List of Music Festivals USA 2018

Over 320 USA 2018 music festivals listed here with links

Photo Rob Dickens

Roots Music Festivals USA 2018

Over 320 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 we’ve-lost-count- 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 320 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 80 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.

There remain a few 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.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2017 LIST 

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Festival City 2018 dates
1 The Music Fest Steamboat Springs CO 4-9 Jan
2 Deadwood Red Dirt Deadwood SD 12-13 Jan
3 30A Songwriters Festival South Walton FL 12-15 Jan
4 Sunshine Music & Blues St Petersburg FL 13-Jan
5 Sunshine Music & Blues Boca Raton FL 14-Jan
6 Globalfest New York City NY 14-Jan
7 Yee Haw Music Okeechobee FL 18-21 Jan
8 Mile 0 Key West FL 7-10 Feb
9 Appalachian Old-Time Fiddlers Conv. Boone NC 8-10 Feb
10 Neuse River Music Kinston NC 10-11 Feb
11 Folk Alliance International Kansas City MO 14-18 Feb
12 Palatka Bluegrass Palatka FL 15-17 Feb
13 Bluegrass First Class Asheville NC 16-18 Feb
14 Florida Bluegrass Brookesville FL 20-25 Feb
15 Wintergrass Music Bellevue WA 22-25 Feb
16 Winter Wonder Grass Steamboat Springs CO 23-25 Feb
17 McDowell Mountain Phoenix AZ 2-4 Mar
18 Back Porch Northampton MA 2-4 Mar
19 Lancaster Roots n Blues Lancaster PA 9-11 Mar
20 South By Southwest (SXSW) Austin TX 9-18 Mar
21 Gasparilla Music Tampa FL 10-11 Mar
22 Luck Reunion Luck TX 15-Mar
23 Pot of Gold Music Chandler AZ 16-18 Mar
24 From The Hills With Love Dripping Springs TX 17-Mar
25 Sertoma Springs Bluegrass Brookesville FL 21-25 Mar
26 Treefort Music Boise ID 21-25 Mar
27 Suwanee Springfest Live Oak FL 22-25 Mar
28 Big Ears Knoxville TN 22-25 Mar
29 Anastasia Augustine FL tba
30 Big Ears Knoxville TN 22-25 Mar
31 Innings Tempe AZ 23-25 Mar
32 Blue, Brew and Que Kenansville NC 24-Mar
33 Savannah Music Savannah GA 29 Mar – Apr 14
34 Surry Old Time Fiddlers Conv. Dobson NC 30-31 Mar
35 Outlaws and Legends Abilene TX 31 Mar – 1 Apr
36 Paluxy River Spring Bluegrass Glen Rose TX 5-7 Apr
37 Big Lick Bluegrass Oakboro NC 5-7 Apr
38 Rhythm & Blooms Knoxville TN 6-8 Apr
39 Tortuga Music Fort Lauderdale FL 6-8 Apr
40 Big Lick Bluegrass Oakboro NC 6-8 Apr
41 Brooklyn Folk Festival Brooklyn NY 6-8 Apr
42 Winter Wonder Grass Squaw Valley CA 6-8 Apr
43 Spring Fest Raleigh NC 7-Apr
44 Depot District Lexington NC 8-Apr
45 French Quarter New Orleans LA 12-15 Apr
46 Bender Jamboree Las Vegas NV 12-15 Apr
47 Mid West Music Fest La Crosse WI 13-14 Apr
48 The 1000 Incantations of the Rose Takoma Park MD 13-15 Apr
49 Coachella Indio CA 13-22 Apr
50 Juke Joint Clarksdale MS 14-Apr
51 Old 97s County Fair Dallas TX 14-Apr
52 North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Raleigh NC 14-Apr
53 Baton Rouge Blues Baton Rouge 14-15 Apr
54 Cat Head Mini Blues Clarksdale MS 15-Apr
55 Wanee Music Live Oak FL 19-21 Apr
56 Tuck Fest Charlotte NC 19-22 Apr
57 Old Settler’s Driftwood TX 19-22 Apr
58 Southside Arts and Music Bethlehem PA 20-21 Apr
59 Sweetwater 420 Atlanta GA 20-22 Apr
60 Little Creek Vineyard Earth Day Snow Camp NC 20-22 Apr
61 Songsmith Gathering Brevard NC 21-Apr
62 Rockyfest Hiddenite NC 21-Apr
