We might’ve passed the first wave of popular festivals this season, like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Governor’s Ball, but there are still plenty of excellent festivals scheduled for late summer and fall 2018. Here are a few of our favorites that you can still grab tickets for.
Seattle, August 31 – September 2
Weird name, cool festival. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it, but this is Bumbershoot’s 48th year running. It happens every Labor Day weekend in downtown Seattle, so if you’re on the west coast, this impressive lineup of artists makes it worth the trip! “Bumbershoot” is actually a fun nickname for an umbrella… because this event was established as an “umbrella for the arts.” It’s blossomed into one of the largest contemporary festivals in the USA, and thousands flock to the 74-acre Seattle Center each year to roam the city and take it all in. Bumbershoot a music and cultural experience too, so expect to find comedians, local art, food, literature, and theater productions over the weekend!
J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Lil Wayne, SZA, Fleet Foxes, Illenium, Portugal. The Man, RL Grime, Ludacris, T-Pain, Blondie, Young Thug, Cold War Kids, and more. See the full lineup here.
Need Tickets? Get Your 3-Day Bumbershoot Passes from Razorgator.
San Francisco, August 10-12
Held at Golden Gate Park in San Fran each year, this festival gives fans a killer lineup along with a taste of the Bay Area’s amazing food and drink options. Now in its 11th year, you can grab oysters, clams, lobster rolls, and visit places like the Chocolands, Beerlands, Winelands, and yes, even the Cheeselands to savor a selection of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks. This smoothly run, laid back festival is one of the few that won’t be so damn hot in the middle of August either, so leave the typical festival fashion at home. It’s been misty, cool, and occasionally drizzly during past years, but that’s just more of the quintessential Bay Area feel for ya!
The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, Janet Jackson, Future, Beck, Odesza, Bon Iver, N.E.R.D., Portugal. The Man, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Carly Rae Jepsen (yes, of “Call Me Maybe” stardom), DJ Snake, and more. See the full lineup here.
Need Tickets? Get your Outside Lands Passes from Razorgator.
Chicago, August 2-6
Perhaps one of the most famous music festivals… ever, Lolla was born in 1991 and has spawned international followings. The historic Lollapalooza takes place over four days in Chicago’s Grant Park, giving fans everything from rock to pop, and famous artists to emerging bands. In the past, it was known for its alternative, counter-culture vibe, tattoos, and head shaving, but now, there’s something for everybody and it’s super family-friendly. You’ll get to taste some of Chicago’s best food at Chow Town, visit Lolla Market to browse for goods and art by independent creatives, and, of course, check out over eight stages of performances by 170-ish artists. They’ve got fun photo spots, tons of merch, and even a mini-fest for kids.
The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, The National, Vampire Weekend, Odesza, Logic, Post Malone, Khalid, Dua Lipa, LL Cool J, Walk the Moon, Camila Cabello, and so many more. See the full lineup here.
Need Tickets? Get your Lollapalooza Passes from Razorgator.
Arrington, Virginia, August 23-26
This relatively new festival is only in its fifth year, but the scenery could not be better for the chill, jam band tunes of this lineup. Set at Infinity Downs Farm in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, it’s a four-day camping festival, so prepare to get a little dirty. (No one will mind.) This festival boasts continuous music, local food, craft beer, shopping at the Show Field and The Love Triangle, and yoga in Garcia’s Forest. You can even bring your bicycle to enjoy the trails around the property in your off-time.
Dead & Company, Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Sheryl Crow, Lettuce, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Blues Traveler, Matisyahu, and more. See the full lineup here.
Need Tickets? Get your Lock’n Passes from Razorgator.
Black Rock Desert, Nevada, August 23 – September 3
Oh, Burning Man. This isn’t your typical festival. In fact, the organizers specifically say that it is “not a festival.” It’s a community, a temporary city, and a global cultural movement. There’s no planned entertainment or corporate sponsorship. The attendees (known as “burners”) totally control the scene in accordance with the 10 Principles of Burning Man. It’s a “decommodified” space (no money is exchanged) that’s dedicated to art and community. You’re expected to bring what you need to survive, be creative, and connect with others. You’ll become a citizen of Black Rock City for a week, and you can participate how you see fit, whether that’s performing, creating art installations, building a mutant vehicle, or becoming a part of a Theme Camp. This one’s different all right, but it’s wildly popular and tickets are tough to get!
It’s not that kind of festival, though there are performances and DJs throughout the week. The art theme this year is “I, Robot.”
Need Tickets? Get Week-Long Burning Man Passes from Razorgator.
VooDoo Music + Arts Experience
New Orleans, October 26-28
Got plans for Halloween weekend? Now you do. Head down to the melting pot of NOLA for a “musical gumbo” weekend of music, culture, art, cuisine, and community. Over 65 bands will be performing at New Orleans City Park, but organizers keep things appropriately creepy for the holiday, with activities like the Haunted Mortuary and rides. Check out interactive art installations celebrating local talent or visit the market for handcrafted goods and art. Or between performances, you could hang out at Brew Dat Beer Hall or the Forked Up Food Court for local specialties like Shrimp Po’Boys, BBQ, and jambalaya, or creative stuff like Fried Duck Quesadillas with Tabasco. This is a festival where you can get weird, and since it’s Halloween, expect lots of costumes, festival fashion, and face paint.
Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, A Perfect Circle, Modest Mouse, 21 Savage, Marilyn Manson, Third Eye Blind, Elle King, Tipper, Lettuce, and more. See the full lineup here.