Nothing goes together better than summer heat, cold drinks, good friends and country music. Throughout much of the year, country music fans gather at events across the nation (and abroad) to see their favorite country music artists perform.
Below, Billboard looks at many of the top country music festivals slated for 2023, including some of each festival’s top performers, from established artists such as Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert to hot-shot newcomers including Bailey Zimmerman, Megan Moroney and Zach Bryan. Names including Luke Bryan, Cody Johnson and Zac Brown Band proliferate several festival lineups this year, headlining festivals including Country Thunder festivals, C2C and Windy City Smokeout.
Taken altogether, these numerous country fests offer a glimpse into the breadth of the country music moment, from Texas natives like Lambert, Johnson and Parker McCollum, to pop-leaning vocalists Dan+Shay, to ’90s country stalwarts Brooks & Dunn and Dwight Yoakam.
In addition to stellar lineups, these festivals also offer a range of activities and food offerings, including camping, line-dancing, food trucks, and merch vendors selling an array of items. See below.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Feb 28-March 19, San Antonio, Texas – Brooks & Dunn, Cody Jinks, Parker McCollum, Zach Brown Band, and Lauren Daigle are among the performers slated for this year.
Luck Reunion – April 16, 2023, Spicewood, Texas – Willie Nelson’s annual festival at his Luck Ranch hasn’t revealed its lineup for 2023, but the festival regularly draws an eclectic slate of performers. Last year’s festival included Charley Crockett, Allison Russell, Japanese Breakfast and more.
Florida Strawberry Festival – March 2-12, 2023, Plant City, Florida – The eclectic lineup features rockers including Halestorm and Train, but also a plethora of country artists, including Walker Hayes, Josh Turner, Chris Young, Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson.
Country 2 Country – March 10-12, 2023, London, UK and Glasgow, Scotland – This annual festival spearheaded by the Country Music Association will feature a lineup including Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Lady A and more.
Country Thunder Arizona – April 13-16, 2023, Florence, Arizona – This year’s lineup will be spearheaded by Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, Cody Johnson and Dierks Bentley.
Tortuga Music Festival – April 14-16, 2023, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – Eric Church, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney lead this year’s lineup.
Two Step Inn Festival – April 15-16, 2023, Georgetown, Texas – Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers lead this lineup, which also includes Midland, Wynonna Judd and Tanya Tucker.
Old Settler’s Music Festival – April 20-23, 2023, Dale, Texas – This year’s lineup includes The Wood Brothers, Yola, Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway, Shovels & Rope and more.
Merlefest – April 27-30, 2023, Wilkesboro, North Carolina – This year’s lineup includes Maren Morris, Marcus King, The Avett Brothers, Black Opry Revue, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush Band and Jim Lauderdale.
Stagecoach Festival – April 28-30, 2023, Indio, California – Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Kane Brown will bring country to the California desert this year, leading a lineup that also includes Gabby Barrett, Tyler Childers and more.
iHeartCountryFestival – May 13, 2023, Austin, Texas – Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Sam Hunt will lead this year’s lineup.
DelFest – May 25-28, 2023, Cumberland, Maryland – Sam Bush, The Del McCoury Band, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Sierra Ferrell and more will spearhead this year’s lineup.
Buckeye Country Superfest – May 27, 2023, Columbus, Ohio – George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Warren Zeiders lead this year’s lineup.
Gulf Coast Jam – June 1-4, 2023, Panama City Beach, Florida – Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, HARDY and Kane Brown lead this year’s lineup.
Railbird Music Festival – June 3-4, 2023, Lexington, Kentucky – Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Whiskey Myers and Sheryl Crow are among this year’s performers.
CMA Fest – June 8-11, 2023, Nashville, Tennessee – Country music’s most illustrious festival returns to downtown Nashville this June to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Tailgate N’ Tallboys Clinton – June 8-10, 2023, Clinton, Iowa – Tim McGraw, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson and more will headline this two-day fest.
Carolina Country Music Festival – June 8-11, 2023, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn and Hardy are among this year’s performers.
The Country Fest 2023 – June 14-17, 2023, North Lawrence, Ohio – Kane Brown, Jon Pardi, Riley Green and Sam Hunt lead this year’s four-day festival.
Barefoot Country Music Festival – June 15-18, 2023, Wildwood, New Jersey – Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi and more will be on this year’s lineup.
Tailgate N’ Tallboys Bloomington – June 14-17, 2023, Bloomington, Illinois – Kane Brown, Parker McCollum and Jelly Roll will join Nickelback to headline this four-day fest.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival – June 15-18, 2023, Telluride, Colorado – This year’s lineup will feature Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Nickel Creek and Emmylou Harris featuring Watchouse.
Moondance Country Music Weekend – June 16-17, 2023, Walker, Minnesota – This year’s lineup has yet to be announced.
Highway 30 Music Fest – June 21-24, 2023, Filer, Idaho – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, with a lineup that will include Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean and Red Clay Strays.
Country Fest – June 22-24, 2023, Cadott, Wisconsin – This year’s lineup will be spearheaded by Zac Brown Band, Jon Pardi, and Dan+Shay.
