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2017 Country Music Festivals Guide

Country Festivals Guide
Joshua Timmermans

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 2017 are revealed.


Crash My Playa 2017

Crash My Playa

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Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and More

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. Bryan will headline two nights at this surfside venue.

 

Country to Country

Country to Country

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Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Zac Brown Band Headlining

The C2C has grown to over 50,000 fans in three major European cities — it’s the largest country music festival in Europe! Chris Young, Darius Rucker and Maren Morris are a few of the other artists scheduled for this three-day international event.

 

Party for a Cause

ACM Party for a Cause Festival

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Various Artists

The 5th annual ACM Party for a Cause took place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on the strip. Proceeds from this party benefitted the ACM Lifting Lives program.

 

Country Thunder

Country Thunder Arizona

April 6-9, 2017 in Florence, Ariz.

 

 
Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton Headlining

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.

 

Tortuga

Tortuga Music Festival

April 7-9, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 

 
Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton Headlining

Kenny Chesney is one of three announced headliners for the 2017 Tortuga Music Festival. Proceeds from Tortuga have contributed more than $250K to marine and ocean research and conservation organizations. Alan Jackson, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker and Dustin Lynch are a few of the other artists. There are 35 in all, including rapper Nelly!

 

Spring Jam

Pepsi Spring Jam

April 28-29, 2017 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

 

 
Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker Headlining

Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker are the two announced performers for 2017, with acts like LoCash, Colbie Caillat and a Thousand Horses rounding out the bill.

 

SRJ

Suwannee River Jam

May 3-6, 2017 in Live Oak, Fla.

 

 
Billy Currington, Randy Houser More

In addition to a diverse lineup of country stars, the Suwannee River Jam returns with some of the most affordable festival prices. The festival moved to the first week of May for 2017. Hunter Hayes, Aaron Tippin and Sara Evans are a few other singers performing.

 

Las Cruces Music Festival

Las Cruces Country Music Festival

April 28-30, 2017 in Las Cruces, N.M.

 

 
Travis Tritt, Kacey Musgraves Headlining

Classic stars like Tanya Tucker and the Marshall Tucker Band will also play the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. It’s a festival with two stages.

 

Stagecoach

Stagecoach Music Festival

April 28-30, 2017 in Indio, Calif.

 

 
Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney Headlining

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. Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett and legends like Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Cyndi Lauper will open this diverse festival.

 

Off the Rails Festival

Off the Rails Country Music Festival

May 6-7, 2017 in Frisco, Texas

 

 
Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean Headlining

Justin Moore, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr and Old Dominion are also a part of this country music festival. Craft beers, food trucks, cigar rolling and an eclectic video game area are a few of the other non-music highlights.

 

Tree Town Music Festival

Tree Town Music Festival

May 25-28, 2016 in Forest City, Iowa

 

 
Bret Michaels, Thomas Rhett, Alan Jackson and Jason Aldean Headlining

Country music fans have a chance to camp in northern Iowa and see some of the biggest stars in the format. An impressive lineup has been revealed for 2017, including Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam and Chris Young.

 

Country 500

Country 500

May 26-28, 2017 in Daytona, Fla.

 

 
Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Headlining

The full lineup has been announced for the second annual 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. The lineup is loaded with stars like Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn opening. Keith Urban is also a part of this festival.

 

Bayou Country Superfest

Bayou Country SuperFest

May 26-28, 2016 in New Orleans, La.

 

 
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Brooks & Dunn Headlining

The 2017 Bayou Country SuperFest has moved to the Superdome in New Orleans. Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr. and Rascal Flatts are also a part of this loaded lineup.

 

Rock the South

Rock the South

June 2-3, 2017 in Cullman, Ala.

 

 
Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt Headlining

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. Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Cody Jinks and Dustin Lynch are also a part of this festival.

 

Carolina Country Music Festival

Carolina Country Music Festival

June 9-11, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 

 
Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Headlining

This party on the beach promises A-List talent beautiful scenery. Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Gretchen Wilson and Kip Moore are also part of this lineup.

 

CMA Fest

CMA Music Festival

June 2017 in Nashville

 

 
Various Headliners

Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert 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.

 

Country Summer 2017

Country Summer

June 16-18, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

 

 
Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker and Justin Moore Headlining

Northern California’s largest country music festival also features will be two weeks later in 2017. A Thousand Horses, Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry and Maddie & Tae have also been announced for the 2017 Country Summer festival.

 

Country USA

Country USA Oshkosh

June 20-24, 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisc.

 

 
Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and More Headlining

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. This year the festival is one week later than it was in 2016. Chris Young and Gary Allan join Rascal Flatts as headliners, with artists like Eric Paslay and LoCash opening.

 

Country Fest

Country Fest

June 22-25, 2017 in Cadott, Wisc.

 

 
Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Alabama Headlining

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 2017 Country Fest will also included Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Brothers Osborne and Wynonna.

 

Moondance Jammin Country

Moondance Jammin Country Fest

June 23-24 in Walker, Minn.

 

 
Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion Headlining

For a decade, fans in central Minnesota have been coming to Moondance. Rhett and Old Dominion are the announced headliners although Parmalee will headline a pre-party on Thursday night.

