“Only in country music can you compare an old pickup truck and an old guitar to your wife and turn it into a love song…thank God for country music.” – Dierks Bentley
Johnny Cash. Dolly Parton. Willie Nelson. Faith Hill. Tim McGraw. Keith Urban. Miranda Lambert. American country music has spanned the decades without any sign of slowing down, with new and exciting acts popping up across America all the time.
The American country music festival scene has always been synonymous with the south, but the best country music festivals are spread far and wide across our great country.
My list of the 25 best U.S.A country music festivals are as diverse as they are entertaining. From the valleys of California to the mountains of Montana, the plains of Texas to the beaches of Florida – make sure you tick at least one of these off your music festival bucket list.
The 25 Best Country Music Festivals!
1) Stagecoach Festival
When: April 24-26, 2020
Where: Indio, California
“The five-day transformation from the massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival into Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival by the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company is always shocking to people who go to both events.
Instead of surreal and sometimes psychedelic installation art of Coachella, there are giant cowboy boots and a bronze bucking horse. The attire morphs from flower crowns and H&M branded fashions to red, white and blue everything – including shirts, pants, bandannas and long flowing sashes bearing the U.S. flag. Held at Indio’s Empire Polo Club, this festival celebrates new and established country-music artists.”
2) Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
When: September 4-6, 2020 (Labor Day Weekend)
Where: Panama City Beach, Florida
“Continuing to bring some of the biggest names in country to Panama City Beach, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2019 will feature headliners Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock. The event, which is in its fifth year, hosts festival goers from all over the U.S. annually to ring in the end of summer with an ultimate Labor Day concert vacation at the beach.”
3) CMA Music Festival
When: June 4-7, 2020
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
“We are gearing up for 2020 CMA Music Festival, the 49th annual gathering of the Stars of Country Music and their fans in Nashville!
If you are looking for a simple, easy, affordable way to see the biggest and best country music festival. You have found it! The CMA Music Festival takes place around three venues in the downtown area of Nashville. The first is the Music City Center where all of the booths are contained in air-conditioned comfort. The Riverfront Park stage and many other stages around the downtown area feature shows from some of the best of the current, past, and some of the up and coming stars in country music all day long. At night, Nissan Stadium lights up the town with the best labels in town showing off the top artists of today all together in one place.”
4) Watershed Festival
When: July 31- August 2, 2020
Where: George, Washington
‘Shedders unite at The Gorge for the biggest 3-day country and music festival in the Northwest!
“Watershed Country Music Festival will return to the Gorge for a wild weekend of twangin’ goodness. Put on your “Shedder gear” (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs.
Located at the beautiful venue and campsite, the Gorge Amphitheater, this is a must experience for country music fans!
5) Country Fest 2020
When: June 25-27, 2020
Where: Cadott, Wisconsin
“Founded over 30 years ago in stunning Central Wisconsin, Country Fest in Cadott is the ultimate summer destination for the best outdoor Country Music Festival experience that brings fans back year after year. Country Fest is the largest 3-Day Country Music & Camping event in the US. Legendary names in Country Music have graced this sacred Main Stage including: George Strait, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, The Highwaymen including – Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Waylon Jennings – George Jones, Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, and so many more.”
6) Faster Horses
When: July 1 7-29, 2020
Where: Brooklyn, Michigan
Michigan’s biggest 3-day country music & camping festival!
“This year’s “three-day hillbilly sleepover”, Faster Horses regularly brings about 40,000 fans through the gates of MIS each day of the festival. For the past two years, Faster Horses has upped its daily attendance to some-40,000 fans each day.”
7) Rock the South
When: May/ June 2020 (Dates TBA)
Where: Cullman, Alabama
“April 27, 2011 was a day nobody in this area will ever forget. Tornadoes ripped across our great state and took precious lives and ripped apart everything familiar. Since then, our area has grown together and brought out the best in all of us. Originally intended to be a one-year celebration of recovery from that horrific day, Rock the South has continued to expand to become a massive celebration of this area and what it has to offer.
