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California September Music Festivals

If you think that the music festival scene in California slows down in September, think again! September has become one of the most popular months to celebrate with a campout in a weekend music festival or one day event. The music is diverse, too! You can listen to fiddles, banjos, country, Indie, reggae, rap or jazz. And they are just a few of the musical themes in the month in which California's weather is typically warm and inviting.

THIS WEEKEND!

BIG SUR: Woodsist Festival September 24-25, 2022 woodsistfestival.com

COLUMBIA: Fiddle & Bango Contest September 24, 2022 10:30 a.m.
visitcolumbiacalifornia.com

REDDING: Redding Roots Revival September 23-24, 2022
$30-45, reddingrootsrevival.org
Line up: Mother Hips, Joe Craven & the Sometimers, Rainbow Girls, Steve Poltz, Andre Thierry, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Coffis Brothers, Brothers Reed, Megan Slankard & the Wreckage, Big Richard, Wolf Jett, Hattie & the Moon Howlers, Veronica May & the Magnetics, Robbie Schaefer, Jonathan Foster, Soul Punch, A Dyar Situation, One Sol, Danger Kitty, Allison and Victor, The Stone Hearts, Annie Coty, Across the Grain, Anna Jae Band, Honeybee. Location: Chain Gang Bike Shop, 1540 Division St.  is on the right.

MONTEREY: Monterey Jazz Festival September 23-25, 2022 at Monterey County Fairgrounds, montereyjazzfestival.org

SAN DIEGO: CRSSD Festival September 24-25, 2022 at Waterfront Park. Electronic music festival features techno, house and electronic music artists including Duck Sauce, Jamie xx, Cannons, Caribou, DRAMA, Elder Island, Fred again.., Godford, KUU, L'Imperatrice, Lewis OfMan, Moderat, Orbital, ARTBAT, Dom Dolla Fatboy Slim, MK, Sonny Fodera, The Avalanches DJ set, Biscits, Deeper Purpose, I. Jordan, Jaguar, Mochakk, Romy Sarah Story, Tibasko, Wax Motif, Joseph Capriati, Reinier Zonneveld live Richie Hawtin, Stephan Bodzin live, Testpilot, Chloe Robinson, Franky Wah, Marcel Dettmann, Ms. Mada, Stephan Jolk, VTSS Plus Special Guest: Sven Vath. Location: 1600 Pacific Coast Highway, San Diego, CA $175-235, 21+, crssdfest.com

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

SAN FRANCISCO: Portola Festival San Francisco, CA September 24-25, 2022

WATTS: Simon Rodia Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival September 24-25, 2022, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
 40th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival & 42nd Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival  Honoring Ndugu Chancler Art by Ramsess
 Watts Towers Campus
1727 E. 107th St.
Watts, CA
Free wattstowers.org
Drum Festival Line up: Xochipilli, 1+1 Duo, Taikoproject, La Bamba Collective, Tribute to James Gadson featuring Munyungo Jackson, Clayton Cameron, Ronald Bruner, Sr., Kenny Elliott with Lamont Van Hooks and Lynne Fiddmont, Kouman Kele West African Dance Company
44th Jazz Festival Line up: Alaadun, Watts Willowbrook Strings, Jasmine Tommaso, Tai Chi Chuan, Windy Barnes and the Influentials, JMP All Stars featuring Patrice Rushen, Munyungo Jackson, Clayton Cameron, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Edwin Livingston and More, Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
 

SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL

AUBURN: Ain't Necessarily Dead Festival September 17, 2022, 12-10 p.m.  auburnrec.com Regional Park 3770 Richardson Drive Auburn, CA Grateful Dead Tribute Concert This is a free show! Live Music, Craft Beer Garden, Kid Fun Zone, and Crafts

BEAR VALLEY: Hermitfest West September 10, 2022, 12-8 p.m. held in the ballfield. The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association Line up: Grover Anderson and the Lampoliers, Ten Dollar Pony, Jimbo Scott along with Alan Drown and Cantamos. Food and non-alcoholic drinks available for sale. Limited Forest Service dispersed camping is available adjacent to the event with more camping & lodging available in the area. Donations welcomed, scenic4.org

DANA POINT: Ohana September 30-October 2, 2022 at Doheny State Beach features rock and acoustic faves such as Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and Pink. Tickets: ohanafest.com

GRASS VALLEY: Dry Diggings Camping and Music Festival September 1-4, 2022
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA
$60-up drydiggingsfestival.com

