22 Magical EDM Festivals in the USA – 2018 Guide

EDM Festivals in the USA

Boasting some of the World’s greatest Electronic Music Festivals, we’ve put together 22 of the most magical and highly anticipated upcoming EDM Festivals in the USA for 2017. From giants for Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival (UMF), the 2017 EDM Festivals guide showcases some not so well known events sure to get your party started!

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Electric Zoo

When: 1 Sep – 3 Sep 2017   /  Where: New York City , America

Electric Zoo Lineup: Flux Pavilion, Tiesto, Hardwell, Gareth Emery, Andrew Bayer, Khomha, Zomboy, Porter Robinson.

For almost a decade, Electric Zoo has been New York’s very own electronic music festival. Together, Electric Zoo have soared the heights of dance music and dug new depths in underground sounds; They’ve transformed while journeying to Wild Island, and have taken their NYC state of mind to Tokyo, Mexico City, and even Shanghai! But in 2017, Electric Zoo are pushing their imaginations and ambitions one step further by exploring new frontiers in our hometown, the wildest place in the world… New York City.

Ultra Music Festival

When: 24 Mar – 26 Mar 2017   /  Where: Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida, United States

Ultra Music Festival Headliners: Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Seth Troxler, Tiesto, Adam Beyer, Dubfire.

The biggest names in EDM Festivals  headline Ultra’s main stage, while emerging talents and live artists are found at seven other stages throughout the park. Past headliners include Tiesto, David Guetta, AVICII, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia. Other major artists include Moby, Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers. Live sets performed by such diverse artists as Snoop Dog and MIA are crowd pleasers, and Madonna even dropped in for a surprise appearance.

It’s a high-energy crowd of music lovers, Spring Breakers, rave newbies and veterans coming together to jump and groove to disco, techno, dub-step, house, trance, hardcore, pop and industrial music. It’s an overwhelming and euphoric experience with a sea of people dancing together while major pyrotechnics, confetti and laser lights flash to the beat of the music.

Burning Man

When: 27 Aug – 04 Sep   /  Where: Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert(also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

Even considering going to Burning Man for the first time can be daunting. And while it’s true that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart, with some research, preparation, and planning, an experience — and opportunity — beyond your wildest dreams awaits you. In Black Rock City, you’re guaranteed not to be the weirdest kid in the classroom. And you’ll become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round, around the world, ensuring that the fire of Burning Man culture never goes out.

Nocturnal Wonderland

When: 01 September – 03 September   /  Where: San Bernardino, USA

The movement began in the 1990s, and we called it Nocturnal Wonderland — a world of sights and sounds as vibrant and unique as those who have come, year after year, to behold its fantastical mysteries. In this place, owls keep a watchful eye over the landscape, cats flash mischievous grins, and curious creatures of all shapes and sizes move to the vibrations of the forest.

Embark with us on yet another journey. What new adventures will this one hold? Come with us and see. The Energy Awaits!

Euphoria Festival

When: 06 April – 09 April  /  Where: Austin, Texas, USA

We’re curious creatures, constantly seeking better ways to connect with people; constantly seeking better ways to add value to their lives and give back. We think about how people devour music, information, and new ideas and then go out into the world and plant the seeds of change.

We are fans. Pure and simple. We’re deeply enriched by the transformative effects of EDM Festivals in the USA and it’s community. We belong to and live in the musical moment. We belong to a community who, through music, seek a deeper, richer,  more inspired experience. We belong to Austin, to its freedom and vibe. We belong to those who doubt the conventional and create the exceptional. We belong to each other, one family camping and laughing and loving and sharing in the joy of music.

We belong here, in this place, which is far more than a music venue; far more than a festival, it’s a completely immersive experience, a place where you listen, create, feel and literally — live in the moment. #FindYourEuphoria

Coachella

When: 14 April – 23 April   /  Where: California, USA

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire‘s Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live as of 2001.[1] The event features many genres of music, including rockindiehip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are the: Coachella Stage, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Outdoor Theatre, and Sahara Tent; a smaller Oasis Dome was used in 2006 and 2011, while a new Yuma stage was introduced in 2013.

Electric Daisy Carnival

When: 16 June – 18 June   /  Where: Las Vegas, USA

As the day’s vivid colors wash over this picturesque landscape, our imaginations come alive. While others merely daydream, we seek true adventure within EDC’s otherworldly domains. In this place, we reaffirm that we are kindred spirits bound by a deep passion for music, art and discovery. And there is so much to discover.

Each area contained within EDC represents a distinct union of technology and nature, where elements mix to entice the senses and provide unique inspiration.

Follow a path that leads from a green garden into an expansive, majestic field. Find peace in a meadow filled with other kindred spirits, all grooving to the same universal beat. Wander, explore, and unlock the energy of this magical place, and you will be rewarded with a truly beautiful experience.

