List of Music Festivals USA 2018

Over 230 USA 2018 music festivals listed here with links

Roots Music Festivals USA 2018

Over 230 Festivals Included

By Rob Dickens

Planning trips to the US to maximise music experiences can be hard work.  We have not found one source that provides up-to-date, easy to view and comprehensive festival info for our preferred genres – alt. country, folk, Americana, blues, rock, folk and soul.  For quite a while we at Listening Through The Lens have been compiling our own list.

Here is our third iteration, bigger and, hopefully, better than ever!

This has involved some work and we have researched, refined and improved the list.  The version below now contains more than 230 different events.  But it is by no means comprehensive we are sure.  It does not include music cruises and we are sure there are many events still missing.  When in the USA just recently for The Total Tennessee Tour, I picked up more information from wherever I could about extra events to enhance our 2017 list.  In particular, I struck festival gold when in Virginia for The Festy Experience, where there was plenty of information around.  All this has been compiled and the list in 2018 has an extra fifty festivals compared with this year.

The churn rate from one year to the next continues to be significant.  At least twenty festivals have not gone ahead again and more appear doubtful for 2018.  Most don’t surface again.  It must be a tough business if there are so many festivals that have fallen away.  There is a moral to this.  If there is a festival in your backyard, don’t assume it is going to be there forever!  Support it while you can.

Given that we are still weeks away from the start of the new year, there are many whose dates have yet to be announced. No fear, we will be updating the list regularly as news come to hand.

Here is our attempt.  Every festival has a link to the relevant website.


