Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Getty Images • August 28, 2017
The weather may be getting cooler, and your thoughts are turning to warmer clothes and hectic schedules — but if you think that means the best shows of the year are over, think again. The fall tours are here, and whether you’re a music festival fan or would rather catch your favorite artist getting a huge arena to dance and sing along, we’ve got you covered. From Jay Z on his home turf in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving weekend to the Voodoo festival in New Orleans on Halloween to an all-out Foo Fighters rock out in Cali, we’ve got you covered.
Dates: Oct. 27 - Dec. 21 | Get Tickets
It shouldn’t take any convincing to get you to see the legendary rapper Jay Z, especially after he dropped 4:44 just this summer. The tour hits the road once the weather gets cooler, though, and he’s bringing decades of rhymes to arenas from coast to coast. Summer doesn’t have to be the only time for a music pilgrimage though: turn your Thanksgiving weekend into an unforgettable trip to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY to see him rule Barclays Center on Nov. 26. (If you’re feeling especially adventurous, anyone from New Hampshire and Maine to Connecticut will find it an easy drive to see him the night before in Boston.)
Dates: Sept. 16-17 | Get Tickets
The hectic days of fall will already be underway by mid-September, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head down to Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and pretend that summer is still in full effect with a weekend full of music including Bruno Mars, Future, Blink-182, Mumford & Sons, Big Sean, Haim and tons more. Make the most of it and don’t miss sets by Dua Lipa, Pvris, Lizzo and Vintage Trouble. And you don’t even have to take time off work to take it all in.
Dates: Sept. 7 - Dec. 12 | Get Tickets
With new album Concrete and Gold hitting your ears on Sept. 15, Dave Grohl and co. are hitting the road to rock you in person this fall. Get your fall festival itch scratched at the band’s own CalJam on Sept. 7 in San Bernadino, CA and you’ll also get sets by Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher and more. The Foo tour starts in earnest on Oct. 12 at the Anthem in Washington D.C. and visits arenas throughout the U.S. before winding up in Salt Lake City a couple weeks before Christmas.
Dates: Sept. 19 - Feb. 5 | Get Tickets
Swish, swish! Katy’s massive Witness tour’s North American leg brings her intricate stage show to arenas all fall, and she isn’t being stingy hitting only the biggest cities (although New Yorkers are extra lucky with four shows in their area). Folks from Nebraska (Nov. 28) and Missouri (Oct. 27) to Arkansas (Jan. 12) will happily find gigs near them. You northern New Englanders (looking at you New Hamphsire, Maine and north and western New York Staters) are in for a treat: Katy’s playing Toronto on Halloween! Noah Cyrus will be the opening act for the earlier shows, Purity Ring opens the middle of the run, and Carly Rae Jepsen is the opener for the end of the run.
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
Dates: Oct. 27 - 29, 2017 | Get Tickets
The ultimate Halloween music weekend live over three days at New Orleans’ Voodoo festival in City Park. Long known as one the last biggie of the “summer” festival season, Voodoo is really more like the jewel of the fall. This year, you’ll swoon to headliners Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters and The Killers plus a slew of other great acts you might not have gotten a chance to see yet this year: the Afghan Whigs, Miguel, Strand of Oaks, Post Malone, and Live look especially good. Take a ride on the ferris wheel between bands, and spend your late nights after the fest partying in the French Quarter and on Frenchman Street.
Queens of the Stone Age
Dates: Sept. 6 - Nov. 4 | Get Tickets
Villains, QOTSA’s first album in four years, was just released at the end of August, and if you’ve caught even a glimpse of the press or the video for lead single “The Way You Used to Do,” you already know Josh Homme & co.’s latest will have your booty shaking. Don’t worry, it’s still got that “metal heavy, soft at the core” rock and roll that made you a fan, but there’s more of a groove (and a few extra synths) and that translates to pure gold in concert. QOTSA start on the east coast right after Labor Day before heading west. By October, they’re making a pitstop at pals Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam (Oct. 7 in San Bernadino, CA) and hitting the midwest extensively. Sure to be extra special: the band is headlining New York’s Madison Square Garden on Oct. 24. Also keep your eyes peels on a pair of gigs in Missouri ( Oct. 12 at St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House and Oct. 13 at Kansas City’s Crossroads KC).
Dates: Through Oct. 27 | Get Tickets
Speaking of synths, the masters returned this year with Global Spirit and the accompanying tour is strutting across North American arenas until right before Halloween. California is getting a lot of love on the tour, but we have a feeling that two night at New York’s Madison Square Garden (Sept. 9, 11) are going to be so good you’ll remember it forever. Don’t be one of those people who purposely miss the opening act: the amazing Warpaint are opening these dates.
Austin City Limits
Dates: Oct. 6-8 & Oct. 13-15 | Get Tickets
Good eats, good music, and two three-day weekends in the Texas sun in Roctober? Yes, please. There just isn’t room to go down the full list of acts you can, should, and must see at this year’s Austin City Festival in Austin, Texas’ Zilker Park. Of course, take your pick of some truly great headliners (Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers to name a few). But the rest of the bill is full of goodies too: Spoon is extra hot this year (if you haven’t heard new album Hot Thoughts, you better hop to it), Ice Cube will be amazing, Solange is on a roll. Martin Garrix, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (yes, Willie Nelson’s son), The xx, Portugal. The Man, and Broods are just a few of the other acts to catch.
Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
Dates: Mid-September - Oct. 28 | Get Tickets
It’s already a proven fact that Enrique + Pitbull = magic. Whether you caught them when they toured together in 2014 or were one of the lucky ones to catch them together this summer or have never seen either star, this fall is definitely the time to get thee to a show on this double-headliner extravaganza of an arena tour making its way across the south to Florida (of course), through the midwest and east coast, before heading west to wrap up in California right before Halloween. New England fans in New Hampshire and Maine will find the perfect early-autumn roadtrip driving down to the Oct. 12 show at Boston's TD Garden or up to the Montreal show on October 9. CNCO will be the support act for the whole ride.
Dates: Oct. 6 - Nov. 14 | Get Tickets
The Seattle rapper has you covered this fall with his Gemini Tour kicking off not too far from home in Portland, OR. on October 6 and making his way east across the southwest (Arizona and New Mexico), a few dates in the midwest (check him out in Detroit on Nov. 5) and then landing on the east coast (ooh, New York on Nov. 10) to wrap things up in Boston on Nov. 14. With recent tracks featuring Skylar Grey and Lil Yachty, you never know who might pop up on that stage with him this fall.
Fall Out Boy
Dates: Oct. 20 - Nov. 18 | Get Tickets
MANIA is real, and it’s not only a brand new Fall Out Boy album (out in Jan.) but a big ole tour of North American arenas. It begins Oct. 20 in Cleveland, makes its way to the east coast (Brooklyn, NY is Oct. 28) and then loops around westward, winding up in Phoenix on Nov. 18. The band went above and beyond this time too: one dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to Fall Out Boy Fund, which supports Chicago-based charities. Good music, good works, good times.
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