Your Guide to All of Northern California’s Music Festivals This Summer

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Is it just us or does it seem like festivals are hella in right now? It’s like every weekend a festival is happening, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep track.

Don’t get us wrong though, we’re not complaining. We’re pretty spoiled here in beautiful Northern California, and the copious amounts of festivals coming our way are the perfect way to celebrate the warm weather, if you ask us.

Now, why are we giving you this guide now rather than back in May? Because chances are, you know that summer in San Francisco doesn’t really start until August and it runs until around mid-October. That means that here in the Bay, we get to go see a lot of festivals booked later in the year while the rest of the country has to go back and hibernate for the winter. Sorry, everyone else.

Actually we’re not really sorry—we’re Californian, and we love our music.

Here are a whole bunch of festivals coming through Northern California this summer, and everything you need to know about them.


JULY

Fest: High Sierra Music Fest

(High Sierra Music Festival)

(High Sierra Music Festival)

When: July 3-7
Where: Quincy, CA
Headliners: Widespread Panic, STS9, Ms. Lauryn Hill
Tickets: 4-day passes $222.50, 3-day $207.50, 2-day $160. Single Days on sale as well.
Keep an Eye On: The sweet sound of Typhoon, Lord Huron’s cinematic force, the string virtuosity of Carolina Chocolate Drops

 

Fest: Burger Boogaloo

(Burger Records)

(Burger Records)

When: July 5-6
Where: Oakland, CA
Headliners: Ronnie Spector, Shannon & the Clams, Thee Oh Sees
Tickets: $50 for the weekend, $35 for single day

 

Fest: Phono del Sol

(The Bay Bridged)

(The Bay Bridged)

When: July 12
Where: San Francisco, CA
Headliners: Wye Oak, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Nick Waterhouse
Tickets: $25
Keep an Eye On: The gritty string-breaking of Tony Molina and the dance-ready, dark synths of Berkeley’s Yalls.

 

Fest: Wanderlust

(Wanderlust)

(Wanderlust)

When: July 17-20
Where: Squaw Valley, CA
Headliners: Big Gigantic, RJD2, DJ Krush
Tickets: $105-925 for 1-day to 9-day tickets

 

Fest: Northern Nights

(Northern Nights)

(Northern Nights)

When: July 18
Where: Mendocino, CA
Headliners: Beats Antique, Justin Martin, Zion I
Tickets: $164

 


 

 

AUGUST

Fest: Woodsist Fest

(folk-YEAH!)

(folk-YEAH!)

When: August 5-6
Where: Big Sur, CA
Headliners: Woods, Foxygen, Cass McCombs
Tickets: Sold out!

 

Fest: Outside Lands

(APE/Superfly)

(APE/Superfly)

When: August 8-10
Where: San Francisco, CA
Headliners: Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Killers
Tickets: Sold out!
Keep an Eye On: Aussie pop duo Jagwar Ma, grungy San Francisco garage rocker Mikal Cronin, and rap heavy-hitters Killer Mike and El-P.

 

Fest: Summer Splash

(99.7 [Now!])

(99.7 [Now!])

When: August 16
Where: Santa Clara, CA
Headliners: Kalin & Myles, Cher Lloyd, MAGIC!
Tickets: Adults $49.99, Juniors (under 48″) and Seniors $44.99, Season pass holders $37.99

 

Fest: First City Music Festival

(First City Fest)

(First City Fest)

When: August 23-24
Where: Monterey, CA
Headliners: Beck, The National, Phantogram
Tickets: 2-Day $159.50, Single day $79.75
Keep an Eye On: The witty, bubbly pop of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the tropic 80s synths of Tanlines, the ever-irreverent Speedy Ortiz

 

Fest: Punk Rock Picnic

(Live 105)

(Live 105)

When: August 31
Where: Mountain View, CA
Headliners: The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise
Tickets: $33

 


 

SEPTEMBER

Fest: Summersalt

(Summersalt Website)

(Summersalt Website)

When: September 13
Where: San Francisco
Headliners: TBA
Tickets: TBA

 

Fest: Aftershock

(Aftershock Website)

(Aftershock Website)

When: September 13
Where: Sacramento, CA
Headliners: Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie
Tickets: 2-Day tickets $109.50

 


 
OCTOBER

Fest: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

(Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Website)

(Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Website)

When: October 3-5
Where: San Francisco, CA
Headliners: TBD
Tickets: Free!

 

Fest: TBD Fest

(Launch/TBD Fest)

(Launch/TBD Fest)

When: October 3-5
Where: West Sacramento, CA
Headliners: Justice (DJ Set), Blondie, Empire of the Sun
Tickets: 3-day tickets $159
Keep an Eye On: Local dream pop artist Craft Spells, rowdy Scottish punks PAWS, and the seductive 80s-infused electronic of Com Truise.

 

Fest: Treasure Island Music Festival

(APE/Noise Pop)

(APE/Noise Pop)

When: October 18-19
Where: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA
Headliners: Outkast, Massive Attack, Alt-J
Tickets: 2-day tickets $160
Keep an Eye On: Painted Palms, a badass local psych-pop outfit, the soulful croons of Banks, and playful dance music by MØ.

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