Despite Mother Nature’s grip on chilling winter weather, spring will soon be here before we know it, along with a heap of major music festivals popping up across the country. Check out our guide to the top music and arts gatherings taking place this year.
SXSW: March 12 – 18
The South by Southwest Festival, or SXSW, is the largest arts and culture gathering in the region, drawing hundreds of participants to Texas every March for the festival’s film, comedy, and music components. This year’s week-long music event has booked a staggering 200 artists from around the globe to perform in various venues and settings around Austin. The extensive lineup covers nearly every musical genre from pop, rock and hip-hop, to alternative, country and electronic, plus everything in between. SXSW is hands down the most eclectic music festival on this list, making it the perfect choice for music junkies everywhere.
Ultra Music Festival: March 23 – 25
For its 20th anniversary bash, the premier electronica festival is bringing top names like The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki and Tiësto to Miami for a three-day party that screams “spring break.” Attendees should be prepared to dance all through the night with EDM powerhouses controlling the turntables.
Coachella: April 13 – 15, 20 – 22
The fan-favorite festival features headliners The Weeknd, Eminem, and Beyoncé for this year’s installment. Three-day passes for the two-weekend event are always a hot seller, and are especially popular this year with other performers like Cardi B, Post Malone, Kygo, SZA, and Migos also on board.
Stagecoach Festival: April 27 – 29
Following Coachella’s takeover of Indio, Calif., Stagecoach Festival keeps the party going in the desert the weekend of April 27-29. Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line serve as the trio of headliners of the country music fest, with appearances by Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Chris Lane, Brett Young, Kelsea Ballerini and more.
Hangout Fest: May 18 – 20
After performing in his fair share of music festivals last year, Kendrick Lamar makes another headlining appearance in 2018 in Alabama’s Hangout Fest. Joining him for a party along the Gulf Coast are fellow headliners The Killers and The Chainsmokers, with acts like Zedd, Galantis, SZA, Foster the People, and Logic all scheduled to perform as well.
Boston Calling: May 25 – 27
Boston is calling Eminem, Jack White, and The Killers to headline the annual springtime festival, and there are more stars in tow. Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, and Tyler, The Creator are all slated to appear at New England’s largest arts gathering. In addition to a stacked musical lineup, Boston Calling will also feature a film festival component to be curated by Natalie Portman.
BottleRock: May 25 – 27
Napa Valley’s festival notched world-class performer Bruno Mars for this year’s lineup, joining Muse and The Killers. A truly diverse spread of artists are on tap to appear in wine country for the event, including The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol, Halsey, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. In addition to the array of live music, BottleRock features upscale wine, beer and food tastings, making it distinct from other music festivals.
Governors Ball: June 1 – 3
Randalls Island, New York welcomes Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and more to this year’s Governors Ball lineup. Sixty other artists join the lineup, with the most notable being Halsey, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, Third Eye Blind, 2 Chainz, and the pairing of Diplo and Mark Ronson.
Bonnaroo: June 7 – 10
Undoubtedly the most consistent performer on this year’s festival circuit is Eminem, who will appear with The Killers and Muse as a Bonnaroo headliner. Dozens of diverse acts are also scheduled to take over the “The Farm” of Manchester, Tenn., including Future, Khalid, Sheryl Crow, Brothers Osborne and Bon Iver.
Firefly Festival: June 14 – 17
Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers and Arctic Monkeys headline Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Festival, which takes place in “The Woodlands” of Dover International Speedway. The three-day festival also features acts like Cheat Codes, Rudimental, Lil Wayne, Logic, Portugal. The Man, and Jimmy Eat World.
Country Fest: June 21 – 23
Country music’s best and brightest head from Nashville to Wisconsin when Country Fest takes over June 21 through 23. Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Brantley Gilbert serve as headliners, while talented newcomers like Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown and Brett Eldredge are also slated to appear.