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October Music Festivals

SAN FRANCISCO: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass  September 30-October 2, 2022
Free, hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows)
San Francisco, CA

GARDEN GROVE: Elvis Festival October 9, 2022, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Historic Main Street between Garden Grove Blvd. and Acacia Parkway, 12911 Main Street for mapping
Garden Grove, CA
Free, facebook.com/ElvisFestival
Free parking  at Coastline College and Concorde University lots off of Acacia Parkway and Garden Grove Blvd  
22nd Annual Elvis Festival returns to Historic Main Street in Garden Grove for an all-day tribute to Elvis Presley. Line up: The Decades Band featuring Kirk Wall, Lil Joe Banuelos; Scot Bruce returns  with his Elvis in the Early Years show;  Beatles-Elvis combination with The Walrus Beatles Tribute Band and award winning tribute artist James King; Martin Anthony and Abbit the Average Elvis and Stilt Elvis and Hound Dog.  Along with solo performances, the King of Cadillacs Car show, Elvis fan clubs, strolling Elvi, specialty vendors and merchants plus food trucks on site. Location: Use the address of 12911 Main Street, Garden Grove  Free admission, reserved seating options, facebook.com/ElvisFestival/

AVALON: Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival October 14-23, 2022,  2 weekends!  Opening Weekend   October 14-16, 2022: Damien Escobar, Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Guitarist Lee Ritenour And Pianist Dave Grusin Together, British Guitarist Chris Standring, Saxophonist Jazmin Ghent, Singer Lindsey Webster and Guitarist Adam Hawley Together, Saxophonist Randal Clark, Peet Project. $tickets, jazztrax.com
Final Weekend October 21-23, 2022: Guitarist Norman Brown With Horns, Saxophonist Dave Koz, Saxophonist Mindi Abair, Keyboardist David Benoit & His Midnight Rendezvous Big Band, Break-Out Multi Instrumentalist Justin Lee Schultz, Saxophonist Eric Darius, Trumpeter Greg Adams And His East Bay Soul Horns, Saxophonist Jessy J, Simply Red Guitarist Mark Jaimes, And Saxophonist Jeff Ryan, More

MONTEREY: Rebels & Renegades Music Festival October 15-16, 2022 at Monterey County Fairgrounds. Americana, Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, and Folk music weave together a multidimensional festival experience for music lovers at an iconic venue in the Monterey Bay. Location: 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey, CA 93940 Tickets: rebelsandrenegadesfest.com 

PALMDALE: Kaleidoscope Art & Music Festival, October 8, 2022, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Palmdale Amphitheater. Celebration of the arts in the high desert includes five musical acts, artisan displays with original works for sale, muralists creating art live, free Brush Strokes class, painting, children's activities, and Fresh Made Market where you can purchase tasty bites, locally crafted beer and wine. Location: 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, CA. Admission and parking are free, cityofpalmdale.org

OAKLAND Breakaway Festival at Bill Graham Civic Stadium, Oakland, CA October 14-15, 2022 $99-189, breakawayfestival.com Line up: Jawns, Jon Casey, Bryce Vine, Big Wild, Austin Millz, Gryffin, Memba, Pluko, Said the Skey...

SAN FRANCISCO: Day To Night Festival at Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA October 15-16, 2022, $50-210, daytonightfestival.com Line up: Dom Dolla, Artbat, Lee Foss, Booka Shade, Tinlicker, Township Rebellion, Christoph, Emanate, Torren Foot, Nora Van Elken...

Desert Daze Pioneertown, CA September 30-October 2, 2022

Dirtybird Campout Waterford, CA October 7-9, 2022

Escape Halloween San Bernardino, CA October 28-29, 2022

SACRAMENTO: Goldensky Country Festival in Discovery Park, Sacramento, CA October 15-16, 2022. $150 approx., goldenskyfestival.com Line up: Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Parmalee, Diamond Rio, Elvie Shane, Lily Rose, Chase Matthew...

