Looking for the best EDM festivals in the USA!? Well, look no further, because I’ve put together a pretty solid Electronic Dance Music Festival Bucket List! Now in the past decade, I’ve witnessed electronic music exploded in popularity in America, and with that, the festival scene has grown into a massive industry!
While you most likely have already heard of the major events like EDC, Ultra, Coachella, etc – there are some really epic music festivals all over the country, and I think I’ve picked out a top selection of the best!
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But without further ado, here’s what I think are…
The 20 Best EDM Festivals in the U.S.A
1) Electric Daisy Carnival
When: May 15-17, 2020
Where: Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
All Are Welcome Under the Electric Sky | Dusk Til’ Dawn
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC for short) Las Vegas is the largest electronic dance music festival in North America, but any EDM fan already knows that. What started in 1997 as a warehouse party in Los Angeles, has turned into one of the most epic and massive festivals in the entire world, and should be at TOP at every raver’s bucket list!
I’ve personally attended EDC three different times now: the last edition that happened in Los Angeles (2011), the first year it was in Las Vegas (2012), and once again in Vegas back in 2014. It truly is unlike any EDM festival I’ve been to in the USA, and the team over Insomniac events go above & beyond to ensure the “headliners” (the attendees) all have a life-changing experience every year!!
“EDC is a unique multi-day festival pushing the boundaries of imagination, and setting standards in the live entertainment industry. By incorporating carnival themes and attractions, cutting-edge stage production, world-class talent, and innovative art and technology, EDC is more than an electronic music festival – it is an unparalleled multi-sensory experience unlike any other. The brand has created a passionate community of accepting fans that have turned EDC into a way of life. The foundation upon which the phenomenon was built is one of unity, love, self expression, and respect for one another.”
2) Ultra Music Festival
When: March 27-30, 2020
The world’s premier electronic music festival, boasting elite DJs and unparalleled production located in the beautiful city of Miami.
In the EDM industry, one could think that the ULTRA Music Festival is seeking global domination…because they have been throwing events in nearly every corner of the globe. From South Africa to South America, Thailand to Taipei, Singapore to Sydney, ULTRA has consistently proven it’s a key player in the music festival game!
For over 20 years, ULTRA Music Festival has invited its guests to downtown Miami for a weekend of top-notch electronic tunes during Miami Music Week. While I haven’t attended the event in Miami yet, I did get the chance to attend ULTRA Europe a couple of years ago and was absoltuely blown away by the quality of production and overall experience! While ticket prices are notoriously expensive, when you purchase a ticket to ULTRA you’re in for a wild ride!
“For EDM fans around the world, Ultra in Miami is a must-stop on the international circuit. While most of the United States is shivering in parkas waiting for the summer festival season, Ultra fans are dancing their asses off in sunny Miami. The show always delivers surprises – both in the musical acts and the fans that attend.”
3) Imagine Music Festival
When: September 2020 (Dates TBA)
Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta
We look forward to bringing your imagination to life! Welcome to the Imagine Music Festival.
4) Electric Zoo
New York’s Premiere Electronic Music Festival
When: September 4-6, 2020
Where: Randall’s Island Park
“Established in 2009 by Made Event, the internationally renowned Electric Zoo Festival is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum of electronic music’s various sub-genres. International editions of Electric Zoo have taken place in Mexico City, Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo.
Electric Zoo celebrates the joy of electronic music every year by putting on one of the biggest, most immersive festival experiences in the world.”
Join the Electric Zoo 2020 | Facebook Event
It is said that change is not only a natural part of life but the only way to reveal true beauty. Just think about the metamorphosis that a caterpillar undergoes to become an exquisite butterfly. It’s pretty mind-blowing. Thus, we’ve taken such inspiration and tied it into this year’s theme, Electric Zoo: Evolved.
