You might think all of the world's best country music festivals would be located in the United States, but you'd be surprised. Many of the events on this list are indeed located in places like Nashville, California, Carolina, and throughout the heartland, however, you'll also find good country festivals in Canada, Australia, and throughout Europe. C2C: Country to Country, for example, is held in nine different cities in countries like Germany, Australia, and the UK.
Featuring the best country lineups in the most scenic, down-home locations, this list only includes festivals which are still being produced in 2020. Recently cancelled events, like Las Cruces Country Music Festival, or festivals on hiatus without a return scheduled, like Chicago's Country LakeShake, are not eligible for inclusion.
What do you think is the best country music fest in the US? Which European or Australian country festivals would you take a plane around the world to see?
Vote up the best country music festivals in the world below, and vote down the ones that aren't worthy hoe-downs.
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CMA Music Festival
Location: Nashville, TN
Date Founded: 1972
Taking place in the country music capital of the world - Nashville, Tennessee - the CMA Music Festival is a 4-day celebration of concerts, meet-and-greets, and awards. As the name suggests, this music festival is hosted by the Country Music Association which seeks to take the genre worldwide.
The CMA Music Festival has seen stars such as Sugarland, Keith Burns, and Carrie Underwood. But the CMA festival is also known to highlight an abundance of lesser known artists. Each stage that comprises the festival has tightly curated sets for each artist hosted by invidivual record distributors.Giddy-up?
- 616 VOTES
Suwannee River Jam
Location: Live Oak, FL
Date Founded: 1992
Held annually since the early '90s, the Suwannee River Jam is a four-day country music festival. Attendees camp out on the riverbanks of North Central Florida's 800-acre Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (which also hosts the popular, though unrelated, Suwannee Hulaween music festival).
Over the years, many of the most famous modern country artists have performed at the festival, including Sheryl Crow, Trace Adkins, and Jason Aldean.Giddy-up?
- 714 VOTES
Crash My Playa
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Date Founded: 2016
Crash My Playa, founded by country star Luke Bryan, is named after his 2013 album Crash My Party. After leaving the Cancun International Airport, festivalgoers make their way to a tropical resort for four nights of country music bliss. Stages overlook massive swimming pools, which, in 2020, will host big names like Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, and, of course, Bryan himself.Giddy-up?
- 811 VOTES
Watershed Music Festival
Location: George, WA
Date Founded: 2012
The breathtaking scenery of The Columbia River Gorge is the backdrop for the Watershed Music Festival at the Gorge Ampitheater. Virtually every well-known country singer has performed here to-date, including Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, and more. 2020 will feature Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett.
Most festival goers end up camping out in the car-camping lots surrounding the amphitheater. Other activites include amusement park rides, waterslides, and a variety of vendors and concessions.Giddy-up?