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Your Guide to Festivals in the USA for 2018


The US festival scene is heating up as summer kicks into full gear. It’s the time of year when some of the best music festivals come to life, with mesmerizing live music performances from top artists taking place all across the USA. With a host of star-studded lineups, extravagant stages and eclectic culinary offerings, this year’s music festival calendar has something for everybody, including pop, rock, alternative, electronic and country to name but a few. Not sure which music festivals to attend in 2018? Here are our favorite picks!

Arroyo Seco Weekend: June 24-25

Our summer festival guide for 2018 kicks off with the Arroyo Seco Weekend, which takes place on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 at the Brookside Golf & Country Club in Pasadena, Texas. With an exciting lineup of big names, such as Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Jack White, The Pretenders, Live, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, Alanis Morissette, Third Eye Blind and The Bangles, the Arroyo Seco Weekend promises to be an unforgettable event. Tickets are available from the official website.

If you’re visiting Texas for Arroyo Seco, charter a private jet to William P. Hobby Airport, located only six miles from Pasadena.

Rock Fest Wisconsin: July 12-14

You get your standard summer festivals, and then you get the hair-raising kind that send tingles down your spine – like the Rock Fest Wisconsin. Some of the world’s best rock bands are set to light up the stage in Cadott from July 12-14. Now in its 25th year, this hotly anticipated event has a jaw-dropping lineup of rock icons including Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Kiss, Motley Crue, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Shinedown, Rob Zombie and Korn. For more information and to get your tickets, see the official page.

Contact Air Charter Service to arrange your private plane charter to Crane Field Airport, located only seven miles away, or any of the other private airports near Cadott.

Windy City Smokeout: July 14-16

The best music festivals are those that combine electrifying live music with great food – and that’s exactly what you can expect at the Windy City Smokeout, which takes place at the Grand Avenue in Chicago, Illinois on the second weekend in July. This relatively new annual event is all about watching hot country acts while feasting on smoked meats prepared by some of the country’s best pitmasters. This year, some of the biggest names out of Nashville will light up the stage, including Jessie James Decker, Chase Rice, Old Dominion, Billy Currington, Big Rich and Corey Smith. Tickets are available from the official website.

Visit the Windy City Smokeout in style – charter a private jet to Gary Chicago Airport, three miles northwest of the city center, or Chicago Executive Airport, located 18 miles northwest of Chicago.

A group of young festival-goers sitting on the grass in front of a stage
A group of young festival-goers sitting on the grass in front of a stage

Panorama: July 27-29

Panorama is set to be one of the best music festivals of 2018. Expect a whole new level of entertainment this year, with world-class talents such as Janet Jackson and The Killers. Island Park in New York hosts this coveted event during the last weekend of July, where crowds are wowed with two entertainment areas: The Lab, an interactive experience combining experiential digital art and a 360-degree virtual reality theatre; and The Point, an open-air shaded dance party with continuous house and techno music.

Traveling from out of town? Contact us to arrange your private jet charter to any of the nearby airports.

Newport Jazz Festival: August 3-5

Held in the grounds of Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, Newport Jazz Festival has been breaking ground in the live music arena since the mid-’50s. This year the legendary summer festival has a star-studded lineup, with performances from jazz stars including Sangam with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Michel Camilo and Artemis. Book your tickets and find out more about this staple of the Rhode Island jazz scene here.

For a smooth arrival into Newport, charter a private jet to Newport State Airport, located just over eight miles from the venue.

AFROPUNK Fest: August 25-26

One of the world's most famous cultural movements, AFROPUNK attracts up to 60,000 people to Brooklyn, New York every August. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the U.S.,” the event offers a mix of art, activism and music celebrating black culture. Headliners include Erykah Badu, Miguel and Tyler the Creator, with tickets available from the official website.

ACS can arrange a private jet charter to any of the airports in the vicinity, such as Teterboro Airport, Republic Airport and La Guardia Airport.

KAABOO Del Mar: September 14-16

KAABOO Del Mar is not your typical music festival. This curated three-day event, which takes place at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in San Diego, California, combines music, art and comedy in a sophisticated environment – ideal for those looking for a more refined festival experience. Aside from a long list of big names like Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons and Katy Perry, this unique entertainment experience is designed around comfort and quality, with premium offerings such as indoor, climate-controlled spaces, restaurants and service plazas. Passes can be obtained from the official website.

Planning on flying to San Diego? Skip the frenzy of mainstream airports and contact our consultants to handle your private plane rental to one of the smaller and quieter airports in the area, such as Brown Field Municipal Airport or McClellan-Palomar Airport.

A girl rides a bicycle through the camp ground at a music festival
A girl rides a bicycle through the camp ground at a music festival

River City Rockfest: September 22

Some of the world’s greatest rock bands come together on September 22 for a spectacular one-night show at the AT&T Center, Parkway in San Antonio. The River City Rockfest is a big highlight on the 2018 festival calendar, with spine-tingling performances from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Chevelle, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and The Sword.

Skip the queues associated with commercial flights and hop on a private jet for a glamorous journey to San Antonio. With plenty of private jet airports in the area, such as Twin Oaks Airport three miles north of the city, you’ll be set for a smooth and comfortable travel experience.

Groove Cruise – Cali to Cabo: October 10-14

Escape the fall and experience the world’s largest floating dance music festival as you sail off to the sun-soaked Mexican coast! The Groove Cruise is a non-stop 96-hour extravaganza that takes passengers from San Diego, California to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico aboard the Norwegian Pearl, a luxury ship with 13 dining options and a nightclub, Champagne bar, spa, casino and bowling alley. Headlining acts on board include Dash Berlin, Benny Benassi and Cosmic Gate. Once in Cabo, guests can enjoy stunning panoramas, pumping beach parties and the best electro music played by top DJs.

Make your journey to your point of departure as smooth as possible by renting a private jet to one of San Diego’s private executive airports.

Electric Daisy Carnival: November 9-10

This electro dance music festival brings together spellbinding pyrotechnics, mesmerizing stages and mind-blowing performances that ignite the senses and inspire the imagination. The Electric Daisy Carnival takes place during the second weekend of September at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida. Tickets are available from the official website.

Planning a trip to one or more of these unmissable festivals? Contact ACS to arrange your private jet charter. With access to a wide range of aircraft and unmatched personal service, we’ll make your journey an unforgettable and luxurious experience.

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