Since the first event in 2012, Rock the South has given over $500,000 to multiple community partners including Cullman City Parks and Recreation, The Link of Cullman County, Cullman Caring for Kids and many more. Every major country music star from Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Florida-Georgia Line, Alan Jackson and Thomas Rhett have graced the Rock the South stage. Even though Billboard rates Rock the South as the 6th Best Country Music Festival in the United States, Rock the South will always be a festival about two things, giving back to the community we love and celebrating the Southern Culture we all know and love.”
8) Country LakeShake
When: June 2020
Where: Northerly Island, Chicago
“The music festival Windy City LakeShake is an unforgettable fiesta of country music. The festival hosts the best bands and artists in the country. It promises a great pleasure to music lovers of all ages. Due to the numerous visitors during the festival days and the high demand for tickets and accommodations, it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms & tickets well in advance.”
9) Kicker Country Stampede
When: June 25-27, 2020
Where: Manhattan, Kansas
“Tuttle Creek State Park campgrounds play host to the annual affair, which draws upwards of 100,000 for three afternoons and evenings of top-notch music at the temporary amphitheater near the lake outside Manhattan. Annual trips to Manhattan are rewarded profoundly with three days of country music bliss in Manhattan. Get your tickets now for the annual Kicker Country Stampede! See y’all next June!”
2020 Headliners: Luke Combs, Tiby Keith, and Cody Johnson!
10) Taste of Country Music Festival
When: June 2020 (Dates TBA)
Where: Hunter Mountain, New York
“Summer and music festivals go hand in hand. So, too, do summer and country music. The genre’s feel-good vibes and frequent tendency to talk about “kickin’ back by [a body of water] with a cold beer” make even the biggest country music critics likely to still blast it on a hot summer day. With the match made in heaven, it’s no wonder country music festivals abound across the country, all season long.
New York state’s biggest one, Taste of Country Music Festival, is held at Hunter Mountain a couple of hours north of Manhattan, the festival, nicknamed TOCFest, is a four-day camping-based party featuring, of course, music, along with an array of food trucks; merchandise and country-themed vendors selling anything from elaborate leather belt buckles to jewelry to cowboy hats, you name it; and so many other things to check out.”
11) Country USA Oshkosh
When: June 25-27, 2020
Where: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
“Get ready for three days of non-stop, world-class entertainment, featuring country music’s biggest and hottest headliners. We’ve got a million-dollar talent lineup, coming together for the biggest show of them all. Country USA also means great food, great shopping, plus our expansive campground located right on the site.”
“Come to Country USA to experience the Midwest’s premium Country Music Festival. The fun doesn’t stop with the all-star lineup… great food and drinks, great shopping, and a truly unique camping experience! Buy your tickets to become a part of this great event!
Join the Country USA Festival 2020 Facebook Event for more about the lineup, seating, pricing, and everything else!!
2020 Headliners: Toby Keith, Little Big Town, and Thomas Rhett
12) Tailgate Fest
When: August (Labor Day Weekend)
Where: Norco, California
“Tailgate Fest is the first country music festival that caters to the fans who show up hours before the concert to pop a top, drop a tailgate and turn the parking lot…or in our case, hundreds of acres of lush green grass… into the party. Stay where you are…we are bringing your music to you. Tailgate Fest brings the stages outside to the tailgate. No packing up the party to head inside, no need to stop that game of cornhole, no need to stuff all your belongings in your pockets or grab sweaters and extras to last you the evening. Tailgating can continue throughout the whole festival as fans can watch their favorite performers from their personal party set ups at their vehicles.”
13) Windy City Smokeout
When: July 20-12, 2020
Where: Chicago, Illinois
“The Windy City Smokeout combines country music, barbecue, and top beer — it’s hard to think of a better way to spend a summer weekend in Chicago. This year, the fest has moved to an expanded space in the shadow of the legendary United Center. Along with today’s hottest country acts, the lineup also includes some of the “world’s best BBQ pitmasters.” Twenty barbecue pros from all over the country will be serving up ribs, brisket, and more, highlighting styles from Kentucky, Nashville, Missouri, and good-ol’ Chicago.
