A Look Ahead: August 2014 Music Festivals

posted by Dan Murphy on July 31, 2014

Osheaga 2013 by Marjana Jaidi

August can be one of the more bittersweet months. The summer reaches its hottest, most unbearable temperatures while reminding you the most fun season of the year is coming to a close. But don't feel down, music fans! We've still got some of the best festivals of the year coming up, and Cultivora is bringing you helpful festival guides, feature articles, and full coverage of some of our favorite events. Scroll down to see what we've got in store for August 2014. 


Osheaga - Montréal, Quebec; August 1-3
Lollapalooza - Chicago, Illinois; August 1-3
Secret Stages - Birmingham, Alabama; August 1-2
Pickathon - Happy Valley, Oregon; August 1-3
OFF - Katowice, Poland; August 1-3
VELD - Toronto, Ontario; August 2-3
HARD Summer - South El Monte, California; August 2-3
Øya - Oslo, Norway; August 5-9
Way Out West - Goteborg, Sweden; August 7-9
Outside Lands - San Francisco, California; August 8-10
Squamish Valley - Squamish, British Columbia; August 8-10
Heavy Montréal - Montréal, Quebec; August 8-10
Flow - Helsinki, Finland; August 8-10
Sziget - Budapest, Hungary; August 11-18
Summer Set - Somerset, Wisconsin; August 15-17
MusicfestNW - Portland, Oregon; August 16-17
V Festival - Chelmsford/South Stafforshire, United Kingdom; August 16-17
Reading - Reading, United Kingdom; August 22-24
Leeds - Leeds, United Kingdom; August 22-24
Rock en Seine - Paris, France; August 22-24
Mysteryland Netherlands - Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands; August 23
FYF Fest - Los Angeles, California; August 23-24
Dimensions - Pula, Croatia; August 27-31
Electric Picnic - Stradbally Estate, Ireland; August 29-31
Moe.Down - Turin, New York; August 29-31
Fashion Meets Music - Columbus, Ohio; August 29-31
North Coast - Chicago, Illinois; August 29-31
Electric Zoo - New York City; August 29-31
Imagine - Atlanta, Georgia; August 30-31
Bumbershoot - Seattle, Washington; August 30-September 1


Cultivora is bringing you a ton of festival guides this August that provide everything you need to know about whatever festival you're attending. If you're heading to Chicago for the always-legendary Lollapalooza, check out our guide for local recommendations as well as travel tips and festival insights. 

Likewise, we're providing the 411 on Montréal's Osheaga in our festival guide, so check out our event listings, restaurant recommendations, and more. 

HARD Summer is coming up in a few weeks, and we've completely revamped our guide to include recommendations for the festival's new location in South El Monte as well as cool places to shop and explore around nearby Los Angeles. 

If you're heading to Europe for Norway's Øya or Finland's Flow Festival, we've got you covered for where to crash, party, eat, shop, explore, and more. Plus, check out the event listings for Flow's keynote discussions and Øya's side shows. 

Outside Lands is also happening this August. Even though plenty of awesome local vendors will be represented on the festival grounds, there are tons of local businesses in the Bay Area to check out before and after the festival itself, so head over to our Outside Lands Guide for those.

If you snagged a ticket to Dimensions Festival in Croatia, you probably have a bunch of questions. Should I camp or get a hotel room? Should I eat on site or explore the nearby towns? How the hell do I get to Croatia?! For all the answers and more, check out our Dimensions Festival Guide

Electric Zoo returns for its sixth edition this Labor Day weekend, and you better believe we have the lowdown on the best spots in New York City. In fact, we're releasing our comprehensive Electric Zoo travel guide sometime in the (very) near future, so be on the lookout for announcements and contests coming up. 

Finally, if you're heading to Seattle for this year's edition of Bumbershoot, check out our guide for the best eats and hotels, boutiques and bars, and spots to explore that Seattle has to offer. 

It's never too early to start planning for September's music festivals, so feel free to prepare with our guides to Outlook, Boston Calling, and Decibel


To support our Festival Guides, August will see a slew of features surrounding Electric Zoo, Bumbershoot, Flow Festival, Outside Lands, and Øya. We’ll also curate Spotify playlists for Flow Festival, FYF Fest, and EZoo and take a look back at our past experiences at each through our #TBT series. 

Cultivora team members will also be in attendance at Flow Festival, FYF Fest, Electric Zoo, and Bumbershoot, so stay tuned for photo galleries, interviews, and reviews from those. 

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See Also:

Best August Music Festivals in North America
Lollapalooza Announces Live Stream Schedule
Beatport Stage Coming to Electric Zoo 2014