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Your 2023 music festival options are ample and all over the United States. From popular festivals like Ultra, Firefly, Coachella, and Lollapalooza to more regionally popular fests like North Coast Music Festival or Okeechobee Music Festival, this year’s season will be filled with options for every type of festival-goer.
Whether you are seeking out festivals with Top 40 headliners or looking for a more nostalgic experience, there’s an option for everyone, and odds are no matter where you live, there’s some sort of festival happening not far from you at some point this summer.
Below, Thrillist has details on who is performing, when and where the festivals are happening, and how much tickets will cost for many of this year’s biggest festivals.
BottleRock will take place between May 26 and 28, 2023 in Napa, California. One-day general admission tickets remain on sale on BottlerockNapaValley.com for $189. Three-day general admission tickets are sold out. The headliners for the festival include Post Malone, Smashing Pumpkins, Lizzo, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Lil Nas X. The festival will take place in Napa, California.
Boston Calling Music Festival
The Boston Calling Music Festival will be from May 26 and May 28, 2023. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from BostonCalling.com, and three-day general admission passes start at $339.99. Headliners will be Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, Alanis Morissette, Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Queens of the Stone Age. Additional performances will include Niall Horan, The Flaming Lips, Bleachers, and The National. The festival will be at the Harvard Athletic Festival in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hot 97 Summer Jam
Hot 97’s Summer Jam is back at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York again this summer. On June 4, 2023, the one-day festival is celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The lineup will feature Cardi B, GloRilla, Ice Spice, French Montana, Coi Leray, Fivio Foreign, Lil TJay, Lola Brooke, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Governors Ball will take place from June 9 through 11, 2023 in Queens, New York at Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets will start at $139 for single-day general admission passes, which can be purchased at GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com. Headliners will be Lizzo, Odesza, and Kendrick Lamar. Additional performances will include Lil Nas X, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Haim, Rina Sawayama, Kim Petras, and Pusha T.
Summerfest will take place on the weekends between June 22 and 24, June 29 and July 1, and July 6 and July 8. Tickets can be purchased at SummerFest.com, and they start at $26 though access to certain performances at the festival come at an additional charge. The festival’s headliners include Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Dave Matthews Band, Odesza, Zach Bryan, and Imagine Dragon, with some additional headliners yet to be announced.
Additional performers include Elle King, Sheryl Crow, AJR, Marcus King, The Avett Brothers, Noah Kahan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Three 6 Mafia, Tegan and Sara, Bleachers, Sofi Tukker, Earth Wind & Fire, Ava Max, Lord Huron, Yung Gravy, Vance Joy, Cypress Hill, Sean Paul, Smokey Robinson, Fleet Foxes, Japanese Breakfast, Yungblud, The Pretty Reckless, Styx, and many more. The concert will take place on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Essence Festival of Culture
For the 29th year, the Essence Festival of Culture will take place in New Orleans between June 29 and July 3, 2023. Headliners are Ms. Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion, with comedy performances from Janelle James, Spice Adams, Deon Cole, and music performances from Wizkid, Coco Jones, Monica, and more. You can get tickets now at Essence.com starting at $215 for three-day general admission tickets.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival, the indie darling Chicago fest, returns to the Windy City’s Union Park from July 21 to July 23, 2023. Tickets to the festival this year start at $219 for three-day general admission passes or $109 for one-day passes. Headliners for Pitchfork 2023 are The Smile, Big Thief, and Bon Iver. Additional artists playing the festival include Alvvays, Perfume Genius, Kelela, Koffee, Weyes Blood, King Krule, Snail Mail, Panda Bear, and Killer Mike.
Newport Folk Festival
Tickets for the iconic Newport Folk Festival in Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island this July 28—July 30 are officially sold out for its 2023 edition, though the festival is offering a waitlist for three-, two-, and one-day passes. The festival also announces its lineup differently than most, announcing artists in a rolling format in the months leading up to the festival rather than all at once. The latest addition to the lineup is Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Also currently confirmed to play are The Beths, Maggie Rogers, Noah Kahan, Angel Olsen, Aimee Mann, Indigo De Souza, Remi Wolf, and Orville Peck, with more announcements to come.
Pickathon is returning to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley just outside Portland, Oregon, again this summer. The environmentally-minded festival will be held from August 3 to August 6, 2023. Headliners this year include Lee Fields, Dehd, Madison Cunningham, W.I.T.C.H., with additional artists including Vieux Farka Toure, Joe Rainey, MonoNeon, Yot Club, Sgt. Papers, Florist, and more. Weekend VIP tickets for Pickathon are available now and start at $390 per person, and single-day VIP tickets start at $170.
