Looking for the best electronic music festivals in the USA in 2024? Well, look no further, because I’ve put together a pretty solid EDM Festival bucket list!
In the past decade, I’ve witnessed electronic dance music explode 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 epic events all over the country, and I think I’ve picked out the best EDM festivals and epic raves USA has to offer!
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But without further ado, here’s what I think are the BEST 30 EDM Festivals in the USA!
1) Electric Daisy Carnival 2024
When: May 17-19, 2024
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
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 biggest EDM festivals in the entire world, and should be at the TOP of every raver’s bucket list!
I’ve personally attended EDC three different times now: the last edition which 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 2024
When: March 22-24, 2024
Where: Miami, Florida
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 2024
Where: Kingston Downs, Georgia
We look forward to bringing your imagination to life! Welcome to the Imagine Music Festival.
“When Imagine Music Festival arrives, the event will transport festival-goers to an immersive aquatic fairytale featuring multiple magnificent stages with world-class sound and lighting production. Wander through fantastic atmospheres filled with mind-bending circus performers, mermaids, sea creatures, art installations, vendors, CAMPING and more, creating an unforgettable 360-degree experience.”
4) Electric Zoo Festival
When: September 2024 (Labor Day Weekend)
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
New York’s Premiere Electronic Music Festival
“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.”
5) Electric Forest Festival 2024
When: June 20-23, 2024
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…”
Since 2011, Electric Forest has been committed to the constant reimagination of what a festival experience can be. It’s this thoughtful and innovative approach to production and programming that has helped foster one of the world’s most dedicated festival communities. The festival continues to sell out each year, and the same is expected for the 2024 edition.
With the 2024 lineup, Electric Forest once again provides something for fans of all styles of electronic music and beyond. Headliners for next year will include Forest legend Pretty Lights, the bone-rattling sounds of Excision, and Cyclops Recordings founder Subtronics. A variety of rare collaborative artist sets are also on deck, including EVERYTHING ALWAYS (Dom Dolla + John Summit), PSYREN (CloZee + LSDREAM), and Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE teaming up for their Gigantic NGHTMRE project.
Jam fans can rejoice as The String Cheese Incident returns to perform two Incidents, plus sets from fellow torchbearers of the genre The Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee. Some of the more unexpected names on the lineup include Grammy-winning singer Nelly Furtado and famed Atlanta hip-hop artist Ludacris, each bringing their iconic sounds to Electric Forest next year. The list of headliners is rounded out by Belgian techno queen Charlotte de Witte, a solo set from John Summit, and performances by Black Tiger Sex Machine, Ben Böhmer, and Knock2.
Additional house and techno favorites on the lineup include Mau P, LP Giobbi, DJ Tennis, Sultan + Shepard, TSHA, and Coco & Breezy, while heavier sounds will come courtesy of Chase & Status, Barclay Crenshaw, ATLiens, Wooli, and Alison Wonderland’s new project Whyte Fang. The 2024 lineup also showcases a variety of live acts with their own electronic influences, featuring performances by Cannons, NEIL FRANCES, and DRAMA. More artists will continue to be announced leading up to the festival
Festival Survival Tip: Electric Forest is one of the coolest and most unique festivals in the world, but be sure to keep yourself hydrated and keep your belongings safe by picking up a Lunchbox Hydration Pack. It’s the leading hydration pack in the festival industry, and an Electric Forest must-have with its unique customizable/trippy skins!
6) Beyond Wonderland PNW
When: June, 2024
Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington
Pacific Northwest’s Premier Electronic Music Festival
One of California’s largest and most well-known EDM festivals is returning to Washington for the third time in 2024 (after an incredible two years) The Gorge is one of the most jaw-dropping festival venues in the world, and with Insomniac bringing their world-class festival production, incredible EDM line-up, and epic campsites – this is an inaugural debut that EDM fans should travel all over the country to attend! I currently live in Seattle, and have had tons of friends attend this two-day spectacular, and it comes highly recommended!
7) Groove Cruise Miami 2024 | EDM Festival Cruise
When: January 24-28, 2024
Where: Miami – Bahamas
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.
