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Summer Music Festivals Guide: From Coachella to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Adam Young | March 8, 2017
Music festivals.
Nothing says summer — or spring — like an outdoor summer festival. Fresh air, live music, the smell of food emanating throughout the air. The experience simply can’t be beat. If you’re craving new summer festival memories, our 2017 summer music festivals guide has you covered no matter where you live or what you like.

There’s, of course, the famous Coachella, held April 14 to 16 in sunny California. On the lineup this year is Lorde, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and far too many more talented artists to name. If you can only hit one festival this summer, you’d be wise to make this the one.

Looking for a festival that’s jam-packed with classic artists ranging from Kings of Leon to Snoop Dogg? Memphis is where it’s at for the Beale Street Music Festival, May 5-8.

If you need an excuse to head to New Orleans, check out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, held in both April and May. This lineup is nothing short of amazing — from Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Alabama Shakes and Kings of Leon, there is quite literally a band for everyone.

For folk and bluegrass lovers, beautiful Telluride, Colo. is the place to be June 15-18. The 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival has a lineup that includes folk favorites Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chris Thile, Norah Jones AND Jason Mraz & His Superband.

Looking for even more options? There are PLENTY of iconic summer festivals to choose from. Get your friends together and make some memories — you won’t regret it!

2017 Summer Music Festival List

Ultra Music Festival 

Dates: March 24-26 City: Miami, Florida
Location: Klipsch Amphitheatre
Headliners: Cypress Hill, Ice Cube



Dates: April 14-16; 21-23
City: Indio, California
Location: Empire Polo Club
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Radiohead



Dates: April 28-30
City: Indio, California
Location: Empire Polo Club
Headliners: Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 

Dates: April 28-30; May 4-7
City: New Orleans, LA
Location: New Orleans Fairgrounds
Headliners: Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Earth, Wind & Fire


Hangout Music Fest

Dates: May 19-21
City: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Location: Gulf Shores Beach
Headliners: Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper


Beale Street Music Festival May 5-8 

Dates: May 5-8
City: Memphis, Tennessee
Location: Tom Lee Park
Headliners: Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie


Boston Calling

Dates: May 26-28
City: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Location: Harvard Athletic Complex
Headliners: Tool, Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper



Dates: May 26-28
City: Napa, California
Location: Napa Valley Expo
Headliners: Maroon 5,  Tom Petty, Foo Fighters



Dates: May 26-29
City: Quincy, Washington
Location: Gorge Amphitheatre
Headliners: Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper


Governor's Ball

Dates: June 2-4
City: New York, NY
Location: Randalls Island
Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Lorde, W-Tang Clan



Dates: June 8-11
City: Manchester, Tennessee
Location: Manchester Farm
Headliners: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers


Firefly Music Festival

Dates: June 15-18
City: Dover, Delaware
Location: The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
Headliners: The Weeknd, Muse, Bob Dylan


Electric Daisy Carnival

Dates: June 16-18
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway


Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Dates: June 15-18
City: Telluride, Colorado
Location: Town Park Telluride
Headliners: Brandi Carlile, Dispatch, Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys


Mountain Jam

Dates: June 16-18
City: Hunter, NY
Location: Hunter Mountain
Headliners: Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton


Summerfest Milwaukee

Dates: June 28-July 2; July 4-9
City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Location: American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Headliners: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers



Dates: July 28-30
City: New York, NY
Location: Randalls Island
Headliners: Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest



Dates: August 3-6 City: Chicago, Illinois
Location: Hutchinson Field Grant Park
Headliners: TBD


Peach Fest

Dates: August 10-13
City: Scranton, PA
Location: Montage Mountain
Headliners: Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Joe Bonamassa


Outside Lands

Dates: August 11-13
City: San Francisco, California
Location: Golden Gate Park
Headliners: TBD


Lockn' Festival

Dates: August 25-28
City: Arrington, VA
Location: Oak Ridge Estates
Headliners: The Avett Brothers, The String Cheese Incident


Voodoo Experience

Dates: October 27-29
City: New Orleans, LA
Location: New Orleans City Park
Headliners: TBD


Austin City Limits

Dates: October 6-8; 13-15
City: Austin, Texas
Location: Zilker Park
Headliners: TBD
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