Best EDM Festivals in South America

Tired of blowing bucketloads on EDM festivals? Fret not, because a slew of wallet-friendly South American options await you. You shouldn’t have to choose between an Insta-worthy getaway and a rave to remember –  and thankfully now you don’t have to!

Storyland  (Santa Marta, Colombia) – January

Does soaking up the Caribbean sun over at the undeniably gorgeous port town of Santa Marta, Colombia’s national treasure, sound like an ideal vacation? Well, I assure you that as one of the wildest EDM festivals in the region, Storyland will prove to be the icing on the cake of your Caribbean dreams so kick off the year on the right note this January. Performances by dance music titans like Don Diablo, Agents of Time, and Cedric Gervais, when coupled with the show-stopping production is sure to get your hips moving like Shakira’s (yet another Colombian national treasure). A word from the wise? Don’t miss out on the legendary beach parties leading up to this star-studded musical bonanza if you want the full experience! 

Universo Parallelo (Bahia, Brazil) – December

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No one parties with quite as much gusto and finesse as Brazilians, so it’s really no surprise that Universo Parallelo has quickly made its mark as the third largest psytrance festival in the whole world. Unfolding in the magical oasis of beachy Bahia at the end of the year, Universo Parallelo is a hippie-dippie paradise boasting a mighty line-up featuring edgy acts like Lunatica, Rinkadink, and Mad Tribe. With stunning carnival-inspired sets and a ton of funky new music to discover, you’ll be wanting to relive these 9 days of pure euphoria again and again! As far as parallel universes go, this one’s sure to make it to your good books.

Asuncionico ( Asuncion, Paraguay) – March

Fancy a trip to Paraguay? Well, now you sure will because the country’s biggest music festival Asuncionico is calling your name! Held in the vibrant capital of Asuncion in March, this blockbuster event doubles as the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the historical epicenter of this landlocked marvel of a nation. With tickets selling at a wildly affordable rate, you’ll be able to comfortably rock it out to international musical powerhouses like Interpol, Martin Garrix, and The Killers and still be able to squeeze in some fun adventures around the city without going over your budget.

Lollapalooza Chile ( Santiago, Chile) – March

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Yes Lollapalooza is an EDM staple, but have you been to the one in Chile yet? Gracing Santiago’s O’Higgins Park with memorable performances, rock and indie giants like Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Foster the People, and Travis Scott have found themselves at home on the extravagant sets of Lollapalooza’s Latin American installment. This music festival has also catapulted homegrown talent like Chico Trujillo and Los Bunkers into international acclaim, elegantly reminding the world that Chile is a timeless cultural and musical hub that deserves more recognition. It’s bound to warm up even the Chile-st of hearts this March!

XXXperience (Sao Paolo, Brazil) – September

With a name as bold as its experimental themes, XXXperience has effortlessly held onto the crown of Brazil’s largest dance music festival for almost three decades! Held every September in Itu, a tourist hotspot in Sao Paulo, XXXperience has managed to redefine EDM music and its performance. With an incredible lineup showcasing international talent in the form of iconic artists like Oliver Heldens, Astrix, and ARTBAT, this music festival is famed for embracing a diverse range of genres like techno, house, and trance. Trust Brazil to throw an unforgettable party! Pack for the trip of a lifetime because you’re about to ex(xx)perience a taste of true musical genius.

 Ultra Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – March

Ultra’s South American installation rightly proves that everything’s better down South. Tripling in size since its birth in 2012, this open-air EDM festival attracts fans from around the globe to Buenos Aires, the epicenter of Argentinian arts and culture. With big names like Alan Fitzpatrick, Firebeatz and Knife Party at the helm of this mind-blowingly fantastic display of lights and sound, you need to book your tickets Argent-ly!

Rio Music Carnival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – February

Much to the avid raver’s dismay, February rarely gets much EDM action. But fret not, for Rio Music Carnival is here to brighten up this dull month and transform it into your favorite time of year! Coinciding with Brazil’s illustrious carnival, this music festival breathes new life into the city with its mesmerizing buffet of extravagant floats, jazzed-up dancers and funky new sounds that’ll get you groovin’ from dusk till dawn. Enjoy captivating live performances by Timmy Trumpet, Nervo, Loud Luxury and other musical powerhouses. Kiss goodbye to sleep because this city-wide party is right out of a dream!

Estero Picnic (Bogota, Colombia) – March

Colombia earns its place on the world EDM map with Estero Picnic – a music festival that doubles as a full-fledged carnival, you know, in classic Latin American fashion. Presenting a delightful array of parties, make-shift bars, and delectable food options to indulge in alongside unforgettable performances by evergreen acts of great caliber like Calvin Harris, Florence + the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And when your ears start to ring, take a leisurely stroll through the eccentric “Hippie Market” to unwind. Estero Picnic’s really a treat for the senses.

