Top 5 Best Snow / Winter Music Festivals in the USA & Canada

Despite what California and Florida seem to suggest by their weather, most parts of the USA get really cold during the winter months of the year. And for a country that loves to party, the US has quickly followed Europe and their trend of hosting icy music festivals that bring skiing, snowboarding and other snowsports into the mix.. With 2020 approaching its end and the winter months quickly approaching, the snowsport music festival scene is coming alive, we thought there was no better time than to compile a list of the best snowsports music festivals to check out in North America.

SnowGlobe in South Lake Tahoe, California

Run by iconic MTV, the SnowGlobe festival is perhaps the most multi-purpose music festival in the world and also the most interesting winter wonderland. Set in South Lake Tahoe, with some of the continent’s best ski resorts, such as Squaw Valley, Heavenly, and Northstar, near striking distance of the festival, this is one festival where the fun never stops. Onsite the lineup of party-stating electronic artists like Zedd, Disclosure, Tiesto, and Kaskade ensure the dancefloor stays hot. Offsite, guests can enjoy the slopes in between rounds of their favorite artists performing. If that’s not enough, the festival is always set over New Year’s Eve, so you can get your ski trip, festival experience, and NYE plans settled in one fell swoop.  

Snowbombing Canada in Sun Peaks British Columbia

Snowbombing Canada at Sun Peaks began at the popular ski resort in the spring of 2017, bringing some of the world’s most notable electronic and Hip-Hop acts to British Columbia. The event has two outposts, one in Austria and this one in Canada. In Europe, where snowsport music festivals are much more common, Snowbombing is regarded as one of the premier festivals of its kind, and it is no different in North America with its sister festival. Expertly curated lineups of upbeat dance music from artists like Illenium, Cypress Hill, and Odesza take the après ski vibe to a whole other level after a day on the pristine slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, British Columbia

NOS performing at the outdoor concerts series at WSSF

Coming alive in 1994 with the World Technical Skiing Championships, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival has brought together ski champions from various disciplines and attracted a large number of ski media to Whistler to enjoy themselves at the biggest snowsports music festival in North America. A quarter of a million attendees with ski and snowboard aficionados amongst them are able to witness premier athletes compete and partake in some activities themselves while also getting to enjoy live concerts and DJ sets. The cold doesn’t keep away the talent either. The event regularly has a stacked lineup with artists such as Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Old Soul Rebel, Little Destroyer, Skratch Bastid, Mat the Alien, and March Fourth playing.

WinterWonderGrass in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Photo by Molly McCormick © WinterWonderGrass Festival All Rights Rerserved 2019

This is another popular snowsports music festival that has branched out to take place in multiple locations amongst which are Squaw in California, Stratton in Vermont, and of course Steamboat Springs in Colorado. Unlike the other events on this list, this festival is a multi-day bluegrass and roots music festival. Their aim is to cultivate and nurture the relationship between nature, authentic music, and communal family, which creates a vehicle for inspiration. They believe that when people come together with open hearts and open minds, bringing all of their differences and unique opinions, they truly begin to dissolve the illusion of separation from one another. Their intention is to create a platform for artists, vendors, attendees, and our planet to unite as one – connecting the community. With artists like Greensky Bluegrass, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Keller Williams and the Keels, Nikki Lane, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Molly Tuttle playing, it’s suffice to say that WinterWonderGrass achieves their goals. If winter sports and bluegrass music are right up your alley then this is the perfect music festival for you.

Snowsio in Frisco, Colorado

Snowsio was launched in February 2020 in Colorado. From the rock, electronic, and jazz fusion artists Papadosio, this three-day event came to life bringing a more intimate feel to snowsports music festivals. The event trades in big mountain skiing for the more collective activity of tubing. Attendees are also able to enjoy special après sets, multiple appearances from Papadosio, and an all-star Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin jam sesh as well as artists like Joel Cummins (of Umphrey’s McGee), Eminence Ensemble, Stan Kitchen, Brether, and Earthcry for its inaugural show. At Snowsio, festival goers are able to enjoy the casual air of friends hanging out and enjoying good music while having fun in the snow, making for the perfect winter experience.

The Hottest Winter Music Festivals Worth Booking Right Now

Still searching for the place to be during the holiday season? The perfect party is closer to you then you think. Why waste time looking for that random house party or waiting in a freezing cold line to get into that new club when there are far better options. No disrespect to clubbing and house parties, arguably the best way to blow off steam during the year, but unlike clubs and bars that are open year-round, these festivals unfortunately, are not. If looking to take a quick break from the club scene or family dinners, these winter festivals should have you covered.

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Heart Festival

The Heart Festival in Miami, Florida starts December 6th! But ends the 7th. This weekend experience is unlike any other. Patrons of this festival will get to see a 63-act experience at the unbelievable Wynwood Factory. This festival is known for bringing together one of the best lineups and is said to be unlike any other, starring some of the best that techno music has to offer, which introduces he Martinez Brothers, Sasha & John Digweed, Damian Lazarus, Cassy, Bedouin, and more.

Snowglobe Music Festival

Located in Lake Tahoe, California Snowglobe is one of the best winter festivals one can attend. There’s no better way to welcome another year than with Snowglobe. The festival is a large bucket list item for many and it’s time you make it happen for yourself. Regular GA pass is $199. This New Year’s celebration is obviously more affordable than ordering bottle service at the bar or all the other pricey alternatives out there.

Project Sound

Located in Tulum, Mexico, Project Sound is one of the hottest winter festivals south of the border. Hosted between January 4 – 6, switch things up from the cold by traveling to bright, sunny Mexico. Project Sound welcomess music lovers deep into the jungle of Tulum at their newly built club where you can find the sets of Solomon, Maceo Plex, Ame and Dixon. This Instagram-worthy location is precisely what you need to lighten up your winter season, so don’t wait and let this trip pass.

Igloo Fest

Located in Montreal, Canada and hosted from mid-January to February, the music is non-stop at Igloofest. In fact, entertainment goers have not one, but four different weekend options throughout the month of January to early February. Because the performers are different every weekend, there’s no disgrace in attending all four sets of dates. With shopping incentives floating all across the internet, it’s best to grab some snow shoes ASAP before heading up to Montreal.

E Komo Mai

Found in Oahu, Hawaii E Komo Mai winter festival is anything but that image of a cold, snowy winter. Between February 14 – 17 this festival is set in sunny Honolulu, so for those looking to escape the cold, this festival is the one for you. In native Hawaiian, “E Komo Mai” means “All Are Welcome” and inviting everyone to the island of Oahu is exactly what this festival aspires to do. Over three days, you get to know the island along with some of the most unbelievable artists including DJ Dan, Doc Martin, Mikey Lion, Sacha Robotti and Kill Frenzy. Plus, as the celebration gets closer, more names will be announced!