Looking for the best music festivals in California in 2024? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve put together the ultimate guide to California Music Festivals for your bucket list! 

There’s arguably no better destination in the U.S.A. that can compare to the incredible production, loving communities, unique venues, and star-studded line-ups found at all these festivals in California. Being born and raised in Orange County, I’ve been fortunate to attend a lot of these festivals myself, and they truly are spectacular! From Southern California up to the Bay area, there are festivals ranging in all shapes and sizes spanning every musical genre.

So without further ado…here are what I think are the best California Music Festivals to keep you dancing, partying, and loving life all year long! 

California Music Festivals 2024


1) Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Coachella - Best California Music Festivals 2023

Coachella is my personal favorite of all the California Music Festivals!!

When: April 12-14 & April 19-21, 2024

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

https://www.coachella.com/

Coachella is one of California’s oldest and most epic music & art festivals, and will certainly be a weekend experience that you’ll never forget.  Every year they bring an unbelievably stacked line-up spanning every genre, massively beautiful stage production, incredible food & drink vendors, and a really solid festival atmosphere.  While Coachella may have gotten a reputation for being all about celebrities and fashion in recent years…it’s still one hell of a party!

While I’ve only personally attended twice (in 2014 & 2018), both weekends have been so insanely fun, and I’d recommend it to every music festival addict!  Get your festival squad together, go through this music festival camping essentials checklist, and prepare for one of the best weekends of your life!

Being a favorite among the dozens of quality music festivals in California, tickets do sell-out almost instantly, so make sure your festival squad plans ahead and scoop up some tickets while you can! 


2) Outside Lands Music Festival

Outside Lands Music Festival - Best California Music Festivals 2023

When: August 9-11, 2024

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Fransisco, California

https://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

Outside Lands is Northern California’s biggest and best music festival, and is definitely an event you’ll fall in love with! While it may be one of the more pricier events on the list (everything is more expensive in San Francisco), it’s worth every penny! The line-ups are always impressively diverse, the production is truly top-notch, and you’ll be blown away when you walk around the venue at night ogling at all the colorful lighting in the trees.

Check out my festival reviews from 2017 & 2018:

This annual 3-day California festival is a favorite among San Francisco locals and tourists alike, and there’s arguably no better time to visit SF because there’s so much going on! You’ll want to book accommodation in advance though, as the city (especially hotels near Golden Gate Park) get booked up quite quickly!


3) HARD SUMMER Music Festival

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When: July, 2024

Where: San Bernadino, California

https://www.hardsummer.com

This annual mega-festival has been a Southern California favorite for over a decade, and always manages to put together an unbelievably impressive line-up, incredible stage production, and overall stellar festival experience. 

The team over at HARD Events has been a key player in the growth of the EDM scene in the United States, and fun fact, my first massive rave in the USA was HARD Haunted Mansion back in 2009! From producing events like HARD Day of the Dead, Holy Ship, and HARD Red Rocks: attending one of their events will always impress!

While I haven’t been able to attend this epic music festival in California since they moved locations, I’ve heard great things from many of my fellow SoCal ravers!


4) Dirtybird Campout Westcoast 2024

Dirtybird Campout - Best California Music Festivals 2023

You’re never too old to go to summer camp!  Dust off your camping gear and calibrate your compasses, Dirtybird Campout is coming…

When: TBC, 2024

Where: Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds, California 

https://www.dirtybirdcampout.com/west/

Dirtybird Campout is without a doubt one of the wildest California festivals parties ever attended!  I’ve been a HUGE FAN of the Dirtybird Label for years, and they really go above and beyond to provide an unforgettable adult summer camp/music festival experience. Dirtybird is known for it’s unique bass house sounds, and it attracts a fun-loving group of people that goes beyond a typical festival experience!

