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.
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.
Location: London, Dublin, Glasgow, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin, Sydney, Brisbane
Date Founded: 2013
Country to Country is the biggest country music festival series in the world. C2C spans seven European cities across the UK, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Additionally, the festival is held in two Australian locations, the cities of Brisbane and Sydney.
While Little Big Town holds the record for playing the most C2C shows of any artist, between all of the cities hosting the festival since its 2013 inception, pretty much every major country artist of the past decade has performed the series.
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Date Founded: 1989
Founded as Shake Rattle 'n Roll in 1989, Country Jam USA swiftly expanded and rebranded in 1990. One of the longest-running US festivals of any genre, Country Jam has evolved into famed three-day affair, with past lineups boasting names such as Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, and Gary Allen.