Despite what your Instagram accounts may suggest, Coachella is not the only music festival in existence. Festival season has really just begun, so don’t put your fringe crop tops and booties away just yet. Below, the other music festivals worth traveling for in 2016.
Napa Valley, California
May 27th-29th, 2016
Listening to great bands, eating gourmet food and sipping wine in Napa pretty much sounds like our idea of heaven. Bottle Rock is a music, food and wine festival all in one. This year’s lineup of musical talent includes Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, Cold War Kids, Lenny Kravitz and tons more. In addition to music, the festival features a culinary stage where chefs and sommeliers will do their thing. Some of the region’s best chefs will be there cooking up lots of festival food and serving wine and craft beer brewed and bottled in the area. Tickets are technically sold out, but you can still snag some from the festival’s ticket exchange website*. http://www.bottlerocknapavalley.com
New York, New York
June 3rd-5th, 2016
It doesn’t get much better than having the New York City skyline as your festival backdrop. The Governors Ball is held on Randall’s Island in the middle of the Hudson River, so you can expect incredible views and a killer lineup. Haim, Kanye West, Beck, Father John Misty, Of Monsters and Men and The Killers are just a few of the acts that are set to take the stage. A few tickets remain* and can be purchased here http://governorsballmusicfestival.com for three day or single day access.
June 9th-12th, 2016
Take a road trip to middle-of-nowhere Manchester, Tennessee for the Bonnaroo music festival. AC Entertainment transforms a 700-acre farm into a four-day hippie oasis featuring over ten stages, 150 performances and 85,000 “happy campers.” If camping’s not your thing, check out the new “Le Bon Tents” options and go glamping in style, or stay in a nearby town and do the day-pass thing. This year’s talent includes Ellie Goulding, Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grace Potter, Leon Bridges, Jason Isbell and more. With gourmet food trucks from all over the southeast and 25 different microbreweries on site, you’ll have plenty to feast on throughout the weekend. Get your tickets now! http://www.bonnaroo.com/tickets
June 29th-July 10th, 2016
This is one of the world’s largest music festivals, with over 800 acts playing over eleven days on eleven stages. It takes place in downtown Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, and will feature big name acts like Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Selena Gomez, Willie Nelson, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Nelly, Ray Lamontagne, The Roots and many, many more. Check out the full lineup and get tickets here. http://www.summerfest.com
San Francisco, California
August 5th-7th, 2016
Held in the beautiful Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is an eco-friendly music and arts festival. This year will feature Radiohead, Lionel Richie, Lana Del Ray, Duran Duran, Ryan Adams and the Shining, Sufjan Stevens and more to be announced. Take some time to enjoy the city which is filled with incredible scenery, tons of great restaurants and lots to do. Tickets are going quickly! A few VIP tickets remain here*. http://www.sfoutsidelands.com
For general admission, check online with third-party vendors, where you can often find plenty for sale.
* at time of publish