If you are the type of die-hard country music fanatic who religiously attends all the big and small events that let you celebrate the unique beauty and appeal that the genre possesses, then you are surely in for a wonderful treat this coming 2018!
You might pause and recall the recent tragic event that transpired during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. But needless to say, the country music industry is working its hardest to ensure that celebrating music can still go on while safety measures are doubled and a wholesome, happy environment can still be experienced by fans all across the nation.
Below is a long list of country music festivals that you can add to your bucket list and mark on your calendars in advance. If you’ve got no plans yet of how you can have another round of epic good time with your family and friends, then surely your schedule for the next 365 days will be fully booked in no time.
Steamboat Music Fest (Jan. 5-10)
Where: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
What it’s about: Now entering its 33rd year, this MusicFest is set in a town in Colorado that’s best known for skiing. It will be featuring an arrangement of the finest Americana bands and Texas country, red dirt music.
Crash My Playa (Jan. 17-20)
Where: Rivera Maya, Mexico
What it’s about: The festival was founded by country superstar, Luke Bryan. Set in an all-inclusive resort in Mexico just a few feet away from the beautiful Caribbean Sea, Crash My Playa will feature multiple sets by Luke Bryan himself. There will also be performances and appearances by some of Bryan’s friends and fellow artists Brett Young, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, and Maren Morris. The event will last for four days.
Mile 0 (Feb. 7-10)
Where: Key West, Florida
What it’s about: A brand new name in a list of long-standing country music festivals, Mile 0 is a promising event that’s set to bring together tons of red dirt and American music. This means fans and attendees will get to see performances from bands like Cody Jinks, Pat Green, Shooter Jennings, and Turnpike Troubadours.
Florida Strawberry Festival (March 1-11)
Where: Plant City, Florida
What it’s about: This festival is best for people with such high energy and endurance because it boasts performances and activities carefully scheduled and arranged to make the event last for 11 days. There will also be topnotch performers like Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, Charley Pride, Josh Turner, and many more. Ticket prices range from $20-25, but the most expensive one you can buy costs around $50. For this event, attendees will have to purchase tickets first for them to be able to individually see the shows’ headliners.
Runaway (March 23-25)
Where: Kissimmee, Florida
What it’s about: Runaway or the Runaway Country Music Fest is known for its diverse and dynamic country lineup. It has featured a mixture of artists like Little Texas, Florida Georgia Line, and Ashley McBryde.
Tin Pan South (April 3-7)
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
What it’s about: In 2018, Tin Pan South will be celebrating its 26th year. It has been the most special and extraordinary country music event for fans. The secret to its special touch is how it always pays tribute and drives more focus on the genre’s unsung heroes, the songwriters. As such, fans and attendees will get to appreciate the beauty and art of writing wonderful songs all the more. Apart from a line-up of big country singers, they also get to meet and greet the songwriters behind tons of their favorite country hits as well as songs that are yet to make its way into your hearts.
Tortuga (April 6-8)
Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
What it’s about: Known as one of the liveliest events with the most electrifying performances and collaborations, Tortuga is rich with a variety of artists from a variety of genres. In fact, aside from country superstars, R&B hit-makers like Shaggy and Snoop Dogg have already graced the event’s stage.
ChiliFest (April 6-7)
Where: Somerville, Texas
What it’s about: As red hot as its name, this event was created for all fans and artists who have a stronger preference for red dirt and southern rock variations of Country. It is perfect for all Texas A&M Aggies.
Larry Joe Taylor Fest (April 23-28)
Where: Stephenville, Texas
What it’s about: Running for a total of 6 days, the Larry Joe Taylor Fest also caters to all red dirt fanatics. The event is about to enter its 30th year and it seems it has no plans of slowing down. It will be an event hotter and more legendary than ever. There will also be a chili cook-off to be featured during the event.
Stagecoach (April 27-29)
Where: Indio, California
What it’s about: If you love Coachella and country music then this event is the one for you! Created by the same group of people who made Coachella possible, Stagecoach will bring forth a luxurious musical experience for all country music supporters. Backed by a powerhouse line-up of performances from artists like Kenny Rogers, Jason Isbell, Garth Brooks, Kacey Musgraves, Midland, and Lee Brice, to name a few, who’s to say that Stagecoach will have a shortage of fun and pure entertainment?
Key West Songwriter’s Fest (May 9-13)
Where: Key West, Florida
What it’s about: About to enter its 23rd year, Key West takes inspiration from a festival holding the same objective—Tin Pan South. It is said to have a more diverse line-up of guests, but all the while does what it does best which is to celebrate the breathtaking craft and hard work of producing top quality country sings.
Tree Town (May 24-27)
Where: Forest City, Iowa
What it’s about: As early as now, residents of Forest City are prepping for another non-stop round of country music performances. This event is also famous for featuring a glamorous way of camping (or otherwise called “glamping”). Fans can expect artists such as Brett Young, Eddie Money, Alabama, and Charlie Daniels Band to serenade them during the event’s duration.
Lone Star Jam (May 26-27)
Where: Austin, Texas
What it’s about: Coming from its humble beginnings, Lone Star Jam slowly made its way to the top of the list of most relevant events for Country. For its upcoming 11th year, the event has prepared a total of over 20 of the finest red dirt and country artists from Texas.
CMA Music Fest (June 7-10)
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
What it’s about: This country music festival for a cause aims to raise funds for educating people about music. All artists who choose to perform at CMA Music Fest do so for free. The lineup of artists for 2018 is yet to be announced, but as usual, all the proceeds will go to the event’s foundation. Performances by the biggest and more well-known artists are televised on big screens and even broadcasted at later dates for TV viewers at home.
Winstock (June 8-9)
Where: Winsted, Minnesota
What it’s about: Started in 1994, the festival takes its name from another music fest of a different genre, Woodstock. Last year, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, and Miranda Lambert were among the acts featured in this fun, badass event.
Carolina Music Fest (June 7-10)
Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
What it’s about: This music fest along the beach has by far the widest territory—spanning around 18 acres which includes the well-known boardwalk as well as areas along the Ocean Boulevard. It often features country music’s must-see and upcoming talents. It is on the verge of celebrating its 4th year.
Comstock Windmill Festival (June 15-17)
Where: Comstock, Nebraska
What it’s about: The Comstock Windmill Festival is a combination of rock and country music and is held back-to-back during the weekends. Although the most nearby town only houses a total population of 96 people, expect this event to make a whole lotta noise with a line-up that comprises Lee Brice, Diamond Rio, Cody Johnson, and Luke Combs, just to name some.
That’s it for 2018’s first half! Are you all revved up now to belt your heart and your lungs out for a long arrangement of country music festivals left and right?
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