63 High Water Charleston SC 21-22 Apr
64 Festival International de Louisiane Lafayette LA 25-29 Apr
65 MerleFest Wilksboro NC 26-29 Apr
66 Mid West Music Fest Winona MN 27-28 Apr
67 White Oak Shores Bluegrass Stella NC 27-28 Apr
68 Stagecoach Indio CA 27-29 Apr
69 Art of Cool Durham NC 27-29 Apr
70 Jazz and Heritage New Orleans LA 27 Apr – 6 May
71 Triangle Beach Music Greenville NC 28-Apr
72 Homecoming Cincinatti OH 28-29 Apr
73 Dog River Mud Bottom Revival Mobile AL 29-Apr
74 Shakori Hills Grassroots Chapel Hill NC 3-6 May
75 Moonrunners Chicago IL 4-5 May
76 Cheat River Albright W.VA 4-5 May
77 Whistle Stop Weekend Huntsville AL 4-5 May
78 French Broad River Festival Hot Springs NC 4-6 May
79 Conroe Americana Music Conroe TX 4-6 May
80 Beale St Memphis TN 4-6 May
81 Shaky Knees Atlanta GA 4-6 May
82 Tucson Folk Tucson AZ 5-6 May
83 Key West Songwriter’s Festival Key West FL 9-13 May
84 Blues Awards Memphis TN 10-May
85 Doyle Lawson/Quicksilver Bluegrass Denton NC 10-12 May
86 Leaf Spring Black Mountain NC 10-13 May
87 Deadwood Americana Music Deadwood SD 11-May
88 Aiken Bluegrass Aiken SC 11-12 May
89 North Carolina Brewers and Music Huntersville NC 11-12 May
90 Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Montreat NC 16-20 May
91 Gettysburg Bluegrass Gettysburg PA 17-20 May
92 Carolina Roots Statesville NC 18-19 May
93 Susquehanna Breakdown Scranton PA tba
94 Bluegrass from the Forest Shelton WA 18-20 May
95 Hangout Music Gulf Shores ALA 18-20 May
96 Trail Days Damascus VA 18-20 May
97 Dominion Riverrock Richmond VA 18-20 May
98 Carolina Blues Greensboro NC 19-May
99 Durham Blues and Brews Durham NC 19-May
100 Chesapeake Bay Blues Annapolis MD 19-20 May
101 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Folk Agoura Hills CA 20-May
102 Golf and Guitars Sacramento CA 21-May
103 Lil John’s Mountain Music Snow Camp NC 24-26 May
104 DelFest Cumberland MD 24-27 May
105 Roosterwalk Music and Arts Axton VA 24-27 May
106 Strawberry Music Spring Grass Valley CA 24-28 May
107 Kerrville Kerrville TX 24 May – Jun 10
108 Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home McClure VA 24-26 May
109 Nashville Boogie Nashville TN 25-26 May
110 Papa Joe’s Banjobque Music Evans GA 25-26 May
111 Little Walter Music Alexandria LA tba
112 Long Creek Music Long Creek SC 25-27 May
113 Westport Roots Kansas City MO 25-27 May
114 Country 500 Daytona FL 25-27 May
115 Mountain Sports Asheville NC 25-27 May
116 Bottle Rock Napa Valley CA 25-27 May
117 Sasquatch George WA 25-27 May
118 Spoleto Charleston SC 25 May – Jun 10
119 Nowhere Else Clinton County OH 26-28 May
120 KC Jazz and Heritage Kansas City MO 26-28 May
121 Avila Beach Blues Avila Beach CA 27-May
122 John Hartford Memorial Bean Blossom IA 30 May – 2 Jun
123 Mountain Music Oak Hill WVA 31 May – 2 Jun
124 Graves Mountain Festival of Music Syria VA 31 May – 2 Jun
125 Nelsonville Nelsonville OH 31 May – 3 Jun
126 Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Mt Airy NC 1-2 Jun
127 Western Maryland Blues Fest Hagerstown MD 1-2 Jun
128 Brevard Blues Brevard NC 1-2 Jun
129 Ogden Music Ogden UT 1-3 Jun
130 Crystal Coast Music Atlantic Beach NC 2-Jun
131 Mondo Roots Calyton NC 2-Jun
132 Muddy Roots Spring Weekender Brown County IN tba
133 Eaux Claires Eau Claire  WI 6-7 Jun
134 Twangfest St Louis MO 6-9 Jun
135 Blue Ox Music Eau Claire  WI 7-9 Jun