Dirtybird Campout 2023 - Best Music Festivals in California

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Read my Dirtybird Campout 2016 Festival Review to get a better understanding of what to expect…

“Whether you went to summer camp back in the day, or found yourself at Campout over the last four years, those memories of sun-drenched hours full of outdoor activities, hazy summer afternoons, and sleepless nights under the stars, have fostered an unmatched sense of belonging and an unparalleled community for many. It is this family feel that has made Dirtybird Campout one of North America’s most celebrated and unique festival weekends.”


5) BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley Festival California 2023

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When: May 24-26, 2024

Where: Napa Valley, Northern California

www.bottlerocknapavalley.com

MUSIC. FOOD. WINE. BREW | The First Taste of Summer”

Featuring one of the largest and most diverse line-ups brought to Northern California, Bottle Rock Napa Valley is an annual 3-day festival enjoying music, wine, food, and craft beer! 

80+ bands on five music stages, Celebrity and chef performances on the culinary stage, great sight lines throughout the venue, access to gourmet food from the Napa Valley’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, and dozens of wine cabanas where you can sip, savor and mingle with your favorite vintners making every festivalgoer feel like a VIP”


6) Day Trip Festival 2024

When: June, 2024

Where: Long Beach, California

www.daytripfest.com

House Music All Day Long

Insomniac’s brand new Southern California festival is bringing some of the biggest and best names in house music for two incredible days of fun! Celebrate the return of festival season at a brand new venue with delicious craft cocktails, gourmet food trucks, and iconic Day Trip fishbowls. 

With artists like Diplo, Artbat, Chromeo, and Justin Martin – this is an event all you so-cal house heads won’t want to miss!


7) CRSSD Music Festival

CRSSD Festival - California Music Festivals 2023

When: March 2-3, 2024

Where: Waterfront Park, San Diego, California

http://www.crssdfest.com/

CRSSD is a 2-Day Festival in downtown San Diego, and happens TWICE a year! They’ve always got a star-studded line-up across three stages, in a beautiful venue, and dozens of after-hours events to choose from after the festival ends.  I’ve been once myself, and had an unbelievably fun time! It’s one of the best music festivals in San Diego, and shouldn’t be missed if you’re heading to southern-California when it’s going down!   

Read all about my experience: Two Days of Sun & Tech at CRSSD Music Festival

CRSSD Festival Announces Lineup for Spring 2024 Edition!

“Since its inception in 2015, CRSSD Festival has created a unique enclave for the global electronic music community in San Diego. Fostered to connect the best and brightest of clubland in a setting that personifies the sun-soaked aesthetic of Southern California, the event is a pillar of the international festival calendar. Today, CRSSD announces another genre-spanning lineup for its Spring 2024 edition, returning to its home of Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego on March 2-3.

Featuring Armand Van Helden, Astra Club, Black Coffee, Dixon, Héctor Oaks b2b Tiga, Jan Blomqvist, Jeff Mills, Joris Voorn, Loco Dice b2b Nic Fanciulli, Mochakk, Red Axes (live), Richie Hawtin, Sammy Virji, Sofia Kourtesis, Tale Of Us, TRYM, WhoMadeWho. March 2-3, 2024, at Waterfront Park in San Diego.”


8) Splash House Festival

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When: June & August, 2024

Where: Palm Springs, California

http://www.splashhouse.com/

If Coachella Pool parties & Las Vegas day clubs made a baby…

“Splash House is what you get when you mix up fun-loving people, with some rocking pool parties, and an escape to sunny Palm Springs, California. It’s a little slice of paradise where friendships are forged as people dance to the best in house, disco, and electronica. Splash House takes place across three hotel resorts in both June and August. Buy a ticket and you get admission to all three, plus shuttles running between all weekend. Buy a hotel package and you can enjoy a room just steps away from the stage in addition to access to all three resorts. By night, we take flight at the Palm Springs Air Museum for our After Hours program – a pair of open air parties back-dropped by vintage aircraft and a glowing airport tarmac. After Hours admission is sold separately and may be purchased with or without a Splash House ticket.”


9) Lightning In a Bottle

Lightning In A Bottle 2023 - Best Music Festivals in California

Credit: Juliana Bernstein

When: May 22-27, 2024

Where: Buena Vista Lake, California

https://www.libfestival.org

Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability & Life.

