5 small music festivals to discover this summer and fall 2022
As summer music festivals begin to kick off, Coachella has already taken over Indio Valley for two weekends, while nearly 400,000 are expected to turn up at Chicago’s Grant Park for Lollapalooza during the four-week festival. days.
Across the country, there are smaller regional festivals, which host fewer than 10,000 attendees or fewer, from the iconic Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals in Rhode Island to the three-day Day In Day Out Fest in Seattle, and the most recent Wonderfront in San Diego, which debuts in 2022.
Here’s a look at five smaller music festivals to consider attending from summer through fall 2022.
1. Newport Folk Festival (Rhode Island)
Appointment: July 22 to 24
Information: Now in its 60th year, the Newport Folk Festival – the counterpart to the Newport Jazz Festival – held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, attracts nearly 10,000 attendees each year for a diverse range of musicians all in folk genre as well as surprise guests and collaborations.
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- Courtney Barnett
- The A’s
- Cassandra Jenkins
- Lee Fields
- Leith Ross
- Dinosaur Jr.
- The Felice brothers
- John Craigie
- dead languages
- The National
- Arooj Aftab
- John Moreland
- Phoenix Rising: Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
- Taj Mahal
- Psychic Helpline
- Bonnie Light Horseman with Natalie Merchant and Friends
- Black Opry Review
- Backseat Lovers
- Lucy Dacus
- The Ballroom Thieves
- Madi Diaz
- Adia Victoria
- Hannah Georgas
- Durand Jones and the clues
- Francois Francois
- Skull Crusher
- Arny Margret
- Sylvain Esso
- Bendigo Fletcher
- Blake Mills
- Anais Mitchell
- The Lindas Lindas
- Buffalo Nichols
- Maren Morris
- “Love Will Go All the Way: A Spiritual Helpline Gospel Review”
- Trampled by turtles
- Sierra Ferrel
- mandy moore
- Joy Oladokun
- Valerie June
- Hermanos Gutierrez
Supplements: In 2019, the Newport Folk Festival began making donations in each artist’s name to a charity or non-profit of their choice. The Newport Jazz Festival takes place a week later, July 29-31.
Buy Newport Folk Passes here.
2. Newport Jazz Festival (Rhode Island)
Appointment: July 29 to 31
Information: Held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, this year’s Newport Jazz Festival features headliners Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider and Terence Blanchard.
Line up: Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding, The Fearless Flyers, Angelique Kidjo’s Remain In Light, Terence Blanchard, PJ Morton, The Ron Carter Quartet, BADBADNOTGOOD, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Lettuce, Cory Wong, Sons of Kemet, Nubya Garcia, Jazzmeia Horn, Nate Smith + KINFOLK, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, Benevento/Russo Duo Acoustic, Nicholas Payton Trio, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Makaya McCraven, Yussef Dayes, Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre, MonoNeon, Shabaka Hutchings, Vijay Iyer Trio, The Baylor Project, The Soul Rebels, Sampa The Great, Celisse, Emmet Cohen Trio, The Nth Power, Theon Cross, Thana Alexa: Ona, Lady Blackbird, Tuba Skinny, Samara Joy, Melanie Charles, Giveton Gelin, Holly Bowling, Laufey, and more.
In addition: Festival artistic director Christian McBride will take over the annual Jawn Jam with guests Makaya McCraven, Chris Potter, Vijay Iyer, Brandee Younger and Mike Stern.
Buy tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival here.
3. Day after day (Washington State)
Appointment: August 12 -14
Information: Back for a second year in Seattle, the Day In Day Out at Fisher Green Pavilion will feature a collection of artists over the three-day festival, including headliners The National, Mitski, and Mac DeMarco, as well as artists Turnstile, Japanese Breakfast, Animal Collective, and Moreover.
Sampa the Great
Long live the Riff Raff
In addition: Members of several Seattle bands, including Tacocat, Naked Giants and Tres Leches, will spin DJ sets between acts.
Buy Day In Day Out Festival Tickets here.
4. Outlandia Festival (Nebraska)
Appointment: August 12-13
Information: The first Outlandia Music Festival will take place over two days at Falconwood Park in Bellevue, Nebraska, and will feature Wilco, The National, Band of Horses, Local Natives, Silversun Pickups, Margo Price, The Breeders, Real Estate, Kat Hasty, Caroline Spence, Mesonjixx and Clarence Tilton.
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Buy Outlandia passes here.
5. Wonderfront (San Diego, Calif.)
Appointment: November 18-20
Information: The three-day festival will feature more than 80 artists performing on seven stages in the sands of Diego, including Embarcadero Marina Park North, Seaport Village, Ruocco Park and Broadway Port Pier in San Diego. Scheduled artists include headliners Gwen Stefani, Kings of Leon and Zac Brown Band, plus other performances from Cage the Elephant, Noah Cyrus, Big Boi, Trevor Hall and more.
Line up: Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Gwen Stefani, G‐Eazy, Cage the ElephantYoung the Giant, Lauren Daigle, Swae Lee, Quinn XCII, EARTHGANG, Fitz and the Tantrums, Big Boi, Thundercat, SOJA, Noah Cyrus, Trevor Hall, Cam, Judah & the Lion, Hippie Sabotage, Two Feet, Cheat Codes, Bakar, Skip Marley, Mod Sun, Niko Moon, Max, Goldfish, Bakermat, Immerxion, Joey Purp, HIRIE, Almost Monday, Wilderado, Myron Elkins, Saint Cecilia , Carlie Hanson, Liily, Niko Rubio, Kossisko, Arkit)(t, DesureParty, Shirt, Daring Greatly, and more.
In addition: The Return to Festival Pass allows guests to explore downtown San Diego and the waterfront, while attending the festival featuring a diverse lineup of rock, hip-hop, and EDM.
Buy Wonderfront passes here.
Photo: Courtesy of Newport Jazz Festival