Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Music Festivals

Music Festivals are always one of the more popular fall festivals.  If you enjoy live bands, you won’t be disappointed with the selection of concerts offered in September and October 2015.

Some say that money makes the world go round. But really, I think that honor is reserved for music these days. Around the country in September and October, you’ll find music festivals that bring together fans of artists and types of music for a day or weekend to celebrate their works. While the cost for these events varies from totally free to insanely expensive entertainment, we know you’ll enjoy seeing your favorite musical acts at these fall 2015 music concerts.

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Music Festivals By State

Alabama
Bayfest - Mobile, AL – October 2-4, 2015
     Read our blog post from last year:  “Bayfest Festival Expects 200 Thousand

Arizona
Galaxy Dance Festival – Phoenix – Sept 15-20, 2015
Arizona Jazz Festival – Phoenix, AZ – October 23-25, 2015

Arkansas
Bikes Blues & BBQ Festival – Fayetteville, AR - September 23-26, 2015
Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair – Fort Smith, AR - September 25 – October 3, 2015
Musicfest El Dorado – El Dorado, AR – Oct 2-3, 2015
Ozark Folk Festival – Eureka Springs, AR - October 6-10, 2015
Arkansas State Fair – October 9-18, 2015
Harvest Music Festival – Ozark, Arkansas – October 16-18, 2015
King Biscuit Blues Festival – West Helena, AR – October 7-10, 2015
Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – Mountain View, AR – Nov 12-14, 2015

California
Los Angles County Fair - Los Angeles, CA – September 4-27, 2015
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival – Lafayette, CA – September 19-20, 2015
Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA – September 18-20, 2015
American River Music Festival – Coloma, CA – September 18-21, 2015
Angel City Jazz Festival – Los Angeles, CA – September 25 – October 11, 2015
Beyond Wonderland Music Festival – Mountain View, CA – September 26-27, 2015
Soul Food Festival – Sacramento, CA – September 19, 2015
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – San Francisco, CA – October 2-4, 2015
Port Fest – Redwood City – October 3, 2015
Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA – October 8-11, 2015
Treasure Island Music Festival – San Francisco, CA – October 17-18, 2015
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Catalina Island, CA – October 8-11 & 15-18, 2015
Sausage & Suds Music Festival – San Leandro, CA – October 4, 2015

Colorado
Rendezvous Music Festival – Beaver Creek, CO - September 11-12, 2015

Connecticut
Soul Food Festival – Hartford, CT – September 5, 2015

New England Acoustic Music Festival – Putnam – Sept 26, 2015
2nd annual event. A block party style boutique music festival in the historic Antique District. Food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages from the Courthouse Bar & Grille and other vendors.

Smoke in The Valley IV – Seymour, CT – October 2-3, 2015
A Craft Beer-Chili-Music Fest featuring over 80 craft breweries, home brew contest, chili competition with $5k in cash prizes, and 2 stages of live music featuring Badfish and others.

Delaware

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival – Rehoboth Beach, DE – October 15-18, 2015
Live jazz music at 5 locations in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Lewes. Tickets go on sale May 1.

Florida
Gulf Coast Jam – Panama City Beach, FL – Sept 4-6, 2015
Daytona Blues Festival – Daytona, FL – October 9-11, 2015
Bear Creek Music Festival – Live Oak – Oct 1-4, 2015
Amelia Island Jazz Festival – Fernandina Beach, FL – October 8-11, 2015
Clearwater Jazz Holiday – Clearwater, FL – October 15-18, 2015
Capital Jazz Super Cruise – Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 24 – November 1, 2015
Fest 13 Band Festival- Gainesville, Florida – October 30 – November 1, 2015
Hoodoo Voodoo Halloween Blues Ball – Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 31, 2015
Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival – Palatka, FL – November 12-14, 2015
Native Rhythms Festival – Melbourne, FL – Nov 12-15, 2015
Soul Food Festival – Jacksonville, FL – November 14, 2015
Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest – Sunny Isles Beach, FL – November 20-22, 2015
Miami Reggae Festival – Miami, FL – Nov 28, 2015

Georgia
One Musicfest – Atlanta, GA – September 12, 2015
Music Midtown – Atlanta, GA – September 18-19, 2015

Fall Bluegrass Festival – Cochran, GA. September 16-20, 2015.
A 4 day family friendly bluegrass festival at Hillside RV Park with stage shows, workshops, jamming, movies, bingo, and other activities. All in a beautiful campground featuring 89 wooded acres, nature trails, saltwater pool, playground, horseshoe pit, and more. Cabin rentals available.

