Are your ready for anything? Sunny California is a top festival destination for visitors from around the world, with such a variety of venues and types of festivals that you may just spend the summer on the west coast. Anchored by festival royalty like Coachella and Outside Lands, the festival season also boast camping festivals tucked away in the Redwoods of northern California, warm-weather electronic fests in So-Cal, and roots and reggae in the mountains.
San Diego, CA
KAABOO, the latest entry in the southern California festival scene, spends the weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, just north of San Diego. Mixing it up from other festivals, KAABOO is geared towards an older crowd with a wide range of popular artists from across the decades. There's also a strong emphasis on delicious food and intriguing cocktails along with contemporary art and late night dance parties.
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Bottlerock Napa Valley 2020
Wine meets music when artists from around the world descend on Napa Valley just north of San Francisco. The internationally renown wine region lets it all hang out during this Memorial Day Weekend Festival, putting out one of the best West Coast lineups of the season.
Featured Artists: Big Freedia, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews Band, Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World, Local Natives, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Milky Chance, Of Monsters and Men, Ra Ra Riot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, Zedd
The Untz Festival 2020
Browns Valley, CA
Adding to the myriad of festivals taking place in California each summer, The Untz Festival brings a weekend of dance music to the Mairposa Fairgrounds. Founded in 2009, Untz has devoted their event to bringing to light some of the best underground electronic artists making an impact on the industry.
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Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2020
April 24-26, 2020
Curated for country music enthusiasts, Stagecoach Festival brings a little country flair to California. With attendances of up to 75,000 fans, Stagecoach is easily one of the largest country music festivals in the world. The breadth of seasoned pros and up-and-coming artists showcased in the festival's lineup brings attendees of all ages to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
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High Sierra Music Festival 2020
Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, High Sierra Music Festival boasts a family friendly atmosphere packed with artists traversing all musical genres. The eclectic lineup at the festival is backed by a picturesque venue surrounded by a mountainous landscape and national forests. More than just music is offered at the High Sierra with yoga areas, audience-participation parades, children’s areas and more.
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California Roots 2020
One of the largest reggae festivals in the country, Calforinia Roots delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter. The three-day festival takes place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, where Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire in 1967.
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CRSSD Festival Spring 2020
March 7-8, 2020
San Diego, CA
CRSSD Festival returns to Waterfront Park in downtown San Deigo with this now annual springtime event. The electronic heavy festival has introduced indie rock into the lineup over the last few editions as well as some incredible underground DJs. Leave the hula hoops, LED gloves, and totems at home -- they're prohibted at CRSSD.
Desert Hearts Festival 2020
Warner Springs, CA
The DIY Desert Hearts Festival boasts a dedicated community of underground electronic music fans who worship at the alter of house, techno, and love. The intimate gatherings are beloved by fans, who are inspired by the small capacity experience focused on art, music, and community.
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Wanderlust Squaw Valley 2020
Squaw Valley, CA
'Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more -- all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We're talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and gettin'your down dog on at the top of the mountain. Sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances -- it's an all-out ecstatic celebration in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world.'
Hard Summer 2020
Founded by Gary Richards, also known as the electronic artist Destructo, Hard Summer thrives each year on the root of its founder’s fame – electronic. Taking place in diverse locations within the Los Angeles city limits since its inaugural year in 2007, the festival has finally found a home at Fontana Speedway where it will be returning each year.
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Aftershock Festival 2020
California's biggest rock festival storms into Sacramento with a powerful lineup of rock and metal favorites. With alumni like Megadeth, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Nine Inch Nails, Godsmack, Alice in Chains, and System of a Down, this is the place to see genre legends in the western United States along with up-and-comers to the scene.
Featured Artists: Metallica
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December 29-31, 2021
South Lake Tahoe, CA
The annual SnowGlobe in Lake Tahoe has made good on their promise to bring a top-notch EDM festival to a ski town. SnowGlobe is loud. It’s flashy. Music shakes your chest. Fireworks explode. Imagine a club filled with thousands of EDM fans dancing and screaming and losing their minds. And it’s outside. In the middle of the winter.
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Dirtybird Campout 2021
October 15-17, 2021
It's summer camp for adults at the annual Dirtybird Campout! Hosted by the folks at the Dirtybird label, this electronic-themed campout is all about non-stop entertainment. Wood carving, knot tying, tug-of-war, dodgeball, talent shows, and of course, tons of music. This southern California experience has even been adapted for a spring-time east coast version.
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Northern Nights 2020
Connecting music and nature, Northern Nights Music Festival is one of the most sought after events held at Cook’s Valley Campground in Northern California. Promoted as a music and arts, camping, yoga and cannabis retreat, the festival features a varied lineup of primarily electronic artists. Still a small festival by industry standards, Northern Lights tops out at 6,000 attendees. The selective attendee limit and festival grounds play a large role in Northern Nights success. The campgrounds are home to swimming holes and the largest Redwood grove in the nation where camping is allowed.
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Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Multi-talented Tyler, the Creator presents this Los Angeles weekend festival which goes down at Dodger Stadium. In between the stacked hip-hop lineup, festival goers can participate in a number of carnival games and rides -- all curated by Tyler himself.
Noise Pop 2020
February 24-March 1, 2020
San Francisco, CA
The annual Noise Pop Festival takes place every February across San Francisco. The indie loving showcase fest also dabbles in art and film along with some of the very best in upcoming musical artists. If you're planning a winter-time trip, this is a unique way to experience the bars, clubs, and hipster joints of the city.
Featured Artists: Best Coast