Most think that once Coachella is over and done with, that closes the music festival door for the rest year. Totally untrue! Yeah, Coachella is one hell of an event, but it’s just the beginning of many more music festivals to come, especially this year.
Girls, throw your protective styles in, grab your hottest sun dress and call up your homegirls, because no matter what part of the nation you reside in, there’s a music festival coming your way for sure!
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Don’t know where to start? Please know, I’ve got your back! I’ve compiled a list of the hottest music festivals across the nation this year. Pop the top:
1. Coachella (April 17-19th)
Indo, CA – There’s a reason everyone and they mama want to go to Coachella. That festival has ERRRRRRRRTHANG! If you check out their festival experiences, you’d see that they have the most amenities any festival has to offer. My favorites: bad dancing competition, the paper-rock-scissors championship and the silent dance party!
Who I’d Want To See: The Weekend, Drake and Azealia Banks
2. JazzReggaeFest (April 25th)
Los Angeles, CA – As an official JRF goer, I can completely stamp this event. Every year I’d grab my lawn chair, blankets and my girlfriends and soaked up the music and sun at this very cool event. They have some of LA’s finest vendors too. I always ended up pulling out the visa for some super cool crafts. Please.Come.Here!
Who I’d Want To See: Shwayze, Wale and Lido
3. Beale Street Festival (May 1-3rd)
Memphis, TN – As a festival that has been repeated over 39 times, I think this would be one that is worth heading out to. It offers an eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent.
Who I’d Want To See: Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz and Paramore
4. Hangout Music Festival (May 15-17th)
Gulf Shores, AL – Definitely a festival that’s bikini worthy, as it rests right on the beautiful gulf shores. As a mother, it’s good to know that this is a family friendly event. Children 10 and under are free (maximum of 2 children). Be careful though, beach + liquor + children isn’t always the best mix?!?!? Lol.
Who I’d Want To See: Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Foster The People
5. Counter Point Music & Arts Festival (May 22-24th)
Kingston Downs, GA – This event has three stages, art installations, a slew of activities and all the food and drinks you can possibly handle (and afford). Counter Point also get’s major cool points for their motto contest, where you can have your personal slogan worn by concert goers. If I was able to attend, I’d for sure set up my tent at their campgrounds and I’d be sure to head out to their one-of-a-kind art show!
Who I’d Want To See: The Roots and ILoveMakkonen
6. Sasquatch Festival (May 22-25th)
Quincy, WA – This digital, man on the moon themed festival looks like it’s the place to be if you’re Washington state. They have a comedy lineup that you probably wouldn’t want to miss either. I’m especially interested in Leslie Jones’ set this year, she’s awesome!
Who I’d Like To See: Kendrick Lamar, School Boy G and Little Dragon
7. Sweetlife (May 30-31st)
Columbia, MD – Sweetgreen is only about meaningful living, authentic relationships and creating memories, so you know anything they throw will be worth attending! I’m partial to any event that Sweetgreen hosts. Why? I love the founders (one of which is from Pasadena – where I’m from), I love their salads and I’ve been to some of their more intimate events when I lived in D.C. some time ago. Take it from me, you’re going to love this festival!
Who I’d Want To See: Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend
8. Bonaroo (June 11-14th)
Manchester, TN – Here’s another music festival with a boat load of fun activities in addition to some cool music. If you’re heading out to this event, you’ve got to check out their interactive art experiences, instrument building and even gardening activities. Bonaroo has a comedy line up scheduled to!
Who I’d Want To See: Childish Gambino, Dej Loaf (super giddy over her), SZA and Earth, Wind and Fire.
9. Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14th)
Hollywood, CA – Grab your lawn chairs, some booze and a hot date for the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, a southern California musical delicacy. This event is strictly about the music, so don’t expect a break dancing competition or anything like that, but it is a family friendly environment.
10. Firefly Music Festival (June 18-21st)
Dover, DE – This is the first music festival I’ve researched that has a full cafe experience, which is exactly how I like to party. Sometimes you need that “turn down” that will stabilize you for that “turn up” you know you’re going to experience later. These folks are genius. They also have other great attractions, offering a hammock hangout, an outdoor bazaar market and a healthy option dining experience. Alongside some killer music, this event has all my core needs in one central place. Wish I was going to be in DE this June. Will you?
Who I’d Want To See: Paul McCartney, Kid Kudi and Snoop Dog.
11. The BET Experience (June 25-28th)
Los Angeles, CA – If you head out to this event, you’ve got see the BET Experience Fashion Show, the Celebrity Basketball Game and the Centric Pavillions, where fans get to meet their favorite BET shows. All this stuff is included with the packaged tickets you purchase for the main show. Hey nowwwww, winninggggg!
