Coachella might be right around the corner. But if you're unable to attend it this spring, don't worry -- there are tons of cool music festivals across the country to check out this summer. Don't miss out on these seven:

1. Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo takes place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee every summer. This year, it begins on Thursday, June 7 and ends on Sunday, June 10. Over 80,000 people attend Bonnaroo, making it one of the largest summer music festivals in the country. The lineup this year includes big acts such as Eminem, The Killers, and Muse. Festival activities feature parades, runs, yoga, and a cinema. Plus there are lots of chances to create community art.

2. Sasquatch

Sasquatch is an annual music festival that is held at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Considered to be one of the most scenic music festivals in the world, this year Sasquatch starts on Friday, May 25 and ends on Sunday, May 27. The lineup features Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, and The National. There's ample room to camp at The Gorge, too.

3. Burning Man

Burning Man is a festival unlike any you've ever been to. Held each year in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada, this year Burning Man starts on Sunday, August 26 and ends on Monday, September 3. Burning Man isn't a music festival per se, but all different kinds of music take place there, especially spontaneous musical performances. What is Burning Man? It's a temporary intentional community dedicated to art and music. Whatever happens there is up to all participants.

4. Lollapalooza

Perhaps one of the most famous music festivals ever, Lollapalooza is held each year in the historic Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1991, Lollapalooza features alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip-hop, and electronic music. This year it starts on Thursday, August 2 and ends on Sunday, August 5. This year's lineup includes Jack White, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, and the Arctic Monkeys. Lollapalooza also features an art market, lots of merch, and tons of local food vendors.

5. Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot, an annual music festival held in Seattle, Washington at Seattle Center, is one of North America's largest music festivals. This year it starts on Friday, August 31 and ends on Sunday, September 2. The lineup for this year hasn't yet been released, but last year's lineup featured Flume, Lorde, and Odesza. Other fun activities at Bumbershoot include dance contests, arts and crafts, and independent films.

6. Firefly Music Festival

Firefly Music Festival is held every year at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware. This year FireFly Music Festival starts Thursday, June 14 and ends on Sunday, June 17. The music lineup features Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers. Fun activities at Firefly include drinking at the microbrewery, sipping coffee at the coffee house, shopping at the market, dancing in the thicket, and resting in the nook.

7. Pitchfork Music Festival

If you're a music buff, then you've probably heard of Pitchfork Media. They've created the ultimate indie music festival that takes place in Union Park located in Chicago, Illinois. This year it begins on Friday, July 20 and ends on Sunday, July 22. The lineup features Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Over 60,000 people attend the festival each year. Pitchfork Music Festival is more than just music -- it also has craft fairs, art markets, and local food vendors.

Get your groove on

Don't be sad if you can't make Coachella this year. Instead, plan a summer vacation around one of the many music festivals taking place this year in cool locations like Chicago and Seattle. Spend a few days dancing the night away -- you're definitely guaranteed to have loads of fun!

  1. "18 Must-Attend 2018 Music Festivals: SXSW, Coachella, Lollapalooza & More," Grammy, December 26, 2017.
  2. "12 Music Festivals You Need to Attend in 2018," Altpress, January 3, 2018.
  3. "Top 15: Music Festivals in the USA 2018," Festicket, April 5, 2018.

Bands | Music | Music festivals | Concerts | travel