Worldwide music festival guide • Eastern United States

Plan a musical odyssey with Time Out’s global guide to music festivals—the best line-ups, sonic fields and destination fests in and around NYC, Philly and DC, and across the world



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Celebrate Brooklyn!

Celebrate Brooklyn! Ryan Muir

The festival scene of New York City is—like its people—a diverse, exciting mix. In the city itself you'll find music all over—from River to River fest in the streets of downtown Manhattan, to Central Park's swingin' SummerStage. And then there's Brooklyn, whose music scene proves as hip as its populace, with parties like Northside shaking booties across town.

Beyond the Big Apple there’s more going on—Maryland and Philly have some world-renowned festivals (Deathfest and Roots Picnic being among the best). There may not be anything quite on the scale of Lollapalooza, Coachella, SxSW or the other fests to the west—but up and down the East Coast has got it going on, in all kinds of ways…

  • Friendly Fires

    Central Park SummerStage

    Sun Jun 29–Sat Aug 30
    NYC, New York Central Park

    Beck • Conor Oberst • Counting Crows...
    Taking in a concert at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield is as essential a summer-in-New-York activity as a trip to Rockaway Beach.

  • Electric Zoo on Randalls Island

    Electric Zoo Festival

    Fri Aug 29–Sun Aug 31
    NYC, New York Randall's Island

    Line-up TBC...
    New York—just like the rest of the world—goes gaga for EDM (electronic dance music) and shows its love at this annual three-day dayglo rave-up on Randall’s Island.

  • Budweiser Made in America Festival

    Sat Aug 30–Sun Aug 31
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Line-up TBC...
    The crowds and barricades may prevent you from running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art a la Sly Stallone in Rocky, but you can still raise your arms in triumph as you zigzag between the two main stages of Jay-Z's MIA Festival.

  • Joywave performs at Gramercy Theatre during the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon on October 17, 2013.

    CMJ Music Marathon 2014

    Tue Oct 21–Sat Oct 25
    NYC, New York Various venues

    Line-up TBC...

    Surviving this weeklong urban bonanza, now in its 34th year, requires stamina, comfortable shoes and an unquenchable thirst to be able to say you saw them first.


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