Upcoming 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.


Oct 3-6 Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Muse, King Crimson, Imagine Dragons

Oct TBD Cal Jam San Bernadino, CA

Oct 4-6 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA

Oct 4-6, 11-13  Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX with Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Gary Clark Jr.

Oct 11-13 Exit 111 Festival Manchester, TN with Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Megadeth, Slayer

Oct 11-13 ProgStock Rahway, NJ with Brand X, Saga, Nektar, 3.2 featuring Robert Berry

Oct 10-13 Colonial Beach Bike Fest Colonial Beach, VA

Oct 11-13 Aftershock Sacramento, CA with Tool, Korn, Slipknot, Halestorm, Marilyn Manson

Oct 25-27 Blues Fest London, U.K. with John Legend, Rickie Lee Jones

November – December

Nov 2-9 80s in the Sand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with Debbie Gibson, Lita Ford, John Waite, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Greg Kihn Band, Glass Tiger

2020 TBD Rockfest 80’s Miramar, FL

2020 TBD Knotfest San Bernadino, CA

Dec. 5-9 Closer to the Sun Riviera Maya, Mexico with Toots & the Maytals

January 2020

Jan 17-20 30A Songwriters Festival Santa Rosa Beach, FL with Brian Wilson, John Prine, Peter Noone, Don McLean, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls

Jan TBD Florida Jazz & Blues Jam Boca Raton, FL


March TBD Download Sydney + Melbourne, Australia

March TBD Download Japan

March 5-8 Okeechobee Fest Okeechobee, FL

March TBD The Fest For Beatles Fans


April TBD Suwannee Rising Live Oak, FL

April 10-12, 17-19 Coachella Indio, CA

April 17-19 Tortuga Music Festival Ft. Lauderdale, FL

April 9-13 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia with Dave Matthews Band, Patti Smith and Her Band, Crowded House, George Benson, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, John Mayall

April TBD Undercover Festival London, U.K.

April TBD Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL

April TBD Sweetwater 420 Festival Atlanta, GA

April 23-26 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 1)

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

April 24-26 Stagecoach Festival Indio, CA with ZZ Top, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Bryan Adams, Carrie Underwood,

April 30 – May 3 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Weekend 2) New Orleans, LA


May TBD Sunfest West Palm Beach, FL

May TBD Beach Life Festival Redondo Beach, CA

May 8-10 Rockville Festival Jacksonville, FL

May TBD Beale Street Memphis, TN

May TBD M3 Rock Fest Columbia, MD

May TBD Like Totally Music Festival Huntington Beach, CA (Note: 2019 event was canceled)

May 1-3 Epicenter Concord, NC with Metallica

May 15-17 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL

May TBD The Bath Festival Bath, England

May 15-17 Sonic Temple Columbus, OH

May TBD Doheny Blues Festival Dana Point, CA

May TBD Delfest Cumberland, MD

May 21-24 Bearded Theory Festival Derbyshire, UK

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

May 21-25 Abbey Road On the River Jeffersonville, IN

May TBD Bottlerock Napa, CA

May 22-24 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

May TBD Boston Calling Allston, MA

May 22-24 Summer Camp Festival Chillicothe, IL

May TBD Cajun & Blues Music Festival Simi Valley, CA

May 23 Greenwich Town Party Greenwich, CT

May 29-31 Download Paris, France


June TBD The Bath Festival (2nd Weekend) Bath, England

June 3-6 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden

June 5-7 Governor’s Ball  NYC

June TBD Funhouse Fest Williamsburg, VA

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

June 4-6 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark

June TBD Hampton Court Palace Festival London, U.K.

June TBD Big Noise Wilmington, DE

June TBD Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands

June TBD Mountain Jam Bethel, NY

June TBD Firenze Rocks Florence, Italy

June 11-14 Isle of Wight Isle of Wight, UK

June 11-14 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

June 11-13 Holland International Blues Festival Grolloo, Netherlands

June 14-15 BBK Music Legends Festival Bilbao, Spain

June 12-14 Download Donington Park, UK with Kiss, Iron Maiden, System of a Down

June 17-20 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark

June 18-20 Rock the Ring Hinwil, Switzerland

June 19-20 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

June 20-23 Nocturne Live Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK

June TBD Firefly Festival Dover, DE

June 26-28 Secret Solstice Reykjavik, Iceland

June 19-21 Hellfest Clisson, France

June 19-27 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester, NY

June 24-28 Glastonbury 50th Anniversary, Pilton, Somerset, England

June 25-27 Tons of Rock Halden, Norway

June 20-21, 27-28 Rock In Rio Lisbon, Portugal

June TBD Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

June TBD Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium

June 25 – July 4 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Canada

June TBD Download Madrid, Spain

June Through Aug Stern Grove Festival San Francisco, CA with free Sunday concerts

June 3-18 Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

June TBD Tail Winds Music Fest Wappingers Falls, NY

June TBD Retro CTrop Tilloloy, France

June TBD Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark

June 30 – July 3 Open’er Gdynia, Poland

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


July TBD Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

July TBD Innervisions London, UK

July 2-4 Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain

July TBD Ottawa Bluesfest Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

July 9-19 Festival d’ete de Quebec Québec, Canada

July 3-5 Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex, U.K.

