Top Festivals to Travel For This Spring and Summer

Eat, drink and see live music in Ottawa, Montreal, Nashville, Glasgow and more.

Photo by Ollie Millington courtesy Cambridge Folk Festival

If your dream is to spend a 
weekend sampling beers from around the world or catching some waves before hitting a beach party, here are eight events sure to strike your festival fancy.

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas

When: May 17 to 19, 2019

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A three-day spectacle in the Nevada desert, Electric Daisy Carnival is a colossal dance party. Pyrotechnics, light shows and circus performers create a hair-raising backdrop for the main attraction: 200-plus artists blasting techno, trance and dubstep from the event’s eight stages. Some 400,000 neon-clad partiers descend on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the festivities each year.

Mondial de La Bière, Montreal 

When: May 22 to 25, 2019

Photo by Olivier Bourget

Marked on connoisseurs’ calendars the world over, Mondial de La Bière is a celebration of the global art of brewing. Sample and savour from a selection of more than 500 beers—ranging from Quebec microbrews to Belgian witbier—at this year’s 26th edition. It’s hosted at downtown’s historical Windsor Station Montreal where beer-lovers soak up the summer sun in a garden-party atmosphere.

CMA Fest, Nashville

June 6 to 9, 2019

This event takes over Nashville with venues around downtown, including Riverfront Park and Nissan Stadium. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood have previously graced the stage.

What to pack: You aren’t a true country fan if you don’t own at least one pair of cowboy boots.

Ottawa Bluesfest, Ontario

July 4 to 14, 2019

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Don’t let the name fool you, this annual festival at LeBreton Flats Park incorporates a huge variety of musical genres; previous headliners include everyone from Lady Gaga and Kanye West to the Foo Fighters.

What to pack: When in doubt, add a piece of fringed clothing to your look.

TRNSMT Glasgow

When: July 12 to 14, 2019

Photo by Ryan Buchanan

Like music festivals, but hate camping? TRNSMT (pronounced “transmit”) is a rock-filled fest where you can crawl into a hotel bed—ears still ringing—30 minutes after the final encore. Taking place over two weekends at Glasgow Green, an inner-city park, this festival, only in its third year, is already drawing big names such as Snow Patrol and George Ezra.

Sónar, Barcelona

July 18 to 20, 2019

Photo by Ariel Martini/Sónar

The party rages day and night at this massive EDM festival, last year, 126,000 people from 119 countries attended. There’s also a visual arts element with numerous installations and exhibitions.

What to pack: This isn’t the time for a dead phone battery, stay in touch and keep your feed updated with a portable charger.

Cambridge Folk Festival, England

August 1 to 4, 2019

Photo by Ollie Millington courtesy Cambridge Folk Festival

Started in 1965, this is one of the world’s longest-running and most famous folk fests. Paul Simon entertained the crowds at the very first event, and this year sees Grammy-winner Lucinda Williams perform.

What to pack: Go old-school and bring a compact instant camera to create on-trend festivals photos.

Boardmasters, Cornwall, UK

When: August 7 to 11, 2019

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Tell people you’re going to a beach festival in England and you’re bound to get a few strange looks. But that doesn’t stop 50,000 sun-seekers from heading to the Cornish coast each summer for Boardmasters, a raucous, five-day surf and music festival. Surf competitions and lessons are held on some of Britain’s best breaks while musicians, playing the dozen or so stages, bring tunes and good vibes to this idyllic corner of southwest England. ­

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