136 Cherokee Bluegrass Cherokee NC 7-9 Jun
137 Bonnaroo Manchester TN 7-10 Jun
138 Carolina Country Music Myrtle Beach SC 7-10 Jun
139 HoustonFest Galax VA 8-9 Jun
140 Cold Mountain Music Canton NC 8-9 Jun
141 River Roots Madison IN 8-9 Jun
142 Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Pagosa Springs CO 8-10 Jun
143 Roots on the River Bellows Falls VT 8-10 Jun
144 Chicago Blues Chicago IL 8-10 Jun
145 Riverbend Chattanooga TN 8-16 Jun
146 Mountains of Music Homecoming Various VA 8-16 Jun
147 WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Henderson KY 13-16 Jun
148 Willow Oak Park Bluegrass Roxboro NC 14-16 Jun
149 Blue Ox Music Eau Claire  WI 14-16 Jun
150 Father’s Day Bluegrass Grass Valley CA 14-17 Jun
151 Tumbleweed Kansas City MO 15-16 Jun
152 Branford On The Green Branford CT 15-17 Jun
153 Live Oak Music San Luis Obispo CA 15-17 Jun
154 Mountain Jam Hunter Mtn, NY 15-17 Jun
155 Brew Stash Bash Charlotte NC tba
156 Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival Croton Pt Park NY 16-17 Jun
157 Bayou Boogaloo Norfolk VA 18-20 May
158 Telluride Bluegrass Telluride CO 21-24 Jun
159 Grayson County Fiddlers Convention Elk Creek VA 22-23 Jun
160 Funhouse Williamsburg PA 22-23 Jun
161 Moccasin Creek Effingham IL 22-24 Jun
162 Homegrown On The River Ozark AR 22-24 Jun
163 Sirens On The Mountain Boone NC 23-Jun
164 Cajun & Zydeco New Orleans LA 23-24 Jun
165 ROMP Owensboro KY 27-30 Jun
166 Summerfest Milwaukee WI 27 Jun – 1 Jul & 3 -8 Jul
167 Texas Cowboy Reunion Stamford TX 28 Jun – Jul 1
168 Middle Of The Map Kansas City MO 29-30 Jun
169 River and Roots Berryville VA 29-30 Jun
170 Frendly Gathering Timber Ridge VT 29-30 Jun
171 Wildwood Revival Athens GA 29 Jun – 1 Jul
172 Back Home Appalachian Arts New Martinsville WVA 29 Jun – Jul 1
173 Fitzgerald’s American Music Berwyn IL 29 Jun – Jul 3
174 Floyd Fandango Floyd VA tba
175 Kate Wolf Music Laytonville CA tba
176 Red White and Bluegrass Morganton NC 1-3 Jul
177 Festival for the Eno Durham NC 4 and 7 Jul
178 Waterfront Blues Portland OR 4-8 Jul
179 High Sierra Music Quincy CA 5-8 Jul
180 Great Blue Heron Sherman NY 6-8 Jul
181 Woody Guthrie Folk Okemah OK 11-15 Jul
182 Wild Goose Hot Springs NC 12-15 Jul
183 Pasture Palooza Music and Arts Berryville VA 12-15 Jul
184 Uncle Dave Macon Days Murfreesboro TN 13-14 Jul
185 Square Roots Chicago Chicago IL 13-15 Jul
186 Master Musicians Somerset KY 13-14 Jul
187 Down East Music Rocky Mount NC 13-14 Jul
188 Red Wing Roots Natural Chimneys Park VA 13-15 Jul
189 Green River Greenfield MA 13-15 Jul
190 Forecastle Louisville KY 13-15 Jul
191 The Ride Telluride CO 14-15 Jul
192 Sloss Music and Arts Birmingham AL 14-15 Jul
193 Bernaroo Music + Arts New Bern NC tba
194 Grey Fox Bluegrass Oak Hill NY 19-22 Jul
195 Northwest String Summit North Plains OR 19-22 Jul
196 Fingerlakes Grassroots Trumansburg NY 19-22 Jul
197 Peach Music Scranton PA 19-22 Jul
198 Folkmoot Various NC 19-29 Jul
199 Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Spruce Pine NC 20-21 Jul
200 Deep Roots Mountain Revival Masontown WV tba
201 Music Fest ‘n Sugar Grove Sugar Grove NC tba
202 WC Handy Florence AL 20-29 Jul
203 Floydfest Floyd VA 25-29 Jul
204 Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Mount Airy NC tba
205 red ants pants White Sulphur Springs MT 26-29 Jul
