Northwest Summer Music Festival Roundup
Music can be empowering, engaging, emotional and edgy. It can also be overwhelming - especially here in the Pacific Northwest where it has seeped into every nook and cranny of our culture. You can't count all the music festivals we have going around these parts with all your fingers and toes - and it's even harder to pinpoint the vibe of each one.
So we've done that for you. Introducing the exhaustively comprehensive guide to every music festival this summer in the Northwest including Washington State, Oregon, and Canada.
Treefort Music Fest March 25-29, 2015
Treefort Music Fest brings some of the top indie bands to various spots in downtown Boise, ID. While it's a bit of a trek from Seattle, the fresh change of scenery is worth the trip. This year's lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, YACHT, and Foxygen.
Fisherman's Village May 16-17, 2015
Fisherman's Village Festival presented by the Everett Music Initiative got off to a great start last year in downtown Everett. With a lot of support from the city, the Festival is set to be an annual hit just north of Seattle. Last years lineup included La Luz, The Moondoggies, Gardens and Villa and The Grizzled Mighty.
Sasquatch Music Festival May 22-25, 2015
Sasquatch is arguably the Northwest's biggest music festival. Complete with stunning views, this four-day festival sets the standard for what a great festival can really be in the Northwest. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney, Ryan Adams and more.
Northwest Folklife May 22-25, 2015
One of the largest free folk festivals in the country; Folklife brings over 7,000 performers to the four-day weekend. Northwest Folklife Festival has celebrated the music, dance, stories, and artistry of the people of the Pacific Northwest for more than 40 years.
What the Festival June 19-22, 2015
What the Festival might just be the most fitting name for this music festival. Imagine dancing to your favorite band in your bathing suit in a giant wading pool. We're partial, but it might be the coolest party in the Northwest, about a 4 hour drive from Seattle. This year's festival includes Odesza, Big Gigantic, Griz and Keys n Krates.
Paradiso June 26-27, 2015
Paradiso is the biggest electronic music festival ever held in the Northwest - at, where else, the Gorge. The festival is complete with full-size carnival rides, amazing stage displays and the biggest names in electronic music like Skrillex, Knife Party, Alesso and more.
Waterfront Blues Festival July 2-5, 2015
The Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival on the west coast and the second largest in the country, with 120,000 blues fans attending throughout the five day festival. Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers has already confirmed, so this year's lineup should be as good as ever.
Mayhem Fest July 8, 2015
We don't know the lineup yet, but this annual touring festival brings the biggest names in metal music to the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA. We'll be honest - you have to be really into this type of music or you'll have an awful time. Past lineups have included Slip Knot, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Korn and Marilyn Manson.
Timber Music Fest July 16-18, 2015
Located out in beautiful Carnation, WA is the Timber Music Festival. The festival itself offers a wonderful escape while still being within reach of the city. Timber has partnered with King County Parks, so you will feel one with nature whether you're camping or dancing in the fields. Past lineups have included The Helio Sequence, Lemolo, Fruit Bats and Quasi.
Pemberton Music Festival July 16-19, 2015
Pemberton is another one of the powerhouse music festivals British Columbia has to offer. Located about four and a half hours from Seattle, it's easy to call this one of the best music festivals in the PNW. With (arguably) the best lineups in last year, this festival is definitely worth the journey north. Last year's lineup included Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Frank Ocean, Modest Mouse and Soundgarden.
Capitol Hill Block Party July 24-26, 2015
This yearly takeover of the Capitol Hill neighborhood may have outgrown their "Block Party" title but it still offers a one-of-a-kind experience of what a lot of people call the heart of Seattle. With many 21+ areas, this isn't a family music festival, but it's always a summer hit. Past lineups have included Macklemore, MGMT, Sonic Youth and The Flaming Lips.
Zootunes is certainly not a music festival, but a great concert series located at Woodland Park Zoo. And unlike Block Party, this is definitely damily friendly. The lineup won't be announced until April 20th, but expect at least a few great names you'll have to see this summer.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
This is also not a music festival but it is a concert series; lying out in the lawn, ordering wine by the bottle and enjoying some of the biggest names in music. This year's lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Harry Connick Jr., Randy Newman and more.
