Southern California’s nearly always perfect weather dictates outdoor activities. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the region is home to some of the United States’ top music festivals, drawing headliners from all genres, both new and nostalgic. While Coachella may have sold out in just three hours this year, here are eight other festivals to enjoy.
Dirtybird is a relatively young festival, only in its third year. It takes place October 6–8, 2017, in scenic Silverado, a former mining boomtown now ideal for communing with nature. Dirtybird is a three-day camping experience that seeks to bring back the nostalgia of the summer camps you might have enjoyed as a child. There will be games (tug-o-war, anyone?), marshmallow roasting, hikes, cookouts, and DJs. Earlybird flash sale tickets hit June 17, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Founded in 2004, FYF Fest returns July 21–23, 2017, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, with headliners including Missy Elliott, Bjork, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, Iggy Pop, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Solange, and many others. Food is available from a variety of favorite local food trucks, and there are usually some cool art installations. Since FYF is in an urban environment instead of the middle of the woods or the desert, guests can take the L.A. Metro there and back.
Ohana Festival takes place in beautiful Dana Point, a stunning coastal city in Orange County, September 8–10, 2017. Headliners include Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, Haim, Fiona Apple, and Ray Lamontagne. In addition to the music, guests may enjoy ocean views, craft beer, wine, creative cocktails, and food from numerous vendors. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.
Joshua Tree Music Festival
This family-friendly fest will take place May 18–21, 2017, at Joshua Tree National Park. Their diverse lineup includes acts from all over the world, falling into genres ranging from “dance-world-electro-funk’n groove to soulful global-ethno melodies.” Headliners include Kraak & Smaak, Orgone, House of Hamsa, California Honeydrops, Liberation Movement, and Mokoomba. Other activities include workshops on yoga, myth, art and music, and there are also separate activities for children. If you can’t make it in May, there’s another Joshua Tree Music Festival in October.
When We Were Young
Newcomer When We Were Young is a two-day fest featuring emo, punk, and rock acts, many of them packing some major nostalgia. Headliners include Morrissey, Descendents, AFI, Taking Back Sunday, Alkaline Trio, Cage the Elephant, and Fidlar. The fest takes place April 8–9, 2017, at The Observatory grounds in Santa Ana.
Stagecoach drops in Indio April 28–30, 2017, right after Coachella clears out. The all-ages fest features country music acts including Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, and more. Eighties pop icon Cyndi Lauper and Chicano rock act Los Lobos are also set to perform. An annual BBQ contest is a favorite highlight of the fest.
KAABOO Del Mar
KAABOO is a three-day fest near San Diego encompassing music, comedy, art, and “personal indulgences.” KAABOO strives to be more comfortable and convenient than other fests, promising ample seating and shade, spa services, and tidy restrooms—not portable toilets. Music headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Muse, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Kesha, Alanis Morissette, and more.
Arroyo Seco Weekend
Arroyo Seco Weekend is a new family-friendly festival coming to Pasadena’s Rose Bowl June 24–25, 2017. Headliners include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Weezer, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, and Andrew Bird. Favorite local eateries will provide food, craft beer, wine, and cocktails.