Love it or hate it, you’ll admit that Valentine’s Day is a polarizing holiday. So, let’s focus instead on something we can all enjoy: the wide variety of great music festivals happening this month! Here are just a few of the events we’re looking forward to attending in February:
Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering (2/5/2016 – 2/7/2016) in Sierra Vista, Arizona
Celebrating the rich heritage of Cowboy Country, this unique event draws artists from around the country. Attendees will enjoy live performances by the likes of Floyd Beard, Almeda Bradshaw, Mike Dunn, Janice Deardorff and others as well as theater, art and cultural exhibitions.
Central Illinois Jazz Festival (2/5/2016 – 2/7/2016) in Decatur, Illinois
This lively event kicks off with the Friday Afternoon Patrons Party and continues through the weekend with a Gala New Orleans Style Umbrella Parade, Ragtime Pianorama and Banjorama, and Late Night Jam Sessions. It’s been around for 40 years now, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. If you love live jazz music, you don’t want to miss this.
Laguna Beach Music Festival (2/10/2016 – 2/14/2016) in Laguna Beach, California
Could there be a more scenic location for a music festival? The fact that it’s set right on the shores of California’s Orange County, however, is only one reason to attend. From the opening night cocktail party (the much-anticipated Festival Prelude) to a series of breathtaking live performances, this festival spares nothing when it comes to elegant entertainment.
Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival (2/12/2016 – 2/14/2016) in Denver, Colorado
One of the country’s favorite indoor bluegrass events, this mid-winter festival invites you to step in out of the cold and party the night away. There will be vocal and instrumental workshops, a vendors’ fair, a band scramble, tons of jamming and live performances by The Grascals, April Verch Band, Front Country, Molly Tuttle, and many, many more.
Virginia Key Grassroots Festival (2/18/2016 – 2/21/2016) in Miami, Florida
Leave it to Florida to put on a fantastic outdoor music festival in the dead of winter. This year’s lineup includes Aaron Lebos Reality, 33 Years, Bluejay, The Blind Spots, Driftwood, Laila Belle, Ketchy Shuby and other regional and national acts from around the country. You also won’t want to miss the many workshops, or the onsite Culture Camp.
Neuse River Music Fest (2/19/2016 – 2/20/2016) in Kinston, North Carolina
Reserve your ticket now to witness Reno and Harrell, The Malpass Brothers, The Grascals, Hwy 58 Bluegrass, Ted Jones and other American legends live on the main stage! There will also be raffles to hold your attention, and a VIP Reception on Saturday for autographs and photo opportunities.
Noise Pop (2/19/2016 – 2/28/2016) in San Francisco, California
Each year since 1993, Noise Pop takes over the City by the Bay to celebrate an independent music scene you won’t find anywhere else. This year’s lineup features Drive Like Jehu, Carly Rae Jepsen, American Football, Metric and other darlings of the indie music scene performing at various venues throughout San Francisco.
Didn’t see what you’re looking for? Try one of these February music festivals instead:
Colorado River Bluegrass Festival (2/19/2016 – 2/21/2016) in Bullhead City, Arizona
Hope Winter Bluegrass (2/6/2016) in Hope, Arkansas
New Music Festival (2/24/2016 – 2/28/2016) in Fullerton, California
University of Chicago Folk Festival (2/12/2016 – 2/13/2016) in Chicago, Illinois
Winter Folk Music Festival (2/5/2016 – 2/7/2016) in Kerhonkson, New York
North Carolina Jazz Festival (2/4/2016 – 2/6/2016) in Wilmington, North Carolina
Fargo Winter Blues Fest (2/6/2016) in Fargo, North Dakota
River City Blues Competition Weekend (2/19/2016 – 2/20/2016) in Marietta, Ohio
Portland Jazz Festival (2/18/2016 – 2/28/2016) in Portland, Oregon
Millennium Music Conference (2/19/2016 – 2/21/2016) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Wintergrass (2/25/2016 – 2/28/2016) in Bellevue, Washington
Gardner Winter Music Festival (2/25/2016 – 2/27/2016) in Morgantown, West Virginia