This list of music festivals in 2023 has a bit of everything. Whether you like rock, jazz, pop, blues, or anything in between, you’ll find it.

Truth is that 2023 will be the first year where festivals make a full comeback since the pandemic. 

So start your planning now, as these festivals are likely to be heavily attended. Without further ado, here are the best music festivals in 2023.

South By South West

This festival used to be regarded as a launcher of careers, but now features a wide variety of activities well beyond music. SXSW, as it is commonly referred to, takes over the city of Austin, and is a massive party that lasts four days and nights.

Dates: March 10-19, 2023; Austin, Texas

Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival was founded by legendary music promoter George Wein. It has been going on for over six decades and brings a variety of world-class musicians that perform on four different stages. 

This festival is known for having a great array of vendors as well as exhibits. 

Dates: July 28-30. Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of the most popular destinations for discerning music lovers. Although labeled a Jazz festival, the genres it encompasses go far beyond.

In essence, it is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans, with diversity and loads of fun. 

Dates April 28 – May 7. New Orleans, Louisiana

 The Waterfront Blues Festival 

This is one of Portland’s most popular and beloved music festivals. It features top-notch artists from genres as varied as blues, soul, funk and R&B. 

The Waterfront Blues Festival features four stages on the waterfront. Besides the music, there are many special events, parties and other activities at the festival.

Dates: July 1-4. Portland, Oregon

Mid West Music Fest

Mid West Music Fest is a unique case. It hosts two festivals per year. The first happens in Winona, Minnesota while the second is held at La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Both of these feature regional acts from all genres of music and have a strong sense of community built around them. Besides creating opportunities for artists, the Mid West Music fest stimulates downtown economic development and provides various educational resources for artists, community members, and kids.

Dates: May 12-13. Winona, Minnesota. November 3-4. La Crosse, Wisconsin.

This list of the best music festivals in 2023 is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many music festivals held all over the world, and most are ready to make a triumphant comeback this coming year. 

So make sure you check them out and see what acts are lined out for each of these festivals in 2023. Let us know in the comment section below which festivals you like the most.