One of the world’s leading music festivals returns to Chicago’s Grant Park every year. Lollapalooza in Chicago, one of the largest summer music festivals in the US, draws over 150,000 music lovers over four days. Bright costumes, Brazilian samba music and a relaxed and lively atmosphere make Austin Carnival one of the largest festivals of its kind outside of Brazil.

Organised by Boss Babes ATX, Babes Fest is an annual festival of music, art, film, comedy and education based in Austin, Texas for people who love a good show. Every June, music lovers from all over the world gather at the world-famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival for four days of bickering, carefree dancing and musical fun. When it comes to folk, whether traditional or newer versions of it, no one brings artists together better than the Newport Folk Festival, a traditional festival that dates back to 1959 and has been a staple of the music community for decades.

The Taste of Country Festival in Hunter Mountain, New York, presents country music fans with three full days of exciting live music from the likes of Tim McGraw, Nikki Briar, Toby Keith, Sarah Evans and more. Great country music in downtown New York makes the summer festival one of a kind, with added opportunities for sightseeing and other activities in the Big Apple.

Country Fest in Cadotta, Wisconsin is one of the biggest summer festivals for country music lovers.

No wonder this festival was named the “Best Food and Drink Program” by the International Association of Festivals and Events. This is one worth travelling abroad for and is considered by many to be one of the best music festivals in the world. This is a festival where everyone can find something to their liking, regardless of musical tastes.

Whether you’re looking for music, carnival rides, parades, food or drink, this list has a festival to suit you, we have indeed listed some top summer festivals in Northern California, from outdoor favourite Sasquatch, to Barcelona’s sprawling week-long Primavera Sound extravaganza, to local traditions like the Newport Folk Festival, and more. We’ve rounded up some of the best summer festivals in Colorado to help you get started planning your perfect summer vacation.

You can start planning your 2022 festival ahead of time with these festivals we know coming this year. Some festivals have already announced their line-ups for next year and are even available for purchase. While some popular festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza had previously decided to reschedule them to 2022 or have not yet announced if they have any plans for the near future.

The live music industry was making a comeback in 2021 with a number of major US music festivals looking and feeling the same as they did in 2019 (that is, pre-pandemic). The largest independent music festival in the United States (and the first to offer visitors cannabis) will return to Golden Gate Park for Halloween weekend 2022. The radical Burning Man festival had cancelled its desert arts festival due to COVID-19 concerns.

Mollie Webb

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Hello there! My name is Mollie and I dream of seeing every major city in the world. Travelling is always incredible but there’s something special about the hustle and bustle of a big city that always entices me. Whether it be Tokyo or Mumbai, there’s always so much to discover from the locals and the side streets. Come along with me on my journey!