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Fall Festival Season: 5 Music Events Worth a Weekend Trip

August 31, 2017 by Jeanenne Tornatore


While summer may be the season for some of the biggest music festivals around the country, flipping the calendar to fall doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the fanny packs and cutoffs just yet. In fact, there are still plenty of great events for catching major headliners during September and October, and here are a few of our favorites:
 
KAABOO Music Festival
Sept. 15-17
Del Mar Fairgrounds - Del Mar, Calif.
 
This “entertainment and arts experience” would prefer not to be called a festival. Rather, this three-day “adult escape” offers much more than the typical music fest, with an on-site comedy club, spa services, art exhibits and even a pool and cabanas (at an extra cost of course). The eclectic music lineup includes Tom Petty, Kesha, Jane’s Addiction, Pete Yorn, Pink and Red Hot Chili Peppers among many other chart-topping artists.
 
 
Farm Aid 2017
Sept. 16
Burgettstown, Pa.
 
This annual all-day music and food festival, now in its 32nd year, has showcased major artists since its inception in 1985 as a benefit to support and promote family farms. Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the very first Farm Aid and are still headlining the event today. Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson and The Avett Brothers are also among the performers who will take the stage during this one-day event outside Pittsburgh, an aptly chosen site with the state’s economy driven largely by agriculture.
 
 
Life is Beautiful Festival
Sept. 22-24
Downtown Las Vegas
 
Debuting in 2013, this three-day event entered the festival scene with top-tier musical performers, speakers, artists and culinary talent. And with acts this year including Chance the Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz and Lorde, the streets of downtown Las Vegas will undoubtedly be the center of Sin City for this September weekend. Getting in on the fast-growing trend of comedy acts at music fests, this event will feature up-and-comers hoping to make their mark on this new concert-comedy circuit.   
 
 
iHeartRadio Music Festival
Sept. 22-23
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas
 
This third weekend in September is a big one, both downtown and on The Strip. Some of the biggest names in music will come together at the T-Mobile Arena to entertain a packed house at this star-studded iHeartRadio event, with headliners including Coldplay, the Weeknd, P!nk, DJ Khaled, Miley Cyrus, Kings of Leon, Lorde, Kesha, Harry Styles and Chris Stapleton. And just as Nevada temps start to cool down in the fall, iHeartRadio also takes fans outside for performances at its Daytime Village for this non-stop weekend-long party.
 
 
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience
Oct. 27-29
New Orleans
 
Autumn is the perfect season for an outdoor music experience in the Big Easy. And with Halloween on its heels, the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience will undoubtedly unleash the creativity intended for this ghoulish fall holiday. The self-described “musical gumbo” that fans will get a taste of includes music, art, community, cuisine and all the mystery and adventure that Halloween weekend in New Orleans conjures up. The 65 bands include headliners Kendrick Lamar, The Foo Fighters and The Killers, and in between sets there’s plenty to do from large-scale immersive art installations to the Brew Dat Beer Hall and Marketplace
 

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