Silver Dollar Bluegrass Festival – Reynolds, GA – Sept 26-27, 2015

Elisha Winn Fair – Dacula, GA – Oct 3-4 2015
Live bluegrass music and tour of 200 yr old historic home with outbuildings. The fair also includes crafts, crafters, reenactors, food and music. The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett Historical Society for the preservation of the Winn Property. Location: 908 Dacula Rd Dacula GA 30019

North Georgia Folk Festival – Oct. 10, 2015
31st annual event will be held at Sandy Creek Park. Music, arts & crafts, food and more.

Sweet Auburn Music Festival – Atlanta, October 3-4, 2015
A music festival with R&B, hip-hop and gospel. Their slogan is: “Where the Food is Good & the Music is Great”

A3C Hip Hop Festival – Atlanta, GA – October 7-11, 2015
The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA - Oct 9-10, 2015
Georgia-Carolina State Fair – October 16-25, 2015

Idaho
Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree – October 14-18, 2015
26th anniversary event. Forty bands, dance program, wine tasting and Afterglow dinner.

Illinois
Illinois Blue Festival – Peoria, IL - September 4-5, 2015
Pygmalion Music Festival – Urbana-Champaign, IL – September 23-27, 2015

Indiana
Back to the Fifties Festival – Lebanon, IN - September 18-19, 2015
Friendship Music Festival - Friendship, IN – October 3-4, 2015

Iowa

Maximum Ames Music Festival – Ames, IA – September 10-13, 2015
Lineup includes the Mountain Goats, Grandmaster Flash, and more.

World Food & Music Festival – Sept 18-20, 2015
Features foods from around the world. Entrees are $5 or less and tastes are $1. There will also be live music and cooking demonstrations. Admission is free.

Kansas
Scottish Festival – McPherson – Sept 25-27, 2015
Pipers, drummers, celtic music, dancing, scotch tasting, Highland heavy athletics and more.

Blues Festival – Paxico, KS - September 19, 2015
Held annually on the third Saturday in September. Admission is free. Plenty of music, antiques and food.

Kentucky
Fall Bluegrass Music Festival – Clay City, KY – September 10-12, 2015
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, KY – September 11-19, 2015
Blazin Bluegrass Festival - Whitley City, KY – September 17-19, 2015
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience – September 4-6, 2015
Garvin Gate Blues Festival – Louisville, KY – October 9-10, 2015

Louisiana
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – New Orleans, LA – October 16-18, 2015
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival – Lake Charles, LA – October 9-11, 2015
4th annual event. Independent film screenings, live music, cajun food and more.

Voodoo – New Orleans, LA – October 30 – November 1, 2015
The musical lineup is typically announced in June. General admission for the three day event is $125. Shuttle and parking passes are also available. Held at New Orleans City Park.

Massachusetts
Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA – September 18-20, 2015
Three days of music and two days of camping at Camp Kee-Wanee.

The Big E – West Springfield, MA – September 18 – October 4, 2015
The biggest fair in the Northeast, with nearly 1.5 million people attending in 2014. Circus spectacular, mardi gras parade, agricultural competitions, arts & crafts, food contests, live music and midway. Discounted tickets available online prior to September 16th. Parking is $10 for cars. One day tickets are $8-12 with a $1 surcharge.

Beantown Jazz Festival - South End, Boston, MA – September 26, 2015
Annual event on the last Saturday in September. The 2015 theme is Jazz: The Voice of the People. 70,000 attend the block party to enjoy food, live music and family entertainment.

