A long (but still not comprehensive) list of some of the best music festivals happening around the country this year! (And a few that also might require a passport.) After putting together this list, I'm actually pretty shocked that there aren't more overlaps. But here are the dates, locations, and links for various 2015 music festivals - start thinking ahead to warmer weather now!
Feb 21-22, Feb 28-Mar 1, May 23-24, June 19-21, July 11 ::
Electric Daisy Carnival
This EDM fest travels! PR, MX, NY, Vegas. Even the UK. Maybe coming back to Chi in 2016?
March 13-15, 17 ::
Pot Of Gold Fest, Tempe, AZ
This one wins because it's during St. Patrick's day weekend. They can do that in Arizona.
March 13-22 ::
South by Southwest, Austin, TX
Also known as: SXSW. So much more than just a regular music fest.
March 27-29 ::
Ultra Music Fest, Miami, FL
In March. Because they can. (So.Rude.)
April 10-12, 17-19 ::
Coachella, Indio, CA
Two weekends in a row. Pace yourself. And wear the right outfit.
May 1-3 ::
Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis TN
If you stick around for a week or so, there's also a World Championship BBQ Contest. Yup.
May 8-10 ::
Shaky Knees, Atlanta, GA
In the ATL. 'Nough said.
May 15-17 ::
Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
Being on the beach wouldn't be so bad..
May 22-24 ::
Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston, MA
Still pretty new to the fest scene (3rd yr) BUT they have a spring AND fall fest. Nice.
May 22-25 ::
Sasquatch! Festival, The Gorge, WA
Never heard of this one before. But it's a camping one!
May 29-31 ::
BottleRock, Napa Valley, CA
Kinda really want to go to this one. I mean, who wouldn't? #Wine #Food #Beer #Music.
June 5-7 ::
Governors Ball, NYC, NY
Where is Randall's Island Park?
June 11-14 ::
Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
I feel like this one kinda started the fest trend, right? (Except for maybe Woodstock..)
June 11-14 ::
CMA Music Festival, Nashville, TN
Is this just a regular music festival? Not sure.but it seems like a big deal.
June 18-21 ::
Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE
Another great one. Surprised it's only been around since 2012.
June 18-21 ::
Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival, Telluride, CO
Just to mix it up. Also, I was surprised at the shortage of fests in this state. (They're distracted doing something else, I guess..)
June 25-28 ::
Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
I'd go just to take pictures.
June 24-28, June 30-July 5 ::
Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
Also two weekends. "The world's largest music festival". Apparently.
July 17-19 ::
Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Right here in good ol' Chicago!
July 24-26 ::
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
Had to show some New England love.
July 31-August 2 ::
Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
This lineup will remain a mystery for a while longer. Until all the 3-day passes are sold out.
August 28-30 ::
Reading & Leeds Festival, England, UK
September 12-13 ::
Loufest, St. Louis, MO
Better lock up your vans, bands. I've heard it's kinda rough out there..
October 2-4, 9-11 ::
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX
Not to be confused with the TV show! Wanting to go to this one too.
October 30-November 1 ::
Voodoo Music Festival, New Orleans, LA
Debuted in 1999 on Halloween weekend. Cool domain name too.
Cover photo courtesy of Lollapalooza 2013, photo by Ashley Garmon.