When you think of music festivals in Massachusetts, your mind most likely goes to Boston Calling, which takes place next month. However, the Bay State is filled with various other music and arts events throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. The most unique music festivals in Massachusetts happen all over the Bay State.
Although Boston Calling over Memorial Day weekend is the largest, it’s not the first festival weekend to kickoff the season. There’s the Grass is Greener this coming weekend. It’s followed by Town and City Fest taking place in Lowell at the end of next week.
Music Festival Wizard calculates that there are 11 music festivals alone in Massachusetts between now and the end of 2023. Jambase shows 13. With the ever-popular festival format, it had become more challenging to determine what actually qualifies as a music festival now.
For the sake of our list, we will focus on the arts specifically in the state of Massachusetts. However, our New England neighbors host some incredible and longstanding events like Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, and Sound on Sound Festival in Connecticut.
Festivals Off All Kinds
Then there’s also celebratory festival events outside of the arts space throughout the year. The Tulip Festival in Holland, MA can draw up to 600,000 visitors per year during their May weekend. It’s the largest of its kind in the country. The Castleberry Fair Arts and Crafts Festival is always a holiday hit, and the Boston Book Fair averages 30,000 attendees each year. Furthermore, although the theme of these wide range of festivals vary, most are do feature live music.
Looking specifically at Massachusetts’s most unique music festivals, you will notice almost every genre is accounted for. It’s very rare that an act will be aligned to more than one here per season. Whether it’s a renowned local artist like Bill Janovitz (Buaffalo Tom) playing in Lowell or a national act like Foo Fighters playing Boston Calling, Massachusetts has become quite the festival destination for both fans and artists.