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The 1960s witnessed a profound cultural evolution in the United States, catalyzed by a wave of music festivals that became emblematic. Among these, are the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, the Miami Pop Festival of 1968, and the iconic Woodstock of 1969. These events weren’t just about the music – they reflected society’s thirst for something new.

For decades, music festivals started popping up everywhere, from big cities to small towns, covering every music style under the sun. With an abundance of festivals available to those with resources, we explore the essential events that merit inclusion on the bucket list of every music enthusiast.

Today, going to a festival is more than just a spiritual experience; it includes food adventures, fashion, communal activities, and, importantly, live performances by established and emerging artists.


From Coachella to Austin City Limits, here are the best music festivals in the United States in 2024 (chronological order).


1 – Coachella | Indio, CA (Apr 12-14 & 19-21, 2024)


Coachella, held annually in Indio, California, since 1999, is renowned for its diverse lineup spanning indie, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music genres. Previous headliners include Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar.

Coachella Lineup for 2024: Lana Del Rey, Tyler, the Creator, and Doja Cat will headline, with No Doubt, Ice Spice, Blur, J Balvin, and Peso Pluma.


2 – Hangout Music Festival | Gulf Shores, AL (May 17-19, 2024)


Situated in Gulf Shores, Alabama, since 2010, combines beach vibes with top-tier music acts. Previous lineups featured The Weeknd, Foo Fighters, and Kendrick Lamar.

Hangout Music Festival Lineup for 2024: Lana Del Rey, Zach Bryan, ODESZA, and The Chainsmokers


3 – Bottlerock Festival | Napa Valley, CA (May 24-25, 2024)


Held in Napa Valley, California, the BottleRock Festival is known for its unique blend of music, wine, food, and art. The festival first took place in 2013.

Notable performers who have graced the stages of BottleRock Festival include Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, and many more

Bottlerock Festival Lineup for 2024:  Ed Sheeran, Queens of the Stone Age, Dominic Fike, Norah Jones, and The Offspring


4 – Boston Calling | Boston, MA (May 24-26, 2024)


Boston Calling Music Festival is a renowned outdoor music event held in Boston, Massachusetts. Started in May 2013, the festival features top-tier musical acts across four stages over three days, along with visual arts installations. The festival is held annually during Memorial Day weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex.

Boston Calling Music Festival Lineup for 2024: Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Tyler Childers, Hozier and Leon Bridges


5 – Governors Ball Festival | New York City (Jun 7-9, 2024)


The Governors Ball Music Festival is a renowned multi-day event held annually in New York City, established in 2011. The festival boasts a diverse lineup of top performers across various music genres. Some of the most prominent artists who have performed at the Governors Ball Music Festival include Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Odesza, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, and Tool.

Governors Ball Festival Lineup for 2024: SZA, Post Malone, and the Killers


6 – Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN (June 13-16, 2024)


A staple in Manchester, Tennessee, since 2002, offers a blend of rock, indie, and alternative music. Previous performers include Pearl Jam, Phish, and Childish Gambino.

Bonnaroo Lineup for 2024: Pretty Lights, Fisher, Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fred Again.


7 – Pitchfork Music Festival | Chicago, IL (July 19-21, 2024)


Hosted in Chicago since 2006, celebrates indie, alternative, and experimental sounds. Past lineups featured Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and Tame Impala.

Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup for 2024: Jamie xx, Alanis Morissette, and Black Pumas.


8 – Newport Folk Festival | Newport, RI (July 26-28, 2024)


Dating back to 1959 in Rhode Island, honors folk music legends while embracing contemporary artists. Previous lineups showcased Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Fleet Foxes.

Newport Folk Festival Lineup for 2024: Guster, Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens, and Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway


9 – Lollapalooza | Chicago, IL (Aug 1-4, 2024)


Originating in Chicago in 1991, is synonymous with alternative and rock music. Previous headliners include Nirvana, Kanye West, and The Strokes.

Lollapalooza Lineup for 2024: SZA, Tyler the Creator, Blink 182, The Killers, Future X, Metro, Boomin, Hozier, Stray Kids, Melanie Martinez and Skrillex


10 – Austin City Limits | Austin, TX (Oct 4-6 & 11-13, 2024)


The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual event held in Austin, Texas, typically over two consecutive weekends in October. It features a diverse lineup of artists from various genres, including rock, indie, hip-hop, electronic, and more.

It has been hosting major names since its inception in 2002, and some of the big names that have graced the ACL Festival include Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Radiohead, Metallica, Paul McCartney, and many others.

Austin City Limits Lineup for 2024: TBA



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