Beyond Coachella: 10 Smaller Festivals Beloved For Their Homegrown Vibes & Huge Lineups
With genre-specific stages and unique locations, these 10 under-the-radar, independent and locally loved American festivals offer an alternative to major events like Coachella and Lollapalooza.
Coachella’s two-weekend festival in April is the unofficial kickoff of music festival season in the United States — a party period generally stretching from late spring to mid-fall. After a few years of risky, restricted and canceled events due to pandemic uncertainty, the 2023 festival season looks pretty unbeatable.
But between general admission and VIP ticket options, festivals of Coachella’s magnitude can easily cost thousands of dollars to attend for a few days, if tickets don't sell out completely.
Luckily, there are plenty of other options for those who seek a different sort of music festival experience — one that might be smaller, independent or more musically specialized. To assist in your planning, GRAMMY.com has some suggestions for unique and beloved music festivals taking place around the country in 2023, including one that’s absolutely free!