11 Music Festivals In Latin America You Need To Go To At Least Once
Music festivals aren’t just about the music these days. They are cultural events that bring people together through music, art, and creativity. Not all festivals are created equal, there are some that just go above and beyond to provide the most incredible experiences for those in attendance. Here are 11 Latin American festivals that are miles ahead of their counterparts
Rock in Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Although this world-famous festival moves around a bit from year to year, it comes home to Rio almost every other year. Rock in Rio is the largest festival in the world, having entertained over 9.5 million people. The festival runs anywhere from 4 days to 10 days every year. Anyone who is anyone has performed at this festival since its inception in 1985.
Artist like Queen, Guns n’ Roses, Justine Timberlake, Shakira, Metallica, and Beyoncé are just a few of the huge artists who have graced the stage of this festival. This festival brings in the biggest names in music, covering everything from hard rock to pop to EDM.
Force Fest – Teotihuacan, Mexico
This rock fest is located just outside Mexico City. The 2-day festival draws some of the biggest names in metal such as Slayer, Rob Zombie and Lamb of God.
Force Fest is the first festival in Mexico to mimic a European festival with campsites available to festival goers. Force Fest is a family-friendly event and festival goers are encouraged to bring their children, who, under 18, are free.
Estereo Picnic Festival – Bogota, Colombia
The Estereo Picnic Festival has quickly become the biggest alternative music festival in Colombia. This festival isn’t just amazing because of the music, it is a one of a kind festival that celebrates human innovation, creativity, and art.
The festival allows local entrepreneurs to show showcase their inventions, has endless amounts of food to satisfy every taste bud and places to dance and relax at this giant party. The Estereo Picnic is supposed to be reminiscent of everything we loved about family picnics in our youth.
Wish Outdoor Festival – Monterrey, Mexico
Sponsored by Bud Light, this electric dance music festival is every bit as exciting as it sounds. This is one of largest EDM festivals in Mexico and they line-up some of the best artists in the business.
Even though this is only a one-day festival, they pull out all the stops, which includes some crazy fireworks and extra-long sets.
Storyland Festival- Santa Marta, Colombia
Imagine dancing all night long at a giant party on the beach with access to two stages with the very best DJ’s in today’s EDM scene and you have The Storyland Festival.
This festival comes with a huge pre-game with events such as free conferences to promote not only the festival itself but to endorse the entire electronic music genre. There is even a chance for amateur DJ’s just coming onto the EDM scene to win the opportunity to play the festival.
Envision Festival – Uvita, Costa Rica
Often compared to Burning Man, this festival is more than just music, it is a spiritual retreat complete with yoga, art, mind and body spiritual healing. Set on the Pacific coast in the jungles of Costa Rica, this festival does not disappoint.
While on the expensive side, it offers a completely inclusive experiences ranging from tent camping to staying a treehouse, take part in yoga and movement classes and dancing on the beach amongst flaming torches. If you are looking to escape the winter blues and hit the beach with spiritually like-minded people looking to find inner peace and have a great time, this is your festival.
Electric Daisy Carnival – Mexico City, Mexico
“All Are Welcome Here” is the mantra of this EDM music festival. Music is just one of the amazing aspects of this carnival. Complete with thrill rides, performers (think circus types) and structural and installation artwork this carnival is a giant adult playground.
Electric Daisy Carnival is focused on creating a fun community-based experience where you are the center of the festival and everyone is family.
Cosquin Rock – Cordoba, Argentina
This traveling rock festival originates in Argentina and travels to Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Columbia. Celebrate rock music with both local and international rock bands. This festival is an economical choice for those looking to attend a rock festival.
Complete with lots of food trucks, comedy shows, and vendors, this has everything you could want at a festival. You can create special travel packages that include travel and accommodations.
Viña Del Mar International Song Festival – Viña Del Mar, Chile
This is a great rock festival that has pulled talent in from every vector of music. Legends like Sting, Elton John, and Carlos Santana are just a few of the famous names to grace this festival.
This is the festival to watch new talent arise from among the ranks of those who join the singing competition. One of the most famous alumni of this festival is Shakira, who placed third at this festival’s competition.
Vive Latino – Mexico City, Mexico
This is the 20th anniversary of this annual festival famous for featuring well known Latin American artist as well as up and coming artist from all over Latin America. The festival also mixes in famous non-Spanish speaking artists. This year Korn, The 1975, Santana and Snow Patrol will take part in the festival.
The music isn’t the only draw to this festival. This festival is a cultural event that really follows the Latin American music scene, has screenings of music documentaries, comedy shows and lots of family-friendly activities such as designing your own T-Shirts and air guitar contests.
Lollapalooza – Santiago, Chile
Lollapalooza is one of the longest-running concert tours in the world, featuring the hottest artists in alternative, rock and rap music. The first Lollapalooza tour was held in 1991 and toured the United States and Canada.
It ended in 1998 but was revived in 2003. When the revival of the tour came, Chile was the first of the international destinations and has been a staple to this festival since 2010. The goal isn’t just to showcase great music but to lower the carbon footprint of everyone who participates in this 3-day festival.