Summer is for hanging out, enjoying the outdoors and listening to your favorite tunes wherever you want. You can do all three at this summers’ most popular music festivals. From late spring to late summer, hundreds of concerts are happening across the country. Here are the top music festivals during the season of sunshine:
Dates: April 15-April 24, 2016
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the year’s most awaited music festivals. To avoid the searing summer heat of Indio, California, Coachella happens in April—a great introduction to the summer festival season. The lineup features popular music acts from all genres of music, with independent bands and artists rocking the stage as well. This year: A$AP Rocky, Cold War Kids, Flume, Gary Clark Jr., Purity Ring, Skepta and many more. Fun facts about the festival >>
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Dates: April 22-May 1, 2016
Snoop Dogg, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and J. Cole are among the lineup of 102 music artists expected to grace the festival’s twelve stages summer. Besides pop music, you’ll get a taste of jazz music and experience Louisiana’s unique culture.
Dates: May 20-May 22, 2016
Artists playing from a mix of genres converge upon Alabama’s Gulf Shores to give concert goers one of the best music acts of the summer. The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Lenny Kravitz and other musicians (probably 100+) are expected to rock the coast this year in May.
Rock on the Range
Dates: May 20-May 22, 2016
The ultimate summer rock festival in the Midwest takes place in Columbus, Ohio. Groups such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, At the Drive-In and Bring Me the Horizon draw huge weekend crowds. A combination of popular bands and independent artists make this music festival extra special.
Dates: May 27-May 29, 2016
Summer Camp is probably the most eclectic summer music festival. Popular artists and independent bands join the lineup to provide an amazing music experience for attendees. Listen to jams in front of your campfire and join the after-parties that extend well past the end of music performances. “Scampers” can apply to become camp counselors and earn free camping, free beer and free tickets in exchange for serving as party ambassadors. Music acts include: The Roots, Gramatik, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce and others.
Rock the Bells
It’s the best hip-hop music festival on the West Coast, originating in Los Angeles and now touring select locations around the country. All the top artists (and local acts) descend upon this destination to give unforgettable performances. Unfortunately it’s unknown right now when the festival will take place so keep your eyes and ears open.
Dates: July 28-July 31, 2016
Originating in South America, Lollapalooza established its North America base in Chicago (there’s also South America and Europe locations). It’s one of the most awaited summer music festivals in the country, attracting thousands of crowds per year. There’s no shortage of artists vying to gain attention. Music acts include: Future, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeasayer, Skepta and a number of independent acts.
Dates: August 5-August 7, 2016
San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park hosts the nationally acclaimed Outside Lands summer music festival. Major musical lineups include Radiohead, J. Cole, Lionel Richie, Chance the Rapper, Lana del Rey, Lettuce, Miguel and other popular singers, local bands and artists.