Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Arizona, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From McDowell Mountain Music Festival to Country Thunder, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival - Dates: Mid June
-Pride in the Pines Festival - Dates: Late June
-Country Thunder - Dates: Mid April
While this Country music festival is typically held annually in mid April, they also host a sister Country Thunder festival in Twin Lakes, WI in mid July.
-M3F Fest - Dates: Early March
"The Festival took off in April of 2004 as an endeavor to bring real music back to Arizona while getting the community together for a great cause: our children. Each year, the festival brings together a number of bands from a wide variety of genres from all over the world to Arizona."
-Gem & Jam Festival - Dates: Mid February
"Hosting both prominent Internationally and Nationally touring names in the jam and electronic music scenes; Gem & Jam is not just a music festival. Workshops, dancers, visual performers, high-end art gallery installations coupled with cutting edge production and attention to every detail ensure for an over the top experience." - Submit to Perform