And we are off again into the second ½ of festival season! Funny to think that until late 90s music festivals were not the behemoths they are today. The atmospheres, the art, sculpture, camping….what did we do then? While we had the Lollapalooza  Festival tours in the mid-90’s, things changed starting in 1996 with The Clifford Ball in Plattsburgh, NY. Phish decided they could produce their OWN festival while paying a lot of attention to atmospheres, art, pranks, sculpture, performance art and a good festival atmosphere.  This then spawned Bonnaroo and a inspired so many others from there. In this list we are mentioning some on the same date, only because they are pretty different….But enough about that….here we go!

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One of our favorite events on earth…Wanderlust blends together our two favorite things…YOGA and MUSIC. A really nice (and nice-looking!) crowd, complete with tons of world-class vendors, interesting classes and workshops, beautiful views and a great musical line-up. Plus we finally have the chance to see The Polyphonic Spree and DJ Krush….plus some of  our faves RJD2, Bluetech, Big Gigantic and more. Can’t ever imagine missing Wanderlust.

Don’t miss: DJ Krush, Polyphonic Spree, Yoga Slackers, Shane Suffriti at the  pool

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JULY 18-20 • Mendocino/Humboldt County, CA

In it’s second year, Northern Nights is in the heart of Humboldt County where Reggae on the River has been located. Beautiful location with a diverse line-up of everything from hip hop to house, funk to temple-step. AND it’s right on the river for swimming (and you know this line-up is bringing the heat).

Don’t miss: Sabo, Lindsey Lowend, Giraffage, Justin Martin, Fort Knox Five

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July 25-27  Belden, CA
July 25-27 Belden, CA

If “all house, all the time” is your cup of tea….look no further than the 13th Sunset Campout. Originally starting in 1998 (FOR househeads BY househeads) and always known for over-the-top lighting and sound in the intimate, unique and beloved town of Belden. Swim, camp and have a Belden Burger!  Parking passes, tier 1 and tier 2 tickets are sold out, but tickets are still available! www.sunsetcampout.com

Don’t miss: Soul Clap, Galen, Pillow Talk, Max Essa, Danny Daze

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July 25-28  Kyburz, CA
July 25-28 Kyburz, CA

Entering it’s 4th year, Bass Mtn has upped the ante with the addition of Opiuo to their line-up, bringing in their biggest headliner to date. An intimate gathering with great vibes and a new location will make this one not to miss if you want to hear anything from funk to temple-step, g-house to dub, downtempo to glitch hop, psybreaks to hip hop. www.bassmtnfest.com

Don’t miss: Opiuo, The Pirate, Digital Rust, Zebuel, Dubcoling, Nico Luminous, Tattoo Joe Moontribe, Matt Haze

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AUG 1-4, Merritt, BC, Canada

If it was up to us, attending at least one Canadian festival should be required for US festival goers. Not that they are better, but because they are different and overall Canadians are awesome, can put together great line-ups AND it’s so beautiful up there. Bass Coast limits their attendance which creates a family vibe and the music goes beyond to just party music vibes to include really forward thinking dance music. You can either hit this or move on to the next one…

Don’t Miss: G Jones, Danny Corn, Mat the Alien, Wax Romeo, Natasha Kmeto, The Librarian, The Gaff

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AUG 8-12 • Selmo River Ranch • BC, Canada

If a festival has been going for 17 years straight, you can guarantee it’s worth checking out. Not only is the location of Shambhala beautiful but the stages are incredible, the PK Sound is on-point , there is an overabundance of world-renowned, heavily curated tunes, the music goes until sunrise (THANK YOU!) and the people are wonderful. Just remember at the Canadian festivals…..the two we mention don’t allow alcohol so hide it really well coming in. While you may think “no alcohol” is a negative, it creates a really unique and pleasant atmosphere for a change. This is a must-attend event sometime in your life.


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First City Festival Aug 23 & 24 Monterey, CA
First City Festival Aug 23 & 24 Monterey, CA

The First City Festival is held at the Monterey Fair and Event Center, a spot deeply rooted in musical history. The Monterey Pop Festival, a three-day concert held in June of 1967 at the Fairgrounds, was the first widely promoted and heavily attended rock festival, attracting an estimated 55,000 total attendees. The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Ravi Shankar, as well as the first large-scale public performance by Janis Joplin. And now the FCF kicks off with an impressive line-up and diverse selections that would make Monterey Pop proud:

Don’t miss: Cocorosie, Lake Street Dive, Beck, How to Dress Well

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V Elements  Sept 27  San Diego, CA

Since starting last year, V Elements has become a beloved event in San Diego and has grown in popularity every year. Sporting a fantastic line-up of yoga teachers and musicians, idyllic location and world-class vendors, V Elements is an amazing one-day  sustainable event held on the Broadway Pier in San Diego.

Don’t Miss: Eskmo, Dantiez Saunderson, Shaman’s Dream, Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem

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TBD Festival Oct 3-5 Sacramento, CA
TBD Festival Oct 3-5 Sacramento, CA

Not To Be Determined, but The Bridge District! Rebranded from LAUNCH this year, TBD is coming in hot with an all-star line-up that includes Empire of the Sun, Justice, Blondie, Moby, Dillon Francis and Danny Brown, to name a few. Located in great location that is walkable, bike-able and will focus on tons of local cuisine, wine, beer and art.

Don’t miss: Keys N Krates, War on Drugs, Com Truise, Cherub, Kurt Vile, Sister Crayon

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