US Music Festival Guide

There's nothing quite like a good music festival -- friends, cool venues and amazing music. Here is Travel Channel's month-by-month guide to our favorite music festivals from Miami to San Francisco.

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Adam at Bonnaroo
Adam at Bonnaroo

Adam at Bonnaroo

Adam Richman gets his hands on some glow-in-the-dark gloves, so he can enjoy the nighttime festivities in style. At Bonnaroo, the music starts around noon, but it continues well into the night, sometimes past 4 a.m. 960 1280

  

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo is held every year on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. People travel from all over to enjoy the multiple stages of live music, featuring every genre, from its jam-band roots to hip hop and jazz. 960 1280

  

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Adam walks around Bonnaroo, which is more than just live music. There’s also the Comedy Tent, the Cinema Tent and even the Broo’ers Festival Tent, featuring breweries from all over the US. 960 1280

  

Roti Rolls food truck

Roti Rolls food truck

Adam grabs some delicious grub at the Charleston-based Roti Rolls truck in the Food Truck Oasis. 960 1280

  

A Roti Rolls creation

A Roti Rolls creation

A close up of a Roti Rolls creation: Indian flatbread topped with pork, kimchi and Creole mac and cheese. 960 1280

  

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Adam hangs out with a group of Bonnaroo devotees in their tailgating tent. 960 1280

  

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

These Bonnaroo fans display intricately designed body art. 960 1280

  

Silent Disco

Silent Disco

Adam checks out the Silent Disco, where each person is given a pair of headphones that are synced up with the DJ’s music. From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem that everyone is dancing to no music at all. 960 1280

  

Adam at Bonnaroo

Adam at Bonnaroo

Adam digs into a gourmet dessert of fried strawberry pie with fellow fans. 960 1280

  

Splash-a-Roo

Splash-a-Roo

The variety of activities at Bonnaroo is endless. There’s even a water slide, known as Splash-a-Roo. 960 1280

  

Food Truck Oasis

Food Truck Oasis

Bonnaroo fans line up for food at the Food Truck Oasis. 960 1280

  

Adam at Bonnaroo

Adam at Bonnaroo

Adam tries his hand at a Bonnaroo specialty: the LED hula-hoop. 960 1280

  

Grizzly Bear's tailgate

Grizzly Bear's tailgate

Adam stops by a tailgate with famed Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear, where bassist Chris Taylor makes a killer burger topped with an amazing grilled cabbage slaw made by drummer Christopher Baer. 960 1280

  

Grizzly Bear’s burger

Grizzly Bear’s burger

A close-up of Grizzly Bear’s delicious burger, which Adam calls, “the best ever.” 960 1280

  

Jam in the Van

Jam in the Van

Adam heads over to meet Jake at his "Jam in the Van,” with a buffet featuring Caribbean jerk pork loin, huge lobster tails and tequila shots. 960 1280

  

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN

Bonnaroo started in 2002, and by 2003, it had already been named one of the top 50 moments in rock and roll by Rolling Stone. Now, it’s a necessary pilgrimage for any music fan. 960 1280

  

Elvis Tribute Artist Competition
Elvis Tribute Artist Competition

Elvis Tribute Artist Competition

Elvis lives! For the sixth straight year, Elvis impersonators gather from around the world to compete in the annual Elvis Tribute Artist competition. This year’s contestants hail from countries as far and wide as Australia and Japan. Who will win? Find out on the festival's final day, when the King is crowned. 960 1280

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Memphis Baseball Game

Memphis Baseball Game

Elvis and baseball -- celebrate 2 American icons during Elvis Week. The Memphis Redbirds kick off the 9-day commemorative event. Extra bonus: The first 5,000 fans to enter the minor league baseball stadium AutoZone Park receive an Elvis bobblehead that’s … all shook up! 960 1280

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Candlelight Vigil

Candlelight Vigil

Elvis Week began as an act of commemoration. In August 1977, shortly after Elvis Presley’s death, fans gathered at Graceland’s gates to remember the man who’d changed the face of music. The tradition has continued ever since. On the 30th anniversary of Elvis’s death, 75,000 fans held a vigil. That number is expected to be even higher this year -- on the 35th anniversary of the King’s passing. 960 1280

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The Peabody Hotel

The Peabody Hotel

Want to dress like the King? Head to the Peabody Hotel -- and look inside for a sign that says Lansky. Elvis got many of his early custom-made shirts from Memphis tailor Bernard Lansky. The two met in 1952, when Elvis was 17. Four years later, Lansky outfitted Elvis for his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 2001, Lansky Bros. established a line of clothing called “Clothier to the King” -- find this 1950s-inspired clothing line in the Peabody’s lobby. 960 1280

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Elvis Presley 5K Run

Elvis Presley 5K Run

Well, you may run on for a long time ... or at least for a few miles. Runners begin their Saturday morning with a 5K run. The event kicks off at the gates of Graceland. The first 2,000 participants who cross the finish line receive a gold commemorative medal celebrating the 5K’s 30th year. 960 1280

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Elvis Gospel Concert

Elvis Gospel Concert

Elvis Presley won 3 Grammys -- all for his gospel recordings. The King’s love of gospel began early on: Growing up, he attended the First Assembly of God church in his hometown of Tupelo, MS. Later, in 1966, Elvis recorded with the Southern gospel quartet The Imperials. Hear group members Terry Blackwood and Joe Moscheo (pictured here) perform during Elvis Week. 960 1280

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Graceland Mansion

Graceland Mansion

Walk through Graceland for an intimate look into how Elvis lived. You’ll find no glass partitions here, just stanchions. The King’s spirit pervades the 7 rooms on display -- especially the green-carpeted Jungle Room. In 1976 Elvis converted the room into a recording studio where he completed the majority of his last 2 albums, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and Moody Blue. 960 1280

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Hard Rock Cafe (Beale Street)

Hard Rock Cafe (Beale Street)

Get your chance to meet the King -- at Hard Rock Café on Beale Street. Elvis contestants perform in 3 separate rounds, on 3 different nights. There’s also an Elvis meet-and-greet in which fans have a chance to meet some of the competitors. 960 1280

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Levitt Shell

Levitt Shell

Ever wondered where the first-ever rock ‘n’ roll show ever occurred? Music historians say it was here -- at the Shell Theatre – in Memphis’s Overton Park. A young Elvis performed at the Shell on July 30, 1954, as the opening act for headliner Slim Whitman. 960 1280

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Conversations on Elvis

Conversations on Elvis

In a career that spanned 150 albums and singles (certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum), as well as 31 feature films, Elvis worked with many people. Hear some of their treasured memories of the King in the festival’s Conversations on Elvis panel discussion. This year’s panelists include actress Mary Ann Mobley who appeared with Elvis in 1965’s Girl Happy. 960 1280

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