Hinterland Music Festival
Hinterland is Iowa’s largest music festival and it’s coming to the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in Saint Charles, Iowa, again this summer. The festival takes places from August 4 to August 6, 2023. This year’s headliners include Bon Iver, Zach Bryan, and Maggie Rogers. Additional performers include Wallows, Sylvan Esso, Orville Peck, Alex G, and Angel Olsen. Three-day general admission tickets are on sale now and start at $250, and one-day tickets are also available with prices ranging from $100 to $150. Camping and parking passes are sold separately.
Lollapalooza has announced the 2023 lineup for its festival, which will take place between August 3 and 6, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Four-day tickets can be purchased online at Lollapalooza.com, and one-day and two-day passes are also available now, starting at $125 for one-day tickets and $250 for two-day tickets. Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Odesza, Lana Del Ray, Karol G, The 1975, and Tomorrow X Together will be the headliners, but the lineup will also include dozens of other acts.
Outside Lands 2023 will take place at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California between August 11 and 13, 2023. Tickets are on sale now at SFOutsidelands.com, with general admission passes starting at $449. Headliners are Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Odesza, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion, Zedd, Janelle Monáe, and Maggie Rogers.
North Coast Music Festival
Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival (aka “Summer’s Last Stand”) is back for 2023 and will be held at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois over Labor Day weekend, from September 1 to September 3, 2023. The electronic music-focused festival this year will feature headliners including Marshmello, Alesso, Zeds Dead, Flume, Duke Dumont, DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, and Lane 8. General admission three-day tickets are currently being sold for $204 each (before fees) and one-day tickets are starting at $75 each.
Three-day Atlanta music festival Music Midtown will feature a stacked lineup at Piedmont Park from September 15—17. 2023 headliners include P!nk, Guns N’ Roses, Billie Eilish, The 1975, Flume, and Lil Baby. Also on the lineup are Pitbull, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Incubus, Tove Lo, Yung Gravy, and Niall Horan. Tickets for the festival, including three-day passes and one-day tickets, are on sale now.
Chicago’s punk-focused, nostalgia-heavy Riot Fest is returning to the city’s Douglass Park from September 15—17 this year. Headliners include Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, and Queens of the Stone Age. Also performing among the festival’s 2023 lineup are Turnstile, The Mars Volta, Danzig, Tegan and Sara, 100 Get, AFI, PUP, Ani DiFranco, Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton, Kim Gordon, and more. Tickets for the festival are available now.
Format Festival is taking place from September 22 to September 24 on the Sugar Creek Airstrip in Bentonville, Arkansas. The festival aims to bring together “the most influential minds in art, tech, and music,” and its 2023 headliners include Alanis Morissette, LCD Soundsystem, and Leon Bridges. Additional performers include Modest Mouse, Jamie XX, Tash Sultana, Big Wild, Channel Tres, Little Simz, Bob Moses, Poolside, The Pharcyde, and Hermanos Gutierrez. Tickets are on sale now at Format-Festival.com.
Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada for the tenth year, between September 22 and 24, 2023. The headliners will be The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, and Odesza, with additional performances from Flume, Khalid, The 1975, Omar Apollo, and more. Tickets are on sale now at LifeIsBeautiful.com.
Xponential Music Festival
Xponential Music Festival will take place between September 22 and 24, in Camden, New Jersey at Wiggins Park. The 30th anniversary of the music festival will feature headliners Old Crow Medicine Show, Tegan and Sara, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. Additional performers will be Say She She, The Hold Steady, and Sunny War. Tickets for the festival are on sale now at XPNFest.org.
All Things Go
All Things Go will take place in Columbia, Maryland on September 30 and October 1. The lineup is stacked with big names, including headliners Maggie Rogers, Lana Del Rey, and Boygenius. Other performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Muna, Fletcher, Arlo Parks, Suki Waterhouse, and Ethel Cain. Tickets to the festival are available now at AllThingsGoFestival.com.
Austin City Limits
ACL is back for another two-weekend stay at Austin’s Zilker Park from October 6—8 and October 13–15. Headliners for this year’s festival include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Odesza, The Lumineers, and Alanis Morissette. Shania Twain (weekend one) and The 1975 (weekend two) will also join for one weekend each. Three-day tickets for the festival are on sale now from ACLFestival.com, and one-day tickets will be available later.
Keep checking back on Thrillist for updates on lineups and ticket sales through the end of summer, plus tips on what to wear, what to pack, and how to prepare for these long music festivals out in those hot parks and fields.
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