The best music fests of the season, from sea to shining sea — and lots of landlocked states in between

By Kyle Anderson
Updated May 20, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Top 10 Summer Festivals

1. Sasquatch!
George, Wash.
Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco, Guided by Voices, and Robyn. May 27-30

2. Bonnaroo
Manchester, Tenn.
Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, and Buffalo Springfield. June 9-12

3. CMA Music Festival
Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert. June 9-12

4. Summerfest
Katy Perry, Kanye West, Sugarland, and Kid Rock. June 29-July 3, July 5-10

5. Essence Music Festival
New Orleans
Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Jennifer Hudson. July 1-3

6. Newport Folk Festival
Newport, R.I.
The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, and Emmylou Harris. July 30-31

7. Lollapalooza
Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Muse. Aug. 5-7

8. Outside Lands
San Francisco
Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, the Shins, and John Fogerty. Aug. 12-14

9. Dave Matthews Band Caravan
George, Wash.
Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, and Gogol Bordello. Sept. 2-4

10. Bumbershoot
Wiz Khalifa, Hall & Oates, and Broken Social Scene. Sept. 3-5

…And the Best of the Rest

Rock on the Range
Columbus, Ohio
Start your summer with major heaviosity: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, A Perfect Circle, and Disturbed. May 21-22

Summer Camp
Chillicothe, Ill.
Come for the jams (moe., Widespread Panic), stay for the Avett Brothers and Huey Lewis(!). May 27-29

Shakopee, Minn.
Hip-hop legends old (De La Soul) and new (Big Boi) keep it popping at the fest curated by Minneapolis’ Rhymesayers label — and repping homegrown stars like Atmosphere and Brother Ali. May 29

Hot 97 Summer Jam
East Rutherford, N.J.
Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Chris Brown headline the influential rap station’s annual event. June 5

The Governors Ball
New York City
The inaugural year of this dance-centric day delivers Big Boi, Girl Talk, rap pranksters Das Racist, and a DJ set from Passion Pit. June 18

Solid Sound
North Adams, Mass.
Wilco curate and headline, with the Levon Helm Band and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and stand-up comedy hosted by Daily Show vet John Hodgman. June 24-26

Dave Matthews Band Caravan
Atlantic City
On the first of four caravan stops this summer, DMB will celebrate their 20th anniversary. The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Damian Marley, O.A.R., and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will be there to lend a hand. June 24-26

Camp Bisco
Mariaville, N.Y.
The 10th assemblage of Disco Biscuits fans also brings Wiz Khalifa and a reunited Death From Above 1979. July 7-9

Dave Matthews Band Caravan
DMB welcome LaMontagne and the Lips again, plus Amos Lee, Kid Cudi, and Emmylou Harris. July 8-10

Pitchfork Music Festival
Indie’s biggest party stars Animal Collective, Guided by Voices, TV on the Radio, and Fleet Foxes. July 15-17

311 Pow Wow
Live Oak, Fla.
Four epic 311 sets, plus the reconstituted version of ’90s alt heroes Sublime, with new frontman Rome. Aug. 4-6

Kansas City, Kan.
It’s rock in the middle of Kansas! Get it? With Eminem, Muse, and the Black Keys. Aug. 5-6

Hard Summer
Los Angeles
The finest SoCal dance and hip-hop, featuring Odd Future, Duck Sauce, Chromeo, and James Murphy. Aug. 6

The Gathering of the Juggalos
Cave-in-Rock, Ill.
Prepare for tons of burly hip-hop and gallons of Faygo at Insane Clown Posse’s yearly blowout. Aug. 11-14

Dave Matthews Band Caravan
New York City
DMB close out their run on Manhattan’s bucolic Governors Island with the Roots, Dispatch, and Béla Fleck. Aug. 26-28