The Best EDM and Dance Festivals in the USA 2018 - Ultra Music Festival, EDC, and Electric Forest may be the most popular EDM festivals. But that doesn’t mean that they are the only ones. Several other EDM festivals hold in the USA. They all have their peculiarities and features that make them stand out. Here are the top EDM and dance festivals in the USA.
The 10 Best EDM and Dance Festivals in the USA 2018
2017 Headliners: Yellow Claw, Diplo, deadmau5, W&W Date: 30-31 December 2018 Location: NOS Events Center, California.
Countdown to 2019 by having a swell time at Countdown NYE. The event is held across three rooms, EDC style dresses, and high-quality production. The organizers of Countdown NYE have also organized festivals like Middlelands, Electric Daisy Carnival, Escape, Dreamstate, Nocturnal Wonderland and Life is Beautiful.
Headliners: Tiësto, deadmau5, Above & Beyond Date: 21-23 September 2018 Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia.
Now holding on late-September, instead of late-August, Imagine Festival will be returning for its 5th anniversary this year. Enjoy the best of EDM, house, techno, and dubstep and mix with fellow music lovers as you have fun. There are also other side attractions like art exhibitions, live circus, Ferris wheel, a splash pool etc.
What The Festival
2017 Headliners: Gramatik, Cut Copy, Zhu Date: June 2019 Location: Wolf Run Ranch, Oregon.
What the Festival is an art and music festival that has made a name for itself steadily over the last six years. It holds on eight stages with one of the stages being the world’s largest temporary wading pool. There are other side attractions on offer. The festival won’t be returning this year, but it will hold in 2019.
Movement Electronic Music Festival
2018 Headliners: Wu-Tang Clan, Loco Dice B3B, Claude VonStroke, Martinez Bros Date: 26–28 May 2018 Location: Hart Plaza, Detroit
The 12th edition of the Movement Electronic Music Festival held this year. It has its origins in the Detroit Electronic Music Festival which held from 2000 to 2005. This year’s edition was a bang with Wu-Tang Clan closing out the festival after the wedding of two regular attendees of the festival. It featured art exhibitions and free yoga classes.
2017 Headliners: DJ Mustard, Dillon Francis, Claptone, Excision Date: 14-15 September 2018 Location: Glen Helen Regional Park, San Bernardino, California
Enjoy Labor Day weekend at the Nocturnal Wonderland in California. It is a heady cocktail mix of colors and beat-pulsing electronic music. The event usually takes place across five stages. You’ll love the captivating performances by acrobats, dancers, fire jugglers etc. Get your LED clothing accessories ready!
Headliners: Marshmello, Virtualself, Martin Garrix, Kaskade, Tiësto, Alesso Date: 31 August - 2 September 2018 Location: NYC, New York
Electric Zoo is ready to host the latest set of EDM loving party animals. Holding in East Manhattan in the heart of New York City, Electric Zoo features the best of EDM, house and techno music in an intimate atmosphere.
Escape: Psycho Circus
2017 Headliners: Tiësto, Baauer, Afrojack Date: October 2018, Location: San Bernardino, California Escape:
Psycho Circus is a Halloween EDM music festival. Four stages play host to DJs, circus performers, artistes and other entertainers. Enjoy art installations and haunted labyrinths at Escape: Psycho Circus. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and have a good time here.
Headliners: Galantis, Bassnectar, The String Cheese Incident, Marshmello Date: 21-24 June and 28 June - 1 July 2018, Location: Double JJ Resort, Rothbury, Michigan
Electric Forest is an EDM festival held under thousands of spectacular lights and plentiful art installations. There are a lot of dazzling visual shows on display at this festival. The 2017 edition was nominated for Festival of the Year at the debut edition of the Electronic Music Festival.
Ultra Music Festival
Headliners: The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren Date: 23–25 March 2018 Location: Miami, Florida
Ultra Music Festival is arguably the number one electronic music festival in the USA. Tickets will soon be on sale for the 2019 edition.
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
2018 Headliners: Marshmello, Zedd, Martin Garrix Diplo, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade Date: 18-20 May 2018 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas or EDC, Las Vegas for short is an electronic music festival that features the best EDM artistes and DJs in the world. Holding in the famous city of Las Vegas, EDC features an intense line up with lots of unannounced surprise guests, light shows etc. In 2017, it won the Festival of the Year award at the Electronic Music Awards.