Your Guide to Summer Music Festivals 2019

May 20, 2019


Stephanie Goraczkowski

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Summer is almost here, which means it's time to take advantage of all the activities and adventures your traveling medical job provides. That means... music festivals.

Yes, that season is upon us. And if you're reading this, you're probably a music festival person looking for some sweet spots to jam this summer. Does the idea of taking a few days off to munch on some street tacos and funnel cake sound great? How about sitting on a blanket, rocking out to some of your favorite bands while your shoulders get some sun?


Yeah! Let's do this.

The great thing about festivals is that there are so many different types of music and activities to enjoy. Whether you're the festival camping type, the stadium type, or just there for the cool vibes and the food trucks, this year is full of celebrated music all over the country. (We've listed 33!) There's something for everybody to enjoy.



Your Guide to Summer Music Festivals 2019




August 30 – September 1 | Seattle, WA

Since 1972, Bumbershot has grown into one of the biggest and most-loved festivals in the country. The mission: to be an umbrella for all arts, including comedy, dance, literary arts, music, film, theatre, and more. This is one of the longest standing festivals around today— it has been around for half of a century! Definitely worth checking out.

Features: Yogashoot, selection of Seattle’s best eateries (B-Eats), crafts, vendors.

Who’s playing? TBA: check out the website below for updates




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Summer Meltdown

August 1 – 4 | Darrington, WA

Where the music meets the mountain, Summer Meltdown is a 3-day festival featuring music, camping, and adventure. Open to all ages, you don’t have to stick to music to enjoy this festival. Adventures like horseback riding, rock climbing, and river rafting are available too.

Features: Onsite camping, late night performances, river access, kids’ activities, music workshops, beer garden.

Who’s playing? Tipper, Umphrey’s McGee, Gramatik, Nahko and Medicine For The People, The Polish Ambassador, Clozee, G Jones, and more.






August 2 – 4 | Happy Valley, OR

A zero-waste festival that boasts Portland’s best food trucks, breweries, and wineries. Oh yeah, there’s music too. Pickathon is not only a festival that music lovers enjoy, but that entertainers enjoy playing. Get out in the fresh air, surround yourself with Oregon’s best nature, and enjoy some of the country’s best musical entertainment.

Features: Camping, eco shuttle, family friendly, wineries, local breweries.

Who’s playing? Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Mandolin Orange, Lucius, Tyler Childers, Khruangbin, and more.




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Oregon Jamboree

August 2 – 4 | Sweet Home, OR

Located in the foothills of the scenic Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Jamboree takes place on a 20+ acre park-like setting. The main stage gives you the full festival experience, while another stage hosts a more intimate concert setting. Take your pick and enjoy some sweet country music lineups.

Features: RV and tent camping, food booths, beer and wine gardens.

Who’s playing? Brothers Osborne, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Young, Scotty McCreery, and more.





BottleRock Napa Valley

May 24 – 27 | Napa Valley, CA

Called the best of music, wine, food and beer, this festival takes place in the heart of Napa Valley… wine country!

Features: Napa wine, craft beer, bourbon bar, Michelin star menu, spa, silent disco, visual art.

Who’s playing? Imagine Dragons, Sylvan Esso, Jenny Lewis, Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Neil Young, Elle King, Mumford & Sons, Santana, and more.




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Outside Lands

August 9 – 11 | San Francisco, CA

Outside Lands hosts an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriter, and all major music movements. Local musicians, artists, and vendors give festival-goers a taste of local culture. Outside Lands is a green-conscious festival with special donation to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, so this is a great way to enjoy the local San Fran community and entertainment, while being a part of the environmental cause.

Features: Food from the Bay Area’s best restaurants, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, greening programs, Golden Gate Park attractions, art, comedy.

Who’s playing? Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Flume, Blink 182, Kygo, and more.





Hard Summer

August 3 – 4 | Fontana, CA

Hard Summer is one of the top music festivals to be at with emerging talent lineups in the alternative, DJ, and electronic arenas that make your summer anything but hard. This is the ultimate summer dance party, my friends. A bonus heads up: if you’re looking for something to get your music sailin’, wait until Holy Ship!, an electronic music cruise, comes for you in the winter months.

