Looking for the best music festivals in Washington…?  Well, look no further, because I’ve got them all covered for 2020!

Washington, one of the United States most important musical destinations, definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to putting on a show-stopping music festival schedule. There are some truly epic music festivals in Washington, and it helps that many of these are at the incredible Gorge(ous) Amphitheater!  

Washington Music Festivals 2020


Year-round, you can indulge in events statewide that are geared at all musical genres, from indie to hip hop, electronic to hard rock. Vibe to great tunes in ultra-hip Seattle, or discover lesser-known musical hubs like George, Tacoma, and Spokane.

So, why not take a road trip to the state that produced the likes of Kurt, Eddie and Jimi (just to name a few), and explore the scene for yourself?

Take a read through what I think are the Top 15 Washington music festivals in 2020, watch a few of the after-movies, and start planning your yearly summer festival schedule!


1) Paradiso Festival

Paradiso - Best Music Festivals in Washington 2020

When: Mid-June 2020 (Dates TBA)

Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre

http://paradisofestival.com/

“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 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 answers the call?

USC Events is excited to announce the 8th annual Paradiso Festival! Journey home to the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre on June 14th & 15th 2019 for two days of life, love, music, and family.

Get ready to be immersed in a land where modern technology and nature’s purity blend together in perfect harmony. Experience three stages with world class visuals & audio production, thrilling rides & attractions, some of the biggest names in dance music, a stunning natural backdrop you have to see to believe, and the best part of all, the Paradiso family.”


2) Lucky

Lucky Festival Wahsington

When: Mid-March 2020

Where: Tacoma Dome

http://luckyfestival.com/

“USC Events’ annual spring festival. A giant St Patrick’s Day celebration, this one-day green dance party features sets by the top EDM DJs, producers and artists in the country. Past performers include Zeds Dead, Steve Angello and Ape Drums.

Nature resurrects its poignant beauty, shaking from the cold of winter and with it brings a promise of more prosperous days. The warm embrace of Spring beckons and just around the corner, and off in the distance we can see the green, glistening isle of emerald. With this visage we feel with all of our being the abundance of luck that awaits.

Spring brings with it an enchanting world full of magical creatures, immersive sights and the comforting blanket of sound that only exists clad in a golden hue. At the end of our rainbow, the fortuitous experience is there, waiting to welcome us. Count the stars and embark into the world of: Lucky.”


3) Summer Meltdown Festival

Summer Meltdown - Washington Music Festivals 2020

When: August 6-9, 2020

Where: Darrington, WA

https://summermeltdownfest.com/

Where the Music Meets the Mountain!!!

Summer Meltdown is a music, camping, and adventure festival in Darrington, WA – an hour and a half into the Cascade mountains from Seattle and Bellingham. Summer Meltdown is known for its vibrant community that is open to all ages – from the kids zone, to the late night tent, to lounging in the beer garden – this festival offers fantastic experiences for everyone!  

“We’re talking about 19 years of adventure and great music….

The river, the beach at bacon point, the sun making Whitehorse Mountain turn gold at dusk and pink at dawn. Nobody’s ever a stranger at Meltdown, we’re united young and old with the goal of having the best weekend of the summer. We make it that way together, loading our cars from all over the west and driving into the North Cascades, bringing unicorn floaties and snacks to share and absurd costumes and best friends.
 
We become like the ferns below our hammocks, a glacial wind as we swoop down the steps of the amphitheater, the feeling of sunlight on our necks as we rope swing into the river. We put stars in our eyes and pad thai dumplings in our bellies and music follows us the whole year through. Bassnectar, The String Cheese Incident, Griz, Greensky Bluegrass, Beats Antique, Nahko and Medicine for the People, and many more.”
 

4) Bumbershoot Festival

Bumbershoot Festival Seattle Washington 2019

When: September 4-6, 2020 (Labor Day Weekend) 

Where: Seattle, Washington

https://www.bumbershoot.com/

Seattle’s Celebration of Music, Arts, & Creativity!

