Spring is in the air, and that means only one thing (besides allergies and taxes): it’s festival season! In the next few months, music lovers of all stripes will emerge out of the haze of their noise-cancelling headphones to meet up at the many festivals throughout the country. If you’ve decided to take the plunge but you’re not sure which festival to choose, check out our comprehensive list of the top 14 music festivals in the country. Most of these festivals are actually multi-genre, but we’ve broken them up into categories so you can get an idea of the general vibe. Trust us, there’s something for everyone!
South by Southwest:
If you’re into the indie scene, Austin’s South by Southwest, or “SXSW,” is definitely one to check out. Known for featuring bands on the brink of absolutely exploding, South by Southwest has become a tastemaker in the indie scene. It also features a film festival and a virtual reality (VR) festival, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Located in downtown Chicago, this is one of the most intimate indie festivals, and it tends to showcase newer artists. It usually has a smaller lineup than many of the other festivals, but it’s a must for those who like a packed, happening urban locale and high-quality tunes.
The exclamation point is built into the name for a reason. Set on a positively gorgeous plot of land in Washington, Sasquatch! is perfect for highbrow music aficionados and lovers of breathtaking natural views. It also features comedy acts.