Honk! Festival – Somerville, MA – October 9-11, 2015
A festival of activist street bands. You’ll hear honking horns, beating drums and see flags waved by people of all ages, classes, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival – Greenfield, MA – October 10-11, 2015
5th annual event with bbq contest, blues and beer. Admission is $5 with bbq sampling for an additional $5 and beer sampling on Saturday for $20.

Michigan
Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette, MI – September 4-6, 2015
Held at Mattson Lower Harbor Park over Labor Day Weekend. Free admission on Friday. Live Music, food and music/dance workshops. After party and blues jam.

Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit, MI – Sept 4-7, 2015
An annual jazz music festival in Hart Plaza over Labor Day Weekend. It is the self-proclaimed world’s largest free jazz festival.

Brews and Blues Festival – Adrian, MI – October 3, 2015
Founded in 2012. Live music, sample beers. Held on Toledo Street at the Pavilian from 4-10 PM.

Minnesota
Ramble Jam – Farmington – Sept 11-12, 2015
Live music at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Ticket prices range from early birds ($39-109) to gate pricing ($50-150).

Minnesota State Fair – Aug 27 – Sept 7, 2015
Started as a territorial fair in 1854, it changed its name in 1859 after Minnesota became a state. Always the 12 days leading up to and including Labor Day. Nearly 2 million people attend the event. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Lowertown Concrete and Grass Music Festival – St. Paul, MN – Sept 10-12, 2015
Outdoor music festival at Mears Park.

Boats and Bluegrass – Winona – Sept 24-27, 2015
A family friendly music festival on the shores of the Mississippi River. Three day passes available for adults include camping. Kids 16 and under are free with adult.

Mississippi
Mighty Mississippi Music Festival – Greenville – October 2-4, 2015
Deep Blues Festival – Clarksdale – October 15-18, 2015

Missouri
Kansas City Irish Fest – Sept 4-6, 2015
One of the three largest irish festivals in the nation. 30 Celtic rock and traditional Irish bands on 7 stages. Massive children’s area.

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – Columbia, MO – September 25-27, 2015
American Blues Scenes Magazine called it one of the most prominent festivals in the country. Over 40 musicians representing genres of blues, roots, gospel, folk, country, and soul. BBQ, 1/2 marathon and 10K and more at Stephens Lake Park. Started in 2007.

Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MO – September 11-13, 2015
Held at Berkley Riverfront Park with over 70 artists across three days. Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, Datsik and many more A-listers.

Lou Fest – St. Louis, MO – September 12-13, 2015
A music festival. Shop Market Square or enjoy family friendly activities at LouKidz including face painting, crafts and more.

Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival – Arcadia Valley, MO – October 16-18, 2015
A twice yearly celebration of old time music with bluegrass, mountain and americana. The parade is the longest running parade in the state of Missouri at 87 years and counting. Free admission.

Montana
Boulder Music & Art Festival – Boulder, MT - September 12-13, 2015
Live local music, artists’ creations. Free admission. Always the first full weekend in September after Labor Day.

Nebraska
Nebraska State Fair – Grand Island, NE – August 28 – September 7, 2015
Midway, parades, concerts, agricultural displays, demonstrations, hale bay decorating contest, talent search, food eating contest and more.

Nebraska Country Music Festival – Hastings, NE – October 23-24, 2015
35th annual event.

Nevada
Big Blues Bender – Las Vegas – Sept 10-13, 2015

iHeart Radio Music Festival – Las Vegas, NV – September 18-19, 2015

Las Vegas Jazz Festival – Sept 25-27, 2015
Nearly 3,000 attend this outdoor jazz music event.

Rock ‘n Roll Marathon – Las Vegas, NV – Nov 13-15, 2015
Marathon and 1/2 Marathon on the Las Vegas Strip.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire (Hopkinton) State Fair – Contoocook, NH September 4-7, 2015
Celebrating 100 years of fun this year. Carnival rides, livestock exhibits, wagon rides, demolition derby, fair food and more.

Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival – Somersworth – September 19, 2015
Enjoy a day of bluegrass music, food vendors and craft beers in the beer garden.

