Summer 2015 Guide to California Music Festivals

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Thanks to swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, and that famous California attitude, some people fondly call the West Coast the Best Coast.  While we wouldn’t go quite that far, we have to agree that California is home to many of our favorite summer music festivals.  After all, between The Beach Boys, Tupac, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Grateful Dead, and N.W.A., the Golden State must be doing something right.

We’ve conveniently broken the best California festivals of summer 2015 down by month so that you don’t have to.  Start the summer in scenic Napa Valley and work your way toward San Diego as the season draws to a close.

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May, 2015: Monterey and Napa Valley

Joshua Tree Music Festival

  • Joshua Tree Music Festival
  • Location — Joshua Tree, CA
  • Venue — The Joshua Tree Lake Campground
  • Date — May 14th – 17th, 2015
  • Tickets — $160
  • 2015 Performers — Black Sea Hotel, Con Brio, Rachel Lark, The Floozies, Trevor Green

Lightning in a Bottle

  • Lightning in a Bottle
  • Location — Bradley, CA
  • Venue — San Antonio Recreation Area @ 2091 New Pleyto Rd.
  • Date — May 21 – 25
  • Tickets — $260
  • 2015 Performers — Tycho, Active Child, Everyman, Flume, G Jones, Panda Bear, Snakehips

California Roots

  • California Roots
  • Location — Monterey, CA
  • Venue — Monterey Fairgrounds
  • Date — May 22 – 24
  • Tickets — $216
  • 2015 Performers — Common Kings, Cypress Hill, Fishbone, John Butler Trio, The Roots

BottleRock

  • BottleRock
  • Location — Napa, CA
  • Venue — Napa Valley Expo
  • Date — May 29 – 31
  • Tickets — $99 – $275
  • 2015 Performers — Cage The Elephant, Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg, Foster The People, Emily Wolfe

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June, 2015: Santa Rosa

Country Summer

  • Country Summer
  • Location — Santa Rosa, CA
  • Venue — Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
  • Date — June 5 – 7
  • Tickets — $69 – $279
  • 2015 Performers — Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, The Swon Brothers

Huck Finn Jubilee

  • Huck Finn Jubilee
  • Location — Ontario, CA
  • Venue — Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
  • Date — June 12 – 14
  • Tickets — $125
  • 2015 Performers — Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Detour, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jeff Austin Band

July, 2015: Quincy and Piercy

25th Annual High Sierra Music Festival

  • 25th Annual High Sierra Music Festival
  • Location — Quincy, CA
  • Venue — 204 Fairground Rd.
  • Date — July 2 – 5
  • Tickets — $211
  • 2015 Performers — The String Cheese Incident, Galactic, California Honeydrops, Living Daylights, Dan Bern

19th Annual California WorldFest

  • 19th Annual California WorldFest
  • Location — Grass Valley, CA
  • Venue — Nevada County Fairgrounds
  • Date — July 16 – 19
  • Tickets — $15 – $590
  • 2015 Performers — Lucinda Williams Band, Beats Antique, Dengue Fever, Tuba Skinny, Makana, John Trudell & Bad Dog

Northern Nights

  • Northern Nights
  • Location — Piercy, CA
  • Venue — Cook’s Valley Campground
  • Date — July 17 – 19
  • Tickets — $169
  • 2015 Performers — Colour Vision, Gold Panda, Lane 8, Monophonics, Slow Magic, The Starship Connection

August, 2015: San Francisco and L.A.

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

  • Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
  • Location — San Francisco, CA
  • Venue — Golden Gate Park
  • Date — August 7 – 9
  • Tickets — $325 – $625
  • 2015 Performers — Elton John, Mumford & Sons, St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Wilco, Kendrick Lamar, Caribou, Mac DeMarco, The Black Keys

FYF Fest

  • FYF Fest
  • Location — Los Angeles, CA
  • Venue –The LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park
  • Date — August 22 -23
  • Tickets — TBA
  • 2015 Performers — TBA (past performers include Grimes, Interpol, The Strokes, Slowdive, and Phoenix)

September, 2015: San Diego and San Bernardino

Nocturnal Wonderland: 20th Anniversary

  • Nocturnal Wonderland: 20th Anniversary
  • Location — San Bernardino, CA
  • Venue — San Manuel Amphitheatre & Grounds
  • Date — September 4 – 6
  • Tickets — $239
  • 2015 Performers — Armin van Buuren, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights

KAABOO

  • KAABOO
  • Location — San Diego, CA
  • Venue — Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds
  • Date — September 18 – 20
  • Tickets — $259
  • 2015 Performers — Counting Crows, Los Lobos, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, The Killers

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