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Top 10 Washington Music Festivals for 2023

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Year-round, Washington state is a hip location for all kinds of musical experiences. There are some noteworthy show-stoppers to take notice of this summer, covering local and internationally-acclaimed acts. The yearly summer camp music festivals are a transformational road trip away, so grab one of our festival tents and your crew and plan on attending one of these Washington camping music festivals. 

Bass Canyon

Aug 18-20, 2023 at the Gorge Amphitheater, Washington

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Bassheads that take pleasure from headbanging are going to be encapsulated with an epic celebration of heavy bass.

Atliens, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Boogie T, Diesel, and Dirt Monkey and more will be there. Buzz is still on from last year with ravers anticipating a more massive spectacle. The anticipation of bass-thumping vibes in the backdrop of spectacular scenery keeps the loyal coming back year after year. The scenic landscape is a great escape for canvas tent inhabitants that promises an extraordinary kick-start to the new decade.

Departure Fest NW

September 22-24, 2023 at the Lake Leland Amphitheater in Quilcene, WA

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Great local brews, peeps, music and vendors can be found at this years Departure Fest on the banks of the Lake Leland.  Surrounded by Doug Fir, Maple and Cedar trees, the atmosphere can't be beat.  Wookiefoot will be headlining in 2023, but you can also catch great a performance by Nattali Rize!

Camping is encouraged (maybe in canvas tent or your own van)! 

Imagine Music and Arts Festival
September 8-10, 2023 at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat in the Orcas Islands, Washington

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Despite being remote, Doe Bay’s two beaches and a stunning view of nature that creates a magical backdrop for this magical festival. Surrounded by a dense forest, time runs differently when nature is at the doorstep of the resort. The promoters strive to create a surreal visual showcase of the future by featuring live painting, intellectual workshops, and memorable music performance.

Grab a music festival tent and get ready to ogle at a sensational gathering.

Cascadia Northwest Arts and Music Festival

July 14-16,2023 - Location TBD

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Founded in 2000 with a focus on sustainability and community, this independent music festival lies in the rampant forest of Granite Falls. The fest will exhibit an abundant music performance lineup, interactive art, plus workshops. Furthermore, this is an exemplary retreat to assemble a glamping tent that embraces diverse participation from visitors within the region and beyond. Drop on by, if multi-genre festivity is what you fancy. Artists that entertained the masses in the past have been the Shadow People, Sasha Rose, Tor, Mienne, and J-Sun.     

Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival

July 21, 2023 - July 23, 2023 at the Blues Ranch in Winthrop, Washington

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This is the best blues festivals in Washington State. Awarded and lauded for its commitment to its community and flaunting the best of blues music. Musical sensations that have stole past shows include: Los Lobos, Little Feat, Mavis Staples, Bo Diddley, Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop, and many others.

Campsites are huge, to begin with, the field size is suitable to fit a canvas tent, unfortunately, the event is hugely popular so fans have to book the spots as early as possible!

Sunbanks Festival

May 18-24 and Sept 7-10, 2023 at the Sunbanks Lake Resort in Electric City, Washington

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Blues music will conquer Electric City, WA with Delgado Brothers, Duffy Bishop, Junkyard Jane, Harlis Sweetwater, Coyote Kings, and others, performing in the past. Festival-goers can indulge in an intimate amphitheater that produces a blossoming garden of Americana music.

Attendees can enjoy a variety of accommodations ranging from glamping tents, RVs, cabins, also including large villas which feature as a home.   

Chinook Fest

June 8-11, 2023 at the Jim Sprick Community Park in Naches, Washington

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The annual mountain music festival is a always a sellout roots-rock event that has already commenced with pre-sale tickets. Enjoy artisanal food, craft booze, and plenty of nature while you groove to the folk, country, and Americana music. For the entire weekend, you can enjoy a spot under the trees with general tent camping. Other activities consist of meditative healing, ax throwing, fly fishing, and also, tie-dying. 

Along the river at Elk Ridge Campground, there are exclusive and ample locations for festival camping in luxury. The fest has a strict policy with campfires and sleeping in your vehicle.

Watershed Country Music Festival

August 4-6, 2023 in George, Washington

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Patrons (Shedders) of the previous fest witnessed country music extravaganza that brought A-list stars to the stage. The who’s who of the country music industry featured, Jason Aldean, Pistol Annies, Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert.

Hit the Gorge for a twangin’ weekend without forgetting to put on your cowboy hat. The Gorge Amphitheater is located at a gorgeous venue that highly encourages you to camp in a canvas tent so that you are refreshed for day of dancing.

Critical Northwest

July 10-16, 2023 at the Masonic Family Park in Granite Falls, Washington

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Still sticking with Granite Falls, the 18th year is an homage to the spirit and principles of Burning Man.

Valuable civic and environmental values will be shared by talented experts to encourage change with oneself and community development. Exclusively dedicated to art and self-discovery, festival camping participants will get a shot at setting up your theme camp, with guidance provided.

Summer Meltdown

July 2024 at the Sky Meadows Park in Snohomish, WA

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With the obvious musical performances on deck, this year’s festival camping is going to host artists that showcase over-the-top art pieces and light art installations. In addition to great music performances, in the past they also have made available yoga (AcroYoga & Green Yoga), adventure challenges, spiritual meditation, hula-hooping and wellness seminars.

This is just a sample of the amazing festivals on tap in the Pacific Northwest. Check out what is also happening just over the border in Oregon: Oregon Music Festivals.

What are you waiting for? Make your plans now before summer comes and goes! And if you are looking to sleep in comfort, purchase a Life inTents bell tent for your summer adventure. 

Brandy Lamb
Brandy Lamb

Father of two aspiring glampers, husband to one inspirational wife, and Co-Founder of Life inTents. Continuiously striving to help make camping more comfortable.

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