There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with all your friends, singing your hearts out and dancing along to your fave artists performing live all day long at one of the summer music festivals. With hours and hours of entertainment, yummy snacks, tons of Insta-worthy pics and quality time with your friends, it doesn’t get much better than that! From Coachella to Bonnaroo, Firefly or Ultra Miami, music festivals are always a blast. So grab your besties and get ready to road trip to the top 10 music festivals you have to go to before you graduate, listed below!
Where: Grant Park, Chicago
With the 2018 lineup including Khalid, Post Malone, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, ODESZA and many more, this four day, eight stage, 170+ bands music festival is one hell of an experience.
2. Ultra Music Festival
Where: Miami, FL
Ultra Music Festival is an eight stage, three day long outdoor EDM festival unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. The festival includes a wide variety of performers in 2018 – AfroJack, Marshmello, the Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Tiesto and Carl Cox. This EDM wonderland includes crazy metallic outfits and glitter, neon lights, beautiful weather and an unforgettable summertime party.
Where: Manchester, TN
With 10+ stages, 130+ bands, a silent disco, a variety of genres from rock to rap and artists like Eminem, the Killers, Muse, Future and Khalid in 2018, this 4 day festival should be on everyone’s bucket list.
4. Made in America
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Nicki Minaj. Post Malone. Meek Mil. Diplo. Zedd. Alessia Cara. Ty Dolla $ign. Must I say more? With amazing lineups year after year, and hours of hip hop, R&B, EDM and pop, the Made in America Music Festival always guarantees to be the time of your life for you and your besties.
5. Hangout Music Festival
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Music festivals and the beach – name a more iconic duo. Experience euphoria at this outdoor music festival that is literally on the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. With a mix of indie, EDM and pop along with performers including Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, The Killers, SZA, Zedd and The Chainsmokers, you can enjoy the beach and live music all at once for the ultimate hangout spot and experience.
6. Austin City Limits
Where: Zilker Park, Austin
Known as the live music capital of the world, this two weekend long festival offers eight stages, a diverse lineup filled with many genres (Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, ODESZA, Khalid and Hozier in 2018), yummy eats and some of the best live music and entertainment around.
7. Governor’s Ball
Where: Randall’s Island, NY
From rock to folk, hip-hop and pop to EDM, Gov. Ball has it all. And not only is the music great, but the food is just as good (there’s a reason NYC is the foodie capital of the world!). Enjoy cookie dough or cheesy mozzarella sticks while you jam out to some of your favorite songs this summer.
8. BottleRock Napa Valley
Where: Napa County, CA
With a line-up that includes Muse, The Killers, Bruno Mars, Snoop Dog, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Incubus, Earth, Wind & Fire and many more this year, don’t miss out on this annual three day concert!
9. Firefly Music Festival
Where: Dover, DE
This four day festival is filled with a mix of genres and artists (Eminem, Logic, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Cheat Codes and San Holo to name a few). The surrounding area of the Dover Speedway is transformed into eight stages filled with exciting and entertaining bands, the trendiest outfits and the chillest vibe.
Where: Indio, CA
Because who doesn’t have going to Coachella on their bucket list? Yeah, not much beats Beyonce’s performance there from this year. Every year more than 100,000 people, including some of the most popular celebrities, attend this ultimate indie outdoor music festival in the deserts of California. The bohemian vibe and chill atmosphere, along with running into famous people everywhere you turn, is definitely all the more reason to experience what the hype is really all about! And I know you have been dying to take the basic Instagram pic with the huge ferris wheel and palm trees in the background to amp up your Insta game (trust me we all have).