206 Hillbilly Jam Maggie Valley NC 27-28 Jul
207 Ashe Country Bluegrass/Old Time.. Jefferson NC 27-28 Jul
208 Newport Folk Newport RI 27-29 Jul
209 Backbone Bluegrass Strawberry Point IA 27-29 Jul
210 Lowell Folk Lowell MA 27-29 Jul
211 Rockygrass Lyons CO 27-29 Jul
212 Xponential Music Camden NJ 27-29 Jul
213 Open Highway Music Festival St Louis MO tba
214 Pemi Valley Bluegrass Thornton NH 1-4 Aug
215 Mountain Dance and Folk Asheville NC 2-4 Aug
216 Preddyfest Franklinton NC 2-4 Aug
217 Pickathon Happy Valley OR 2-5 Aug
218 Reevestock Music Elkin NC 3-4 Aug
219 LEAF Downtown AVL Asheville NC 3-4 Aug
220 Satchmo Summerfest New Orleans LA 3-5 Aug
221 Falcon Ridge Folk Hillsdale NY 3-5 Aug
222 Musik Fest Bethlehem PA 3-12 Aug
223 Traveler’s Rest Missoula MT 4-5 Aug
224 Glen Rose Bluegrass Jamboree Glen Rose TX 5-7 Aug
225 Old Fiddler’s Convention Galax VA 6-11 Aug
226 Soulshine Farm Music Green Mountain NC 9-11 Aug
227 Podunk Bluegrass Music Hebron CT 9-12 Aug
228 Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Clarksdale MS 10-12 Aug
229 Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam Clyde NC tba
230 Outside Lands San Francisco CA 10-12 Aug
231 North Carolina State Bluegrass Marion NC 16-18 Aug
232 Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Manchester VT 16-19 Aug
233 Gettysburg Bluegrass Gettysburg PA 16-19 Aug
234 Philadelphia Folk Philadelphia PA 16-19 Aug
235 Brewgrass Asheville NC tba
236 Jackson Rhythm and Blues Jackson MS n/a
237 Rocky Mountains Folks Lyons CO 17-19 Aug
238 River Valley Blues Asheville NC tba
239 Red Dirt & Gold Dust Angel’s Camp, CA tba
240 Rockabilly Resurrection Kannapolis NC tba
241 Hot August Music Cockeysville MD 18-Aug
242 Fayetteville Roots Fayetteville AR 22-26 Aug
243 Lockn Music Arrington VA 23-26 Aug
244 Johnson County Old Time Fiddlers Laurel Bloomery TN 24-25 Aug
245 Jam in the Trees Black Mountain NC 24-25 Aug
246 American Folk Bangor ME 24-26 Aug
247 RTE 23 Wise VA tba
248 Musicfest NorthWest Portland OR tba
249 Muddy Roots Music Cookeville TN 30-Aug
250 Front Porch Stuart VA 30 Aug – 2 Sep
251 Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Brunswick ME 30 Aug – 2 Sep
252 Strawberry Music Fall Tuolomne CA 30 Aug – 3 Sep
253 Smoky Mountain Folk Lake Junaluska NC 31 Aug – 1 Sep
254 Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention Lenoir NC 31 Aug – 2 Sep
255 Piggin’ & Grinnin’ New Bern NC tba
256 Jam Fish Music Mount Sidney VA tba
257 North Coast Music Chicago IL 31 Aug – 2 Sep
258 Red White and Boom Lexington KY tba
259 Four Corners Folk Pagosa Springs CO 31 Aug – 2 Sep
260 Rhythm and Roots Charlestown RI 31 Aug – 2 Sep
261 Main Street Busker Abingdon VA 1-Sep
262 New River Blues Grassy Creek NC 2-3 Sep
263 Appaloosa Music Front Royal VA tba
264 Big Muddy Blues St Louis MO tba
265 Big Barn Dance Taos NM 6-8 Sep
266 Oldtone Roots Music N. Hillsdale NY 6-9 Sep
267 Blue Bear Music Boone NC tba
268 Hopscotch Raleigh NC tba
269 Big Blues Bender Las Vegas NV 6-9 Sep
270 Big Orange Music Punta Gorda FL tba
271 Sisters Folk Festival Sisters OR 7-9 Sep
272 Mountain Song Music Brevard NC 7-9 Sep
273 North Carolina Folk Greensboro NC 7-9 Sep
274 Wheatland Music Remus MI 7-9 Sep
275 Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Mocksville NC 8-Sep
276 Moon River Music Chattanooga TN 8-9 Sep
277 Hudson West Folk Jersey City NJ tba
