Top Music Festivals in California to see this Summer

Ali Sullivan
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Few things beat spending time in California in the summer. With options for outdoor adventurists and foodies alike, there are also numerous music festivals in California.

Across all genres of music, there are shows and concerts to keep an eye out for this summer. California hosts many concerts and festivals, trust us! Lucky for you, we’ve highlighted some of the top music festivals in California to see this summer!

First up: Lightning in a Bottle (May 24–29)

This electronic music festival in California is going on 20-years running, and offers everything from live music to interactive art exhibits and yoga sessions. Lightning in a Bottle is a unique, five-day experience that is known for being a community campout with interesting and fun activities. Some of the artists coming through the festival this year include Liquid Stranger, Sofi Tucker, and Caribou, to name a few! General admission tickets start at $444 for the five-day pass, and there are other VIP packages, and also camping accommodations that are available for purchase. Lighting in a Bottle kicks off on May 24th and runs through May 29th, and is held in Buena Vista, California. Before or after your trip to the festival, consider staying at our Pacific Tradewinds Hostel in nearby San Fransisco!

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Next: Newport Beach Jazz Festival (June 2–4)

For those looking for one of the more low-key music festivals in California, look no further than Newport Beach Jazz Festival. This two-day music fest features not only jazz, but also an international food court, vendor village and amazing views of Newport Beach Back Bay. If you’re a jazz enthusiast, or simply looking for a way to hang out on the beautiful California coastline while soaking in some sun and sounds, consider checking out this gem! Tickets can be purchased for either single day or two-day entry on their website, and rates vary. One more great thing about this festival: it’s not far from our awesome Surf City Hostel in Hermosa Beach!

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Lucidity Festival (June 28-30)

The West Coast is gearing up to broaden its horizons with the Lucidity Festival. Not just for eco-conscious individuals, this campground blends groundbreaking music with positive vibes. Activities promote self-discovery within themed camps, featuring creative pursuits like meditation and reflection in a relaxed atmosphere. Located in Santa Barbara, California, the Live Oak Campground offers ample space for RVs, ensuring a comfortable stay with room to roam. This alternative-rock-loving festival encourages attendees to bring their own camping supplies for a safe and enjoyable experience.

High Sierra Music Festival (July 4-7)

For festival enthusiasts, the 4th of July celebrations kick off on June 30th this year. With 30 years of experience, organizers have lined up a diverse range of musical genres featuring bands like Star Kitchen, Birds of Chicago, Ween, Turkuaz, and many others. In addition to the music, indulge in delicious snacks, browse through unique handicrafts, or join the festive parade. Whether you prefer on-site or off-site camping, the Shady Grove campground offers a fantastic spot for family canvas tents at the High Sierra Music Festival.

Northern Nights

Last on our list of music festivals in California, the Cook’s Valley Campground awaits attendees aged 18 and above, welcoming both newcomers and experienced campers alike to the Northern Nights Festival. Situated amidst scenic surroundings, highlights of the festival area include deep swimming holes and a spacious camping grove. Previous shows have featured top electronic music artists like Zhu, Mr. Carmack, Jai Wolf, and G Jones, igniting the crowd with booming bass. With six stages, including a silent disco, there’s no shortage of entertainment. Relax in the hammock lounge or enjoy specialty bars for a laid-back experience.



Once you’ve soaked up the sun and danced the day away, check out our Coyote Ranch Hostel in nearby Joshua Tree!

With all different types of vibes and sounds to choose from, we hope that this list of the top music festivals in California to see this summer will help you pick one that suits your taste! 








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