MARK YOUR CALENDARS: A GUIDE TO THIS SUMMER’S BEST MUSIC FESTIVALS

Frank Ocean at Panorama 2017. Photo by Nikki Jahanforouz.

With temperatures steadily rising, it’s safe to say that summer is officially here! We’ve rounded up the best music festivals taking place around the United States in the coming months, from Bonnaroo to Panorama to Lollapalooza. Check out our guide below!

Governors Ball

June 1st – 3rd, 2018
Randall’s Island Park, NY
Tickets HERE

Dubbed a “festival with a New York heart” by The New York Times, Gov Ball will celebrate its eighth consecutive year with an extraordinary  lineup of artists including Jack White, Travis Scott, Halsey and Post Malone,  the best food NYC has to offer, craft beer and cocktail options, lawn games (like an 18-hole mini golf course), street art and After Dark concert series. Last year’s Gov Ball pumped a record-breaking $62.4 million into New York City’s economy, and the festival hopes to top that number this year.

Bonnaroo

June 7th – 10th, 2018
Manchester, TN 
Tickets HERE

Now in its 16th year, Bonnaroo continues to push the idea of what a music festival can be. Aside from its outstanding music programming (headliners include Eminem, The Killers, Future and Bon Iver), the festival provides unique immersive experiences such as sculpture installations and special DJ sets, as well as a strong dedication to community building and activism. 

Forecastle

July 13th – 15th, 2018
Louisville, KY
Tickets HERE

Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, Forecastle has grown from a neighborhood event to one of the country’s most anticipated summer festivals, drawing tens of thousands of music lovers from around world to the city’s 85-acre Waterfront Park. In addition to featuring an A-list lineup of acts such as Father John Misty, Vic Mensa Arcade Fire and more, Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well. The festival also features a Bourbon Lodge celebrating Kentucky’s liquor of choice (95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in-state).

Sloss Music & Arts Festival

July 14th – 15th, 2018
Birmingham, AL
Tickets HERE

A two-day music and lifestyle event, Sloss Music & Arts Festival is named after its location, the beautiful Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama. The unique venue allows guests to watch performances in a huge furnace factory set against the Birmingham city skyline. This year’s festival will feature 44 performers (including 21 Savage, Arcade Fire and Chris Stapleton) on 4 stages plus craft beer and creative cocktails, arts & crafts programming, live iron pouring demonstrations and much more.

Pitchfork

July 20th – 22nd, 2018
Chicago, IL
Tickets HERE

Celebrating its 13th year in 2018, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents over 40 acts (this year’s notable performers include Blood Orange, Kelela, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Girlpool) over the course of three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park. Hosting 60,000 attendees from 45 states and 26 countries, the festival offers a wide array of activities beyond music—with 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty record and craft fairs, it’s easy for visitors to support local businesses while promoting the Chicago arts and food communities as a whole.

FYF Fest

July 21st – 22nd, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
Tickets HERE

This year’s FYF Fest will be the first since Goldenvoice, the festival’s producer, cut ties with FYF founder Sean Carlson amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Attendees this summer will celebrate the 15th anniversary edition of FYF with a number of blockbuster artists including  Janet Jackson, Florence + The Machine and Future.

Panorama

July 27th – 29th, 2018
Randall’s Island Park, NY
Tickets HERE

Held at Randall’s Island Park off the coast of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, Panorama features a diverse lineup of performers across a variety of genres including hip-hop, indie-rock and pop.  The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and The Killers have been tapped to headline this year’s festival and other notable acts include Migos, Father John Misty and St. Vincent.

Lollapalooza

August 2nd – 5th, 2018
Chicago, IL
Tickets HERE

Lollapalooza is Chicago’s largest music festival, attracting around 100,000 attendees each day. This year, the festival will return to Grant Park for a four-day musical extravaganza featuring performances by headliners including The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys. With more than 180 artists, food from local eateries and plenty of beer, this year’s edition of Lollapalooza is sure to be a hit.

Moon River Music Festival

September 8th – 9th, 2018
Chattanooga, TN
Tickets HERE

Founded in 2014 by musician Drew Holcomb, the annual Moon River Music Festival is an family-friendly, two-day event highlighting the music and culture of Tennessee. Now in its fourth year, Moon River will begin a new chapter in Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park. This year’s programming features over 20 specially curated national acts, two stages and local food vendors. Lineup highlights include The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples and Margo Price.

 

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