The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time to get outside! One of our favorite ways to spend time outdoors? By attending a spring music festival, of course!
Here are our picks for the best live music events happening this May:
Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival (5/12/2016 – 5/14/2016) in Joshua Tree, California
Did you miss Coachella this year? Well, here’s another opportunity to enjoy some great live music in the striking California desert. The spring edition of this year’s global music event (the fall festival happens in early October) offers three days of camping and fun along with the sounds of The Main Squeeze, Little Hurricane, The Accidentals, All Good Funk Alliance, and many more.
Montauk Music Festival (5/19/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Montauk, New York
Majestic coastal scenery surrounds this annual event, which this year is set to feature over 90 bands and performers. Over 100 shows will take place over four days and in various venues around picturesque Montauk. Visit the festival’s official website to see the full lineup of artists and list of participating venues.
Hangout Music Festival (5/20/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Gulf Shores, Alabama
A one-of-a-kind event that takes place each year on the sandy shores of Alabama, the Hangout Music Festival is part live concert and part beach party. This year’s lineup features The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Lenny Kravitz, and other indie and hip hop bands sure to make everyone get up, brush the sand off and dance.
Bluegrass on the Bogs (5/20/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Hanson, Massachusetts
Now in its eleventh year, this music festival keeps getting bigger and better. It draws acoustic talent from around the Northeast region, with crowds coming together to celebrate their love of bluegrass music. There will also be artisan vendors, workshops, unique activities for kids, and much more – so gather up the entire family and head to the “bogs” of the Kiwanee and Rainbow campgrounds.
Meadowgrass Music Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/29/2016) in Colorado Springs, Colorado
No one does bluegrass quite like Colorado – so if you’re a fan, then you should definitely consider hitting up this event. It’s got a lineup of 20+ heavy-hitters including the Jeff Austin Band, Jackie Greene, The Barr Brothers and Mandolin Orange, as well as plenty of fun workshops, activities for kids, and food and beverage vendors.
Florida Folk Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/29/2016) in White Springs, Florida
Florida’s rich cultural heritage comes alive this spring with a three-day music festival celebrating the best of folk. This event has grown to become one of the state’s most prestigious, and it’s easy to see why: It’s got a fantastic atmosphere, lovely scenery (the festival takes place right along the Suwannee River) and wonderful music for all to enjoy.
Kentucky Reggae Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/29/2016) in Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky might not be the first state that comes to mind when one thinks of reggae music, but don’t write this annual event off just yet. There’s plenty to love about the Kentucky Reggae Festival, from its Caribbean-flavored vendor market full of authentic Jamaican food to its lively children’s entertainment zone. There’s even free parking – and, of course, fantastic live music.
ROCKLAHOMA (5/27/2016 – 5/29/2016) in Pryor, Oklahoma
You’ve been to music festivals that celebrate a specific genre, or maybe even artist – but what about a decade? This incredible three-day event is all about the 80’s, from music inspired by those days (think Rob Zombie, Megadeth Collective Soul, Three Doors Down, P.O.D.) to themed vendor booths sponsored by popular brands and favorite beverages. One thing’s for sure: This will be a unique party.
Virginia Women’s Music Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/29/2016) in Kents Store, Virginia
A Memorial Day celebration unlike any other, the annual Virginia Women’s Music Festival honors women in the military with a fun-filled long weekend of camping, music, dancing and bonfires. The lineup this year features Indigie Femme, Someone’s Sister, Martine Locke, Devon Sproule, and more. Rent your tents early, as they are sure to sell out.
Sasquatch! Music Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/30/2016) in Quincy, Washington
One of the Pacific Northwest’s premiere events, Sasquatch! is known for drawing a crowd the size of its namesake. This year’s lineup features The Cure, Disclosure, Florence + The Machine, Major Lazer, M83 and more – so it’s safe to say that the show will probably sell out. After all, it does every year.
Didn’t see what you’re looking for? See if one of these upcoming music festivals is more your speed:
Main Street JazzFest (5/6/2016 – 5/7/2016) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Juneau Jazz and Classics (5/6/2016 – 5/21/2016) in Juneau, Alaska
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival (5/12/2016 – 5/15/2016) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Carolina Roots Music Festival (5/13/2016 – 5/14/2016) in Statesville, North Carolina
Chesapeake Jubilee (5/19/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Chesapeake, Virginia
Belk Bluegrass Festival (5/20/2016 – 5/21/2016) in Belk, Alabama
Grand Junction Art and Music Festival (5/20/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Grand Junction, Colorado
Rock on the Range (5/20/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Columbus, Ohio
Hope Bluegrass Festival (5/21/2016) in Washington, Arkansas
Doheny Blues Festival (5/21/2016 – 5/22/2016) in Dana Point, California
Tri-State Bluegrass Festival (5/26/2016 – 5/29/2016) in Kendallville, Indiana
Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival (5/26/2016 – 5/29/2016) in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania
Atwood Music Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/28/2016) in Monticello, Mississippi
Northwest Folklife Festival (5/27/2016 – 5/30/2016) in Seattle, Washington
Augusta Music Fest (5/28/2016) in Augusta, Georgia
Best of the Best (5/29/2016) in Miami, Florida