The Best Spring Music Festivals!
Spring is upon us and you know what that means — warmer weather, blooming plants and best of all, spring music festivals! Musical festivals have become increasingly popular due to their sense of community and their top-notch live performances. No matter what your favorite genre is, these music festivals got you covered. Pack your bags and let the good times roll, these are the best spring festivals!
Firefly, Dover, Delaware
Each June, Dover is transformed into a music-lovers paradise. People far and wide gather at the Firefly Music Festival to enjoy some of the best artists and bands in the US. Over the course of four days, over 100 artists perform, including top name artists as well as upcoming ones. This festival also includes other activities such as Treehouse Sessions (acoustic performances), The Pathway (lighting display), The Nook (hammock hangout), The Thicket (a dance party), The Market (handmade items), and The Brewery.
Country Jam, Grand Junction, Colorado
Noted as the “biggest party in Colorado”, Country Jam is the largest country music and camping festival in Colorado, featuring the biggest names in country music. In 2017, more than 92,000 fans attended the festival to see more than 20 artists take on the stage. You can enjoy numerous food and craft vendors, on-site camping and more at this outdoor family-friendly festival.
Sasquatch!, George, Washington
Unlike Bigfoot, Sasquatch! Music Festival is no hoax — it’s the real deal. This music festival is located at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, which is a nine-time winner for Pollstar Magazine’s award for Best Outdoor Music Venue. The lineup for this festival is rooted in indie rock and shies away from mainstream artists, valuing artist creativity over commercial appeal. Sasquatch! is also viewed as one of the most scenic and picturesque festivals, overlooking the Columbia River.
Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tennessee
Influenced by rock concerts of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival as one of the “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll”. However, this festival now features a more diverse lineup, featuring more than 130 bands. This four-day festival also includes many other activities such as camping, yoga, parades, a 5k and more!
Coachella, Indio, California
With tickets selling out within hours, it’s no wonder that Coachella is one of the most popular and most profitable music festivals in the US. Founded in 1999, tens of thousands of attendees flock to Indio to see musical artists from many different genres, including rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Each festival from 2013 to 2015 set new records for festival attendance and gross revenues. In 2017, it was attended by 250,000 people.
Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world. Following the “Great Migration,” Southern blues musicians made Chicago one of the country’s major hotspots for blues music, and has even been known as the “Blues Capital of the World”. This three-day event showcases many top blues musicians as well as up and coming ones.
Governors Ball, New York, New York
Last but certainly not least, the one and only Governors Ball. This is a festival with a New York heart. With more than 60 artists and bands of different genres, there’s something for everyone. Feeling hungry? New York is the foodie capital of the world and this festival lives up to that, offering only the best restaurants, food trucks, and menus to the attendees. You can also have some fun with mini golf, interactive photo booths, and life-size board games while listening to your favorite singers!