Who I’d Want To See: Kevin Hart, Eyrkah Badu and Miguel
12. Essence Music Festival (July 2-5th)
New Orleans, LA – If you’ve been breathing the same air as everyone else you’re clear on the fact that the Essence Music Festival is the Hip Hop and R&B event of of the year. Essence manages to offer the best of the best of the music industry on this three day, star-studded event. This year, be sure to hit up their Day Party, Empower U Workshop and the Now Playing Concert featuring Kevin Hart.
Who I’d Want To See: Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend
13. Pitchfork Music Festival (July 6-11th)
Chicago, IL – First let me mention that this is one of the most reasonably priced festivals I’ve researched. An three day pass is only $150. Crazy, right?!!?!? Secondly, this festival has very close connections with the Chicago arts community, with their Coterie Craft Fair, where the work of 40 jury-selected artists will be sold, alongside locally designed and crafted clothing, jewelry, unique paper goos and more. Ohhhh, and they’ll also be selling vinyl records between sets, from indie labels, local record stores and independent vendors.
Who I’d Want To See: Chance The Rapper and ILoveMakonnen
14. Pemberton Music Festival (July 16-19th)
Pemberton, B.C. – This is definitely the place to be if you want to see some big name artists, old and new. This festival is a great reason to journey to the middle of nowhere, crossing country borders to journey into a land of absolute EVERYTHING! Zip lining, an adult sized water slide and simply being in one of the most beautiful places in the world, is enough to make you get there. This promo video alone has me feeling real impulsive with my VISA card….
Who I’d Want To See: J.Cole, Missy Elliot, M.I.A. and ThePartyNextDoor
15. Lollapalooza (July 31st – August 2nd)
Chicago, IL – Not a place you’ll smell turkey legs and funnel cakes cooking, as this festival offers some of the best foods from the Windy City’s favorite restaurants. Personally, I need to try this Lobster Corn Dog everyone is talking about. Besides awesome food, you can expect some free swag bags and giveaways, a killer farmers market and my personal favorite, Kidzapalooza, for parents who don’t want to miss out.
Who I’d Want To See: Kygo, Sam Smith and Banks
16. Austin City Limits (August 2-4th & 9-11th)
Austin, TX – Outside of more than 130 bands and the fact that this festival has so much to offer, they’ve added another weekend to the festivities, it’s offering handpicked eats, an art market and a mini-fest for the little one’s.
Who I’d Want To See: Eminem, Outkast and Jhene Aiko
17. Brooklyn Music Festival(August 8th)
Brooklyn, NY – First off, there is no better feeling than a sweet, summer Brooklyn night. Add some dope music, food and fun in the mix and you’re winning. Get here and spread some love, it’s the Brooklyn way!
Who I’d Want To See: Ty Black, Ciph Boogie and Eric Wright
18. Outside Lands (August 7-9th)
San Francisco, CA – The Outside Lands creators are pretty upfront with what to expect when attending. Expect food, candy, music wine, beer, art and comedy. The coolest part of this event is that you’re going to be partying at the famous Golden State Park, where they have a ton of attractions like the Japanese Tea Garden and the AIDS Memorial Garden.
Well, I take that back the coolest part of this event is that the creators have partnered with some some of this nations most environmentally conscious organizations, in an effort to create an educational forum to festival goers. They’ll be showcasing an urban gardening workshop, local community organizations, national NGO’s, a farmer’s market, locally sourced food vendors and a refillable water station during the event.
Who I’d Want To See: DJ Mustard and Elton John
19. A3C Festival (August 7-11th)
Atlanta, GA – Simply the best block party ever. The event will feature over 500 hip hop performances from across the US. In addition to seeing some of the hottest emerging artists in the game, you can expect some live art, the best food trucks Atlanta has to offer, games, some free swag to grab and a conference that serves as a platform for the Hip-Hop Industry and it’s influencers.
20. Fun Fun Fun Fest (November 6-8th)
Austin, TX – They haven’t officially released their 2015 lineup, but the pictures of previous years acts leaves enough to spark interest. This independent festival is renowned not only for it’s musical lineup, but also for it’s collection of comedy, food, action sports and poster art experiences. Check back in a few months to see which progressive underground musicians and comedians will be gracing the stage this year and get your tickets!
Yeah, you’re probably going to need to bookmark this list. It’s a lot to take in all at one time. Can’t wait to see you dancing in the sun this year!
Which festival are you going to attend? Am I missing a music festival you think needs to be on this list? Drop me a line in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it!
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