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A Guide To Some Of The World's Best Festivals

March 26, 2024

A Guide To Some Of The World's Best Festivals

Spring is here! And the weather is getting warmer... and that means celebrating with your favorite humans by dancing, drinking, and eating your way through some of the world's greatest festivals.

We put together a list of our favorite music festivals by location and date. And we even added a few extra curricular festivals for those of you that enjoy festivals  outside  of music.

So if you like music, eating, drinking, ferris wheels, light shows, art installations, face painting, camping, nature, star filled night skies, howling at the moon, epic views, far off places, new cities, old cities, familiar cities, new friends, old friends, fire swallowing, sword swallowing, magic shows, hot air balloon rides, parades, silent discos, farmer's markets, local arts and crafts, lawn games, tailgating, performance art, contests, raffles, yoga, acro-yoga, self exploration, burlesque, glitter, sequins and showcasing your personal style, then we have a festival for you! 

FESTIVALS IN CALIFORNIA

Coachella

April 12–14 and 19-21, 2024  Indio, California. This year's line up is a MUST SEE! Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat, Ice Spice, Tyler, the Creator, Deftones, No Doubt and dozens and dozens more will be performing at The Empire Polo Club in the Indio desert. https://www.coachella.com/

 

Stagecoach Festival 

April 26-28, 2024  Indio, California. Coachella's country cousin, is featuring Post Malone, Willie Nelson, Luke Grimes, Leon Bridges, Wiz Khalifa, Brandy Cyrus, Elle King, Nickleback, just to name a few. This years line up is  SO good,  that we recommend spending all of April in Indio. Start with Coachella and stay through Stagecoach. Just don't tell your boss that we suggested you do that. Even though we think that you really REALLY should do that. https://www.stagecoachfestival.com/




Lightning In A Bottle

 

May 22-27, 2024 Memorial Day Weekend Buena Vista Lake, California. Featuring M.I.A., Fayboy Slim, James Blake, Labrinth, Skrillex and so many more. Besides the amazing line up, they feature boutique camping. Choose from canvas tents to bell tents to airstreams, all strategically placed by the lake for prime festival activities. Check out their immersive art experiences, yoga, community centers, group meditations and marketplace. They strive to promote sustainability, social cohesion, and creative expression. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a weekend to me. https://www.libfestival.org/

LA Pride

June 8-9, 2024  Los Angeles, California. LA Pride is home to one of the largest LGBTQIA+ pride celebrations in the United States! It features tons of live performances, dance parties, a fabulous parade, and community events celebrating diversity and equality. Put on your best rainbow colors and join us for all the fantastic fun! https://lapride.org/pride-2024/ 

 

San Francisco Pride

June29-30, 2024  San Francisco, California. One of the other largest LGBTQIA+ pride celebrations in the world, San Francisco Pride features their own vibrant parade, live performances, tons of parties, and community events celebrating diversity and equality. Attend LA's pride and then gas your car up for a roadtrip North to SF! https://sfpride.org/

HARD Summer Music Festival 

August 3-4, 2024  Inglewood, California. This year's festival will take place at Hollywood Park, adjacent to SoFi Stadium. HARD Summer is an electronic dance music (EDM) festival and features top DJs and electronic artists across multiple stages like Disclosure, Zeds Dead, Nelly Furtado, Major Lazer, REZZMAU5, and  Sofi Tukker just to name a fewhttps://www.hardsummer.com/ 

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

August 9-11, 2024  San Francisco, California. Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands offers a mix of music, food, art, and comedy, making it one of California's leading summer festivals. https://sfoutsidelands.com/

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 27-29, 2024  Monterey, California. This legendary jazz festival  showcases top jazz performers from around the world like Samara Joy, Mavis Staples, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, along with student performances, workshops, and so much more. https://montereyjazzfestival.org/

Escape Psycho Circus

October 25-26, 2024  San Bernardino, California. Hey Angelenos! This October head out to the NOS Events Center in San Berdnardino and be prepared to get your socks scared off you by attending thisHalloween-themed EDM festival hosted by Insomniac. Stay tuned for the artist line-up announcement. https://escapehalloween.com/

Tribal Gatherings and Powwows

Various Dates California is home to several Native American tribes, and many of these tribes host gatherings and powwows throughout the year in celebration of their culture, traditions, and heritage. Check this website for upcoming festivals and celebrations across California.  https://www.visitcalifornia.com/experience/pow-wows-california/

