25 Music Festivals for Travelers

April 23rd, 2019 | Posted by bbarr in Travel Nursing, Travel Tips, Traveler Tips

By Sarah Wengert

It may still be spring, but summer is winding up to swing for the fences — and there’s no better harbinger of that than the beginning of music festival season! With Coachella already come and gone, we wanted to share this list of 25 fabulous music festivals for travelers throughout the nation in 2019. Wherever your assignment is located, we urge you to get out the map and prepare to road trip if need be, buy the ticket, and get your festival on this summer!

Shaky Knees Music Festival

  • Where: Atlanta, GA
  • When: May 3 – 5
  • General Vibe: Rock/Indie Rock
  • Who’s Playing: Beck, Cage the Elephant, Tame Impala, Lucy Dacus, Peach Pit, Tears for Fears, Liz Phair, Foals, etc.

Firefly Music Festival

  • Where: Dover, DE
  • When: June 26-30 and July 2-7
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Post Malone, Death Cab for Cutie, Panic at the Disco, Tyler the Creator, Passion Pit, etc.

Lollapalooza

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: Aug 1-4
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne, Janelle Monae, Hozier, Tenacious D, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, Slash, Gary Clark Jr., etc.

Stagecoach

  • Where: Indio, CA
  • When: April 26-28
  • General Vibe: Country
  • Who’s Playing: Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Sole Swindell, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lauren Alaina, etc.

Fortress Festival

  • Where: Fort Worth, TX
  • When: April 27-28
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Leon Bridges, Chvrches, Rae Sremmurd, Tank and the Bangas, Tinashe, Khruangbin, Superorganism, Red Shahan, Bobby Sessions, etc.

Mo Pop

  • Where: Detroit, MI
  • When: July 27-28
  • General Vibe: Pop/Rock/Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Lizzo, King Princess, Snail Mail, Ella Mai, King Princess, Kali Uchis, Wallows, Goth Babe, etc.

Woodstock 50

  • Where: Watkins Glen, NY
  • When: August 16-18
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Miley Cyrus, JAY-Z, The Killers, Dead & Company, Santana, Chance The Rapper, Robert Plant, Princess Nokia, Soccer Mommy, etc.

Outside Lands

  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • When: August 9-11
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, The Lumineers, blink-182, Anderson.Paak, Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Flume, Better Oblivion Community Center, etc.

Summerfest

  • Where: Milwaukee, WI
  • When: June 26-30 and July 2-7
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Bon Iver, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, Billie Eilish, Lil Wayne w/ Snoop Dogg & Schoolboy Q, Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, etc.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

  • Where: Manchester, TN
  • When: June 13-16
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Phish, Solange, Grand Ole Opry, Avett Brothers, Post Malone, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, The National, Kasey Musgraves, Hozier, Beach House, Girl Talk, John Prine, etc.

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival

  • Where: New York, NY
  • When: May 31-June 2
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Tyler the Creator, Florence + The Machines, SZA, The Strokes, Nas, Major Lazer, Lil Wayne, Mitski, Calpurnia, The 1975, etc.

Bumbershoot

  • Where: Seattle, WA
  • When: August 31-September 1
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: TBA

Under the Big Sky Music & Arts Festival

  • Where: Whitefish, MT
  • When: April 13-14
  • General Vibe: Country/Rock
  • Who’s Playing: Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks, Jenny Lewis, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lucius, Ryan Bingham, Justin Townes Earle, Shooter Jennings, etc.

Bunbury Music Festival

  • Where: Cincinnati, OH
  • When: May 31-June 2
  • General Vibe: Rock-Heavy/ Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, Dashboard Confessional, Run the Jewels, Stone Temple Pilots, Awolnation, The 1975, Machine Gun Kelly, The Aces, Sublime with Rome, Clutch, etc.

BottleRock

  • Where: Napa, CA
  • When: May 24-26
  • General Vibe: Indie Rock/Rock/Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Pharrell Williams, Santana, Jenny Lewis, Sylvan Esso, Gary Clark Jr., Flogging Molly, Michael Franti & Spearhead, etc.

MAHA Music Festival

  • Where: Omaha, NE
  • When: August 16-17
  • General Vibe: Indie/Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: TBA

Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

  • Where: Las Vegas, NV
  • When: August 16-17
  • General Vibe: Punk Rock and Bowling – for real!
  • Who’s Playing: Rancid, The Descendants, The Specials, The Hives, Refused, FLAG, The Stranglers, The Damned, FEAR, The Vandals, etc.

Hangout Music Festival

  • Where: Gulf Shores, AL
  • When: May 16-19
  • General Vibe: Pop/Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Cardi B, The Lumineers, Travis Scott, Khalid, Vampire Weekend, Jimmy Eat World, Diplo, Hozier, The 1975, Judah & The Lion, Walk the Moon, etc.

Waterfront Blues Festival

  • Where: Portland, OR
  • When: July 4-7
  • General Vibe: Blues
  • Who’s Playing: The California Honeydrops, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Shemekia Copeland, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vintage Trouble, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, etc.

80/35 Music Festival

  • Where: Des Moines, IA
  • When: July 12-13
  • General Vibe: Rock/Pop/Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Portugal, The Man, Elle King, Metric, Liz Phair, Lissie, Murder By Death, The Beths, Misterwives, Noname, Yungblud, etc.

Rolling Loud

  • Where: Miami, FL
  • When: August 1-4
  • General Vibe: Rap/Pop
  • Who’s Playing: Migos, Cardi B, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Soulja Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, DMX, Beat Coast, etc.

Pitchfork Music Festival

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: July 19-21
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: HAIM, Mavis Staples, The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, Robyn, Charli XCX, Low, Soccer Mommy, Parquet Courts, Neneh Cherry, Stereolab, etc.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

  • Where: Telluride, CA
  • When: June 20-23
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: Jim James, Greensky Bluegrass, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Lake Street Dives, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, The First Ladies of Bluegrass, etc.

Soundset

  • Where: St. Paul, MN
  • When: May 26
  • General Vibe: Hip-Hop
  • Who’s Playing: SZA, Run the Jewels, Atmosphere, Black Star, Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, Beast Coast, Tech N9NE, Dessa, DMX, Cut Chemist, DJ Spinderella, etc.

Austin City Limits

  • Where: Austin, TX
  • When: October 4-6 and 11-13
  • General Vibe: Eclectic
  • Who’s Playing: TBA

Leave a Reply