SXSW- Austin's own South by Southwest. This occurs in March each year. It is a con-flux of what's happening in music, technology and film.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival- Jazz Fest highlights the rich music history and cuisine New Orleans has to offer. I have it on great authority, from The Original Urban, that this is a great time!
Suburbia Music Festival- This one is right here in Plano, y'all, and it is the inaugural year. It might be a great time making some memories AND history! Fun Fact: The House of Blues in Dallas is hosting a battle of the bands in which the winner will be added to the line-up of the Suburbia Festival.
Lollapalooza- Once a traveling show...(I know, because I attended it at the old Starplex YEARS ago People!!?!!), is now based in Chicago. Billed as more than just a music festival, Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park and boasts both a farmers market and gourmet offerings in addition to some FAB music!
Bonnaroo- 13 years strong, this four-day long music and arts festival is held yearly on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Bonnaroo brings eco-chic to new levels with a learning garden, filtered water and a carbon shredding program for festival patrons.
Beale Street Music Festival- Is part of a larger festival, Memphis in May International which is a collection of events, including the Beale Street Music Festival. Memphis in May International Festival is also a community based organization, not-for-profit that contributes to the city's economic growth.
Austin City Limits- This festival gets its name from the PBS concert series. The festival is hosted in Austin's own Zilker park. Austin City Limits has a more family-friendly approach with its Kiddie Limits kidzone, complete with an instrument "petting zoo."