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.
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Location: Indio, CA
Date Founded: 2007
Informally dubbed the "Coachella of country music," Stagecoach is renowned as the most popular and highest grossing country festival in existence. Since 2007, country fans have flocked to the Indio, CA's Empire Polo Club on April's final weekend for three days of the genre's top artists — the same location as its world famous sister festival, and just a week after.
Like Coachella, event producers Goldenvoice put on Stagecoach, which enables it to host some of the biggest names in the genre. Megastars such as Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan have topped multiple lineups, but every year also showcases and up-and-coming acts in addition to the mainstream draws at the top of the bill.255Giddy-up?
Carolina Country Music Fest
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Date Founded: 2015
Carolina Country Music Fest is a beachfront event with three stages hosting an assortment of country music acts over the course of a weekend. Stages are named Coors Light Main Stage, Jack Daniel's Fire Stage, and the Coca-Cola Stage.
The Myrtle Beach music festival regularly draws tens of thousands of attendees, thanks to its high-profile performers. Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay, and Kane Brown have all performed at CCMF over the years, and 2020 will feature names such as Luke Combs, Eric Church, and Ashley McBryde.225Giddy-up?
- Photo: Country Jam Colorado / Facebook3
Country Jam Colorado
Location: Mack, CO
Date Founded: 1992
Not to be confused with its onetime sister festival, Wisconsin's Country Jam USA, Colorado's Country Jam has grown to become perhaps the state's most popular since its inception in 1992. Held each year at the Country Jam Ranch on the outskirts of Grand Junction, the four-day festival consistently attracts the top country artists to perform.
Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood, and Toby Keith will headline each day of Country Jam's 2020 lineup, with big names like Tanya Tucker, Dustin Lynch, and Ashley McBryde performing sets as well.131Giddy-up?
- Photo: CMA Country Music Association / Facebook4
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.187Giddy-up?