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Your 2024 California Music Festival Calendar

Your 2024 California Music Festival Calendar

As you start saving for festival season, here is a breakdown of the key California music festivals this year. Team


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January 09, 2024

California, the Golden State, is not just a hub of diverse landscapes and cultures but also a melting pot of musical extravaganzas. With the festival season around the corner, it's time to mark your calendars for 2024. Whether you're a fan of indie rock, jazz, electronic dance music, or classical tunes, California’s music festivals cater to every genre. Here’s your guide to not-to-miss music festivals in California for 2024.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – April 12-14 and 19-21

Kicking off the festival season, Coachella remains one of the most famous music and arts festivals globally. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Indio desert, it’s a two-weekend event that showcases a diverse array of music from rock to electronic dance. The festival is also known for its art installations and celebrity sightings. Remember to book your tickets early as they sell out fast!

Coachella is the classic California music festival deep in the desert of Coachella Valley.

Lightning in a Bottle – May 22-27

Lightning in a Bottle is more than a music festival; it's a community experience focused on sustainability, wellness, and art. Set in Buena Vista Lake in Central California, it features electronic music, yoga sessions, art installations, and various workshops promoting a holistic lifestyle. It's a total beach party vibe, so if that's up your alley then plan a trip.

BottleRock Napa Valley – May 24-26

BottleRock offers the perfect combination of music, wine, and food. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, this festival brings together some of the biggest names in music alongside local faves and the region's most prominent and local gourmet food. It’s an experience that tantalizes all your senses.  This year's Bottlerock will be headlined by acts such as Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, and Pearl Jam.

Bottlerock is an eclectic festival with a focus on diverse music and food.

San Diego Bayfest – July 20

Set against the stunning backdrop of the San Diego Bay, Bayfest offers a laid-back vibe with a focus on reggae and hip-hop music. It’s a one-day event that’s perfect for those looking to enjoy good music and the beautiful California coastline.

The Sound and Fury Festival – July 2024

For fans of hardcore and punk music, the Sound and Fury Festival in Los Angeles is the go-to destination. It’s known for its intense energy and features both established and up-and-coming bands in the genre. This is a must for fans of hardcore.

Outside Lands – August 9-11

Taking place in the urban oasis of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Outside Lands is a festival that combines music, food, and art. It’s not just about diverse music genres but also about experiencing the culture and culinary delights of Northern California. The festival is also known for its sustainability efforts and eco-friendly initiatives.

Outside Lands is a massive festival with a unique "earthy" vibe.

Monterey Jazz Festival – September 27-29

For jazz enthusiasts, the Monterey Jazz Festival is a must-visit. It’s renowned as one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals in the world. This three-day event features legendary performers as well as new talents on multiple stages. Apart from the music, enjoy workshops, exhibitions, and food stalls that add to the vibrant atmosphere.

Aftershock - October 10-13

Aftershock is one of the largest metal festivals in the United States. Located  in the Sacramento area, Aftershock this year will be headlined in part by the legendary band Iron Maiden. The lineup often has a great mix of classic and modern metal acts.

California’s music festivals are as diverse and vibrant as the state itself. Each festival offers a unique experience, not just in terms of music but also in culture, art, and community. So, grab your tickets, pack your bags, and get ready to immerse yourself in the musical heartbeat of California. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these festivals are bound to leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the diverse musical landscape of California.

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