The Best Indie Folk Music Festivals in the Country

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It’s that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up and the music festival season begins! If you’re a fan of indie folk music, here are some of the best festivals in the country that you won’t want to miss.


The best indie folk music festivals in the country cater to fans of all ages and genres, offering a wide range of activities and attractions. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back festival where you can relax and enjoy the music, or an action-packed event with plenty of things to see and do, there’s an indie folk festival out there for you.

Here are just a few of the best indie folk music festivals in the country:

The Pickathon Music Festival in Portland, Oregon is one of the most popular indie folk festivals in the country. The three-day event features more than 100 different artists performing on seven different stages, as well as a variety of food and drink options.

The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island is another top choice for indie folk fans. The annual event takes place over three days and features more than 80 different artists. In addition to music, the festival also offers a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and other activities.

The Outsunny Music Festival in New York City is another great option for those looking for an action-packed weekend. The three-day event features more than 150 different artists performing on 10 different stages. In addition to music, there are also plenty of food and drink options available, as well as art installations and other attractions.

What is Indie Folk Music?

Indie folk is a musical genre that combines elements of independent music and folk music. It is a relatively new genre, having only emerged in the early 21st century, with artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, and The Decemberists becoming widely known in the early 2010s.

The term “indie folk” is sometimes used to describe a subgenre of indie rock that is influenced by folk music, but the two genres are not always clearly distinct. Indie folk artists often use traditional instrumentation and song structures, but they also frequently experiment with unusual sounds and arrangements.

The Best Indie Folk Festivals in the Country

If you’re a fan of indie folk music, then you’re in luck. There are a ton of great festivals across the country that feature this type of music. In this article, we’ll be highlighting some of the best ones. From small intimate festivals to large ones with multiple stages, there’s something for everyone.

Pickathon Music Festival

The Pickathon Music Festival is one of the best indie folk festivals in the country. It takes place in Portland, Oregon, and features a lineup of independent folk musicians from all over the world. The festival has been running for over 20 years, and it is always a sell-out event. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend of listening to some of the best indie folk music around, Pickathon is the festival for you.

Newport Folk Festival

Taking place in Newport, Rhode Island, the Newport Folk Festival is one of the longest-running and most iconic folk music festivals in the country. Founded in 1959 by musician Pete Seeger, the festival has seen some of the biggest names in folk music grace its stage, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Richie Havens. In recent years, the festival has expanded its lineup to include a wider range of genres, but folk music will always be at its core.

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival

Eaux Claires is a music and arts festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, put on by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (of The National). It began in 2015, and takes place on a wooded property next to the Chippewa River. The lineup includes a mix of indie folk, hip hop, and electronic artists, and the festival has also been known to book local musicians.


We hope this list has inspired you to get out there and experience some of the best indie folk music that the country has to offer! With so many great festivals to choose from, there’s something for everyone. So grab your friends, pack your camping gear, and get ready for a weekend of fun!

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