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Four Southern California Music Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Southern California is a place that was made for music festivals. With year-round good weather and a large, music-loving population, the options for attending awesome outdoor music festivals are relatively endless. These four music festivals are among some of the biggest, most impressive lineups to come to town.

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Coachella

If you are from Southern California, you have most certainly heard of Coachella, the biggest music festival to come to our area every year. With an absolutely enormous lineup that includes artists such as Christine and the Queens, The Kills, The Vandals, Guns N’ Roses, Matt and Kim, Ice Cube, Silversun Pickups, and so, so many more, this is one music festival you won’t want to miss. In addition to music, festival attendees can experience, art shows and pop up restaurants. Passes start at $225 and can go up to $899 for VIP. There are camping options for both tent and RV starting at $99, and some more luxurious teepee and tent rental options as well as the ultra-luxurious Safari Tent.

Check out their website at https://www.coachella.com for more information.

Stagecoach

For those who might be more inclined to rock out to Country music than alternative, Stagecoach is one of the premier country music festivals in the country. Visitors can sing along to such country music stars as Lee Ann Womack, Aaron Watson, Chris Young, John Fogerty, Luke Bryan, The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many, many more. The festival is held every Spring out in the Indio desert. In addition to rocking out to their favorite country music artists, visitors to Stagecoach can go off-roading in the Toyota Drive Center, get their dance on in the Honky Tonk Dance Hall, catch some awesome views on the Ferris Wheel, and enjoy some video games at the PlayStation Experience. Offsite camping is available as well as hotels, motels, and Airbnb properties in Indio. There is also an RV resort nearby where RV camping is available. Tickets range from $269 to $799, and car camping passes are $100.

Check out their website at http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/ for more information.

KAABOO

One of Southern California’s newest music festivals, KAABOO is quickly gaining notoriety as one of the hottest new shows in town. Located in the North San Diego County seaside community of Del Mar, this show features hot acts such as Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz, the Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Cypress Hill, Steel Pulse, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and many more. It’s an eclectic mix of different kinds of artists that is sure to delight all who spend the weekend at this festival. In addition to music, the festival also features an impressive lineup of standup comedy routines from funny people such as Dana Carvey, Darrell Hammond, Jeff Ross, Janeane Garofalo, Garfunkel and Oates, Brian Posehn and more. The three-day festival also features an art show, artisanal foods, a “beach cabana” area with cabanas and chaise lounges to rent, and an indoor spa and relaxation zone where patrons can enjoy massages, blowouts, and more. Getting to Kaaboo is easy. From San Diego, you can either drive North on the Interstate 5 or take the Coaster train to the Solana Beach station. There are plenty of nearby hotels in the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach, and even some area beach campgrounds if you are on a budget. Tickets are on sale as three day passes only, and range from $249 per person to $2499 per person, depending on the ticket purchased.

Check out their website at https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/ for more information.

Desert Trip

If you’re interested in seeing incredible classic rock artists such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Who, and Roger Waters, you’re not going to want to miss Desert Trip Indio, or “Oldchella” as it’s known colloquially due to its location being in the same area as the famous Coachella Music Festival, but with more of an appeal to older audiences. These tickets won’t come cheap, however. A single day of admission starts at $199, while a 3-day reserved grandstand seat can run you as much as $1599. The biggest acts of the festival are playing on different days, so if you want to see them all you’ll have to spring for a 3-day pass. As far as accommodations go, concert-goers can choose from an array of hotel packages in the Indio area, including some that are offered through the concert promoters themselves. Other options include camping for tents or RV’s on site (for an additional fee of $99), teepee and tent rentals for an additional $1600, or ultra-fancy safari tent rentals for $10,000. For those who are more budget minded, there are a lot of campsites, Airbnb rentals, and motels in and around the Indio area which will offer better rates.

Check out their website at http://ww2.deserttrip.com/ for more information.

 

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