Are you ready to celebrate the year 2023? Here is a list of the 10 best music festivals in the US for 2023
Selling out fast every year, the Indio desert becomes a fashionable hive of the coolest artists watched by trendy people and celebrities. Near the top of everyone's bucket list of festivals, the Coachella lineup is a constant source of annual anticipation and a hotbed for musical discussion.
When & where: April14-16 & 21-23, 2022; Indio, California
A wonderful gathering of music, dance, comedy and craft booths, Lollapalooza is another multi-genre delight which also provides a platform for political and non-profit artists and groups. The festival is forever creating historical moments in many a musicians career firmly cementing it in the global hall of fame for festivals.
When & where: August 3-6, 2023; Chicago, Illinois
3. South By South West
Regarded as the ultimate trend-setter and launcher of careers, SXSW is an annual showcase of music, film and interactive highlights enjoyed through performances, showcases, talks, screenings and more. Virtually taking over the city of Austin, everyone in the world of music from fans to media flock here to discover the next big thing.
When & where: March 10-19, 2023; Austin, Texas
4. Pitchfork Music Festival
Organised by independently focused music source Pitchfork Media, this three day event is a music genre melting pot of rock, hip-hop, electronic, jazz, punk and any other genre and sub-genre you want to celebrate. With a record fair, food, art and beverages from local and national vendors, this truly is a cultural feast.
When & where: July 2023; Chicago, Illinois
5. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
Aside from its two popular US events in Vegas and Orlando, this fairytale carnival experience has also visited Puerto Rico, Mexico and the UK. Inviting attendees into an EDM wonderland of neon decor and walkabout performers, every year the event pulls in a record attendance with fans ready to escape reality through electronic music.
When & where: May 19-21, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Austin City Limits Music Festival
Inspired by a concert series of the same name, the festival is an eight stage celebration of all things music, along with an art market, delicious food and drink, a dedicated family area and much more. Originally a one weekend event, the festival successfully expanded to two weekends in 2012 after the local council voted unanimously to allow it to do so.
When & where: October 7-9 & 14-16, 2022; Austin, Texas
7. Ultra Music Festival
Seen as the ultimate gathering for electronic music fans across the nation and globe, the streets of Miami turn into a bold and bumping party with worshipped DJs ushering in what will be the sounds of summer.
When & where: March 24-26, 2023; Miami, Florida
8. The Governors Ball Music Festival
Moving off of Randalls Island to Citi Field in Queens, Gov Ball is an exciting and infectious mix of rock, hip-hop, electronic, and pop. Providing a variety of music and food tastes, whether you're looking to kick back and relax or surrender yourself to beats and riffs, Governors Ball has what you need.
When & where: June 2023; New York, New York
The Governors Ball Music Festival Guide & Mailing List
9. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Few festivals mean more to their community than New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Dating back to 1970, the festival is a complete cultural experience reaching well beyond the music. A rigid, stuffy affair this is not: Jazz Fest has expanded its purview over the years, growing alongside one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
When & where: April 28-30 & May 4-7, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana
10. Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival
The youngest mega festival on this list, Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival was founded in 2013. Melding commercial and critical darlings across pop, rock, hip hop, and electronic genres on the bill every year, rest assured you will witness some of the biggest names in music plying their craft in the heart of North America's hedonist capital.
When & where: September 22-24, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada