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Top 5 Gospel Festivals in the US in 2024

Get ready to experience the joyous celebration of faith and music as we dive into the top 5 gospel music festivals in the United States for 2024. From soul-stirring performances to powerful worship experiences, these festivals offer a unique opportunity to connect with God through uplifting melodies and inspiring lyrics.

40 Days and 40 Nights of Gospel Music (30 Jul – 7 Sep ; Kentucky)

Welcome to the Ark Encounter, home to the most authentic, life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark in the world! And guess what? It’s also the site of the planet’s biggest Christian Music festival! Prepare for 40 days and nights filled with uplifting concerts and inspiring talks from sought-after speakers like Martyn Iles and Ken Ham.

Gather the family for interactive adventures that bring this historical event to life! Take a camel ride, get a dove’s eye view on the zip line at 80 km/h, uncover fossils, meet the animals at Ararat Ridge Zoo, and much more. While camping isn’t an option, simply use the website’s search engine to find a nearby hotel.

Stay tuned for the 2024 Music Schedule—it’s coming soon, so keep your eyes open!

Lifest Festival (11 Jul – 14 Jul ; Wisconsin)

What started in 1990 as a 5K run/walk to raise funds for the spread of the gospel across the nation has evolved to a massive Party with a Purpose! For four days, experience one of the largest Christian Music Festivals in the US, boasting over 100 acts across 7 stages. It’s a chance to bond with fellow believers and rejoice in the love of Christ.

Beyond the charity run, there’s a plethora of activities available. Ignite your God-given creativity at the Artzone, donate blood, lift your voice in praise at the Bonfire Worship, indulge your inner child with inflatable games, groove at the Rock the Flock Dance Party, unwind with Y:O.G.A. (Yahweh: One God Always), or engage in warrior training.

The 2024 musical line-up features We the Kingdom, Zach Williams, For King & Country, Ignescent, Ben Fuller, and other exciting acts to be announced soon. Keep an eye on the website for the first glimpse of the seminar line-up and motivational speakers.

Alive Music Festival (18 Jul – 20 Jul ; Ohio)

For three days, join the mission to experience great music and teaching while pursuing a deeper walk with Christ. Three stages, three days and a lineup of more than 50 musicians, speakers, and comedians are set to provide around the clock music and seminars.

Set against the backdrop of beautiful camping sites near a 1,500-acre lake, it’s the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your spirit. Indulge in delicious food, unwind with late-night comedy shows, and let your passion for praise ignite!

Featuring renowned acts like Stryper, For King & Country, Pillar, Cain, Spoken, and more, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience to lift your hands in worship!

Uprise Festival (13 Sep – 14 Sep ; Pennsylvania)

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More than just a music festival, this is an all-out experience of what family in Christ can be! For nature-loving toughies there are campsites available throughout the festival. Amazing food vendors stand ready to feed the masses with jerk chicken, hamburgers, ice cream, and much more to sustain the body!

Children are cherished members of the Kingdom and are warmly welcomed at Uprise. The petting zoo is always bustling with kids and adults alike marveling at God’s creatures. Plus, on Saturday, the Kidz area hosts a jam-packed program designed for toddlers through age 11. From face painting to donut-eating contests to bouncy houses there’s something for everyone under our lively tent!

With over 30 performers gracing three stages, the atmosphere is electric with praise. While the 2024 lineup is still TBA, the 2023 roster featured rock and pop artists like Skillet, Chris Tomlin, Social Club Misfits, Honor & Glory, and many more. Stay tuned for updates on next year’s lineup—it’s sure to be unforgettable!

SoulFest (15 Aug – 17 Aug ; Massachusetts)

SoulFest aims to celebrate the boundless love of God and foster unity among believers as “soul-connected, risk-taking believers.” At its core is the belief that “True Love is Action.” With four stages featuring over 80 artists and speakers, SoulFest offers a diverse and inspiring experience.

This event provides an opportunity for everyone to learn, grow, and be inspired to live out the transformative message of our Savior. In addition to the music, Soul University offers a range of interactive workshops, seminars, and Q&A sessions.

The 2024 lineup boasts an impressive array of artists such as Crowder, Zach Williams, David Leonard, Sean Forrest, We Are Messengers, Paul Colman, Theocracy, Ignescent, and many others!

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Inge Strauss