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 this September and October.

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 music concerts.

Dancing in the Streets - Ann Arbor, MI - to
Cancelled for 2022. Normally: An afternoon of dancing to live music (including swing, square, contra), plus children’s activities, concerts, performance dance groups and more! Free and something for everyone.

Polk Street Blues Festival - Martinez, CA - Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2019
The Polk Street Blues Festival is back! After a brief move to Martinez and a rename to the Bay Area Blues, it’s back on Polk Street for another year, with more free entertainment including two main stages, merchant marketplace, crafts, food and more!

Valley Fusion Festival - Capon Bridge, WV - Sep 5 to Sep 8, 2019
New art, music by local and nationally touring bands, plus a live art gallery, fire spinning, and flow art, plus kid-friendly activities, food & drink, and vendors. Held at Buffalo Gap Retreat.

Amps & Ales - Annapolis, MD - Sep 7 to Sep 7, 2019
Over 50 breweries pouring unlimited tasting of over 100 craft beers. A special event for craft beer enthusiasts and music lovers. Features food concessions. Remember to bring your chair and relax. Held at the Arundel Mills. Formerly Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival.

Classic Music Festival - Southaven, MS - Sep 13 to Sep 13, 2019

Pasture Palooza Music and Arts Festival - Berryville, VA - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2019
An annual weekend festival and camp-out held in beautiful Berryville, Virginia. What started as a outrageous party has turned into Virginia’s premier grassroots festival. Come out for a weekend of live music, camping, eating, and good times

Polkamotion - Rehoboth Ave, DE - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2019
Cancelled for 2022. Normally: 4 day festival featuring Polka music and dancing. Opens with a golf tournament, then head to the Convention Center and Band Stand for music, food, drinks, and dancing into the weekend

GrooveFEST Downtown Music Festival - Cambridge, MD - Sep 21 to Sep 21, 2019
Soul, funk, jazz and blues sound out throughout downtown Cambridge.

Art of Cool Festival - Durham, NC - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
Canceled for 2022 – subcribe on their site for 2023 updates. Normally: Musical performances at various venues in downtown Durham.

Brewgrass Festival - Asheville, NC - Oct 5 to Oct 5, 2019
21+. An annual event held at Memorial Stadium in downtown Ashville. Experience include over 200 brewery/brewpup tastings, food court, great music and arts. Since 1996.

Arbuckle Mt Park Bluegrass Jam - Wynnewood, OK - Oct 13 to Oct 19, 2019
Come on down to Arbuckle Mt Park for the fall bluegrass jam, with bluegrass music, gospel, old country, and some family-friendly fun! $3 walk-in fee, free admission if you’re camping.

Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival - Jensen Beach, FL - Nov 22 to Nov 24, 2019
This Treasure Coast event, a favorite for over 30 years, recently returned! Revamped and offering free admission, festivalgoers can enjoy local artists and musicians, plus learn about the area’s history, eat pineapple themed food, beverages and try their hand at pineapple themed contests!

Lockn-Interlocking Music Festival - Arrington, VA - Jul 19 to Jul 21, 2020
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023. Normally…Craft vendors, beer and food, artisan stage and other activities accompany a music festival on the Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington.

Rock the Water Tower - Louisville, KY - Sep 6 to Sep 6, 2020
Canceled for 2022. Normally: Spend Labor Day Weekend at Water Town Park in Louisville. Bluegrass bands, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, barbecue! Family Friendly!

Brews and Blues Festival - Adrian, MI - Sep 12 to Sep 12, 2020
Founded in 2012, this festival features live music, and beers for sampling. 21+ event

KAABOO Music Festival - San Diego, CA - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Canceled for 2021, with tickets valid at next year’s show. Details on 2022, including date and location, are yet to be announced. Normally: Music and comedy festival with top bands, artists, and comedians. KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences.

Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Music and Food Festival featuring the state’s best folk/roots music bands, plus a variety of bands from around the world, to entertain bluegrass and folk music lovers. Food trucks from around the region feed the masses and vie for the festival’s Food Truck Championship trophy, and local vineyards and breweries are on hand with the best of the region’s beverages.

Maui Ukulele Festival - Kahului, HI - Sep 27 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023. Normally: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of ukelele music, plus door prizes, local arts & crafts, island foods and more, with free admission! The fall version of the popular summer Waikiki festival is held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. A full afternoon of ukelele music awaits you – bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the islands’ best ukelele players.

Westobou - Augusta, GA - Oct 1 to Oct 4, 2020
Music, dance, art and fun in Augusta.

Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival - Middletown, VA - Oct 3 to Oct 3, 2020
Come for a day of live music, local brews, local merchants, and local food trucks; all for a great cause

Wormtown Music Festival - Greenfield, MA - Jan 1 to Sep 15, 2019
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023. Normally: Three days of music and two days of camping at Camp Kee-Wanee.

JazzFest - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2021
Sponsored by the Hot Springs Jazz Society, JazzFest takes place in venues throughout Hot Springs. Some events are free, and tickets range up to $50. Don’t miss the traditional free outdoor concert in Hot Springs’ Entertainment District.

Grand Point North - Burlington, VT - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Canceled for 2022 . Look for GPN to return in 2023. Normally: Annual music festival at Waterfront Park.

Winederlust – Renegade Wine, Art and Music Festival - Placerville, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2021
Live musical performances, artisan bazaar, events at local art galleries, wine and more! Formerly known as the Placerville Wine & Art Festival.

Music in the Mountains Festival - Cass, WV - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2021
The Music in Mountains Festival will showcase and celebrate Appalachian culture and craft. This community-based, family-friendly event will bring together local artisans and musicians to provide an opportunity for the local community and visitors to experience Appalachian craft demonstrations, old time music and dance traditions along with regional food.

Music Midtown - Atlanta, GA - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Canceled for 2022. Four stages of live music in Piedmont Park

Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival - Tomball, TX - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Celebrate the history, the legacy and the future of Texas blues at the inaugural Lone Star Blues & Heritage Festival

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest - Montgomery, TX - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Canceled for 2022, look for their return in 2023

Vahlings Twilight Nights Music and Wine Fall Festival - Stewardson, IL - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Live music, games and activities, food vendors, free camping, plus live demonstrations, vendors and more at Vahling Vineyards and Winery

Seward Music and Arts Festival - Seward, AK - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Canceled for 2022 due to venue renovation. Will return in 2023. Normally: An annual, must attend event with fabulous art, live music and dance performances. Local Alaskan artisans and food vendors are featured. The Seward Art’s Council promotes this ever growing event, with a commitment to youth involvement, education, and creative inspiration; as well as a philosophy of low environmental impact. It is a family-oriented festival with children’s activities and artist’s projects throughout the weekend. Generally the last weekend in September at the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal Facility. Attendees will enjoy a diverse food court, beer garden, and community art show in addition to 20+ live musical acts and dance performances.