While it may be a more expensive than some of these EDM festivals, it’s also an unforgettable vacation! Check out my reviews of previous Groove Cruises 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 typically 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, 2024 (dates TBC)
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 never-ending 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.
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, 2024
Where: Los Angeles, 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!
10) Lost Lands Festival
When: September, 2024
Where: Thornville, Ohio
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) The Governor’s Ball Music Festival
When: June, 2024
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.”
12) Lollapalooza Music Festival
When: August, 2024
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.”
13) Beyond Wonderland 2024
When: March 22-23, 2024
Where: 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.”
14) Lights All Night Festival
When: December 30-31, 2023 / 2024 TBC
Where: Dallas, Texas
The longest-running EDM festival in 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 11th anniversary of LAN in 2021 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.”
15) Dreamstate Festival
When: November 17-18, 2024 / 2024 TBC
Where: Southern California (location TBC)
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.”
16) Global Dance Festival
When: July, 2024
Where: Denver, Colorado
“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. A mainstay of Colorado’s passion for dance music, Global Dance Festival has grown to become the premier summer music festival in the Rocky Mountain region! This year, Global Dance Festival expands to its new home at Sports Authority Field at Mile High!”
17) Lightning In a Bottle 2024
When: May 22-27, 2024
Where: Bakersfield, 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!”
18) Decadence Festival
When: December 30-31, 2023 / December, 2024
Where: Avondale, Arizona
Arizona’s Largest EDM New Years Eve Festival
“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 2021 and kick off 2022 with a BANG.”
19) Coachella 2024
When: April 12-14, and April 19-21, 2024 (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!
20) Camp Bisco
When: TBC, 2024
Where: Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania
“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.”
21) Time Warp US
When: November 2024
Where: Brooklyn, New York
2 NIGHTS. 2 WAREHOUSES.
Two dance floors, two nights, your favorite headliners and the intense Time Warp atmosphere you all know and love – we can’t wait to return. This iconic German festival has been making a huge splash and keeps organizing insane raves in Brooklyn each Fall.
If you’re in New York and love techno, this is a MUST experience! Trust me. It’s incredible.
22) CRSSD Festival 2024
When: March 2-3, 2024
Where: Waterfront Park, San Diego, California
CRSSD Festival Announces Lineup for Spring 2024 Edition!
“Since its inception in 2015, CRSSD Festival has created a unique enclave for the global electronic music community in San Diego. Fostered to connect the best and brightest of clubland in a setting that personifies the sun-soaked aesthetic of Southern California, the event is a pillar of the international festival calendar. Today, CRSSD announces another genre-spanning lineup for its Spring 2024 edition, returning to its home of Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego on March 2-3.
Featuring Armand Van Helden, Astra Club, Black Coffee, Dixon, Héctor Oaks b2b Tiga, Jan Blomqvist, Jeff Mills, Joris Voorn, Loco Dice b2b Nic Fanciulli, Mochakk, Red Axes (live), Richie Hawtin, Sammy Virji, Sofia Kourtesis, Tale Of Us, TRYM, WhoMadeWho. March 2-3, 2024, at Waterfront Park in San Diego.”
23) Dancefestopia 2024
When: September 2-8, 2024
Where: La Cygne, Kansas
“Dancefestopia Music Festival is a high-energy music, arts & camping festival featuring 200+ artists, world-class production, five stages, art installations, and much more. Home of happiness, love, and celebration – an escape from life’s pain, stresses, and uncertainties.
We carve out our own beautiful place on earth and laugh, love, and dance with friends for seven nights in the beautiful September air. Nestled in the rolling hills surrounded by thousands of acres of forest and pristine lake water. Find yourself venturing through the Emerald Forest, relaxing by the pool, floating around the Emerald Pond, or at one of our four stages. There is something for everyone in the Emerald City and all are welcome. You have found your home.”
24) Movement Detroit 2024
When: May 25-27, 2024 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Where: Detroit, Michigan
“Love the music. Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather in the birthplace of Techno to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations, new and old.