Features: Electronic dance tents, food and beverage vendors, camping, RVs, ticket payment plan, VIP pool.

Who’s playing? TBA: check out the website below for updates






September 13 – 15 | San Diego, CA

Kaboo places their focus on being more than just a music festival. This 3-day, adults-only event features well-known national music acts, as well as comedy, food, drink, art, and other amenities that give this concert experience more creature comforts than most.

Features: Luxury amenities, climate-controlled spaces, seating accommodations.

Who’s playing? Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons, Duran Duran, Black Eyed Peas, One Republic, Maren Morris, and more.





ARISE Music Festival

August 2 – 4 | Loveland, CO

ARISE is a camping festival featuring not only music, but yoga, art and activism workshops. An eclectic mix of diverse musical talent performs on 8 stages throughout the organic farm campground. This is one of the Midwest’s fastest growing music festivals—you won’t want to miss your chance to enjoy the good vibes and get involved.

Features: Yoga, camping, art, workshops, activism.

Who’s playing? Tipper, Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Sunsquabi, Clozee, Rising Appalachia, and more.






November 14 – 16 | Burnet, TX

All of the best aspects of summer music festivals: great music, making new friends, good food, and 1,000 acres of space on Four Sisters Ranch. And because they only sell 2,000 tickets, and offer 2 stages, you get to avoid the cluster of packed-tight festival goers. With a natural amphitheater that acts more like a retreat, Utopia really lives up to its name.

Features: Camping, cabins, expansive food vendor options, shuttle.

Who’s playing? Sir Woman ft Kelsey Wilson, Wood & Wire, The Deer, Sucka Please! Superfonicos, and more.




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Austin City Limits

October 4 – 6, October 11 – 13 | Austin, TX

Austin really steps up the music game! It’s no wonder it’s is considered the live music capital of the world. Austin City Limits features 8 stages, more than 140 bands, and a diverse lineup that performs over two weekends in Zilker Park. If you’re anywhere near Austin in October, you won’t want to miss out—and, again, you have two weekends to get in on the action!

Features: Food vendors (tacos are big here), art market, phone charging stations, kids mini-fest, photogenic spaces, merch.

Who’s playing? Paul McCartney, Metallica, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Justice, The National, and more.





VooDoo Experience

October 25 – 27 | New Orleans, LA

What happens when you combine Halloween, New Orleans and a music festival? You get the VooDoo Experience. Called “musical gumbo”, this festival mixes up music, art, food and community—and adding in a bit of mystery and adventure. With over 70 bands on 4 stages, this is definitely how you want to celebrate Halloween.

Features: Local and regional food, Brew Dat Craft beer tent, interactive art installations, water stations, carnival, Mortuary Haunted Experience.

Who’s playing? Mumford & Sons, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, A Perfect Circle, Modest Mouse, and more.




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Bayou Country Superfest

May 25 – 26 | Baton Rouge, LA

What more could you want from your Memorial Day weekend than a country music festival at Tiger Stadium? This year, Bayou Country Superfest is hosting their 10th anniversary event.

Features: Tailgating, stadium setting.

Who’s playing? Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, Chase Rice, and more.






October 8 – 13 | Atlanta, GA

A3C is a 2-day outdoor hip-hip festival right in the middle of Atlanta, where thousands of hip-hop fans and artists from all over gather to share and enjoy hip-hop music and culture. This is one of the top music festivals for hip-hop fans!

Features: Artist submissions, conferences, collaborations.

Who’s playing? TBA: check out the website below for updates






July 12 – 13 | Des Moines, IA

Organized by the Des Moines Music Coalition nonprofit, this year marks a decade of their event. In addition to bringing national acts to the middle of Iowa, they feature a free “Generation Z showcase”, where local, next generation talent (middle school and high school aged) can rock the stage and show everyone what they’ve got.

Features: Lagunitas Lounge, food and drink vendors, Iowa Public Radio live sessions, kids’ zone, community village, bike valet, mist tent.