5) Electric Forest Festival
When: June 25-28, 2020
Where: Rothbury, Michigan
“Have you ever felt anything like it? The beat of the bass charging the atmosphere with electrifying energy. Bolts of lightning streaking through the forest, arcing around the trees, and captivating the crowd into awe.A mind-melting experience of community, woodland, and rhythm bringing 45,000 people together every year in a musical-matrix of natural and electric vibrations…”
Out of all the EDM festivals on this list, Electric Forest definitely wins for having the best venue! Tucked deep in the woods of Michigan, once a year pops up a magical land filled colorful lights & lazers shining through the massive trees, epic stages with performances from world-class artists, and top-notch vibes from the loving #ForestFamily. Make sure you snag tickets to this one early, because they are certainly hard to come by! It’s one of the most highly sought after music festivals in the country, and is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your summer! (Electric Forest 2020 Sold-out in less than an hour!)
Take a look at the 2020 line-up below! I personally think it’s a bit underwhelming compared to previous years, but I fully understand that the line-up is only a small aspect about what makes Electric Forest so special!
6) Paradiso Festival
Pacific Northwest’s Premier Electronic Music Festival
When: June 2020
Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington
“Each year we come together on a pilgrimage to find a balance between a modern digital world and the natural environment surrounding us. Experience three stages with world-class visuals & audio production, thrilling rides & attractions, some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, a stunning natural backdrop you have to see to believe, and the best part of all, the Paradiso family.
In the distance, do you hear it? A warm whisper calling out to those spirits yearning for wanderlust that vows to lead those who follow to a paradise where nature and technology seamlessly coexist. This promise is for those who don’t seek to stand still, but instead jump headfirst into the motion in the hopes of discovering adventures hidden just over the horizon. Will you be one of those who answer the call?
7) Groove Cruise & Groove Island
The World’s Premier Electronic Music Cruise Festival
When: January 9-13, 2020 (Groove Cruise Miami)
Departing: Catalina Island + Miami
Groove Cruise is the OG music festival at sea, and will definitely be one of the best experiences of your life! I’ve now attended three different Groove Cruises, and it’s simply one of the best atmospheres I’ve found in the festival scene. There is something unexplainably magical that occurs when the GCFAM gets together, and it’s honestly one of my favorite festivals in the entire world. They always deliver stacked line-ups with a mix of EDM, House, Trance, and Techno, and deliver a wide variety of unique activities.
In 2019, the creators of Groove Cruise will throw their first-ever edition of GROOVE ISLAND: An immersive dance music experience on Catalina Island, California! “The sun-kissed, blissful paradise of Groove Island promises to be the most exciting new music and vacation experience in the world. Now, a world-class lineup of headliners and unique hosted stages are revealed and guaranteed to take the escapist gateway to the next level. This highly anticipated event comes from veteran music destination creators Whet Travel, who have envisioned and prepared an immersive festival in the idyllic surrounds of Catalina Island!
In 2020, the GCFAM are heading back to the nautical party lifestyle, and depart for four days of madness at sea! While it may be a more expensive than some of these EDM festivals, but it’s also an unforgettable vacation! Check out my reviews below, and I’m sure you’ll be joining the GCFAM when you can!
- Groove Cruise is the Ultimate Festival Vacation
- Groove Cruise Miami: 96 Hours of Atmospheric Bliss
- Groove Cruise is more than a Music Festival…It’s a Family Reunion
There are two different Groove Cruise events each year, so get some friends together, and get ready for the nautical adventure of your dreams. Trust me – you will LOVE IT!
8) Bonnaroo Music Festival
When: June 11-14, 2020
Where: Manchester, Tennessee
The most positive place on this planet, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, every time.
“Bonnaroo is…Thousands of happy campers. 700 acres of Tennessee nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ Stages of music. Dozens of comedians. 4 of the best days ever. An escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass. A mini film fest. Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Funky Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage. System overload. The perfect bite of ice cream. Sandals. Fallovers. Chirping Birds. Flashing Lights. Food and Drink. Variety. Singing. Laughing. Short shorts. High-Fives. Rocky IV in the cinema tent at 3am. Spicy Pie. Memories. Someone dressed up like Teen Wolf. Holy Cow(!) Moments. Interesting factoids. Egg sandwiches. More music. Adventure. Deep Breaths. Big smiles. This. That. The Other. Hellos and Goodbyes and reminders of all that we have to celebrate and look forward to next year and in the future.”
