Summer has come to an end and Fall is here, and while temperatures may be cooling down, the festival season is only heating up. The long list of tired acts shared by summer festivals all over the country have wrapped up their tours, and a new batch of fresh exciting acts are hitting the road to support upcoming albums. So save those dollars and vacation days because we’ve got 10 music festivals spanning North America this fall that we’re eagerly looking forward to.
Austin City Limits
Austin, TX | Sept 30 – Oct 2 & Oct 7 – 9
Organized by C3 Concerts, ACL will take place across two weekends at Zilker Park in Austin, TX September 30 – October 2 & October 7-9. Austin City Limits is the largest music festival to take place in the fall, featuring over 75,000+ patrons, 8 stages, and over 130 acts. I wouldn’t expect cold temperatures in Austin even though it’s in October, southern humidity can stick around well into November.
Lineup highlights include Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, LCD Soundsystem, Flume, M83, HAIM, Cage The Elephant, Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J ft. Z-Trip, Porter Robinson & Madeon, Local Natives, Foals, Die Antwoord, Miike Snow, Andrew Bird, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Naked And The Famous, Flying Lotus, Bob Moses, Flight Facilities, and many more.
Miami, FL | October 7 – 9
III Points is an interactive festival incorporating local and national talent to perform, interact and discuss. The festival features 3 days of counterculture wrapped up in discussions, panels, concerts + art exhibits taking place in Miami’s Art District. This year’s lineup features an eclectic mix of electronic producers and boundary pushing performers.
Lineup highlights include LCD Soundsystem, Thievery Corporation, M83, Dixon, Method Man & Redman, Flying Lotus, DIIV, Vince Staples, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kink, Black Coffee, Maya Jane Coles, DJ Tennis, Ben UFO, Thee Oh Sees, DJ Koze, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, Flight Facilities, Leon Vynehall, Andy Stott, Pantha Du Prince, Machinedrum, and Sophie.
New Orleans, LA | October 28 – 30
Spend your Halloween weekend in one of America’s coolest cities at New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience 2016. The 3-day music festival will take place in City Park, home to the oldest grove of mature live oaks in the world, bringing a unique and haunting feel to the festival.
Lineup highlights include Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, Cage The Elephant, Band of Horses, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson, STS9, Foals, Ghost, Mutemath, Puscifer, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Anderson .Paak, Beats Antique, Reinwolf, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more.
Day For Night
Houston, TX | December 17-18
Free Press Houston, the same organizers behind Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival in June, have revealed details for their 2nd annual Day For Night festival in collaboration with New York-based creative agency Work-Order. The 2-day festival will take place December 17-18 in Downtown Houston, TX with an environment specifically designed around the merging of technology, sound, and light and how the audience experiences them. The festival campus is a 1.5 million square foot space offering three main stages and seamless indoor-outdoor flow between the stages and interactive art installations.
Day For Night’s main musical attraction is no doubt electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin who will perform his first US live show in 8 years, as well as multiple digital sets and VR installations from Iceland’s Björk. Other notable acts on the 2016 lineup include ODESZA, Kaskade, Travis Scott, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Run The Jewels, BANKS, Butthole Surfers, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Squarepusher, Blood Orange, Little Dragon, RZA, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, John Carpenter, Washed Out, Ariel Pink, Arca, Lightning Bolt, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler), Liars, S U R V I V E, SOPHIE, Tobacco, and ‘Welcome To Houston‘ composed of more than a dozen of Houston’s most legendary hip hop artists — Z-Ro, Lil’ Flip, Slim Thug, Bun B, Mike Jones, Devin the Dude, Paul Wall, Lil’ Keke, Yungsta, Big T, E.S.G., J Dawg, Lil’ O, Swisha House Click, DJ DMD and DJ Michael Watts.
Sound On Sound Fest
Austin, TX | November 4-6
Margin Walker Presents dropped its lineup for the inaugural Sound on Sound Festival, set to take place outside of Austin, TX this November. After founding Fun Fun Fun Fest, Graham Williams split from the promotion company, Transmission Events, to start his own. After naming Fun Fun Fun after a song from seminal punk/funk Austin-ites, the Big Boys, the tradition was continued with this festival.
Topping the bill is dream-pop sensations Beach House, hometown heroes Explosion in the Sky, and electronic rock group Phantogram. Also playing this year are Run The Jewels, Jagwar Ma, Thee Oh Sees, Baroness, Purity Ring, Carcass, Old Man Gloom, Diarrhea Planet, The Range, Bully, Death Grips, FLAG, Beach Slang, Monkeywrench, FIDLAR, Car Seat Headrest, Protomartyr, Young Thug, and many many more.
Live Oak, FL | October 28-30
This Halloween Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, one of the most treasured festival locations in North America, will host Suwannee Hulaweenover the course of 3 days October 28-30, 2016. Offering a mysterious and gorgeous festival setting in the middle of Central Florida’s tranquil damp forests, Suwannee Hulaween has quickly distinguished itself as a flagship Halloween music festival in an already saturated holiday weekend.
Organizers delivered big time with their 2016 lineup, snagging String Cheese Incident (3 Nights), My Morning Jacket, and Disclosure (DJ Set) as headliners. Other exciting acts include Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Big Gigantic ft. The Motet, Rebelution, The Claypool Delirium, Gramatik, Lettuce, Greensky Bluegrass, Boys Noize, Anderson.Paak, Snarky Puppy, Rufus Du Sol, Bob Moses, Slow Magic, The Revivalists, and many more.
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
Queens, NY | October 1 – 2
Earlier this summer Founders Entertainment, the same organizers behind Governors Ball, revealed the inaugural lineup for their brand new endeavor named The Meadows Music Festival. The new 2-day music festival will take place October 1-2 at the Citi Field complex in Flushing Meadows Corona Park located in Queens. According to a press release the Meadows Music and Arts Festival will play host to over 42 artists across four stages, showcase a world’s fair of cuisine from around the globe, and feature a tour de force in craft cocktails from some of the finest mixologists around.
Topping the 2016 lineup will be Kanye West, a booking made after the unfortunate weather-related cancellation of his performance during Governors Ball. The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, and Kygo also share the inaugural lineup’s top line. Other highlights include Grimes, Empire Of The Sun, Savages, Chromeo, Zhu, Cage The Elephant, Kamasi Washington, Metric, Twin Shadow (Performing ‘Purple Rain’), Sylvan Esso, Yeasayer, Pusha T, The Temper Trap, Charles Bradley, Miami Horror, Mas Ysa.
Treasure Island Music Festival
Treasure Island, CA | October 15- 16
Treasure Island Music Festival may not have a large lineup, but every year they make up for it with the quality of acts they book. And if you hate conflicts, then don’t worry because you won’t have any of that at TI. The artists perform back to back between alternating between stages. So you might not get up front for every set, but you’ll have a chance to see each act perform. That is unless you feel like wandering over to the Silent Disco area, putting on some headphones and grooving in to the silently synched crowd.
Lineup highlights include headliners Sigur Ros, Ice Cube, and James Blake. Other acts performing this year will be Purity Ring, Zhu, Glass Animals, Tycho, Duke Dumont, Mac DeMarco, Young Thug, Flight Facilities, Sylvan Esso, Deafheaven, Neon Indian, Car Seat Headrest, How To Dress Well, and more.
Movement Getaway – Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR | November 18 – 20
Paxahau, the organizers behind Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, are bringing the techno down south to Puerto Rico for a second year. Taking place November 18-20 at San Juan’s Vivo Beach Club, the festival will offer 3 days of top notch dance music in a tropical paradise.
Artists set to appear include Stacey Pullen, Loco Dice, Reboot, DeWalta, Carlo Lio and Caleb Calloway. Additional acts will be announced in the very near future.
Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of discounted hotels rates at InterContinental San Juan – one of the island’s premier beach resorts, overlooking Playa de Isla Verde on the Atlantic coast and only minutes away from Old San Juan and El Yunque Rain Forest. Having personally visited this resort myself, I can attest to the gorgeous setting and numerous amenities the hotel offers.
Orange County, CA | October 22 – 23
This Southern California festival is set to take place October 22nd and 23rd in their new location: Oak Canyon Park in Silverado California. Beach Goth’s founders- The Growlers (a local garage/psychedelic/surf rock band) will be one of the headliners along with a number of artists from a variety of genres.
This year Beach Goth has attracted an excellent and quite diverse lineup. Headliners include: Bon Iver, The Growlers, Justice dj set, and James Blake. Other acts include: King Krule, RL Grime, Nicolas Jarr, Gucci Mane, Violent Femmes, TLC, The Drums, Devendra Banhart, Melanie Martinez, Kali Uchis,Albert Hammond Jr, Reel Big Fish, and many more.