Top 7 Music Festivals to Add to Your Bucket List

Anyone who’s been to any sort of music festival automatically understands why it should be on your bucket list. There’s electricity in the air. From the festival culture, being surrounded by your best friends, to listening to world class music, summer music festivals have it all. Although there are probably hundreds of festivals I am pining to go to, I somehow narrowed down my top 7 choices (well the top 7 festivals in North America) to add to your bucket list (in no particular order.)

Coachella

Probably one of the most recognized music festivals in the world! This years headliners include OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire. But something even more tantalizing was the announcement of the pop up restaurants dotted around the festival.

Sasquatch

Sadly I cannot make this years festival, but Sasquatch located in the Gorge in Washington state has grown to be one of the most popular events of the year. Although it was recently announced that the second festival in July is cancelled, I’m sure the May event will more than make up for it.

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2011 bucket list

Squamish

Well, I live in British Columbia, so the next two festivals may be a little biased choices, but both of these festivals are great additions to the festival tour. This year Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire are all headlining the three day festival. What makes this fest extra special is the sprawling mountains that surrounds the location, absolutely beautiful.

Boonstock

I’ll be honest, before I bought my tickets to this festival, I never really knew it existed, but located in beautiful Penticton, BC this three day festival is sure not to disappoint. Plus Macklemore is headlining so should be awesome!

SXSW

South by South West is one of the coolest festivals there could ever be. A combination of technology innovation and some of the most creative minds there ever could be join forces to express and share a glimpse into the future. And where else could Lady Gaga get a performing artist to literally make herself sick (puke) on her for art.

SXSW

EDC Las Vegas

The Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the top electric music festivals in the world. Attracting some of the craziest people who are ready to have fun and (let’s be honest) rave. If you’re into dub step and are ready to have fun with thousands of your closest friends in Las Vegas, I highly recommend you check this out.

Craven

Finally, if you’re into country, and in the middle of Saskatchewan go to Craven, you won’t regret it. For those of you who maybe haven’t heard of Craven, it’s a huge country music festival in the middle of the valley. And although you maybe wouldn’t think it, Craven has had some of the best country music stars in the world.

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Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum.

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  • Paul Frolov aka XHyperActive

    Not a big fan of music, but even for me, Sasquatch festival was tons of fun ! The location is absolutely breathtaking ! It’s Washington’s version of Grand Canyon !

  • agenteprovocatrice

    I would add Austin City Limits to the list too. A great festival, with a similar lineup to Coachella but way less crowded and a relaxed Texas vibe. Plus you’re in the live music capital of the world, it’s the best!

    • SaraRuthnum

      Sorry, just saw this! Thanks for the suggestion I’ll be sure to check it out.