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Best Music Festivals

The 15 Best Music Festivals In The U.S. – Must-See Festivals In 2020

The United States is known for many things. From baseball to apple pie, some things are simply ‘quintessentially American.’

However, it doesn’t matter if you live in the United States or are simply visiting, there is more to America than what you might realize.

In reality, the United States has an incredibly rich musical culture that draws on strong historical roots and a diverse range of genres, backgrounds, and countries.

This rich musical tradition isn’t just reflected on the billboard charts. Rather, some of the very best music festivals in the world can be found right in the United States.

Time to break down some of the best music festival in the U.S. that you need to see in your lifetime!

1. Coachella

When you think of U.S. music festivals, Coachella is almost always the first festival that comes to mind.

Coachella hosts some of the biggest artists in the industry across plenty of genres, and truly sets the bar for what to expect from a premium music festival.

Rock, electronic, pop, hip hop, and indie icons can be found performing at Coachella every year, and the annual lineup is always a highly anticipated announcement for festival fans.

Coachella 2019 lineup: Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala, Diplo, the 1975 and more!

Coachella 2020 dates: April 10-19th.

Location: Empire Polo Club, Indio California.

Attendance: 250,000.

2020 Coachella ticket prices: General $429, Shuttle Pass $509, VIP $999.

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2. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)

If you’re an electronic music fan, you absolutely need to attend an EDC festival at some point in your life.

Electric Daisy Carnival is the largest electronics music festival in all of North America.

EDC actually has two events in the United States, the original taking place in Las Vegas and the second taking place in Orlando. Additionally, EDC has gone global, and also takes place in Mexico, Tokyo, and other countries over the years.

EDC Las Vegas 2019 lineup: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Gareth Emery, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Bijou and many more.

EDC Las Vegas 2020 dates: May 15-17th.

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Attendance: 450,000.

2019 EDC ticket pricesGeneral $397, Experience $559, Enhanced $779.

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3. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is one of the top music festivals in the United States, and is probably one of the most recognizable names as well.

Founded in 1991, Lollapalooza is a 4 day, multi-genre music festival that brings together top artists, performers, non-profits, and political groups to create a truly diverse festival experience.

Lollapalooza 2019 lineup: Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots, Flume, The Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, J Balvin, & more.

Lollapalooza 2020 dates: July 30 to August 2nd.

Location: Grand Park, Chicago.

Attendance: 400,000.

2019 Lollapalooze ticket pricesGeneral $340, GA+ $650, VIP $2,200, Platinum $4,200.

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4. Austin City Limits

The Austin City Limits music festival is actually produced by the same company as Lollapalooza, and the quality certainly shines through.

With 8 different stages to cater to a wide variety of musical genres, this dual-weekend experience is truly one of the best U.S. music festivals you can ever attend. Expect to find top performing acts in rock, indie, electronic, rap, folk and other genres!

ACL 2019 lineup: Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, King Princess, Kaytranada, Metric, and more.

ACL 2020 dates: October 2-4th and October 9-11th.

Location: Zilker Park.

Attendance: 450,000.

2020 Austin City Limit ticket pricesGeneral $260, GA+ $500.

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5. Ultra

You really can’t make a list of the best U.S. music festivals without mentioning Ultra.

Founded in 1991, Ultra Music Festival is an incredible outdoor event that takes place in Miami, Florida. If you love electronic music, you need to add Ultra to your list of must-see music festivals in your lifetime.

Ultra has also gone worldwide, and occurs in Singapore, Mexico, Australia, Japan, and several other countries.

Ultra 2019 lineup: Afro Jack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Zeds Dead, Marshmello, and other top DJs.

Ultra 2020 dates: March 20-22nd.

Location: Bayfront Park, Miami.

Attendance: 165,000.

Ultra 2020 ticket pricesGA $399-$499, VIP $1,499.

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6. Pitchfork Music Festival

Founded in 2011, Pitchfork Music Festival is a 3 day summer festival that is organized by Pitchfork Media, one of the most well-known media outlets in the world of music.