“Now approaching half a century, Bumbershoot is one of Seattle’s largest cultural touchstones. Each year, thousands of people from across the country flock to Seattle Center to attend this acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and most-loved contemporary festivals in North America, while having maintained its Northwest spirit and innovative roots.”


5) Watershed Music Festival

Watershed Country Music Festival - Best Washington Festivals 2020

When: July 31 – August 2, 2020

Where: The Gorge Ampitheater

http://watershedfest.com/

‘Shedders unite at The Gorge for the biggest 3-day country and music festival in the Northwest!

While I wouldn’t typically attend a country music festival myself…I would never say no to the chance to spend a weekend in the gorge camping, drinking, and listening to live music with my friends!  This is easily one of the best country festivals in the U.S.A, located in arguably the best venue in the entire continent!

With the 2019 headliners being Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, and Jason Aldean – it’s safe to say it’s a must-attend for country music fans in the Pacific Northwest. 


6) Seattle Hempfest Protestival

Music Festivals in Washington

Photo via Facebook

When: August 14-16, 2020

Where: Seattle, Washington

https://www.hempfest.org/festival/

“Boasting the title of the world’s largest event advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana, Seattle HEMPFEST peacefully takes a stance on this controversial argument. Since its inception in 1991, the festival has grown to draw a crowd of more than 450,000 devoted attendees. Held as a three-day event, guests can join in a political rally, attend the arts and crafts fair and enjoy a heady lineup of live musical entertainment.”


7) Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party - Best Music Festivals in Seattle, Washington 2020

When: July 2020 (Dates TBA)

Where: Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington

http://www.capitolhillblockparty.com/

“Capitol Hill Block Party is an annual, three-day music festival and block party held each July in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  With a six-stage setup of both indoor and outdoor venues, multiple beer gardens, and VIP lounges, CHBP provides a communal, accessible experience, continuously evolving since it was founded in 1997. Featuring national, big-name artists, promising local talent, and lesser-known performers across a variety of genres, CHBP exposes its 20,000+ attendees to a diverse balance of acts that appeals to all ages and music tastes. 

Never failing to bring Seattle and neighboring cities together, CHBP has created a well-known name for itself alongside many national festivals.”  

Check out this awesome review, “Review: Lizzo shines at highly anticipated 2019 Capitol Hill Block Party performance” for more information! 

“With the last bass line dropped, the final White Claw hard seltzer crushed, the 23rd Capitol Hill Block Party Starring (OMG!) Queen Lizzo is in the books. Yes, there’s no doubt that this will go down as the year Lizzo ruled Block Party, delivering on what was easily the most anticipated set during the three-day bash on the Hill.

But with more than 120 acts spread across seven-plus stages, there were many award-worthy performances throughout the annual summer fete that drew roughly 29,000 fans to East Pike Street. To acknowledge these outstanding achievements, we present our inaugural (sure, maybe) Capitol Hill Block Party Most Valuable Performer Awards — or the CHBP MVPAs, if you will.”


8) Volume Inlander Music Festival

Inlander Music Festival Washington Spokane

When: May 2020 (Dates TBA)

Where: Spokane, Washington

http://volume.inlander.com/

“Join us for Volume Inlander Music Festival – a once-a-year music extravaganza that showcases bands from all over the Northwest. Volume offers 100 bands at venues all over Downtown Spokane. One wristband gets you into every show, and onto the Spokane Party Bus for a quick ride to your next music destination.”


9) Olympic Music Festival

Washington Music Festivals WA 2019

When: July 11-12, 2020 | August 8 – September 6, 2020

Where: Port Townsend, Washington

https://www.olympicmusicfestival.org/

Artistic Director Julio Elizalde announces the Olympic Music Festival’s (OMF) 2019 summer season featuring chamber music’s most sought-after artists for six weeks of captivating performances in Port Townsend, Washington. Performers include superstar violinists Sarah Chang and Ray Chen, the return of Musicians from GardenMusic led by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, and many other prominent musicians from around the globe. The 2019 season takes place over six weekends from July to early September with twelve individual performances. Concerts begin at 2:00PM.

