Music Festival Guide

Music and the outdoors go together like peanut butter and chocolate. After a two-year pandemic hiatus festivals are back! we’ve put together this festival guide to help you get inspired, get away, unplug and tune into the Positive vibes of the season. Most of these fests offer camping and/or nearby accommodations on a first come First served basis, so Make sure you Plan ahead.

By Cathy Claesson • Main image Jerm Cohen / SF Outside Lands


Lucidity Festival  >> April 8-10 • Santa Ynez // A transformational festival with an immersive and participatory experience that delights the senses & builds community.

Coachella >> April 15-17 & 22-24  • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley.

Desert Hearts >> April 28-May 2 • Lake Perris // Defining what it means to be a DIY party crew that fosters a community of House, Techno & Love.

Stagecoach Music Festival >> April 29-May 1 • Indio // Bringing some country to California.

Sol Blume >> April 30-May 1 • Sacramento // A celebration of R&B, soul, and hip-hop together with an underlying emphasis on art, culture, love, social diversity, and good vibes.

Joshua Tree Music Festival October 8-10 2021 at Joshua Tree RV & Campground in Joshua Tree, California. (Photo by: Foster Snell)


The All Day I Dream Festival >> May 12-15  • Oakdale // A boutique feel-good festival in nature with electronic, house & techno music that helps create a magical experience.

Joshua Tree Music Festival >> (Spring) May 12-15 • Joshua Tree // Supreme live music experiences, deep dive workshops, yoga and healing, random acts of mindfulness and spontaneous eruptions of gratitude.

The Untz Festival >> May 13-15 • Browns Valley // Dedicated to spotlighting underground artists who are changing the electronic music landscape.

BeachLife Festival >> May 13-15 • Redondo Beach // A SoCal festival that celebrates the power and beauty of the ocean through art and a weekend of folk, indie, reggae and rock music.

Cruel World >> May 14-15 • Pasadena // New Wave and post-punk legends like Morrisey and the Violent Femmes are on the bill, same lineup both days.

Strawberry Music Festival >> May 25-30 • Grass Valley // Celebrating its 40th anniversary with an epic return of eclectic Americana music and family friendly festivities.

Lightning in a Bottle >> May 25-30 • Buena Vista Lake // LIB is a prized destination for artists to showcase their unique crafts within creative stages built for immersion and wonder.

California Roots Festival >> May 26-29 • Monterey // One of the largest reggae festivals in the country, California Roots delivers good vibes, happiness, family, peace, love & joy.

Bottlerock Napa Valley >> May 27-29 • Napa // Six music stages paired with the best in wine, food and craft brews makes this an authentic wine country experience for festival guests.


Ojai Music Festival >> June 9-12 • Ojai // Adventurous, open-minded audiences join together with musical thinkers who approach their craft with creativity.

Huichica >> June 10-11 • Sonoma // A weekend where music, wine, and food are shared in an intimate, family-friendly setting with vineyard views.

West Coast Weekender >>  June 10-12 • San Diego County // An elevated boutique music festival and conference experience with a weekend celebration of music, dance, and culture.

Hog Farm Hide Away Music Festival  >> June 10-12 • Laytonville // Three stages of music, interactive art installations, adult libations, cannabis club, kids-zone, activist area, healing sanctuary, and more.

Summer Arts & Music Festival >> June 18-19  • Cooks Valley // A family-friendly gathering space to enjoy local, regional and national live music and performing artists at various stages.

Kate Wolf Music Festival >> June 23-26 • Laytonville // Relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music.

Stilldream Festival >>  June 23-27 • Blue Mountain // An earthy festival that focuses on music, community, nature, culture & consciousness.

High Sierra Music Festival >> June 30-July 3 • Quincy // A family-friendly, community oriented music festival with an eclectic mix of genres, playshops, arts and crafts, plus gourmet food and drinks.


Mosswood Meltdown >> July 2-3 • Oakland // A punk-heavy festival hosted by filmmaker John Waters who says it’s the ‘perfect cult gathering of young and old music rebels who hate everybody in the world except each other.

California WorldFest >> July 14-17 • Grass Valley // Experience new cultures through seven stages of music, while honoring Native Peoples with an emphasis on conscious living and sustainability.

Northern Nights Music Festival >> July 15-17 • Piercy // This festival has an eclectic mix of music, industry-leading cannabis programming, and serene natural landscapes.

Bear Valley Music Festival >> Jul 22-Aug 7 • Bear Valley // Enjoy a variety of music including classical, rock, country and jazz.

LG Shecker / The Days Between Festival


Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza >> August 4-7 •. Mammoth Lakes // This summer fest will delight all outdoor enthusiasts looking for a cool brew, blues and a good time.

The Days Between >> August 5-7 • Laytonville // An intimate, family-friendly music festival, where oak woodlands and majestic meadows provide a magical setting to gather and celebrate the music and memory of Jerry Garcia.

SF Outside Lands >> August 5-7 • San Francisco // A Bay Area celebration of music, food, wine, beer, cocktails and cannabis, in beautiful Golden Gate Park.

Burning Man >> August 28-September 5 • Black Rock City // Tens of thousands of Burners gather to build a participative temporary metropolis in the Nevada


Primavera Sound >> September 16-18 • Los Angeles // Created in Barcelona, made for the LA music lover.

Monterey Jazz Festival >> September 23-25 • Monterey // Experience the best that jazz has to offer at the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world.

Desert Daze >> September 30-October 2 • Lake Perris // Epic yet intimate, esoteric yet accessible, catering to weirdos, but embracing to all, Desert Daze facilitates the ever expanding growth of the human spirit.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass >> September 30-October 2 • San Francisco // Three days of free music with an eclectic lineup of country, soul, folk & more.


Afterschock >> October 6-9 • Sacramento // California’s biggest rock festival with a powerful lineup of rock and metal favorites.

Joshua Tree Music Festival >> (Fall) October 6-9 • Joshua Tree // See JTMF Spring (May 12-15) for more info.

Dirtybird Campout >> October 7-9 • Modesto // A boutique festival where wild ones and weirdos, music heads and party animals come to create their own destiny.


Wonderfront >> November 18-20 • San Diego // Beautiful waterfront parks, piers, ships and yacht parties play host to three days of electronic, hip-hop, reggae, and rock.


Check out our past festival guides here.