Get ready for these Fly festivals

Cristina Peralta

Feb. 28, 2017

Festival season is no longer confined to the sweltering summer months. There are awesome festivals happening year-round—some starting as early as this week! Many of the best music gatherings in North America are powered by Ticketfly and we couldn’t be more psyched. Tell your festie besties and mark your calendars for these upcoming ‘fly fests.


Gainesville, FL
March 2-3

Changeville is where music, film, comedy, virtual reality and social change meet. Held in downtown Gainesville in partnership with frank, a University of Florida changemaker group, the festival draws on the city’s burgeoning tech and media communities, featuring panels discussing art and activism, VR showcases, and eye-opening entertainment. This year’s lineup includes Talib Kweli, Big Freedia, and David Bazan, among others. Tickets.


BUKU Music + Art Project
New Orleans, LA
March 10-11

Does NOLA ever stop partying? Mardi Gras just ended, and they’re ready to rage again. In just two weeks, the sixth annual BUKU Music + Art Project will take over the iconic Mardi Gras World with its stellar lineup. Travis Scott, deadmau5, Grizmatik, Run the Jewels, Car Seat Headrest, Young Thug, Zeds Dead, and Thundercat are just some of the acts on the bill. Performances will be spread across six stages, including the VIP S.S. Buku—a riverboat docked on the Mississippi. The festival is more than just music, though. BUKU also highlights New Orleans culture with pop-up street performances and live graffiti showcases. Tickets.


Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 7-9

Tortuga is the ultimate spring break party for country music lovers. The headliners alone are enough to lure fans anywhere: Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Kenny Chesney. It doesn’t hurt that the festival is held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. And at the end of your three-day bender, you can recover easy knowing that your hangover was for a good cause. The festival works with the Rock the Ocean Foundation to raise awareness about marine issues and has given back more than $300,000 to conservation efforts. Tickets.


Beale St. Music Festival
Memphis, TN
May 5-7

No one reps their city quite like Memphis. Civic nonprofit Memphis in May International dedicates the entire month to celebrating its city’s history and culture with a series of events. The first and largest happening is the Beale Street Music Festival. One of the top-rated music festivals—it was named among Travel + Leisure’s “2016 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For” and listed among Fuse TV’s “Top 22 Music Festivals for 2016”—the 2017 iteration features heavy-hitters such as Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Widespread Panic, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Tickets.


Neon Desert
El Paso, TX
May 27-28

The lineup has yet to be revealed for this year’s Neon Desert, but if the previous years are any indication, you’ll want to cop your tickets ASAP. Last year, the Texas street fest featured a little bit of everything, from Tieto and Future to Deftones and Daddy Yankee. Talk about diversity! If that doesn’t do it for you, watch the recap video. There are roller skaters, wrestling, basketball courts, street performances, and the beautiful people of El Paso. Tickets.


Burger Boogaloo
Oakland, CA
July 1-2

What’s more punk than a music festival headlined by Iggy Pop and the Buzzcocks in an Oakland park hosted by John Waters? Answer: nothing. The Burger Boogaloo, indie label Burger Records’ annual bash, is a righteous two-day celebration. Early bird tickets sold out fast, and the organizers put the money to good use, donating funds to help rebuild Mosswood Park’s (where the festival is held) recreation area, which was damaged in a recent fire. Philanthropy is very punk, too. Tickets.


Pemberton Music Festival
Pemberton, British Columbia
July 13-16

Forget politics. If there was ever a reason to head north, it’s the Pemberton Music Festival. Held in a picturesque village surrounded by mountains, Pemby boasts massive lineups in an idyllic camp setting. While this year’s lineup is still under wraps, 2016’s lineup—Pearl Jam, The Killers, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar and more—has us giddy with anticipation. We’re not the only ones, though—early bird tickets are already sold out! Don’t worry, limited advance tickets are still up for grabs before prices go up. Tickets.


Pitchfork Music Festival
Chicago, IL
July 14-16

If crossing the border is too much hassle, just head to the Windy City. Naturally, beloved online music magazine Pitchfork delivers once again with powerful headliners, who were just announced on Monday: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. Let us repeat that for you: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. Did you catch that? LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange. Tickets.

Photo by Sarah Pearlman

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