Twist and Stout Festival - Annapolis, MD - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Beer and wine festival with live music, food trucks and artists working at the Festival

Rocktober Fest - Cordova, MD - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Live music at Triple Creek Winery. There will be plenty of beer, wine, burgers, and hotdogs

Alcorn State University Jazz Festival - Vicksburg, MS - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
40th annual. Performances will be from school groups from throughout the SE and the MS Jazz Educators and Cassandra Wilson Group.

Arts and Music in the Swamp - Waycross, GA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Music, photography, painting, sculpting, weaving, wood carving, whatever the medium, art created in or inspired by the Okefenokee Swamp is an important part of appreciating the beauties of the swamp for current and future generations to enjoy. The entire day will be filled with arts and craft activities and classes, vendors, live music, and more! Sponsored by the Okefenokee Heritage Center

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience - New Orleans, LA - Oct 29 to Oct 31, 2021
Canceled for 2022. Normally: The musical lineup is typically announced in June. Enjoy music, art, community, food, and all the mystery that Halloween in New Orleans can bring up. There are over 65 bands in three days! Shuttle and parking passes are also available. Held at New Orleans City Park.

Tchaikovsky’s Winter Dreams by the Cleveland Orchestra - Cleveland, OH - Nov 11 to Nov 14, 2021
Enjoy the Cleveland Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor (“Winter Dreams”)

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2021
Many varieties of gumbo, including a vegan gumbo contest. Live music including jazz and R&B. Free admission, held at Armstrong Park.

South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival - Myrtle Beach, SC - Nov 25 to Nov 27, 2021
This is an indoor bluegrass festival and offers seating both on the floor and elevated and is available both as reserved and general admission. Parking is $5.

Home for the Holidays with the Cleveland Pops - Cleveland, OH - Nov 28 to Nov 28, 2021
Enjoy all your favorite music of the season. Santa and local animal shelters in the lobby.

Drums of the World - Denver, CO - Nov 28 to Nov 28, 2021
Colorado Symphony – Marimba, bongos, bass drums, woodblocks, log drums, boo-bams, Chinese cymbals, metal trash cans, darabukkas, talking drums, plastic pipe, acoustic guitar, toy trumpet, tablespoons, Burma gongs, water can, crow call, tambourine, gankogui, and sleigh bells! These are just some of the percussion instruments that the virtuoso percussionists of your Colorado Symphony will be using in this dynamic concert that is fun for the entire family.

An Irish Christmas - Phoenix, AZ - Nov 29 to Nov 29, 2021
This popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy

Holiday Music Festival at Mall of America - Bloomington, MN - Nov 29 to Dec 26, 2021
Live performances on select dates

Christmas Light Show at Macy’s - Philadelphia, PA - Dec 1 to Dec 31, 2021
A nostalgic family holiday experience, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s Center City is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back more than half a century. Voiced by none other than Julie Andrews, the free show features classic songs and stories like The Nutcracker and Frosty the Snowman illuminated by 100,000 lights and backed by the sounds of the famous Wanamaker Organ, one of the largest in the world.

Holiday Sounds - Indianapolis, IN - Dec 1 to Dec 17, 2021
Indiana State Museum. Delight in the sounds of the season from school and community choirs, bands, ensembles, and soloists as they perform holiday music daily in the museum’s Great Hall.

AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration - Indianapolis, IN - Dec 3 to Dec 23, 2021
Your favorite holiday music will once again be brought to life with Broadway-style showstoppers, the famous tap-dancing Santas, and more.

WinterFest at Scioto Mile - Columbus, OH - Dec 4 to Dec 4, 2021
A celebration of the season featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal craft beer and cocktails along with favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks.

Mannheim Steamroller at Universal - Orlando, FL - Dec 4 to Dec 12, 2021
2021 – Celebrate the season with the sensational scores of the best-selling holiday artist of all time. Live performances at Universal Studios Florida Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12.

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Atlanta, GA - Dec 9 to Dec 11, 2021
An evening of holiday carols, hymns and more.

Barnyard, Band and Booze - Ijamsville, MD - Jun 3 to Oct 7, 2022
On the first Friday of the month, the farm will be open for a special evening event for adult farm fans! From June to October, they will have a band, various breweries, distilleries, wineries, food and more. BYOB or enjoy an adult beverage purchased from one of the vendors. The Animal Barn will also be open. Bring your blankets, chairs and friends. Each date will feature different vendors and band.

Vail Jazz Festival & Labor Day Party - Vail, CO - Jun 30 to Sep 5, 2022
The 10-week Vail Jazz Festival program culminates over Labor Day Weekend with the Vail Jazz Party, a unique mix of world-class musicians in a one of a kind format.

4848 Festival - Snowshoe, WV - Jul 7 to Jul 9, 2022
Several days of live music plus all the fun Snowshoe Resort has to offer

Crested Butte Music Festival - Crested Butte, CO - Jul 8 to Sep 17, 2022
Enjoy various musical performances around Crested Butte, including jazz, bluegrass, a string quartet, and more – in such varied venues as on a boat, in a house, from a jeep, or on the street.

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Concert Series - Virginia Beach, VA - Aug 3 to Aug 17, 2022
One of the nation’s longest running and largest annual outdoor oceanfront music events featuring dozens of international recording acts.This annual festival will feature four major headline bands on the oceanfront 5th Street Main Stage. Definitely grab your tickets while you can! You can also enjoy the 17th Street DQ Grill and Chill Park, 24th Street Park, and 31st Street Park, all featuring more musical acts and all free. Formerly called the American Music Festival.

Home By Dark Concert series - Alpharetta, GA - Aug 5 to Oct 29, 2022
A concert experience like no other, Home By Dark delivers original music, storytelling, hope, and laughter. Check the complete schedule on the event’s site for more details

Cool Down – Summer Music Fest - Savannah, GA - Aug 19 to Aug 21, 2022
Unity in the Community hosts an art and craft festival with music on the third weekend of each month, with a different theme each month! Enjoy the end of summer with this mid-August festival, and come out to River Street to check out vendors, listen to music, and more.

High Caliber Festival - Camden, NJ - Aug 19 to Aug 20, 2022
The Battleship New Jersey, docked in the Delaware River, plays host to an 18+ music festival with over 20 artists across three stages.

Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival - Southaven, MS - Aug 20 to Aug 20, 2022

Moab Music Festival - Moab, UT - Aug 22 to Sep 16, 2022
A music concert set among the red rocks of Moab at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues

Tails, Tunes and Tastes - Colorado Springs, CO - Aug 25 to Aug 29, 2022
Enjoy four stages of live music, all-inclusive food & drinks and a unique nighttime Zoo experience, with many animal exhibits open 6-8 p.m. This Zoo fundraiser happens three times a year, once in July, again in August, and lastly in September (tickets sold separately). 21+ event

Big Blues Bender - Las Vegas, NV - Aug 25 to Aug 28, 2022
Annual Blues music event held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. Top musicians perform on multiple stages. Packages include hotel stay with add-ons like unlimited drink wristbands, meals, and souvenirs.

