Hot summer music festivals in the US

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It’s that time of year again: music festival season. Whether you’re into radio-friendly pop or under-the-radar indie bands, there’s a fest to please your ears this summer.

It’s that time of year again: music festival season. Whether you’re into radio-friendly pop or under-the-radar indie bands, there’s a fest to please your ears this summer. Rock out all summer long with these hot music festivals.

Governor’s Ball Music Festival, June 7-9, New York, N.Y.

This three-day festival offers mega headliners like Kings of Leon, Guns N’ Roses and Kanye West. The rest of the weekend, there are plenty of acts to keep everyone happy, ranging from Erykah Badu to The Lumineers. If you go, be sure to drop in on the Silent Disco, a headphone-fueled dance party.

Firefly Music Festival, June 21-23, Dover, Del.

Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers (Image: Rock Cousteau used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers (Image: Rock Cousteau used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

The formidable lineup at Firefly includes crowd pleasers like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ellie Goulding. Other notable alt acts include MGMT, Foster the People, Passion Pit and Matt & Kim. Between sets, enjoy a round of Firefly Ale brew, a Dogfish Head creation, and challenge your friends to a round of pinball at the arcade.

Bonnaroo, June 13-16, Manchester, Tenn.

Bonnaroo (Image: Yardena 2009)
Bonnaroo (Image: Yardena 2009)

As one of America’s largest music festivals, Bonnaroo is bringing out heavy hitters like Sir Paul McCartney, ZZ Top and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The diverse lineup also includes Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Expect to rough it while camping onsite, as that’s half of the Bonnaroo experience.

Lollapalooza, Aug. 2-5, Chicago, Ill.

You’ll get a little nostalgic at Lollapalooza when headliners like The Cure and Nine Inch Nails take the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park in a nod to the fest’s grungy roots. You’ll find more indie and alternative acts throughout the weekend, though, including The Postal Service, Two Door Cinema Club and Tegan and Sara.

Outside Lands, Aug. 9-11, San Francisco, Calif.

Catch Sir Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the west coast at Outside Lands, where Golden Gate Park sets the scene for a weekend of music, food and festivities. With a heavy emphasis on local food and spirits, you’ll find a craft beer garden, wine garden and dozens of local restaurants offering a taste of the Bay.

Bumbershoot, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Seattle, Wash.

Bumbershoot (Image: Rock Cousteau used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Bumbershoot (Image: Rock Cousteau used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

This family-friendly music and arts festival focuses on more than just music – you’ll also find film, comedy and theater lineups, plus an indie market. If you’re just in it for the music, you can look forward to hometown heroes like Death Cab for Cutie and headliners like Heart and Bassnectar.

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Hot summer music festivals in the US was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.