Electric Daisy Carnival Brasil (Sao Paolo , Brazil) – December

Whisking one of America’s oldest and largest EDM events off to the heart of Brazil proved to be a wise move because Electric Daisy Carnival Brasil has quickly become a crowd-favorite since its debut in 2015. From elaborate firework displays to full-scale carnival rides, this music festival sets itself apart from the rest in terms of sheer scale and variety of attractions. If the interactive art installations don’t win you over, then the presence of class acts like Dirtyphonics, R3HAB and Excision definitely will.

Lollapalooza Brasil (Sao Paolo, Brazil) – December

For yet another reason to hit up Sao Paolo this winter, check out Lollapalooza Brasil: the perfect combination of internationally-acclaimed superstars and a taste of up and coming Brazilian talent for the hungriest of EDM lovers to wolf down. If you love the musical diversity and welcoming atmosphere of Lollapalooza up in Chicago but also crave a change of scene, this is going to become a quick favorite for you. Let The Fever 333, Portugal The Man, Autoramas, and MAZ guide you through nights of pure euphoria as you fall in love with this beautiful, lively city.

Lollapalooza Argentina ( Buenos Aires, Argentina) – March

Use this Spring to complete your Lollapalooza bucket-list with this wacky edition of the Chicago staple. Get ready to dance your feet off to an EDM-heavy lineup featuring musical royalty like Steve Aoki, Interpol and ROSALIA as the cool Argentinian fall breeze gently kisses your cheek. Head over to Buenos Aires at your own risk though, because you’ll have a real hard time saying goodbye. But if you do go, it’s sure to be a love affair for the books because you’re in for a very bueno time!

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Best EDM Festivals in USA

Wondering where to begin your EDM trail this year? Don’t leave these iconic music festivals off your list!

Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Nevada) – May

In case you needed yet another reason to visit Vegas – seriously? – here’s Electric Daisy Carnival! Every summer EDC offers up a harmonious blend of innovative technology and artistic genius with stunning sets and art installations for ravers to enjoy – I mean just look at that captivating explosion of color on stage! Stretching out over five days, it invites big names from all around the globe like Snakehips, Virtual Riot, and Tiesto to bring America’s largest dance party to life. You know what they say – what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas immortalized on the ’gram forever!

Also Read: EDM Clubs Las Vegas

Miami Music Week (Miami, Florida) – March

Move over D.C, every rave-enthusiast knows that Miami’s the real (party) capital of the country, so it’s no surprise that Miami Music Week provides the heartbeat of the American EDM scene. From Afrojack and David Guetta to Above & Beyond and Disclosure – watch the who’s-who of the musical community come together this March to have you falling in love with EDM all over again. With a weeklong string of blockbuster pool parties, nightclub after-parties, and beach raves leading up to the legendary three-day Ultra Music Festival, get ready to sign up for the most immersive and entertaining musical experience of your life!

Hard Summer (Los Angeles, California) – August

Whether you’re having a rough summer or just having a hard time kissing it goodbye, Hard Summer Music Festival is guaranteed to cheer you right up. I mean, what better way to kickstart Fall than with jaw-dropping performances by your favorite EDM idols like Marshmello, Diplo and Travis Scott while partying it up in the City of Angeles and homeland of Hollywood? Even if you don’t run into any film stars, you’re sure to feel like one yourself at this gloriously extravagant event.

Governors Ball (New York City, New York) – June

Ever imagined yourself as a princess at a ball? Well why settle for princess when you can transform into a rave queen this summer at Randall’s Island attending the Governors Ball Music Festival, dancing with the breathtaking New York skyline as your backdrop? Watch Randall’s Island come to life with an array of show-stopping performances by fan favorites like Galantis, Wolf Alice and Flume, while you make memories to treasure for a lifetime. With some of New York’s best food trucks and interactive art installations to indulge in as well, I bet you’ll have a ball at Gov-Ball!  

Imagine Music Festival (Atlanta, Georgia) – September

The pride and joy of Georgia, Imagine Festival is renowned for showcasing a wide range of genres such as dubstep, techno, and house, and hence guaranteed to make a die-hard fan out of you. And with the likes of Marshmello, KSHMR, and Zeds Dead gracing the stage, there’s no doubt that it passes the vibe-check either! Boasting a recent upgrade in accessibility, capacity and prestige, this killer musical showstopper has relocated to Chattahoochee Hills to accommodate its exponential growth in attendees. Numbers don’t lie, so instead of Imagin(e)ing yourself livin’ it up in Georgia, come join in the fun this September instead!

Coachella (Coachella Valley, California) – April

Love it or hate it, you’ve got to admit that no music festival list is complete without Coachella, the mother of all music festivals! Over the years, this Californian Valley-grown musical bonanza has become synonymous with rave culture so it’s no surprise that it features a delectable buffet of EDM performances every April. Flume, Whipped Cream, Calvin Harris, SLANDER, Masego – there’s a pretty high chance that your EDM idol is going to be tearing up the stage at Coachella, so really it would be like, sooo uncool* of you to not make it.

*Valley-girl accent recommended but not required for entry.