Project Pabst July 18-19, 2015
Project Pabst is a two-day festival in Portland OR, similar to MusicFest NW in that the festival takes over part of Waterfront Park in Downtown Portland. With headliners like Weezer, Blondie and TV on the Radio do you need a better reason to head down to Portland for a weekend?
Center of Gravity July 24-26, 2015
This annual three-day festival combines sport and music about five hours northeast of Seattle in Kelowna BC. The festival offers three stages of music and different sports like wake-boarding, BMX, skateboarding and more. Last year's lineup included Tegan and Sara, Chromeo, J. Cole and Calvin Harris.
Pickathon July 31-August 2, 2015
Pickathon is unlike any music festival you will ever experience. It's sustainable no plastic, reusable everything and renewable energy. You literally escape into the forest where you venture towards some of the most unique stages you'll ever see, and camping feels like real actual camping at a music festival (for once). You'll also have some of the best food you've ever had at a music festival. Past lineups include Feist, Andrew Bird, Shakey Graves and Neko Case.
Watershed July 31-August 2, 2015
Watershed is a three-day festival held at the amazing Gorge Amphitheater. This is the Northwest's premier country music festival, offering the biggest names like Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Clare Dunn and more. So if country is your thing, get your cowboy hats and cut off jean shorts ready.
Squamish Music Festival August 7-9
Squamish Music Festival located about three and a half hours north of Seattle is another one ofthose powerhouse music festivals British Columbia we've been talking about. With headliners like Drake, Mumford and Sons, Sam Smith and more, Squamish offers a breathtaking backdrop to a great lineup of music. Last year's lineup included Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire.
Summer Meltdown August 6-9, 2015
Summer Meltdown in Darrington, WA is more than just a music festival. The festival is 1.5 hours outside of Seattle and also offers rafting, climbing and horseback riding in addition to their great lineup. Last year's included Lord Huron, Allen Stone and Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Doe Bay Fest August 6-10, 2015
It's hard to describe what is so special about Doe Bay Fest, but this four-day event located at the Doe Bay Resort and retreat on Orcas Island is truly an experience. This festival really feels more like a retreat, and with tons of options for camping or lodging. Last year's lineup included Thao and the Stay Down Get Down, Cody ChestnuTT, Cataldo and Joe Pug.
Shambala August 7-10, 2015
You can't really ask for more when it comes to an electronic music festival, with six differently themed stages, a free-spirited atmosphere, and a unique landscape with a river running right through it. The festival is just over six hours away from Seattle, but it certainly feels more like a world away. This year's lineup includes Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Kygo and Big Gigantic.
Vans Warped Tour August 8, 2015
Vans Warped Tour caters to a younger crowd, with a huge lineup of rock, pop punk, emo, metal and more. The festival ends the national tour in Auburn, WA at the White River Amphitheater and this year's lineup includes Beartooth, Ascot Royals, Never Shout Never, Rivers Monroe and Svetlanas.
Gentlemen of the Road August 14-15, 2015
Gentlemen of the Road curated by Mumford and Sons has been making stopover tours all over the country, and they are bringing some huge names to Walla Walla such as Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, The Flaming lips and more. The four-hour journey across the state just might be worth it for you.
MusicFest NW August 21-23, 2015
MusicFest NW used to be a massive festival that took over Portland, OR, but has since changed to a three-day multistage festival at Waterfront Park. MusicFest NW is a great chance to get out of town and experience great music in the heart of Portland. Last year's lineup included Spoon, HAIM, Girl Talk and Phantogram.
Bumbershoot September 5-7, 2015
Held over the long Labor Day weekend, Bumbershoot offers a summer send-off with three days of music, art, and comedy located conveniently at Seattle Center. Past lineups have included Foster the People, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar and Jane's Addiction.
Rifflandia September 17-20, 2015
Taking over Downtown Victoria, Rifflandia is an amazing way to experience music. The music is a great reason to come, but Victoria and all its sights is a great reason to stay. This four-day festival is certainly worth getting your passport out. Last year's lineup included Girl Talk, Death Cab for Cutie, Danny Brow and Rusko.