Music Festivals in the Pacific Northwest You Need to Attend in 2024

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01 Jun Sat

Big-name events like Coachella and Outside Lands in California, South by Southwest in Texas, and Summerfest in Wisconsin are on everyone’s festival calendar, but the Pacific Northwest doesn’t always have its due despite an abundance of outstanding local talent and several multi-day festivals. Whether you’re planning a road trip or just trying to finalize your summer plans, these music festivals in the Pacific Northwest should definitely be included on your itinerary.

Top Music Festivals in the Pacific Northwest

There are so many amazing music festivals in the Pacific Northwest and so many great road trip destinations; it’s best to get planning early if you want to nab a spot at one of these events. 

Treefort Music Festival - Boise, ID (March)

One of the earliest shows in the festival calendar, Boise’s Treefort features acts from a range of genres, including indie rock, hip hop, and electronica. Headliners this year include CHANNEL TRES and DRAMA — though there are literally dozens of lesser-known bands to catch on the smaller stages. It’s also more than just a music festival, with film screenings, art galleries, and comedy shows to enjoy between sets. A single-day pass will set you back $120, but there is the option of cheaper passes for the under-21 crew. A five-day festival pass is $334.

Boise Music Festival - Boise, ID (June)

Boise gets another festival a few months later, this one lasting just one night and with only a handful of acts. Fortunately, it’s also one of the cheapest. For just $20, you can see tons of fantastic artists. The lineup isn’t released yet, but last year saw showings from rapper Ludacris, country/hip-hop superstar Jelly Roll, bluesy songstress Elle King, and dance-pop pioneers C+C Music Factory. The event has a carnival atmosphere with amusement park rides and midway games to accompany the musical performances.

Beyond Wonderland - George, WA (June)

Washington’s Columbia River Gorge is perhaps the most picturesque festival venue in the U.S., making it the ideal location for Beyond Wonderland’s electronic dance extravaganza. A two-day ticket will cost you $190, but it’s well worth it for the chance to see over 50 acts in this amazing setting. Unfortunately, camping is not allowed for 2024; however, there are many nearby areas that are ideal to park your RV and get to grooving. 

Bass Canyon - George, WA (August)

Bass Canyon is the region’s premier electronic music festival, featuring everything from dubstep to trap and everything in between. The pulsated tracks reverberate off the Columbia River’s steep canyon walls to create an immersive experience found nowhere else. This year's lineup hasn’t been announced yet and their ticket availability/cost hasn’t been announced either. 
However, the venue and previous lineups lead us to believe that this year will be stellar.  

Watershed - George, WA (August)

Washington and the Pacific Northwest are better known for their alternative scene, but the Watershed Festival at the Gorge ranks as one of America’s best country music festivals. With previous artists like Keith Urban, Luke Bryant, and Lainey Wilson taking the stage, you know you’re going to have a good time at this festival. 

Last year the three-day passes sold for $250, but the prices increased the longer you wait. There are tent camping permits available for the two-night festival as well as RV spots. The exact prices haven’t been announced yet.  

PDX Pop Now - Portland, OR (August)

Festivals can be murder on budget, which is why the completely free PDX Pop Now festival should be on every budget traveler’s itinerary. If you’re not from the Portland area, you may not recognize most of the bands on the schedule, but that only makes it more exciting to discover an unexpected gem. Despite the name, PDX Pop Now covers nearly every genre, from reggae to electronica to indie rock. 

Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA (September)

Bumbershoot is Seattle’s premier art festival and a great place for closing out the year’s festival season. Not only has it attracted an eclectic roster, including Fatboy Slim, the Dandy Warhols, and the Revivalists, but the downtown festivities also include films, interactive art, food vendors, and beer gardens. 

Being in the heart of a major city, there are loads of options for accommodations too. The 2024 ticket prices haven’t been announced yet but, based on previous years, it should be affordable. 

Pacific Northwest Music Festivals With Cruise America

Camping fees at some of the bigger name festivals are incredibly expensive, especially when compared to the abundance of campsites found outside the festival grounds. One of the best ways to save money is with an RV rental from Cruise America, which gives you the option to boondock or stay in a nearby private or state-run campground for a fraction of the price. 

Sleeping in a Cruise America is certainly more comfortable than a tent surrounded by thousands of your fellow festival attendees.