10 Music Festivals That Will Make Your Summer Truly Epic
Summer music festivals can be found all over the U.S., and these smaller cities have ones that can rival the biggest
Summer music festivals have entertained crowds of all sizes for decades. Sure, you've got your massive festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachellas and Bumbershoots, but there are dozens of alternatives in your neck of the woods. Don't miss out on the fun at these festivals:
1. Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn., June 8-11, 2017
Headliners: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd
With 10 stages, 150 performances, more than 80,000 people spread out on 700 acres for music, fun and culture. Be sure to check out the Silent Disco, comedy theater, or watch a movie at the 24-hour Bonnaroo Cinema tent.
2. Taste of Country Music Festival, Lanesville, N.Y., June 9-11, 2017
Headliners: Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt
In its fifth year, this is the only multi-day country music festival in the northeast U.S. Take the SkyRide over the crowd, stop by the petting zoo, or try your luck with a bull ride.
3. What the Festival, Dufur, Ore., June 16-19, 2017
Headliners: Cut Copy, Gramatik and Zhu
The signature stage is the Splash Stage, where party-goers splash and dance to live acts, creating the northwest's largest pool party. Other must-try activities include the Oasis Spa and Sauna and the Illuminated Forest.
4. Telluride Blugrass, Telluride, Colo., June 15-18, 2017
Headliners: Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Dierks Bentley with The Travelin' McCourys
This festival has showcased the best of Telluride Bluegrass for more than 40 years. Attendees can gaze into San Juan Mountain views, and be sure to check out the signature workshops and band contests.
5. Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Boonville, Calif., June 16-18, 2017
Headliners: Gentlemen, Chronixx and Mellow Mood
For more than 20 years, this fest has brought the best in reggae and world music to two stages. The Festival Village features food and craft vendors, and night owls can groove in the Jamacian-style dancehall.
6. Electric Forest, Rothbury, Mich., June 22-25, 2017 and June 29-July 2, 2017
Headliners: The String Cheese Incident, BASSNECTAR and My Morning Jacket
Music and colorful lights set the energetic vibe at this summer party. The stages, tents, booths and even forest glow as people dance, eat and play the weekend away.
7. Rock USA, Oshkosh, Wis., July 13-15, 2017
Headliners: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Korn and Avenged Sevenfold
Party like a rock star with some of the biggest metal bands for four days of music, camping and food. Attendees can buy band memorabilia or browse vendor booths for accessories.
8. Summer Meltdown, Darrington, Wash., Aug. 10-13, 2017
Headliners: The String Cheese Incident, Nahko and Medicine for the People, and The Polish Ambassador
This 15-year-old festival blends atmospheres, music and relaxing on the river. Kids have their own meltdown zone, complete with derby car races and a create-your-own costume center.
9. Bayfront Blues Festival, Duluth, Minn., Aug. 11-13, 2017
Headliners: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Lucky Peterson & The Imperial Flames
This blues fest is one of the largest outdoor events in the upper Midwest. For 27 years, more than 500 blues and blues/rock performers have performed on the Bayfront Festival Park's two stages
10. Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI, July 28-30, 2017
Headliners: The Avett Brothers, Jim James and Ben Gibbard
Bob Dylan made this festival famous in the '60s when he showed up with an electric guitar instead of his usual acoustic. These days it's still bringing in big-name acts, as well as a slew of other easily recognizable smaller acts. It also may be one of the most picturesque festivals, taking place at the historic Fort Adams State Park, right on Narragansett Bay. Be ready for great music, beautiful sunsets, and the occasional pirate ship floating by.