2019 marks the fifth year of the Olympic Chamber Music Fellowship – the OMF’s internationally recognized educational program. Considered to be one of the most unique professional training programs in the country, the Fellowship serves as a critical link for young artists transitioning from student life to facing the challenges of becoming a professional musician. The four fellows, selected through a highly competitive audition process, will spend two weeks at the OMF collaborating with mentoring artists while learning about the intricacies of a building a career through group discussions on rarely covered subjects such as taxes, management, and contract negotiations. This year’s fellows include current students and graduates of major music schools such as the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Yale School of Music at Yale University.”


10) HONK! FEST WEST

Honk Fest - Seattle Washington Festivals 2020

When: June 5-7, 2020

Where: Seattle, Washington

https://www.honkfestwest.org/

To celebrate music, community, activism, diversity, cultural expression, representation, and love in 3 different Seattle neighborhoods!!

“HONK! Fest West is a free, non-profit, community music festival driven by the energetic performance of street bands in public spaces. Completely volunteer-planned and organized, HONK! festivals are a part of a global renaissance of community street band culture. For three days in Seattle area parks and streets, 25+ bands deliver music and celebration that is accessible to all.

HONK! bands are typically acoustic and mobile, often politically aware and articulate, and always high spirited. There is a rich community ethic among HONK!ers, who use their music to erode the barriers between professional and novice, and between audience and performers. Although uniforms are sometimes used as a performance tool, individuality is key, and group members often hail from all range of classes, ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds. Perhaps most importantly, the HONK!ers’ ultimate goal is to have fun, to relish the art of making fun as a form of individual and collective transcendence, and to encourage others to see and do the same.”


11) Wintergrass Music Festival

Wintergrass Music Festival Washington 2019

When: February 20-23, 2020

Where: Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, Washington

http://wintergrass.com/

Acoustic Sound is committed to preserving and promoting traditional, acoustic, American music through presentation and education, with special attention given to the bluegrass music community.

Wintergrass Music Festival, founded in 1994, is known for its performances and its music education serving people of all ages.  Wintergrass is held at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Bellevue WA. For four days and nights, four stages, lobbies, and every available nook and cranny is filled with the sounds of bluegrass and acoustic music. This family-friendly event also includes plenty of workshops, dances and endless smiles.
 

12) Critical Northwest 

Music Festivals in Washington WA 2019

When: July 2020 (Dates TBA)

Where: Granite Falls, WA

http://www.criticalnw.org/

Lost Cities & Civilizations

Critical is an official Burning Man regional event, and a program of Ignition Northwest.

“For sixteen years Critical Northwest has been dedicated to championing the spirit and principles of Burning Man in the Pacific Northwest. Every July we gather together to embrace the spirit and vision of the playa as we build something new right here in the woods and mountains of home.This year our theme, Lost Cities and Civilizations, will explore mythology from around the world. From the depths of Atlantis to the meadows of Tir na nÓg, the sands of Zerzura to the frost of Valhalla, we’ll delve into the commonalities and differences in the stories shaped by human imagination for as long as we’ve had the language to share our dreams.”

While I’m fully aware that Burning Man is not a music festival, I think the community here is similar to what I look for when I go to music festivals, so I include regional burns on my festival roundups!  If you’re thinking about going to this festival or Black Rock City, check out my articles Burning Man Accessories, Costumes, Clothing, and Outfit Essentials, as well as my post about the Best Burning Man Goggles & Glasses.


13) Upstream Music Festival

Photo via Facebook

When: Possibly returning in June 2020…?

Where: Pioneer Square, Seattle

https://upstreammusicfest.com/

“Upstream Music Fest + Summit is a three-day music fest where attendees can discover acclaimed national artists performing alongside rising stars from the Northwest. Our open campus in the heart of Seattle’s historic arts and entertainment district allows for serendipitous moments for fans and musicians alike, and our variety of ticket options means you can curate your perfect weekend of music.”

In early 2019 though, they announced they’d be taking a break, and posted the following message on Facebook. It looks like such an incredible event though, so I’m hoping they make a return in 2020!!