Lightning in a Bottle, or more commonly referred to as “LIB”, is the largest transformational music festival in California.  While it always boasts an incredible electronic line-up, there is much to more to this spiritually awakening festival.  Many friends of mine have called it their favorite festival they’ve ever attended, and it certainly can a life-changing California festival experience.

Go to some workshops, do some yoga, take a refreshing dip in the lake, watch the sunrise, and party like there’s no tomorrow! Some people have referred to it even as a “mini Burning Man”, and will be an experience that’ll keep you coming back every year!


10) Nocturnal Wonderland

Nocturnal Wonderland - Best California EDM Raves Festivals 2023

Credit: Juliana Bernstein

When: September, 2024

Where: San Bernadino, California

https://www.nocturnalwonderland.com/

Family. Community. Culture.

Gather, one and all, for North America’s longest-running electronic dance music festival! A classic favorite among EDM fans, Insomniac’s annual ode to the night brings you multiple stages of the best in dance music and cutting-edge production, as well as hundreds of costumed performers, fireworks and carnival rides. We also offer camping! It’s a fun way to extend your experience and fully immerse yourself in the Nocturnal community.

Enter a world of sights and sounds as vibrant and unique as those who have come, year after year, to behold its fantastical mysteries. In this place, curious creatures of all shapes and sizes move to the vibrations of the night. What new adventures will our journey hold? Come with us and see.”


11) California Roots Festival

When: May 24-26, 2024  (Memorial Day weekend)

Where: Monterey Country Fairgrounds, Monterey

https://californiarootsfestival.com/

Featuring some of the biggest names in reggae, rock, folk, and hip-hop in the world! 

“California Roots isn’t just a music festival; it’s a movement. It’s a way of life. It delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy to all who enter. When Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival in the late ‘60’s, he changed the way an entire generation looked not only at music festivals, but life itself.

It is out of this same pure energy–the energy of natural and peaceful rebellion–that California Roots was born. We discovered the ecstasy that culminates from listening to awesome music, smiling at your neighbors and dancing with strangers; California Roots is about living life to the fullest.”


12) High Sierra Music Festival

High Sierra Music Festival California 2023

When: July 4-7, 2024

Where: Quincy, California 

http://highsierramusic.com/

“Celebrating everything we love about the sweet mountain high music that keeps us singing all year long.”

High Sierra Music Festival is one of the longest-running events in California, having just finished it’s 29th edition in 2019!  Every year they bring a wide variety of entertainment, family-friendly fun, and an epic festival camping experience.  It’s guaranteed to be a highlight your summer complete with top-notch music, fire-dancers, movement classes, colorful parades, and silent-discos!


13) Beyond Wonderland Music Festival 2024

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When: March 22-23, 2024

Where: Nos Events Center, San Bernadino, California

https://beyondwonderland.com/

“Embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest, exploring what exists Beyond Wonderland.”

Insomniac Events are known for throwing some of the biggest and craziest raves in California, and Beyond Wonderland is definitely one you cannot miss!  They always deliver a world-class line-up, beautiful stage production, and a loving PLUR filled atmosphere!  Expect wild pyrotechnics, wild outfits, and pounding bass for a weekend you’ll never forget!

When day breaks in Wonderland, a curious cast of characters emerges, and fantastical animals of all shapes and sizes run wild. In this place beyond our imaginations, colors shine brighter, smiles are wider, and the secrets of Wonderland come to light.”


14) Kaaboo Del Mar Music Festival

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When: September, 2024

Where: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds, San Diego, California

https://kaaboosd.com/

“Forget what you know about music festivals. This is a music experience. A completely curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking socials into a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the Pacific. Where every detail is crafted for your enjoyment and you bask in world-class music, incredible cuisine, craft libations, comedy acts, contemporary art, dancing and premium amenities. This is your escape to the perfect weekend. So venture to the horizon with us this September in Del Mar, California. See you on the other side.”


