15 Festivals in the USA to Add to Your Bucket List

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Justin Kerby
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15. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Beginning in 1972 with just 13 balloons, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has turned into something you have to see with your own eyes to believe. Over 9-days you will see 750 balloons dotting the skies, this event is a photographer’s dream. Watch the video below for a taste of the event.

14. Austin City Limits Festival

Austin City Limits has grown in size each year over the past 12 years, celebrating the best of rock, pop, and jazz music. The event offers festival-goers 8 stages of music to choose from and draws nearly 75,000 attendees per day throughout the event.

13. Sasquatch!

Sasquatch hosts some of the biggest names in music, along with many comedians on one of the 5 stages at the event. Situated in a 20,000 person venue known as ‘The Gorge’, a natural amphitheater, the event is unique in its setting. It’s worth the trip to Qunicy, Washington.

12. Texas Renaissance Festival

Each year the largest Renaissance festival in the USA comes to life in Todd Mission, Texas, and the event is something you won’t want to miss. The festival encourages attendees to dress up and participate in character, making it one of the most interactive festivals on our list.

11. Calle Ocho

Located in Miami, Florida, Calle Ocho is the culmination of Carnaval Miami. This 23-block street festival in Little Havana offers amazing music, food, and lots of culture to take in. Drinking and dancing are way beyond encouraged.

10. Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Coming up on its tenth year running, the BHF has attracted some of the most legendary headliners imaginable in the hip-hop genre. The balance of classic and modern music is on display in full effect – you’re bound to see the best of both the past and present.

9. Electric Daisy Carnival


Situated in Las Vegas, Nevada, EDC is an electronic music extravaganza. Located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the event goes all through the night. Whoever your favorite electronic artist is, they will almost definitely be at EDC every year. Remember to hydrate!

8. Lollapalooza

Welcome to ‘Alternative Nation’. Lollapalooza is a collection of alternative rock, rap, grunge, and punk lineups. Located in Chicago until at least 2018, the festival is a must see for any alternative music fans.

7. Bonnaroo

Taking place over 4 days in June, Bonnaroo is situated in Manchester, Tennessee on 700 acres of land. It’s an intimate event, despite being attended by 80,000 people and selling out every year. If you’re a free spirit who thinks variety is the spice of life, you’ll probably love Bonnaroo.

6. Sundance Film Festival

The most popular film festival in North America, Sundance is the perfect combination of a fantastic setting and event. Enjoy the scenery in Utah as you bask in the industry parties and star-studded world premieres. Movie lovers should not miss this yearly festival.

5. Coachella

Coachella has turned into a giant festival. Focusing on both indoor and outdoor performances, the festival features both electronic music (mostly indoors) and rock, pop and hip-hop (mostly outdoors). The crowds are always large, so buy your tickets early.


This 10-day festival encompasses everything from music, technology, and film. The event takes over dozens of small venues and businesses throughout downtown Austin, from BBQ joints to concert halls. Whether you’re a tech geek or a music lover, SXSW has something for everyone.

3. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Spanning over 40 years, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a place to celebrate the beauty of music, no matter what your taste. 12 stages accommodate everything from jazz to blues to folk-rock, giving attendees variety in their selection of concerts. The city is electric for the entire festival (from the last weekend in April to the first weekend in May). If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, this is the time to visit.

2. Comic-Con International

Just as New Orleans comes alive for the Jazz & Heritage Festival, San Diego comes alive for Comic-Con. The city is buzzing with parties for all 4 days of the event. Dress up, geek out, and attend anything from an autograph signing to a film screening. It’s a pop-culture overload.

1. Burning Man

Every year over 70,000 free spirits flock to the Nevada desert to populate this pop-up town full of all walks of life. The artistic spirit is on full display here, and you’re sure to leave inspired to create. Self-expression, nature, and spiritual well-being are central themes of this unique event – don’t miss the chance to attend this life-changing festival.



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Justin Kerby

Justin Kerby

Justin is a real estate junkie and writes about everything from investment opportunities to marketing strategy. When not writing, you can find him cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers or Vancouver Canucks.

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