Winter 2017 Music Festival Guide

Summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean music festival season is. If you want to venture to the Southern states, you can still attend a few festivals some of which are oldies and some of which are new. Voodoo fest just ended yesterday in New Orleans. I will be attending next year because the videos and photos gave me serious FOMO. The good thing about these “winter” festivals is it won’t really feel like winter in most of these locations. They were strategically scheduled in the South for a reason.  So it truly will be a nice escape from snow, chilly winds and the everyday reality we try to escape during a festival. Below is a quick guide if you can’t wait until Spring 2018 for the big festival season to return. I can’t attend the below, but I will be filling my winter with plenty of concerts and shows around town.

Electric Daisy Carnival-Orlando

November 10-11, 2017

EDC began in Las Vegas and now has stints all over the country. Orlando is one the last weekend of the electronica music festival. 2-Day General Admission passes are still on sale along with one day tickets. You are looking at $109-$184 if you purchase now. This year’s lineup includes Alan Walker, Galantis, Kaskade, Marshmello, Zedd & Zomboy.


Zen Awakening Festival

November 17-19, 2017, Wildwood, FL

If the name didn’t give it away, this is a different type of festival. They say you can “rise into your greatest potential.” Zen awakening is a camping, transformational, music and arts festival. In addition to more DJs that I can list, they have yoga classes, meditation, a suspended tent village, 100 Acres of uninterrupted nature with hiking & biking trails, a healing sanctuary and zen workshops. You can still purchase 3-Day GA tickets and camping passes for $144. Headlining DJs include OTT and Yheti.


Gold Rush Music Festival

November 18-19, 2017, Chandler, AZ

Arizona has a new festival coming to town this month. The inaugural lineup of Gold Rush includes Migos, RL Grime, Dillon Francis and Lil Uzi Vert. The festival is targeted towards EDM and Hip-Hop fams, hence the lineup. The festival will take place on a western theme park. You can still purchase GA tickets for $179 along with VIP for a little over $200.


Day For Night

December 15-17, 2017, Houston, TX

This festival certainly has one of the most eclectic line-ups I’ve seen this year. It’s actually something they specifically call-out as a selling point and pride themselves on. The festival’s focus is on multiple musical genres and art and music acts that specialize in an inventive and highly visual approach to performing. Headliners include Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Justice, James Blake and Tyler the Creator. The festival takes place on what they call a “campus”. This year, the campus is on the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office which is a1.5 million square foot hybrid indoor-outdoor space will house four massive stages with seamless flow between the stages and immersive art installations.


Lights All Night

December 29-30. 2017, Dallas, TX

Lights All Night is known as “Texas’ longest running end of the year party.” The 2017 lineup includes Bassnectar, Marshmello (again—he’s popular this year), Seven Lions and Porter Robinson. You can still purchase tickets for $119-$219



December 29-31, 2017

South Lake Tahoe, CA

This festival is the one exception on the list where you will actually have to bundle up. It’s in Lake Tahoe and it will be cold. This year’s lineup includes Travis Scott, Khalid, E-40, THEY., Tokimonista, Jai Wolf & Snakepships. South Lake Tahoe is a California resort city on Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for nearby ski resorts and beaches, like El Dorado Beach, with its picnic areas. The city’s restaurants and bars merge with the casinos of adjacent Stateline, Nevada. Van Sickle Bi-State Park has wooded trails and lake views. West of the city, Emerald Bay State Park includes Vikingsholm, a 1929 Nordic-style mansion.


Did I miss a festival that you’re planning to attend this winter? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, let me know your thoughts if you have attended any of these festivals previously. Check back soon as I will be sharing my festival schedule for 2018. I’ve already secured my Coachella tickets for Weekend 1 and will be getting a few more presales soon. If you haven’t been to a festival before and want to make 2018 your first year, be sure to look out for payment plans. Many of the mid-size and larger festivals have advance payment plans. You put down money every month leading up to the event. It’s much more economical than dropping $200-$400 at once . Enjoy all of your winter music experiences whether outside or in an arena. One day passes are available for $105 and 2-day GA passes start at $205.



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