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 in San Francisco, the festival season also boast camping festivals tucked away in the Redwoods of Northern Califronia, warm-weather EDM fests in SoCal, and roots and reggae in the mountains.
Coachella Music Festival 2018
April 13-22, 2018
Like a barometer always reading a temperature of awesome, the traditional kickoff to the summer festival season is dominated by Coachella. The glitz and glamour of Los Angeles migrates east to the Indio desert for back to back weekends of the biggest names in music. What started as a small electronic festival in the desert has transformed into a cultural touchstone for the festival season.
Featured Artists: Alt-J, Aurora, Bleachers, BØRNS, Carl Craig, Cash Cash, Chromeo, Eminem, Fidlar, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes, Haim, Jackmaster, Jamie Jones, Jamiroquai, Kygo, MØ, Nothing But Thieves, Odesza, Portugal. the Man, Princess Nokia
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September 14-16, 2018
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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California Roots 2018
May 25-27, 2018
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.
Featured Artists: Slightly Stoopid
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Beyond Wonderland 2018
March 16-17, 2018
San Bernardino, CA
It's time to journey back down the rabbit hole for this Alice in Wonderland themed fest. Insomniac's springtime EDM festival in southern California, the sister festival of Nocturnal Wonderland, features everything from house to trance to dubstep to drum and bass. We'll see you at the Mad Hatter's Castle.
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Bottlerock Napa Valley 2018
May 25-27, 2018
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: Billy Idol, Bleachers, Bruno Mars, Halsey, Incubus, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Muse, Phantogram, Snoop Dogg, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Lightning in a Bottle 2018
May 24-28, 2018
The dedicated fans of this transformational festival have kept LiB at the top of its game for over ten years. It’s changed venues more than a few times, but the incredible art, enthusiastic attendees, and top notch lineup at this boutique fest is a steady constant.
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Joshua Tree Festival Spring 2018
May 17-20, 2018
Joshua Tree, CA
The DIY Joshua Tree Music Festival puts out two editions of desert loving fun during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. Just a few hours from the hectic vibes of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a haven of magical surroundings with phenomenal live music. The spring edition focuses more on dance, world, and funk with the fall reaching out towards Americana, roots and folkadelic vibes.
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Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2018
April 27-29, 2018
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.
Photo Credit: Andrew Jorgenson for Stagecoach
The Untz Festival 2018
June 1-3, 2018
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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High Sierra Music Festival 2018
July 5-8, 2018
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.
CRSSD Festival Spring 2018
March 3-4, 2018
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.
Noise Pop 2018
February 16-26, 2018
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.