Southern Indiana Blues Fest - Morgantown, IN - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2022
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground plays host to this annual music festival

Northwest Jazz Festival - Lewiston, NY - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2022
For 2021, join a live, jazz filled fundraiser on August 27 and 28, and mark your calender for the return of the festival next August. Normally: Outdoor music event with over 40,000 visitors who enjoy over 30 performances, culinary samplings, wine tastings & more.

Virginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party - Virginia Beach, VA - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2022
Funk and disco era bands, great home cooked-style food and more

Trinidaddio Blues Fest - Trinidad, CO - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2022
Blues fest in downtown Trinidad, CO

Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival - Dayton, OH - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2022
Enjoy musical performances, great shopping and fabulous festival food. Also tour the beautiful Clifton Opera House, built in 1893. Located at North and Clay Street, Clifton.

National Folk Festival - Salisbury, MD - Aug 26 to Aug 28, 2022
Itinerant folk festival, held this year in Salisbury. One of the country’s largest, longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage offers three days of free fun with over 350 traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople, and more, plus children’s activities, food and craft brews, dancing, storytelling, parades and more. Since 1934, this festival has celebrated Americans, no matter how long or how recently their families have lived on these shores. Free shuttles from Wicomico Youth & Civic Center to Downtown Salisbury.

Haverford Music Festival - Havertown, PA - Aug 27 to Aug 27, 2022
A family music festival that serves as the primary fundraiser for the Haverford Township Civic Council. Enjoy 30 bands performing on 4 stages throughout the day! Free admission

Griffith Rock n Rail Street Festival - Griffith, IN - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2022
The Rock N Rail Fest is a 4-day music festival taking place over Labor Day weekend. It features over 25 bands and over 30 food vendors. There are two stages – main stage and bar stage. The entire festival is fenced in, making it a family-friendly beer garden featuring four beer stations. Kid’s activities include bounce houses, train barrel rides, princess day, superhero day, face painting, and much more!

Muddy Roots Music Festival - Cookeville, TN - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2022
It’s three days of music, camping, vintage cars and more over Labor Day weekend. Musical acts celebrate diversity across genres with underground country roots.

Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival - Peoria, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2022
Formerly the Illinois Blues Festival, this festival brings a world class lineup of blues, roots, funk, and soul artists to the Peoria waterfront.

Seven Peaks Festival - Villa Grove, CO - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
A 3-day concert over Labor Day weekend

Rocktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 17, 2022
Biergarten, bands, full bar and food, festival hall

Adirondack Music Festival - Lake George, NY - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
The festival features two days and two stages with an additional late night Rage Stage at the famous King Neptune’s Pub. Incredible beer and wine selection as well as the finest food and merchandise vendors. Also a huge adult obstacle course.

Detroit Jazz Festival - Detroit, MI - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2022
Annual jazz music festival in Hart Plaza over Labor Day Weekend. It is the self-proclaimed world’s largest free jazz festival.

Arts, Beats & Eats - Royal Oak, MI - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2022
Labor day weekend features Oakland County’s favorite summer festival. Offers over 200 performances across 9 stages in downtown Royal Oak. Lots of local restaurants, fine arts show, vendors, and more. Over 300,000 vistors attended this event last year.

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival - Pilesgrove, NJ - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
A musical event with multiple stages and great bluegrass music. Unique event features jam sessions and a kid’s academy with music instruction workshops. Also dance and clogging instruction.

Mountain Music Festival - Blairsville, GA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
There will be bluegrass and gospel music as well as art and craft booths with handmade items for sale. A food concession will be provided by Vogel Volunteers. Held in Vogel State Park

Marquette Area Blues Fest - Marquette, MI - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
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.

Schweitzer Fall Fest - Sandpoint, ID - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2022
Live music and more than 60 regional microbrews are on tap for this event along with sightseeing, souvenir glassware, kids soda tent and arts, crafts and food vendors.

Four Corners Folk Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
Folk music festival in Pagosa Springs CO, with camping and other fun available

North Coast Music Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022

Electric Zoo - New York, NY - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2022
Wild and exciting fun with lots of music and lighting bringing energy to large crowds.

Septemberfest - Schaumberg, IA - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2022
Arts & crafts show, craft beer & wine tent, carnival, 3 stages of live entertainment, Taste of Schaumburg, parade, fireworks and more at the municipal center on Schaumburg Ct. Free admission

Made in America Music Festival - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2022
One of the largest music festivals and event in the country. Features about 100 live musicians on stages. Held in downtown Philadelphia along Ben Franklin Parkway.

Thumbfest - Lexington, MI - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2022
10 stages, 50 acts all day long, and free admission

Festival of the Rivers - Hinton, WV - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2022
It will be a full day of live music, local artists, vendors, food and fun! The Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum on Summers Street has organized the Festival of the Rivers since 2004.

Lowcountry Jazz Festival - Charleston, SC - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2022
Jazzing with a purpose at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

Riverfront Jazz Festival - Stevens Point, WI - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2022
Music festival at Pfiffner Pioneer Park.

Metamora Music Festival - Metamora, IN - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2022
Two day celebration of traditional American music along the Whitewater Canal, Sat & Sun of Labor Day weekend in Metamora, IN

Labor Day BBQ at St Josef’s - Canby, OR - Sep 4 to Sep 4, 2022
Come celebrate the last Sunday of summer with BBQ and music on the patio at St Josef’s Winery.

Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2022
More than 120 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh, offering rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more, plus an art exhibition and more

Greenway Takeover Festival - Grand Forks, ND - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2022
This family friendly, multi-day event takes place Downtown, on the scenic Greenway, lining the banks of the Red River. It features talented artists from around the world performing a variety of genres including pop, rock, jazz, soul, gospel and country. Concert-goers can also partake in games, rides, tasty food truck fare and adult beverages.

Capriccio Music Festival - Ogunquit, ME - Sep 8 to Sep 17, 2022
Annual music festival and kite flying too!

Country Music Days - Branson, MO - Sep 8 to Sep 18, 2022
Enjoy 13 days of country music performances featuring talented voices and Saturday night celebrity concerts in Echo Hollow

Wine on the Beach - Ocean City, MD - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
Head to the Inlet, where wine offerings and regional cuisine abound, plus arts and crafts vendors, micro-brews for purchase, live music and more!

Kyle’s Brew Fest - Longmont, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2022

Foothills Festival - Jasper, AL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
Free live music concert and local vendors at Courthouse Square in downtown Jasper.

Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium features a covered 1800 seat main stage with additional lawn seats. This event has plenty of food, music, children’s activities, picking sessions, and more for this 3 day event.

