Over 32 million people attend at least one music festival each year, and festival options are on the rise. You can easily leave a hippie, campout fest on Monday and head straight to a 2-day dance party the same weekend. From pop music festivals like Bonnaroo to luxury-style legends like FyreFest, there are plenty of choices for avid festival goers every summer.
There’s only one problem: it’s impossible to attend them all.
If only there was some summer music festival guide that you could turn to. Wouldn’t it be great if someone selected the best U.S. music festivals and put them in a list to make your decision easier? We thought so.
Here they are: the 8 best U.S. music festivals that you have to attend this summer.
1. Lightning in a Bottle
When? May 24-29, 2017
Not exactly summer, but close enough. Think of LIB as your pre-season festival warm up. Lightning in a Bottle offers four days of full immersion from sunrise yoga classes to all-night DJ sets. Somewhere between San Jose and Santa Barbara, LIB transforms the otherwise destitute town of Bradley, CA into an energy-filled oasis.
Get your Lightning in a Bottle festival guide.
2. Bonnaroo Music Festival
When? June 8-11, 2017
This 4-day festival in Manchester, TN surpasses all others when it comes to activities and experiences. The lineup this year features top artists, like The Weeknd and Major Lazer, but that isn’t the only thing to look forward to. Between the lineup, karaoke bar, festival parade and yoga and twerking classes, Bonnaroo provides the ultimate festival experience.
Find out more about the Bonnaroo experience.
3. Electric Forest Music Festival
When? June 22 – June 25, 2017 & June 29 – July 2, 2017
Electric Forest stands out among music festivals this summer not only because of its remote, forest location tucked away in Rothbury, Michigan, but also because the festival promises a unique experience for every single day. The festival takes place over two weekends and you can expect to be full immersion and enchantment, no matter which weekend you chose.
Here’s your Electric Forest Music Festival Guide.
4. Global Dance Festival
When? July 21-22, 2017
Global Dance Festival grew from humble beginnings in Red Rock to Colorado’s largest EDM festival. 2017 will be GDF’s first year at a brand new location at Sports Authority Amphitheatre in Denver, allowing it to expand beyond just music to include an art installation park, carnival games, a food truck village and designated VIP areas. This year marks a new beginning for GDF and you won’t want to miss it.
Get your Global Dance Festival guide.
When? June 28 – July 2, 2017 & July 4 – July 9, 2017
Summerfest is a veteran in the music festival scene and no summer festival list would be complete without Milwaukee’s 50-year tradition. Fans fly in from around the country for this 11 days of music, fun, and fireworks set along the shores of Lake Michigan. The best part is that this festival is a family-friendly affair, so bring everyone along.
Here’s your Summerfest 2017 guide.
When? August 3-6, 2017
Lollapalooza has dominated Chicago’s summer music scene for over 25 years. You can expect to hear top industry artists like Lorde and Chance the Rapper perform on one of 8 stages and dine on Chicago’s finest cuisine in Lollapalooza’s Chow Town. The festival giveaways and free swag are a nice perk, too!
Check out this Lollapalooza Festival guide.
7. Outside Lands
When? August 11-13, 2017
Outside Lands is, by far, San Francisco’s largest music festival. This year it celebrates its 10th anniversary of bringing music to the Bay Area and sharing its eco-friendly message with festival goers. The festival will bring you a mix of legendary artists like The Who, A Tribe Called Quest and Queens of the Stone Age and relative newcomers musicians, like Solange and Schoolboy Q.
Get all of the Outside Lands details.
8. Life is Beautiful
When? September 22-24, 2017
Life is Beautiful is a larger-than-life, 3-day festival set in the intoxicating streets of downtown Las Vegas. Top industry DJs and artists perform for crowds of 10,000 people each night. This year, fans will dance to the sounds of Muse, Gorillaz, The XX, and Cage the Elephant.
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