15) Joshua Tree Music Festival

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When: May 16-19, 2024

Where: Joshua Tree National Park, California

www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

Desert is Freedom. Music is Power. Community is Crucial.

“JTMF is a resource-generating powerhouse of passionate creativity, community empowerment, and arts education for all ages.  A family inclusive global music experience in the magical Mojave.  Committed to radical inclusion, this three day (and four night) funky desert-style festivals create experiences where passion, purpose, family, and friends come together, and the boundary between performer and patron is blurred. The music is diverse and eclectic, from dance-world-electro-funk’n groove to soulful global-ethno melodies. 

Joshua Tree Music Festival promotes personal growth through a variety of multidisciplinary workshops, such as yoga and movement, visual arts, music, and myth. A robust schedule of Kidsville activities makes JTMF one of the top family-friendly festivals in the country.  Magnificent art installations and a world market further inspire, intrigue, and invite festival-goers. Our mission is to foster social interaction on a deep level, creating positive life-changing moments.”


16) Stagecoach Music Festival

Stagecoach - California Country Music Festival 2023

When: April 26-28, 2024

Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/

California’s Premier Country Music Festival

If you’re a fan of country music, then there’s arguably no better festival in the entire world than Stagecoach.  It’s hosted the weekend after Coachella ends, and has all the same stages & production, so it’s definitely an experience to check-out.  While I haven’t personally attended Stagecoach, I’ve heard from tons of people (who don’t normally listen to country) that it’s truly an amazing event!

If you’re a fan of country, take a read through this article on the Top 25 Country Music Festivals in the U.S.A!

“The five-day transformation from the massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival into Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival by the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company is always shocking to people who go to both events. Instead of surreal and sometimes psychedelic installation art of Coachella, there are giant cowboy boots and a bronze bucking horse. The attire morphs from flower crowns and H&M branded fashions to red, white and blue everything – including shirts, pants, bandannas and long flowing sashes bearing the U.S. flag. Held at Indio’s Empire Polo Club, this festival celebrates new and established country music artists.”


17) Lucidity Festival

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Lucidity is one of the most unique California festivals on this list!

When: June 28-30, 2024

Where: Live Oak Campground, Santa Barbara, California 

https://lucidityfestival.com/

Sound baths, acro yoga, dance workshops, fire breathers, circus performers, food vendors, fashion stalls, blacklight tea parties, cacao ceremonies, art galleries, epic DJs, live bands, crazy costumes, and an incredible amount of Oxytocin filled hugging. I had an unbelievably magical experience at Lucidity Festival, and think the world would be a better place if everyone attended it once in their life. It’s truly one of the most unique, colorful, and intimate community-oriented camping festivals I’ve ever attended!  

Check out my review article about my experience here:  Ludicity Festival – Rising Dawn | Top 12 Festival Highlights!  


18) Northern Nights Music Festival

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When: July 19-21, 2024

Where: Cook Valley, California

http://northernnights.org/

MUSIC | ART | REDWOODS | RIVER | CAMPING | YOGA | CANNABIS

Northern Nights music festival is a 3-day celebration of music, art, food and local culture!

“Our mission is to produce NNMF, founded on passionate support for & a strong understanding of emerging underground music industries AND featuring sought out producers & DJs from regions around the globe.  Our collective hope is to sustain NNMF as a premiere destination festival that offers a unique opportunity to fully embrace a truly Californian experience.  Lighting, sound & stage production for the stages is a collaboration between the Bay Area’s finest production teams partnering with experienced local talent. Adding to top-notch music talent, NNMF proudly features local & global arts and crafts, a collection of regional craft brews & wines, a mindful space for yoga and meditation, organic food offerings, and local non-for-profit vendors.” 

Cook’s Valley Campground is a festival site unlike any other. It is a rare gem.  

“The festival grounds feature deep swimming holes, the largest Redwood grove used for camping, and plenty of space to stretch out. Northern Nights Music Festival is a unique and safe experience for both newcomers and seasoned campers.   Our collective hope is to sustain NNMF as a premiere destination festival that offers a unique opportunity to fully embrace a truly Californian experience.”


