Ranked by festival start date, this guide will help you choose the best festival(s) left to see this summer and fall and offer tips and links on everything you need to know while you’re there!
1. Vans Warped Tour
When: June 13 – Aug. 3
Where: From Denver to Toronto and more: the tour travels throughout North America.
Who: Breathe Carolina, Crown the Empire, Air Dubai, Dangerkids, Echosmith, Mayday Parade, Of Mice and Men, The Maine, The Ready Set, We The Kings, 3OH!3, All Time Low, Bayside, Bowling for Soup, I Fight Dragons, Ghost Town, Yellowcard, and many more!
Why: The tour stops in over 40 cities throughout the summer, meaning that, unlike many summer festivals, it might be playing near you! The Warped Tour is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year and will feature over 100 artists on 5 different stages.
What you should do: Highlights from the Warped 101– Donate 3 cans or $5 to get in early. Donate blood to go back stage. Don’t buy tickets in the parking lot. Drink water, eat food. And keep an eye out for free swag!
When: Aug. 1-3
Where: Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Who: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Lorde, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Krewella, Childish Gambino, The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, Iggy Azalea, Nas, Interpol, Lykke Li, and more!
Why: Situated in Chicago, Lolla gives you the opportunity to go downtown, hang around Lake Michigan, not worry as the festival is extensively organized, and see some great headlining artists.
3. Outside Lands
When: Aug. 8-10
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Who: Kanye West, The Killers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiesto, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan & Sara, Capital Cities, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Ray Lamontagne, Spoon, Atmosphere, Cut Copy, and more!
Why: Besides the great music, California wine vendors, and cool art, the festival is located in San Francisco, one of the chillest cities in America. And the park itself has an array of attractions that you don’t want to miss!
4. Electric Zoo
When: Aug. 29-31
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City, NY
Who: David Guetta, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dubfire, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Knife Party, Laidback Luke, Kaskade, Alesso, Jack U, Dash Berlin, Sasha, Madeon, Paul Van Dyk, Destroid, Victor Calderone, and more!
Why: The electronic festival takes place in NYC, which is sure to bring in an interesting, music-loving crowd. The park is beautiful and located between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, so you can check out the city when you’re not listening to some great music.
What you should do: Hang out in NYC after the festival ends at 11PM. Don’t bring large bags. Be 18+. Look out for free swag. Eat some delicious NYC food.
5. Riot Fest
When: Sept. 12-14
Where: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
Who: The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, The National, Rise Against, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Tegan & Sara, Pussy Riot, The Offspring, Slayer, The Used, Of Mice and Men, Samhain, Social Distortion, Descendants, and more!
Why: The best punk and rock festival out there, Riot Fest takes place in the awesome city of Chicago. And as if that wasn’t enough, the festival now has carnival rides, fantastic vendors, and all ages are welcome.
When: Sept. 26-28
Where: Chattahoochee Hills, Atlanta, GA
Who: Avicii, BassNectar, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Zedd, Diplo, Kaskade, Nicky Romero, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Richie Hawtin, The Chainsmokers, Romeo Blanco, Wolfpack, and that’s just the first artist announcement!
Why: Only in its second year, TomorrowWorld is the expansion of the global festival phenomenon in Europe, TomorrowLand. Despite it being new to the US last year, it went off without a hitch and has quickly soared in popularity. The 3-day festival also lets you enjoy a 5-day camping experience along with its world-class lineups, insane staging and lights, and fantastic food.
7. Austin City Limits
When: Oct. 3-5, 10-12
Where: Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Who: Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Foster the People, The Replacements, Zedd, Major Lazer, The Avett Brothers, Spoon, Interpol, Childish Gambino, Icona Pop, Capital Cities, and so many more!
Why: This two-weekend festival just misses the summer music rush to offer some great artists with a more relaxed crowd. The festival experience includes local Austin foods, art markets, and a kids venue.
8. Voodoo Music Experience
When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
Where: New Orleans City Park, LA
Who: The lineup is being announced later this month, but last years artists included Macklemore, Calvin Harris, Pearl Jam, Bassnectar, The Cure, and more.
Why: While the festival might not take place during the popular summer months, that is actually a benefit for Voodoo as it takes place in warm New Orleans and creates an exciting atmosphere of its own. With top-tier artists, carnival rides, and named after fascinating cultures in the city, you do not want to miss this festival.