With so many festivals and raves canceled and postponed over the past 2 to 3 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re sure you’re just as excited as us to see so many events popping up! Now that festival season is finally back in the swing of things, it might be a bit difficult to keep track of them all. To help you narrow down your choices, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite EDM festivals and raves you definitely don’t want to miss this year in 2022.
Forbidden Kingdom May 6th – May 7th, 2022
Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL
Forbidden Kingdom is a premier destination for bass and dubstep lovers that are 18+. Headbangers will clash with dragons, ogres, and other mythical beasts at this medieval bass gathering. Forbidden Kingdom Festival brings together the biggest names in bass music featuring over 50 artists, art installations, four stages, and so much more.
Sol Fest May 6th – May 8th, 2022
Lilypad Adventures, Campbellton, FL
Sol Fest is an 18+ electronic bass music and arts festival with premier production, 70+ artists, 3 stages, and so much more. The 1600-acre venue is known for its recreational activities such as camping, swimming, and kayaking at the natural springs. Experience natural spring parties, morning healing workshops, and witness art come to life in a mind-altering wonderland with atmospheric lighting, live and digital art, and interactive installations.
The Untz Festival May 13th – May 15th, 2022
Sycamore Ranch Browns Valley, CA
The Untz Festival brings in underground bass fans from all over the world to experience 3 days of top-notch production, workshops, yoga, art, and camping. The Untz Festival consistently compiles some of the best the underground bass scene has to offer, including takeovers and showcases from favorite collectives and labels within the scene.
Hangout Music Festival May 20th – May 22nd, 2022
Gulf Shores, AL
Hangout Music Festival is a three-day festival on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores that features some of the best names in pop, rock, rap, dance, and more. Gather your group of friends, throw on your favorite bathing suit, and hit the beach for a great time. Enjoy everything the Gulf Shores beach has to offer whether it be a dip in the gulf or a lap around the roller rink. Gear up for some serious fun in the sun with activities like a tropical spa, Ferris wheel, roller disco, beach volleyball, hammock beach, and so much more.
Electric Daisy Carnival May 20th – May 22nd, 2022
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival is a festival where you can immerse yourself in 9 unique arenas of sound, explore dozens of interactive art installations, enjoy free carnival rides and games, and experience epic sets from the world’s biggest DJs. EDC Las Vegas also offers camping packages for ravers who want to experience the fun all day and night long.
Lightning In A Bottle May 25th – May 30th, 2022
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, Kern County, CA
Lightning in a Bottle is a unique experience beyond any ordinary music festival. It is a magical land of adventure, where every corner is primed for connection, wonder, and for fun to happen. Lightning in a Bottle features iconic stages with breakout artists alongside world-famous headliners. It also offers a handful of learning experiences such as yoga, workshops, talks, and discussions.
Summer Camp Music Festival May 27th – May 29th, 2022
Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe, IL
Summer Camp Music Festival is the biggest event in the Midwest every Memorial Day Weekend. It hosts a variety of performances on multiple stages over three days. Other than music, Summer Camp offers unique vending, kid-friendly activities, nonprofit outreach, art shows, musician workshops, great food, and more.
Sunset Music Festival May 27th – May 29th, 2022
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Sunset Music Festival features a cross-section of genres including house, techno, trance, bass – and everything in between. Prepare for a sensory overload with top-notch visual and audio production during this 3-day festival in Central Florida.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival June 16th – June 19th, 2022
The Bonnaroo Farm, Manchester, TN
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival features a diverse lineup of 150+ musicians with 10+ performance stages, 4 campground party barns, and all-night entertainment. The word “Bonnaroo” is actually Creole slang for “Good Stuff” and this festival has tons of good stuff to enjoy. Besides music, activities include yoga, food, interactive art installations, the eighth “First Annual” 5k, and so much more.
Sonic Bloom June 16th – 19th, 2022
Hummingbird Ranch, Spanish Peaks Country, CO
Sonic Bloom is Colorado’s premier electronic music festival. It is immersed in the grand wilderness of Colorado’s Spanish Peaks Country at Hummingbird Ranch. It features shady trees, a bubbling creek, and beautiful views. The three-day camping festival brings together electronic music, dance, and art, in an inspirational atmosphere that encourages creative expression.
Electric Forest June 23rd – June 26th, 2022
Sherwood Forest, Rothbury, MI
Electric Forest is an electronic music festival surrounded by high woodland trees packed with euphoric experiences and an electrifying atmosphere. The festival features a great variety of different electronic artists. In addition, there are tons of beautiful art installations, vendors, delicious food options, and new immersive experiences.
Moonrise Festival August 6th – August 7th, 2022
Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD
Moonrise Festival is an EDM festival that is out of this world. The lineup consists of bass artists and many upcoming experimental producers. Its lineup features electro, house, trap, dubstep, trance, hip-hop, and more across four different stages. The festival also comes with tons of art installations, interactive performers, a vendor village, food and beverage experiences, VIP lounges, and more!
Burning Man August 28th – September 5th, 2022
Black Rock Desert, Pershing County, NV
Burning Man is an event focused on community, art, and self-expression. It’s influenced by ten main principles: radical inclusion, self-reliance, self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leave no trace. Burning Man does not have any fixed lineup or schedule, it is a collection of multiple events and happenings. The event features extraordinary experimental and interactive sculptures, buildings, performances, and art cars.
Electric Zoo September 2nd – September 4th, 2022
Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
Electric Zoo Festival is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and features the top names in electronic music. Ezoo brings a wide variety of artists from around the world ranging from bass to techno and everything in between.
Dancefestopia September 6th – September 11th, 2022
Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, La Cygne, KS
Dancefestopia Music & Camping Festival features six days of camping and four days of world-class production, art installations, vendors, 200+ artists, and much more. It is located in the rolling hills of Kansas surrounded by thousands of acres of forest and pristine lake water. Ravers can venture through the Emerald Forest, relax by the pool, float around the Emerald Pond, or dance and listen to music at any of the four stages.
Life is Beautiful September 16th – September 18th, 2022
Fremont & 7th street & Fremont & 11th Street, Downtown Las Vegas, NV
Life is Beautiful is a music festival and so much more. The festival encompasses 18 city blocks within the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, extending from 7th to 11th Street and from Mesquite to Carson Avenue. There are 7 stages of live music, 18 blocks of immersive multi-disciplinary gallery art space, rising comedians, dazzling drag queens, and acclaimed podcast hosts. Each night there are themed dance parties like ‘90s night, Y2K, Emo Night, and more.
Whether you’re new to the rave scene or have been going to shows and festivals for years, head to our blog for other helpful tips and advice such as Music Festivals For Beginners and How To Make Kandi.
Juliet Norelli has been a part of the rave community for 10 years. She shares her knowledge through writing to give helpful tips and advice to all ravers.