Festival season is right around the corner for country music fans! As we gear up for warm weather and country music, we compiled a list of country music festivals worth traveling to this Summer, from right here, in New York to California, and everything in between.
Country 500 (May 25th- May 27th)
The Great American Music Fest at the iconic Daytona Speedway kicks off the unofficial first weekend of Summer, memorial day weekend. The Florida country music festival will be taking place May 25th through the 27th. Concertgoers have the unique experience of camping at the world center of racing to see some awesome country music stars perform. Head to country500.com to purchase your ticket, as well as, find more information about camping or hotel options.
CMA Music Festival (June 6th- June 9th)
Arguably the biggest country music event of the year, CMA Fest is held in Nashville, Tennessee at Nissan Stadium. This year the four-day extravaganza is being held June 6th- June 9th. Find tickets to the epic weekend at cmafest.com or just book your plane ticket to Nashville, and experience some of the many free shows held, during the day! Expect to see the biggest names in country music on the line-up, which will be announced sometime in 2019.
Carolina Country Music Fest (June 6th- June 9th)
If Nashville is too far to travel, another great option is taking a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Carolina Country Music Festival. The awesome beach festivities are being held June 6th through June 9th. Big names like Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line have already been announced as headliners! Along with some of our personal favorites, Mitchell Tenpenny and Brothers Osborne. For more information head to carolinacountrymusicfest.com.
Taste of Country Festival (June 7th- June 9th)
For our fellow New Yorkers and country music fans around the country, Taste of Country Festival is a perfect option for those wanting to experience beautiful Hunter Mountain in upstate New York, while listening to some awesome country artists. Make sure to snag your tickets and campsites at tasteofcountryfestival.com. Headliners Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Brooks and Dunn, and Brett Eldredge are already confirmed to perform, during the June 7th to June 9th weekend. Still not convinced, check out New York Country Swag’s experience last year.
Country LakeShake (June 21st- June 23rd)
The 3-day country music festival is coming to Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion and Northerly Island June 21st through the 23rd. This festival is Chicago’s only country music festival on the beautiful lakefront. Tickets and VIP passes are already available on lakeshakefestival.com. Female country stars Miranda Lambert featuring the Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert, and Lauren Alaina are already booked to perform, along with other greats, such as Luke Bryan and Brett Young.
Country Stampede Country Music Festival (June 21st- June 23rd)
The Country Stampede Country Music Festival in Manhattan, Kansas is an awesome outdoor music and camp festival held in a State Park. The festival has been held on the last weekend of June for over 10 years, this year it will take place June 21st through June 23rd. Some of our spotlight artists and swag sessions artists are already on the line-up, including Jimmie Allen and Travis Denning, as well as other great country music artists, such as headliner, Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, and Morgan Wallen. Find information on the festival website, countrystampede.com.
Windy City Smokeout (July 12th- July 14th)
If you’re looking for some great country music, beer, and some good BBQ food, Windy City Smokeout might be your festival! The three day Chicago festival is being held July 12th through July 14th for its 7th annual year. For more information head windycitysmokeout.com and look out for tickets becoming available soon. Past headliners include Brett Young, Walker Hayes, and Kane Brown.
Country Jam USA (July 18th- July 20th)
The Wisconsin country music festival, Country Jam USA will talk place this year July 18th through July 20th. Country Jam USA has been a staple, during festival season for over 25 years, featuring popular artists such as Blake Shelton and Eric Church. This year, Toby Keith, Chase Rice, Jake Own, and others have already been announced as performers. Make sure to check out countryjamwi.com for more information, including tickets an camping passes.
WE Fest (August 1st- August 3rd)
For fans, who love experiencing some great country music under the stars, WE Fest Country Music Festival is taking place in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The 3-day festival will take place August 1st through August 3rd with Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, and Brooks and Dunn already set to perform. Head to wefest.com for more ticket information, as well as information about the various campgrounds fans can stay at, while they enjoy some great music.
Oregon Jamboree Music Festival (August 2nd- August 4th)
This year on the weekend of August 2nd, Oregon will host country artists like Brothers Osborne, Mitchell Tenpenny, Scotty McCreery, and Lindsay Ell at the Oregon Jamboree Music Festival. The weekend festival’s motto is “2 stages. 25 shows. 1 sweet weekend.” Tickets and campsites are already available at oregonjamboree.com.
Watershed Music and Camping Festival (August 2nd- August 4th)
For west-coast lovers, fans can head to Watershed Music and Camping festival in Washington state. The festival will be hosted at The Gorge Amphitheatre from August 2nd through August 4th this year. Details have not yet been released this year, but keep your eyes peeled on watershedfest.com for information about passes, camping, and glamping options. Last year the event featured awesome country artists, various stages, a giant Ferris Wheel, and a foam party, all adding to the one of a kind experience.
Country music lovers, make sure to check out one of these great festivals this Summer! If you’re looking to head to some festivals sooner, check out our ‘Winter’ list here.
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