JUNE LAKE: June Lake Loop Jam Fest 7, September 9-11, 2022. Line up: Cubensis, GrooveSession, Dead Winter Carpenters, Moonalice, Shaky Feelin', Achilles Wheel, Jelly Bread, The Storytellers, Scott Permberton, O Theory, Tracorum, Universe Peoples, Alex Jordan Band, Hempstring Orchestra, Common Allies, Kareeta, Tenacious T & the Eaze, The MHS Jazz Ensemble  junelakearts.org

PLEASANTON: California Soul-Food Cookout and Festival September 17-18, 2022 at Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Fairgrounds Road, Pleasanton, CA 94566.
$45 per day, californiasoulfoodcookoutandfestival.com 
Food covering all taste buds and hot musical talent with R & B Concert on Saturday or Gospel Extravaganza Explosion on Sunday.
Line up: Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, Angie Stone, Kevin Ross, Fred Hammond, Karen Cark-Sheard, James Fortune, Charles Jenkins, and Bishop Cortez Vaughn.

QUINCY: Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival September 3-4, 2022 at  Plumas County Fairgrounds. Labor Day Weekend music festival includes some serious Square Dancing. 
Fairground Road, Quincy, CA
$20-45, camping optional fees, plumasamericana.com
Line up: Keith Little, Bowties, St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band, Sweet Sally, Dave & Sharon Covington, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Heifer Belles, Lilah Washburn and the Quincy Pickers, Barky's Stage Jam-o-Rama, Stone & Straw Band

REDONDO BEACH: Beachlife Ranch Country & American Music Festival September 16-18, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
239 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Tickets $139-3000, beachlifefestival.com
35+ musical performances over 3 days, Boutique live music festival on the sand with multiple curated stages, ages 10 and under  free with ticketed adult, Art installations that celebrate beach culture from local artists, South Bay-rooted food and beverage experiences and vending areas featuring 20+ local restaurants, carts, and trucks
Line up Friday - The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Old Crow Medicine Show, Waxahatchee, Pete Yorn, Jamestown Revival, The White Buffalo, John Doe Folk Trio, Myron Elkins
Saturday - Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, Walyon Jennings featuring Shooter Jennings, with Yelawolf, Lukas Nelson, Devon Allman and John Doe
Sunday - Brandi Carlile, Wilco, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Greensky Bluegrass, Drive-by Truckers, Maddie & Tae, The War & Treaty, Jackie Green

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Blues Festival September 10, 2022, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Line up: Billy F Gibbons & Friends, Southern Avenue, The Phantom Blues Band, Lil' Ed & the BlueS Imperials, Eddie 9V, Memphissippi Sounds, Ben Powell, and Taryn Donath Duo Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego,  CA. $60-70, sdbluesfest.com

SANTA CLARITA: Boots & Brews Music Festival 
Central Park
27150 Boquet Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA
bootsandbrews.com
No food or beer is included with ticket purchase. It is sold separately.
Ventura - 08.20. 2022
Santa Clarita - 09

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Morgan Hill - 09.10.2022

UPPER LAKE: Blue Wing Blues Festival September 3-5, 2022
Tallman Hotel
9550 Main St.
Upper Lake, CA
$ $60-up, tallmanhotel.com
Annual outdoor blues festival under the Sycamores in the garden between the Tallman and the Blue Wing. Just as the sun sets, enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner while listening to an opening and world-class headliner band. Annual Blue Wing Blues Festival - Line up: September 3, 2022, 5:30 p.m. Lisa Mann September 4, 2022, 5:30 p.m. Alvon Johnson; September 5, 2022, 5:30 p.m. Big Mo & The Full Moon Band  

LOS ANGELES:  SoulfulofNoise Music Festival Sat, Sep 17, 12:00 PM Sola Beehive Los Angeles, CA Save SoulfulofNoise Music Festival to your collection. Best known for its monthly Soulful Sundays open mic events in Los Angeles, SoulfulofNoise hosts this one-day music festival at Sola Beehive. You'll find four stages, more than 50 performers, at least 100 local vendors, and thousands of new people to connect with via great music.

