Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Massachusetts, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Provincetown Jazz Festival to Life is Good Festival, 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.
-Boston Calling Music Festival - Dates: Late May and Early September
-Boston GreenFest - Dates: Mid August
-CollegeFest - Dates: Mid September
"CollegeFest is the most heavily attended back-to-school event in New England, attracting over 17,000 college students each year! CollegeFest is a Boston institution featuring live music, celebrity appearances and free swag from more than 100 local and national sponsors!"
-North Americana Festival - Dates: Mid September
-Martha's Vineyard Songwriting Festival - Dates: Mid September
-Green River Music Festival - Dates: Mid July
"This is the premier Franklin County Music event of the year! We take the best national talent, the greatest local food and fine crafts, the most beautiful hot air balloons and put it smack dab on the grounds of Greenfield Community College and VOILA! You are happy!" - Submit to Perform
-Lowell Folk Festival - Dates: Late July
"The largest free folk festival in the United States - six outdoor stages, three days of traditional music and dance." - Submit to Perform
-Provincetown Jazz Festival - Dates: Mid August
-Paulie's New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival - Dates: Late June
"The Mission of Paulie's New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival is to provide quality New Orleans & Louisiana jazz, blues, country, funk and zydeco music and food within an urban setting."