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.
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.