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Feel the Energy at the Best Music Festivals in the US

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Best Music Festivals in the US

As the weather rises for the start of spring, music lovers across the nation begin making plans to attend the best events of the year. The best music festivals in the US draws in thousands of concertgoers looking to see all their favorite artists take the stage for unforgettable performances. With sunshine and talented artists fueling the crowd’s energy, each festival has its own style with something unique to offer its patrons.




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SXSW: March 13th – 20th

Note: This year’s SXSW Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 6th, 2020. The City of Austin has made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

This Austin event doesn’t limit itself to just music—it includes a mix of performances, film screenings, panels, and new media exhibitions that attract thousands of attendees each year. The conference showcases professionals in a variety of industries that come to share their expertise in their field, while the individual festivals feature talented artists in numerous of genres. From comedy to gaming, SXSW has got it all covered and makes for an entertaining kick off to spring.




Ultra: March 20th – 22nd

Note: This year’s Ultra Music Festival has been indefinitely postponed as of March 4th, 2020. Miami leaders and Ultra representatives made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus.

Opening its doors right in the middle of Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival showcases some of the hottest acts in the electronic music scene. DJs from all over the world turn Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into one big dance party with lively shows under the sun. This year’s event will include exclusive performances to make any EDM lover want to join in on the excitement. With thousands already in town for the events of the week, Ultra draws in audiences ready to live it up by taking in the sights and sounds of their favorite dance music performers.




Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: April 10th – 19th

Note: This year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to the weekends of October 9th-11th and October 16th-18th due to safety measures taken regarding the COVID-19 virus. Check back here for updates on confirmed Coachella parties occurring during the rescheduled festival dates.

One of the most popular events in California, Coachella has cemented itself as a staple in the music festival scene as attendees are drawn to the desert each year for music, art, food, and the experience of a lifetime. From independent up-and-comers to established Grammy winners, the quality lineup of artists makes tickets sell out almost a year in advance. Along with the festival, the events and parties surrounding Coachella help create an enjoyable escape into all that’s hot in the music world.

Rolling Loud: May 8th – 10th

This once modest event has grown to become one of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world. The three-day event has been hosted in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami, along with expanding internationally to Portugal. Artists that are making waves in rap and hip hop take the stage to perform for audiences filled with up to 60,000 fans. The energetic festival brings together rap lovers from all over the country to experience the unique lineup of up and coming acts.

EDC Las Vegas: May 15th – 17th

Electronic music fans migrate to Vegas each year to experience one of the most established dance music raves in the country. EDM acts take the stage alongside impressive light shows and art installations, all in appreciation for the genre. Coupled with the timing of Memorial Day Weekend, this festival draws in plenty of attendees ready to enjoy Vegas by taking in the sights and sounds of some of the hottest DJs in the world.

Bottlerock: May 20th-25th

Kicking off summer during Memorial Day Weekend, Napa Valley’s Bottlerock offers “music, food, wine and brew” for its thousands of attendees each year. The lineup of well-known music acts take the stage to perform their hits while a culinary stage showcases star chefs in the industry. A variety of wine and beer brands supply a buzz to audiences as festivalgoers explore the lively, outdoor event.

Bonnaroo: June 11th-14th

You’ll enjoy the music and entertainment at Bonnaroo, a yearly festival taking place in Manchester, Tennessee. More than 150 musicians perform during the expansive four-day event, showcasing their talents to excited attendees who camp out and enjoy the range of activities. Art installations, yoga sessions and workshops keep the good vibes flowing throughout the earthy event.

Lollapalooza: July 30th – August 2nd

With almost 200 bands taking the stage each year, Lollapalooza brings the music industry’s finest to Chicago for an experience to remember. Well-known headliners and buzzed about newcomers perform for thousands with food and drinks from Chicago’s best restaurants keeping concertgoers energized. The Grant Park location also features pop-up bars, photo booths, a roller skating tent and art installations for attendees to indulge in creativity, along with family-friendly DIY activities for younger patrons. With a turnout of over 400,000 each year, Lollapalooza is a force to be reckoned with in the festival circuit.

Outside Lands: August 7th – 9th

Golden Gate Park is transformed into a weekend-long party as San Francisco music lovers enjoy the end of their summer by seeing their favorite acts live. From DJs to rock bands to rappers, you can catch a performance from some of the world’s best musicians in all types of genres. Attendees also get to experience a dose of SF’s creativity with their Cocktail Magic, Gastromagic, stand up comedy shows, live painting and delicious food truck fare to keep the fun flowing.

Life is Beautiful: September 18th – 20th

This festival focused on feel-good vibes takes over Downtown Las Vegas every year with live music, art exhibitions, panels, and delicious dining. Thousands of music lovers flock to the event for an impressive lineup of musicians, but also get to take in murals by skilled street artists, presentations from world-renowned speakers, and top of the line cuisine. A trip to Life is Beautiful can be the perfect way to close out festival season with a bang.

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    Guide to SXSW Parties 2020

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    SXSW 2020 Parties

    Note: This year’s SXSW Festival has been cancelled as of March 6th, 2020. The City of Austin has made this decision in reaction to the possible safety hazard of the globally-spreading COVID-19 virus. This unprecedented decision has made 2020 the first in 34 years that SXSW will not be occurring. Unofficial parties and gatherings related to the festival will more than likely follow suit in cancellation.