Angtown Music Festival Grass Valley, CA October 20-23, 2022

Joshua Tree Festival Fall Joshua Tree, CA October 6-9, 2022

Lost In Riddim San Jose, CA October 1-2, 2022

Ohana Festival Dana Point, CA September 30-October 2, 2022

Second Sky Festival Oakland, CA October 29-30, 2022

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Sonoma, CA October 8-9, 2022

 

Past events

IRVINE: Irvine Global Village

SAN PEDRO: So-Cal Hoedown October 5, 2019
Port of Los Angeles
Birth 46
San Pedro, CA
$40-up, socalhoedown.com
Line Up: Suicidal Tendencies | Dead Kennedys | Nekromantix | The Living End | The Dickies | Koffin Kats | Agent Orange | The Dwarves | Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys | The Rhythm Shakers | Deadbolt | Three Bad Jacks | Tim Polecat Trio | D.I. | Shattered Faith | Whitekaps | El Nada | The Thirsty Crows 

CARSON: City of Carson Jazz Festival October 5, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Anderson Park
19101 Wilmington Ave.
recreation. carson.ca.us
Line up: Kirk Whalum | Jazz in Pink | Donald Hayes | Adam Hawley | Gavyn Rhone (Gap Band)

SACRAMENTO: Aftershock Music Festival October 11-13, 2019
Discovery Park
1000 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA
$85-up, aftershockconcert.com
Line up: Slipknot Stand | Lamb of God | Halestorm | Drop Kick Murphys | Sum 41 | I Prevail | Motionless in White | The Interrupters | Poppy | Angel Dust | DED | Knocked Loose | The Pink Slips | Beartooth | Clutch | Santa Cruz | Rob Zombie | Blink 182 | Highly Suspect | Ghostemane | Fidlar | Sick Puppies | Fishbone | Bad Flower | Health | Spirit Adrift | Dead Posey | Parlor Mob | KORN | TOOL | Blue Midnight | Falling in Reverse | Fire From the Gods | New Language | BRKN Love | Fu Manchu | The Crystal Method | Chevelle | Deadman Ritual

SAN PEDRO: Subaru Country Freedom Festival October 19, 2019, 12-10 p.m. at Port of Los Angeles
LA Waterfront Berth 46
$59-up, SubaruCountryFreedomFestival.com
Line up: Chris Janson | Amanda Kate | Stephen Ray | Carmel Helene | Kevin Click | Cody Johnson | Adam Doleac | Honey County | Daniel Bonte | Michael Austin

LOS ANGELES: L.A. Jazz Institute's Out of this World Series October 24-27, 2019.
Celebrate  big band jazz from around the world in four days of concerts, rare films, and special presentations. Location: The Four Points Sheraton at Los Angeles Airport
9750 Airport Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045.
$tickets, lajazzinstitute.com
Lineup: | Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Celebrates the Wide World of Quincy Jones | Music of the Tubby Hayes Big Band | Gil Evans Centennial Celebration | Music of Rob Pronk and the Metropole Orchestra | Americans in Europe: John Clayton, Don Menza, Bobby Shew | Remembering The Clarke-Boland Big Band | Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination and Brass | Europe Goes Dizzy: Dizzy Gillespie's 1948 European Tour | The Chris Walden Big Band | The John Altman Big Band | The Christian Jacob Big Band | Sunday Brunch Concert - Ted Heath and His Music, Big Band Directed by John Altman | Sunday Brunch Concert - Royal Blue All Star Big Band featuring Stan Kenton Alumni Directed by Carl Saunders 

CATHEDRAL CITY: Tejano Music Fest October 12, 2019, 5-11 p.m. Big League Dreams Sports Park, 33700 Date Palm Drive Cathedral City, CA 92234. Free Admission, tejanomusicfest.com

PALMDALE: Kaleidoscope Art & Music Festival 
Palmdale Amphitheater
2723 Rancho Vista Bl.
Palmdale, CA 93551
Free, palmdaleamphitheater.com
3D artists, artisans, ArtLight exhibit, entertainment by Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Stone Soul, High-D Boys, Paddy's Pig, Megan Tibbits, Black Eye Affair, Art of the Brew, Art of the Vine, Brush Strokes Live Studio Classes, Young At Art Upcycled Youth Art Project, Off The Canvas Living Masterpieces, Fresh Made Market, food vendors and more! Admission and parking are free.

