is the Music Festival?

4-6  and 11-13 October 2019

Where is the Music Festival?

Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, USA

5. Day N Vegas – Nevada 

Day N Vegas   is a fairly new festival, which showcases some of the greatest names in Hip Hop!

Last Years line up (2019) included Iconic Hip Hop Stars such as Migos, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Tyler, The Creator, Lil Uzi Vert, BROCKHAMPTON, Juice WRLD and many more!

Day N Vegas - Nevada 

Day N Vegas – Nevada. (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

How much do tickets cost?

Day N Vegas Single Day tickets cost $199, 3 day tickets cost $399 and $550 for VIP.

When is the Music Festival?

November 1-3 2019

Where is the Music Festival?

Las Vegas, Nevada.

3. The Governors Ball Music Festival – NYC

The Governors Ball Music Festival is started back in 2011 and now attracts of 110,000 attendes each year!

Located in the same location as Electric Zoo, Randalls Island, New York City. This U.S Music Festivals offers a variety of world renowned superstars, from all genres such as: rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, pop and even folk and blues.

Last Years headliners (2019) included Major Lazer, Florence + the Machine,  The 1975, The Strokes, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Brockhampton, Nas and many more.

Governors-Ball-2019

Governors-Ball-2019. Source: Pitchfork. (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

How much do tickets cost?

Three-day GA tickets start at $305 plus a $30 service fee. Three-day VIP tickets start at $705 plus a $40 fee

When is the Music Festival?

29-31 May 2020

Where is the Music Festival?

Randall’s Island, New York

2. Underwater Musical Festival – Florida

Definitely the most Unique Festival on our list! The Underwater Music Festival is held annually at Florida keys to raise awareness for the only surviving Coral Reef in the U.S.A, the Looe key reef.

Expect to see a series of wacky costumes from Mermaids, to Sponge Bob. This is a fun packed festival which should be a bucket list experience for most.  ‘Shell we dance”

Special water proof Speakers are immersed underwater and a series of coastal themed music is pumped out. From the Beatles Yellow Submarine, to “Under the sea” from the little mermaid!

Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival Costume

Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival, is a real quirky Extravaganza! (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

The Science bit? 

As Sound travels 4.5 times faster underwater it’s no wonder that many previous guests have said to have been able to “feel the music” underwater!

When is the Music Festival?

July 12-13 , (One week after independence day (4th July))

Where is the Music Festival?

Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys, Florida, USA.

1. Burning Man Festival 

At Town & Tourist, this had to be number 1 on our list, a true Icon and cultural extravaganza of art, people, music, creativity and ideas.

Black Rock Desert in Nevada gets transformed every year into an apocalyptic community called Black Rock City.

Black Rock City:

Black Rock city is an improvised desert town, which looks like something out of the Mad Max Movies. Each year this becomes the home to 80,000 wild characters “Burners”, unique art sculptures and some epic music!

Burning mans Philosophy is about connecting people through self expression, and carefree attitudes.

Burning Man Festival 2020

Burning Man Festival, Photo by @dinkyjr_ | Lord Snort, the interactive piece by artist-sculptor Bryan Tedrick . (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

When is the Music Festival?

30 August – 7 September 2020

Where is the Music Festival?

Black Rock Desert, Nevada
burningman Outfits

Be as creative & as wild as you can when designing your Burning man Outfit. (Best Music Festivals in the USA)

How much do tickets cost?

A ticket to Burning Man Festival can be very expensive,  costing $470! It’s also pretty difficult to get a ticket as it sell out so fast! But lucky here at Town & Tourist we have a solution for you!

Do you want Cheap Tickets to Burning Man?

Our Town and Tourist Researcher discovered something crazy…Did you know that Burning Man releases a few thousand tickets each year for less than $200??  It’s true to learn about how you can grab one and get some tips on the festival check out:

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Burning Man Festival on a Budget! : Source: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

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