Summer and spring always seem to be the stalwarts of festival season. Time seems to be more available and travel more accessible. However, why do we think that we are pigeonholed to just those seasons? Why not escape an unbearable Thanksgiving dinner for a few hours and check out some of the best festivals bold enough to host during the holidays? The leaves are changing, so change into some festival clothes and escape while the frozen turkey defrosts. With that being said, here are our top festivals to check out this fall. 

1. EDC Orlando

The beloved Electric Daisy Carnival is returning to Orlando in early November with an absolutely stacked lineup—seriously, there is enough to please everyone for three whole days. Tinker Field will be converted into a rave scene full of rides, food, attractions, and most importantly—music. 

On Friday, festivalgoers can expect to see 3LAU, Adventure Club b2b Bear Grillz, Artbat, Arty, Charlotte De Witte, deadmau5, DJ Snake, Jauz, Kaskade, Loco Dice, Slander, Steve Aoki, Tinga b2b DJ Tennis, Yellow Claw and many more.

Saturday is appearing to be the heavyweight. On the bill will include Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer presents Drumcode, Afrojack, Andy C, Excision, Mau5trap presents We Are Friends, MSTRKRFT, San Holo and more.

Closing out EDC the next day is Alison Wonderland, Chris Lake, Cosmic Gate, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Gorgon City, Green Velvet presents La La Land, Nora En Pure, R3hab, RL Grime, Seven Lions, W&W, ZHU and more to join. 

EDC Orlando will be from November 8-10 at Tinker Field. Tickets and info can be found here

2. Time Warp NYC

For our more techno-focused readers, it is relatively simple—you must go to Time Warp in New York on November 22 & 23. Time Warp, a festival that originated in Mannheim, Germany and is going to hit its 25th anniversary in April, will be having a special show in the New York Expo Center filled with tour-de-force production and techno royalty. 

Friday will host Amelie Lens, Enzo Siragusa, Joseph Capriati, Mind Against, Pan-Pot, Reinier Zonneveld (Live), Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin and Sonja Moonear. 

Saturday will conclude with Avision, Denis Sulta, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Mink, Nina Kraviz, Palms Trax, Peggy Gou, and Sven Vath. 

Time Warp NYC will be from November 22-24 at the New York Expo Center. Tickets and info can be found here.

3. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Voodoo Music and Art is taking over New Orleans with another installment of music, art and food. The festival takes place from October 25-27 at City Park and offers a truly unique lineup. Fans can expect to see performances by Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, Beck, Bassnectar, ZHU, Interpol, Bring Me The Horizon, Big Gigantic, The Glitch Mob, Hippo Campus, Denzel Curry, Flamingosis, Dusky and many more.

Voodoo Music + Art Experience will be from November 9-10 at Armory Park. Tickets and info can be found here.

4. Secret Project

Secret Project is back for a second year to bring much-deserved underground music to Downtown Los Angeles. The lineup is utterly stacked with a fine assortment of house and techno talent, which includes Adriatique, Ame (live) b2b Kink (live), Ben UFO, Daniel Avery, Denis Sulta, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Four Tet, Honey Dijon, Loco Dice b2b William Djoko, Nina Kraviz b2b Helena Hauff, Peggy Gou and local talent. This is certainly an intimate and rare show you will not want to miss. 

Secret Project will be from October 12-13 in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets and info can be found here.

5. Dusk Music Festival

Arizona, specifically Phoenix and Tucson, has been stepping up their festival game lately and Dusk is no exception. The Tucson festival will be from November 9-10. Playing on Saturday will include Kaskade, Fitz and the Tantrums, Shallou, What So Not and more.

Closing out the festival the following day will be REZZ, CRAY, Dombresky, Goldroom, Malaa, TOKiMONSTA, and more. Asides from music, Dusk also offers delicious food by Tucson local eateries, art by local artists, and various shops. 

Dusk Music Festival will be from November 9-10 at Armory Park. Tickets and info can be found via this link.