Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, featuring a grand parade, arts and crafts displays, traditional food, live music and entertainment throughout the day. A vibrant festival celebrating Mexican art and culture, including altar installations, art events, live music and Mexican food. Festival-goers can look forward to four live music stages (including a DJ stage), more than 30 artist performances, live fashion shows, children’s parties and drinks at the beloved Goose Island venue.
City Music Festival is a family-friendly festival for lovers of R&B, jazz, funk and reggae, where national and local entertainment takes centre stage. This three-day outdoor music festival is the perfect opportunity to bring together some of the biggest names in country music such as Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Claire Dunn, Dirks Bentley, Easton Corbin and more.
If you love country music and live in the Bay Area, the Country Summer Festival should be on your to-do list. The event takes place in late June at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, and is attended by country music lovers. What started as a small gathering has grown into a massive celebration of 50,000 fans, one of the oldest and largest chamber music festivals in the world.
Between the music, dance and social activities at Chosen Few, there is a tradition of pitching tents and barbecues every day in a true family reunion. A combination of famous artists such as Nine Inch Nails, The New Order and Queen of the Stone Age and the Rock and Roll Carnival (yes, there are rides) enter Douglas Park with three days of raucous music, local food and colourful festivities. The annual underground music festival takes place at multiple locations in downtown Austin.
Austin showcases some of the biggest names in country music with the iHeartCountry Festival. The CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee featured some of the biggest names in the country, as well as some newcomers to the genre such as Jamie Lynn Spears. The program of the annual Solidays festival always includes an unrivalled line-up of pop and rock artists, from the biggest names to emerging talent.
The ESSENCE festival may take place in the scorching summer and Louisiana heat, but it’s usually one of the coolest festivals on the summer calendar. The 16th edition of the billboard, featuring big names and other hidden bands, can be seen at one of the event’s 5 concerts, which attract around 120,000 festival-goers each year. Every year, the Classique au Vert festival invites classical music lovers to the Parc de Vincennes Floral for a series of weekend concerts by established and emerging artists. A highlight of the French music calendar is the Seine Rock Festival, a series of rock concerts at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud every year on the last weekend of August.
The ACL Festival is a two-week event that brings together over 130 artists from around the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages. Spend a warm sunny weekend at the Capital City Pride Festival, celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and allies at an event filled with live music, entertainment, a parade and local vendors. Frankfurt Fall Festival in Frankfurt, Illinois. The festival in this southern suburb of Chicago features over 300 artisans, music, a carnival and a Sunday parade.