Top 10 Music Festivals in the USA 2020

18th January 2020

There is certainly no shortage of amazing music festivals to choose from in the USA. Rock n’ roll, pop, country, hip hop, folk or electronic – you name it, there is a festival for it. Every year, people come from all over the world to see some of the biggest names in the music industry perform in the USA. Here are our travel expert Angel’s top 10 music festivals in the USA 2020 – where will you go?

1. Burning Man

Top 10 Music Festivals in the USA 2020

No festival list in the US would ever be complete without including the Burning Man music festival. This festival takes place in a desert at Black Rock City Nevada and is a huge celebration of life, as you burn the past and get ready for new transformations. This festival has a famous leave no trace policy and incredible music and art installations. A must for the bucket list! Burning Man 2020 takes place from 30th August – 7th September.


2. Austin City Limits Music Festival

This music festival is set in the electrifying Austin Texas. The ACL Festival features a diverse lineup of acts every year with 8 stages and more than 140 bands. Previous headliners have included Guns N’ Roses, Tame Impala, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys and Metallica all rocking out under the glorious Texan sun. Head to Texas this year from 2nd – 4th October to experience it for yourself.


3. Coachella Valley Music Festival

Top 10 Music Festivals in the USA 2020

This April 2020, the world renowned Coachella Valley Music festival will kick off once again at the Empire Polo Club in Indio California. This music and arts festival, which started in 1999, has now evolved into a massive annual event where people from all over the country, and even the world, travel to the US for. Throughout the festival, there are various musical acts, camping, and loads of partying. If you are into pop culture and want a taste of modern America then this is one for you – taking place from 10th – 19st April this year.


  1. 4. Stagecoach – Top 10 Music Festivals in the USA 2020

Country folk rejoice! Stagecoach is California’s country music festival of the year. 2020’s headliners include Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. Attractions include a honkytonk dance hall, a ferris wheel and a beer barn. This is a country music lover’s dream festival!  Taking place from 24th – 26th April 2020 in Indio, California.


5. Hangout Music Festival

Looking to enjoy some of your favourite musical acts with your feet in the sand and the ocean at your back? Then the Hangout Festival is for you! It is a mixed genre festival, so there is something on the line-up for everyone in your crew! When you are ready to take a break from the music, Hangout Festival includes plenty of activities, like a roller disco, and even a puppy kissing booth for a bit of fun. Head for Gulf Shores from 15th – 17th May 2020 to experience it for yourself.


6. Essence Festival

Essence is a festival located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Inspired by the magazine for African American women, this festival is aimed to celebrate women and culture. This July marks the 25th anniversary of the festival and will feature Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige and even Erykah Badu. There is some fun for the men too! Other popular headliners include Snoop Dogg and The Roots. Essence Festival will take place from 1stth July 2020.


7. Underwater Music Festival

Looking for something different? This annual event is based in Florida and involves music being broadcasted and passed through pipes to the underwater. Attendees usually have mermaid-like costumes and put on a show to entertain the audience. The audience is made up of hundreds of avid divers and snorkelers who come together to conserve and protect the Looe Key Reef, the only living coral barrier reef in North America. They have underwater diver musicians and heaps more of underwater entertainment! What’s not to like? Head for the Florida Keys from 12th – 13th July 2020.


8. Lollapalooza

The famous Lollapooza festival will take place in August in Chicago, Illinois. Here you can experience eight different stages, including a line-up of over 170 bands. Past artists that have graced the Lolla stage include Muse, Lorde and Cage the Elephant. You can’t miss this one – takes place from July 30th – August 2nd 2020.


9. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Top 10 Music Festivals in the USA 2020

This is definitely one of the top 10 festivals in the USA 2020 and something really different. A festival that has a real community feel to it, great music and fantastic southern food to go with, you’re guaranteed a real Deep South Experience. Headliners in 2020 include The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz. The festival takes place from April 23rd – May 3rd 2020.


10. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Originally focused on jam bands and folk rock, this festival has expanded to include an impressive array of genres and was once praised by Rolling Stone magazine as playing host to one of the “50 Moments That Changed Rock & Roll”. You are in for a treat with this one – takes place this year in Manchester, Tennessee from 11th – 14th June 2020.

Thinking about attending one of the top 10 music festivals in the USA 2020? Contact us today to find out more.

By Angel Chua

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: My best experience was a trip to The Grand Canyon which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is best combined with a holiday to Las Vegas. Nature’s most incredible creation alongside one of man’s most exciting cities. I would recommend a 5-7 day trip to Las Vegas and taking a couple of days out in the middle to witness this phenomenon of nature before returning to soak up the manmade wonders of Las Vegas famous strip.

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