Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the best EDM festivals in the USA every year. Devoted dance music fans are willing to travel across the country, or even the world, for the biggest EDM festivals, whether they prefer the balmy Miami weather of Florida’s Ultra Music Festival, or the all-night parties of EDC Las Vegas. From raves in big cities like Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas, Texas, to gatherings in the deserts of California and forests of Michigan, the American music festivals come in a variety of forms. However, the best fests all have one thing in common: they recruit top DJs for their lineups year after year because they put on an experience like nothing else on the market.
This list of good EDM festivals includes shows from across all electronic music genres - from techno to dubstep, all are welcome here. Additionally, there are a number of entries which aren’t dance-music exclusive. Coachella and Bonnaroo, for instance, make the cut because each year they host electronic lineups that rival any Insomniac event. Finally, this list only includes events that are currently being produced in 2020 and beyond; canceled concerts or ones on hiatus do not qualify for inclusion (with the exception of festivals like Ultra and SXSW that have been postponed or canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak).
What are your top 10 EDM festivals in the US? Which upcoming lineups are so stacked that you find yourself thinking, “I wish this festival were near me!”? It’s up to you to decide which of these massive events takes home the gold, so vote up the EDM festivals that drop the bass the hardest, and vote down the ones that you feel drop the ball.
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Electric Daisy Carnival
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Secondary Locations: Orlando, Mexico City, Tokyo, Shanghai
Date Founded: 1997
Electric Daisy Carnival is the largest American EDM festival, and second only to Tomorrowland internationally. In 1997, EDC debuted at the Shrine in Los Angeles as one of the earliest productions in Pasquale Rotella's now-sprawling Insomniac Events empire.
Since 2011, the three-day event has taken place annually in Las Vegas, Nevada - a fitting setting for its larger-than life, LED stage designs and carnival rides. Practically every well-known DJ of the time performs at the festival each year, but EDC's scale is not the only thing that sets it apart from its competitors.
Where most festivals go from the day into the night, EDC lives up to the Insomniac name. Typically, the musical lineup begins around 7 PM, and festivities continue through the night until 5:30 AM.
Since 2011, the flagship event has taken place annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, but Insomniac has been producing satellites of the festival in secondary cities since 2001's EDC Texas in Austin. As the festival has gained popularity, it's also expanded both nationally and internationally. Currently, EDC installations are held annually in Orlando, Mexico, China and Japan.
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- 212 VOTES
Location: Waterford, California
Date Founded: 2015
Produced by Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird record label, Dirtybird Campout - once a bi-coastal affair - takes place annually in central California's Modesto Reservoir Regional Park. In keeping with the carefree Dirtybird brand, the event hosts a variety of childlike summer camp games activities, with performers acting as uniformed camp counselors while not on stage.
Historically, Dirtybird artists like Justin Martin, J.Phlip, and Vonstroke himself feature heavily on the event's lineups. However, a variety of big-name techno, house, and bass music artists outside of the label appear as well.Fave this rave?
- 347 VOTES
Location: Legend Valley, OH
Date Founded: 2017
Lost Lands is a music festival founded by dubstep superstar Excision. The annual Ohio event centers around a prehistoric setting with dinosaurs galore, inspired by the tyrannosaurus rex iconography of its founder's aesthetic. Lost Lands has quickly become one of the best festivals for bass music since locking down sets from the likes of Zeds Dead, Rezz and Kill The Noise in its first year. Naturally, Excision also performs every year.Fave this rave?
- 431 VOTES
Location: New York City, NY
Date Founded: 2009
Hosted every Labor Day Weekend at Randall's Island Park, Electric Zoo is the largest dance music-specific festival in New York City. EZoo's 2009 debut set the event's tone for years to come with a variety of high-profile artists from the EDM, trance, house, and techno spheres.
Adam Beyer, David Guetta, Busy P, Armin van Buuren, and deadmau5 were among the names on the eclectic first lineup in 2009, while Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, and Dog Blood (the supergroup of Boys Noize and Skrillex) headlined the festival in 2019
Over the years, Electric Zoo has also hosted a smattering of festivals around the world, with past events held in Mexico, Brazil, China, and Japan.Fave this rave?