While music festivals are synonymous with summertime for many, festival season actually begins in the spring and sprawls across autumn.
It only seems to grow longer and longer each year as festivals become more popular (something we're not sad about), and the result is that the music-loving weekends of September, October and November have started to compete for your attention against their warmer counterparts.
We've run down 10 of the best fests happening this fall for you right here, complete with dates, locations, lineup highlights and more. Check out all 10–ranging from a can't-miss punk rock lineup down South to a long-running music marathon in the New York–to help decide where you'll be spending your vacation days this fall.
When: September 5-7
Lineup highlights: The National, Lorde, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Girl Talk, Spoon, The 1975, others.
Boston Calling is unique in that it happens twice a year and bookends the summer, with each installment taking place around Memorial Day and Labor Day. In May, the festival had an extremely successful two-day event with indie acts like Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jack Johnson, Tegan and Sara and Frank Turner. The three-day extravaganza in September offers up a terrific lineup as well, and in only its second full year on the job, we'd say Boston Calling is doing a great job of bringing a big-ticket festival to a town that deserves one.