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Ultimate Music Festivals

From High Sierra mountains to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, from wine country splendour to dramatic deserts, California’s music festivals are always in fabulous locations. And the music gets a thumbs-up too. Whether you like electronica, vintage jazz, boot-stompin’ country, indie tunes, or good old rock ‘n’ roll, it is all here. Plus, many events make it special with food vans and pop-up restaurants that serve quality California wines and craft beers. In between sets, peruse art exhibits, or just people watch for serious festival styles—sometimes even better than what is on stage.   

July - August

With a pine-and-peak alpine setting and a relaxed and friendly ambiance, this appealing event in Bear Valley, roughly halfway between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, includes performances by outstanding musical artists. Launched in 1967, the festival features a full symphony orchestra, international soloists, and legendary entertainers at pretty outdoor venues. Classical works, opera, Broadway show tunes, and opening weekend acts of contemporary and country music are offered, with past guest artists ranging from the Mamas and the Papas, to Big Bad Voodoo Daddies.

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May

Rock rolls into the wine country with this three-day event in Napa that features 2019 headliners Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, and Mumford & Sons. With more than 80 performers in the May 24–26...

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July

Yoga meets alpine wow at this om-filled, 5-day event. Daytimes are filled with workshops and workouts lead by eminent yoga instructors, all taking place in indoor and outdoor settings that...

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December

Combine top performers, top skiing and snowboarding, and New Year's Eve, and you know you’re in for a one-of-a-kind happening. This South Lake Tahoe outdoor blowout is an annual...

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