Country Jam Colorado – June 22-24, 2023, Grand Junction, Colorado – Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Cody Johnson are slated to headline this year’s festival.
Beach It! Music Festival – June 23-25, 2023, Virginia Beach Oceanfront – Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett will lead this festival’s inaugural outing.
Dauphin’s Country Fest – June 30-July 2, 2023, Manitoba, Canada – This year’s lineup includes John Fogerty, Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes and Tenille Townes.
Country Concert 2023 – July 6-8, 2023, Fort Loramie, Ohio – Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan lead this year’s three-day fest.
Calgary Stampede – July 7-16, 2023, Calgary, AB – This massive rodeo and music festival runs for 11 days. This year’s lineup has yet to be announced.
Country Thunder Saskatchewan – July 13-16, 2023 – Tim McGraw, Jon Pardi and Keith Urban will lead this two-day lineup.
Windy City Smokeout – July 13-16, 2023, Chicago, Illinois – This three-day festival features music and plenty of beer and BBQ. Headliners this year include Zach Bryan, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band.
Country Stampede – July 13-15, 2023, Topeka, Kansas – Hardy, Lee Brice and Cody Johnson are set to lead this year’s festival.
Lakefront Music Fest – July 14-15, 2023, Prior Lake, Minnesota – Darius Rucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd head up this two-day festival, with a rock-centric Friday lineup, followed by a country-centered Saturday night lineup.
Under The Big Sky Festival – July 14-16, 2023, Whitefish, Montana – Zach Bryan, Hank Williams, Jr., Caamp, Whiskey Myers, LeAnn Rimes, Charley Crockett, Marcus King and more will perform during this three-day festival.
Faster Horses Festival – July 14-16, 2023, Brooklyn, Michigan – 2023 marks the 10-year anniversary of Faster Horses, with headlining performances from Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band and Shania Twain. The lineup will also include Hailey Whitters, Megan Moroney, Madeline Edwards, Blanco Brown and Dwight Yoakam.
Country Jam USA – July 20-22, 2023, Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice lead this year’s lineup.
Country Thunder Wisconsin – July 20-23, 2023, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin – This year’s lineup will be spearheaded by Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean.
Rock The South – July 20-22, 2023, Cullman, Alabama – Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, Cody Johnson, Riley Green and Bailey Zimmerman are among the heavy-hitters leading this three-day fest.
Country on the Bay – July 21-23, 2023, Thunder Bay, Ontario – Brothers Osborne, Walker Hayes, Dean Brody and Tenille Townes are among the top draws for this three-day festival.
Country Fanfest – July 26-29, 2023, Tooele, Utah – This four-day festival will welcome headliners Sawyer Brown, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson and Hardy.
Headwaters Country Jam – July 27-29, 2023, Three Forks, Montana – Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum and Ashley McBryde will lead this year’s festival.
WE Fest – Aug. 3-5, 2023, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota – Morgan Wallen, Brad Paisley, Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne and Gabby Barrett will lead this year’s three-day fest.
Oregon Jamboree – Aug. 4-6, 2023, Sweet Home, Oregon – Cody Johnson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Parker McCollum lead a lineup that also includes Ashley McBryde, Lainey Wilson and more.
Watershed Music Festival – Aug. 4-6, 2023, George, Washington – Luke Bryan, Cody Johnson and Keith Urban will headline this year’s festival, which will also include performances from Ernest, Carly Pearce, Tenille Townes, Lainey Wilson and Warren Zeiders.
Boots and Hearts Festival – Aug. 10-13, 2023, Burl’s Creek Ontario -Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Nickelback will lead this four-day fest.
Tidalwave Music Festival – Aug. 11-13, 2023, Atlantic City, New Jersey – Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Brooks & Dunn will spearhead this year’s lineup.
Country Thunder Alberta – Aug. 18-20, 2023, Alberta, Canada – The lineup will be led by Jon Pardi, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
Earl Scruggs Music Festival – Sept. 1-3, Mill Spring, North Carolina – Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and the Del McCoury Band will spearhead this year’s lineup.
AmericanaFest – Sept. 19-23, 2023, Nashville, Tennessee – Americana’s premier festival returns again to Nashville in September, with a lineup still to be announced.
Pilgrimage Festival – Sept. 23-24, 2023, Franklin, Tennessee – Zach Bryan and the Lumineers will lead this year’s two-day festival, with additional artists on the bill including Yola, Hailey Whitters, Ashley McBryde, The War and Treaty, Luke Grimes and Charlie Worsham.
Country Thunder Bristol – Oct. 6-7, 2023, Bristol, Tennessee – This year’s lineup will be led by Eric Church and Brooks & Dunn, with more performers to be announced.
GoldenSky Country Festival – Oct. 14-15, 2023, Sacramento, California – Lineup includes Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Parker McCollum and Wynonna Judd.
Country Thunder Florida – Oct. 20-22, 2023, Kissimmee, Florida – This year’s lineup will be led by Cody Johnson, Hardy and Keith Urban.