Spring music festivals in 2023 are ramping up. As the dawn of spring washes away the winter blues, it’s time to think about how you’ll get back out into the wild.
Few things are greater than snagging an RV (rented or otherwise) and rolling out to a spring music festival. These events get you the best beats, the best camping, and the best of friends all in one.
We’re here to help you wash away those winter blues with an abundance of festival-friendly RVs for rent all around the country. And we’re going to take it a step further by sharing our picks for the best spring music festivals in 2023.
Tips for RVing to spring music festivals
Before we break into our list of the best spring music festivals in 2023, let’s unpack a few tips that’ll keep you camping in style for the whole show.
- Pack well and thoroughly — Festivals are outside. Bring rain gear, mud gear, plenty of layers, headlamps, bug spray, and anything else you think you need to prep for nature.
- Stock your rig with food — Unless you want to pay outlandish music festival prices.
- Make your RV festival friendly — Filter for festival-friendly rigs at Outdoorsy and then make sure you’ve got the right additional gear.
For example, very few spring music festival campgrounds will provide hookups. Be ready to boondock and arrive with a full RV house battery, empty gray/black tanks, and a full fresh water tank.
- Don’t bring restricted items — Some music festivals don’t allow glass. Most don’t allow fireworks. And pretty much all of them don’t allow weapons. Do your homework ahead of time for uninterrupted enjoyment.
The best spring music festivals 2023
We put this list together by using sites like Music Festival Wizard to find a combination of well-known and off-the-beaten-path music festivals this spring. Each of these spring music festivals also features nearby camping so you can keep festivating long after night’s closing notes.
When: April 28th-May 7th
Where: Fairgrounds Race Course in downtown NOLA — easily accessible to places like the French Quarter.
What: A celebration of the famous New Orleans jazz and cajun culture that made this spot famous. In addition to a vast lineup of jazz, eclectic performances will happen across 12 stages featuring acts like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Herbie Hancock, and so much more.
It’s a food festival too — so don’t forget to get a taste of that famous cajun cooking while you’re there.
When: May 26-28th
Where: The Harvard Athletic Complex
What: 50 performances, four outdoor stages, and food trucks from top local restaurants. All right in the heart of New England. Enjoy performances by an eclectic mix of bands like The Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, and Queens of the Stone Age.
When: March 24th-26th
Where: Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida
What: This is one of the world’s leading electronic music festivals that’s composed of festive crowds, wild light shows, and plenty of EDM.
Featuring acts like Tieto, Afrojack, DJ Snake, and Knife Party, this is the spring music festival to make if you’re into EDM.
While you’re down in Miami, you’ll find it super easy to get your Outdoorsy on at places like Everglades National Park or you could try your hand at Scuba Diving at Biscayne National Park.
When: May 5-7
Where: Tom Lee Park in Memphis, TN
What: May is a fun month in Memphis that features things like a BBQ festival and the Great American River Run. The Beale Street Music Festival kicks it all off.
As a massive Blues fest, Beale Street is one of the premiere spring music festivals that you can roll to. The event takes over a large section of downtown and features three stages packed with tons of great acts.
When: April 14-16 and 21-23
Where: The Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA
What: This one’s the Big Kahuna. It’s the show that most adventurous RVers have on their bucket list. That’s because it features some of the biggest names in music like Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Swedish House Mafia, and much more.
Coachella is also part arts festival because they search the globe for leading artists who transform the grounds into a public gallery of sculptures, paintings, and more.
When: May 13th
Where: Austin, TX
What: The name pretty much says it all. World-class country acts like Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, and Sam Hunt land on Austin for a day to grace fans with rockabilly vibes.
When: April 20-23rd
Where: Dale, TX
What: This self-described “legendary music and camping festival” is a more low-key celebration of Americana and Roots music that runs over four days. Enjoy a tree-covered campground that’s close to the stage. You can take in a campfire with friends and excellent live music all in the same night at this spring music festival.
When: May 5-7
Where: Central Park in Atlanta, GA
What: This is a rock and roll show that features over 60 bands bumping their beats in downtown ATL.
We’re talking headliners like Muse, The Killers, and The Lumineers. And the city really puts on too by bringing out some of its best food trucks to keep festival goers fed.
When: May 19-21
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
What: Part spring music festival, part light show, and part carnival — this is a Vegas party as you probably imagine it would be. This spring music festival has been called a rainbow wonderland because it’s full of creative art installations and light shows that make you feel intergalactic.
The show features over 200 bands across nine stages with headliners like Acraze, 1991, and Wildstylez.
When: May 26-28
Where: Napa Valley, CA — and, while oyu’re out there, be sure to swing by Bass Lake at Yosemite, an Outdoorsy-owned RV resort that’s just minutes away from Yosemite National Park.
What: Music | Food | Wine | Brew. All in one of the best wine-producing regions in the world.
Enough said 🙂
(Plus you’ll hear headliners like The Smashing Pumpkins, Duran Duran, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers).
When: May 18-20
Where: Downtown Everett, WA
What: A more low-key spring music festival that’s good for all ages. It’s a down-home music celebration that sees over 60 bands take over downtown Everett for three days. The festival features bands like Digable Planets, Deep Sea Diver, and Haley Heynderikx.
Organizers also pride themselves on the fact that the festival costs under $100 and craft beers can be had for under $7.
Spring music festivals in 2023 are a terrific excuse to break free from winter’s clutches and enjoy some good sunny vibes. Dig into our picks above so you can start planning a spring RV trip combining music, food, friends, and — hopefully — a healthy dose of the outdoors.
And in case you missed it — we have festival-ready RVs for rent all over the U.S