FESTIVALS IN THE US

Afropunk Festival 

Usually it's the last weekend in August.  Brooklyn, New York. This iconic annual arts festival features music, film, fashion, and art produced by alternative black artists. Usually held at Commodore Barry Park, but be sure to check their website for up to date info, including dates and artists. https://afropunk.com/

Jazz & Heritage Festival 

April 25–May 5, 2024  New Orleans, Louisiana. Since 1970, this jazz festival has been one of the country's longest-running music festivals with some of the most incredible musicians in the world like Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Hozier, John Batiste, The Killers and many more. https://www.nojazzfest.com/ 

Levitation aka Austin Psych Fest

April 26-28, 2024  Austin, Texas. Enjoy a three days outdoors listening to some of the greatest music beneath the stars and beautiful trees. https://levitation.fm/pages/austin-psych-fest

Shaky Knees

May 3-5, 2024  Atlanta, Georgia. Head South this May and check out Noah Kahan, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Weezer, Billy Idol, Interpol, The Offspring and many more. https://www.shakykneesfestival.com/

Electric Daisy Carnival

May 17-19, 2024  Las Vegas, Nevada. Most commonly known as EDC, this annual festival is the largest electronic dance festival in North America and is featuring over 240 artists this year! Join David Guetta, Zedd, Peggy Gou, Alison Wonderland, Kaskade, John Summit, Dom Dolla, and Kaskade at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. https://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com/

Hangout Music Festival

May 17-19, 2024  Gulf Shores, Alabama. This year's line- up is incredible with artists like Lana Del Rey, Odesza, The Chainsmokers, Zack Bryan and many more. https://www.hangoutmusicfest.com/

Boston Calling Music Festival

May 24-26, 2024  Boston, Massachusetts. The Harvard Athletic Complex is about ready to witness some top notch musicians like Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Megan Thee Stallion, Hozier, Tyler Childers and dozens more. https://www.bostoncalling.com/ 

BottleRock

May 24-26, 2024  Napa Valley, California. Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam, Queens of The Stone Age, Norah Jones, My Morning Jacket, do you want me to keep going? Cuz I can. Nelly, Ed Sheeran, St. Vincent, T-Pain, Miike Snow, Bebe Rexha, The Offspring, Dominic Fike and on and on and on... https://www.bottlerocknapavalley.com/

Movement Electronic Music Festival

May 25-27, 2024 Detroit, Michigan. The birthplace of Techno, has hosted this Movement Electronic Music Festival every Memorial Day weekend since 2006. Check out  Richie Hawtin, Fatboy Slim, DJ Solomun, as they join Detroit locals including Carl Craig, DJ Godfather, Waajeed, and others. https://movementfestival.com/ 

Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender

June 6-9th 2024  Las Vegas, Nevada. And if you feel like taking a break from music and want to watch a some great Burlesque shows, The Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend is gonna be full of top notch talent and lots of workshops to try out some of your own moves. https://bhofweekend.com/

CMA Fest

June 6-9, 2024 Nashville, Tennessee. Join Abby Anderson, Abbey Cone, Alana Springsteen, Alex Lambert, Angel White, Keith Urban, Shaboozey, The War and Treaty, and dozens and dozens more. https://cmafest.com/

Governors Ball

June 7-9, 2024 NYC, New York. Post Malone, The Killers, SZA, 21 Savage, Carly Rae Jepsen, Peso Pluma will be playing their best at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. https://www.governorsballmusicfestival.com/

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

June 13-16, 2024  Manchester, Tennessee. Check out Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pretty Lights, Fisher, Fred Again and tons more play at Great Stage Park on a 700 acre farm. Sounds like a divine setting for great music, great friends, and great food. Yes please. https://www.bonnaroo.com/ 

Electric Forest

June 20-23, 2024  Rothbury, Michigan.  Ludacris, The Disco Bisquits, Black Tiger Sex Machine, John Summit and others will be playing at this magical four day festival in the forest. Camp amongst the large trees and stars and take in your favorite musicians. https://www.electricforest.com/

Summerfest

June 20-22, June 27-29, July 4-6, 2024  Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year, Motley Crue, Kane Brown, Maroon 5, Rico Nasty, Lil Yachty are just a few of the great acts heading to the Midwest this summer. https://www.summerfest.com/lineup/

ESSENCE

July 4-7th, 2024  New Orleans, Louisiana.  Head south this Fourth of July to celebrate the 30th Birthday of this festival and partake in all the events that they have to offer. https://www.essence.com/festival2024/

