Music Festivals New York: Summer 2017

Music Festivals New York: Summer 2017

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Summer music festivals are essential for anyone looking to explore the best music, food and artistic displays New York City has to offer. With musicians coming in locally or from all over, restaurants opening up food trucks and artists busting out their supplies you’ll find one of these festivals has something for you. Throughout the five boroughs as well as upstate, music festivals are a regular part of the city’s summertime events. Below we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite summer festivals you’ll want to check out (depending on your music taste).

1. Governors Ball Music Festival

What: A three-day long music festival featuring some of the hottest acts in the country. This year’s lineup includes Chance the Rapper, Wu Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa and many more.

Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
When: Friday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 4th
2017 marks the sixth year the Governors Ball Music Festival has been held. Aside from the dozens of musical acts performing at the festival, including Rufus Du Sol, Lo Moon and The Avalanches, locals and tourists also flock to the festival to sample foods from restaurants and food trucks that define New York City’s culinary scene. More than just a music and food festival, the Governors Ball also features performances by eclectic street artists and unique activities such as life size board games and silent discos. Tickets for the festival can be purchased online for a single day or all three days. Official Website


2. Northside Festival Brooklyn

What: A multi-location music festival held in boutique hotels, small clubs and various outdoor venues, it features more than 300 bands along with 100 content creators and 150 speakers.

Where: Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, Brooklyn
When: Wednesday, June 7th to Sunday, June 11th
2017 marks the ninth year The Northside Festival is being held. Considered an urban festival, it includes already established as well as up and coming musicians. More than just a music festival, the event encompasses networking opportunities as well as speeches by keynote speakers, and panel discussions. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival includes a block party with live music, local artists and local food vendors. Official Website


3. Mysteryland USA – CANCELLED

What: A modern day version of Woodstock, it features four days of musical performances by Porter Robinson, Duke Dumont, Jazz Cartier and Patrick Topping, among others.

Where: Bethel Woods, New York
When: Friday, June 9th to Monday, June 12th
Mysteryland USA is the ultimate outdoor music festival. While some people only attend one day of it, others make reservations to camp out at the festival from the first night to the last day. This yearly festival began being held in upstate New York in 2014 and before that was held in Chile. It continues to be a widely popular music festival that grows every year. Mysteryland has released an official response that the festival has been cancelled – speculation suggests not enough tickets were sold to cover the costs of the festival. Official Website


4. Mountain Jam 2017

What: A three day outdoor music festival in the mountains, it includes performances from The Steve Miller Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Peter Frampton.

Where: Hunter Mountain, New York
When: Friday, June 16th to Sunday, June 18th
Mountain Jam 2017 spans three stages at outdoor amphitheaters. It’s a popular weekend camping activity for attendees. Held in the Catskills, the breathtaking views rival the bands performing there. Performances run well into the night and there are seminars for the adults and other activities that are appropriate for children. Official Website


5. Clearwater Festival 2017

What: Billed as a music and environmental festival, it features performances spread out over seven stages and includes a diverse range of music genres. Storytelling and dancing are also important parts of the festival. It even includes the Green Living Expo and the Handcrafters’ Village.

Where: Croton Point Park, Westchester County, New York
When: Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th
The Clearwater Festival is run by a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival are used for funding educational programs and raising awareness of social and environmental justice. The family friendly event features a chorus that travels around the festival as well as clowns and jugglers. Henna tattoo artists and face painters are also on hand. Official Website


6. moe.down 2017

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What: A three-day music festival, it took a hiatus for three years, but is back for summer of 2017.

Where: Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin, New York
When: Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd
Moe.down 2017 was named after the band that holds the event. Its original purpose was for the band members to reunite with family friends and other musicians on a regular basis. Over the three day festival the band pays seven separate sets. Attendees can camp out at the venue for the weekend. This year’s lineup will see moe.down sharing the stage with acts like Blackberry Smoke, the Mike Dylan Band and Hayley Jane and the Primates Official Website


7. Great South Bay Music Festival

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What: 2017 marks the 11th consecutive year of this American music festival. Spread out over four stages, a total of 60 musicians will perform. With a mix of upcoming and long established artists, this year’s show is already the talk of the town.

Where: Shorefront Park, Patchogue, New York
When: Thursday, July 13th to Sunday, July 16th
The Great South Bay Music Festival features performances by bands such as 311, New Found Glory, The Skints and Spafford. In addition to the music, the event also includes an Artisan Market, wine and beer gardens and an extensive food court. The KidZone is part of the festivities on Saturday and Sunday and includes entertainment and education for children. Official Website


8. Panorama Music Festival

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What: A music festival featuring international performers, and celebrities such as Solange Knowles and Frank Ocean. The other main attraction of the festival is its art exhibits.

Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
When: Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th
The Panorama Music Festival includes appearances by A Tribe Called Quest, Glass Animals, Jamila Woods and Kiiara. The Lab is an interactive museum experience held in a 360 dome theater. General admission to the festival includes premium bar and the Queens Museum. Official Website


9. Electric Zoo

What: An electronic music festival with performances from more than 80 artists, 2017 marks the events ninth year.

Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City
When: Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 3rd
Electric Zoo 2017 is a massive EDM festival bringing in top and rising talent from all over the world, the festival features Eric Prydz, DJ Snake, Deadmau5 and Above and Beyond. Other performers include Don Diablo, Lost Kings, Martin Solveig and Henrik Schwartz, among others. Official Website


10. Taste of Country 2017

What: The Northeast U’S’s largest country music festival, it features Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and many more.

Where: Hunter Mountain, New York
When: Friday, June 9th to Sunday, June 11th
Taste of Country 2017 is a country music lover’s dream come true. Attendees are encouraged to camp out for the weekend and enjoy performers such as Chris Young, Cody Johnson, Courtney Cole and Brooke Eden. Only in its fourth year, it has become extremely popular with country music fans. Official Website


11. The Meadows Music and Art Festival

What: The new kid on the block as far as New York City music festivals, it spans four stages and more than 60 performers.

Where: Citi Field, Queens, New York
When: Friday, September 15th to Sunday, September 17th
The Meadows Music and Art Festival feature artists’ performances as well as craft cocktails, local food vendors and activities for the whole family. New York City’s street artists are also represented at the festival. Official Website


12. Cayuga Sound Festival

What: A two stage setup welcomes upcoming and well-known musicians. Genres of music played at the festival vary every year.

Where: Stewart Park, Ithaca, New York
When: Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd
The Cayuga Sound Festival features musical performances during the day and concerts, seminars and after parties in the evening. The festival’s organizers include musical acts that they believe the world needs to hear more of. Official Website




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