New Jersey
Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival – Woodstown – Sept 4-6, 2015

Central Jersey Jazz Fest – New Jersey – Sept 18-20, 2015
The Central Jersey Jazz Fest is a full weekend of free live Jazz performances in 3 different venues: Friday on the Flemington Court House Steps (downtown Flemington from 6pm-10pm; Saturday at Monument Square in downtown New Brunswick from 1pm-6pm, and, the highlight of the weekend, on the Somerset County Court House Lawn, Sunday from 1pm-6pm, followed by an after-party on Division Street (for those not ready to go home!!!) There will be a beer garden and wine/cocktail area and a food court with vendors from Somerville’s top restaurants (50 in the downtown area)!

New Mexico
Carlsbad Music Festival – Carlsbad, NM – August 28-30, 2015
Clovis Music Festival – Clovis, NM – September 10-12, 2015
Annual event for 25+ years.

Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM – September 25-26, 2015
Enjoy music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Global village of crafts, culture and cuisine.

Roswell Jazz Festival – Roswell, NM – October 7-11, 2015
Multi-venue event celebrating jazz music and musicians.

New York
The Great New York State Fair – Syracuse, NY – August 27 – September 7, 2015
Electric Zoo – Randall’s Island Park, NYC – September 4-6, 2015
Lake George Jazz Festival – Sept 19-20, 2015
Catskill Chill Music Festival – Hancock, NY – September 18-20, 2015
Utica Music & Arts Fest – Utica, NY – September 11-12, 2015
Red, White & Blues Festival – Fredonia – Sept 11-12, 2015
Sag Harbor American Music Festival – Sag Harbor, NY – September 25-27, 2015
World Fife & Drum Festival – Macedon, NY – Sept 18-21, 2015
CMJ Music Marathon – New York, NY – October 13-17, 2015

North Carolina
Mayberry Days – Mount Airy – Sept 23-27, 2015
Live music, comedy, magic shows, Barbecue Cook-off, parade, games and family fun. Hosted by the Surry Arts Council at various locations including the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre.

Hop Scotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC – September 10-12, 2015
6th annual event with more than 140 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh. Offers rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more. Art exhibition, photography exhibit.

Bull Durham Blues Festival – Durham – Sept 11-12, 2015
A two day blues and roots music festival.

Clayton Harvest and Music Festival – Clayton, NC – September 19, 2015

Creedmoor Music Festival – Creedmoor, NC – September 19, 2015.  Creedmoor invites you to their 24th annual music festival.  Great music, food, and festival fans will converge on Main Street rain or shine.  Bring the entire family for live music, handicrafts, gifts and family fun.  Activities include a Kid’s Corner, bounce house, tee-ball, and more.  Music ranges from top-notch local and regional bands playing bluegrass, gospel, classic rock, country, and dance music.  TK’s Car Show is held next door at the same time.

Outer Blanks Bluegrass Festival – Outer Banks, NC – September 23-26, 2015
Live bluegrass music, fireworks show set to bluegrass, band competition and more.

Carrboro Music Festival – Carrboro, NC – September 26-27, 2015
Free two day event with local music performances, food and crafts.

Wilmington Riverfest – Wilmington, NC – October 2-4, 2015
150,000 visit the three day celebration located from Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Live music, dancing and more on multiple stages. Kids zone includes facepainting, airbrush tattoos, mardi gras mask making, inflatables and more.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance – Pittsboro, NC – October 8-11, 2015
Four days of music, dance, art and education with more than 60 bands on 4 stages.

Duck Jazz Festival – Duck, NC – October 11, 2015
Free festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians.

North Carolina State Fair – Raleigh, NC – October 15-25, 2015
Nearly one million attend each year. Folk festival, fireworks, flower & garden show, local wine and craft beer exhibit, grandstand shows and more.

Ohio
Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH – September 24-26, 2015
About 30,000 annually attend this event that started as an independent music festival and industry conference in 2002.

Southern Ohio Music Fall Festival – Wilmington, OH – Nov 13-14, 2015
Featuring bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music.