278 Americana Music Conference Nashville TN 11-16 Sep
279 Walnut Valley Winfield KS 12-16 Sep
280 Hoppin’ John Old Time & Bluegrass Silk Hope NC 13-15 Sep
281 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Rosine KY 13-16 Sep
282 Kaaboo San Diego CA 14-16 Sep
283 FreshGrass Bluegrass North Adams MA 14-16 Sep
284 Telluride Blues and Brews Telluride CO 14-16 Sep
285 Mountain Heritage Sparta NC 15-Sep
286 Grand Point North Burlington VT 15-16 Sep
287 Watermelon Park Berryville VA 20-22 Sep
288 Medicine Stone Medicine Stone OK 20-22 Sep
289 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol TN 21-23 Sep
290 Brewgrass Festival Asheville NC tba
291 Mississisppi Blues and Delta Greenville MS tba
292 Pilgrimage Franklin TN 22-23 Sep
293 Bourbon and Beyond Louisville KY 22-23 Sep
294 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Austin TX 26-30 Sep
295 Mighty Mississippi Music Greenville MS 27-30 Sep
296 Wide Open Bluegrass Raleigh NC 28-29 Sep
297 Sugarlands Mountain Gatlinburg TN tba
298 Trans-Pecos Marfa Tx tba
299 Roots N Blues N BBQ Columbia MO 28-30 Sep
300 Asheville Barnaroo Asheville NC 28-30 Sep
301 Hoopla Roseland VA 28-30 Sep
302 Bluegrass Island Manteo NC 3-6 Oct
303 King Biscuit Blues Helena AK 3-6 Oct
304 Pondersosa Stomp New Orleans LA tba
305 3 Sisters Bluegrass Chattanooga TN 5-6 Oct
306 Festy Experience Arrington VA 5-7 Oct
307 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco CA 5-7 Oct
308 Austin City Limits Austin TX 5-7 & 12-14 Oct
309 Marcus King Family Band Reunion Black Mountain NC tba
310 Mempho Music Memphis TN 6-7 Oct
311 Topa Topa Folk Ojai CA tba
312 Riverrocks Chattanooga TN 5-21 Oct
313 Folk Alliance Region West Woodland Hills CA 11-14 Oct
314 Festivals Acadiens et Creoles Lafayette LA 11-14 Oct
315 Deep Blues Clarksdale MS 11-14 Oct
316 Hillberry Harvest Music Ozark AR 11-14 Oct
317 Moonshiner’s Ball Rockcastle Cnty KY 12-14 Oct
318 Richmond Folk Richmond VA 12-14 Oct
319 Crescent City Blues and BBQ New Orleans LA 12-14 Oct
320 Leaf Fall Black Mountain NC 18-21 Oct
321 Bridge Jam Fayetteville WVA tba
322 Nova Brew Centreville VA tba
323 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Grand Rapids MI 25-28 Oct
324 Voodoo Experience New Orleans LA 26-28 Oct
325 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Ferrum VA 27-Oct
326 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Stamford CT 8-11 Nov
327 Bridge School Benefit Mountain View CA tba
328 Treme Creole Gumbo New Orleans LA 17-18 Nov

 

Last updated Apr 1 2018

 

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    • Glad you liked it

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  1. Thanks. Great list. Missing Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley on FD weekend. 43rd year coming up.

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    • Terrific. Thanks Bob. I’ll add it on. 43 years is a long time, must be one of the oldest. Galax Fiddler’s Convention is almost 90, I think, hard one to top!

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      • Thanks Rob. Sorry my silly FB pic covered my praise. This is a tremendous list

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        • Thanks Bob. I have found a few more events as well, they will be included soon.

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