Looking for a list of the best upcoming music festivals in Ohio in 2023? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Cleveland. Columbus. Cincinnati. Let’s face it, Ohio doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for its range of awesome cities. Or it’s plethora of smaller, welcoming towns! You know what this Midwest state probably should get some of the most recognition for? Its vibrant festival scene!
For real. Ohio Music festivals are so underrated. Not only are there seemingly a million of them, but I can guarantee you no matter where you find yourself in this fine state, you’ll have a destination for top tunes close by.
Ohio’s state slogan is “So Much to Discover” – and they ain’t wrong.
Also, be sure to read my guides on Festival Hydration Backpacks, Festival Camping Packing List, Festival Shoes, and Festival Gadgets to help you make the most of your time!
Now, let’s dive in and discover the coolest Ohio Festivals that’ll keep you busy all year long!
1) Lost Lands Festival
When: September 22-24, 2023
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.”
The 5th annual Lost Lands Festival returns to Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on September 23rd-25th, 2022!
“Experience Lost Lands, presented by Excision, and 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!”
Join the Lost Lands 2023 Festival event for more info!
2) Alive Music Festival
When: July 13-15, 2023
Where: Atwood Like Park, Mineral City, Ohio
“Join us for the best 3 days of summer at the Alive Music Festival! Alive is a three-day music festival with 4 stages, 60+ artists, speakers & seminars, concerts all weekend, thousands of campers, tons of food trucks, a beautiful 1,500 lake, state-of-the-art RV sites, and so much more”
Join the Alive Music Festival Ohio 2023 event for tickets, info, and announcements!
3) Sonic Temple Festival
When: May 25-28, 2023
“America’s largest rock festival tears up the Midwest every May in the most metal of cities – Columbus, Ohio. The three-day festival is one of the anchors of The World’s Loudest Month, an annual festival ode to all that is loud music.
60 bands across three-stage over three days makes this a must-stop festival for fans of rock and metal.”
4) Breakaway Music Festival
When: September 2023
“Organized by Prime Social Group, Breakaway Music Festival is a genre-spanning concert event that takes place in Major League Soccer stadiums throughout the United States. With previous festivals in Columbus and Dallas, and with plans to expand in coming years, Breakaway is becoming one of the foremost music festivals in the country. Past headliners include Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun and Kendrick Lamar.”
5) Bunbury Music Festival
When: May / June 2023
“Finding its stride at Yeatman’s Cove and Sawyer Point in Cincinatti, Ohio, Bunbury Music Festival highlights a lineup geared toward the millennial crowd. Sitting on the banks of the Ohio River, the festival showcases anything from pop-punk to rap. Taking a stake in advancing into the future, Bunbury also incorporates eco-friendly and technology initiatives.”
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6) Nelsonville Music Festival
When: July 21-23, 2023
Where: Nelsonville, Ohio
“The laidback Nelsonville Music Festival mixes small regional bands, under the radar acts, and national headliners for a weekend of music in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. One of the best-kept secrets in Southeast Ohio, the four-stage fest brings back fans year after year with its intimate vibe.
“Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best-kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit,” and in our 16th year, NMF continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this intimate festival offers live music from a variety of genres on multiple stages from national, regional, and local acts. Catch live music on multiple stages! NMF features a main stage, a picturesque Porch Stage, the small No-Fi Cabin featuring artists performing with no electricity, and our FREE Boxcar Stage with music from an old train car turned into a stage backdrop and mural.”
7) Inkcarceration Festival 2023
When: July 14-16, 2023
Where: Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield
Genre: Rock & Tattoo
Ohio’s Rock & Tattoo event of the summer is back!
“The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival is back in action for 2023! The festival brought massive entertainment to over 18,000 fans in its first year, and this year, the festival aims even higher. Taking place once again in Mansfield, OH at the historic Ohio State Reformatory – one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption!
Featuring over 30 of today’s most electrifying rock bands. Additionally, the festival will once again feature over 70 tattoo artists from across the country, a large variety of food trucks and beverages, and even a terrifying haunted house attraction – Escape from Blood Prison.”
Join the Inkcarceration Festival 2023 event for more info!
8) The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival
When: February 17-18, 2023 & July 2023 (TBC)
Where: Legend Valley, Thornville
The festival brings awareness to musical styles that are the backbone of the vibrant music scene in Ohio!
“The Werk Out started as a collaboration between Dayton rock band The Werks and Trickle Productions. The Werks will perform four unique sets during the festival, and are joined by bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Papadosio, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more.”
9) Black Diamond Music and Arts Festival 2023
When: June 9-10, 2023
Where: Nelsonville, Ohio
“The Nelsonville Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival was the creation of Hocking College President Dr. Betty Young. A native of the region, Dr. Young felt it was important to recognize the musical influences of Southeast Ohio while simultaneously utilizing many of the internal student programs at the College to create and build a recognized music event. From the musical production department, to the culinary arts, policing and medical services, to construction services building the festival grounds, the College is vested to make your experience the absolute best.
