The best fall 2022 festivals


It’s officially time to start preparing for the fall festival season. September and October are among the busiest months for music festival goers and with the (slightly) cooler temperatures this means less time seeking shade and more time in the front row waiting for your favorite artists to turn up. on the scene. Don’t forget to brush on it Solar cream and stay hydrated!

If you find yourself overwhelmed with options, fear not. We’ve rounded up the must-see country and Americana music festivals happening this fall. From long-running events like Rhythm & Roots and FarmAid to newcomers like Lucktober Fest, there’s something for everyone.

Rhythm and Roots

Where: Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia.

When: September 9-11, 2022

Since 2001, the Twin Cities on the Tennessee-Virginia line have celebrated 1,927 recording sessions that sparked a “big bang” for the fledgling country music industry with a weekend-long event that can best be described. like a music festival and a street party. Highlights of this year’s lineup range from living legends (Rosanne Cash, Tanya Tucker, Asleep at the Wheel) to a new wave of artists pushing roots music into the future (Sierra Ferrell, Miko Marks, Margo Cilker ).

-Bobby Moore


Where: Nashville, Tenn.

When: September 13 to 17, 2022

Americana means different things to different people, whether they see it as an umbrella term for some of the best and most creatively daring singer-songwriters or as a code for roots rock ‘n’ roll types and traditional country music that is no longer played on commercial networks. radio. Such an amorphous concept allows for a truly eclectic lineup of musical trailblazers (Asleep at the Wheel), twangsters (Kaitlin Butts) and gatherers (Town Mountain) that will appear in venues spread across Nashville.

-Bobby Moore

Bourbon and beyond

Where: Lexington, Kentucky.

When: September 15 to 18, 2022

Bourbon and beyond, a 4-day celebration of music, food and bourbon in the state of Bluegrass, is one of Kentucky’s best – a tribute to some of the state’s best exports: great music and the best bourbon from the neighborhood. This year’s lineup is a dream for country, bluegrass, folk and Americana fans. Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Elle King, Drive-By Truckers, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Marcus King, Yola, Sierra Hull and Bella White are among the performers ready to hit the stage.

— Bobbie Jean Sawyer

Musical and cultural festival of pilgrimage

Where: Franklin, Tenn.

When: September 24-25

Held at the Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN, the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival feels like a small community event without sacrificing the star power of a big festival. It’s family friendly (children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult GA ticket holder, and children 2 and under are admitted free to VIP areas when accompanied by an adult VIP ticket holder) and festival met local vendors are at the center of the Farm to Turntable food truck park. So while you enjoy all the charm of a local event, you can see Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Dawes, the Avett Brothers, Marty Stuart, Brittney Spencer and many more all together in one weekend.

Were offer two VIP tickets for the pilgrimage. Visit here for more information!

— Bobbie Jean Sawyer

Mabon: A Harvest Concert Series

Where: Lyons, Colorado

When: September 16-18

Presented by Planet Bluegrass, creators of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and programmed in collaboration with North Carolina duo Watchhouse, the Mabon concert series will feature Emmylou Harris, Watchhouse, Thee Sacred Souls, Big Richard, Yasmin Williams, Waxahatchee and The Lil’ Smokeies. Watchhouse’s Andrew Marlin will also perform with his string band.

— Bobbie Jean Sawyer

Born and Raised Festival

Where: Pryor, Oklahoma

When: September 16-18

Fans of outlaw country, southern rock and Texas music, this one’s for you. The Born & Raised festival will host headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cody Jinks and Zach Bryan for three days of music and camping “for the outlaw in all of us”. The lineup features over 35 artists, including Margo Price, Brothers Osborne, Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Flatland Cavalry, Jamie Lin Wilson, Joshua Ray Walker and more.

— Bobbie Jean Sawyer

Agricultural aid

Where: Raleigh, North Carolina

When: September 24, 2022

Since 1985, Willie Nelson and his friends have been throwing day-long parties to benefit American farmers. Farm Aid board member Margo Price will lend her talents to a good cause, as will rebel Chris Stapleton, traditionalist outsider Charley Crockett and others.

-Bobby Moore

Riverside Revival

Where: Charleston, South Carolina

When: October 8-9, 2022

This southern festival, one of Charleston’s biggest live music events, was organized by Darius Rucker himself. Rucker will perform as well as big names like Brothers Osborne, Jimmie Allen, Charley Crockett and many more. The festival is said to be a love letter not only to country music, but also to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

-Courtney Fox

Austin city limits

Where: Austin, TX

When: October 7-9, 14-16, 2022

Founded in 2002, this beloved Austin-based festival originally started as a weekend-long event. Featuring various musical acts from all genres including country, hip-hop, rock, folk and more, the local town council added a second weekend due to popular demand in 2012. Countless legendary artists hit ACL stages over the years, and this year’s lineup features The Chicks and Kacey Musgraves as two of the headliners.

-Courtney Fox


Where: Luck, Texas

When: Oct. 28 to Nov. 2

Just outside of Austin you’ll find Luck, the sprawling ranch owned by none other than legendary country star Willie Nelson. This 10-day festival is a celebration of Texas culture in general with a kickoff as big as the Lone Star State. Various special guests include Paul Cauthen’s Big Velvet Revue and Orville Peck headlining a cowboy-themed masquerade ball. There will even be special parties for Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. The Black Opry Revue will take place on November 2, featuring performances by Fantastic Negrito, Lizzie No, Adia Victoria, Aaron Vance, Nikki Morgan, Sug Daniels and Nicky Diamonds.

-Courtney Fox

Golden Sky Country Festival

Where: Sacramento, California

When: October 15-16, 2022

This brand new country music festival is coming to Sacramento this fall with a heck of a lineup. Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Midland and Brothers Osborne all headlined with other notable artists including BRELAND, Carly Pearce, Parmalee and Brittney Spencer. Enjoy some of the hottest current acts in country music while enjoying the dance hall lounge, craft brewery and local artists.

-Courtney Fox

Outlaw Country West

Where: Sail from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico

When: November 3-8, 2022

Though notable country renegades (Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook) dot the Outlaw Country West lineup, it’s mostly a celebration of California’s cowpunk heritage, headlined by legacy acts from the ’70s and ’80s (X, Social Distortion, Los Lobos) who took the region’s country-rock tradition in a rebellious new direction. It’s basically the Troubadour – the club that brought us West Coast punk and Dwight Yoakam – on a cruise ship.

-Bobby Moore

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