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WHERE WE WANT TO GO

Ultra
March 24–26
Miami, Florida

The ultimate outdoor, electronic dance party, Ultra goes across seven stages in downtown Miami in Bayfront Park. This year’s live headliners include Major Lazer, Ice Cube, Justice, the Prodigy, and Underworld, in addition to a sick collection of DJ headliners. Want to go? Yeah, so do 200,000 others, which is why general admission tickets sold out in five minutes. If you have $1,200, you can still get the VIP package.

Hangout
May 19–21
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Booze, bikinis, and blaring music. Does it get better than this? Thinking not. Thousands of people sitting in the sand, enjoying perfect weather, refreshments, and 65 killer artists. That’s the ultimate beach party. This year’s lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Weezer, and Twenty One Pilots.

BottleRock
May 26–28
Napa Valley, California

You never know when Dave Grohl and the boys will show up at a local bar or someone’s garage for a gig, but BottleRock is the only North American appearance scheduled for the Foo Fighters in 2017. Tickets sold out in minutes, so if you want to go, expect to pay a premium on the secondary market. Joining the Foos across the three days will be another 84 bands, including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Live, and House of Pain. As always, the wine and brew will be top-notch, and the food will actually have Michelin stars. Michelin stars at a music festival! Only in California.

Sasquatch!
May 26–28
George, Washington

Starting at $295, and with tent packages going up to $5,000, this certainly isn’t the cheapest ticket around. Then you see a picture of the Gorge Amphitheatre, which consistently ranks among the top outdoor music venues every year, and suddenly, it doesn’t seem so bad. This year’s version features 66 acts, including Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, and Chance the Rapper.

Firefly Music Festival
June 15–18
Dover, Delaware

Not your average festival to be sure, featuring an intimate coffee house stage, a DJ dance party where everyone is wearing headphones, and an entire section in the woods where everyone chills in hammocks. Plus, thanks to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, attendees can enjoy the festival’s own Firefly Ale. All those features in addition to the main stage, which this year will feature Bob Dylan, Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Muse, and Twenty One Pilots, among others.

Summerfest
June 28–July 2, July 4–9
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This one is big. Literally. We’re talking 11 days, 11 stages, and more than 800 acts. Some of the greats in music history have played this gig, and this year will certainly be no exception. This year, by the way, will mark Summerfest’s 50th anniversary, so look for this to be extra special. They are still announcing the headliners but already have confirmed Red Hot Chili Peppers and P!nk, so it’s off to a good start.

Lockn’ Festival
Aug. 24–27
Arrington, Virginia

Just like to hear great musicians let loose and jam? That’s Lockn’, which promotes a “jam-friendly” environment with one-of-a-kind collaborations and overlapping sets. The full roster is still taking shape, but so far the Oak Ridge Farm venue has confirmed Widespread Panic, moe., and Phil Lesh, one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead.

THE ONES YOU KNOW

These are the biggies, where you know what to expect.

South by Southwest
March 10–19
Austin, Texas

Literally thousands of performers from around the globe. Music, comedy, art, movies—it’s all there.

Coachella
April 14–16, April 21–23
Indio, California

Three days with 50 acts each day, then it repeats the next weekend. Headliners include Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar.

Bonnaroo
June 8–11
Manchester, Tennessee

How about 103 acts on the docket, headlined by U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Chance the Rapper?

Lollapalooza
Aug. 3–6
Chicago, Illinois

There are various threads that report rumors and confirmations, but still, little is known about this year’s acts, other than to expect some big names.

Burning Man
Aug. 27–Sept. 4
Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Where fire is your friend and the audience is the art. Music performers are still TBA.

 

LET’S SEE WHO SHOWS

These promise to be good … as long as they live up to last year.

Desert Trip
TBA
Indio, California

2016 lineup included the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and The Who.

Beale Street
May 5–7
Memphis, Tennessee

2016 lineup included: Neal Young, Beck, Paul Simon, and Weezer.

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
TBA
Queens, New York

2016 lineup included: Kanye West, The Weeknd, and Chance the Rapper.

Arise
Aug. 4–6
Loveland, Colorado

2016 lineup included: Ziggy Marley, Jurassic 5, and Wildlight.

Want more festivals? Try Vans Warped Tour, or Epicenter!

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