Summer Music Festivals

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If you enjoy music, you’ll probably be making your way to plenty of concerts, as summer is a prominent time for many music festivals. Those attending will include a lot of us college students. Since school will be out there’s no better way of enjoying your summer with your friends at a music festival. Music does play a big role in many people’s lives and consequently many people usually find excitement attending these music festivals. Daniel Ramirez, a Music major said,”I’m not a big fan of most mainstream music but I listen to a lot of rap and reggae. There’s plenty of shows I will be present at this summer.”

Regardless of what genre you like, summer will be packed with events throughout the next few months so here’s a few you won’t want to miss.

California Roots

Where: Monterey, California

When: May 22-24

California Roots is a big festival that is a staple for reggae music. From the likes of Rebelution, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid and Tribal Seeds, if you’re a big reggae fan this is the place you’ll want to be at.


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Lighting in a Bottle 

Where: Bradley, California

When: May 21-25

Lightning in a Bottle has been going on since 2007 and it’s still going strong. With its very diverse lineup of different experimental electronic music to the alternative rock, there’s a lot of variety this festival offers.

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Make Music Pasadena

Where: Pasadena, California

When: June 6

Make Music Pasadena is an all-age and all-day music event takes place in Downtown Pasadena. What’s great unlike other music festivals that really hurt our wallets is that this event is free. If you’re free on this day you should definitely make your way down there. Who doesn’t love a free concert?


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Huck Finn Jubilee

Where: Ontario, California

When: June 12-14

If you love bluegrass or country music in general, Huck Finn Jubilee is the music festival you’ll want to attend. This year will mark its 39th year running and this festival is one of the biggest bluegrass festivals on the West Coast.

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Hard Summer Music Festival

Where: Pomona, California

When: August 1-2

This two-day event marks its 8th year in the running. With many big names from The Weeknd, Jack U and Caribou, this event is one the more popular dance music festivals in California. If you’re a big fan of electronic music then this is a festival you don’t want to miss.

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Outside Lands

Where: San Francisco, California

When: August 7-9

One of the more popular music festivals in Northern California, Outside Lands has been going strong since 2008. With the diversity of music culture in this lineup, different tastes and music fans are sure to be in attendance.


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FYF Fest

Where: Los Angeles, California

When: August 22-23

This two-day event is probably the closest of all these music festivals on this list. Since 2004, FYF has offered artists of many different genres from rock, indie, and electronic music. If you’re looking for a place to go that isn’t too far out you should certainly check this one out.

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