The Best Music Festivals to Hit Up

Music festivals are the ultimate place to hear a multitude of musicians who run the gamut of fame and blur the lines between genres. Every year, thousands make their ways to rural fields and other outdoor venues to enjoy a few days of amazing music, artistic activities, and some celeb spotting, all for the price of the passes. If you’re looking for an excuse for a road trip this season, we’ve got insight on where to set up camp.

SXSW: Bringing together original music, independent films, and emerging technologies, SXSW in Austin, Texas, marks the start of festival season. With artists like Metric, Steve Aoki, the Ting Tings, and Fiona Apple headlining the six-day festival, it has become a place where underrated artists can easily make their breakthrough. It also offers more than artists’ sets, with music clinics, industry panels, arcades, comedy shows, and film screenings.

Coachella: Music and interactive installation art, all with an emphasis on sustainability, come together at Coachella in Indio, Calif. Afrojack, Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, and Florence and the Machine are just a few of the artists set to take the stage during both weekends this year. “Carpoolchella” is an environmental program that gives attendees a chance to win VIP tickets and all-access passes by bringing four or more people along for the ride and marking the car accordingly.

The Bamboozle: Evolved from New Jersey’s Skate and Surf Festival, the Bamboozle celebrates its 10th anniversary this year at its birthplace, Asbury Park’s North Beach. Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Incubus, Blink-182, DJ Pauly D, and others are set to headline the three-day festival. There are skate and surf recreation, a parent’s area, amusement rides, and attractions along the boardwalk for attendees to enjoy between sets.

Bonnaroo: Billed as the antidote to common life, Bonnaroo blends music, environment, wellness, and relaxation over four days in Manchester, Tenn. Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foster the People, the Roots, Mac Miller, and many others will take to the stages this year, as well a full comedy lineup. Patrons can take advantage of the yoga classes, learn more about nonprofits, participate in the academy, dance at the Silent Disco, or catch a flick at the Bonnaroo Cinema.

Lollapalooza: Founded by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza transformed itself from a farewell tour to an alternative music festival staple in Chicago’s Grant Park. While the roster has yet to be released, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pulp, Blur, Metallica, and the Black Keys are at the top of everyone’s lineup wish lists. With lounges, playgrounds, water filling stations, and Kidapalooza, everyone in the family can enjoy the weekend event.