The best music festivals in the United States

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Martí Micolau

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  • Coachella
  • Lollapalooza
  • The Governors Ball
  • Austin City Limits
  • Ultra Music Festival
  • New Orleans Jazz Festival
  • Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
  • Kaaboo

Home of rock, jazz and many other genres, the United States offers a wide range of musical events which take place throughout the national territory and attract millions of tourists from every corner of the world.

A stars and stripes holiday can therefore become an excellent opportunity to have fun and listen to a lot good music. More and more often, travel itineraries are set up precisely to attend certain events of great appeal.

The shows offered can be held indoors or outdoors in city parks and allow for living unforgettable experiences to say the least.

There are many types and also include other sub-genres such as rap, R&B, funk, country and electro-pop. Come with us to discover the main musical events that await you throughout the year!


When it comes to the most important and renowned music festivals in the United States, one cannot fail to start from the famous one Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Simply known as Coachella, takes place annually in the last two weekends of April in the town of Indio, in California.

It is undoubtedly the most acclaimed and awaited concert by the many music lovers who are struck by glamorous, elegant and trendy spirit. The first edition dates back to 1999 and over the years there has been a progressive increase in the flow of spectators.

Among the numerous artists who participated are the likes of Iggy Pop, Beyonce, Bjork, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead, Madonna, Coldplay, Prince, Paul McCartney and many more.

Coachella has since become a meeting point for all those who love reunions of disbanded bands and groups such as The Stooges, The Verve, Destiny's Child and NSYNC. Unfortunately, tickets sell out very quickly and it is good to buy the passes months in advance so as not to be caught unprepared.

Where to stay in Indio


Lovers of punk and alternative rock cannot miss the infamous festival of Lollapalooza. Held annually in Chicago within Grant park and it is one of the peak events of the summer.

The event was born in 1991 by the will of Perry farrell, leader of Jane's Addiction, with the aim of break away from the usual commercial and mainstream events, to leave space for artists and exponents of the underground scene.

Over time, the activities proposed by Lollapalooza have differentiated. Today, in fact, it is possible to attend not only musical performances, but also theatrical and various art performances. However, there is no shortage of singers and prominent personalities such as Radiohead, Pearl Jem, Imagine Dragons, Lana del Rey, Camila Cabello, DJ Snake and many others.

Lollapalooza is on the schedule between late July and early August and it can be an excellent excuse to explore the wonders of beautiful Chicago, the starting point of the legendary one Route 66.

Where to stay in Chicago

The Governors Ball

New York is certainly one of the American destinations not to be missed. Multiethnic and multi-faceted metropolis, it offers an infinite series of opportunities for fun and entertainment.

Those who are in the Big Apple in June can easily attend the The Governors Ball Music Festival. Established in 2011, the festival lasts 3 days and takes place in Randall’s Island, a group of islets between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

Many performers of various musical genres alternate on stage such as pop, rock, electronic music, indie and folk. Over the years, prominent guests have taken part, including Kanye West, Outkast, Florence + The Machine, Post Malone and Billie Eilish.

Many can be bought during the Governors Ball souvenir e gadget at the stalls and there is no shortage of stands with snacks and drinks.

Where to stay in New York

Austin City Limits

Equally interesting is the Austin City Limits, a three-day musical that will take you through eight stages distributed within the wonderful Zilker Park of Austin in Texas.

It has been on the calendar since 2002 the first or second weekend of October and in the various editions world-famous DJs and the most famous American bands such as Muse, Strokes, Guns N 'Roses, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Metallica, The Cure and Black Key have performed.

Between one concert and another you can taste the best dishes of the tex-mex cuisine, available at one of the many food trucks. For vegans and vegetarians there are also plant-based and gluten-free delicacies and dishes.

Instead with the official app of the Austin City Limits you will always be informed about changes in timetables and news. It is also possible to rent bicycles to move more easily between the city center and Zilker Park.

Where to stay in Austin - Zilker Park

Ultra Music Festival

Electronic music lovers should definitely participate in theUltra Music Festival held in Miami in Bayfront Park, in the Downtown Miami area. Within three days you will be catapulted into the world of electro-pop and house music.

Among the various DJs and artists who have played at the Ultra Music Festival are Avicii, Marshmello, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Diplo, The Chainsmokers and Swedish House Mafia.

The Bayfront Park area is well served by transportation and you will find it many hotels and lodges for all budgets. Nearby there is also the famous Miami Beach, where you can enjoy the sun and the ocean waves.

During the same days as the Ultra Music Festival, the city is also animated by the Winter Music Conference, a global gathering for professionals and for those who love dance and electronic music.

Where to stay in Miami

New Orleans Jazz Festival

Capital of Louisiana, New Orleans is one of the most eclectic and colorful places, as well as the cradle of jazz music. Since 1970 it has hosted the New Orleans Jazz Festival, one of the most important American musical events for jazz fans.

This festival brings thousands of tourists and musicians from all over the world to the city and is an unmissable opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions of the Southern States. Over the last 50 years, the most famous interpreters of jazz music have participated, including lamented Ellis Marsalis, Dr. John e i Neville Brothers.

The event takes place at the racecourse Fair Grounds Race Course in the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.

The festival also extends to the streets of New Orleans, where you can meet over 70 food stalls with various local cuisine, including fried green tomatoes, crayfish, po'boy sandwiches, and cajun jambalaya.

Where to stay in New Orleans

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

One of the most evocative and lively moments of the American summer is the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival that awaits you on second Thursday of June and lasts for the next four days. It is the ideal festival for those who love rock in all its nuances and to participate it will be enough to go to Manchester, in Tennessee.

The name Bonnaroo comes from Creole and its English translation would be 'really good time'. During the various concerts you can listen not only to rock music, but also other genres such as reggae, folk, electro-pop and indie.

In the various editions important artists such as James Brown, Bob Dylan e Neil Young. The Bannaroo Festival offers many shows that alternate on several stages until four in the morning.

Beyond the musical contents, it is possible to enjoy outdoor discos, pavilions dedicated to the cinema and stands with products of local crafts.

Places to stay in Manchester (Tennessee)


Those who want to immerse themselves in the beauty of California must absolutely pass by San Diego to witness the Kaaboo Festival. The event takes place at Del Mar Fairgrounds, a large indoor arena that has welcomed, among others, No Doubt, Snoop Dog and Ben Harper.

Staged in September, Kaboo is the ideal choice for most people revelers and night owls. Music is always the protagonist and there is no shortage of performances dedicated to rock, hip-hop and funk.

There are plenty of parties animated by the most famous DJs who go on playing well into the night. In this dream location, a stone's throw from the sea, you can also meet other types of attractions that really satisfy all tastes.

Indeed, Kaaboo is not just a music festival, but it offers at the same time food, California wines, art exhibits and displays.

Near the main stage there is a smaller stage with an adjoining swimming pool, a comedy club and a large beach nearby. In addition, massage, make-up and other beauty treatments are available.

Where to stay in San Diego
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