Guests will head to the United Center parking lot for a weekend-long event where attendees can taste delicious offerings from some of the best BBQ talent and craft breweries from around the country. Hosted by Chicago’s BBQ destination, Bub City, and ACM award-winning Joe’s on Weed St., the Windy City Smokeout will be bringing an impressive lineup of country music stars and up-and-coming talent to the stage!”
14) Carolina Country Music Fest
When: June 4-7, 2020
Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Grab a cowboy hat, your bikini and a pair of flip-flops, as country music meets the scenic shores of Myrtle Beach when the boardwalk becomes home to the Carolina Country Music Fest!
“If you love music, we can all agree that festivals are the place to be during summer. Still, one Southern music marathon hasn’t received nearly the same attention as others, even though it promises the same palpable sense of excitement and a boot-scootin’ good time. And that underrated gem isn’t in the desert or on a farm. No, the Carolina Country Music Fest is held right on the shores of the Grand Strand’s Myrtle Beach. In 2015, we saw this brand new festival make its mark in the South, hosting more than 30 country music acts. And this year 20,000-plus fans will descend on The Emerald City, for the annual, four-day event, which brings all-star musicians to the coastal city for a weekend filled with 24/7 live entertainment and booze.”
Join the Carolina Country Music Fest 2020 Facebook Event for more about tickets, the lineup, pricing, and everything else!!
15) WE Fest
When: August 2021 (Taking a break in 2020)
Where: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
“WE Fest has been at the pinnacle of country music festivals for nearly four decades. Held at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, WE Fest hosts tens of thousands of fans every August with countless country legends having taken the stage. The scenic Soo Pass Ranch contains a natural amphitheater that accommodates up to 50,000 people, including 7,000 reserved seats, and 10 separate campgrounds with a total camping capacity of 35,000 people.”
“We are so excited to embark on this new journey with WE Fest. With 37 years under its belt, we know this festival is an important part of the Detroit Lakes community and so, our goal is to continue to honor and build upon this special event. In order to do the best possible job we can, we will be using 2020 as a planning year. We are excited to continue the tradition and bring an even bigger and better festival to country music fans in the summer of 2021. We look forward to seeing you then!
16) Headwaters Country Jam
When: June 2020
Where: Three Forks, Montana
“Headwaters Country Jam first started in 2008 and has been bigger and better with every passing year. The festival is at The Bridge, near Three Forks, and consists of 159 acres. Sixty of those acres are used for a campground which holds up to 1,200 campers and 12 more is where all the country magic happens. Live music will be played all day and into the night to keep the party going. The 3-day festival has brought many top artists including Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Lodestar, Montgomery Gentry and many more. Other than live music, festival-goers can enjoy horseshoe tournaments, dance contests, a mechanical bull as well as food and merchandise vendors. The 2016 artist lineup included Lee Brice, Chase Bryant, Tyler Farr and Joe Nichols.”
17) Old Settler’s Music Festival
When: April 16-19, 2020
Where: Tilmon, Texas
“Central Texas’s only spring festival offering bluegrass, folk, and Americana performers on three stages over four days, Old Settler’s Music Festival takes place in April in Tilmon, Texas. 2020 will mark the festival’s third year in its new home of Tilmon, Southeast of Lockhart, TX, and conveniently located less than an hour from Austin and San Antonio, and approximately two hours from Houston.”
Join the 33rd Annual Old Settler’s Music Fest 2020 Facebook Event for more information, tickets, and everything else!
18) Tortuga Music Festival
When: April 17-19, 2020
Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
“We know, we know. Fort Lauderdale can seem like a thousand miles away from Miami (even though it’s an easy 40-minute drive, you babies). But occasionally there comes an event over county lines so good it’ll break the Miamians’ natural instinct to stay out of Broward County. If you love country music, Tortuga Music Festival is for you. It’s the Ultra of country music and it happens on the beach (like, actually on the sand).”
19) Country Summer Music Festival
When: June 19-21, 2020
Where: Santa Rosa, California
“Northern California’s biggest country music festival features three epic days and top country artists. Country Summer is also a destination country celebration with Western-themed attractions, a food court with country-inspired delights and an array of libations to please every palate.”
