10 unique music festivals you should try in 2017

Music festivals are quickly sweeping through the country, as what was once a counter-culture trend is now firmly in the mainstream consciousness. Events like Coachella and Lollapalooza have practically become synonymous with American culture.

But there's plenty of outstanding niche festivals out there that have yet to be truly discovered by the average music lover. This year, consider checking out these 10 festivals for a taste of something new and novel.

Lightning in a Bottle

Date: May 25-29

Location: Bradley, California

Lineup includes: Kaytranada, Rüfüs Du Sol, Bonobo, Bassnectar, Bob Moses, Jhené Aiko, Big Wild, Richie Hawtin

Defining aspects: "LIB" is advertised as a transformational festival, seeking to entertain its guests in mediums beyond musical acts (most of which fall under a spectrum of electronic subgenres) and promote an atmosphere of self-improvement. The all-ages event boasts a 5K race, yoga and meditation workshops, a soap box derby, nightly shows put on by fire performers, a giant 70-foot long skee-ball court and -- for the first time, after a prolonged California drought -- a whole lake to swim in, complete with aquatic art installations. Even the music performance stages double as cutting-edge, three-dimensional art structures that evoke tree and flower imagery. It's a fitting theme for an occasion that proudly boasts its multiple Outstanding Greener Festival Awards, one of very few American festivals to attain that honor multiple times this decade.

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Splash House

Date: June 9-11, August 11-13

Location: Palm Springs, California

Lineup includes (June): Hot Chip, Thomas Jack, Bonobo, SuperDuperKyle, The Knocks, Nora En Pure, Classixx

Lineup includes (August): James Murphy, Kaytranada, Big Gigantic, SuperDuperKyle, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Bob Moses, Le Youth

Defining aspects: Splash House is perfect for dance music fans who like the idea of Las Vegas pool parties, but not the drop-centric EDM fare permeating through Sin City. Most attendees purchase room packages at one of the three hotels that customers essentially take over for the weekend, with the luckiest securing rooms overlooking the pool-side stages. Shuttles run non-stop between the different venues so guests can hop freely between them to catch their favorite acts. At night, the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts a collection of live sets (the most anticipated this year helmed by LCD Soundsystem's lead man) on its tarmac alongside classic airplane models. Splash House is not for the faint of heart -- pool inflatables are more of a lifeline than a luxury after you've had a few drinks -- but if you can keep up, it'll be one of the most unabashedly fun weekends of your summer.

Firefly

Date: June 15-18

Location: Dover, Delaware

Lineup includes: The Weeknd, Bob Dylan, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Muse, Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, The Shins, Dillon Francis, Galantis, Phantogram, Glass Animals, T-Pain, Kesha

Defining aspects: Since its inception in 2012, Firefly has quickly ascended the ranks of the East Coast festival circuit while expanding from one stage, three days and 48 bands to nine stages, four days and more than 140 acts. The vast grounds of Dover International Speedway have proven to be a prime location, with its 105 tree-covered acres providing cool camping refuge for around 90,000 attendees in the middle of summer. And Firefly's lineup ably carries the burden of being the eastern seaboard's premier music event, providing big names and hip up-and-comers across the musical spectrum. While you're there, make sure to try Firefly Ale, a pale ale made specifically for the festival by nearby famed craft brewery Dogfish Head.

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Essence Festival

Date: June 29-July 2

Location: New Orleans, Lousiana

Lineup includes: Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Chance the Rapper, Solange, Shaggy, Master P, Mystikal

Defining aspects: Essence Magazine, which has been putting on its "party with a purpose" since 1994, is set to host perhaps its most ambitious lineup yet in the Superdome this year. A celebration of African-American culture and music, Essence Fest routinely welcomes R&B and hip-hop icons alongside loads of rising talent on one stage. If you're a blues, reggae, soul or jazz fan who just wants to dress up in stylish festival garb and witness some legendary performers without the hassle of camping or traversing endlessly between stages, this is the event for you.

Newport Folk Festival

Date: July 28-30

Location: Newport, Rhode Island

Lineup includes: Fleet Foxes, Wilco, John Prine, The Head and the Heart, The Avett Brothers, Jim James, Regina Spektor, Shovels & Rope

Defining aspects: Bob Dylan stamped Newport Folk into the artistic history books in 1965 when he "plugged in," played alongside backing from an electric guitarist and performed "Like a Rolling Stone" in public for the first time in his career. The daring move -- which wasn't received well in the moment by some purists, including the festival's organizers -- marked a shift in Dylan's career and mainstream music taste as a whole. "Folk" has been redefined many times over since that fateful night, and the festival now welcomes a variety of folk-influenced indie musicians and acoustic rock bands. It'd be hard to get too fussy about listening to any set at Newport Folk's main stage, known far and wide for its breathtaking panoramic view of the Newport Harbor.