Oklahoma
Backwoods Music Festival – Stroud, OK – Sept 4-6, 2015
Enjoy jam band, indie, folk, and electronic artists

Arbuckle Mt Bluegrass Festival – Davis, OK - September 13-19, 2015

Soul Food Festival – Oklahoma, OK – October 3, 2015

Oregon
Oregon State Fair – Salem, OR – August 28 – September 7, 2015
150th event. Carnival, music concerts, home brew competition, talent search, Dog Town and more.

Jupiter Jam Music Festival – Enterprise, OR - September 5, 2015
The sweetest little music festival in Eastern Oregon. Music starts at 1 and continues until appx. 10 PM.

Alpenfest – Wallowa County, OR - September 24-27, 2015.  This is Oregon’s Little Switzerland and their annual Bavarian type festival featuring polka music, fold dancing, alphorn blowing, yodeling and much more.  Located at 59919 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, OR.

Pennsylvania
Made in America Music Festival – Philadelphia, PA – September 5-6, 2015.  One of the largest music festivals and event in the country.  Features about 100 live musicians on stages including music by Beyoncé, Nick Jonas, and many more.  Held in downtown Philadelphia along Ben Franklin Parkway.

Northern Appalachian Folk Festival – Indiana, PA – September 11-12, 2015
Dedicated to preserving the music, art and culture of the Northern Appalachian region. Kid’s Alley includes carnival games, arts & crafts, square dancing and more.

Haverford Music Festival – Havertown, PA – September 12, 2015
A family music festival that serves as the primary fundraiser for the Haverford Township Civic Council.

Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival – Gettysburg, PA – September 12-13, 2015
Live music, art, food and wines from 25 different PA wineries. Located at the Gateway Gettysburg Complex

South Carolina
Soul Food Festival – Charleston, SC – September 26, 2015
Congaree Bluegrass Festival – Cayce, SC – October 3, 2015

Fall for Greenville – Greenville, SC – October 9-11, 2015
Six stages of live entertainment and food from 40 restaurants along 8 blocks of Main Street.

South Dakota
Ribs Rods & Rock’n Roll – Sept 11-12, 2015

Tennessee
Americana Music Festival – Nashville, TN – September 15-20, 2015
100+ live performances at nine stages in the downtown area.

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival – Chattanooga, TN – October 2-3, 2015

Texas
Dallas D*A*N*C*E – Dallas, TX – Sept 3-6, 2015

UTOPiAfest – Utopia – Sept 5-6, 2015
7th annual music festival will be held Labor Day Weekend at the Four Sisters Ranch.

Sun City Music Festival – El Paso, TX – September 5-6, 2015
Jazz’SAlive – San Antonio, TX – Sept 19-20, 2015

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest – Montgomery, TX – September 19, 2015.  Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music by Sam Riggs, Jesse Raub, Jonathan Mitchell Band, William Clark Green, Phillip Griffin, Josh Fuller and lots more.  Lots of family activities.  Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Street.

Soul Food Festival – Houston, TX – September 12, 2015
Texas State Fair – Dallas, TX – September 25 – October 18, 2015

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX – October 2-4, 9-11, 2015
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.

Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 8-11, 2015.  Four days with four distinct and different type festivals in one.  Sunday includes a “Texas Style Musicfest”.  Located at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine Grounds.

Bliss Blues & Cue – Fort Bliss, TX – October 9-10, 2015

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Dallas, TX – October 16-17, 2015.  Music festival and chili cook-off brings lots of people to the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch, Texas.  Musicians include The Del McCoury Band, Lee Ann Womack, Balsam Range, Hot Rize, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, The Grascals and many more groups.  One of the best bluegrass events of the year.

Utah State Fair
Utah State Fair – Salt Lake City, UT – September 10-20, 2015

Zion Canyon Music Festival – Springdale, UT – September 25-26, 2015.  Seventh annual music festival on Friday and Saturday.  Bands include:  Ben Miller Band, Grant Farm, Insect Surfers, Steph Johnson Trio, and more.  Two stages, arts and craft vendors, beer and wine, great food and a kid zone.

Moab Folk Festival – Moab, UT – Nov 6-8, 2015

Vermont
North Branch Bluegrass Festival – Bridgewater, VT - September 3-6, 2015
Band contest with kick-off show, music workshops, spaghetti dinner, weekend camping.

