Look how far we've already made it into 2022, March is already here! Sure music and festivals never really stop (pandemics notwithstanding), but there aren't any true heavy hitters in the winter. As temperatures start to climb people feel that itch again to get together and celebrate with their favorite artists. It's almost a chemical reaction from March to September.
So here we go again, finally festival season is back. We couldn't be more pumped to truly get the ball rolling this year. Here are our picks for the best festivals across the States this month.
Ultra Music Festival
The culmination of Miami Music Week which kicks off festival season with a bang, you could easily make a case for Ultra Music Festival being the most exciting festival in the country. Gathering 170,000 people in Bayfront Park, the festival is an all out euphoric haze of sight and sound.
When & Where: March 25-27, 2022; Miami, Florida
BUKU Music + Arts Project
The first music festival you think of in New Orleans is probably New Orleans Jazz Fest, but heading into its 10th anniversary edition in 2022, BUKU Music + Arts Project has cemented its place in The Big Easy's vaunted music culture. The festival is two days of cutting edge artists from both visual and sonic mediums displaying the power of authentic creative creation.
When & Where: March 25-26, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana
An expertly curated mid-tier festival, every year CRSSD brings a varied, talent-rich lineup to its scenic waterfront location in downtown San Diego. The festival mixes sets from electronic legends with current genre leaders and buzz-worthy up-and-comers, providing not only party-starting beats for people to get down to but also a bit of an education in the history and contemporary standing of the DJ scene.
When & Where: March 5-6, 2022; San Diego, California
South By Southwest
Regarded as the ultimate trend-setter and launcher of careers, SXSW is an annual showcase of music, film, comedy and beyond enjoyed through performances, showcases, talks, screenings and more. Virtually taking over the city of Austin, everyone in the world of music from fans to media flock here to discover the next big thing.
When & Where: March 15, 2022; Austin, Texas
This one day festival hitting LA State Historic Park has an absolutely eye-popping lineup from top to bottom. Laidback tunes will obviously be front and center, but rest assured with all this talent in one place there will be a definite buzz in the air. With acts like Charlotte Day Wilson, Yussef Dayes, and The Free Nationals making up the very bottom of the lineup poster, this is one festival you will want to get to right as the gates open.
When & Where: March 19, 2022; Los Angeles, California
Beyond Wonderland is put on by the same people behind Electric Daisy Carnival which should give you some insight into what to expect: top tier DJs, all out stage production, and a crowd that is ready to let loose. Taking its name from Alice and Wonderland, this festival actually creates an even more surreal environment than EDC, with people throughout the grounds dressed up as their favorite Lewis Carol characters.
When & Where: March 25-26, 2022; San Bernardino, California