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 17, 2022
Bluegrass festival at Poppy Mountain, with camping, vendors and food, and more

Pine Fest Music Festival - Halfway, OR - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2022
Pine Fest is a two day celebration featuring an mix of musical styles, featuring bands and musicians from throughout the Northwest and as far away as New York in an outdoor concert series

Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch - Hill City, SD - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
The Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch once again plays host to the area’s only polka festival! Enjoy great German food, beer, two live polka bands will provide the music and more! Admission is only $5

Central Jersey Jazz Festival - Flemington, NJ - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2022
The Central Jersey Jazz Fest is a full weekend of free live Jazz performances in 3 different venues: Friday at the County Courthose in Flemington from 6pm-10pm; Saturday on George St in downtown New Brunswick from 1pm-6pm, and, the highlight of the weekend, on the Somerset County Court House Lawn, Sunday from 1:30pm-6pm.

Radio Waves Music Festival - Grand Marais, MN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2022
Annual event held at Sweetheart’s Bluff in Grand Marais Recreation Area. It typically features over 30 music performances of various genres, with two stages and a dance floor, food vendors, and a children’s area. Tickets are $10 for the day or $20 for the weekend, and kids under 12 are free.

Red, White & Blues Festival - Fredonia, NY - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2022
Rocking 2 day music festival plus a celebration of local wineries. Lots of bands and a variety of popular music.

R’Oktoberfest - Brian Head, UT - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
Enjoy German food and drinks among the fall colors of Brian Head, plus live bands performing throughout the day and fireworks to end the day right.

Phoenixville Blues Festival - Phoenixville, PA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
This year, check out the great lineup at this annual blues festival in Phoenixville

Boulder Music & Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
Head to Veterans Park for food vendors, authors, arts and crafts, live local music, dancing, and more! This free family friendly event is an outdoor festival, so bring a chair and your dancing shoes! Free admission. Always the first full weekend in September after Labor Day.

Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - Harrisburg, PA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2022
National, regional and local jazz artists perform on two stages, plus Central PA’s top wineries and wine, craft and food vendors, all at Fort Hunter Park. Weekend passes are $50 in advance and $60 at the door (includes festival wine glass and 5 samples of wine).

Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival - Gettysburg, PA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2022
Live music, art, food and wines from 27 different PA wineries. Located at the Gateway Gettysburg Complex.

Bands, Brews and BBQ - Commerce, GA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
Music throughout the day, beer, food, crafts and fun times

Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival - Charles Town, WV - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
The annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival is held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington, brother of George Washington, and designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The event will feature music all day from touring bands as well as samples from multiple brewers of the best craft beer available in the State of West Virginia,

Mo Jazz Festival - Columbia, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
A free music festival with fun for all ages, formerly the Capital JazzFest in Jefferson City. The music lineup begins at 3pm.

Mountaineer Folk Festival - Spencer, TN - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
Traditional music, old time competitions, handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrations and more at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Americana Music Festival & Conference - Nashville, TN - Sep 13 to Sep 17, 2022
Music conference with panels, seminars, performances and more, plus 500+ live performances at 60 venues in the downtown area.

Walnut Valley Festival - Winfield, KS - Sep 14 to Sep 18, 2022
A music festival with bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music, with 4 stages. Attendance is approximately 15,000 annually. Held on the third weekend in September at the Cowley County Fairgrounds. Since 1972.

Resonance Music and Arts Festival - Thomville, OH - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022

Maximum Ames Music Festival - Ames, IA - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2022
More than 40 acts are scheduled to perform at the downtown Ames music festival.

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival - Blue Ridge, GA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
The sounds of blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event. The event begins Friday night with a Blues Crawl with bands set up in our restaurants downtown. The actual festival is on Saturday.

Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival - Whitley City, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
Live music, including different styles over different evenings, at the Sandhill RV camp

Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
Live entertainment, craft booths, parade, kids’ activities, food and more!

High Zero - Baltimore, MD - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2002
A music festival of live experimental improvised music with lots of performers.

Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts and Music Festival - Branson, MO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
A free, family-friendly event where you can celebrate autumn’s arrival. Beginning at 9 a.m. each festival day, you’ll be able to explore downtown Branson while seeing hands-on demonstrations from artisans across the country, with over 80 craft vendors plus food trucks and refreshment stands, live entertainment, children’s activities, contests and more.

Dailey & Vincent’s American Made Music Fest - Hiawassee, GA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
3-day festival bringing together the very best in American music (country, bluegrass and gospel music).

Michigan BluesFest - Lansing, MI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
Live performers, vendors, children’s activities, beverage tent, and river boat rides are but a few of the fun at this year’s Bluefest event.

Bluegrass by the Bay - Gloucester, VA - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2022
Bluegrass festival with over 20 bands, inclusive of East Coast Band Competition. Potluck dinner on Wednesday night. 24/7 friendly parking lot picking. Music held under covered pavilion, bring your lawn chair. Camping available.

Catskills Jeep Jamboree - Monticello, NY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
Bring your 4 wheel drive vehicle for an afternoon of fun plus dinner, camp fire, car cruising, and balance blocks at Rivas Farm

Mohican Bluegrass Festival - Glenmont, OH - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2022
A family friendly outdoor music festival along the Mohican river, with bluegrass music, food vendors, craft vendors, kid’s recreation activities, plus camping on-site!

Edinburg Ole Time Festival - Edinburg, VA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
Music, arts/crafts, antique cars, food, parade and entertainment.

Grape Stomp Wine and Music Festival - Summersville, WV - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
Two days of wine and bourbon tastings, food and craft vendors, grape stomping, grape eating contests, Happy Little Photo bus, covered wagon rides, dancing, live music and more.

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest - Fort Myers Beach, FL - Sep 16 to Sep 25, 2022
A three-part event taking part on Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers, and Fort Myers Beach, and featuring performers who write their own songs

Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival - Las Vegas, NV - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
18 blocks of creators in Las Vegas, making food, comedy, music, art, murals and more. Includes big names you probably definitely have heard of, as well as newcomers you will be glad to experience.

Paley Music Festival - Richmond, VA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
Lineup to be announced, but expect unique instruments, such past series have utilized instruments such as Blunther pianos and a 1690 Goffredo Cappa violin. A music series since 1998.

Niagara Falls Blues Festival - Bergholz, NY - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
Free blues festival in downtown Niagara Falls, with the stage only 1000 feet from the Falls! Held on Old Falls Street.

South Haven Jazz Festival - South Haven, MI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
Jazz, and good times on and off the Beach! Join in on the fun with a beach drum circle, sunset painting, beach olympics, harbor walk, community mural project, and more! Held in Dyckman Park.

Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival - Cedar Bluff, VA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
The Annual Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival is always held the third Saturday in September. There is an exciting line-up of musical performances that will entertain festival goers beginning at 6pm on the preceeding Friday evening before the actual festival gets into full swing on Saturday. Be sure to stop in at the Cedar Bluff Fire Station on Cedar Valley Drive to catch great music, wonderful food and corn hole games. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. Each year the festival will highlight a theme. You will find antique dealers and food vendors among many other activities. The festival attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of vendors each year.

Denver Jazz Festival - Denver, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2022
Three days of world-class music held in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado and expecting a record crowd of over 600 dancers and listeners.

World Food and Music Festival - Des Moines, IA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
Features foods from around the world. Entrees are $5 or less and tastes are $1. There will also be live music, cooking demonstrations, and wine and craft beer. Admission is free.

Deadwood Jam - Deadwood, SD - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
Two days of outdoor concerts in the Black Hills with rock, reggae and blues for 20+ years. Plus, enjoy art auction, food, Wild West entertainment and breath-taking views of the Black Hills. Two days of music for $55.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
One of the most scenic music festivals and craft beer tastings returns for another year in a beautiful mountain resort town, Telluride! Musical offerings include blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul – plus microbrewery offerings from around the country, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, late night shows, and more! Camping options are available too!

Xponential Music Festival - Camden, NJ - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
The festival returns to the Camden Waterfront at Wiggins Park, and is a great opportunity to see established artists and to discover new up-and-coming bands.

Riot Fest - Chicago, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
A three-day music festival featuring various forms of punk at Douglas Park.

Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival - Flagstaff, AZ - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2022
Three days of music, jamming, camping, workshops, community dancing, kids activities and more.

Autumn Fest - Oak Brook, IL - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
This free, family-friendly event will start with kid entertainment from 2-3:30pm with a DJ, juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Live music will be on stage from 3:30-5pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase.

Uncorked Wine and Music Festival - Lake City, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Lake City DIRT hosts a festival the third weekend of September with artists and food vendors, musical acts, wine tastings, and a beer booth amid the fall colors and historic downtown. Bring your hiking boots and fishing pole to complete your weekend in Lake City!

Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival - Greenville, MS - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
The largest blues festival in the Delta and the oldest in the United States. Always held on the 3rd Saturday in September, it features both local and national blues artists. Started in 1977.

Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Creedmoor invites you to their 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.

Friendship House Music Festival - Dalton, GA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Great music plus food trucks, beverages and activities for all ages.

Soulful Bliss Arts and Music Fest - Boston, MA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Arts and music festival on Spectacle Island. “Soulful Bliss” is an artistic movement expressed in various mediums by local artists, bringing a soulful experience to advocate for the arts and music. Ticket includes roundtrip ferry from Long Wharf North, live music and arts, smores on the beach, cardio dance class, snacks and a swag bag, and more. Food available for purchase including Night Shift beer

Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Lafayette, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2022
Held the 3rd weekend in September, it is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County. Typically attended by over 80,000.

Baltimore Rhythm Festival - Baltimore, MD - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Celebrates rhythm in its many forms in an event dedicated to “Peace Through Music” and features performances, workshops, vendors, and jam sessions

Blues in Bisbee - Old Bisbee, AZ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Features live blues from different bands Saturday. Food and beverages will be available. Held in Old Bisbee.

Beatles at the Ridge Festival - Walnut Ridge, AR - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2022
Noted Beatles experts and speakers form around the US and England come to Walnut Ridge. Over 100 vendors, kids activities, car show, hot wings cook-off, two stages of music, ending in a Liverpool Legends concert (bring lawn chairs!).

Linvilla Orchards Arts & Craft Festival - Media, PA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2022
Live musical performances and unique art exhibitors offering a variety of woodcrafts, jewelry, photography, wine cork decor, and more! Rain date is the following weekend. Everything else at Linvilla including you-pick is open as well!

Mt Airy Porchfest - Philadelphia, PA - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2022
Porchfest is an entirely volunteer-led music festival that brings the local community together to stroll the neighborhood and experience all kinds of musical acts. There are more than 125 other Porchfests across North America and 2022 marks the first annual Porchfest in Mt. Airy

Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - Beverly Hills, CA - Sep 20 to Sep 26, 2022
For 2022, both virtual and in person events available. A film, music, and art festival dedicated to celebrating women filmmakers, artists, and musicians and the men who collaborate with them. Voted one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.

Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival - Vine Grove, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2022
Bluegrass festival all weekend long, so grab your favorite lawn chair or blanket and come on down!

Blues on the Bay - Ocean City, MD - Sep 21 to Sep 21, 2022
Join the Coastal Hospice at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill for an evening of live music, coctails and heavy hor d’oeuvres all to benefit The Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice

Upperco Music Festival - Upperco, MD - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2022
Bluegrass & traditional country music festival includes camping, craft beer, workshops, vendors, jamming, band competition. Both 4-day and single-day tickets available

GABBAfest - Macon, GA - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2022
Macon’s good-time reunion of Allman Brothers Band fans from around the world, with live music, visits to the Big House museum, and more! Held at the Douglass Theatre and the Big House, hosted by the Georgie Allman Brothers Band Association (GABBA)

Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival - Buena Vista, VA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2022
A lineup of special guests and the bluegrass band Nothin’ Fancy, held at Glen Maury Park. Bring your own chair and enjoy the food vendors on site!

Pygmalion Festival - Urbana, IL - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2022
Taking place at a variety of venues around Champaign and Urbana, this festival features music, authors, a Think component with innovated ideas, and more. They believe in equal access to great performances by everyone, so there are no VIP tickets available, in small, intimate spaces.

Louder than Life - Louisville, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2022
Rock concert in Champions Park

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival - Brooklyn, NY - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2022
Presents original and traditional country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass artists.

Boats and Bluegrass - Winona, MN - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2022
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.

Sag Harbor American Music Festival - Sag Harbor, NY - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2022
Non-profit festival includes a Main Stage concert and fundraiser featuring internationally known performers and two days of FREE music with dozens of acts across several genres and in several local venues.

HOBA Bluegrass Festival - West Plains, MO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2022
Three days bringing bluegrass music to life with plenty of camping and facilities.

Get Down Downtown Festival - Searcy, AR - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Free admission to this two day festival featuring live music, vendors, concessions, games, classic cars, and fun for the whole family!

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival - Bogalusa, LA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Lots of family fun with children’s activities, food vendors, crafts and music from around the world.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival - Galveston, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Two days of shrimp, music, and fun in Galveston. Event activities include a fried shrimp dinner at the VIP sponsor party, shrimp gumbo cook-off with gumbo tasting, 5k, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, live music, vendors and a strand merchant walk-about!

Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2022
Over 130 artists will be performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world’s best jazz at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

FreshGrass - North Adams, MA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2022
Plenty of live entertainment, workshops, and more in North Adams.

Jazz’SAlive - San Antonio, TX - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Food, art, jam sessions, and two stages of live music.