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WE Fest

Date: August 3-5

Location: Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Lineup includes: Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge, Eli Young Band, Kelsea Ballerini

Defining aspects: Most probably wouldn't peg Minnesota as the likeliest state to host one of the nation's deepest-rooted country music festivals. But after its first iteration in 1983 was held in a barn to accommodate 9,000 people, WE Fest has since ballooned enough to contain 150,000 attendees at the Soo Pass Ranch last year. With two Best Special Event nominations from the Country Music Association under its belt, WE Fest has the resume to substantiate the claim that a rural town in the Midwest tundra can feel just like the Heartland for a few days near the end of every summer.

Oregon Eclipse

Date: August 17-23

Location: Big Summit Prairie, Oregon

Lineup includes: Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, The String Cheese Incident, Zion I, Lee Foss, Justin Martin, Damian Lazarus

Defining aspects: The inaugural Oregon Eclipse will comprise 13 collaborating events normally based around the globe from Brazil to Japan to hail August's total solar eclipse -- the first one visible from the continental U.S. since 1979. To add to the novelty aspect, the group of organizers chose to set camp at the beautiful secluded Ochoco National Forest, a setting never before used as a festival venue. The spiritual gathering will curate seven stages of music, yoga and dance classes, theatrical and circus performances and epic art installations to commemorate the event astronomers circled on their calendars decades ago. If you don't catch this total eclipse, you'll have to wait until 2024 to catch another one in North America.

Burning Man

Date: August 27-September 4

Location: Black Rock City, Nevada

Lineup includes: A festival without a main stage or advertised lineup, Burning Man has welcomed electronic gods Skrillex, Diplo and Above & Beyond in recent years among countless other eclectic acts littering the sprawling desert lake -- you just have to find them.

Defining aspects: Though Burning Man is widely viewed as the forefather of the spiritual, transformative festival scene, many longtime attendees are probably loath to see it receive any mainstream recognition. In the eyes of many Burners, it's already been too commercialized for years, maaan. Even so, "The Burn" has largely maintained its tight-knit community feel and alluring mystique. Every attendee is expected to contribute to the temporary metropolis by creating something that benefits others, whether that's a food truck that distributes "Jurassic Pork" or a makeshift music stage that serves up melodies from dawn until dusk – or vice versa. Even after all these years, you'll find no festival setting more immersive than the "playa."