Welcome to Movement Detroit, one of the longest-running dance music festivals in the world, committed to showcasing authentic music and providing an experience unlike any other.”
25) Project GLOW
When: April 27-28, 2024
Where: Washington D.C
“Celebrating 20 years of dance culture and history on the Eastern Seaboard, Project GLOW is bringing favorites old and new from all corners of the globe. Enter a realm that exists beyond the confines of time and space and get lost in the music within Project GLOW.
Transcend the boundaries of the material world at the Eternal Stage, Pulse Stage, and Secret Garden. ”
26) Desert Hearts Festival
When: May 2024
Where: Los Angeles, California
“Desert Hearts is a tribute to House, Techno, & Love. What started as an intimate renegade gathering in the Mojave Desert has since blossomed into a movement that celebrates love, life, and music. With multiple Desert Hearts Festivals year-round and traveling City Hearts Tour events popping up around the world, it’s easy to see why Desert Hearts was dubbed by Thump Magazine as “The West Coast’s Fastest Growing Party Squad.”
The idea is to spread love through music towards a better way of life. The belief is in a society where acceptance, creativity and passions flourish. The goal is to provide a safe haven away from Babylon for people to connect with nature, be themselves, and do what makes them happy. House, Techno, & Love… We are all Desert Hearts.”
27) Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival 2024
When: June 7-8, 2024
Where: Orlando, Florida
“Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival features an all Bass and Dubstep artist lineup that headbangers can enjoy in Orlando, Florida. Born in South Florida in 2019, Forbidden Kingdom has since cemented its name as one of the largest all-bass music festivals in North America.
After partnering with Insomniac in 2020, the 2-day festival became a dominating force in the bass music world, with a massive billing of over 100 artists across 4 stages.”
28) Moonrise Festival
When: August 2024
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
“Moonrise is a 2-day festival that is held in Baltimore, MD at Pimlico Race Course. Since its inception in 2014, Moonrise has been hailed as one of the best and most diverse East Coast music festivals, attracting the likes of Tiësto, Seven Lions, Jai Wolf, Afrojack, Run The Jewels, Porter Robinson and more.
The festival has drawn 35,000 visitors daily from up and down the Eastern Seaboard with its eclectic mix of acts from all corners of dance music, from bass and dubstep to house and electronica.”
29) Wobbleland 2024
When: January 19-20, 2024
Where: San Francisco, California
“Wobbleland is coming to the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for not one, but TWO epic nights of mind-blowing bass! Bassrush is teaming up with Vital Events and Another Planet to bring Wobbleland back to the heart of San Francisco on January 19th and 20th, 2024. You ready to throw it down?”
30) Wub n’ Dub 2024
When: April 2024
Where: Willard, North Carolina
“The WUB N DUB crew is ecstatic to be able to bring good vibes, great people, & euphoria-inducing tunes back to Willard, NC for the 2nd annual wub n dub arts & music festival!
Working with artists both visual & musical, we’ve secured a lineup of electronic dance music that will satisfy the house hounds, bass heads, & every musical taste in between.
A new stage has been brought into the fold, and we are more than pumped to share it with y’all! Skilled artisans, dank foods, and a wide variety of guided activities will make our shared experience that much more reinvigorating for mind, body, and soul.”
What is the largest EDM festival in the USA?
By sheer size and attendee numbers, Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is the biggest US EDM festival. Over three days in May at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, almost half a million ravers pass through EDC’s gates, to see some of the biggest and best names in EDM music.
When is Ultra Miami 2024?
Ultra has gone global, but their massive Miami event will be held in 2024 from March 22-24. Last year, 165,000 EDM fanatics attended this world famous festival, and 2024 is expected to be just as big!
What is an underrated USA EDM festival?
While it may not be a household name like Ultra and EDC, Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) is shaping up to be one of the best EDM festivals in the USA. This annual event, held in Bakersfield, California, is many ravers favourite festival, and is an all-encompassing spiritual experience that will change your life.
What are some other incredible EDM Festivals 2024?
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 more EDM festivals I could add, but I wanted to keep it to a top 30 list! I hope you enjoyed it!
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