Festival season is back with the tops in pop, folk, and hip-hop, from the city to the shore.
June through August, Borgata Festival Park: Atlantic City’s most successful casino opens an outdoor component and lets loose with an eclectic array of top names in modern rock (The Killers, June 20), dance pop (Meghan Trainor, July 3), reggae (The Wailers, July 19), and country (Darius Rucker, August 15, and Willie Nelson, August 16). 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 866-900-4849
July 4, 4th of July Jam: Philadelphia favorites and Jimmy Fallon pals The Roots always find the best collection of old-school and newschool R&B artists, plus blue-eyed soul stars, to perform together for the Independence Day holiday. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 24-26, Xponential Fest: WXPN’s gathering of indie-pop and mellow rock’s favorites includes the critically acclaimed likes of St. Vincent and My Morning Jacket as headliners. Look beyond the top tier and you’ll discover a list of newbies (Delta Rae, Courtney Barnett) that will surely headline a later edition. Wiggins Park, 2 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ
August 13-16, Philadelphia Folk Festival: The 54th annual Folk Fest at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township won’t have its legendary leader, Gene Shay, behind it (he’s retired), but you can still expect the very best in old- and new-school country, bluegrass, folk, and Americana in a campground setting. Clemmers Mill Road and Salford Station Road, Schwenksville, 215-247-1300
September 5-6, Made in America: Early rumors put Rihanna, Jack White, Eminem, and Diplo’s Major Lazer as headliners of Jay Z’s bicoastal, two-day festival. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway