2017-18 Country Music Festivals Guide
Country music festivals are as much a part of summer as the beach and baseball, but keeping track of them can be a chore. Taste of Country’s Country Music Festival guide actually begins in January with a fest that will remind you of summers past.
Over a dozen well-known festivals begin early in the year and run through December, featuring A-list artists like Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan. Scroll through to learn all about the country festivals near you, and then click any of the links to stay updated and to get tickets. This list will be updated as more festivals are announced, and as lineups for 2018 are revealed.
Eric Church and Sam Hunt will headline ToC Fest 2018, and they’re sure to bring lots of friends. The 2017 fest was epic, with highlight performances from Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Kip Moore, Maren Morris and more.
The music and parties at Country Jam Colorado are legendary and Florida Georgia Line are sure to turn it up a notch in 2018. More artists will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale.
It’s the largest country music festival in Montana and it features two stages and over a dozen artists. Frankie Ballard, Chris Young and Randy Houser helped make 2017 memorable.
The eigth-annual Country on the River featured Eli Young Band, Brothers Osborne and Randy Houser. The great camping and scenic backdrop for this party on the Mississippi River make it one of a kind.
WE Fest boasts the best facilities and promises an unbelievable lineup. You’ll struggle to find a more beautiful state, or nicer people than those in Detroit Lakes. Additional artists will be announced soon.
It’s becoming an annual vacation destination. Crash My Play features some of country music’s biggest stars across four days on the beach in Mexico.
The C2C has grown to over 50,000 fans in three major European cities — it’s the largest country music festival in Europe!
The annual ACM Party for a Cause takes place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on the strip. Proceeds from this party benefitted the ACM Lifting Lives program.
The first of multiple Country Thunder festivals offers one of the biggest camping and country music parties in the southwest. Attendance over the four days has topped 80,000 in previous years.
Proceeds from Tortuga have contributed more than $250K to marine and ocean research and conservation organizations. Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker and Dustin Lynch are a few of the artists who performed in 2017.
Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker were the two announced headliners for 2017, with acts like LoCash, Colbie Caillat and a Thousand Horses rounding out the bill.
In addition to a diverse lineup of country stars, the Suwannee River Jam returns with some of the most affordable festival prices.
The Las Cruces Country Music Festival is a festival with two stages. Travis Tritt and Kacey Musgraves headlined in 2017.
Since debuting in 2007, Stagecoach has brought a long list of A-List artists to California. This fast-growing festival is also known for having quite a campground party every night. Once again there will be a huge list of artists playing including newcomers like Brett Young, Runaway June, Brothers Osborne and Chris Lane, and legends like Kenny Rogers.
Justin Moore, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr, Old Dominion, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean played this festival in 2017. Craft beers, food trucks, cigar rolling and an eclectic video game area are a few of the other non-music highlights.
Country music fans have a chance to camp in northern Iowa and see some of the biggest stars in the format. Keith Urban is this festival’s first announced performer. Alabama and Charlie Daniels were added with Cole Swindell and rocker Eddie Money.
In 2017 three stages were set up on the infield of the Daytona International Speedway, and fans were able camp right on the infield. The 2017 lineup was loaded with stars like Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn opening. Keith Urban is also a part of this festival.
The 2017 Bayou Country SuperFest moved to the Superdome in New Orleans. No information about 2018 is available yet.
Rock the South was founded as a way to raise money to rebuild an area savaged by tornadoes in 2011. Over the years it’s become a country music tradition that still serves its original purpose.Over $100,000 was raised for local charities at this 2017 country festival.
This party on the beach promises A-List talent beautiful scenery. Luke Bryan is the first announced performer for 2018.
Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert are regulars during the stadium shows. Meanwhile there’s plenty of free concerts up and down Broadway and dozens of booths of fan fun inside the Music City Center. This is the biggest of all festivals in terms of artist participation.
Northern California’s largest country music festival promises some of country’s biggest names.
For over 20 years Country USA has been a Wisconsin mainstay, with top artists coming to Oshkosh every year. This five-day festival features many camping and VIP options.
From legends like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to modern stars like Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood, Country Fest consistently brings the best in country music to central Wisconsin. Hotels and over 7,000 campsites provide accommodations for huge crowds. For almost 30 years this has been one of the premiere festivals in the world.
For a decade, fans in central Minnesota have been coming to Moondance. No artists for 2018 have been announced yet.
2018 will be the fourth annual at Northerly Island. The full schedule will be available at the LakeShake website.
This three-day camping and country music festival takes place in beautiful Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas and is one of the better known fests in America.
Canada’s longest running country music festival always brings A-listers to the stage, in addition to local stars and newcomers. The camping and music festival is in the Riding Mountain National Park, just south of Dauphin. It’s a beautiful stage for a great summer vacation.
This festival in western New York began as a simple fireworks show and slowly became a Fourth of July event with more than 10,000 fans each day.
Simple name, but big country fun … the Country Concert is billed as the midwest’s premier country music festival. Since 1981 they’ve been at it in Fort Loramie, Ohio. It’s three days of camping and country music and coolers are welcome! That alone makes this party unique.
The largest multi-day outdoor festival in Atlantic Canada promises country music, camping, dining and “the warmest waters north of the Carolinas.” The Cavendish Beach Music Festival brings 70,000 fans to what was once a cow pasture in Canada. The fans and A-List stars that attend regularly will agree it’s now a premier destination.
No artists have been announced for this one-day concert in Pennsylvania.
For over three decades country fans have turned southern Ohio into the country music capital of the world for one weekend in July. The four-day event is one of the most popular in America, boasting top talent and premium facilities. Jamboree in the Hills has twice won the CMA for Festival, Fair or Special Event of the Year.
Michigan’s “go-to summer bash” was loaded once again in 2017. The venue is just behind Michigan International Speedway, in the heart of lower Michigan.
The Windy City Smokeout also features some of the best eats you’ll find in the midwest.
Camping and hotels are options for lodging for this Wisconsin fest. It’s another huge country music party in the cheese state!
Country Thunder Wisconsin has won the ACM Festival of the Year award in the past, and year after year the lineup lives up to that title. Check out the website for camping and ticket information.
Night in the Country is billed as Nevada’s legendary country music festival, and recent lineups have backed that up. This camping and country music festival has grown steadily since 2002.
The Watershed Festival continues to feature the best country artists. In 2018 the fest has been pushed back to the first weekend in August.
Additional artists for Vancouver Island’s premiere country music festival will be announced soon.
In addition to the music, this festival offers plenty of extracurricular activities for fans to do during their downtime. The Oregon terrain is perfect for camping, hiking and water recreation. Fans who come for the music often come back to relax later in the year.
Boots and Hearts Music Festival is Canada’s largest camping and country music festival, always featuring the biggest stars in country. The beautiful campgrounds are what keep people returning. This festival is for those who pride themselves on hard work and hard play.
There are now four Country Thunder festivals but Country Thunder Alberta is Canada’s first Country Thunder. Artists will be announced soon.
The 2017 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will also feature Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Far and the Oak Ridge Boys. This festival returns after being canceled due to storms in 2016.
The mix of country and pop-rock music at the Beach Town Music Festival is one of a kind. It’s a hometown show for Owen, and he’ll bring country acts like David Nail, Clare Dunn and Adley Stump along with him as well as pop acts like Edwin McCain.