Pitchfork Music Festival takes place in Chicago, and offers festival attendees a stellar mix of top performers across multiple genres. Expect to listen to incredible sets from indie, alternative, hip hop, and electronic artists.

While this is a smaller music festival, Pitchfork definitely deserves a spot on the list as one of the top U.S. music festivals due to the wide variety of artists and overall event quality.

Pitchfork 2019 lineup: Haim, Earl Sweatshirt, Jeremih, Pusha T, Isley Brothers, Robyn, and more.

Pitchfork 2020 dates: Third weekend of July.

Location: Union Park.

Attendance: 48,000.

Pitchfork 2020 ticket pricesGeneral $200, Single Day $95, Plus $400.

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7. Burning Man

Perhaps one of the most iconic festivals in the world, Burning Man is truly more than just a festival.

Burning Man is hosted in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, and sees festival attendees from across the world flock to the temporary tent city that is erected solely for the festival.

Found in 1986, Burning Man has a rich history, and it was originally founded with strong roots of counter-culture.

Aside from music, Burning Man is a place for artistic expression, spirituality, discovery, and new experiences.

2019 Burning Man lineup: Diplo, Hippie Sabotage, Flume, CloZee, Chase Manhattan, and many interesting acts.

2020 Burning Man dates: August 30th to September 7th.

Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

Attendance: 70,000.

Burning Man 2019 ticket prices: Ranges from $425 to $1,400 depending on pass type and vehicle passes.

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8. Electric Zoo

If you’re looking for one of the best music festivals in New York, you absolutely need to consider Electric Zoo.

Electric Zoo was founded in 2009, and now boasts some of the very best names in electronic music from around the globe.

Electric Zoo is also international, but if you’re looking for a premier U.S. music festival and love electronic music, add this to your list of 2020 travel plans.

Electric Zoo 2019 lineup: Kaskade, Bijou, Diplo, Tritonal, Above and Beyond, Benny Benassi, Zedd, and dozens of other amazing DJs.

Electric Zoo 2020 dates: August 28-30th.

Location: Randall’s Island Park.

Attendance: 85,000.

Electric Zoo 2019 ticket prices: $225 to $300+

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9. Bonnaroo

Founded in 2002, Bonnaroo is a 4 day music and arts festival that is another iconic American festival experience.

While Bonnaroo has traditionally highlighted folk and rock bands, the festival has become more broad over the years and hosts artists from a wide range of genres.

Bonnaroo is undoubtedly a renowned U.S. music festival, and you should certainly keep tabs on lineup and ticket announcements for this one!

The quality of performers at Bonnaroo is truly hard to match. I mean, just look at the 2019 lineup!

Bonnaroo 2019 lineup: Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Odesza, The Lumineers, Brock Hampton, Hozier, Zhu, and dozens of other top artists.

Bonnaroo 2020 dates: June 11-14th.

Location: Great Stage Park, Manchester, Tennessee.

Attendance: 80,000+

Bonnaroo 2020 ticket pricesGeneral $279, GA+ $489, VIP $825, Platinum $3,275.

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10. Electric Forest

Electric Forest is a 4 day festival that takes place in Rothbury, Michigan.

From jam bands to electronic music, Electric Forest is an incredibly high quality festival. In fact, in 2017, Electric Forest was nominated for festival of the year by the Electronic Music Awards.

Electric Forest briefly experimented with running a dual weekend music festival but has switched back to a single weekend. Regardless, Electric Forest is undoubtedly one of the best U.S. music festivals around.

Plus, Electric Forest also has a pretty killer loyalty program that offers early access and perks to previous festival attendees.

Electric Forest 2019 lineup: Kygo, Odesza, Bass Nectar, Zeds Dead, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Hippie Sabotage, Daya, and more.

Electronic Forest 2020 dates: June 25-28th.

Location: Double JJ Resort, Rothbury, Michigan.

Attendance: 45,000+

Electric Forest 2020 ticket prices: $360-$700+ depending on package.

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11. New Orleans Jazz Festival

Jazz Fest, or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, is an absolute must-see event if you are ever passing through the beautiful city of New Orleans.

