The Top Music Festivals to Attend in North America this Summer

The joys of sitting at a camping site with your friends and thousands of other people, listening to your favorite performers and bands cannot be overstated. A summer music festival is one of the best ways to chill out with people that you already know and make friends with new people who have the same interests.

While the lines for the porta-potties may be long, these festivals are all quite short (usually between one and four days), so you should try to attend as many as you can.

From Bonnaroo to the Newport Folk Festival, there’s truly something for everyone, and many of these festivals feature comedians and artists as well as musicians, so you can spend your entire day immersed in creative pursuits.

Here’s a list of the music festivals that you should check out in North America this summer.

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo is one of the most popular music festivals in North America. It’s held every year in early June in Tennessee. This year, the festival will be held from June 7-10.  Headliners this year are Eminem, The Killers, and Muse, although there will also be performances from up-and-coming stars Dua Lipa and Khalid.

Bonnaroo is a great mix of new faces and established acts, so you can really expand your musical knowledge over the four-day festival. They also make a point to program a range of music — everything from classic rock and hip hop to Americana and gospel will be represented this year. Bonnaroo is open to all ages, and they encourage families to attend.

Governor’s Ball

The Governor’s Ball music festival, which takes place every June, is held on Randall’s Island, a small, wooded island connected to Manhattan by a bridge. Even though it’s close to downtown, the organizers do a great job of isolating the festival from the hustle and bustle of urban NYC. This year, the festival takes place from June 1-3, and Eminem, Jack White, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Travis Scott will headline. The Governor’s Ball organizers makes a real attempt to promote health and safety during the festival — there are tons of free water stations everywhere, and all the best food trucks in New York show up to make sure people are fed.

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