Summer is sweltering still yet believe it or not, it’s also wrapping up. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your festival on. From NOLA to Miami to Columbia, here are 10 Southern (OK, so Miami’s south but not “southern”) fall festivals worth checking out.
Hopscotch, how we love thee. This four-day Raleigh fest always brings some of the best acts in the country to our neighbor to the north, and this year’s lineup continues the tradition. Solange? Hello! Run the Jewels? Yes, please. Future Islands? Hell to the yas. The list goes on and on and includes our very own SUSTO this year — huzzah! Hopscotch takes place in the heart of downtown Raleigh across multiple venues and outdoor stages that are all walkable, making this fieldless festival a favorite among many.
A3C is to hip-hop what South by Southwest is to indie — a festival and conference that gathers artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives that shape the hip-hop culture. Founded in 2005, A3C — a.k.a. Hip-Hop’s Family Renunion — evolved from a local showcase to “one of the most important hip-hop events of the year.” This year’s lineup includes Nas, DJ Drama & Don Cannon, Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Zaytoven & Friends, Just Blaze, and much more. For more info, go to a3cfestival.com.
Originating in Brooklyn in 2005, Afro-Punk has grown to a festival hitting other cities, like Atlanta, as well as a into movement of sorts. Centered around film, skate, art, and alternative black culture, the genres to be found include R&B, punk, hip-hop, electronic, blues, and more. This fall, you can catch the likes of Solange, Willow Smith, Young Fathers, Flatbush Zombies, and Princess Nokia. Learn more at afropunkfest.com/atlanta.
ONE Music Fest
Now in its eighth year, ONE Musicfest is a one-day progressive urban music fest. It hits Atlanta’s Lakewood Ampitheatre next month with such artists as Jill Scott, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Tank & the Bangas, and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), the latter of whom you may remember announced last year, via friend and collaborator Kanye West, that he’d be retiring from the music recording industry — so this will be a rare, farewell performance not to be missed.
Jam Room Festival
The Jam Room is one of South Carolina’s most storied recording studios, and its annual festival takes place in the heart of Columbia, outside, on the corner of Main and Hampton streets. It’s always an anticipated one — for good reason. While the 2017 lineup has not been confirmed as of yet, last year’s headliners were the Durham-based Mountain Goats — so the standard is high, and the fest promises to be another one for the Soda City books. Oh yeah — it’s also free and family friendly.
Fall for Greenville
Fall for Greenville takes over downtown’s Main Street each year and is always a blast with dozens of restaurants participating in addition to a stellar lineup that highlights national acts and many talented regional acts. Headliners are Whiskey Meyers, J Roddy Walston & the Business, and Will Hoge. Quite a few artists from Charleston will also perform, including Dangermuffin, Stop Light Observations, Dead 27s, Young Mister, HoneySmoke, Ashes of Old Ways, and Beach Tiger.
Originating in Portland, Project Pabst is a very rock ‘n’ roll fest that includes hip-hop and indie, and it’s happening in major cities around the country, including the ol’ ATL. Headliners this year are kinda insane: Iggy Pop (seriously) and Dinosaur Jr., while the rest of the lineup is just as satisfying. Some names include the Internet, Peaches, Watch the Duck, the Coathangers, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics, Gentle Jesse & His Men, to name a few.
III Points is a celebration of electronic music, art, and technology happening in October way down south in Miami. Over the course of three days, the fest presents over 85 artists, lectures, labs, tech talks, gallery showcases, and more, making it one of the most immersive fests on the scene. The fest is now five years old and always combines internationally renowned acts with the best of Miami’s own music scene. Headliners this year include the xx, Gorillaz, and Nicolas Jaar.
The LEAF Festival happens every year in the gorgeous surroundings of Black Mountain, N.C. Established as a nonprofit, the fest partners with the community to further goals of inclusivity and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area, connecting the art community in the process with the LEAF Festival every October. Each fest features a wide variety of genres, careful to include music from around the world, from Jamaica to Estonia. This lineup includes some pretty outstanding peeps, like Toots and the Maytals (!) and Los Lobos.
Held every year in City Park, NOLA, Voodoo Fest always boasts a top-shelf experience in one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in America. It all goes down the weekend before Halloween, so concertgoers are encouraged to come as spooky as they please. This year’s killer lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, the Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and DJ Snake.