Immerse yourself in California and Nevada’s diverse music scene with our guide to our region’s top music festivals. From indie to rock, hip-hop to electronic, and everything in between, there’s a festival for every music lover.

Not only that, these festivals will take you to stunning locations – from the rugged coastline to sweeping deserts and towering mountains. So whether you’re looking for a weekend of camping under the stars or a luxurious stay in a five-star hotel, our guide will help you discover the perfect festival and destination for you.

Starting with May Festivals — View full guide here.

May 18-21

Joshua Tree Music Festival (Spring)

Joshua Tree

Phenomenal live music, community, family friendly, yoga, art, workshops and more.

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Love Everybody, Photo credit: Jacob Avanzato / Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 19-21


Las Vegas, NV

The world’s largest dance music festival returns to welcome 500,000 attendees.

May 20

Cruel World


New wave and punk legends like Siouxsie and Iggy Pop are on the bill.

May 24-29

Lightning in a Bottle

Buena Vista Lake

 Atrtists showcase their unique crafts within creative stages built for immersion and wonder.

May 25-28

California Roots Festival


One of the largest reggae festivals in the country. Good vibes, happiness, family, peace, & love.

May 24-29

Strawberry Music Festival

Grass Valley

Adding one more night this year, making it a five night festival of eclectic Americana music and family friendly festivities.

May 26-28

Bottlerock Napa Valley


Celebrating its 10th anniversary. Pairing today’s biggest names in music with wine, food and craft brews.

May 26-29

Punk Rock Bowling

Las Vegas, NV

Combining mankind’s three greatest creations – punk rock, bowling, and Las Vegas!

May 27

I Love RNB Festival

Long Beach

The biggest and best lineup of your favorite RnB performing artists, from classics to new hits.

June 1-3

Schellraiser Music Festival

McGill, NV

An outdoor micro-festival with an eclectic, 35-band lineup in a spectacular high desert setting.

Photo: Schellraiser Music Festival

June 2-4

Newport Beach Jazz Festival

Newport Beach

In the heart of Newport Beach, located on hotel grounds, with jazz, R&B, and soul.

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Photo: Newport Beach Jazz Festival

June 8-11

Ojai Music Festival


Adventurous, open-minded audiences join with musical thinkers who approach their craft with creativity.

June 8-12

Stilldream Festival

Blue Mountain

An earthy festival that focuses on music, community, nature, culture & consciousness.

June 9-11

Hog Farm HideAway Music Festival


Three stages of music, camping, interactive art installations, performance artists, and more

June 9-11, August 11-13 & 18-20

Splash House Festival Series

Palm Springs

Sound waves and pool splashes are where house and disco dreams are made.

June 16-18

Country Summer Music Festival

Santa Rosa

Three-day destination country music event.

June 24-25

Day Trip Festival

Long Beach

A house music festival, set amidst a waterfront backdrop of the landmark Queen Mary.

June 24-25

Summer Arts & Music Festival

Cooks Valley

A family-friendly gathering with local, regional and national live music and performing artists.

June 29-July 2

High Sierra Music Festival


A family-friendly, community oriented music festival with an eclectic mix of genres, playshops, and crafts.

July 1-2

Mosswood Meltdown


The perfect gathering of young and old music rebels who hate everybody except each other.

July 13-16

California WorldFest

Grass Valley

Experience new cultures through seven stages of music, while honoring Native Peoples.

July 14-16

Northern Nights Music Festival


An eclectic mix of music, together with industry-leading cannabis programming, and natural landscapes.

July 21-Aug 6

Bear Valley Music Festival

Bear Valley

Enjoy a variety of music including classical, rock, country and jazz.

July 28-30

Ascension Music Festival

Mount Shasta Ski Park

Experience the best of funk, reggae, folk, and bluegrass at the base of Mount Shasta.

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July 29

Sad Summer Festival


Touring the country and partnering with both local and national non-profits all summer long.

August 3-6

Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors among the pines, enjoy legendary Blues music and craft brews.

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Trombone Shorty Jamming out. Photo: Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

August 5-6

HARD Summer Music Festival

Los Angeles

A new venue combination with various stages spread out across Los Angeles.

August 11-13

Long Beach Jazz Festival

Long Beach

Featuring some of the top artists of the year in an outdoor setting with food, art and more.

August 11-13

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

San Jose

Discover new genres of music, and fast-rising artists. summerfest.sanjosejazz. org

August 11-13

Outside Lands

San Francisco

A three-day festival that delivers an elevated experience of music and culinary for attendees.

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Photo: Outside Lands

August 27-September 4

Burning Man

Black Rock City

Tens of thousands of Burners gather to build a participative temporary metropolis in the Nevada desert.

September 7-10

Big Blues Bender

Las Vegas, NV

Big Blues Bender >> Las Vegas, NV • September 7-10 // Four themed days and nights of exceptional music and bucket-list events for all.

September 9-10

Holo Holo Music Festival


Celebrating the music, food, and culture of Hawaii, this is a fun event for everyone.

September 16-17

Nocturnal Wonderland

San Bernardino

Music. Camping. Art.

September 22-24

Life ls Beautiful

Las Vegas, NV

Celebrating a decade of singing your favorite songs, unleashing your inner foodie, laughing with comedians.

September 22-24

Monterey Jazz Festival


Celebrating 66 years – the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world!

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The 64th Monterey Jazz Festival on Sept. 24, 2021.

September 28-October 1

Same Same But Different

Lake Perris

Four-day beachside campout where music, art, and wellness meet.

September 29-October 1

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Francisco

Three days of free music with an eclectic lineup of country, soul, folk and more.

September 29-October 1

Ohana Festival

Dana Point

Pairing good music with good vibes. The best of indie, surfer rock, and alternative music.


October 5-8



California’s biggest rock festival with a powerful lineup of rock and metal favorites.

October 5-8

Joshua Tree Music Festival (Fall)

Joshua Tree

See JTMF Spring (May 18-21) for more information.

October 6-8

Rebels & Renegades Music Festival


Inspired by the spirit and culture of Americana, Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, and Folk.

October 6-8

Reggae Rise Up Music Festival

Las Vegas, NV

Reggae Rise Up is heading to downtown Las Vegas for three days full of positive vibes and great music.

October 12-15

Desert Daze

Lake Perris

Epic yet intimate, esoteric yet accessible, catering to weirdos, but embracing to all.

October 13-14

Breakaway Music Festival Bay Area

San Francisco

Bringing music, art, creativity, and community to your hometown.

October 14-15

GoldenSky Country Music Festival


Sacramento’s biggest country music event plus beer festival.

October 22

When We Were Young Festival

Las Vegas, NV

It’s the pop-punk emo throwback fest you have been waiting for.

October 27-28

Escape Halloween

San Bernardino

Escape into a terrifying world of music, art, performers, and thrills.


Main Photo: Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza

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