Founded in 1970, Jazz Fest is an incredible celebration of Louisiana music and culture, highlighting acts of blue, Cajun, bluegrass, country, R&B, gospel, and rap music.

The quality of musicians who attend this festival is seriously off the charts, making Jazz Fest a top U.S. music festival without any shadow of a doubt.

Jazz Fest 2019 lineup: Dave Matthews Band, Logic, Santana, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Leon Bridges, Pitbull, and more.

Jazz Fest 2020 dates: April 23rd to May 3rd.

Location: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans.

Attendance: 400,000.

Jazz Fest 2020 ticket pricesNews coming early 2020. 2019 prices started at $85 for adults at the gates.

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12. Stagecoach

If you’re a fan of country music, you absolutely need to attend Stagecoach Festival at some point in your life.

Stagecoach is an outdoor country festival that was founded in 2007, and hosts both billboard and up-and-coming country artists from around the United States and the world.

Expect to find bluegrass, folk, traditional country, alternative country and more at Stagecoach!

Stagecoach 2020 lineup: Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Lil Nas X, ZZ Top, Brett Young, Bryan Adams and more.

Stagecoach 2020 dates: April 24-26th.

Location: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California.

Attendance: 75,000+

Stagecoach 2020 ticket pricesGeneral $349, Corral Sitting $829-1,299, Corral Standing $1,299.

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13. Summerfest

Summerfest is actually the largest U.S. music festival and claims to be the largest global festival as well, and that’s for good reason.

Originally created by Milwaukee’s former Mayor Henry Maier, Summerfest has grow exponentially to generate the amount of buzz it does today.

Summerfest attendees can enjoy amazing performances from top artists across pretty much any genre, and also take advantage of the many awesome things to do in Milwaukee.

Summerfest 2019 lineup: Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson, Bon Iver, The Killers, Billie Eilish, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Wayne, and other amazing artists.

Summerfest 2020 dates: June 24-28th and June 30th to July 5th.

Location: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, WI.

Attendance: 800,000+

Summerfest 2020 ticket prices$23 to $120.

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14. Essence Music Festival

Founded in 1995, Essence Festival originally started after the 25th anniversary of the African-American focused magazine Essence.

A celebration of African-American culture, Essence Music Festival is an incredible mixture of music, food, conference events, and fashion that celebrate African-American culture and African-American women.

Essence 2019 lineup: Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Mary J. Blige, Jermaine, Nas, Timbaland, and more.

Essence 2020 dates: July 1-5th.

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans.

Attendance500,000+

Essence 2020 music ticket prices: Currently $186+ depending on seat selection.

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15. VooDoo

Looks like we’re heading back to Louisiana to wrap up this list of the best music festivals in the United States!

VooDoo Fest is a music and arts experience that takes place over several days in City Park, New Orleans.

Boasting international artists across multiple genres, VooDoo attendees can expect to enjoy 3-4 days of unbelievable performances amidst the culturally rich backdrop of New Orleans.

VooDoo 2019 lineup: Post Malone, Guns N` Roses, Beck, Interpol, Zhu, The National, Sheck Wes, Young The Giant, and more.

VooDoo 2020 dates: October 30th to November 1st.

Location: City Park, New Orleans.

Attendance: 100,000+

VooDoo 2020 ticket pricesStay tuned for updates. 2019 tickets ranged from $99-$200.

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Final Thoughts:

Well, there you have it!

If you have always wanted to attend a music festival but haven’t been able to decide which one to pick, I hope this list of the best music festivals in the U.S. helps you out!

Music festivals can be one of the most amazing experiences, but you have to do your research and pick a festival that speaks to you.

Consider the location and lineup of the festival you have in mind since these are obviously the most important factors; you want to actually enjoy the city you’re visiting and the performances you see.

However, be sure to factor in travel and ticket costs, and be sure to consult our handy festival packing list to ensure you arrive with everything you need!

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoy this amazing lineup of 2020 U.S. music festivals and party hard!

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