Cambridge Music Festival – Cambridge, VT – September 12, 2015
5th annual event. Fire performances, TieDye Booth. Kid’s activities include face painting, rock painting and more. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for youth ages 7 and over.

Virginia
Black Dog Music & BBQ Festival – Floyd, VA - August 8, 2015.  Held at Chateau Morrisette’s this annual event features a Kansas City Barbeque Society competition, with great live music, Virginia wines, and great food.

Verizon Wireless American Music Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – September 4-6, 2015.  Check the 5th Street Stage at the Dairy Queen near 17th Street park.  See top musicians including Sheryl Crow, Steve Miller Band, and many more local and national music acts.

Lockn- “Interlocking Music Festival” – Arrington, VA – September 10-13, 2015
Craft vendors, Brewers Village, Food, Artisan Stage and other activities.

Washington
Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA – September 5-7, 2015.  A music and arts festival in Seattle since 1971. 43rd annual event is held the first weekend in September (Labor Day Weekend).  It is located downtown at the Seattle Center.

Decibel Festival – Seattle, WA – September 23-27, 2015.  Seattle’s five day electronic music festival. 
Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA – Oct 9 – Nov 14, 2015.  Over 50 concerts and events in venues all around the city.

Last Years Events: 

Jamrock West Festival – Casper, Wyoming – August 30, 2014
North Branch Bluegrass Festival – Bridgewater, VT - August 28-31, 2014
Made in America Music Festival – Philadelphia, PA – Aug 30-31, 2014
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival – Gettysburg, PA – September 6-7, 2014
Jas Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival – Snowmass, CO – Labor Day Weekend 2014
Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA – Aug 30-Sept 1, 2014
Rhythm & Roots – Charlestown, RI – August 29-30, 2014
Electric Zoo – Randall’s Island Park, NYC – Aug 29-31, 2014
Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit, MI – August 29 – September 1, 2014
Verizon Wireless American Music Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – Aug 29-30, 2014
Arbuckle Mt Bluegrass Festival – Davis, OK - September 14-20, 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival – Chicago, IL – August 28 – September 31, 2014|
Beyond Wonderland Music Festival – Mountain View, CA – September 20-21, 2014
Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA – September 19-21, 2014
Burning Man – Gerlach, NV – Aug 25 – September 1, 2014
Boulder Music & Art Festival – Boulder, MT - September 6-7, 2014

The Boston Calling Music Festival is a three day city wide celebration held at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston.  This years event combines with the annual Sam Adams Oktoberfest to give us a huge event on September 5-7, 2014.  Boston Calling has always been one of the best music festivals in the country.  This years entertainment includes Lorde, The National, Nas x The Roots, and many more bands.  We have more information here.

