Top Music Festivals in California

Californian Festivals are renowned around the globe for their ability to integrate food, language, tradition and music from all over the world.

The Golden State is an ideal resort destination, sunny and dry all year round with easy access to the ocean, deserts and mountains.

In recent years California has become one of the most saturated festival markets in the USA, so here are our top 5 festivals that every music fan living in or visiting California should know about…

1. Symbiosis Gathering, Oakdale

Date: Sep 22 – 25, 2016

About: Symbiosis Gathering is a transformative art, music, and community gathering that encourages expressive arts, sustainability, and personal development. The 15,000-person Gathering takes place surrounding the Woodward Reservoir meaning you can stumble into the water straight from your campsite, and can swim on all ends of the festival.

Music Genres: Bass, Deep House, Minimal, Techno, Galactic Bass, Indie / Pop Fusion, Progtrance and World Folk.

So don’t worry you can expect plenty of yoga, nudity.
2. CRSSD Festival, San Diego

Date: Oct 1 – 2, 2016

About: Although new to the festival scene with just two years under its belt, CRSSD has become one of California’s mainstay festivals, probably because it has enough craft beer and heart-stopping bass to give any electronic music fan a full blown raging semi.

Resting on the picturesque shores of downtown San Diego, CRSSD fest is located at the Waterfront Park and captures all of those South Cali good vibes.

If you are looking for high energy sets, consistently top-tier line-ups and impressive scenery – this is the one for you.

Music Genres: Electronic, Tech, Minimal, Deep, House, EDM.
3. KAABOO, San Diego

Date: Sep 16 – 18, 2016

About: Kaaboo Festival takes place inside the Del Mar Racetrack, San diego.

It usually brings together more than 100 musical acts who perform over three days, and is the proprietor of contemporary art exhibits, stand-up comedy, and a variety of local, national and international cuisine.

The festival was brought together after entrepreneur Bryan Gordon expressed frustration towards modern dusty, dirty and uncomfortable downscale events.

So if you are looking for something slightly more upmarket and enjoy watching a myriad of different genres perform whilst sipping a Pina Colada in the pool – then this one is for you.

Music Genres: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Indie, Hip Hop


4. Coachella, Indio

Date one: April 15 – 17, 2016 Date two: April 22 – 24, 2016

About: Located in Coachella Valley in the Colorado desert, Coachella is one of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Coachella is well known for hosting a diverse range of cutting edge musical acts.

Musicians will be set to perform between several gnarly stages including the Coachella Stage, the Outdoor Theatre, the Gobi Tent, the Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent.

Coachella runs back-to-back for two consecutive weekends, each sporting identical musical line ups. The event starts gearing up to open two months in advance, so get ready to expect the unexpected, witness mind blowing art and experience a full blown eargasm.

Music Genres: Rock, Indie, Hip Hop, Dance, Electronic


5. Aftershock Festival, Sacramento

Date: Oct 22 – 23, 2016

About: Aftershock Festival, sponsored by Monster Energy, is California’s biggest annual rock concert. It is held in Sacramento, California’s Discovery Park, and is conveniently located near downtown Sacramento, where the American and Sacramento Rivers meet.

The festival is for two days and this year will feature over 35 different bands performing across three different stages.

It has been known to attract audiences as big as 50,000 people, likely due to their consistent awe inspiring super colossal music line-ups.

2016 headliners include Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, and Korn.

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Music Genres: Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Hardcore, Death Metal


Hopefully that’s enough information for ya to get planning your next Cali music festival, let us know..


Team Festival Mapper