Septemberfest - Eagan, MN - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Friday night is family night; Saturday night is a 21+ concert. A family event with food truck, games, face painting, photo booth, 3 bands and more. Put on by Faithful Shepherd School.

The Big Steam Blues & Roots Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
A weekend of blues and R&B in Hill Wheatley Plaza – free event with VIP tickets available for purchase

iHeart Radio Music Festival - Las Vegas, NV - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Annual star-studded music festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Zion Canyon Music Festival - Springdale, UT - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2022
Annual music festival on Friday and Saturday. Two stages, arts and craft vendors, beer and wine, great food and a kid zone.

North Georgia Folk Festival - Athens, GA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2022
Music, arts & crafts, food, kids activities and more, held at Sandy Creek Park (with its dinosaur playground!)

Sly Fox Can Jam Music Festival - Pottstown, PA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2022
Free music concert at Sly Fox Brewery, featuring several styles of music, plus Sly Fox Food, beer, and gear available for purchase.

Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival - Caryville, TN - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2022
Free blues festival plus kids fun zone, juried artisan village, juried art and quilt show, food, jam sessions and more! Donations supporting the Campbell Culture Coalition, a non-profit arts organization, are encouraged.

Rock the Farm - Seaside Heights, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2022
This family friendly event features incredible music all day long, food trucks, beer & wine garden, KidZone, and so much more. This day will feature the world’s top tribute bands covering a variety of everyone’s favorite music.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2022
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago. We do this by creating opportunities for a diverse community of listeners to engage with the music and its creators, and by working with artists, organizational partners and networks to celebrate the rich tradition of jazz and to support the development of new work and ideas.

Sweet Auburn Music Festival - Atlanta, GA - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2022
A music festival with R&B, hip-hop and gospel. Their slogan is: Where the Food is Good & the Music is Great””

Corvallis Fall Festival - Corvallis, OR - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2022
Over 160 artists from around the country, continuous music, and several runs are all the core of this fall festival, which also hosts a food booth area supporting non profit groups, and an art discovery zone to help your little one discover their inner artist. Young artists can also take part in the Young Artist Marketplace.

Pilgrimage Music Festival - Franklin, TN - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2022
A music and cultural festival.

O’Fallon Fall Into the Arts Fest - O'Fallon, MO - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2022
Held at City of O’Fallon’s newest park, O’Day Park (opened Spring 2019), up to 30 artists will be on-hand to exhibit and sell their work. Also featured is craft beer and wine tastings, artisan food vendors and live music at O’Day Ampitheater. This event is free and open to the public.

Big Country Fest - Frankenmuth, MI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2022
Frankenmuth is a great little tourist and festival town. This festival has lots of country music, family fun, and great foods.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2022
A free concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco featuring over 100 musical artists on 7 stages.

3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2022
A free music concert. Bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the river and enjoy.

Sisters Folk Festival - Sisters, OR - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2022
Three-day roots music festival with 11 stages, plus food and drink options in the community on the walking route between the stages. Since 1995.

Townsend Fall Fest and Oktoberfest - Townsend, MT - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2022
Friday features live music, car show, kids activities, hay sculpture contest, vendors, and more! Saturday of the Townsend Fall Fest is Oktoberfest (though they reportedly have beer and brats along with live music on Friday evening as well). Military Parade starts downtown at 11 AM. Art & Craft Fair has approximately 80 craft vendors. Enjoy Rotary’s Famous Brats & Beer as well as live music and kids games. Approximately 15,000 people attend each year. On Sunday, there is an antique and classic car show. More than 200 cars were displayed last year. Townsend is located in southwest Montana between Helena and Bozeman. Location: 200 South Pine Street, Townsend, MT 59644

Hot Water Hills Music and Arts Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2022
A quirky mix of music, art, food, drink, contests and kids activities. Handmade Art Fair with artisans selling one of a kind paintings, pottery, and jewelry. Hot Water Hills opens Friday, and continues on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun!

Congaree Swamp Fest - Hopkins, SC - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2022
Two days of BBQ, blues, Oyster Roast, vndors, kiddie rides, live music, and more! Friday ($40), Saturday night (free). Held at Harriet Barber House

Birdfest and Bluegrass - Ridgefield, WA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2022
BirdFest and Bluegrass is the main event every year that the Friends puts on to bring awareness to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and all that it has to offer. Celebrate the Sandhill Crane returning to the Refuge, a huge stately bird that is endangered in Washington State, and celebrate everything the Refuge is and what it brings to the community. With endangered species, hundreds of migratory species, an auto tour route, photo blind, walking trails, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, education and habitat restoration programs, and so much more – there is a lot to celebrate, and a lot to learn. There are workshops, hikes and walks all catered to teach you how to use the Refuge. You can learn how to listen for bird species, identify plants, about the geology of the area, the peoples who came before us and still tend to the land, how to take photos of it all, paint the landscape, and much more.

Indy Jazz Fest - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2022
Now celebrating more than 20 years as a mainstay in the Indianapolis arts and culture scene, the annual Indy Jazz Fest returns with a lineup celebrating the legacy of jazz, modern masters and the discovery of new jazz stars.

Jam Room Music Festival - Columbia, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2022
Two stages of music, beer garden, food vendors, and kids zone.

West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival - Morgantown, WV - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2022
Wine tasting and live music for admission of $25 per person per day (includes wine glass and tasting), held at Camp Muffly.

Shoals Fest - Florence, AL - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2022
Music festival at McFarland Park, with VIP packages available

Bacon, Bourbon and Music Fest - Smithfield, VA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2022
Lots of Big Bacon – each ticket holder gets 1/2 lb. (about 8 thick Smithfield Premium Cut slices) – Eat your bacon hot off the grill, or take it to the Bacon Condiment Tent and dress it up – make a BLT Wrap, BaconNachos, or Dip/Shake a variety of great seasonings on it. Enjoy other food selections, wine & live entertainment including live music on two large stages and also on Manor House Lawn Stage. Tastings of small batch, hard-to-find and specialty bourbons (with $20 Bourbon ticket upgrade).

Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro, NC - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2022
Free event with local music performances plus farmer’s market and more.

Amelia Island Jazz Festival - Fernandina Beach, FL - Oct 2 to Oct 9, 2022
A week long event with world class jazz that kicks off with a free concert.

PorchFest JCMO - Jefferson City, MO - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2022
Come out for some afternoon fun, music and art as you stroll down Forest Hill. The porches will be filled with music and art while the street is full of activities, food, and just plain fun for the whole family

King Biscuit Blues Festival - West Helena, AR - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2022
An annual, multi-day blues festival, held in Helena, Arkansas. Festival was started in 1986. Lots of big name entertainers play this show.

