We've compiled six of the best music festivals in the U.S. Start planning your road trip adventure today!
Summer and music festivals are the perfect combination. Whether you want to listen to your favorite band, hang out with your friends, or learn some entirely new tunes, you won’t be disappointed with the experience. Let the music move through you on warm, sunny days and balmy, star-lit nights. This summer, plan your road trip with some of the best musical options:
This four-day festival boldly blends rock music legends like Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers with hot, new contemporary artists. Each June, Bonnaroo descends on a sprawling 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, and music fans from all over the country flock to the site for great music, food, and comedy.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Set against a picturesque backdrop of mountains and canyons, this annual bluegrass festival first hit the music scene in 1974. Four days each June, headliners like Sam Bush, Mumford & Sons, Neil Finn, and Bonnie Raitt take the stage to entertain fans with the unique Telluride bluegrass sound.
Firefly Music Festival
Held in the lush Woodlands of Dover, Delaware, Firefly attracts some of the hottest pop, R&B, rap, and rock artists. Multiple stages showcase favorites like Twenty One Pilots, Bob Dylan, and Kings of Leon, and the scrumptious food and brew lineup rivals that of the talent. Camping and glamping packages add to the fun for those who enjoy the great outdoors.
Known as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest hosts more than 800 performers from all genres in 11 days. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, the festival takes place in late June and early July every year. Refreshing lake breezes ensure even the hottest days are cool, and excellent food, beer, and shopping add to the experience. Summerfest celebrates its 50th year in 2017.
Originating in 1991, Lollapalooza brings together an eclectic variety of alternative rock, heavy metal, punk, hip hop, and EDM bands. Held in Grant Park, Chicago, every August, the festival resides at the hub of the Windy City’s action in the central business district. An iconic music event, Lollapalooza helped launch the careers of Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, and numerous other bands.
Set in downtown Seattle, Bumbershoot’s annual Labor Day weekend festival features headliners like Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The event also showcases dance, comedy, and visual arts and is within driving distance of spectacular mountain scenery.
This summer, don’t let the music pass you by. Load your playlist, pack your sun hat, and head over to our Facebook page for more useful travel tips.