Pitchfork Music Festival 

July 19-24, 2024  Chicago, Illinois. Alanis Morissette. Do I really have to say anything else? But if you insist, I will. Jessie Ware. Grandmaster Flash. Brittany Howard. Muna. And more. https://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

Lollapalooza Chicago

August 1-4, 2024 Chicago, Illinois. Tyler, The Creator, Blink- 182, Hozier, Melanie Martinez, Stray Kids will be at Grant Park this Leo season. Will you? https://www.lollapalooza.com/

The Watershed Country Music Festival

August 2-4, 2024  George, Washington. Head to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest for an unforgettable camping trip and while you're there, check out Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Hardy, Terry Clark, and The Cadillac Three to name a few. https://watershedfest.com/

Burning Man 

 

August 25 - September 2, 2024  Black Rock City, Nevada. As quoted on their website; "Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome."  If you've been lucky enough to attend this epic festival, you know exactly what they're talking about. https://burningman.org/event/ 

Life Is Beautiful Festival

September 20-22, 2024  Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned for the artist line-up. https://www.musicfestivalwizard.com/festivals/life-is-beautiful-festival-2024/

Riot Fest 

September 20-22, 2024  Chicago, Illinois. Keep checking their website for line-up info. https://riotfest.org/

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct 4-6 & 11-13, 2024   Austin, Texas. Keep checking their website for line-up info. https://www.aclfestival.com/


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS

Vancouver Burlesque Festival

April 2-7th 2024  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Check out some great burlesque acts in beautiful British Columbia. https://www.showpass.com/o/vancouver-international-burlesque-festival/

Slamdunk Music Festival

May 25-26, 2024  Temple Newsam Park in Leeds/Hatfield, UK. Head to England to see The Great American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, We The Kings, The Wonder Years and many more. https://www.slamdunkfestival.com/

Download Music Festival 

June 14-16 2024  Donington Park, Leicestershire, England.They just announced their headliners- Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold, as well as over 80 more huge names. https://downloadfestival.co.uk/

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 26 – 30, 2024  Somerset, England. This year's festival is already sold out, but check their website at a chance to win one 20 pairs of tickets in a raffle to raise emergency funds to support people affected by conflict. https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Outbreak Music Festival

June 28- 30 2024  Manchester, United Kingdom. Action Bronson, Have Heart, Basement, American Football, and Flatbush Zombies are just a few of the killer acts at this year's festival. https://www.outbreak-fest.co.uk/

Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica 

July 14-20, 2024  Montego Bay, Jamaica. Even you've never been to Jamaica, Sumfest is the perfect excuse to get there. This year's line up includes Babyface, Beres Hammond, Nigy Boy, Jada Kingdom, and Aidonia. https://www.reggaesumfest.com/

Tomorrowland

July 19-21 2024 and July 26-28 2024  Belgium, Netherlands. Known for its elaborate stage designs and immersive experiences, Tomorrowland is one of the world's largest and most famous electronic dance music festivals. Recently, they have expanded its brand with events such as Tomorrowland Winter (held in the French Alps during Winter) and Tomorrowland Around the World (a digital music festival experience). https://www.tomorrowland.com/home/

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

August 2-26, 2024   Edinburgh, Scotland. And because I'm a theatre geek, I just had to include this festival. There is something here for literally EVERYONE. https://www.edfringe.com/

Oktoberfest

September 21 to October 6, 2024  Munich, Germany. When I was in college, I went and it was A BLAST! https://www.muenchen.de/en/events/oktoberfest

Montreal Burlesque Festival 

October 18-19 2024  Montreal, Canada. Can you ever have too much Burlesque? I don't think so. https://montrealburlesquefestival.com/

Carnival  

A bucket list MUST for any one of these following Carnivals.

Barbados Crop Over Festival 

August 1- 6 2024  Barbados. The best in Barbadian music, cuisine, culture and much more. https://www.carnivalinfo.com/category/barbados-crop-over

Carnival Italy 

February 22- March 4, 2025   Venice, Italy. We missed this year, but get in early for 2025! https://www.visit-venice-italy.com/carnival-venice-italy.htm

Carnival Brazil

February 28-March 5, 2025  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Another one that we will have to wait until 2025 to attend! In the meantime, add this website to your bookmarks and let the countdown begin! https://www.riocarnaval.org

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