The campus has hosted previous music events and its infrastructure is unmatched in the festival world. Incredible green space for mingling between acts to the finest camping facilities, to dorm rooms and a newly built lodge for artists and attendees.
Couple the infrastructure with Southeast Ohio hospitality and you can look forward to a wonderful festival. Welcome to the Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival!”
2023 Line-up highlights include: Josh Turner, Ashley McBryde, Jake Dunn, and many more!
10) Larchmere PorchFest
When: June 2023
Where: Shaker Heights
Genre: Americana, Hip Hop
Have you ever had really awesome neighbors and just thrown an epic block party? Well, that’s basically what this event is all about! Just taking a stroll down the street is the same as “stage-hopping” at any of these other epic music festivals in Ohio. Such an unique event, and defintiely worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood!
“The Larchmere PorchFest features 30 different local bands on 30 porches around Larchmere Blvd. in Shaker Heights. The community-driven festival features Americana, hip-hop, rock, world music and more.”
11) Painesville Party in the Park
When: July 2023
Where: Painesville, Ohio
“The Painesville Community Improvement Corporation (PCIC) will be hosting the 38th annual, all weekend long music festival, Party in the Park!
This free music festival features approximately 30 different music acts of various genres from both local and regional musicians. Back from last year, a jumbo TV screen will be featured to the right of the stage so everyone can see musical acts up close, with a large screen behind the performers as well. Stick around long enough and you may even get to watch yourself, friends and family on the big screen!”
12) Cincinnati Music Festival
When: July 20-22, 2023
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop
“Originally called the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival when it was first held in 1962, the Macy’s Music Festival has grown and evolved into a spectacular two-day event on Cincinnati’s riverfront.
Starting out as an all-jazz concert, it has evolved and grown into a two-day festival featuring great music from the hottest stars in R&B, jazz, soul, and hip-hop, as well as up and coming artists. Past performers include Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert, Patti Labelle, New Edition, Earth Wind and Fire, Lakeside, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and many others. By the year 2000, the festival was the largest of its kind in the United States, drawing more than 50,000 people annually from all across the country.”
13) EST Fest
When: August 2023 (Dates TBA)
“EST FEST is an annual two-day overnight live music festival featuring Machine Gun Kelly and friends in Ohio. Taking place in August, the wild three-day party goes down in Butler, Ohio and has managed to bring some top-level names out for festival-goers so far. Gucci Mane, Madeintyo, Justine Skye and others have been on-hand to perform some of their tracks, while Karen Civil has taken up the mantle of co-host alongside MGK.”
14) Everwild Music Festival 2023
When: August 3-5, 2023
Where: Butler, Ohio
Tropidelic’s official music festival! EVERWILD Music Festival is the coming together of like-minded
“An unforgettable weekend of music and memories in mid August at Brushy Fork Phamily Ranch in Newark, OH. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this event. The inaugural EVERWILD will feature two evenings of music headlined by Tropidelic in addition to our amazing lineup of bands, performers, and live painters!”
Join the EVERWILD Music Festival Ohio 2023 event for more info!
15) Overcast Hip Hop Festival
When: September 2023 (Dates TBA)
Genre: Hip Hop
“This weekend marks the debut of a new Cincinnati Hip Hop festival, Overcast, which goes down Friday and Saturday at Northside’s Urban Artifact.
The bar/brewery in a former church is fresh off of its successful two-day, multi-genre Bewilderfest event. For many Hip Hop fans throughout the region and beyond, the words “Cincinnati Hip Hop festival” instantly conjures memories of Scribble Jam, the legendary locally-based festival that began in the mid-’90s and ran through the 2000s, emerging as one of the most popular underground Hip Hop events in the Midwest. From its lineup to its programming (including various “battles”), Overcast is definitely in the same wheelhouse as Scribble Jam and something of a tribute to its legacy. This year marks 10 years since the final Scribble Jam.”
16) Bellwether Music Festival
When: August 2022 (Dates TBA)
“Bellwether is a two-day, two-stage alternative music festival with camping. Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some peace and quiet… Until the music starts. Bellwether Festival is returning to Waynesville, Ohio, with some awesome new updates and perks. Bellwether Fest made its debut last year, featuring a lineup of alternative and indie rock giants including The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Local Natives and MGMT. The crowd was made up primarily of music festival champions, and the vibes were nothing but positive.”
17) WonderStruck Music & Arts Festival
When: July 8-9, 2023
Where: Cleveland, Ohio
“Entering its 7th year, is one of the largest annual events in the Cleveland area. In previous years the festival has featured Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, Lewis Capaldi, Sheryl Crow, 24kGoldn, Stephan Marley, Young The Giant, Trombone Shorty and more. In 2023, WonderStruck will feature more than 25 acts, appearing on three stages, plus fantastic and inclusive food options, a robust artisan vendor village, and activities appropriate for ages 14 years and older.
The festival takes place at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH, which offers 400 acres of open-air, outdoor space to allow festival goers the ability comfortably spread out.”