Movement Festival (Detroit, Michigan) – May

For a Memorial day weekend that’s truly memorable, head over to Detroit because Movement Festival will spice things right up. Find a slew of new artists to obsess over like Testpilot, Hotwaxx Hale, DJ Seinfeld and LADYMONIX while putting your best moves on display on the dance floor. Revered as the birthplace of techno, Detroit sure knows its EDM and is guaranteed to make you fall in love with the genre all over again.

Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, Illinois) – July

Unfolding in Chicago’s famous Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival’s successfully made its name as a true game-changer for EDM fans around the nation. With musical titans like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Thundercat, and Tame Impala taking the stage by storm, you can be assured that it’ll be a summer road-trip to remember. I mean with a name like that you know you’ll be raising hell at this brilliantly edgy music festival!

So throw your hands up, they’re playing your song, you know it’s gonna be okay… hit us up to plan a Party in the USA!

Beyond Wonderland (San Bernardino, California) – March

Nothing screams spring quite like a lovely road trip to SoCal with a musical bonanza to indulge in at the end. Every bit as promising as its name, Beyond Wonderland really delivers on all your EDM fantasies with a star-studded lineup featuring Snakehips, Nitro Fun, Major Lazer and Deadly Guns, along with world-class production and stunning sets to light up the night sky as well as every raver’s face. I promise, Beyond Wonderland will leave you beyond wowed!

Ultra Music Festival ( Miami, Florida ) – March

You can’t really call yourself a raver till you’ve woken up in Miami wondering how on earth you’re still alive after a mad weekend of hard partying. Since its birth in 1999, Ultra Music Festival has come to be synonymous with rave culture and established itself as the place to be for EDM enthusiasts and spring-breakers alike come March. And it’s really no surprise that Miami’s Bayfront Park gets ultra-packed with upwards of 165,000 fans every year once you’ve eyed this insanely star-studded line-up: I’m talking Flume, Major Lazer, Above & Beyond, and Kygo all under the same roof.

Electric Zoo (NYC, New York) – March

From the depths of the Big Apple’s concrete jungle we bring you the Electric Zoo – one of the East Coast’s most premier dance music festivals to ever exist! Set against the iconic backdrop of Manhattan, it serves up an exquisite offering of some of the finest artists specializing in dubstep, techno and house. Let the likes of Claptone, The Black Madonna, and Bassnectar blow your mind as you fall in love with this incredible city and the wacky sets on display. And ditch the chicken dance for some king-of-the-jungle worthy moves because it’s about to get wild up in here!

Lollapalooza ( Chicago, Illinois ) – August

Consider your first visit to Lollapalooza a musical baptism of sorts, because until you’ve partied it out at this bangin’ festival, you’re still an EDM – and concert – newbie. Welcoming your favorite internationally-acclaimed acts from every corner of the world, Lollapalooza solidifies the Windy City’s reputation as a true cultural hotspot and a must-visit for anyone with an artistic bone in their body. Dance the weekend away to legends like Travis Scott, ODESZA, Tame Impala, 21 Savage and literally every artist on your hype playlist on Spotify. I mean Lollapalooza’s been calling your name for years; isn’t it time you finally gave in?

Dreamstate SoCal (San Bernardino, California) –  November

Doing some California dreamin’ lately? Well then it’s definitely time to grab tickets to this funky music festival unfolding in the heart of SoCal. As one of the most iconic trance music festivals on the West Coast, Dreamstate is guaranteed to leave you entranced. With class acts like Perfect Stranger, Fables, REALITY TEST and Ace Ventura to groove to, it’ll be difficult to snap out of this dream-state!

Electric Forest (Rothbury, Michigan) – June

Make sure to work Rothbury into your Summer road-trip route because you don’t want to miss out on the magical madness unfolding at Electric Forest! And gear up for a spot of camping – wayy more fun than your girl scout days – because there’s no sleeping at this party. If the absurd and the odd are what you crave, then this unique band-centric festival is definitely going to be your cup of tea. Prepare for a thrilling explosion of funky new sounds and captivating colours. Groove along to stunning performances by Disco Biscuits, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Petit Biscuit and more equally eccentric acts that’ll have you hoping, unlike Taylor Swift, that you aren’t out of the woods  forest yet.

Paradiso Festival ( Quincy, Washington) – June

Unlike Phil Collins, you won’t have to resort to imagining  “another day for you and me in Paradise” because the mother of EDM music festivals, the legendary Paradiso awaits a visit from you this Summer. Yes, that’s right – Paradiso made history as the “largest EDM event ever held in the Pacific Northwest” back in 2012 and has since made its mark as a musical giant to watch out for. With a line-up boasting a perfect mixture of well-loved and edgy artists, this music festival welcomes powerhouses like What So Not, Slumberjack, Moon Boots, and Louis The Child. And what’s more – this festival doubles as the perfect opportunity to do a little camping with your friends too. So be sure to mark your calendars for a date with paradis(o) this June! 

So throw your hands up, they’re playing your song, you know it’s gonna be okay… hit us up to plan a Party in the USA!