19) Desert Hearts Music Festival

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Desert Hearts is for the craziest California festival addicts! Credit: Eric Allen

When: May, 2024

Where: Los Angeles, California

https://festival.deserthearts.us/

House, Techno, & Love…We Are All Desert Hearts. Infinite love and nonstop beats.

The Desert Hearts Crew have been taking the U.S by storm the past few years, and throwing wild parties around the entire country (as well as hosting stages at tons of other festivals).  But to fully understand their madness, you gotta make it out to their own Desert Hearts Festival!  

Check out this epic review titled “Desert Hearts is a Stimulating and Vibrant Marathon of Music, Love, and Rave” to learn more!  If you’re into techno and good vibes, it’ll become your new favorite festival!


20) Dreamstate Festival

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When: December, 2024

Where: San Francisco, California 

www.dreamstateusa.com

All trance, all the time. You’re not living in reality anymore, you’re living in Dreamstate.

“Envision a world where ethereal beats and timeless melodies abduct you from the everyday and take you to a higher state. Insomniac’s brand-new, all-trance event brings that vision to life. This music has the power to connect, the power to soothe, and the power to heal. It’s time to experience that power together. Get your boarding passes and prepare to enter Dreamstate.”


21) West Coast Weekender

West Coast Weekender Music Festival in San Diego

When: June, 2024

Where: Various venues around San Diego, California

http://www.westcoastweekender.net/

A weekend of West Coast sunshine, pool parties, pop up dance classes, yoga classes, dance parties, and your favorite selectors.

“A celebration of music, dance, and culture in Southern California, the music conference and festival is blossoming right alongside San Diego’s incredible cultural renaissance. With nearly half of attendees coming from out of town, the West Coast Weekender audience rings in a truly one-of-a-kind vibe. The influx of activity—plus the San Diego underground community’s enthusiasm—creates an infectious, old school energy that’s of another era.”


22) Wanderlust Squaw Valley

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When: TBC, 2024

Where: Squaw Valley, California 

http://wanderlust.com/festivals/

Wanderlust is different than your standard music festival, as it’s more of a retreat/ getaway/ vacation with a big emphasis on music and community! The few friends I know who have attended told me it’s truly special! They also host events ALL around the world, so definitely worth checking out their website and keeping up-to-date with their calendar if you’re into this type of transformational event!

“For 10 years, Wanderlust has gathered teachers, experts, musicians, and creators at stunning resorts for transformational experiences—each unique unto itself. Over the last decade, yogis have grown their practice, connected with community, and made life-altering discoveries.

Music is the heartbeat of Wanderlust festivals. You’ll feel the pulse in the subtle spinning of a brilliant DJ, in the sweet rhythms of our acoustic meditations, and classes accompanied by perfectly paired beats will leave your body awash in energy. Whatever your taste, the musical discoveries that await at Wanderlust will leave you with new favorites for practice and party alike.”


23) Escape: Psycho Circus

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When: October, 2024

Where: NOS Event Center, San Bernadino, California

https://escapehalloween.com/

“Sinister sights and rattling sounds will shock, amaze, beguile, astound. Escape with us, and come inside — the Psycho Circus has arrived! Each realm of Escape Halloween offers up a unique musical treat, full of audiovisual trickery to captivate your soul. Prepare yourself for two nights of monstrous beats as we bring you a multi-genre musical experience that will slay you.”

ESCAPE is one of Insomniac Events’ top music festivals that’s been running annually since 2011. Complete with walk-through mazes themed stages, and costumed performers – this is a Halloween Rave you need to check out at least once!


24) Desert Daze

Desert Daze - Festivals in California 2023

La Femme performance, Desert Daze 2017

When: October 10-13, 2024

Where: Lake Perris, California

https://desertdaze.org/about/

“Over the last decade, an idea became an experiment, an experiment a revision, suddenly a series, a ritual, and then something greater than the sum of its parts. Connecting many people through time, space and spirit. The curious, the convinced, and the reluctant became witnesses. Witnesses became visitors. Visitors left as passengers and returned with more. The “where” or the “what” becomes secondary to discovery, however many times you may need discovery to happen.

