2017 Music Festivals Worth Traveling For

~ Traveling for music? Vacations don’t get better than this… 

With a little bit of work, you can turn a casual appearance at a music festival into a full-blown vacation. Whether you want to listen to jazz greats in the heart of Montreal, dance the night away in New Orleans, or discover your new favorite band in the outskirts of Palm Springs, there’s a music festival for fans of every genre and every type of traveler. Hit the festival for a long weekend or tack on a day or two to your trip and make it a proper getaway.

Ahead: 3 music festivals well worth the miles it takes to get there.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Indio, California

April 14-16 and April 21-23

Coachella continues its run as the premiere music festival with its jaw-dropping line-up of headliners including Beyoncé (maybe you’ve heard of her?), Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar. Those acts top off three days of incredible music, art, and merry-making under the desert sun. Camp on the festival grounds or book a room at one of the local resorts that run busses to the sites. To make it a real Southern California vacation, tack on a few days before the music festival to kick back in Palm Springs or visit nearby Joshua Tree National Park.

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Montreal Jazz Festival

Montreal, Canada

June 28-July 8

B.B. King, Tony Bennett, and Diana Krall have all praised the long-running Montreal Jazz Festival and it’s hard to argue. The festival is known for its innovative line-ups and diverse programming that includes jazz, R&B, soul, and funk artists, as well as those that defy genre.

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Essence Music Festival

New Orleans, LA

June 29-July 2

New Orleans has always been almost synonymous with music and there’s no better place to experience the charms of the Big Easy than at the Essence Music Festival. This year’s iteration includes a star-studded line-up that includes heavy hitters like Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Solange, and Chaka Khan. If you’re looking for another excuse to visit NOLA, plan a trip for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which kicks off April 28.

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