The Top Alt Rock Music Festivals of the Year

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,

Looking for some great alt rock music festivals to check out this year? Here are our top picks!


Now in its 25th year, Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring alternative rock, punk rock, hip hop, and EDM. Held in Chicago, Illinois, United States at Grant Park, the festival has become one of the largest and most influential music festivals in the world.


Bonnaroo is an annual four-day music festival created and produced by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment. The festival is held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Bonnaroo attracts approximately 80,000 attendees each year and features over 150 musical acts. The event is widely considered to be one of the most successful music festivals in the United States.

Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits is one of the most popular alt rock music festivals in the United States. The festival is held annually in Austin, Texas and features a wide variety of alternative rock, indie rock, and hip hop performers.


No other music festival comes close to the sheer scale and scope of Coachella. Held every year in Indio, California, this massive event features over 150 musical acts spread out over two weekends in April. With a lineup that includes both established headliners and up-and-coming acts, Coachella is a must-attend event for any fan of alternative rock music.

Hangout Music Festival

Hangout Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The festival is produced by AEG Live and Goldenvoice, the same companies that produce the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. The inaugural event was held on May 14–16, 2010, and featured a lineup of approximately 30 bands on three stages. Headliners for the festival’s tenth anniversary in 2019 included Travis Scott, Khalid, Cardi B, Vampire Weekend,Exceptionally hot weather forced organizers to cut the final day of the festival short by several hours.

Firefly Music Festival

The Firefly Music Festival is one of the top alt rock music festivals of the year. It takes place in Dover, Delaware, and features a lineup of alternative rock, hip hop, and EDM artists. The festival has been held annually since 2012, and this year’s lineup includes headliners such as The Killers, Muse, and Bassnectar.

Sasquatch! Music Festival

In its 16th year, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is one of the longest running and most beloved alternative rock music festivals in the United States. Taking place in George, Washington, Sasquatch! draws in some of the biggest names in alternative rock every year, as well as a sizable crowd of dedicated fans. In addition to three days of music, Sasquatch! also offers camping, comedy shows, and a variety of food and drink options.

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in San Francisco, California, at Golden Gate Park. The festival is produced by Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions, and Starr Hill Presents. It features many genres of music, including rock, hip hop, electronic music, jazz, Americana, and world music. The festival also has a diverse array of visual art installations and sculptures.

Electric Forest

Electric Forest is one of the top alt rock music festivals of the year. The festival takes place in Rothbury, Michigan and features a diverse lineup of alternative rock bands. Electric forest is known for its unique setting, which includes a forest stage that is surrounded by trees.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is an annual music festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The festival is held at City Park and features a wide variety of music genres, including alternative rock, heavy metal, EDM, and hip hop. The festival also has a carnival-like atmosphere, with food and drink vendors, art installations, and performance art.

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