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15 Best Rock & Metal Festivals in the USA (2023 Edition)

Metal Festivals 2023

Looking for the biggest and best Rock and Metal Festivals in 2023? While any loyal heavy metal fan in the States knows that the metal music festival scene the scene isn’t the smorgasbord of choice it once was. Many of the big names of the festival scene have recently folded, as the reigning kings (and queens) of metal hang up their drumsticks.

But don’t worry! There’s still a ton of epic metal music festivals across the U.S.A showcasing classic bands and promising up-and-comers.

Also, keep reading at the end at other rock and heavy metal music festivals that could be making a return in the future!

Spanning the many sub-genres of metal, my list of the best 15 American metal music festivals is sure to keep your annual festival schedule jam-packed. Rock on.

1) Welcome to Rockville 2023

One of the most iconic Metal Festivals | Photo via Welcome to Rockville

When: May 18-21, 2023

Where: Daytona Beach, Florida

The East Coast’s Biggest Rock Festival

“Welcome to Rockville roars into Daytona Beach, Florida, every spring with a powerful rock and metal lineup. Part of the World’s Loudest Month, more than 50,000 fans show up for a monster weekend of non stop rock with 45 bands on 4 stages.

Celebrate the return of live music with the ultimate rock festival experience featuring two nights of METALLICA with two unique sets, Nine Inch Nails, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lamb Of God, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Staind, Mudvayne, Cypress Hill & MANY more.”

2) Aftershock Festival 2023

Aftershock Rock Festival - metal festivals 2023

Aftershock is the California Heavy Metal Festival you can’t miss!

When: October 5-8, 2023

Where: Discovery Park, Sacramento, California

“The West Coast’s largest rock and metal festival just got bigger with FOUR days of rock and heavy metal that’ll be a highlight of your year! Each festival Aftershock brings a star-studded line-up to Northern California’s Discovery Park for an unforgettable festival experience. 

Expect incredible stage production, world-class food and drink vendors, and tons to explore!

Aftershock Festival 2023

3) Louder Than Life Festival 2023

Louder Than Life Festival Kentucky

One of the biggest metal festivals in the South | Credit: Louder Than Life Festival

When: September 21-24, 2023

Where: Highland Festival Grounds, Louisville, Kentucky

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