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Festival City 2018 dates
The Music Fest Steamboat Springs CO 4-9 Jan
30A Songwriters Festival South Walton FL 12-15 Jan
Sunshine Music & Blues St Petersburg FL 13-Jan
Sunshine Music & Blues Boca Raton FL 14-Jan
Yee Haw Music Okeechobee FL 18-21 Jan
Mile 0 Key West FL 7-10 Feb
Neuse River Music Kinston NC 10-11 Feb
Folk Alliance International Kansas City MO 14-18 Feb
Palatka Bluegrass Palatka FL 15-17 Feb
Bluegrass First Class Asheville NC 16-18 Feb
Florida Bluegrass Brookesville FL 20-25 Feb
Wintergrass Music Bellevue WA 22-25 Feb
McDowell Mountain Phoenix AZ 2-4 Mar
Back Porch Northampton MA 9-12 Mar
South By Southwest (SXSW) Austin TX 9-18 Mar
Sertoma Springs Bluegrass Brookesville FL 21-25 Mar
Treefort Music Boise ID 21-25 Mar
Suwanee Springfest Live Oak FL 22-24 Mar
Luck Reunion Luck TX tba
Anastasia Augustine FL tba
Big Ears Knoxville TN 22-26 Mar
Blue, Brew and Que Kenansville NC 24-Mar
Savannah Music Savannah GA 29 Mar – Apr 14
Paluxy River Spring Bluegrass Glen Rose TX 5-7 Apr
Outlaws and Legends Abilene TX tba
Rhythm & Blooms Knoxville TN 6-8 Apr
Tortuga Music Fort Lauderdale FL 6-8 Apr
Big Lick Bluegrass Oakboro NC 6-8 Apr
Brooklyn Folk Festival Brooklyn NY 6-8 Apr
French Quarter New Orleans LA 12-15 Apr
Bender Jamboree Las Vegas NV 12-15 Apr
Mid West Music Fest La Crosse WI 13-14 Apr
Coachella Indio CA 13-22 Apr
Baton Rouge Blues Baton Rouge 14-15 Apr
Juke Joint Clarksdale MS 14-Apr
Cat Head Mini Blues Clarksdale MS 15-Apr
Wanee Music Live Oak FL 19-21 Apr
Old Settler’s Driftwood TX 19-22 Apr
Sweetwater 420 Atlanta GA 20-22 Apr
Festival International de Louisiane Lafayette LA 25-29 Apr
MerleFest Wilksboro NC 26-29 Apr
Mid West Music Fest Winona MN 27-28 Apr
Stagecoach Indio CA 27-29 Apr
Jazz and Heritage New Orleans LA 27 Apr – 6 May
Shakori Hills Grassroots Chapel Hill NC 3-6 May
Moonrunners Chicago IL 4-5 May
Cheat River Albright W.VA tba
Whistle Stop Weekend Huntsville AL tba
French Broad River Festival Hot Springs NC tba
Conroe Americana Music Conroe TX 4-6 May
Beale St Memphis TN 4-6 May
Dog River Mud Bottom Revival Mobile AL tba
Key West Songwriter’s Festival Key West FL 9-13 May
Blues Awards Memphis TN tba
Leaf Spring Black Mountain NC 10-13 May
Aiken Bluegrass Aiken SC tba
North Carolina Brewers and Music Huntersville NC 11-12 May
Shaky Knees Atlanta GA tba
Gettysburg Bluegrass Gettysburg PA 17-20 May
Susquehanna Breakdown Scranton PA tba
Bluegrass from the Forest Shelton WA 18-20 May
Moonshiner’s Ball Irvine KY tba
Hangout Music Gulf Shores ALA 18-20 May
Trail Days Damascus VA 18-20 May
Dominion Riverrock Richmond VA 18-20 May
Lil John’s Mountain Music Snow Camp NC 24-26 May
DelFest Cumberland MD 24-27 May
Roosterwalk Music and Arts Axton VA 24-27 May
Strawberry Music Spring Grass Valley CA 24-28 May
Kerrville Kerrville TX 24 May – Jun 10
Nashville Boogie Nashville TN 25-26 May
Carolina Roots Statesville NC tba
Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home McClure VA tba
Papa Joe’s Banjobque Music Evans GA tba
Little Walter Music Alexandria LA tba
Long Creek Music Long Creek SC tba
Westport Roots Kansas City MO 25-27 May
Country 500 Daytona FL 25-27 May
Mountain Sports Asheville NC 25-27 May
Bottle Rock Napa Valley CA 25-27 May
Spoleto Charleston SC 25 May – Jun 10
Sasquatch George WA tba
John Hartford Memorial Bean Blossom IA 30 May – 2 Jun
Mountain Music Oak Hill WVA tba
Graves Mountain Festival of Music Syria VA 31 May – 2 Jun
Nelsonville Nelsonville OH 31 May – 3 Jun
Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Mt Airy NC 1-2 Jun
Mondo Roots Calyton NC tba
Muddy Roots Spring Weekender Brown County IN tba
Ogden Music Ogden UT tba
Twangfest St Louis MO 6-9 Jun
Blue Ox Music Eau Claire  WI 7-9 Jun
Cherokee Bluegrass Cherokee NC 7-9 Jun
Bonnaroo Manchester TN 7-10 Jun
Carolina Country Music Myrtle Beach SC 7-10 Jun
Cold Mountain Music Canton NC 8-9 Jun
Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Pagosa Springs CO 8-10 Jun
Roots on the River Bellows Falls VT tba
Chicago Blues Chicago IL tba
Riverbend Chattanooga TN tba
Mountains of Music Homecoming Various VA 8-16 Jun
Galx Leaf & String Galax VA 9-10 Jun
WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Henderson KY tba
Eaux Claires Eau Claire  WI tba
Mountain Jam Hunter Mtn, NY 15-17 Jun
Brew Stash Bash Charlotte NC tba
Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival Croton Pt Park NY 16-17 Jun
Bayou Boogaloo Norfolk VA 18-20 May
Telluride Bluegrass Telluride CO 21-24 Jun
Grayson County Fiddlers Convention Elk Creek VA 22-23 Jun
Moccasin Creek Effingham IL 22-24 Jun
ROMP Owensboro KY 27-30 Jun
River and Roots Berryville VA 29-30 Jun
Funhouse Williamsburg PA tba
Floyd Fandango Floyd VA tba
Kate Wolf Music Laytonville CA tba
Sirens On The Mountain Boone NC tba
Cajun & Zydeco New Orleans LA tba
