2018 Classic Rock Festivals

Best Classic Bands gathers info for festivals around the globe with their dates, locations and a sampling of the top classic rock acts that are appearing.

Links are for the festivals’ home page (in English, when available). If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.


Jan 12-15 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL with the Zombies, Ann Wilson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin


March 1-4 Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL with Arcade Fire, the Flaming Lips

March 9-11 The Fest For Beatles Fans Jersey City, NJ with Peter Asher, Randy Bachman

March 24-25 In Bloom Festival Houston, TX with Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Dhani Harrison

Mar. 29 – Apr. 2 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Seal, Canned Heat, Chic ftg Nile Rodgers, Lionel Richie, Gov’t Mule, Jimmy Cliff


April 13-15, 20-22 Coachella Indio, CA with David Byrne, Jamiroquai, Jean-Michel Jarre, The Weeknd, Beyonce, Eminem, Chic ftg Nile Rodgers

April 19-21 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood, Widespread Panic

April 20-22 Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee

April 26-29 Rock Getaway

April 27 -29 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1) New Orleans, LA

April 27-29 Rockville Festival Jacksonville, FL with Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Queens of the Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold

April TBD M3 Rock Festival Columbia, MD

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

April 27-29 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA with Florida Georgia Line, Garth Brooks, Gordon Lightfoot, Molly Hatchet, Georgia Satellites, Dwight Yoakam

April 28-29 Fort Rock Ft. Lauderdale – Sunrise, FL with Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots


May 3-6 Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

May 4-6 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA

May 4-6 Carolina Rebellion Concord, NC with Billy Idol, Alice in Chains, Muse, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots

May 4-6 Beale Street Memphis, TN

May 11-27 The Bath Festival Bath, England with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Tears For Fears, Alison Moyet

May 18-20 Rock on the Range Columbus, OH with Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots

May 24-27 Delfest Cumberland, MD with Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

May 24-28 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN with America, Vanilla Fudge

May 25-27 Bottlerock Napa, CA with Billy Idol, Dhani Harrison, the Killers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Muse, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

May 25-27 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK with Cheap Trick, Poison, The Cult, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots

May 25-27 Sasquatch! Quincy, WA

May 25-27 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band

May 26-27 Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA with Dave Mason, Eddie Money, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Chambers Brothers

May 26 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT with Eric Clapton

May 31 -June 2 Red Rooster Festival Suffolk, England

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.


June 1-3 Governor’s Ball  NYC with Jack White, Eminem

June 15-17 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands with Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters

June 6-9 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden with Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

June 7-9 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark with Beck, Björk

June 7-10 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN with Sheryl Crow, the Killers, Muse, Mavis Staples, Nile Rodgers & Chic

June 8-9 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Joe Bonamassa

June 8-10 Download Donington Park, UK with Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses

June 9-11 Download Paris, France with Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters

June 14-16 Montebello Rockfest Montebello, QC

June 14-17 Firefly Festival Dover, DE with The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem

June 15-17 Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY with Jack Jackson, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Sturgill Simpson

June 16-17 Stone Free Festival London, England with Scorpions, Yes featuring Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman, Megadeth, Roger Hodgson

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

June 21-24 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

June 20-22 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway with Ozzy Osbourne, Alice in Chains, Helloween

June 21-23 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark with Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween

June 21-24 Isle of Wight 50th Anniversary, Isle of Wight, UK with Van Morrison, Depeche Mode, the Killers, Liam Gallagher

June 22-24 Hellfest Clisson, France with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Hollywood Vampires, Megadeth

June 23-24, 28-29 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal with The Killers, Muse

June 26 Impact Festival Krakow, Poland with Ozzy Osbourne

June 28-30 Download Madrid, Spain with Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest

June 29-30 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain with Steve Winwood, Mavis Staples

June TBD Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA

June 22-30 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY with Seal, Alison Krauss

June 22-23 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Dream Syndicate

June 21-23 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland with Santana, Simple Minds, Uriah Heep, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Nazareth

June 23-24 Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

June 27 – July 1 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

June 28 – July 7 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada

June 30 – July 1 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, England with Steve Earle and the Dukes, Halestorm, Gov’t Mule, Sons of Apollo


July 3-8 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

July 4-7 Open’er Gdynia, Poland with David Byrne, Depeche Mode

July 5-7 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain with Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Dee Snider

July 5-8 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium with Pearl Jam, Nick Cave, Queens of the Stone Age

July 5-15 Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

July 5-15 Festival d’été de Québec Québec, Canada

July 6-7 Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July 7 Ribfest Naperville, IL with Steven Tyler

July 12-14 Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July 14 Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July 12-14 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

July 12-15 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY

July 12-15 Latitude Suffolk, England

July 14-15 Bospop Weert, Netherlands with Billy Idol, a-Ha, Live

July TBD Chicago Open Air Bridgeview, IL

July 16-30 Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France with Robert Plant and the Space Shifters, Simple Minds, a-Ha

July 17-22 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July 19-21 Moondance Jam Walker, MN with Kid Rock

July 19-22 Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA with Dickey Betts and His Band, the Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Gov’t Mule

July 19-22 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher

July 20-22 Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July 21-22 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France with Depeche Mode, The Killers, Noel Gallagher

July TBD FYF Fest Los Angeles, CA

July 27-28 Qstock Oulu, Finland

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.


Aug 2-5 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

Aug 2-5 Wickham Hampshire, England with Squeeze, Richard Thompson, the Undertones, Tom Robinson

Aug 2-5 Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway with Bonnie Raitt, Little Steven

Aug TBD Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

Aug 8-12 Smukfest Skanderborg, Denmark

Peach Music FestivalAug TBD Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA

Aug 10-12 The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

Aug 9-12 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, England with Judas Priest, Mr. Big

Aug TBD Moonstock Carterville, IL

Aug 23-26 Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

Aug 24-26 Reading Festival Reading, England

Aug 24-26 Leeds Festival Leeds, England

Aug TBD Great British R&B Festival Colne, England

Aug 24-27 Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, England with Steeleye Span

Aug 31 – Sept 2 Electric Picnic Laois, Ireland

Aug 31 – Sept 2 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA


Sept 8-9 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 14-16 Riot Fest Chicago, IL

Sept 14-16 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept 14-16 Kaaboo San Diego, CA

If a festival is sold-out, you can also try StubHub.

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept TBD Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

Sept TBD Laid Back Festival various cities TBA

Sept 22-23 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sept 22-23 Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept 29-30 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY


Oct TBD Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 5-7; Oct 12-14  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct TBD Aftershock Sacramento, CA

Oct TBD Blues Fest Dublin and London, U.K.


Nov 3-10 80s in the Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with Bret Michaels, John Waite, the Romantics, English Beat, Sebastian Bach, hosted by original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman

Nov TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

June 2019

June 26-30 Glastonbury Pilton, Somerset, England


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  1. pamela
    #1 pamela 29 December, 2016, 09:45

    what about “Rock on the Range” May 19-21, Columbus OH. Metalica, Soundgarden, Primus, Korn, Volbeat……

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  2. Boo
    #2 Boo 19 April, 2017, 16:18

    No mention of the Bands in the Backyard in Vineland, Co on June 16-25, Rockin the River in Three Forks, MT on August 11-13, or Red Ants Pants Festival in White Sulpher Springs, MT on July 27-30.

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