We know what you’re thinking: festival season is over. You’ve already put away your flowered headband and your ripped high-waisted shorts and your colorful beaded bracelets. You’ve already retired your camping gear for the only kind of camping you do and you figured it would stay tucked away in the basement until next summer.
But we’re here to tell you that you may need to reconsider. Perhaps that tent of yours could see the light of day a few more times! There are amazing festivals all over the country throughout the year, even in the slow months. Some take advantage of warm southern climates, but there are also those that embrace the cold. So take a much-needed break from that studying or working, unpack your gear, and take a weekend trip to experience these one-of-a-kind music festivals.
The Governors Ball: New York City, May 31st-June 2nd
Enjoy one of the biggest music festivals to happen within the United States. With dozens of performances from artists such as Brockhampton, Tyler, the Creator, The 1975, SZA, and many more. Spanning over a few days, rain or shine, feel the good vibes from the some of the most popular artists out there! With tons of music, food, and entertainment (like photobooths, human-sized boardgames, art, etc.), what more could you ask for?
BassLights: Hampton, December 27th & 28th
Bassnectar and Pretty Lights are teaming up for a fourth edition of the pre-NYE “Basslights.” This two-night event will take place on December 27th and 28th at the Hampton Coliseum. These huge names in electronic music will be putting on one of the biggest shows of the year on the Virginia Peninsula. Don’t miss out!
SnowGlobe Music Festival: South Lake Tahoe, December 29th, 30th, & 31st
Unless you’re a die-hard camper, I doubt you’ll bring your tent to this event. In fact, you may want to reconsider bringing any of your usual festival gear. SnowGlobe music festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California on December 29th, 30th, and 31st. It is at the heart of a beautiful mountain landscape and has some of the best snow conditions in the world. You can ski, snowboard, or just rave. The lineup includes Diplo, Above & Beyond, and Crush Club. Don’t forget your mittens!
Holy Ship!: Miami, January 5th-9th
Can you imagine something better than three days on a cruise surrounded by the top electronic music artists in the world? On January 5th through 9th, Holy Ship will set sail again starting in Miami, Florida and then cruise to the Bahamas. This trip includes artist-hosted activities, theme nights, and private island beach parties. Featuring artists like Skrillex and Pretty Lights, this will be a cruise like no other.
Aura Music and Arts Festival: Live Oak, Florida, March 3rd-5th
Aura Music and Arts Festival in sunny Live Oak, Florida is a weekend of music, art, yoga, and workshops. Taking place on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the lineup will include The Disco Biscuits and Papadosio. With incredible light shows and the newest launched piece of festival entertainment, The Lotus Lounge, Aura is a festival you won’t want to miss.