2017-18 Country Music Festivals Guide

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Country Music Festivals-2018
Joshua Timmermans for Taste of Country

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.

  • Crash My Playa 2017

    Crash My Playa

    January 17-20, 2018 in Riviera Maya, Mexico

    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.

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  • Country to Country

    Country to Country

    March 9-11, 2018

    The C2C has grown to over 50,000 fans in three major European cities — it’s the largest country music festival in Europe!

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  • Party for a Cause

    ACM Party for a Cause Festival

    2018 Dates Have Not Been Announced

    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.

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  • Country Thunder

    Country Thunder Arizona

    April 5-8, 2018 in Florence, Ariz.

    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.

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  • Tortuga

    Tortuga Music Festival

    TBD in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    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.

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  • Spring Jam

    Pepsi Spring Jam

    TBD in Panama City Beach, Fla.

    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.

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  • SRJ

    Suwannee River Jam

    TBD in Live Oak, Fla.

    In addition to a diverse lineup of country stars, the Suwannee River Jam returns with some of the most affordable festival prices.

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  • Las Cruces Music Festival

    Las Cruces Country Music Festival

    TBD in Las Cruces, N.M.

    The Las Cruces Country Music Festival is a festival with two stages. Travis Tritt and Kacey Musgraves headlined in 2017.

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  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach Music Festival

    April 27-29 in Indio, Calif.

    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.

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  • Off the Rails Festival

    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.

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  • Tree Town Music Festival

    Tree Town Music Festival

    May 24-27, 2018 in Forest City, Iowa

    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.

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  • Country 500

    Country 500

    TBD in Daytona, Fla.

    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.

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  • Bayou Country Superfest

    Bayou Country SuperFest

    TBD in New Orleans, La.

    The 2017 Bayou Country SuperFest moved to the Superdome in New Orleans. No information about 2018 is available yet.

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  • Rock the South

    Rock the South

    TBD in Cullman, Ala.

    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.

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  • Carolina Country Music Festival

    Carolina Country Music Festival

    June 7-10, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    This party on the beach promises A-List talent beautiful scenery. Luke Bryan is the first announced performer for 2018.

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  • CMA Fest

    CMA Music Festival

    June 2018 in Nashville

    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.

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  • Country Summer 2017

    Country Summer

    June 15-17, 2018 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

    Northern California's largest country music festival promises some of country's biggest names.

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  • Country USA

    Country USA Oshkosh

    TBD in Oshkosh, Wisc.

    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.

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  • Country Fest

    Country Fest

    June 21-23, 2018 in Cadott, Wisc.

    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.

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  • Moondance Jammin Country

    Moondance Jammin Country Fest

    June 21-23, 2018 Walker, Minn.

    For a decade, fans in central Minnesota have been coming to Moondance. No artists for 2018 have been announced yet.

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  • LakeShake Festival

    Windy City LakeShake

    TBD in Chicago

    2018 will be the fourth annual at Northerly Island. The full schedule will be available at the LakeShake website.

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  • Kicker Country Stampede

    Kicker Country Stampede

    June 21-23, 2018 in Manhattan, Kan

    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.

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  • Dauphin's CountryFest

    Dauphin's Countryfest

    June 28-July 1, 2018 in Dauphin, Manitoba

    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.

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  • Jam in the Valley

    Jam In the Valley

    July 5-7, 2018 in Varysburg, N.Y.

    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.

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  • Country Concert 2017

    Country Concert '16

    July 5-7, 2018 in Fort Loramie, Ohio

    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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  • Cavendish Beach Music Festival

    Cavendish Beach Music Festival

    July 6-8, 2017 in Prince Edward Island, Canada

    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.

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  • Happy Valley Jam

    TBD University Park, Pa.

    No artists have been announced for this one-day concert in Pennsylvania.

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  • Jamboree In the Hills

    Jamboree in the Hills

    TBD in Morristown, Ohio

    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.

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  • Faster Horses Festival

    Faster Horses Festival

    July 20-22, 2018 in Brooklyn, Mich.

    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.

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  • Windy City Smokeout

    Windy City Smokeout

    July 13-15, 2018 in Chicago, Ill.

    The Windy City Smokeout also features some of the best eats you’ll find in the midwest.

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  • Country Jam

    Country Jam USA

    July 19-21, 2018 in Eau Claire, Wisc.

    Camping and hotels are options for lodging for this Wisconsin fest. It’s another huge country music party in the cheese state!

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  • Country Thunder Wisc.

    Country Thunder Wisconsin

    July 19-22, 2018 in Twin Lakes, Wisc.

    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.

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  • Night In the Country

    Night in the Country

    July 26-18, 2018 in Yerington, Nev.

    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.

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  • Watershed Festival

    Watershed Music Festival

    Aug. 3-5, 2018 in George, Wash.

    The Watershed Festival continues to feature the best country artists. In 2018 the fest has been pushed back to the first weekend in August.

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  • Sun Fest

    Sunfest Festival

    Aug. 2-5, 2018 in Cowichan Valley, B.C. (Canada)

    Additional artists for Vancouver Island’s premiere country music festival will be announced soon.

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  • Oregon Jamboree

    Oregon Jamboree

    TBD in Sweet Home, Ore.

    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.

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  • Boots and Hearts Festival

    Boots and Hearts Music Festival

    TBD in Oro-Medonte, Ont.

    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.

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  • Country Thunder

    Country Thunder Alberta

    August 17-19, 2018 in Alberta, Can.

    There are now four Country Thunder festivals but Country Thunder Alberta is Canada’s first Country Thunder. Artists will be announced soon.

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  • Gulf Coast Jam

    Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

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

    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.

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  • Beach Town Music Festival

    Beach Town Music Festival

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

    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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