Since 2018, Desert Daze has found a home at Lake Perris, located 1.5 hours SE of Los Angeles. Featuring a beautiful lake, sandy beach, well-maintained campgrounds with permanent restroom and shower facilities, the grounds also feature tree-lined shade areas throughout, nestled inside an unbroken horizon of mountain ranges. The lake and shore are available to everyone for swimming and lounging. Whether coming for the day or staying the night, join us for an unparalleled concert and festival experience worthy of our tenth anniversary.”


25) Stilldream Campout Festival

When: June 20-24, 2024

Where: Blue Mountain Event Center, Wilseyville, California 

https://stilldreamfestival.com/

“Stilldream was formed in June of 2000, by a group of like-minded individuals from the Sierra Foothills, and Sacramento, interested in the preservation of events of an earthy, intimate nature, which were becoming more and more scarce at the time.

A common love for music, community, nature, culture, and consciousness has encouraged us all to unite and give back to the community that has always given us love, and inspiration and provided growth. In the short years of our existence, Stilldream has gone from throwing intimate parties for our friends in a barn, to inviting thousands to take part in our events in venues with decades of rich musical history.

In its 11 years, Stilldream has gone from us all trying to see where we could take it, to realizing that Stilldream itself has indeed been taking us all on a ride that we could have never imagined eleven years ago. We continue to look forward to the evolution of our events, as well as the many new faces who believe in the dream and help us push it forward every year. We hope you enjoy your stay!”


26) The Untz Festival

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When: May 10-12, 2024

Where: Browns Valley, California

http://www.theuntzfestival.com/

“The underground bass community will reunite once again in this beautiful mountain community less than an hour from the mouth of Yosemite National Park and just 3 hours east of the Bay Area. The best and brightest up-and-comers in the bass scene will return to Mariposa Fairgrounds!”


27) Aftershock Festival

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When: October 10-13, 2024

Where: Discovery Park, Sacramento, California

https://aftershockfestival.com

Join thousands of rock and roll music lovers for three days of epic tunes, delicious food, and solid vibes in the beautiful Discovery Park! Offering one of the most epic rock festival line-ups in all of California, this is guaranteed to be a damn good weekend!


28) Portola Festival

When: October, 2024

Where: San Francisco, California

https://portolamusicfestival.com/

With a successful inaugural edition in 2022, Goldenvoice (the team behind Coachella) brought one of the most eclectic and unique festival line-ups to Northern California, and I know they’ll be back bigger and better in 2024.

I was personally able to attend Portola, and while there were a few struggles (no cell reception, waiting time to get into stages, and severe overcrowding), I would still highly recommend checking out this amazing new festival! 

While the venue was nothing too exciting, the music and vibes were truly top-notch. I can almost guarantee it’ll become a San Francisco favorite for years to come. 


29) Ojai Music Festival

Ojai California Music Festival 2021

When: June 6-9, 2024

Where: Ojai, California

https://www.ojaifestival.org/

“The Ojai Music Festival has been raising a finely calibrated ruckus each spring since 1947.” – Alex Ross, The New Yorker

“Every year open-minded audiences gather in the idyllic Ojai Valley to experience a four-day curated music festival – the only one of its kind. Each Festival’s narrative thread is guided by a different music director, who offers a wildly distinctive style and point of view. These annual directors are more than conductors, soloists, or musicians. They are musical thinkers who approach their craft with creativity and responsibility to the music of today.”

“The Ojai Music Festival represents an ideal of adventurous, open-minded and open-hearted programming in the most beautiful and welcoming of settings, with audiences and artists to match its aspirations. As its 75th anniversary approaches, the Festival remains a hallmark for groundbreaking musical experiences with a narrative thread guided by a different music director. These annual directors are more than conductors, composers, soloists, or musicians. They are musical thinkers who approach their craft with creativity and responsibility to the present day.”