Summerfest Milwaukee WI tba
Back Home Appalachian Arts New Martinsville WVA 29 Jun – Jul 1
Frendly Gathering Timber Ridge VT tba
Festival for the Eno Durham NC tba
Red White and Bluegrass Morganton NC 1-3 Jul
Waterfront Blues Portland OR 4-8 Jul
High Sierra Music Quincy CA 5-8 Jul
Great Blue Heron Sherman NY 6-8 Jul
Uncle Dave Macon Days Murfreesboro TN tba
The Ride Telluride CO tba
Square Roots Chicago Chicago IL tba
Woody Guthrie Folk Okemah OK tba
Wild Goose Hot Springs NC 12-15 Jul
Master Musicians Somerset KY 13-14 Jul
Pasture Palooza Music and Arts Berryville VA tba
Red Wing Roots Natural Chimneys Park VA 13-15 Jul
Green River Greenfield MA 13-15 Jul
Forecastle Louisville KY 13-15 Jul
Sloss Music and Arts Birmingham AL 14-15 Jul
Grey Fox Bluegrass Oak Hill NY 19-22 Jul
Northwest String Summit North Plains OR 19-22 Jul
Deep Roots Mountain Revival Masontown WV tba
Fingerlakes Grassroots Trumansburg NY 19-22 Jul
WC Handy Florence AL 20-29 Jul
Floydfest Floyd VA tba
red ants pants White Sulphur Springs MT 26-29 Jul
Newport Folk Newport RI 27-29 Jul
Backbone Bluegrass Strawberry Point IA 27-29 Jul
Lowell Folk Lowell MA 27-29 Jul
Rockygrass Lyons CO 27-29 Jul
Xponential Music Camden NJ tba
Open Highway Music Festival St Louis MO tba
Homegrown On The River Ozark AR tba
Pickathon Happy Valley OR 2-5 Aug
Satchmo Summerfest New Orleans LA 3-5 Aug
Falcon Ridge Folk Hillsdale NY tba
Musik Fest Bethlehem PA tba
Glen Rose Bluegrass Jamboree Glen Rose TX tba
Old Fiddler’s Convention Galax VA tba
Podunk Bluegrass Music Hebron CT 9-12 Aug
Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Clarksdale MS 10-12 Aug
Peach Music Scranton PA tba
Outside Lands San Francisco CA tba
North Carolina State Bluegrass Marion NC 16-18 Aug
Gettysburg Bluegrass Gettysburg PA 16-19 Aug
Philadelphia Folk Philadelphia PA 16-19 Aug
Brewgrass Asheville NC tba
Jackson Rhythm and Blues Jackson MS tba
Rocky Mountains Folks Lyons CO 17-19 Aug
Wildwood Revival Athens GA tba
Red Dirt & Gold Dust Angel’s Camp, CA tba
Hot August Music Cockeysville MD tba
Fayetteville Roots Fayetteville AR tba
Lockn Music Arrington VA tba
Johnson County Old Time Fiddlers Laurel Bloomery TN tba
Jam in the Trees Black Mountain NC tba
American Folk Bangor ME tba
RTE 23 Wise VA tba
Musicfest NorthWest Portland OR tba
Front Porch Stuart VA tba
Muddy Roots Music Cookeville TN 30-Aug
Strawberry Music Fall Tuolomne CA 30 Aug – 3 Sep
Jam Fish Music Mount Sidney VA tba
North Coast Music Chicago IL tba
Red White and Boom Lexington KY tba
Four Corners Folk Pagosa Springs CO tba
Rhythm and Roots Charlestown RI tba
Appaloosa Music Front Royal VA tba
Main Street Busker Abingdon VA tba
Big Muddy Blues St Louis MO tba
Oldtone Roots Music N. Hillsdale NY tba
Big Barn Dance Taos NM tba
Hopscotch Raleigh NC tba
Big Blues Bender Las Vegas NV tba
Big Orange Music Punta Gorda FL tba
Sisters Folk Festival Sisters OR 7-9 Sep
Mountain Song Music Brevard NC 7-9 Sep
Hudson West Folk Jersey City NJ tba
Americana Music Conference Nashville TN 11-16 Sep
Walnut Valley Winfield KS tba
Kaaboo San Diego CA 14-16 Sep
FreshGrass Bluegrass North Adams MA 14-16 Sep
Telluride Blues and Brews Telluride CO 14-16 Sep
Watermelon Park Berryville VA 20-22 Sep
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol TN 21-23 Sep
Mountain Heritage Sparta NC tba
Brewgrass Festival Asheville NC tba
Grand Point North Burlington VT tba
Mississisppi Blues and Delta Greenville MS tba
Pilgrimage Franklin TN tba
Wide Open Bluegrass Raleigh NC tba
Sugarlands Mountain Gatlinburg TN tba
Trans-Pecos Marfa Tx tba
Mighty Mississippi Music Greenville MS 27-30 Sep
Roots N Blues N BBQ Columbia MO 28-30 Sep
Asheville Barnaroo Asheville NC tba
Hoopla Roseland VA tba
Bluegrass Island Manteo NC 3-6 Oct
King Biscuit Blues Helena AK tba
Pondersosa Stomp New Orleans LA tba
Festy Experience Arrington VA tba
Marcus King Family Band Reunion Black Mountain NC tba
Mempho Music Memphis TN tba
Topa Topa Folk Ojai CA tba
3 Sisters Bluegrass Chattanooga TN tba
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco CA tba
Austin City Limits Austin TX 5-7 & 12-14 Oct
Riverrocks Chattanooga TN tba
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles Lafayette LA tba
Deep Blues Clarksdale MS tba
Leaf Fall Black Mountain NC 18-21 Oct
Hillberry Harvest Music Ozark AR tba
Richmond Folk Richmond VA tba
Crescent City Blues and BBQ New Orleans LA tba
Bridge Jam Fayetteville WVA tba
Nova Brew Centreville VA tba
Voodoo Experience New Orleans LA tba
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Ferrum VA tba
Bridge School Benefit Mountain View CA tba
Treme Creole Gumbo New Orleans LA tba

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Over 230 USA 2018 music festivals listed here with links

Author: Rob Dickens

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