Below you will find Nashville Music Guide’s compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
We did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we’ve overlooked a specific event, please let us know so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
Country Thunder – Dates: Mid April
While this Country music festival is typically held annually in mid April, they also host a sister Country Thunder festival in Twin Lakes, WI in mid July.
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival – Dates: Mid June
Flagstaff Blues and Brews at the Continental Driving Range in Flagstaff, AZ! Join us for a day of music, 7 blues bands, plenty of beer, food and much more all while supporting music in our local schools!
FORM – Dates: May
A creative retreat and festival held in the desert city of Arcosanti, AZ. Immersed in otherworldly architecture and landscapes, participants experience 3days & nights of live music, panels, workshops, art screenings, new tech, outdoor/wellness activities and more.
Gem & Jam Festival – Dates: Mid February
“Hosting both prominent Internationally and Nationally touring names in the jam and electronic music scenes; Gem & Jam is not just a music festival. Workshops, dancers, visual performers, high-end art gallery installations coupled with cutting edge production and attention to every detail ensure for an over the top experience.” – Submit to Perform
EDM and hip-hop dance fans shouldn’t miss Relentless Beats’ annual event. In addition to plenty of local acts, the fest is rounded out with artists from around the U.S. Last year’s party was lit, with three stages featuring Marshmello, Migos, Oona Dahl, Lil Pump, and Ugly God.
Innings Festival – Dates: March
This festival makes its debut celebrating music and baseball’s spring training season. It’s a list of heavy hitters in the band department, featuring rock, pop, and alt-country acts. There’s Queens of the Stone Age, the Avett Brothers, Chris Stapleton, The Head and The Heart, Eagles of Death Metal, Gin Blossoms, and Sylvan Esso, to name a few.
This festival made quite a splash when it debuted in 2017. Three days of music, art, food, and games brought out thousands of attendees ready to celebrate a brand new central Phoenix event. The lineup swirled genres with Chance the Rapper, Pixies, Haim, and Run the Jewels.
Maricopa Music Festival – Dates: Spring – Submit to Perform
M3F McDowell Mountain Music Festival – Dates: Early March
The Festival took off in April of 2004 as an endeavor to bring real music back to Arizona while getting the community together for a great cause: our children. Each year, the festival brings together a number of bands from a wide variety of genres from all over the world to Arizona. Since it started, bands like the Avett Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, and Chromeo have commanded the stage.
Pot of Gold Music Festival – Dates: March
This festival rocks for three straight days with a lineup that has included headliners like Phil Lesh, Sturgill Simpson, and Russ. There’s plenty more, like G. Love and Special Sauce, Donavan Frankenreiter, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, O.T. Genasis, and Pouya. In addition to the national acts, there’s also a stage designated for local bands. Food and drink will be available on-site, and a vendor village.
Pride in the Pines Festival – Dates: Late June
From our beginning with 300 attendees at a county fairground on the outskirts of town to our current festival of several thousand next to City Hall, Northern Arizona Pride Association’s Pride in the Pines is now one of the largest and most well-supported events in the City of Flagstaff, Arizona.