October 1st

Perhaps the best single day of indie music on the East Coast, All Things Go brings an inclusive lineup to the outdoor Merriweather Post Pavilion.

When: Oct. 1
Where: Washington, D.C.

Last year, All Things Go laid roots in its new home of the storied Merriweather Post Pavilion, one of the best outdoor venues in the country. Highlighted by the amphitheater’s grassy lawn, All Things Go has two stages of artists on one jam-packed day, headlined by Lorde, Mitski, and Bleachers.

There’s a bustling beer garden and interactive art installations throughout that make the back-and-forth jaunt from the Main Lawn and Pavilion to the Chrysalis Stage a treat. Hosting close to 20,000 revelers, the festival has made it a point to highlight female, queer and diverse artists throughout the lineup. The headliners reflect that ethos, but so does the 16-artist slate that also includes King Princess, Julien Baker, Michelle, and D.C. local Bartees Strange.

October 7th

Inspired by the long-running PBS/KLRU series, the two-weekend festival at Zilker Park features an eye-popping comprehensive lineup of over 100 acts on nine stages.

When: Oct. 8-9
Where: Austin, TX

Now in its 20th year, Austin City Limits (ACL) calls the 450-acre publicly-owned Zilker Park its home on the Colorado Riverside. Produced by Austin’s C3 Presents, over 450,000 attend ACL over two weekends and the thoroughly-loaded lineup has something for every type of music fan.

The deep, headlining slate from ACL’s over 100 artists features Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lil Nas X, Pink, SZA, The Chicks, Paramore, Flume, and Kacey Musgraves. There’s lots to do on-site, with a popular craft beer hall, wine lounge, elevated local food options, numerous activations, and an especially family-friendly environment at the Austin Kiddie Limits area.

October 7th

The Atlanta hip-hop fest puts on a well-balanced combination of today’s best acts with veteran artists coming together to vibrate with the spirit of the ATL.

When: Oct. 8-9
Where: Atlanta, GA

Now in its 12th year, ONE Musicfest (OMF) prides itself in taking over Central Park in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward to create a “Black joy playground.” The 2022 edition sees OMF expanding from three to four stages and has the talent to match. Over 45,000 people will enjoy the two-day festival which now also counts BET and LiveNation Urban as co-presenters.

OMF does a stellar job of balancing today’s stars like Jazmine Sullivan, Rick Ross & Gucci Mane, local heroes Lil Baby and Jeezy, veteran acts in Ja Rule + Ashanti, Jagged Edge, Juvenile, and even a #rare appearance from Ms. Lauryn Hill. The celebration of Black music and culture also includes the OMF Food Truck Village with over 35 food vendors from the Southeast region, as well as dozens of visual artists and local merchants likewise represented.

October 21st

Coming to Miami’s colorful Wynwood Arts District for the ninth year, III Points presents itself with an especially globally-minded lineup.

When: Oct. 21 & 22
Where: Miami, FL

Miami’s Wynwood Arts District is known for its vibrant murals and warehouses housing everything from galleries to breweries. III Points applies this same aesthetic to the 30-acre multi-use Mana Wynwood Convention Center, a sprawling venue where live art pop-ups bring color to a lineup of bonafide stars from around the world.

Six stages, like the spectacular “Mind Melt” stage and the tropical “Isotropic Stage,” make for an immersive musicscape at III Points. The worldly lineup features artists like headliner Rosalía from Spain, South African DJ Black Coffee, English producer James Blake, Japanese native Joji, Australia’s Flume, Jamaican singer Luciano, and all the way from Brooklyn, NY, LCD Soundsystem.

October 22nd

The first-year festival presents an unbelievable helping of full-on early aughts emo nostalgia across three identical one-day lineups.

When: Oct. 22, 23, and 29
Where: Las Vegas, NV

When the lineup announcement for the inaugural When We Were Young Fest dropped at the start of the year, the sheer impossibility of this many classic emo acts on the same bill made it go viral. A My Chemical Romance and Paramore show alone would be cause for elation, but when they’re merely headlining a seemingly endless list of early aughts emo heyday acts, people went nuts.

Bring Me The Horizon, Alkaline Trio, Avril Lavigne, and Bright Eyes are some of the dozens of surrounding artists that’ll be on stage. With the festival quickly selling out, two additional dates were added and When We Were Young will now exist in three parallel universe days in Vegas through two separate weekends at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Skinny jeans not included.

October 29th

Porter Robinson’s artist-led festival is built to feel like stepping into another world altogether.

When: Oct. 29
Where: Oakland, CA

Following the success of its first year, Porter Robinson’s Second Sky is reloading at the Oakland Arena Grounds. This is about as close to entering into another universe — or better yet, a dream world — as you’ll get at a festival. You see, Second Sky is designed by the same theme park artists responsible for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios and Disney’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

The experience will make you feel damn near like a character in a Hayao Miyazaki film. Even better, everything is surrounded by the music of electronic boundary-pushers like RL Grime, Fred Again.., G Jones, Magdalena Bay, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and of course, Porter Robinson himself.

October 29th

Originally scheduled for August, Lil Wayne’s hometown festival was saved and will now bring a slew of talented rappers to NOLA’s Champion’s Square in October.

When: Oct. 29
Where: New Orleans, LA

Lil Weezyana will return to its original Champion’s Square venue for 2022, but this year’s edition nearly didn’t happen. Scheduled to go down on August 29th, Weezy postponed his hometown festival, but was able to keep it alive and it’ll now serve as a Halloween Weekend turn-up.

Moneybagg Yo, Coi Leray, Babyface Ray, and Rob 49 join Lil Wayne on the all-rap bill. There’s also a slew of surprise unannounced guests that will definitely elevate the hip-hop function. A partnership between Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and LiveNation Urban, Lil Weezyana will once again provide a benefit to a local organization. A portion of every ticket sold this year will be donated to support educational initiatives for young people in New Orleans.