Electric Forest

When: 22 June – 02 July   /  Where: Michigan, USA

Now in its fourth year, Electric Forest is a well known for its EDM Festivals in the USA, bringing together a passionate group of fans with a real sense of community spirit.

The musical lineup is a chilled out mixture of R&B, electronic and soul that fits perfectly with the relaxed setting of the hammock draped forest. By night, the natural beauty of the forest is illuminated by jaw-dropping light displays.

Definitely a festival for artistic types, parts of the forest are crafted into art installations, while interactive characters and storylines are blended with eclectic performing artists and musicians.

Mysteryland

When: 09 June – 12 June  /  Where: New York, USA

Mysteryland first traversed the world’s festival stage in 2011, hosting its second namesake over international waters at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile. In the years following, Mysteryland took up residency on the legendary grounds of Woodstock in Bethel Woods, New York where the first edition of Mysteryland USA was brought to life in 2014. Returning once again to Bethel Woods for its fourth annual stateside experience, Mysteryland USA will incite the magic of Woodstock this June 9th – 12th, 2017.

Cultivating multi-sensory experiences built upon the pillars of music, culture, art & sustainability, we strive to evolve and push the boundaries with each festival edition that is produced around the globe, Tomorrowland is one of the most anticipated EDM Festivals in the USA.

Paradiso Festival

When: 23 June – 24 June  /  Where: Washington, USA

In a world of constant flux and chaos, we must take a moment to recognize the beautiful things that never waver. Our annual return to Paradise allows for these moments.

Music will always bring us together in a world full of forces aiming to pull us apart. It allows for us to celebrate the unity found within our diversity. Life is ever changing – yet here we are, another year around the sun – soon to find ourselves back home, together again.

Every year, we collectively leave behind the worries and stresses of our everyday lives as we embark on a journey through Paradise. On June 23rd and 24th 2017, we invite you to gather as the United State of Consciousness as we welcome the return of Paradiso Festival at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheater.

We will embrace the fusion of modern technology and nature’s purity in a land where digital meets nature. Prepare to gather from far and wide to embark on the adventure of the summer!

Escape: Psycho Circus

When: 28 October – 29 October   /  Where: California, USA

Each year since we started Escape in 2011, the woeful tale of Alice and her nemesis, the Red Ringmaster, grows more disturbing. This year’s trailer, which you can watch in full above, recaps this maddening tragedy six years in the making and leaves the story of Alice and the vengeful Wonderland creatures wide open to the disturbed imagination.

This Halloween season, Insomniac will once again lead you on a journey into the dark and demented as we blur the lines between nightmare and reality at Escape: Psycho Circus 2016, taking place Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. Across two epic nights of fright and delight with your fellow Headliners, you’ll experience ghoulish creatures and performers creeping around the festival, epic costumes, a terrifying world of mazes and frightening haunted houses, eye-popping visuals and production, bone-crushing sound systems, interactive art, and the top artists and producers in electronic music today across four stages of blood-curdling beats.

Lollapalooza

When: 3 Auguest – 6 August   /  Where: Chicago, USA

ollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and EDM bands and artists, dance and comedy performances and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists.

Conceived and created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. From its inception through 1997 and its revival in 2003, the festival toured North America. In 2004, the festival organizers decided to expand the dates to two days per city, but poor ticket sales forced the 2004 tour to be canceled. In 2005, Farrell and the William Morris Agency partnered with Austin, Texas–based company Capital Sports Entertainment (now C3 Presents) and retooled it into its current format as a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago.

Hangout Music Festival

When: 20 May – 22 May   /  Where: Alabama, USA

Situated along the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, AL, the annual Hangout Music Fest has quickly built a reputation as one of the premiere destination festivals for its majestic setting. Since launching in 2010, they’ve also established a reputation for their eclectic lineups featuring both heavy-hitter headliners and buzzy newcomers across multiple genres, hosting the likes of the Weeknd, Outkast, Tom Petty, Florence and the Machine, and Jack White over the last few years.

This year’s lineup is arguably their strongest to date, with the three-day schedule (May 19-21, 2017) topped by headliners Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, and Twenty One Pilots. The big news here is the return of Frank Ocean for his first scheduled show in three years, while other notable standouts include MGMT, Sigur Ros, Weezer, Major Lazer, A$AP Ferg, Charli XCX, Franz Ferdinand, and Mac DeMarco, among many more.

Beyond Wonderland

When: 24 March – 25 March   /  Where: California, USA

With more than 70 artists performing across six intricately designed stage productions and our beloved musical art car, this year’s lineup features a wide and diverse range of talent across EDM Festivals in the USA. Prepare for beat-heavy sets from up-and-coming acts, Insomniac festival first-timers, and all-time favorites—including DiploHardwellAlison WonderlandYellow ClawGTAMarkus SchulzAly & FilaNGHTMREPaul van DykREZZ and many more. Peep the full lineup below.

