The 10 Coolest Summer Music Festivals in 2018

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella is one of the most famous festivals in America. Twenty-somethings from all over the world come to Indo, California, to enjoy large-scale, site-specific art installations and jam out to music from the hottest artists; Beyonce, Eminem, The Weeknd, HAIM, SZA, Post Malone and more. Between spotting celebrity A-listers, enjoying art and camping with your best pals you'll want to make sure to Instagram this.  

Festival Dates in 2018: Apr. 13-15 and Apr. 20-22

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Broccoli City Festival

Broccoli City Festival was developed by Broccoli City, a social enterprise that aims to build thriving urban communities to sustain future generations. This Washington D.C. festival started in 2013 to draw attention to Earth Day and unite millennials through music, food, art, fitness and culture. This year's lineup includes Miguel, Migos, Cardi B, H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar. Festival-patrons can earn a ticket by volunteering in their community. 

Festival Date in 2018: Apr. 28

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Fans at a concert
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The Govenors Ball Music Festival

Music lovers and foodies alike come together at the annual Governors Ball Music Festival in Randall Park Island, New York. This contemporary music fest has more than 60 artists of all genres playing on four stages. It also brings some of the best eats, mini golf, interactive photo booths and life-sized board games. 2018 headliners include Jack White, Travis Scott and Eminem. 

Festival Dates in 2018: Jun. 1-3

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, includes more than 130 bands across 10 stages and also showcases comedy acts, a silent disco and its own Bonnaroo Cinema. The festival has yoga classes and hosts a 5K, so there's no way you will be bored. While you're there, stop by the marketplace and take home cool crafts and posters as souvenirs. 

Festival Dates in 2018: Jun. 7-10

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Moshpit at concert
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Warped Tour

Warped Tour, a travel music and lifestyle festival, is a favorite of individuals who enjoy punk rock, alternative and skate culture with 2018 as its final cross-country tour. 3OH!3, Bowling for Soup, All Time Low and The Maine are just a few of this year's performers. Attendees can skip lines by donating canned goods to Feed Our Children NOW or receive VIP access by donating blood with the American Red Cross.  

Festival Dates in 2018: Jun. 21-Aug. 8

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Crowd and speakers at festival
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ESSENCE Festival

ESSENCE Festival is three days of music, entertainment, empowerment and culture all in New Orleans. Daytime events include presentations and interviews on beauty, style, entertainment and lifestyle from the hottest celebrities. Nighttime entertainment means musical talent from Janet Jackson, Miguel, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Daniel Caesar and Idris Elba. People of color gather each year at ESSENCE for its influential speakers, delicious eats, live music and unforgettable experiences with friends. 

Festival Dates in 2018: Jul. 5-8

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Man crowd surfing at concert
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Chicago's Lollapalooza has been going strong since 1991 and shows no signs of stopping. The festival offers the best fare that Chicago has to offer in addition to an art market, festival merchandise, great photo-ops and a family-fun area called "Kidzapalooza."

Festival Dates in 2018: Aug 2-5

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Electric Zoo

The Electric Zoo in New York City is internationally known for bringing together the biggest artists in electronic music. EDM fans shouldn't miss the 2018 event as the Electric Zoo is celebrating its 10th birthday. 2018's lineup includes Martin Garrix, Marshmallow, Alan Walker and more. Though, the production at Electric Zoo is a sight to see on its own. 

Festival Dates in 2018: Aug. 31 - Sept. 2

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Man and woman dancing
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Jazz Age Lawn Party

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra are hosting the 13th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party in 2018 in Governors Island, New York. Listen to the music, take some on-site dance lessons and dress in your freshest 1920s attire. More performers include; The Dreamland Follies; Queen Esther; Peter Mintun; and Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. 

Festival Dates in 2018: Jun. 16-17 and Aug. 25-26

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Austin City Limits Music Festival

October is still summer in Texas, right? Either way, music buffs have to round out music festival season at Austin City Limits, in the live-music capital of the world. With music from 140 bands, delicious bites from Austin's top restaurants and photogenic places there's no end of things to do. This year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, Khalid and more.  

Festival Dates in 2018: Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14

By Jasmyn Snipes Louis

Warm weather means unforgettable outdoor festivals from artists across all genres.

Grab your crew, put together your best summer outfits and don your best festival makeup. Get ready to have the time of your life at these music and art festivals throughout the United States.

Jasmyn Snipes Louis
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