30) Beachlife Festival 2024

Beachlife Festival California

When: May 3-5, 2024

Where: Redondo Beach, California

https://beachlifefestival.com/

“Our mission is to inspire community, authenticity, and generosity through the celebration of music, art, and our Southern California beachlife culture.”

“We were lucky enough to grow up in Southern California on the beach — surfing, hanging out with sand between our toes, vibing with friends, and living the beach life.  Our culture celebrates the power and beauty of the ocean and coastal resources — our waves, wind, smell of sea salt, beaches, sand, and wildlife that call this their home.  We will protect this lifestyle at any cost because it is the central theme to our lives, and each day we celebrate the relaxed lifestyle that has grown out of this environment. So if you have it in your blood, or if you are brand new to it, we welcome you at beachlife to hang with us, vibe, and enjoy.”


31) Primavera Sound Festival Los Angeles 2024

Primavera Sound Festival Los Angeles 2023

When: TBC, 2024 

Where: Los Angeles, California 

https://www.primaverasound.com/en/los-angeles

Earlier in 2019, European festival juggernaut Primavera Sound announced they’d be premiering in the US in 2020 to celebrate its 20th anniversary! How exciting is that!? Unfortunately, due to the global health crisis Primavera Sound was forced to postpone their US debut to September 2022 (which went off quite well). 

After living in Barcelona for two different summers, I know Primavera Sound brings their A-game, and it’s guaranteed to be a so-cal festival favorite!


32) Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival California

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When: September 27-29, 2024

Where: Monterey County Fairgrounds, California 

https://montereyjazzfestival.org/

“The Monterey Jazz Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Monterey, California, United States. It debuted on October 3, 1958, championed by Dave Brubeck and co-founded by jazz and popular music critic Ralph J. Gleason and jazz disc jockey Jimmy Lyons.”


33) CRSSD Proper NYE

When: December 30-31, 2024

Where: Monterey County Fairgrounds, California 

www.propernye.com

“FNGRS CRSSD has announced the lineup for its newest event PROPER NYE, a two-day, three stage event set to ring in the new year in San Diego. On the heels of a sold out Fall edition of CRSSD Festival this past weekend, PROPER NYE brings over 20 of electronic music’s biggest and most in-demand names to Gallagher Square and the field at Petco Park for a dual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebration. The event will deliver the same forward-thinking, top tier house and techno curation the FNGRS CRSSD brand is known for.”


34) The All Day I Dream Festival

When: May, 2024

Where: Oakdale, California

https://thealldayidreamfestival.com/

Over the past decade Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream has captured the imagination and hearts of music lovers everywhere, offering magical daytime experiences that focus on the community as much as the music. In 2022, the consummate emotive party took it to the next level with its first-ever weekend long camping event in the lush surrounds of California’s Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, California.


35) Calibash 2024

When: January 12-13, 2024

Where: Los Angeles, California 

https://www.cryptoarena.com/events/detail/calibash24

“This downtown Los Angeles fest is one of the year’s hottest Latin music festivals.”


What to bring to these music festivals in California 2024?

I’ve written a couple really fun guides for packing and festival accessories. Check out a few of my favorite posts below for more info:

What to bring to music festivals


Am I Missing Any Epic California Music Festivals 2024…?

While I’m sure there are tons more for all different genres of music, I’m pretty these are all the biggest and best music festivals and events in California.  I hope this article gave you some inspiration, and I hope to see you at one of these music festivals throughout the year.  I’m always flying back to California for different events, and there’s a good chance you’ll see me dressed in a crazy outfit, taking photos of all the beautiful people who attend these different festivals.

California Music Festivals 2020


Looking for music festivals around the world…?

My website is filled with articles about the best music festivals in the world, so take a browse through some of the posts below – and start planning

Best Music Festivals in California 2020

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Thanks so much for reading my California Music Festivals 2024 Guide!

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