Netcong Day Festival 2013 - Borough of Netcong, NJ – September 7, 2014
Music Midtown – Atlanta, GA – September 19-20, 2014
Jupiter Jam Music Festival – Enterprise, OR - August 30, 2014
North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL – August 29-31, 2014
CounterPoint – Atlanta, GA – Stay Tuned for 2014!
Grand Point North – Burlington, VT – September 14-15, 2013
Rendezvous Music Festival – Beaver Creek, CO - Sept 19-20, 2014
Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH – September 25-27, 2014
Clovis Music Festival – Clovis, NM – September 4-6, 2014
Utica Music & Arts Fest – Utica, NY – September 12-13, 2014
Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA – September 12-14, 2014
Cranberry Arts & Music Festival – Harwich, MA - September 14-15, 2014
Central Jersey Jazz Fest – New Jersey – Sept 12-14, 2014
Staunton Art & Music Festival – Staunton, IL – September 20-21, 2014
Pygmalion Music Festival – Urbana-Champaign, IL – September 25-28, 2014
Sun City Music Festival – El Paso, TX – August 30-31, 2014
Montgomery Wine and Music Fest – Montgomery, TX – September 20, 2014
One Musicfest – Atlanta, GA – September 13, 2014
Americana Music Festival – Nashville, TN – September 17-21, 2014
iHeart Radio Music Festival – Las Vegas, NV – September 19-20, 2014
Carrboro Music Festival – Carrboro, NC – September 28, 2014
Texas City Music Fest By The Bay – September 13-14, 2013
Carlsbad Music Festival – Carlsbad, NM – September 20-21, 2014
Catskill Chill Music Festival – Hancock, NY – September 5-7, 2014
Woodystock – Thornville, OH - August 29-30, 2014
Sunset Strip Music Festival - West Hollywood, CA – September 19-21, 2014
Zion Canyon Music Festival – Springdale, UT – September 26-27, 2014
Maximum Ames Music Festival – Ames, IA – September 18-21, 2014
Sag Harbor American Music Festival – Sag Harbor, NY – September 26-27, 2014
American River Music Festival – Coloma, CA – September 12-14, 2014
Venice Beach Music Fest – Venice, CA – August 23, 2014
Hop Scotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC – September 4-6, 2014
Haverford Music Festival – Havertown, PA – September 6, 2014
Lockn- “Interlocking Music Festival” – Arrington, VA – September 4-7, 2014
Hyperion Music & Arts Festival – Spencer, IN – not in 2014
Lou Fest – St. Louis, MO – September 6-7, 2014
Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MO – September 12-13, 2014
Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival – Annapolis, MD – September 13, 2014
Soundwave Music Festival – Ocean City, MD - September 11-13, 2014
Sin City Soul & Blues Revival – Las Vegas, NV – September 15-17, 2013
Shawnee Music Festival – Shawnee, OK - September 20, 2014
Big Blues Bender – 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. – September 25-29, 2014.
Decibel Festival – Seattle, WA – September 24-28, 2014
Gulf Coast Jam – Panama City Beach, FL – August 29-31, 2014
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Nashville, TN – Oct 11-12, 2014
Riot Fest – Chicago, IL – September 12-14, 2014
Jazz It Up Wine Festival – Allaire State Park, NJ – Aug 30-31, 2014
Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival – 27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA 92591 – September 17-21, 2014
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival – Lafayette, CA – September 20-21, 2014
Jonesfest Music Festival – Kennan, WI - August 30, 2014

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October 2014 Music Festivals:

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX – October 3-5 & 10-12, 2014
A3C Hip Hop Festival – Atlanta, GA – October 8-12, 2014
The Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ & Music Festival – Lyons, GA - Oct 10-11, 2014
Bayfest – Mobile, AL – October 3-5, 2014
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – San Francisco, CA – October 3-5, 2014
SacWorldFest – Sacramento, CA – October 5, 2014
Culture Collide – Los Angeles, CA – October 16-18, 2014
Ozark Folk Festival – Eureka Springs, AR - October 7-11, 2014
Musicfest El Dorado – El Dorado, AR – October 4-5, 2014
Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA – October 9-12, 2014
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance – Pittsboro, NC – October 9-12, 2014
Nebraska Country Music Festival – Hastings, NE – October 15-18, 2014
Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 9-12, 2014
Lake Charles Film & Music Festival – Lake Charles, LA – October 10-12, 2014
CMJ Music Marathon – New York, NY – October 21-25, 2014
Harvest Music Festival – Ozark, Arkansas – October 16-18, 2014
Magnolia Fest – Live Oak, FL – October 16-19, 2014
Tampa Funk Fest - Raymond James Stadium – Tampa Bay, FL – October 18, 2014
Art Outside – Rockdale, TX – October 24-27, 2014
Gautier Mullet & Music Fest – Gautier, MS – October 18-19, 2014
Treasure Island Music Festival – San Francisco, CA – October 18-19, 2014
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Charleston, SC – October 11-12, 2014
Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival – Arcadia Valley, MO – October 17-19, 2014
Halifax Pop Explosion – Halifax, Canada – October 21-25, 2014
Bridge School Benefit – Mountain View, CA
Fest 13 – Gainesville, Florida – October 31-November 2, 2014
Voodoo – New Orleans, LA – October 31 – Nov 2, 2014
Abbey Road on the River – Cleveland, OH – October 24-26, 2014