Who’s playing? Portugal The Man, Elle King, Metric, Misterwives, Noname, Liz Phair, Yungblud, and more.





WE Fest

August 1 – 3 | Detroit Lakes, MN

In 1983, WE Fest was born. And now for a couple days each summer, people can enjoy one of the top country music festivals out there. This longstanding festival takes place at the Soo Pass Ranch, with a permanent stage and backstage accommodations. Get out your cowboy boots, and dust off your hats—it’s time to get down with this summer music, Detroit Lakes style.

Features: Pre-parties, camping, shuttles, daily parking, sewer and water accommodations, 50+ concession stands.

Who’s playing? Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson, and more.




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Rock Fest

July 18 – 20 | Cadott, WI

One of the most well-known festivals of the season, in a city that was truly built on rock and roll. Rock Fest has featured many music legends over the years and continues to bring a legendary lineup every year. This 3-day festival takes places on 320 acres in the middle of Wisconsin, so there’s plenty of space for one of the Midwest's best music festivals. Everyone to bow down to the rock gods!

Features: Camping, “Glamping” (luxury camping accommodations), shuttle.

Who’s playing? Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Evanescense, Mastodon Skillet, and more.






August 1 – 4 | Chicago, IL

Something about this festival….

Features: 8 stages with 170+ bands, festival food, photogenic spots, interactive areas with giveaways, merch, mini-fest for kids, VIP available

Who’s playing? Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers, J Blavin, and more.





Pitchfork Music Festival

July 19 – 21 | Chicago, IL

Pitchfork has been a trusted voice in the hub of up-and-coming music for years. With three stages and tons of talent, this 3-day festival in Union Park hosts national artists and up-and-coming new talent. This year, they’re also featuring an onsite art installation, film screenings, artist talks, late night jazz sessions, and more.

Features: Pitchfork +PLUS (a VIP upgrade), food and drink, CHIRP Record Fair, Book Fort book fair, Renegade Craft Fair, bike parking, locker storage.

Who’s playing? Robyn, Charli XCX, The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, HAIM, Mavis Staples, and more.




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Riot Fest

September 13 – 15 | Chicago, IL

Riot Fest was started in 2005 in Chicago as an independent music fest of punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop music. To this day, Riot Fest is one of the top music festivals in the Midwest and continues to get bigger and better. They boast being “(More than just a) music festival. Sometimes.”

Features: Carnival, food vendors.

Who’s playing? TBA: check out the website below for updates





Cincinnati Music Festival

July 25 – 28 | Cincinnati, OH

This festival was originally called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival and was first held in 1962. Starting out as an all-jazz concert, the festival has since grown into a two-day event on the Cincinnati riverfront, featuring music from the well-known R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop, as well as up and coming artists.

Features: Stadium setting.

Who’s playing? Maxwell, Mary J Blige, Kid Capri, Slick Rick, EPMD, and more.





Bunbury Music Festival

May 31 – June 2 | Cincinnati, OH

Bunbury is a three-day music festival in Cincinnati along the Ohio River, featuring over 100 musical artists and up to 6 stages throughout the park. The name “Bunbury” comes from Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, which is defined as: “to have a made-up excuse to get out of doing something boring.”

Features: Craft beer village, merch.

Who’s playing? Fall Out Boy, Stone Temple Pilots, Greta Van Fleet, AWOLNATION, The 1975, Girl Talk, Run The Jewels, and more.






July 12 – 14 | Petoskey, MI

A free, family-friendly folk and roots festival that’s been celebrating community and culture for 37 years. This is one of those amazing, free summer music festivals that boasts a variety of musical styles, including bluegrass, zydeco, Celtic, folk, jazz, and Latin. There is camping available too if you want to make a sleepover of it. I mean, it’s hosted on a beautiful farm in northern Michigan, so why not?

Features: Free entertainment, camping.

Who’s playing? AnDro, Ani and Kora, Audra Kubat, Christie Lenee, Cluster Pluck, Deadgrass, and more.






June 13 – 18 | Manchester, TN

Starting in 2002, Bonnaroo has been held annually as a four-day festival, boasting "thousands of happy campers" in "hundreds of acres of Tennessee nature." The festival began with an influence from jam bands and folk rock and now features multiple stages of indie rock, classic rock, world music, americana and other alternative music.

