The Best of the Fests

Annual music festivals bring local and national talent to Arizona stages

By Cait Brennan - March 12, 2015

Big names like California’s Coachella, Austin’s South by Southwest and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo may get all the press, but don’t let the hype machine fool you: You don’t have to drive across the country to have a life-changing music festival experience.

We’ve intentionally left out our annual Pride and Rainbows festivals – you’ll always find coverage of those not-to-be-missed line-ups in our pages, and you probably know the dates by heart.

But here are some other worthy festivals here at home that you may have missed. So, with spring temperatures right around the corner, now’s the time to mark your calendars for some – or all – of the following:

Pot of Gold Music Festival

March 13-17 | Tempe Beach Park |

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