Upstream Music Festival Sumit - Best Washington Festivals 2020


14) Above & Beyond Group Therapy Weekender

Above & Beyond Weekender - Best EDM Rave Festivals Washington 2021

When: July 2021

Where: The Gorge Amphitheater, Washington

https://www.aboveandbeyond.nu/gtw/

“Our first-ever Group Therapy Weekender was an incredible, life-affirming experience. A truly special weekend, together on one of the world’s best dancefloors. See you in 2021.” – Above & Beyond

So I was in attendance for this magical two-day #ANJUNAFAM party, and I was completely blown away by the experience! Not only was it my first time visiting the wondrous Gorge Amphitheater, which certainly is a top contender for the best music festival venue in the world, but it was also my first Anjuna event! While I don’t typically listen to too much trance music anymore, I had the time of my life dancing it up and being surrounded by one of the most loving and accepting communities in the electronic dance music industry. 

While the first day was dedicated to the more EDM side of Anjunabeats, the performances by Jason Ross, Audien, Andrew Bayer, and Above & Beyond (perfomring for ABGT 250) were all fantastic. But my favorite day for music was the latter, which showcased the Anjunadeep sounds, for a purely melodic and euphoric experience! I had somehow never heard of either Luttrell or Yotto, but they were simply perfect! 

While the Gorge Amphitheater is notoriously expensive (talking $12 a beer or so), I loved the camping experience, and met a ton of great friends! Keep an eye out for this festival’s return in 2021, as I promise you that you’ll have an epic experience! 


15) Imagine Music & Arts Festival

When: September 2020 (Dates TBA)

Where: Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island, Washington

https://imagineorcasisland.com/

“Thank you for joining us. Imagine Music & Arts Festival would like to present the latest rendition of our artistic endeavor. We will showcase cutting edge music along with visual and performance art in an amazing world-class setting. It is an honor for us to return once again to the beautiful Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island. Located on a remote point of one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Imagine is a place of a different time and a different pace. A place where magic happens and dreams can become reality. Please join us once again for Imagine…

At the Imagine Music & Arts Festival music is an art form. We’ve brought musicians from around the world and created a showcase throughout the weekend that will weave a beautiful emotional journey through your experience at Imagine. Featuring a collection of electronic dance music producers, live bands, acoustic live acts and ambient downtempo artists, you will leave inspired by the caliber of music you will encounter here.”


Bonus Festival – Sasquatch !?????

Best Festivals in Washington 2019

When:  ????

Where: The Gorge Amphitheater 

https://www.sasquatchfestival.com/

Do you think Sasquatch will ever return…?  It was seriously my biggest bucket list music festival in Washington, and I was absolutely horrified to hear that it wouldn’t be coming back for 2019, and most likely the future….

Read this article on how Sasquatch not Returning in 2019 for a bit more info, but it doesn’t seem too likely!  It’s such a shame, because it was definitely one of the best festivals in America!  They always delivered a top-notch line-up, amazing camping in an unbelievably beautiful destination, and an overall incredibly fun weekend.  I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about Sasquatch, and that’s why I can’t leave it off this list!!  

“Anchored on indie and alt rock, Sasquatch! also delves into hip hop, funk, electronic musics and more, choosing acts for their artistic creativity over commercial appeal. This approach combined with being set at the utterly beautiful Gorge Amphitheater makes this one of the best music festivals in the world.”

Check out this fun review: SASQUATCH IS THE FESTIVAL FOR MUSIC AFICIONADOS

I’m living in Washington now, so fingers crossed there’s somehow a massive revival and the festival returns in 2020!!


Am I Missing Any Epic Music Festivals in Washington…?

While I’m currently editing this post from Spain, I’ve been living in Washington for over 5 months now, and can’t wait to check out as many of these festivals as possible in the coming years!  It’s not the most popular state in the U.S.A for music festivals, but there really are some solid options to choose from.  If you think I’m missing any important ones that I need to add to my list, please do comment below or email me and let me know!  Thanks!!

Best Music Festivals in Washington WA 2019


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