18) Gathering of the Juggalos
When: August 2023
Where: Legend Valley
Genre: Rock, Horrorcore, Nu Metal
“The Gathering of the Juggalos (The Gathering or GOTJ) is an annual festival put on by Psychopathic Records, featuring performances by the entire label roster as well as numerous well-known musical groups and underground artists. It was founded by Jumpsteady, Insane Clown Posse (Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler), and their label in 2000. Gathering of the Juggalos spans five days and includes concerts, wrestling, games, contests, autograph sessions, karaoke, and seminars with artists.”
When: June 2023
“LOVE FEST is an annual open-air music festival that takes place on Chardon Square, located in Chardon, Ohio.
LOVE FEST gives stage to the up-and-coming heroes of the next generation of music. We embrace bands from as far way as Canada as well as from our backyard of NE Ohio. Our common ground is excellent music from a variety of genres fresh from the streets of your town, USA & Beyond.
LOVE is central to all we do as a festival: love of music; love of culture; love for our picturesque hometown; and for the earth we play on. We strive to protect and respect our beautiful environment by minimizing waste as much as possible.”
20) Dark Star Jubilee Festival
When: May 26-28, 2023 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Where: Legend Valley, Thornville
“The Dark Star Jubilee features an intimate setting within hallowed and historic grounds, offering up nearly 36 hours of music, all with non-overlapping sets. The stages are set up side by side allowing fans to see and hear the entirety of each and every artist listed on the lineup without having to hike between stages or choose between bands. Attendees can camp within the concert bowl, a few hundred feet from the stage, making the experience that much more up close and personal.”
21) Jazz & Rib Festival
When: July 2023
“If you’re a fan of jazz music and tasty barbeque, the Jazz & Rib festival in Columbus might be a good summer activity to check out. The fest features some of the biggest names in jazz and rock, bringing in Tower Of Power, Trombone Shorty and Tito Puente as headliners in past years. This year’s performers haven’t been announced yet.”
Ohio Music Festival Possibly Returning in 2023
The Ohio Festival scene has taken a bit of a hit with everything going on in the world, and many festivals haven’t made any announcements about future events. Here are a few of them to keep on your radar though, and do some research and see if they’ll be making a revival!
Jamboree in the Hills
“Jamboree In The Hills has existed in one form or another since 1977 in eastern Ohio, bringing in the big country music acts for hundreds of thousands of attendees. The fest has welcomed performances by Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Johnny Cash and more.”
Genre: Rock, Punk
“Spring Fling, an annual music festival hosted at Cleveland’s Agora, will be headlined by rock band Turnover and hardcore punk band Turnstile this year.
The daylong fest will enter its sixth year at the Agora. It’s organized by BravoArtist concert promoting company — the same company which puts together the Agora’s Snowed In festival every fall.”
Fashion Meets Music Festival
“Born out of the need to create a platform for emerging designers, artists, and talent to be seen and heard; Fashion Meets Music strives to push boundaries and create out-of-the-box installations than just a regular “event”.
InCuya Music Festival
“It’s the first year for InCuya music festival, and it’s already set the bar high. With The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame backing the AEG-run fest, big names like New Order, SZA, The Avett Brothers and AWOLNATION will be headlining. The fest takes place in the middle of downtown Cleveland at Malls B and C.”
When: May / June
Where: Legend Valley, Thornville
Genre: Punk Rock
“Camp Anarchy – a new camping, craft beer and punk music festival — will take over Legend Valley, just outside Columbus, OH, this spring.
Camp Anarchy featured performances by The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, X, Suicidal Tendencies, Less Than Jake, Fear, and more, along with craft beer tastings (available for purchase), and a slew of attractions including a Dodgeball Arena, Fair Games, Flea’s Market Vendor Village, and much more. This one-of-a-kind destination event is the only punk rock campout in the country, and will host NOFX’s first US performance in over one year.”
MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF)
Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock
“MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF) launched in 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an independent music festival and industry conference. The annual three-day event occurs each September in the city’s downtown and historic Over-the-Rhine entertainment district. Founded by Cincinnati musicians Bill Donabedian and Sean Rhiney, the festival was acquired in 2008 by Cincinnati CityBeat, a weekly alternative newspaper.”
Am I missing any epic Ohio Festivals 2023?
There really is no shortage of Ohio Festivals to choose from in 2019, that it was quite difficult to cut it down to only 25 festivals! If you think there is one epic festival missing, please let me know so I can get this article updated :-)
Thanks for reading about the best music festivals in Ohio!
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This is not even close to being correct and the Cleveland bias is very clear.
Fmmf is garbage.
No Family roots or duck creek .
Hookahville, is the longest running bi-annual music festival in the state of Ohio. (We just had the 51st one last weekend) it was the inspiration for at least 3 festivals on your list. Disappointed not seeing it represented on here.
https://hookahville.com – here comes 52 on Labor Day weekend in Butler Ohio!
The Country Fest and Neon Nights – at clays park. North Lawrence, Ohio