When: October 9-11 and 16-18, 2020 (postponed from April) /// Where: Indio, California/// What: Lasting for two full weekends in a row, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival draws music fans to the Southern California desert every spring. In addition to its music, Coachella will keep your whole crew entertained all weekend with offerings including a Ferris wheel, a vintage market, and a DIY art studio. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even camp in the desert overnight to get the full experience.
2. Governors ball
When: June 5-7, 2020/// Where: New York City/// What: Similar to Coachella, the Governors Ball (also known as Gov Ball) features an eclectic lineup, making it one of the most hyped music festivals in 2020. Held in the middle of New York City, this is a great option for those who live on the East Coast and/or don’t want to trek to the desert (plus, if you have any free time over the weekend, the world is at your fingertips!).
3. Rolling loud
When: May 8-10, 2020 Where: Miami, FL What: Rolling Loud is strictly a hip-hop festival. It features both up-and-coming rappers and legends, making it a must for anyone who’s a huge fan of the genre.
4. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
When: Fall 2020 (dates TBA, postponed from April)/// Where: New Orleans, Louisiana/// What: Similar to Rolling Loud, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has a niche focus, as it specializes in indigenous music and culture with roots in Louisiana. A few included genres are blues, R&B, gospel, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, and bluegrass. The 2020 music festival lasts for 10 days and attracts global sensations and local favorites alike.
5. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
When: September 24-27, 2020 (postponed from June)/// Where: Great Stage Park, Tennessee/// What: Lasting for four days, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival offers camping, great food, and art installations. The festival features a wide range of popular genres, and paying homage to its Tennessee location, the first of the four days focuses on the Grand Ole Opry.
6. Electric Daisy Carnival
When: May 15-17, 2020/// Where: Las Vegas, Nevada/// What: Often abbreviated as EDC, Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in 2020 and every year. In addition to music, guests can enjoy immersive art experiences (such as glow-in-the-dark and LED creations), carnival rides, and lots more fun for EDM fans to connect on and off the dance floor. You can camp there, too, and the festival keeps expanding its offerings to entertain its growing audience.
7. Pitchfork Festival
When: July 17-19, 2020/// Where: Chicago, Illinois/// What: Held in Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival is a celebration of artists and bands from the alt-rock, hip-hop, electronic, and dance music, though it sometimes features artists from other genres, as well. You’ll also find refreshments, art, and a record fair, and the festival is spreading around the world, with branches in Paris and Berlin.