    Each year, thousands of visitors head to Austin,Texas to attend SXSW, a festival celebrating what’s up and coming in film, music, art, technology and more. Days are filled with attending panels, film screenings and performances alongside unofficial parties held throughout the city. Some of the best unofficial parties for SXSW involve complimentary bites, cocktails and plenty of mixing and mingling with festival guests. Take a look at our guide to the best SXSW parties 2020 for some of the most worthy events happening throughout the festival.

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    Create & Cultivate Austin Pop-Up – Sunday, March 15th, 2020

    This event from women’s entrepreneurship platform Create & Cultivate will be joining with MasterCard for a day of panels, networking and getting educated on building a business, including a talk from keynote speaker Michelle Pfieffer.




    MashBash 2020: Fave the Planet – Sunday, March 15th, 2020

    The Mashable House is an annual SXSW destination for immersive experiences, now in its eleventh year. The activation takes on a rotating theme, with this year’s topic being “sustainability.” The MashBash closes out the weekend on Sunday night with a bang through live performances and interactive activations, giving it a necessary spot on any SXSW party guide.




    Splash Getaway – March 13th-15th, 2020

    The popular event marketing platform Splash will be holding its own event during this year’s festival. Escape the hustle and bustle of SXSW by attending the Splash Getaway. This weekend of entertainment promises to be a serene destination for relaxing alongside discussions from key players in tech and inspiring activities.

    Cinderblock Block Party – Saturday, March 21st 2020

    Multimedia company Cinderblock will be holding their 4th annual Block Party presented by Corona. Live music is the focus of this event, with performances from a talented lineup of artists along with food and of course Corona beer. VIPs receive an invite to the after party promising a full night of excitement.

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      Check back here for regular updates as more unofficial SXSW parties are announced, with events expected from brands like SnapChat, LinkedIn, Shopify, Verizon, Tito’s Vodka, Lush Cosmetics, Equinox, Bumble and more.

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      Best Bars and Lounges in Austin

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      Best Bars and Lounges in Austin

      Austin is a city drenched with history and culture and is home to great events such as SXSW, an internationally-acclaimed music and film festival. The city also boasts an incredibly diverse nightlife scene that is always changing and adapting to new trends. Whether you’re looking for a quiet lounge for relaxing after a day of sightseeing, or a lively neighborhood hotspot, there is sure to be something out there for everyone. Check out some of these hotspots to experience the best bars and lounges in Austin during your next trip.




      The Driskill Bar

      On the corner of 6th and Brazos Street is where you’ll find the historic and distinguished Driskill Bar. Housed beside two other top-tier eateries and lounges inside the Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar swells inspiration and whimsy with their elegant aesthetic that has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along with history-inspired drinks.




      The Roosevelt Room

      The Roosevelt Room’s wide-ranging menu of cocktails will have you feeling excited by the opportunity to try their variety of options. With drinks inspired by different periods of history and a comfortable industrial chic interior, The Roosevelt Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day of enjoying all that Austin has to offer.




      The Townsend

      Built in 1875, the Thompson-Townsend building where this darkly elegant bar is housed has been a cornerstone of Austin’s historic foundation. The Townsend takes advantage of this rich history and applies aspects of it all over their interior, creating a unique aesthetic that is sure to enthrall anyone interested in the city’s culture.

      Nickel City

      Formerly the Longbranch Inn, this iconic and vivacious cocktail lounge offers everything you could ever want during a night out in Austin. Refreshing drinks, friendly service, and even a Detroit-inspired food truck out back are all things you’ll find yourself loving at Nickel City.

      Garage

      This hidden gem of Austin is tucked away in an out-of-commission parking garage on Colorado Street. A raw concrete interior lit only by candles and the light coming from a central, circular bar creates an alluring mix of fantasy and realism. The signature drinks at the Garage are modern takes on classic cocktails that are sure to have you refreshed and satisfied.

      Half Step

      Found in a renovated house on Rainey Street, Half Step is truly set apart from its competition with a creative and unique interior and an upper-echelon bar staff. Founder Chris Bostick used his years of experience in the beverage industry to create a tremendous nightlife experience for all who enter.

      Small Victory

      The name of this cozy drinking den is actually quite the opposite of what it actually is, which is a massive win. Small Victory is a home run with a sprawling social area, quirky and eccentric cocktails, and a speakeasy-inspired interior. Despite the bar’s acclaim, you will still feel as if you’re drinking in an underground, secret pub.

      Whislers

      Grab a seat on the patio at Whisler’s, a Mexican-inspired bar in East Austin perfect for sipping a mezcal drink during happy hour. The expansive space joins with a casually impressive cocktail menu to keep your palate satisfied in the laid back atmosphere. Head upstairs to Mezcalería Tobalá, their mezcal bar with a curated selection of quality, Oaxacan-style spirits.

      drink.well.

      The perfect example of a modern day neighborhood bar, drink.well. does everything right by concocting delicious cocktails to go along with a substantial food menu. Drinks are rotated seasonally, with each new menu offering a taste of an expertly-crafted cocktail in a cozy space.

      Midnight Cowboy

      Formerly a part of Austin’s red-light district, this speakeasy now boasts a reputation for a great cocktail. After booking a reservation ahead of time, ring the bell to get buzzed in and imbibe in the sophisticated space. The themed menu changes each year inside, and the outdoor patio menu has its own list of drinks where walk-ins can get a taste of the Midnight Cowboy style.

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