Top 5 Electronic Music Festivals in the U.S. and Canada

To experience the best of EDM, check out one of these amazing festivals! From featuring different genres’ artists all night long to spectacular stage shows featuring international acts from all corners, these massive events guarantee to get even the most avid partygoers moving all night long.

Electric Zoo is one of New York City’s premiere electronic music festivals, boasting an unparalleled lineup of bass artists. Held every Labor Day weekend, Electric Zoo should not be missed by EDM enthusiasts.

Skyline LA

Skyline LA is a two-day music festival designed to attract enthusiasts of underground dance music and digital art. Held annually at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California, Skyline LA draws audiences interested in dubstep, drum and bass and techno to its lineup of talented performers such as Peggy Gou and Michael Bibi.

The event will offer numerous pre- and after-parties for fans to dance the night away with friends while making new connections. It promises to be one of the most entertaining music festivals of 2023!

Since 2008, Insomniac’s Basscon has been the go-to event for hardstyle music lovers in Southern California. Now in its 10th edition, Memorial Day Weekend marks the culmination of this festival which boasts well-known acts like Ben Nicky Presents Xtreme, Adrenalize, Coone Da Tweekaz & Gammer among many more.

This festival provides the ideal setting to experience some of the finest electronic music. Each year, thousands of music fans attend this festival and take in all its delights; many performers stand out for their high energy and impressive stage presence; this experience is one you won’t want to miss!

Basscon Wasteland

Basscon Wasteland is an annual two-day festival featuring the latest and greatest in hard dance music, including drifting screeches, golden melodies and distorted kick drums that will get your body moving. Legendary DJ the Prophet will perform alongside up-and-comers such as TNT & Da Tweekaz plus up-and-comers such as KAMI, Lady Faith & Water Spirit to name just a few of many well-known performers at NOS Event Center in San Bernardino CA for 2018.

Tickets to this event are currently available through Vivid Seats, an established ticket marketplace that provides a safe purchasing experience with 100% Buyer Protection and offers VIP passes with additional amenities like food and drinks service, private entrances and shaded seating areas.

Since 2013, this festival has been hosting events dedicated to harder styles of electronic music. Held annually during February, it showcases many different artists. One of its main objectives is promoting hard dance genres; therefore it recruits top artists to provide audience members with memorable dance experiences.

BPM Festival

After two years, Tamarindo will once again welcome back its world-renowned BPM Festival this January for a second edition. Showcasing label showcases and party brands, this five-day extravaganza will welcome more than 90 world-renowned House and Techno artists of both House and Techno genres from various label showcases and party brands; headlining acts such as Audiofly, Bedouin Danny Tenaglia Gioli & Assia Hernan Cattaneo; other dance music luminaries will include Art Department reunion sets by Boris Guti LIVE DJ Minx Hugel Joseph Capriati Pablo Ceballos Shermanology; Stefano Noferini are all confirmed artists joining them all for 5 days of pure “Pura Vida”.

BPM Festival Costa Rica 2018 was an outstanding success, drawing thousands of electronic music enthusiasts with showcases and venues that featured Boogeyman b2b2b sunrise takeover at Chiquita to Mason Collective’s MVSON showcase; all were highlights that visitors enjoyed throughout the two-day event.

The festival will continue hosting unforgettable events throughout 2023, including editions in popular dance music hotspots like Mexico, Tel Aviv and Dubai. You can find out the full lineup and daily schedule here.

Gem & Jam

Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson, Arizona is an annual music festival known for its hard hitting bass music and dubstep performances. Additionally, this event showcases various forms of art through dancers, theatre actors, circus acts and cabaret artists from varying mediums. Event Organizer Toby White says he is delighted at how quickly Gem and Jam has grown over its initial run in 2007.

The festival offers various ticket options, from 3-day general admission tickets to VIP packages offering access to glamping sites and car camping. Furthermore, Unitea music loyalty brand has joined with them as an official partner offering unique rewards to attendees such as side stage viewing and signed merch bundles.

This year’s lineup will include both new and returning artists. LSDREAM will make his festival debut with an immersive sonic healing set entitled Lightcode; other highlights include Grateful Dead/Talking Heads hybrid tribute band Talking Dead; Michael Travis and Aaron Johnson’s duo Snakes & Stars; as well as Denver trip-hop live-electronic duo Since JulEYE from Denver.

This year’s lineup offers something for everyone, spanning electronic to funk to jazz and folk genres. Additionally, street performers such as the traveling Stump Mandolin Clowns and Cirque Roots (with its troupe of acrobats and LED hula hoopers) will perform at this festival.

III Points

Since 2003, III Points has brought Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood an eclectic array of modern music. Their lineups have ranged from rappers and singers to experimental electronic artists – as well as incredible art installations, panels and lectures from artists like Deaf Poets, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Jay Electronica who have performed here over time.

One of the hallmarks of III Points this year was its attention to detail. Every stage had a distinctive design and theme, and there were tons of fun activities throughout the festival – like next to Mind Melt and Outer Space stages was a skate park complete with DJ booth and roller-skating rink – along with assistive devices made from PVC made into walkers-on-wheels for novice skaters!

III Points has created an exciting lineup this year to delight any electronic music lover, with acts such as Fred Again combining hip-hop with classical influences in his productions, and Iggy Pop – who has been an icon in Miami culture since the 70s – both representing opposite ends of musical spectrum and embodying III Points’ mission to promote innovative artists.

Escape Halloween

Escape Halloween was Insomniac’s flagship festival and attracted hundreds of thousands of revelers in costumes to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino for one unforgettable weekend of carnival rides, themed stages and costumed performers – an eyeful for every festivalgoer present! Over 70 headliners took the stage; its production exceeded any ever seen before at music festivals.

Insomniac has established itself as an industry leader with their Escape Halloween productions and this year did not disappoint! There were multiple stages designed to mimic haunted mazes complete with top-of-the-line sound production for each stage.

Escape Halloween was home to some of the hottest DJs this year, including Alesso, Marshmello and Martin Garrix as well as up-and-coming acts Moore Kismet Kill Script and FrostTop. Beyond musical performances the festival also offered various attractions and installations.

Oasis was an eye-opener at this year’s festival; it provided attendees with a judgement-free zone where they could receive support when needed. Yesenia Contreras from Stockton, California found support there when she experienced an anxiety attack at the festival.

Groove Cruise

Groove Cruise is an annual music festival at sea hosted in Miami by Whet Travel and featuring an exciting roster of artists on board a state-of-the-art Norwegian Encore ship, accommodating up to 4,000 passengers with its 10 restaurants, casino, nightclub and other amenities such as an art gallery and two spas.

Production on a cruise ship differs considerably from productions at more traditional venues on land, as producers must consider how best to utilize space efficiently while also making sure all audiences can view performers effectively and handling unpredictable weather conditions.

The Groove Cruise is more than just another music festival; it’s a life-altering journey that serves as more of an EDM family reunion than anything else. Even if you arrive not knowing anyone, by the end of it you could have made close bonds of friendship while traveling to an incredible destination! Every EDM enthusiast should experience this unforgettable journey at least once!