Back to school is officially here. With summertime drawing to a close, the traditional festival season is winding down as well.
But that doesn’t mean the music stops. There’s still a lineup of music festivals to check out across the country — and we all need a break from school, right?
We know that the first official day of autumn isn’t technically until September 22, but Labor Day weekend always starts off the season for us. What better way to say goodbye to summer than to celebrate a 3-day weekend dancing to your favorite tunes?
Get ready to slip on those wristbands.
1. Electric Zoo Festival
Kick off your Labor Day weekend with the Electric Zoo Festival. The annual festival, held in New York, boasts a massive lineup with more than 100 of the biggest EDM artists today. Electric Zoo is returning for its eighth year and is known for drawing crowds of over 100,000 fans.
Not only will you get the chance to catch 10 hours of live music each day from famous headliners (including appearances from Bassnectar and Hardwell), but you’ll be introduced to a ton of underground music as well. Here’s your chance to discover the next big artist before anyone else!
When: September 2-4, 2016
Where: Randalls Island, NY
2. Backwoods Music Festival
Can’t make it to New York for Electric Zoo? Head to the Midwest for your Labor Day weekend and check out the Backwoods Festival. This year features Big Gigantic headlining the weekend, with appearance from other major acts like Nero.
Party-goers at Backwoods will have more entertainment than just music to choose from. Performing arts and a unique experience are also a big focus — fans can view art installations, play in a water park, take a hooping class, and visit other attractions for an unforgettable time.
When: September 2-4, 2016
Where: Stroud, OK
3. Dancefestopia Camping Music Festival
Dancefestopia will be celebrating its 5th year on the Missouri riverfront this September. All 35 of their headlining acts perform on the main stage, meaning you won’t have to deal with losing your group of friends because of conflicting performances. You also won’t have to miss any of the bass from Adventure Club or Excision.
Adventure is at the heart of this music festival, and the organizers have been hard at work to really enhance the production this year. While you’re there take a helicopter tour, go canoeing, or even zip line over the audience if you’re brave enough.
When: September 9-11, 2016
Where: Kansas City, MO
4. Kaboo 2016
Not into the gritty experience of camping at outdoor music festivals? Kaboo Del Mar might be right up your alley. No porta-potties here. The organizers from Kaboo want to upgrade your experience with food, venues, and restrooms that are a bit more upscale than your typical festival.
Music fans with a wide range of tastes will feel at home. The extensive lineup spans multiple genres, from rock n’ roll bands to hip hop artists and DJs like Steve Aoki.
When: September 16-18, 2016
Where: San Diego, CA
5. Catskill Chill 2016
Be prepared to stay out late for this one – Catskill Chill musicians perform shows until 5am. This one is for the music lovers, offering concerts varying from jam bands, reggae, and electronica acts.
Catskill Chill is held towards the end of September. Which means you get to enjoy concerts with a scenic lakeside view, minus the oppressive heat of summer. Feel free to bring along your furry SpiritHood to this one.
When: September 23-25, 2016
Where: Lakewood, PA
6. Austin City Limits
You definitely won’t want to miss Austin City Limits this year. This popular music festival has become so beloved by audiences that they had to add a second weekend to the event — it’s the reason why Austin has become known as “the live music capital of the world.”
Austin City Limits has you covered whether you’re a fan of indie, rock, or pop. EDM fans will rejoice in watching performances from Major Lazer, Flight Facilities, and Porter Robinson. If you can’t make it for the first round, you can grab tickets for the second weekend offering the same acts.
When: September 30-October 9, 2016
Where: Austin, TX
7. III Points 2016
III Points Festival is a unique event. The 3-day long festival combines musicians from around the globe with local acts from Miami’s art and technology scene. The festival was originally created four years ago to give the artist community in Miami a stronger voice.
Held in the growing Wynwood neighborhood, the entire community becomes a celebration during the festival. Don’t miss the barbecues, parties, or dancing the night away in front of the five different stages! Headliners include producer Flying Lotus and the DJ collective group Thievery Corporation.
When: October 7-9, 2016
Where: Miami, FL
8. Suwannee Hulaween
Celebrate Halloween weekend at a music festival. Ravers are already known for their amazing costumes and concert attire — an event during Halloween season is definitely poised to be next level status. Grab your squad and see who can come up with the best group costume idea.
Suwannee Hulaween brings together performers you don’t want to miss onto the same stage, like Disclosure and Boys Noize. Look forward to the theme nights, yoga workshops, and other activities. Create the lasting memories that make music festivals such special events.
When: October 28-30, 2016
Where: Live Oak, FL
9. Voodoo Festival
The annual Voodoo Festival is another music and arts experience held over Halloween weekend. Catch DJs and producers with a lineup that includes Alison Wonderland, Excision, and Snakehips. Also at the show? Hip hop, rock, and R&B artists like The Weeknd.
This fall festival wins bonus points for their food vendor options. Have you ever experienced the food in New Orleans? Authentic Cajun food is to die for, and there’s plenty of it to try around Voodoo.
When: October 28-30, 2016
Where: New Orleans, LA
10. EDC Orlando – Orlando, FL Nov 4-5
The iconic Electronic Daisy Carnival makes its way to Orlando in the fall. Close out your festival year with this must-see event. One of the biggest festivals in the EDM industry is the Electronic Daisy Carnival, currently held in Las Vegas.
Orlando’s version isn’t on the same scale of 200+ performers, but it’s filled with equally diverse and amazing EDM artists. Plus, you can still enjoy the Florida sunshine in November…it’s probably a lot more comfortable than the desert in June.
When: November 4-5, 2016
Where: Orlando, FL
Bring Along Your Light Shoes
You may think of strictly the summer months as festival time, but check out an upcoming festival. You might be surprised to discover the passion continues all year long.As summer comes to a close and fall begins, the days get a little shorter. The weather starts to cool down. After the sun sets, turn on your favorite pair of HoverKicks and keep the party going into the night. What better way to celebrate music than by dancing with your friends?