 

LakeShake Festival

Windy City LakeShake

June 23-25 in Chicago

 

 
Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett Headlining

Little Big Town, Lauren Alaina, Brothers Osborne and Randy Houser are a few of the other announced acts for this third annual festival at Northerly Island. The full schedule is available at the LakeShake website. A second stage featuring “Next from Nashville” artists has also been added this year.

 

Kicker Country Stampede

Kicker Country Stampede

June 22-24, 2017 in Manhattan, Kan

 

 
Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Alan Jackson

Old Dominion will also play the 2017 Kicker Country Stampede, with Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne and Maddie and Tae just added. 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.

 

Dauphin's CountryFest

Dauphin’s Countryfest

June 29-July 2, 2017 in Dauphin, Manitoba

 

 
Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Johnny Reid and Doc Walker Headlining

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.

 

Jam in the Valley

Jam In the Valley

July 6-8, 2017 in Varysburg, N.Y.

 

 
Toby Keith, Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion Headlining

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. The headliners will be joined by Cody Johnson, Brothers Osborne, a Thousand Horses and more.

 

Country Concert 2017

Country Concert ’16

July 6-8, 2016 in Fort Loramie, Ohio

 

 
Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen Headlinin

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. Old Dominion is also on the bill for 2017, as is Justin Moore, the Charlie Daniels Band, Chase Rice and more.

 

Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Cavendish Beach Music Festival

July 7-9, 2017 in Prince Edward Island, Canada

 

 
Kip Moore, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band headlining

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.

 

Happy Valley Jam

July 8, 2017 in University Park, Pa.

 

 
Blake Shelton Headlining

Chris Young, Big & Rich, David Ray and Adley Stump are also performing at this first-ever event at Beaver Stadium on Penn State University.

 

Jamboree In the Hills

Jamboree in the Hills

July 13-16, 2017 in Morristown, Ohio

 

 
Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum Headlining

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. The 2017 festival will also include performances from Chris Young and Kelsea Ballerini.

 

Faster Horses Festival

Faster Horses Festival

July 21-23, 2017 in Brooklyn, Mich.

 

 
Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Headlining

Michigan’s “go-to summer bash” is loaded once again in 2017. The venue is just behind Michigan International Speedway, in the heart of lower Michigan. Old Dominion, Darius Rucker and Brett Eldredge are also on the bill.

 

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

July 14-16, 2017 in Chicago, Ill.

 

 
Kip Moore, Jake Owen and Lee Brice Headlining

The Windy City Smokeout also features some of the best eats you’ll find in the midwest. Brandy Clark is also one of nearly 30 artists performing.

 

Country Jam

Country Jam USA

July 20-22, 2017 in Eau Claire, Wisc.

 

 
Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan Headlining

Camping and hotels are options for lodging for this Wisconsin fest. It’s another huge country music party in the cheese state! Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge and Gary Allan are also part of this three-day festival.

 

Country Thunder Wisc.

Country Thunder Wisconsin

July 20-23, 2017 in Twin Lakes, Wisc.

 

 
Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean Headlining

Eric Church played in 2016, and they’ve turned up the volume with some major headliners in 2017. 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. Billy Currington and Old Dominion are also part of this festival.

 

Night In the Country

Night in the Country

July 27-29, 2016 in Yerington, Nev.

 

 
Steve Moakler, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett Headlining

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.

 

Watershed Festival

Watershed Music Festival

July 28-30, 2017 in George, Wash.

 

 
Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan More Performing

Now back to a single weekend, the Watershed Festival will also feature Lee Brice, Darius Rucker, Maddie & Tae and more.

 

Sunfest Festival

Aug. 3-6, 2017 in Cowichan Valley, B.C. (Canada)

 

 
Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Old Dominion Headlining

Vancouver Island’s premiere country music festival will also feature performances from Chris Janson, Waterloo Revival and more.

 

Oregon Jamboree

Oregon Jamboree

Aug. 4-6, 2017 in Sweet Home, Ore.

 

 
Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers Headlining

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. Chase Rice, Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina are also on the bill.

 

Boots and Hearts Festival

Boots and Hearts Music Festival

Aug. 10-13, 2017 in Oro-Medonte, Ont.

 

 
Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Brantley Gilbert Headlining

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. Brett Eldredge, Eli Young Band and Dan + Shay are also on the lineup.

 

Country Thunder

Country Thunder Alberta

August 18-20, 2017 in Alberta, Can.

 

 
Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton Headlining

A third Country Thunder has been added, joining festivals in Arizona and Wisconsin. Country Thunder Alberta is Canada’s first Country Thunder. Randy Houser, Dallas Smith and Old Dominion are also on the lineup.

 

Gulf Coast Jam

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Sept. 1-3, 2017 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

 

 
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town Headlining

A storm forced the cancellation of the country music festival in 2016, but it returns this year with even more artists to be announced on April 28.

 

Beach Town Music Festival

Beach Town Music Festival

Dec. 8-9, 2017 in Vero Beach, Fla.

 

 
Jake Owen Headlining

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.

 

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