OAKLAND: The Treasure Island Music Festival

NAPA/SONOMA: Ragtime Romp  
winecountryragtimefestival.com
Taking place in multiple venues, the festival features ragtime bands and live music

PERRIS: Desert Daze 
Moreno Beach
Lake Perris, CA
$279-up, camping extra fee, desertdaze.org
Music, camping under the stars and a weekend of enjoyment  Line up: Phase Four Transmission | Tame Impala | My Bloody Valentine | King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Slowdive | Death Grips | Mercury Rev perform Deserter's Songs | Warpaint | Jarvis Cocker - Introducing JARV IS... | Shellac | Ty Segall & White Fence | Earth perform The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull | Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats | Damien Echols - High Magick | Chelsea Wolfe | Connan Mockasin | Wooden Shjips | Beak> | A Place To Bury Strangers | Shannon & The Clams | Kevin Morby | Preoccupations | Malcolm Mooney of CAN | Hinds | King Khan & The Shrines | Pond | Idles | Julia Holter | DAKHABRAKHA | Earthless | Kikagaku Moyo | Boogarins | Wand | Gum | Follakzoid | Bedouine | Escape-ism | All Them Witches | The Holydrug Couple | Ex-Cult | True Widow | Imarhan | Sons Of Kemet | Cosmonauts | L.A. Witch | Death Valley Girls | Vinyl Williams | Cut Worms | JJUUJJUU | Ulrika Spacek | Here Lies Man | Mary Lattimore | Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers | Goon | Hand Habits | Sextile | Tropa Magica | Stonefield | Sugar Candy Mountain | Al Lover | Gladys Lazer | Mannequin Pussy | Cat Scan | The Mad Walls

EL CERRITO: Folk Festival  12-10 p.m.
El Cerrito High School
540 Ashbury Ave.
El Cerrito, CA
elcerritofolkfest.org

AVALON: Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival 
Starting at $45 approx. some concerts are sold out
Avalon Ballroom, Avalon, Catalina Island
jazztrax.com
West Coast's premier smooth jazz event features the newest and best in smooth jazz. Jazz fans from around the country flock to Avalon for this event year after year. Over 30 top recording artists are scheduled to perform at the festival, which always takes place the first weekends in October.
 Dutch Saxophonist Candy Dulfer, Canadian Rumba Guitarist Jesse Cook, Hiroshima, Najee, David Benoit & Marc Antoine Together, Vincent Ingala & Lindsey Webster Together, Guitarist Adam Hawley, Saxophonist Jazmin Ghent, Trumpeter Willie Bradley, Break-Out Houston Group Rads Krusaders
Closing Weekend Series 
Basia, Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Violinist Damien Escobar, Violinist Josh Vietti, Guitarist Tim Bowman, Urban Jazz Coalition, Keyboardist Skinny Hightower, Keyboardist Dan Siegel, Euro All Stars With A "Little Bit Of Carolina" Starring Swedish Keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen, Saxophonist Marcus Anderson, Violinist/Vocalist Peter 'Peet' Ferencz From Peet Project, Jeff Ryan, Dan Siegel, Violinist Damien Escobar, Skinny Hightower 

BERKELEY: Community Music Day  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Crowden Music Center
Berkeley, CA
Price Free
crowden.org
Crowden's annual Community Music Day is a free musical

PISMO BEACH: Jazz Jubilee
$30-up, pismojazz.com
Annual Jubilee By The Sea is held in multiple venues around Pismo Beach.

STOCKTON: Brubeck Festival 
242 E Main St
Stockton CA
$10-25, BrubeckInstitute.org | pacific.edu
Held in Stockton October 24-28, the Brubeck Festival  features the top names in jazz

SELMA: Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival 
The annual Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival parade begins at 9 a.m. and runs from Rose Street to Arrants Street and then down High Street. The halftime competition begins at 1 p.m. at Selma High School's Staley Stadium located on Wright Street. Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival. The parade will begin in downtown Selma at 9 a.m. with the Field Competition to follow at Selma High School. For more information contact the Chamber. cityofselma.com

LOS ANGELES: Big Band Concepts Big Band Jazz 
Four Points SheratonLAX
Los Angeles, CA
lajazzinstitute.org

LOS ANGELES: Angel City Jazz Festival 
angelcityjazz.com
Angel City Jazz Festival 

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