The 8 Best Camping Music Festivals in California

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DANCING.  CAMPING.  DRINKING.   

I’m a firm believer that nothing makes a festival more complete then adding camping into the experience.  While some people loathe the idea of not having a bed, a clean private bathroom, and a lack of electricity — a weekend camping trip surrounded by friendly people and great music is one of the best ways to relax, party, meet new people, and have a good time.

Check out my list of the best camping festivals in California.  






1 ) Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

  • When:  April 14-16 & April 21-23, 2017
  • Where:  Indio, California
  • Website:  https://www.coachella.com/home/
  • Why:  Coachella is without a doubt the biggest and most popular festival in California.  Every year thousands of festival addicts make their way to the Polo Fields for what is guaranteed to be a weekend experience you’ll never forget.  The line-up is always diverse, with a little bit of something to offer everyone.  It might be one of the most expensive festivals to attend, but it honestly is worth every penny.  When it comes to camping at Coachella — it’s a no brainer.  The campsites are well-organized, and you’ll definitely be happy that you can leave / enter the festival whenever you want.  Especially since alcohol is so pricey inside, it would be a great idea to head back to your campsite and chug a few beers in between artist sets.

Day 2 by @scott_kranz

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2 ) Dirtybird Campout

You’re never too old to go to summer camp!  Dust off your camping gear and calibrate your compasses, Dirtybird Campout is coming…

  • When:  October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Silverado, California
  • Website:   http://dirtybirdcampout.com/
  • Why:  Did you ever go to summer camp when you were a kid?  Well, that’s basically what a weekend away with the Dirtybird crew is going to be like — but with much better food, amazing music,  and a lot more alcohol.  They’ve got plans for kickball, boat races, a talent show, tug – of – war, arts & crafts, stand-up comedy, and much more.  Tucked away at a gorgeous park in Southern-California, Dirtybird Campout is much more than a music event — it’s an intimate gathering of camp friends and “camp counselors” simply to enjoy some good tunes and excellent atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on this one!

2016 Line-Up: Claude Von Stroke, Reggie Watts, Green Velvet, Catz n Dogz, J Phlip, Justin Martin, and so much more…

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Christan Martin — Road to Dirtybird Campout Mix






3 ) Lightning In a Bottle

Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life

  • When:  Mid-May
  • Where:  Bradley, California
  • Website:   http://lightninginabottle.org/
  • Why:  Lightning in Bottle is a a transformative festival that is filled with nothing but good vibes, amazing music, and beautiful scenery.  The line-up is always stacked with amazing electronic artists that will keep you dancing the entire time.  While it is one hell of a party — it also has the power to change you on a spiritual level.  Get involved.  Do Yoga.  Listen to the speakers.  It’s 3 days of pure bliss of camping, food, drink, art, self-expression, and dancing.  Check it out– you’ll be glad you did.

Two days until we recreate the Woogie dance floor magic! See you this wknd, Wooglets! Tix: woogiewknd.eventbrite.com

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4 ) Beyond Wonderland

Embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest, exploring what exists Beyond Wonderland.

  • When:  Mid March, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Websitehttp://socal.beyondwonderland.com/info/
  • Why:  Southern-California is the birthplace of the rave culture in the United States, and Insomniac Events are known for throwing the biggest and best festivals in America.  Beyond Wonderland is one of their main festivals throughout the year, and will be one rave experience you’ll never forget.  Insomniac always brings a top-notch line-up with the biggest names in dance music.  With 5 different stages, you’ll have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to the line-up which acts you want to see.

Check out the 2016 Line-up to get an idea of what to expect for next years event.



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5 ) Nocturnal Wonderland

4 days of Camping, 3 Nights of Music, Art, Family, and Culture. Carpe Noctem!

  • When:  September 2 – 4, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Website:  http://www.nocturnalwonderland.com/
  • Why:  Out of all the 3-day festivals in California, Nocturnal Wonderland is probably the biggest and best rave you can attend.  Insomniac Events are simply experts at providing the perfect atmosphere and music to create an experience that you will never forget.  The line-up is absolutely stacked, the vibe is unbeatable, and the venue is ideal for a festival of this magnitude.  If you don’t have plans for labor day weekend — then look no further.  This is exactly where you need to be.

2016 Line-Up:  Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Hot Since 82, Flux Pavilloon, Hermitude, Pig & Dan, Laidback Luke, Matador (Live), Mat Zo, Nicole Moudaber, Caspa b2b Rusko, Knife Party, and so many more.   Check-out the full line-up here.  



 



5 ) Wanderlust Festival

At Wanderlust, our mission is to help you find your true north.  True north is not a final destination:  it’s a path, a journey, and a yearning to explore and connect to your life’s purpose.

  • When: July 20-23, 2017
  • Where:  North Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Website:  http://wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley/
  • Why:  Stepping away from the bigger parties and raves, Wanderlust is a weekend getaway that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  Focusing on self-exploration, daily yoga sessions, guided adventures, local and sustainable food, and incredible live music. — Wanderlust is an epicenter of good vibes.  They throw these Wanderlust festivals all over the world, and attending the California edition will be a very smart decision.

Unplug from the Ordinary.  Adventure awaits.


Enjoy the view.? #OnlyInWhistler ? #Wanderlust2016 #WanderlustFestival ? @kylie.fly

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6 ) Northern Nights Festival

  • When:  July 14-16, 2017
  • Where:  Cook Valley, California
  • Website:  http://northernnights.org/
  • Why:  “Cook’s Valley Campground is a festival site unlike any other. It is a rare gem.  The festival grounds feature deep swimming holes, the largest Redwood grove used for camping, and plenty of space to stretch out. Northern Nights Music Festival is a unique and safe experience for both newcomers and seasoned campers.   Our collective hope is to sustain NNMF as a premiere destination festival that offers a unique opportunity to fully embrace a truly Californian experience.”

Check out previous year line-ups to see the amazing talent they’ve brought in the past.


Northern Nights Mix – Gorgon City



 



7 ) High Sierra Music Festival

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:  http://highsierramusic.com/
  • Why:  HSMF is one of the oldest festivals in California, having just finished it’s 26th edition in 2016.  Every year they provide an excellent variety of entertainment to it’s attendees.  This family friendly camping festival is guaranteed to be a highlight of your summer with top-notch music, fire performers, movement classes, parades, and silent discos.  This is definitely a music festival in California you need to experience at least once in your life.

Check out previous line-ups to get an idea of what to expect for 2017.


Mixtape 1977 High Sierra Music Festival 07/02/16


This is High Sierra Music Festival #pentax #ricoh #k3ii #hsmf #hsmf2016 #festival #highsierramusicfestival @stevepoltz @highsierramusic

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8 ) Woogie Weekend

A 3-day long celebration of all things Woogie!

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:  http://highsierramusic.com/
  • Why:  Lightning in a Bottle’s most iconic stage, “Woogie” has created it’s own boutique camping festival in Silverado, CA.  Having an amazing first year edition in 2016, this looks like it may become one of the ultimate summer getaways.  Above anything else — this just looks like pure FUN.  Beautiful people, gorgeous location, and bumping underground electronic music.



There you have it!  These are the Top 8 Camping Festivals in California!

How many have you been to already…? 

Check out my other articles about music festivals around the world.





Am I missing any great campign music festivals in California ?  Let me know in the comments section.

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