As another amazing year comes to an end, it’s about that time to start planning our spring and summer festival schedules! Sometimes this can be tough because there are so many amazing events to choose from and they seem to be adding more every year.
If you’re feeling a little stuck, you’re not alone! I’ve put together a little guide for you to hopefully help narrow down what events might be most suited for you this spring. Keep reading to hear my top 8 festival suggestions for spring 2020 and why each of them are going to be amazing in their own way!
1. OKEECHOBEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
DATES: March 5-8, 2020
LOCATION: Sunshine Grove, Okeechobee, FL
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Okeechobee is without a doubt one of the most highly regarded festivals in Florida, and for good reason. This is a big year because after taking the past year off, Okeechobee has come back now as an Insomniac festival, and is sure to have its best year yet. Between an amazing camping experience right on the water and a stacked lineup featuring Bassnectar, Rufus du Sol, Tipper, and Kaskade, this is a festival you won’t want to miss.
Read more about Okeechobee here!
2. ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
DATES: March 20-22, 2020
LOCATION: Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Last year Ultra festival moved venues, much to the dismay of many of the regulars who attend. Ultra is one of the biggest music festivals in the world, and this year it is officially moving back to its previous and more popular venue, Bayfront Park - right in the heart of downtown Miami. Between Flume, Major Lazer, Above & Beyond, Gesaffelstein, Slander b2b Kayzo, Carl Cox, and many more, there is something for everyone at this year’s Ultra!
3. BEYOND WONDERLAND
DATES: March 20-21, 2020
LOCATION: NOS Events Center, San Bernadino, CA
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Beyond Wonderland is a favorite amongst Insomniac festival-goers, and for obvious reasons! For this weekend in March, the NOS turns into an Alice in Wonderland-themed utopia. The stage production and decorations are seriously next level and so on-theme with the Alice-in-wonderland vibes. The lineup has yet to be announced but is sure to be amazing based on all of the artists who have played in years past.
4. BUKU MUSIC & ART PROJECT
DATES: March 20-21, 2020
LOCATION: Mardi Gras World, New Orleans, LA
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Buku is a very unique festival because it’s so much more than music. After attending last year I got to really understand and appreciate what this is all about. It emphasizes New Orleans culture through graffiti and other street art, and is chalked full of local artists and performers. This year’s lineup features Illenium, Zeds Dead, Flume, Alison Wonderland, and many more.
5. UBBI DUBBI
DATES: April 18-19, 2020
LOCATION: Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Though there’s something exciting about attending a festival during its first year, sometimes the best year to go to a festival is the second year after they’ve had a chance to work out a few kinks. Ubbi Dubbi had an incredibly successful first year in 2019 and is already making announcements for round two in 2020. They’ve already announced 6 artists that will perform: Seven Lions, Green Velvet, Illenium, Camelphat, Adventure Club, and Kaskade. They’re also moving venues, so this is definitely going to be an exciting year to attend this one! Check back for the Phase 2 lineup - coming soon!
6. EDC LAS VEGAS
DATES: May 15-17, 2020
LOCATION: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: I’m always going to be biased and tell you to go to EDCLV because it was my first festival, and is the one I make sure to never miss. However, this is going to be an extra special year to go because it will be the festival’s tenth year in Las Vegas! There’s something about being in such a magical city with tens of thousands of ravers that is just unmatchable, and this year’s festival and lineup are about to be its best yet! Keep an eye out for the 2020 lineup soon!
Read more about EDCLV in this article, 7 tips for a First Time EDC attendee!
7. LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
DATES: May 20-25, 2020
LOCATION: Buena Vista Lake, Kern County, CA
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Lightning In A Bottle is another festival that’s famous for having way more than just music. This festival is truly a spiritual experience, and the Do LaB brings lots of incredible art and activities to create one of the most unique and rewarding festivals out there. The lineup for this year’s performances and events has yet to be announced, but we’ll be on the lookout for it when it drops.
DATES: May 23-25, 2020
LOCATION: Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND IT: Movement is easily one of the top techno festivals, especially in the US. If you like to avoid the more mainstream EDM events and stick to more classic house and techno vibes, Movement is definitely the move (see what I did there?). The lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but past lineups include Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, and Get Real. But this festival isn’t completely limited to house and techno -- artists such as Griz, Diplo, Rezz, and Gucci Mane have also performed here!
Spring is always one of the best seasons to attend festivals, and every year just seems to get better and better as our culture continues to grow and spread! You really can’t go wrong with any of these events, and I have a feeling this year is going to be all of our best yet! Where will we see YOU in 2020?!