Essence Festival, New Orleans, July 4
Why go? The soul: Jill Scott, Maxwell and Maya Azucena own the stage throughout the holiday weekend.
Pitchfork, Chicago, July 19
Why go? The all-genres, mostly indie lineup—including R. Kelly, M.I.A. and Belle & Sebastian—is the perfect amount of cool.
Outside Lands, San Francisco, August 9–11 Why go? Delicious eats, local brews and even a farm stand share equal spotlight with headliners Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.