Top 10 Festivals in USA to Attend in the Summer

Festivals in USA

Looking for some fun in the sun that will last a lifetime? Choose one of these top 10 festivals in the USA to attend in the summer, and you’re sure to have a memorable one.

Top 10 Festivals in the USA


Sasquatch Festival


Set in Washington state’s beautiful gorge amphitheater, Sasquatch is a music-camper’s dream. This festival caters to campers – both RV and tent – and with spectacular views across the gorge and live shows pumping the beat, you’ll get into the groove of the Sasquatch as bands like Florence+the Machine, Sufjan Stevens, and the Cure fill the place with gentle waves of energy.

South by Southwest

South by Southwest Festival


South by Southwest is one of the States’ greatest festivals, serving up premiere headliners, like Lady Gaga and the Strokes, while the best TexMex in the land fills concert-goers bellies. Set in Austin, everyone who’s anyone in the music biz shows up at SXSW, so if you’re a fanboy or girl who really wants to see your favorite celebrity or music star, this is the festival to attend.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


New Orleans is, of course, famous for its music – jazz being its primary genre. However, this 45-year-old festival has grown to include gospel, blues, brass bands, and zydeco, along with its go-to jazz. The city is, of course, also famous for its food, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival won’t let you down in this department. With two stages of chefs, you’ll be sure to need a bib as you dig into the city’s delish crawfish and beignets.

Governors Ball

Governors Ball Festival


The Governors Ball is set in the hipster haven of Randall’s Island in NYC, amongst Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan on the East River. You can arrive to the Ball by bus, train, or on foot over the RFK Bridge, but it’s best to arrive in style by ferry. The smaller attendance at the Governors Ball will make for a more intimate festival, while headliners are frequently larger than life (and often better than Lolla’s and Coachella’s). And with the Big Apple a bridge away, the party doesn’t have to stop once the shows are over.


Sunset at Coachella


Indio, California hosts one of the baddest summer festivals in the US. Coachella is set in the desert on polo grounds, offering the perfect place to camp…which most concert-goers do at this festival. Lasting over two weekends, Coachella is an industry leader in nabbing the hottest headliners, band reunions, and musical comebacks. Slap on your sunscreen, keep hydrated (and maybe vodka-soaked, if you want that kind of fun), and head to the afternoon pool parties, while jamming out to the hottest beats under the sun.

Burning Man

Burning Man Festival


Held in Nevada every year, Burning Man is one of those “must-dos” for every summer festival-goer. The desert is the perfect landscape for a wild summer concert scene – endless sand and heat with cyberpunk and the most cutting edge DJs laying out the sickest beats while the desert sun slowly bleeds orange and then blood red. Pyrotechnics and plenty of energy drinks keep the spirit of the thing high-flying.


Lollapalooza festival


One of the trendiest festivals on the summer bill is Chicago’s Lollapalooza. Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction lead, formed this fest in 1991 as his band’s farewell tour. Since then, Lollapalooza has grown into a bomb of festivities – one that includes comedy, dance, crafts, and of course music. Hosting over 160,000 festival goers over three days, this popular summer fest lays out some of the most happening indie rockers, alternative bands, and small sub-genres, but also serves up some massive headliners, like Metallica, Paul McCartney, and Florence + the Machine.

FYF Fest

FYF Fest 2016


Short for “Fuck Yeah Fest,” the FYF Fest in Los Angeles is geared toward those who enjoy a local vibe. The two-day festival is packed with energy and jumps around to different downtown LA parks each year. With the LA skyscrapers as background, you’ll be listening to the seriously hip jams of buzzy headliners, as well as killer local garage, metal, dance, punk, and electro bands often native to SoCal.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2016


This festival, based in Austin, Texas , is for those who like a good brew. The Fun Fun Fun Fest serves up Shiner Bock beer to festival goers, on the opposite side of downtown, across the Colorado River. This is for a more hardened crowd, with a lineup that leans toward metal, punk, and a bit of comedy. The atmosphere is laidback and haunting, with bats swooping around the bridge, while that hard earsplitting metal rips through the night.

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival


Outside Lands in San Francisco is for foodies and lovers of picturesque American iconoclasm. With the Golden Gate Park as background, the polo grounds lie alongside a bison paddock, beyond which stretches the Pacific Ocean. If you’re choosing a festival based on food, beverage, and intimacy of size, this medium-sized festival serves up some of San Fran’s famous street food, wine, and beer, while an alt lineup of artists, like Ryan Adams, Radiohead, Lana Del Ray, Sufjan Stevens and LCD Soundsystem will set just the right vibe to chill in the summertime.

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