While it may not be exclusively an EDM festival, Bonnaroo definitely earns its place on this list! With neverending music all weekend long, you’re guaranteed to experience the bender of a lifetime! It’s one of the longest-running and most popular festivals in North America, and the 2019 line-up that included electronic acts like Odesza, RL Grime, 12th Planet, ZHU, Griz, and NGHTMRE, just to name a few.
Bonnaroo features a diverse lineup of 150+ musicians and other performance artists every year. With 10+ stages and entertainment that goes ALL NIGHT LONG, you will NOT be bored. AND Camping at Bonnaroo is hardly “camping” by most definitions of the word – it’s a non-stop adventure of discovery and human connection with your fellow Bonnaroovians, and a key to the one-of-a-kind Bonnaroo experience.
9) HARD Summer Music Festival
When: August 2020
Where: The Speedway in Fontana, San Bernadino, California
This annual two-day mega-festival has been a Southern California favorite for over a decade, and always manages to put together an unbelievably stacked line-up, incredible stage production, and overall stellar festival experience.
The team over at HARD Events have been a key player in the growth of the EDM scene in the United States, and acutally, my first massive rave in the USA was HARD Haunted Mansion back in 2009! From producing events like HARD Day of the Dead, Holy Ship, and HARD Red Rocks: attending one of their events will always impress!
2019 Line-up Highlights: Kid Cudi, Dillon Francis, ZHU, Major Lazor, What So Not, Loco Dice, and so many more…
10) Lost Lands
When: September 2020
Where: Thornville, Ohio
Genre: EDM, Bass, Dubstep
ESCAPE THE CONFINES OF THE WORLD OUTSIDE AND FIND YOURSELF IN AN IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT SURROUNDED BY DINOSAURS, BEATS, AND BASS. LOST LANDS MANIFESTS A FORWARD-THINKING VISION TO DELIVER AN UNFORGETTABLE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE AND UNITE HEADBANGERS TOGETHER AS ONE TRIBE.
“Experience Lost Lands, presented by Excision, at the beautiful Legend Valley in Thornville, OH this September! See the land before time in all its glory — dinosaurs included. The insane Lost Lands lineup is curated by Excision himself, & it’s sure to rattle the fields right down to their core. Grab your tickets and catch the top artists from the past 65 million years and join us for the filthiest 3 days of bass you have ever experienced!”
11) Camp Bisco
When: July 9-11, 2020
Where: Montage Mountain, Scranton
“Camp Bisco is an outdoor music festival held at the picturesque Montage Mountain, a world-class concert venue & waterpark located in Scranton, PA. Camp Bisco is a 3-day, rain-or-shine event with camping. Camp Bisco will feature 3 days and nights of music on 3 stages. Anyone who has been before can tell you, Camp Bisco is the best event of its kind and we’re so excited to see you all again! Join us at Montage Mountain for our 17th installment of this amazing weekend for the ultimate escape to your reality.”
Join the Camp Bisco 2020 Facebook event for line-up announcements, tickets, and event info!
12) Governor’s Ball
When: June 5-7, 2020
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
Music. Art. Food. Experiences. Community. Surprises. NEW. YORK. CITY.
“The Gov Ball experience encompasses all of these and is unlike any other festival out there. Built by New Yorkers, for New Yorkers, the festival is always evolving, always entertaining, and always striving to exceed your expectations.
“We started all this 8 years ago because we were music lovers who lived in a city that needed – that deserved – a contemporary music festival. Music is always our primary focus, and with 60+ artists of all genres across 4 stages, there is something for everyone.”
Join The Governors Ball Music Festival 2020 Facebook Event for tickets, line-up, and more!
13) Lollapalooza Music Festival
When: July 30- August 2, 2020
Where: Grant Park, Chicago
With 8 stages, and 170+ bands from all over the world, every Lollapalooza lineup makes hands wave, heads nod, and crowds holler.
