Festivals

After over a year of delayed and canceled music festivals, many people are ready to get back to the powerful live performances and celebrations of their favorite artists. It may be halfway into 2021, but there are still plenty of music festivals you can attend. We’ve found the top five you should consider booking tickets for – quickly!

1. Summerfest

Summerfest 2021 is happening from September 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Located in downtown Milwaukee, Summerfest has 11 stages of live music over three weekends. The main stage is the American Family Insurance Amphitheatre which hosts the major artists every year. Summerfest offers Rock-and-Roll, country, pop, rap artists, making it the music festival for everyone. And the 2021 lineup won’t disappoint. You’ll see Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Luke Bryan, Dylan Scott, Chance the Rapper, the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, and more. Just find the weekend with your favorite artists or attend all three weekends! But, book soon, before tickets sell out!

Summerfest music festival
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2. Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo Art & Music Festival 2021 is happening from September 2-5 in Manchester, Tennessee. This festival launched in 2002 and is named after a Creole slang word for “Good Stuff.” Bonnaroovians get access to over 10 stages, 4 campground party barns, and entertainment that lasts all night. The diverse 2021 lineup has over 150 musicians, including Lizzo, the Foo Fighters, Tyler the Creator, Glass Animals, Megan Thee Stallion, Tame Impala, Rufus du Sol, and Deadmau5. When you’re not enjoying the live performances, you can eat fantastic food, participate in art activities, or relax at the campground with other attendees. This festival is going to be a nonstop weekend of fun. 

Bonnaroo Festival
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3. Firefly 

The Firefly Music Festival, held in Dover, Delaware, is happening September 23-26, 2021. The festival is held on 105-acres of land with more than 120 musicians and bands over 7 stages. The 2021 lineup includes Billie Eilish, Marc Rebillet, Phoebe Bridges, The Killers, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Diplo, Glass Animals, Machine Gun Kelly, and more. If you want to reduce your travel times in the mornings and evenings, opt for camping onsite at the festival! 

Note that this festival is for all ages, allowing anyone over 8 years old to enter. 

Via @fireflymusicfestival on Instagram

4. Louder Than Life

When it comes to music festivals, just about everyone has heard about Louder Than Life. The Louder Than Life is an annual rock music festival that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. This all-ages three-day festival has an incredible lineup that you won’t want to miss. The 2021 artists include Korn, Metallica, Cypress Hill, Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Machine Gun Kelly, Metallica, and Skillet. And, when it comes to food and drink, no festival can beat Louder Than Life. This year you can enjoy the Jack Daniel’s Sports Bar, the Kroger Big Bourbon Bar, the Heavy Tiki Bar, the Pegasus Distilled Experience, and food options that include pizza, noodles, tacos, BBQ, and more. You’ll leave this festival feeling full, happy, and maybe with your ears ringing for a few days. 

Louder Than Life Fest
Via @louderthanlifefest on Instagram

5. Outside Lands

The Outside Lands music festival is held annually at the Golden State Park in San Francisco, California. This year’s dates are from October 29-31, 2021 – so you get to celebrate Halloween in style! The 2021 lineup is jam-packed with notable artists such as Tane Impala, Lizzo, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, J Balvin, ZHU, and Kehlani. And, you won’t just be impressed with the music – the experiences offered at the festival are incredible too! You can visit the Wine Lands, the Beer Lands, the Cocktail Magic tent, the Bubble Tea Party, the Cheese Lands, and the Outside Clams tent. All of these experiences feature local Californian food and beverages for you to sample. This festival will easily be one of your best weekends of 2021!

The Outside Lands music festival
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You’ll notice that a lot of these music festival dates overlap, so you have some tough decisions to make on which tickets to buy!