2016 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 September, 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 2016 are revealed.
This three day festival of Texas country music is the largest in West Texas. The Crude Fest Cook Off makes this camping and country festival a delicious variation on a familiar theme. Kevin Fowler, Jason Boland and Cody Johnson are amongst the artists that will join the headliners. Nearly 20 acts are scheduled to take the stage in Midland.
They call it country’s Woodstock, and the 2016 lineup promises to be the best yet. Kenny Chesney was the first of three announced headliners. Jake Owen came next, but the weekend will bring two-dozen top country acts and some of the most scenic campgrounds you’ll find. Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Chris Janson, Old Dominion, the Cadillac Three, Neal McCoy, the Swon Brothers, Jana Kramer, Outshyne, William Michael Morgan and Annie Bosko have also been added. You’ll come for the music, but you’ll return for the experience.
The music and parties at Country Jam Colorado are legendary. This festival features an expansive campground and multiple stages for top talent to perform. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Lee Brice and Zac Brown Band have been announced as headliners, and superstar Steven Tyler has just been added! Additionally, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Tyler Farr, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin and Chase Bryant have been added.
The seventh-annual Country on the River will feature Kid Rock, Lee Brice and a long list of artists to be announced this fall. This growing festival included headliners like Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen in 2015. The great camping and scenic backdrop for this party on the Mississippi River make it one of a kind.
The 34th annual 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. 2016 brings Eric Church, Kid Rock and Tim McGraw to Soo Pass Ranch, plus Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Billy Currington and Gary Allan. Joe Nichols, Granger Smith LoCash and William Michael Morgan were added most recently. Fans come for the atmosphere as much as the music.
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The C2C has grown to over 50,000 fans in three major European cities, and 2016 promises to be even bigger. It’s the largest country music festival in Europe, so they’ve added an additional day. Carrie Underwood was announced as the 2016 headliner, with Lambert, Church, Dwight Yoakam and many more added in October.
The 4th annual ACM Party for a Cause will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on the strip. In addition to the headliners, Chris Young, Chris Stapleton, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, Chase Rice and Maren Morris will perform, plus dozens more! Proceeds from this party will benefit the ACM Lifting Lives program.
The lineup for Spring Jam PCB 2016 is loaded with today’s hit makers. Kelsea Ballerini, Frankie Ballard and Cam are three others who will play on Pier Park Dr. this spring. It’s a pretty great place to be in April. This is the first Spring Jam.
The first of two 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. In addition to the headliners, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, Cole Swindell and more will perform.
A third day has been added for the 2016 Tortuga Music Festival. In addition to the headliners, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Kip Moore and Lynyrd Skynyrd are a part of this year’s lineup. Proceeds from Tortuga have contributed more than $250K to marine and ocean research and conservation organizations.
In addition to a diverse lineup of country stars, the Suwannee River Jam returns with some of the most affordable festival prices. Tickets are on sale for $90 for this four-day festival, with camping costing a little extra. Chris Janson, Clay Walker, LoCash and Big Smo are a few of the others artists on the April lineup.
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. The 2016 lineup includes Chris Young, Sam Hunt, the Band Perry and Little Big Town amongst the 60-plus performers.
Country music fans have a chance to camp in northern Iowa and see some of the biggest stars in the format. Tim McGraw was the first artist announced for 2016. Jake Owen, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion followed.
Jason Aldean, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Willie Nelson are also part of the inaugural Country 500, also known as the Great American Music Fest at Daytona. Three stages will be set up on the infield of the Daytona International Speedway, and fans will be able camp right on the infield.
Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney were the very first Bayou Country Superfest headliners in 2010, and the lineup has never dipped. This seventh festival promises to be the biggest yet, with Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Dustin Lynch joining the three headliners.
Northern California’s largest country music festival also features Chris Janson, Chase Rice, Old Dominion, Craig Morgan and more in 2016. This country party at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will feature 14 artists over three days in early June.
Thirty-five artists played across three days during the 2015 Carolina Country Music Festival. This party on the beach promises A-List talent beautiful scenery. Tim McGraw is the first announced headliner, with Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Jake Owen and a Thousand Horses joining them, so far.
While no artists have been officially announced, it’s a given superstars like Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and more will play 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.
For 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. In addition to the headliners, Chris Janson, Frankie Ballard, Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice and Maddie & Tae will perform.
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.
The second annual Windy City LakeShake in Chicago will be a three-day festival that includes a rare Brooks & Dunn reunion. Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett will also play this year. It’s a scenic setting for a country music festival, although not one most country fans are used to seeing at festivals. In the distance skyscrapers tower above the festival grounds.
Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line headlined in 2015, and while no 2016 artists have been revealed yet, the stage promises to be just as star-studded. This four-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.
The Big Barrel Country Music Festival has been cancelled. Refunds will be given, according to the festival’s website.
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. Additional performers include High Valley, Dean Brody and Chris Janson. Merle Haggard was set to headline as well. Instead, Jamey Johnson will join Ben and Noel Haggard on stage.
Dega Jam has been cancelled. Refunds will be given per instructions at the festival website.
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.
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Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, Drake White and Tom Cochrane will also join this lineup. The two-day festival takes place at Bingemans in Ontario. It’s a country music and camping party in Kitchener.
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.
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” is loaded in 2016. The venue is just behind Michigan International Speedway, in the heart of lower Michigan. In addition to the headliners, Gary Allan, a Thousand Horses, Granger Smith and Sam Hunt will play the three-day camping and country music festival. This is the fourth annual Faster Horses Festival.
The 2016 Windy City Smokeout is loaded with top country talent, in addition to great BBQ. It’s some of the best eats and country music you’ll find in the midwest, with Billy Currington, Corey Smith, Big & Rich and Phil Vassar amongst the artists playing along with the headliners.
The three-day lineup includes Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell in 2016, and once again promises to be extraordinary. Camping and hotels are options for lodging for this Wisconsin fest. It’s another huge country music party in the cheese state!
Night in the Country is billed as Nevada’s legendary country music festival, and recent lineups have backed that up. Jake Owen and the Band Perry headlined in 2015. While no artists have been announced for 2016, this camping and country music festival has grown steadily since 2002.
Just one headliner in 2016 has been announced, but it’s a big one: Eric Church will play in 2016. 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.
Vancouver Island’s premiere country music festival will also feature performances from High Valley, the Road Hammers and Neal McCoy. For the first time the festival will be at a new venue. In 2016 Sunfest moves to the 172-acre Laketown Ranch.
Carrie Underwood isn’t a headliner to overlook, but 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.
The 2016 Watershed Music Festival is the first ever country festival to host back-to-back weekends. In less than five years the party at the Gorge in George, Wash. has become a must-visit event featuring top country performers and a great campground experience. A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Brett Eldredge, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves and more are also on the bill.
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. Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Emerson Drive and Cam are also part of the lineup.
A third Country Thunder has been added, joining festivals in Arizona and Wisconsin. Country Thunder Alberta is Canada’s first Country Thunder, and it features headliners, plus Chris Young, Dustin Lynch and Chad Brownlee. This festival will take place at Prairie Winds Park.
In 2015, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban headlined the third annual Gulf Coast Jam. It’s the second of two country music festivals near the beach in Panama City Beach, taking place over Labor Day weekend.