“What started as a single-stage music showcase put together in 1991 by Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, has since evolved into a larger-than-life music experience like no other. Connecting with the city’s deep musical legacy, Lollapalooza set down roots and made Chicago its home in 2005—and it hasn’t looked back. Now a destination event, thousands of fans travel from around the world to experience the massive crowds, scenic lakefront setting, and incredible entertainment every summer.”
14) Beyond Wonderland
When: March 20-21, 2020
Where: San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernadino, California
Insomniac Events are known for throwing some of the biggest and craziest raves in California, and Beyond Wonderland is definitely one you cannot miss! They always deliver a world-class line-up, beautiful stage production, and a loving PLUR filled atmosphere! Expect wild pyrotechnics, wild outfits, and pounding bass for a weekend you’ll never forget!
“Embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest, exploring what exists Beyond Wonderland.”
15) Lights All Night
The longest-running EDM festival in Texas
When: December (Around New Years Eve)
Where: Dallas, Texas
When it comes to raves in Texas, you really can’t get any bigger or better than the highly anticipated Lights All Night festival! Celebrate the 10th anniversary of LAN in 2019 with an experience any music lover won’t want to miss. Join us for a diverse mix of world-class talent, one of a kind fans, and a futuristic music experience like no other.”
When: November & May 2020
Where: San Diego & San Francisco
All trance, all the time. You’re not living in reality anymore, you’re living in Dreamstate.
“Envision a world where ethereal beats and timeless melodies abduct you from the everyday and take you to a higher state. Insomniac’s brand-new, all-trance event brings that vision to life. This music has the power to connect, the power to soothe, and the power to heal. It’s time to experience that power together. Get your boarding passes and prepare to enter Dreamstate.”
17) Global Dance Festival
When: Mid July 2020
Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver
“Embrace your sense of adventure and get your heart racing on one of the many carnival rides, dance like no one’s watching at the Silent Disco, wander amongst the many striking art installations and discover other hidden gems throughout the GDF grounds while you meander from stage to stage.”
18) Lightning In a Bottle
When: May 20-25, 2020
Where: Buena Vista Lake, Kern County, California
Lightning in a Bottle, or more commonly referred to as “LIB”, is one of the largest transformational music festivals in North America.
While it always boasts an incredible electronic line-up, there is much to more to this spiritually awakening festival. Many friends of mine have called it their favorite festival they’ve ever attended, and it will easily be a life-changing festival experience. Go to some workshops, do some yoga, take a refreshing dip in the lake, watch the sunrise, and party like there’s no tomorrow!
Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability & Life.
“The history of LIB spans more than a decade, and friends, family, and cohorts of The Do LaB are thrilled and astounded that it’s been more than ten years of making miracles and catching Lightning in a Bottle!”
Arizona’s Largest EDM New Years Eve Festival
Where: Chandler, Arizona
“DECADENCE is a 2-day New Year’s Eve experience that features a diverse lineup of artists that is sure to please all… If you live on the West-coast, love music, and yearn for adventure… you will want to gather your friends and make the journey to DECADENCE where you can say your final goodbyes to 2018 and kick off 2019 with a BANG.”
When: Mid-April (Two Weekends)
Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California
Last, but certainly not least, Coachella is one of the largest, and most popular music & art festivals in the entire world, and it’s guaranteed to be a weekend experience that you’ll never forget!
Every year they bring an unbelievably stacked line-up spanning every genre (with a star-studded EDM lineup), massively beautiful stage production, incredible food & drink vendors, and a really solid festival atmosphere.
While Coachella may have gotten a reputation for being all about celebrities and fashion in recent years…it’s still one hell of party! While I’ve only personally attended twice (in 2014 & 2018), both weekends have been so insanely fun, and I’d recommend it to every music festival addict!
What are some other Incredible EDM Festivals…?
This was a super fun article to put together, and I would love to hear which EDM festival you think I should add to my list!? The truth is that I can already think of at least a dozen different festivals I could add, but I wanted to keep it to a nice top 20 list!
With the rise of the popularity of electronic dance music in the last decade, more and more festivals are popping up all over the country! These
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