FALL BLUES FESTIVALS

King Biscuit Blues Festival – West Helena, AR – October 8-11, 2014
Illinois Blue Festival – Peoria, IL - August 29-30, 2014
Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette, MI – August 29-31, 2014
Blues Festival – Paxico, KS - September 20, 2014
Blues, Brews & BBQ – Cambridge, MD - September 20, 2014
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival – Columbia, MO – September 26-28, 2014
Blues in Da Parrish Festival - Violet, LA – October 4, 2014
Hogging Up WV BBQ & Music Festival – Berkeley Springs, WV – October 24-25, 2014
Big Blues Bender – 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. – September 25-29, 2014.
Kayak BBQ and Blues – Perdido Key – September 6, 2014
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival – Bogalusa, LA – September 26-27, 2014
Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival – Greenfield, MA – October 11-12, 2014
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – New Orleans, LA – October 17-19, 2014
GABBAfest – Macon, GA – September 26-28, 2014
Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival – Salisbury, NC
Blues & BBQ Festival – Marlboro, NJ – September 20, 2014
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise – San Juan, Puerto Rico – sold out
Garvin Gate Blues Festival – Louisville, KY – October 10-11, 2014
Hoptoberfest Craft Beer & Blues Festival – Grand Rapids, MI
Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival – Carolina & Kure Beach, NC – October 11-12, 2014
Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival – Monmouth, IL – October 25, 2014
Hambone Festival – Clarksdale, MS

JAZZ FESTIVALS

Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival – Aruba – October 3-4, 2014
Riverfront Jazz Festival – Stevens Point, WI – August 30-31, 2014
Beantown Jazz Festival - South End, Boston, MA – September 27, 2014
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival – Rehoboth Beach, DE – October 16-19, 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival – Chicago, IL – August 28 – September 31, 2014|
Clearwater Jazz Holiday – Clearwater, FL – October 16-19, 2014
Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit, MI – August 29 – September 1, 2014
Capital Jazz Super Cruise – Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 18-26, 2014
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival – Catalina Island, CA – October 9-12 & 16-19, 2014
Central Jersey Jazz Fest – New Jersey – Sept 12-14, 2014
Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival – Carolina & Kure Beach, NC – October 11-12, 2014
Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA – September 19-21, 2014
Duck Jazz Festival, NC – Duck, NC – October 12, 2014
Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree – October 15-19, 2014
Angel City Jazz Festival – Los Angeles, CA – September 18-28, 2014
Roswell Jazz Festival – Roswell, NM – October 9-12, 2014
Arizona Jazz Festival – Phoenix, AZ – October 24-26, 2014
Amelia Island Jazz Festival – Fernandina Beach, FL – October 16-19, 2014

BLUEGRASS

North Branch Bluegrass Festival – Bridgewater, VT - August 28-31, 2014
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – San Francisco, CA – October 3-5, 2014
Outer Blanks Bluegrass Festival – Outer Banks, NC – September 25-28, 2014
Arbuckle Mt Bluegrass Festival – Davis, OK - September 14-20, 2014
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival – Chattanooga, TN – October 3-4, 2014
Turkey Track Bluegrass Park – Waldron, AR – October 8-11, 2014
Jake’s Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival – Gilroy, CA – October 11-13, 2013
Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival – Versailles, IN – October 5-6, 2013
Tucson’s Desert Bleugrass Festival – Tucson, AZ – not happening in 2014
Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival – Arcadia Valley, MO – October 17-19, 2014
Congaree Bluegrass Festival – Cayce, SC – October 4, 2014
Birdfest and Bluegrass – Ridgefield, WA – October 4-5, 2014
Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival – Palatka, FL – November 6-8, 2014
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Dallas, TX – October 17-18, 2014
Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa’s Bluegrass Festival – Moravia, IA – October 24-26, 2013

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Music, Dance, and Fun at live Rock Concert Music Festivals This Fall – image at depositphotos [darknula]

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1 COMMENT

  1. Thanks so much for a putting together such a great list of October events! We have one more addition to your Fall Blues Festivals, if that would be ok? The Blues in da Parish Festival will be held in Violet, Louisiana, on October 5, 2013. Thanks so much!

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