20) Moondance Jammin Country Fest
When: June 18-20, 2020
Where: Walker, Minnesota
“There really is no better place in the entire world to enjoy the downhome, festive atmosphere of the Moondance Jammin Country Fest than Walker, Minnesota, one of the friendliest places in the world. The location of the Moondance Jammin Country Fest for another great year, Walker offers festival goers the ideal complement to the event’s increasingly famous country musicians and incomparable festival atmosphere. Make your Moondance Jammin Country Fest experience a holistic weekend by taking advantage of Walker’s unparalleled hospitality. You can enjoy the area’s countless specialty boutiques and restaurants. And of course, there is the beautiful Leech Lake close by.”
21) Night in the Country Music Festival
When: July 23-25, 2020
Where: Yerington, Nevada
Away from the big city lights, Night in the Country experience transforms the quiet farming town of Yerington, Nevada into one of the largest camping parties in the world.
“In 2020, Night in the Country is expanding to 3 nights of music! You asked for him, so we’re bringing in Cody Johnson as your 2020 Saturday night headliner! We’ll be announcing the headliners for Thursday and Friday soon. That’s 3 headliners. 10 acts. 2 acts on Thursday. 4 acts on Friday. 4 acts on Saturday. 3 NIGHTS OF MUSIC. ALL PURE COUNTRY.
Northern Nevada’s premier country music festival is country music on pure Nevada farmland. Night in the Country is held away from the big city lights for over 15 years, out in the quiet farming town of Yerington, Nevada. It makes the perfect spot for three days of camping, music, and great times.”
Join the Night in the Country 2020 Facebook Event for more information, tickets, and everything else!
22) Bayou Country Superfest
When: May (Memorial Day Weekend) 2020
Where: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“Baton Rouge is excited to welcome Bayou Country Superfest back home to Tiger Stadium! Bayou Country Superfest 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of the country music festival and there’s no better time for it to return to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where it all began.
Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium sets an incomparable and exciting backdrop for the festival experience, as the outdoor stadium is nationally known for its energetic atmosphere. Beautiful Louisiana nights paint the perfect sky for the festival, which is acclaimed for bringing country music’s biggest acts all to one place for an awesome Memorial weekend!”
23) Off the Rails Country Music Fest
When: May 2020 (Dates TBA)
Where: Frisco, Texas
“Something huge is returning to DFW! AEG Presents and Toyota Stadium are proud to announce the return of Off The Rails Country Music Festival for two days of country music. In addition to two days full of country music’s top artists, attendees will be welcomed with an exhibition of festival attractions. Off The Rails will include food trucks, craft beers, a vendor village with amazing merchandise and festival wear and much more to be announced.”
24) Country Thunder Arizona
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations (Arizonam
“30,000 fans a day ride into Florence for the largest country music festival in Arizona. Bring a tent or an RV — this four day festival also has plenty of camping along with a world-class lineup of country stars. Country Thunder Arizona is held on the Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona. The Arizona Republic writes “Country Thunder is the biggest music festival in Arizona, with approximately 29,000 people there each day”. In 2018, Country Thunder Arizona was named Festival of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.”
Check out the Country Thunder Music Festivals Event Page for all their 2020 festivals!
25) Oregon Jamboree
When: July 31 – August 2nd, 2020
Where: Sweet Home, Oregon
The Oregon Jamboree is the Northwest’s premier country music festival.
“This year’s Jamboree features 2 stages and 25 shows for one sweet weekend! Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Jamboree is held on 20+ acre park-like setting that includes the historic Weddle Covered Bridge. The Jamboree offers a full festival atmosphere in the main venue and a more intimate concert experience on the second stage in Sankey Park. In addition to featured headline entertainment, this event hosts RV and tent camping, merchandise vendors, food booths, beer & wine gardens, and a variety of other attractions.”
Am I Missing Any Epic Country Music Festivals…?
There really are an incredible amount of Country Festivals in this country, and I’d love to hear about any really good ones you think I need to add to my list! Are you going to any of these festivals in 2019…? Let me know!
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