July TBD Thunder Bay Blues Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

July 10-12 Cornbury Music Festival Oxfordshire, U.K.

July TBD Eaux Claires Eau Claire, WI

July TBD Ribfest Naperville, IL

July TBD Carcassonne Festival Carcassonne, France

July 9-11 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain

July TBD Roxodus Edenvale, Ontario

July TBD Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

July TBD Ride Festival Telluride, CO

July 10-12 Bospop Weert, Netherlands

July TBD Pleasantville Music Festival Pleasantville, NY

July TBD Twin Cities Summer Jam Mystic Lake, MN

July 16-18 Rock Fest Cadott, WI

July TBD Rock USA Oshkosh, WI

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

July 16-18 Moondance Jam Walker, MN

July 16-19 Great South Bay Patchogue, NY

July 16-19 Vieilles Charrues Carhaix, France

July TBD Pitchfork Chicago, IL

July TBD Rewind: Scotland Perth, U.K.

July 17-19 Ramblin’ Man Fair Maidstone, U.K.

July 18-19 Lollapalooza Paris Paris, France

July 21-26 Paleo Nyon, Switzerland

July TBD Peach Music Festival Scranton, PA

July 30 – Aug 2 Herzberg Festival Fulda, Germany

July 30 – Aug 2 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL

July 31 – Aug 2 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

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


Aug TBD Wickham Hampshire, U.K.

Aug TBD Notodden Blues Notodden, Norway

Aug TBD Rewind: North Macclesfield, U.K.

Aug TBD Lokerse Feesten Lokeren, Belgium

Aug 6-9 Bloodstock Walton-On-Trent, U.K.

Aug 7-9 Outside Lands Golden Gate Park, CA

Aug TBD Roots Rock Revival Big Indian, NY

Aug TBD Leyendas del Rock Villena, Spain

Aug 13-15 Fairport Cropredy Convention Chipping Norton, U.K.

Aug TBD Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB, Canada

Aug TBD Beach Road Weekend Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Aug TBD Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO

Aug TBD The Fest for Beatles Fans Chicago, IL

Aug TBD Railbird Lexington, KY

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

Aug TBD Moonlight Musicfest Big Sky, Montana

Aug TBD Rewind Festival: South Henley-on-Thames, U.K.

Aug TBD Lockn’ Music Festival Arrington, VA

Aug 28-30 Reading Festival Reading, U.K.

Aug 28-30 Leeds Festival Leeds, U.K.

Aug TBD Great British R&B Festival Colne, U.K.

Aug TBD Shrewsbury Folk Festival Shrewsbury, U.K.

Aug TBD Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

TBD Arroyo Seco Weekend Pasadena, CA


Sept 5-6 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany

Sept 15-20 Americana Fest Nashville, TN

Sept TBD Riot Fest Chicago, IL

Sept 18-20 Telluride Blues & Brews Telluride, CO

Sept TBD Kaaboo San Diego, CA

Sept TBD Grand Point North Burlington, VT

Sept 14-15 Music Midtown Atlanta, GA

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

Sept TBD River City Rockfest San Antonio, TX

Sept 18-20 Louder Than Life Louisville, KY

Sept 19-20 SeaHearNow Asbury Park, NJ

Sept 20-22 Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, KY

Sep TBD Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV

Sept TBD Farm Aid Location TBA

Sept TBD Pilgrimage Franklin, TN

Sept TBD Rock in Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sept TBD Ohana Dana Point, CA

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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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  3. Thoby
    #3 Thoby 3 March, 2018, 15:16

    Where is Mad Cool Festival? Only the biggest festival this year in Europe.

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 3 March, 2018, 16:39

      Thanks for the heads’ up. We’ve added it but it frankly looks more appropriate for Consequence of Sounds’ readers.

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  4. RiMum
    #4 RiMum 3 April, 2018, 21:12

    How about River City Rockfest, San Antonio, Texas? This year line up has not been announced yet, but can look up from previous years to get an idea.

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  5. barry
    #5 barry 3 September, 2018, 10:10

    M3 at Merriweather Post in Columbia MD?

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  6. Claire
    #6 Claire 10 January, 2019, 16:09

    You forgot Hangout Fest, AL in May, and Forecastle, KY in July.

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  7. Sailer49
    #7 Sailer49 8 February, 2019, 06:48

    And all the rock festival cruises? On the Blue, Flower Power, Rock Legends… there’s a few more too.

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