This year, we’re reimagining Beyond Wonderland into a brand-new, fantastical dimension: the Endless Sea, where Headliners will experience amazing music, breathtaking art installations and unforeseen possibilities. Set sail on our seventh annual voyage to Beyond Wonderland Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA.

Spring Awakening

When: 9 June – 11 June  /  Where: Chicago, USA

Have you ever been riding the Red Line on a weekend in mid-June and wondered, “Why are there so many people in here wearing neon tank-tops and Japanese kitten hats?” Well, duh, it is Spring Awakening Music Festival weekend. This year, Diplo, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Marshmello and Galantis top the electronic-focued lineup. The party flows over into the Chicago’s best dance clubs with several after-parties. Check out our recaps as well as photos of DJs, the best stages and the crazy costumes worn by the crowd.

Ultimate Music Experience

When: 16 March – 18 March  /  Where: Texas, USA

Ultimate Music Experience (UME) is set to return to South Padre Island, Texas, from 15th March through 18th March 2017 at Clayton’s Outdoors venue.

Since its 2011 debut, UME has welcomed over 100,000 spring breakers to South Padre Island with preparations currently in effect for the 7th edition of UME.

Due to a growing audience, UME 2017 will be held at a new location – Clayton’s Outdoors, the largest spring break venue in the USA. Some of the world’s most renowned DJs including Porter Robinson, DJ Snake, Kaskade, and many more performed at the 2016 edition of the popular Texas-based festival.

Exodus Festival

When: 18 may – 22 May   /  Where: Las Vegas, USA

Held over the extended weekend of May 18-22, 2017, season eight of Exodus Festival features NINE nightclub events, SIX pool parties, and 3000+ festival attendees. All you need is one All-Access pass to guarantee entry into 15+ events at all the hottest Las Vegas venues all weekend long.

Exodus Festival truly is the best deal of the year in Las Vegas nightlife. No other event or “club pass” gives you access to this caliber of nightclubs and dayclubs for such a low price. Festival attendees also enjoy use of exclusive venue entrances so you can skip all the long entry lines.

Boom Festival

When: 22 – 29 July 2018 / Where: Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Oregon Eclipse 2017 is a quintessential example of why we produce events. Creating novel, unifying experiences to bring community together is the highest purpose of a production team and we are ecstatic to get to work!

One of the longer Psytrance Festivals 2017, this event is a 7 day international gathering celebrating the total solar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017. Produced by a consortium of 11 of the worlds premier independent arts & music festivals OE17 will be a global synaesthesia of art, ideas, music, dancing and international community.

Movement Electronic Music Festival

When: 27 May – 29 May   /  Where: Michigan, USA

Movement Electronic Music Festival is one of the beating hearts of the electronic music scene in both the USA and the wider world. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, it has cemented its place as one of the truly iconic festivals to experience.

Set to a backdrop of the stunning Detroit skyline, the festival welcomes pioneers of electronic music in the birthplace of techno. With the biggest international names as well as the hottest emerging talent, it exudes excitement at every level.

Previous names to have performed here include icons such as Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Carl Craig as well as innovators such as Seth Troxler, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Loco Dice, Len Faki, Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing, Kraftwerk, Jamie Jones, Delano Smith and countless others.

Global Dub Festival 2017

When: 20 May    /  Where: Morrison, USA

Global Dub Festival: Flux Pavilion comes to Red Rocks Amphitheater on Saturday 20th May 2017! That’s right Bass EDM fans listen up the epic Global Dub Festival is returning once more to bring you the hottest talent right to the Red Rocks stage so that you, the music fans can dance til the morning light! Get ready as the dub step infused DJ, Flux Pavilion takes center stage! It’s gonna be huge!

Middlelands Festival

When: 5 May – 7 May /  Where: Texas, USA

Imagine yourself transported to a distant realm, where enchanted echoes from days of yore meet breathtaking visions from a world yet unseen! Within these gates, fanciful creatures roam the kingdoms while mesmerizing sounds give forth from futuristic castles. In this festive celebration of epic proportions, imagination rules the land. Welcome to Middlelands — an Adventure for the Ages! As you wander and explore the fantastical landscape of Middlelands, you’ll find four-dimensional superstructures and mind-blowing feats of ingenuity, inspired by the elements of air, water and fire.

Firefly Music Festival

When: 15 June – 18 June /  Where: Delaware, USA

Firefly is unlike any other EDM Festivals in the USA, it really takes its fans into consideration. So, of course, it makes total sense that Firefly’s 2017 lineup is eclectic and pretty interesting. Out with the cookie cutter and in with the strange!

Over the fest’s four days you should make sure you’re present to see Chance the Rapper, Franz Ferdinand, Anna Lunoe, Warm Brew and Bob Dylan. Yeah, these picks might seem a little jumbled, but, trust us, they’re worth gluing your eyes to the stage for.

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