Turkey Track Bluegrass Park - Waldron, AR - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2022
Bluegrass festival with hog roast and potluck supper, held in Waldron AR

Bikes Blues & BBQ Festival - Fayetteville, AR - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2022
A motorcycle rally with bikes, blues and barbeque, dedicated to fundraising for local charities.

Colonial Beach Bike Fest - Colonial Beach, VA - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2022
Bike show, games, art walk, live music and fall harvest celebration.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance - Pittsboro, NC - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2022
Four days of music, dance, art and education with more than 60 bands on 4 stages.

Joshua Tree Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2022
An outdoor, family friendly global music experience.

Gruene Music and Wine Fest - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2022
Four days with four distinct and different type festivals in one, including a craft beer event. Sunday includes a Texas Style Musicfest. Located at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine Grounds.

Downhome Blues Festival - Camden, SC - Oct 6 to Oct 9, 2022
An award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe. Draws music fans from around the Southeast.

Roots N Blues Festival - Columbia, MO - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2022
Over 40 musicians representing genres of blues, roots, gospel, folk, country, and soul, plus a 1/2 marathon and 10K, and more at Stephens Lake Park. Since 2007.

Richmond Folk Festival - Richmond, VA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2022
Free annual event. More than 150,000 reportedly attend to enjoy a diverse array of performing groups on seven stages, the Folk Feast and more.

Musicfest El Dorado - El Dorado, AR - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2022
Music festival plus vendors, shopping, food, 5k, arts & crafts, live entertainment and more!

Wire and Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival - Alpharetta, GA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2022
Music will flow through the streets as talented artists perform original songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Listeners will learn the stories behind each song and may recognize some of the tunes that are played by their favorite musicians.

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival - Lake Charles, LA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2022
Annual event for 5+ years. Independent film screenings, seminars, parties, networking, live music, cajun food and more.

Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 16, 2022
Impressive lineup of 100+ bands on 8 stages over two weekends. One of the leading fall music festivals in America.

Honk! Festival - Somerville, MA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2022
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.

Alabama Frog Level Festival - Fayette, AL - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2022
Held in Downtown Fayette sponsored by the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce. Non-stop music starting at 4 PM on Friday. Saturday includes Cruise in Car Show and Frog Jumping contest. Also has arts and crafts and food vendors.

Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA - Oct 8 to Nov 6, 2022
Over 50 concerts and events in venues all around the city.

Bukka White Festival - Aberdeen, MS - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2022
Lots of arts and crafts, kid’s fun, animal show, antiques, classic cars and fantastic blues music. A tribute named after singer-guitarist Booker “Bukka” White who lived in the Aberdeen area.

Fletcher Henderson Jazz Festival - Cuthbert, GA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2022
Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz in Cuthbert at the Iris Gardens from 1-4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and spend the day. Featuring jazz artists from throughout Georgia. Includes New Orleans, Swing, Bebop, Modern and even Soulful Jazz. Great barbecue and other food available for purchase. Craft vendors and fun activities for the kids. Free admission

Autumn Reggae Wine and Music Festival - Mt Airy, MD - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2022
Enjoy your favorite Linganore Wines while relaxing and listening to live bands, sampling authentic island cuisine, and hand-crafted artisan goods.

Boyertown’s Pickfest - Boyerstown, PA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2022
Three days of music, art, and agriculture. More than 7 stages will be set up around Boyertown, plus local craft beers, ciders,wineries and distilleries, art galleries, local shops, and more celebrating Apple Season!

Ambler Oktoberfest - Ambler, PA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2022
Ambler restaurants and businesses will have special offerings all day, plus over 90 vendors and 10 food trucks lining Butler Avenue and the side streets, kids rides, a beer garden, musical performances on 2 stages all day and more

Duck Jazz Festival - Duck, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2022
Free festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians in Duck Town Park. Bring your food coolers, chairs, blankets, pets and kids to this family friendly event. Downtown business, including eateries, are open to help you enjoy this great event.

One Musicfest - Atlanta, GA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2022
The annual One MusicFest is at Centennial Olympic Park. The largest urban progressive music festival in the Southeast features classic, next-generation Hip Hop, soulful R&B, Alternative, and Rock music throughout the event. This event sells out every year, so make sure to reserve your ticket!

Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2022
A free annual two-day arts and music event with local and national performances and is a celebration of both the blue and the arts, with continuous live entertainment on two stages and over 50 crafts vendors, plus food and drink vendors

Riverfront Art and Music Festival - Gloucester City, NJ - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2022
There will be music from over 12 bands at the Betsy Ross Pavillion overlooking the Delaware River. There will be several vendors offering fine art, crafts, woodwork, and food. There will be a professional artist doing portraits, plus henna tattoos for kids, sand art, and much more.

PorchFest - Hampton, GA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2022
Hampton PorchFest has music of many, many genres from bluegrass and rock to Christian. There are even porches where you can sing-a-long! Of course, no matter the porch, feel free to move or dance to the music. Each porch that you visit will have performers for up to an hour, so plan to roam around town or pick a few of your favorites and hang out on the front lawn.

Philly Music Fest - Philadelphia, PA - Oct 10 to Oct 15, 2022
A non-profit music fest focused on local bands, with all proceeds donated to local music educaiton charities. Several venues and four nights, with World Cafe hosting both Friday and Saturday. Check the facebook event for more information!

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree - Sun Valley, ID - Oct 12 to Oct 16, 2022
Forty bands, dance program, wine tasting and Afterglow dinner. Since 1989.

Roswell Jazz Festival - Roswell, NM - Oct 12 to Oct 16, 2022
Multi-venue event celebrating jazz music and musicians.

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival - Lewes, DE - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2022
Live jazz music at multiple locations in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Lewes.

Deep Blues Festival - Clarksdale, MS - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2022
Visit Clarksdale for a weekend of blues. Tickets are just $75 for the weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights, plus Sunday afternoon) and gives you access to all shows at the New Roxy and the Shack Up Inn. There is plenty of free daytime music as well.

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival - Catalina Island, CA - Oct 13 to Oct 23, 2022
Lots of jazz with big name entertainers.  Headliners include Keiko Matsui, Nick Colionne, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Ray Parker Jr., and many others.

South Carolina Jazz Festival - Cheraw, SC - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2022
Over 20 regional musical artists from the Carolinas will perform in the hometown of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday - Clearwater, FL - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2022
A diverse lineup of musical styles including smooth jazz, swing and more enjoyed over four days and nights.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2022
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2022
Music festival and chili cook-off brings lots of people to the Farmers Branch Historical Park. One of the best bluegrass events of the year.

Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival - Brownsville, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2022
A small jazz festival running for over two decades that hosts world class touring artists.

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival - Conroe, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2022
Enjoy catfish and cajun food dishes as well as a carnival, three stages of live music, pageant, car show and kid zone.

Fall for Greenville - Greenville, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2022
Seven stages of live entertainment and food from 40 restaurants along 8 blocks of Main Street.