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BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A woman dances with fire during the final day of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada early 03 September 2000. The festival is a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- A giant head, one of many art installlations dotting the playa at Burning Man, appears to emerge from the sand. About 35,000 are expected to camp out on the desert for the week-long party and arts festival, which ends Monday. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN FESTIVAL, NEVADA, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28, 2012: This is a satellite image of the Burning Man festival in Nevada, United States, collected on August 28, 2012. This image is the winner for the 2012 Top Image contest. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN, BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA, USA - AUGUST 29, 2014: This is a DigitalGlobe satellite image 'overview' of the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City Nevada. Imagery collected on August 29th, 2013. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- Passersby stop to admire Twilight Anima Rising, one of over 150 works of art dotting the Black Rock Desert during Burning Man, a week-long party and arts festival. About 35,000 people are camped in the a temporary city. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- Ed Joseph of San Francisco performs on the Black Rock Desert during Burning Man, a week-long party and arts festival. About 35,000 people are camped in the a temporary city. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, NV - SEPT 2: First-time Burner Sonja Lercer of Whistler, B.C., Canada, dances on the LOVE installation at last week's 25th annual Burning Man festival. (Photo by Keith Carlsen For the Washington Post)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- A Burning Man art vehicle drives on the playa. About 35,000 are expected to camp out on the desert for the week-long party and arts festival, which ends Monday. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
377801 08: A man wearing an animal mask glances at the camera during the15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 14: Madelaina Bolouc, of Boulder, CO, performs a dance of reverence to Orisha and Obatala, in gratitude for blue sky and luminous clouds, September 2, 2000 at the 15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 13: The 'Painted People' of San Francisco and New York, dance while wearing only paint for clothing September 2, 2000 at the15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A fifty two feet statue of a man is set in fire during the final day of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada early, 03 September 2000. The statue was burned during performances such as fire dancing an a live opera. The festival is a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
377801 12: The 'Painted People', of San Francisco and New York, wear only paint for clothing at the15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 09: People wearing illuminated costumes walk past the burning remains of a 52-foot tall wooden man September 2, 2000 during the15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 04: Revelers dance around the burning remains of a 52-foot tall wooden man during the 15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Make-up artist 'Nambla the Clown' from the San Francisco Bay Area poses at Black Rock City's center camp during the Burning Man Festival in Nevada 01 September 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Dancers Priscilla Park (front) and Todd Jones (L) perform as musician Simram Gleason (R) plays a metal drum in Black Rock City during the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 31 August 2000. An estimated 30,000 people will attend the festival - a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators - where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week-long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector/MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A girl wearing three dimensional glasses enters a tunnel of lights during the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City desert in Nevada 29 August 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators,where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man looks at the Burning Man effigy as it is prepared for the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City in Nevada 29 August 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. The fifty two feet effigy will be burned at the end of the festival (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: An artist performs a Mass celebrating the end of the millenium on the 'Tree of Time', a sculpture by San Francisco-based artists Dana and Flash, at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA/hmb (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A woman walks near the 'Tree of Time', a sculpture by San Francisco-based artists Dana and Flash, at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: An artist performs a Mass celebrating the end of the millenium on the 'Tree of Time', a sculpture by San Francisco-based artists Dana and Flash, at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man looks at the Burning Man effigy as it is prepared for the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City in Nevada 29 August 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. The fifty two feet effigy will be burned at the end of the festival (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A group of people prepare the fighters under the 'Thunderdome' for a performance inspired in Mel Gibson's saga 'Mad Max' at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Two men in costume walk on the desert at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man poses at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 03 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from its audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: An artist performs at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 03 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from the audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man poses at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada 03 September, 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the anual event encourages a collaborative response from its audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/ HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A group of artists perform at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 03 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from the audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: A bagpipe player(R) and a belly dancer on stilts(L), participants in the 'Burning Man' festival, cross a section of the Black Rock Desert 06 September in Nevada. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 'Burning Man' festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man. The festival has grown into one of the nation's annual premiere countercultural events, with the size doubling virtually every year and drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: Dancers at the 'Burning Man' festival create patterns with fireworks in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada just prior to burning a five-story, neon-lit effigy of a man on the last night of the week-long festival 06 September. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 'Burning Man' festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man. The festival has grown into one of the nation's annual premiere countercultural events, with the size doubling virtually every year and drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/ (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: Mark, from Las Vegas, dressed as a blue faced Elvis Presley sneers near the Burning Man Post Office 05 September at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada. Thousands of people gather at this spot each year and create a man-made city in the desert to celebrate freedom of expression and then they burn 'The Man' and other structures. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: A woman lies next to paper mache aliens as they watch a television sculpted into a man 06 September at the 'Burning Man' festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 'Burning Man' festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man. The festival has grown into one of the nation's annual premiere countercultural events, with the size doubling virtually every year and drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/31/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- Stilt walkers stroll along the Black Rock Desert after sunset. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Two men in costume walk on the desert at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: A woman dancing with fire on her fingers nails in front of the neon-lit Burning Man statue 06 September in the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada. More than 15,000 people congregated at this man-made town on the desert to celebrate freedom of expression and to burn 'Burning Man' statue on the last night 06 September of the week-long gathering. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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CRSSD

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Location: San Diego, California

Lineup includes: TBD (March 2017 lineup included Flume, Duke Dumont, AlunaGeorge, Lost Frequencies, Snakehips, Bob Moses)

Defining aspects: Located at Oceanfront Park just a few blocks from downtown San Diego, CRSSD combines the natural beauty of a coastal venue with the convenience of being able to walk to a nearby hotel after the final set is finished. Though CRSSD itself isn't an entirely immersive affair, the numerous pre- and after-parties spread throughout San Diego's burgeoning club scene can keep you busy all day. If you want to save your dancing shoes for the main event, explore the area's robust brewery options or pristine beaches in the early afternoon to supplement your stay in this Southern California oasis.

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Dirtybird Campout

Date: Oct. 6-8

Location: Silverado, California

Lineup includes: TBD (2016 lineup included Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, Tourist, Shiba San, Justin Jay)

Defining aspects: Do you miss the halcyon days of summer when all you had to worry about was whether that cute camper in Cabin 4 was into you or not? Fear not, because Dirtybird Campout is here to transport you back to that carefree summer camp setting, complete with sack races, tug of war, kickball, arts & crafts and a talent show. The only difference is that your childhood's trademark slow dance is traded for a mass of twentysomethings grooving to upbeat electronic tunes. The lineup is typically a showcase for Dirtybird Records, the label of festival founder and headliner Claude VonStroke. But you don't need to be a Dirtybird devotee to get swept up in the feel-good aura cultivated by VonStroke and his underlings, all of whom lean in hard to their roles as "counselors" and joyfully mingle with the crowd throughout the agenda of goofy festivities.

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