Features: Camping, yoga, painting, 5k run, food vendors, vegan and vegetarian options.

Who’s playing? Grand Ole Opry, Phish, Childish Gambino, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Brockhampton, Griz, RL Grime, Post Malone, Odesza, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The National, The Lumineers, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Illenium, Walk The Moon, and more.




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CMA Fest

June 6 – 9 | Nashville, TN

Country, country and more country. Hosted by the Country Music Association, this four-day festival is one of the biggest country music events held annually. In fact, in 2011 the event exceeded 250,000 people and visitors came from all 50 states and 41 different nations. CMA Fest hosts 30 hours of autograpah sessions and "meet and greets" with fans. So if you're a country music fan, or you have a specific musician in mind, get those boots on and go say hi!

Features: Merch, fan access, playlist streaming, free entertainment.

Who’s playing? Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, and more.





Lockn’ Festival

August 22 – 25 | Arrington, VA

Lockin' is a 4-day festival featuring great music, locally-sourced food and sustainability, held annually at the Infinity Downs Farm and Oak Ridge in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia. The goal of Lockin' is to be one of the top music festivals by providing the ultimate atmosphere and lineups that go beyond the stage to impact your life.

Features: Camping, food and beverage vendors, local cuisine.

Who’s playing? Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, and more.




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Camp Bisco

July 18 – 20 | Scranton, PA

A huge electronic-rock festival on Montage Mountain! This 3-day party features some of the biggest names in electronic music. Added bonus: you can stay cool in the Montage Mountain Waterpark, complete with lazy river, slides, and a zipline.

Features: Waterpark, ziplining, camping, RVs, travel packages, vendors.

Who’s playing? The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Odesza, Tipper, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.





Newport Folk Festival

July 26 – 28 | Newport, RI

Take in the beauty of Rhode Island! Three days in Fort Adams State Park is the perfect scene for all your folk music dreams. Bring your small coolers, your chairs, your picnic blankets, and your dancing shoes and enjoy the sights and sounds. And if you want to stay up-to-date on the festival, listen to the Newport Folk Podcast.

Features: Beer and wine garden, food vendors, crafts, offsite camping, scenic views.

Who’s playing? Jeff Tweedy, Kacey Musgraves, The Nude Party, Maggie Rogers, Lake Street Drive, and more.




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Governors Ball

May 31 – June 2 | Randall’s Island, New York, NY

Affectionately referred to as "Gov Ball", this festival started in 2011 and keeps bringing the music to Governors Island. If you're in New York, hop a ferry and get caught up in the action.

Features: Food trucks, interactive photo booths, outdoor games, street art.

Who’s playing? Tyler the Creator, Lil Wayne, Brockhampton, Florence + The Machine, Major Lazer, The 1975, The Strokes, Nas, SZA, and more.






August 16 – 18 | Watkins Glen, NY

You can't really beat the iconic name of Woodstock. This festival has been bringing music to the people since 1969. “Woodstock 1969 was a reaction by the youth of its time and the conditions we faced,” says Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang. “We proved that it is possible to live together in harmony and with compassion…with only our best selves represented. Woodstock gave people around the world hope, which is why I think it remains relevant today.” Show up at Woodstock this year for their 50th anniversary and help make history... again.

Features: Camping, food and beverage vendors, merch, social justice.

Who’s playing? The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Dead & Company, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, and more.




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Electric Zoo

August 30 – September 1 | New York, NY

Held over Labor Day in Randall's Island Park, Electric Zoo features 4 stages of electronic music lineups, DJs, international talent and pyrotechnics to get you pumped up and still partying in late summer.

Features: Pre-parties, food and beverage vendors, lockers.

Who’s playing? TBA: check out the website below for updates




The festival season is just getting started, and there’s plenty of outdoor entertainment and summer concerts to keep your dance party going. Check out the summer music festivals, listed from west coast to east coast. Find one in your neck of the woods, or start a quick road trip and get ready to sing your heart out!

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