Utopia Fest Down in the Oaks - Burnet, TX - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2022
Music festival on a sprawling private ranch near Burnet, promising no overlapping music and a place to disconnect and rejuvenate. Camping, workshops and other activities are available.

Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival - Ironton, MO - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2022
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 almost 90 years. Free admission.

Choctoberfest - Hershey, PA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2022
Choctoberfest: a celebration of bands, beers, bites, and chocolate! Enjoy a fall afternoon full of great live music, local craft beer, delicious food from downtown restaurants, and, of course, chocolate! Choctoberfest offers an array of activities for all ages to enjoy and is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Rocktober Music Festival - Hot Springs, AR - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2022
An artbeat entertainment showcase for all ages happening at the Hot Springs Farmer’s Market. Live bands all day long, food & adult beverages, merch booth/vendors, bouncy house & baggo, face paint, and funnel cakes!

EdgeFest - Ann Arbor, MI - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2022
Alternative music festival at Kerrytown Concert House and other venues, featuring jazz and experimental music. Since 1997.

Angel City Jazz Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 21 to Nov 5, 2022
Consistently features the most innovative and new original national and international jazz musicians. Lots of exciting venues throughout Los Angeles including at Zipper Hall, Blue Whale, Moss Theatre, LACMA, REDCAT, and more. Since 2008.

Deep Roots Festival - Milledgeville, GA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2022

Hambone Festival - Clarksdale, MS - Oct 27 to Oct 30, 2022
Walk the art gallery downtown, enjoy live blues music, sample bloody marys, and more.

Clayton Harvest and Music Festival - Clayton, NC - Oct 27 to Oct 30, 2022
The Clayton Chamber of Commerce’s Clayton Harvest Festival has roots dating back to the 1951 when the Clayton Merchant’s Association (now CCOC) hosted Clayton’s first festival, the Cotton Festival. With over 31,000 in attendance, the current five-day festival incorporates events such as carnival rides and games, a BBQ competition at Squealin’ on the Square presented by Carolina Packers, Home of the Bright Leaf Hot Dog, Clayton’s largest vendor fair with a military crossroads, Halloween night fun, concerts, a Latin American Festival, and much more.

Cooterfest – Inverness Country Jam - Inverness, FL - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2022
New for this year, a focus on country music for Cooter Fest

Fest 20 - Gainesville, FL - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2022
20th annual. An independent, underground music festival held annually in Gainesville. There is a Pre-Fest in Ybor City the two days before the festival starts in Gainsville.

Snuggleween - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2022
Music festival and carnival

Freaky Deaky Texas - Baytown, TX - Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2022
EDM festival. Held at Houston Raceway Park with camping available all weekend.

Bernard Blues & BBQ - Cullman, AL - Oct 29 to Oct 30, 2022
The festival offers a wonderful variety of handmade arts and crafts as well as live musical performances throughout the weekend. It features a Southern menu of hickory smoked pulled pork, barbeque ribs, chicken wings, Johnsonville brats, hamburgers and hotdogs plus all the fixings. Funnel cakes, strawberry waffles, and fried apple and peach pies will top the list of desserts. As part of this event, St. Bernard Prep will give away over $10,000 in cash prizes at the conclusion of the show. – free parking and $5 admission.

Smoke in the Valley - Seymour, CT - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2022
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.

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival - Pensacola, FL - Nov 3 to Nov 13, 2022
Songwriters of all levels perform original songs in Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida, and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Blues Jubilee - Hernando, MS - Nov 4 to Nov 4, 2022
This is an evening of blues, great food, and art at One Memphis Street. DeSoto Arts Council will have work on display during this time that is related to Hill Country Blues. All proceeds from this event benefit the Friends of the Von Theater and the DeSoto Arts Council.

Moab Folk Festival - Moab, UT - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2022
Brings diverse folk music talents and educational opportunities from around the country to Moab for the entertainment and enjoyment of the local community and visitors.

Carlsbad Music Festival - Carlsbad, CA - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2022
Annual event with 3 days of adventurous music by the beach

Industrial Strength Bluegrass Festival - Wilmington, OH - Nov 10 to Nov 12, 2022
Features bluegrass and American roots music at the Roberts Convention Centre

Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival - Palatka, FL - Nov 10 to Nov 12, 2022

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival - Mountain View, AR - Nov 10 to Nov 12, 2022
Three days of bluegrass music from some of the country’s best bands. The event will be hosted rain or shine at the Ozark Folk Center Auditorium & Grounds in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Ozark Folk Festival - Eureka Springs, AR - Nov 10 to Nov 12, 2022
75th annual. Plenty to do with free music in Basin Spring Park, Folk Festival Parade, Barefoot Ball, art fair, various singing and songwriting contests, great dance and folk music plus the big Concert in the Aud.

Native Rhythms Festival - Melbourne, FL - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2022
This three day festival during Native American Heritage Month honors the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas through music, and especially the music of the Native American Flute.

Sidepony Express Music Festival - Bisbee, AZ - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2022
A free music festival with raffle tickets, vendors, food, and more! Since 2011

Seattle Slack Key Festival - Burien, WA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2022
Head to the Highline Performing Arts Center for an afternoon of authentic Kanikapila style Hawaiian music, including instruments like the slack key, steel guitar, and ‘ukelele.

San Diego Jazz Festival - San Diego, CA - Nov 23 to Nov 27, 2022
The San Diego Jazz Fest is one of the longest running annual music festivals dedicated to celebrating jazz music of the early 20th Century. Since 1980, this event has been held during Thanksgiving weekend in San Diego, California, and features a variety of musical artists performing traditional jazz, swing, blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, gospel, and rhythm and blues

Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend - Independence, OH - Nov 25 to Nov 27, 2022
Holiday Inn Cleveland South hosts a weekend of polka including 15 bands and entertainers, three days of dancing, polka brunch, and more.

Polar Express in Concert - Atlanta, GA - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2022
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – A true holiday favorite, this beloved holiday classic features renowned composer Alan Silvestri’s delightful score performed live to picture by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Brats, Brews and Bands - Lacey, WA - Dec 30 to Dec 30, 2022
Celebrating NYE this year – With 12+ bands, a wide variety of beers on tap, local food trucks, and a brand NEW wine garden, it is an event you won’t want to miss!

Route 66 Pecan and Music Fest - Claremore, OK - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2023
Also known as the Route 66 Pecan and Fun Festival. Head to the Nut House for a car show, pecan pie-eating contest, craft show and kids games and activities. There will also be live music.

Chicago Jazz Festival - Chicago, IL - Jun 9 to Jun 9, 2022
2022 Note – Leaving this up to see if it returns to Labor Day weekend. Normally: Free live jazz music by local and national artists in Millenium Park and venues across the city over Labor Day weekend.


One thought on “Fall Music Festivals

  1. Sharon Ober says:

    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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