Does a weekend in the desert for emo Coachella (aka the Maine’s 8123 Fest in Arizona) sound like a nice getaway? How about a few days at sea with Kesha? There’s a ton of unique upcoming music-themed vacations and concert-centered destinations for you to escape to during the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.
Whether you seek to fill up some days off work, need a good Christmas gift idea or are looking to satisfy some wanderlust, here are a few trips centered around music events that you do not want to miss out on.
Eat To The Beat Concert Series – Walt Disney World
During the International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World’s Epcot hosts the Eat To The Beat Concert Series, a free concert with park admission featuring acts in pop, rock, R&B, country and more.
Where: Epcot – Walt Disney World, Florida
When: August-November, 2018
Acts: Blue October, Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, David Cook, Everclear, Smash Mouth, Hanson and more.
What else you can do: Check out the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or on select nights you can head over to the Magic Kingdom for an after-dark soiree of chills and thrills at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Paramore Art + Friends
A “celebration of Nashville music, art and community” hosted by Paramore featuring local businesses, artists, food and more.
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
When: Sept. 7, 2018
Acts: Paramore, COIN, Bully, Canon Blue, Liza Anne and Nightingail.
What else you can do: It wouldn’t be a trip to music city without bar hopping on Broadway, taking a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame or catching a show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry.
The Windy City hosts the epically stacked 2018 Riot Fest. Go or suffer from major FOMO.
When: Sept. 14-16, 2018
Acts: blink-182, Incubus, Blondie, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Underoath, Sum 41, the Wonder Years, SWMRS, to name a few.
What else you can do: The highly anticipated, yet-to-be-announced Riot Fest after-parties will be taking place at venues around Chicago, but in the meantime check out the Willis Tower Skydeck, Millennium Park and the Garfield Park Conservatory.
It doesn’t get much better than a festival featuring music, comedy, contemporary art and gourmet cuisine right on the beach in Del Mar.
Where: San Diego
When: Sept. 14-16, 2018
Acts: Foo Fighters, Halsey, Jimmy Eat World, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Bebe Rexha, Wiz Khalifa, the All-American Rejects and more.
What else you can do: Surf and sunbathe at Del Mar City Beach, hike through Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve and visit the Del Mar Farmers/Artisan Open Air Market.
Head to the Jersey Shore for a weekend full of music and surf culture, yoga and good food.
Where: Asbury Park, New Jersey
When: Sept. 29-30, 2018
Acts: Incubus, Jack Johnson, Blondie, Frank Turner, Social Distortion, Milky Chance, the Front Bottoms, the Menzingers, Twin Peaks, Deal Casino and more.
What else you can do: Spend a day on the Asbury Park Beach and Boardwalk, pop into Bruce Springsteen’s old stomping ground, and legendary venue, The Stone Pony and catch a movie on The Asbury Hotel rooftop.