SAN BERNARDINO: Nocturnal Wonderland San Bernardino, CA September 17-18, 2022

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

LOS ANGELES: Primavera Sound Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA September 12-18, 2022

PERRIS: Same Same But Different Perris, CA September 9-11, 2022

 

Past events

 

ONTARIO: Huck Finn Jubilee  September 27-28, 2019
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
800 N. Archibald
Ontario, CA
off Interstate 10 at the Archibald Exit in Ontario
$65-up, huckfinn.com
Line up: The California Honeydrops | Steep Canyon Rangers |
Railroad Earth | Lindsay Lou, Dustbowl Revival , The Sweet Lillies , Mohavisoul , The Get Down Boys | Honey Buckets | Water Tower | Out Of The Desert | Devil's Box String Band

OXNARD: Oxnard Jazz Festival September 9-11, 2022
Oxnard Beach Park
1601 Harbor Blvd.
Oxnard, CA
$, oxnardjazzfestival.com

DEL MAR: KAABOO Del Mar
Location: Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds  2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard $tickets

SAN BERNARDINO: Nocturnal Wonderland September 14-15, 2019
Glen Helen Regional Park
$79 up, nocturnalwonderland.com 

VACAVILLE: Vacaville Jazz Festival September 20-22, 2019
Free Admission VacaJazz.com
Line up: Vaca Jazz Society's...

LAWNDALE: Blues & Jazz Music Festival September 14, 2019, 1 p.m.
Jane Addams Park
15114 Firmona Avenue
Lawndale, CA
Free, lawndalecity.org

GUERNEVILLE: Old Grove Festival Pickin' in the Redwoods September 14, 2019 featuring Rainbow Girls plus Sam Chase and the Untraditionals. 4:30-10 p.m. Armstrong Redwoods State Park $90, stewardscr.org

WESTCHESTER: Westchester Arts and Music (WAM) Block Party September 21, 2019, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission! Art, music, food and fun! The Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club hosts a day-long celebration. Location: Emerson Avenue between 80th Street and 80th Place closed for event, garden  tours, art activities for all ages, and a diverse mix of music and dance performances, vendors and food trucks. wamblockparty.org

FIDDLETOWN: Fiddlers' Jam Saturday, September 21, 2019 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Musician sign-ups begin at 9 a.m.
fiddletownca.org
The Fiddletown Community Center presents the Annual music festival on Main Street in Fiddletown offers free, fun, family-friendly entertainment. 

TEMPLETON: Whale Rock Music Festival September 14-15, 2019, Noon-9 p.m.
Castoro Cellars
Whale Rock Vineyard
Templeton, CA
$75-up, castorocellars.com

BISHOP: Millpond Music Festival September 20-22, 2019
Millpond County Park
$30-up, inyo.org

MONTEREY: Monterey Jazz Festival  September 27-29, 2019
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Fairground Road and Casa Verde Way
Monterey, CA
Grounds passes Prices start at $45, arena passes $71-up
 montereyjazzfestival.org

FOLSOM: Folsom Live September 21, 2019, 5 p.m.
Sutter Street
Folsom, CA
$35-up folsomlive.com 
folsomlive.com
This is a street party in Folsom.
Line up: Lydia Pense | Nathan Owen Motown & Soul | Cripple Creek | Iriefuse | Atomic Punks | Killer Queens | Joel the Band | Djrigatony | Dueling Pianos

GRASS VALLEY: Celtic Festival September 27-29, 2019
 Music and Magic at KVMR Celtic Festival held at  Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney.  kvmrcelticfestival.org 

TORRANCE: Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival Saturday, September 28, 2019
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, California. $25-55, kalakoa.com

FONTANA: All Accordion Fest August 30-September 1, 2019
Held at Slovene Hall  in Fontana, CA, if you're a fan of polkas, waltzes and folk music this festival won't disappoint. To top it off, you can purchase great dishes and foods such as perogies.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Labour of Love Music Festival September 1, 2019,  Bolsa Chica State Beach. Free Christian music festival features headliner Newsboys.

KERNVILLE: Kern River Rock N Blues Festival September 26-29, 2019
kernriverrocknblues.com

SAN DIEGO: Adams Avenue Street Fair September 21-22, 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
adamsavenuebusiness.com

MURRIETA: Get Shamrocked Music Festival September 27-28, 2019
Murrieta Town Square Park
$tickets, getshamrocked.com

BERKELEY: Berkeley Old Time Music Convention September 18-22, 2019
Berkeley CA
berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

CALIFORNIA CITY/EDWARDS: Wasteland Weekend   September 25-29, 2019
$200 approx., wastelandweekend.com
Live bands | Fire performances | Mad Max-style vehicles | Post-apocalyptic combat exhibitions | Contests and activities | Photo shoots | DJs |  

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Boots & Brews Country Music Festival September 28, 2019
Madonna Meadows
$40-up, bootsandbrews.com/slo
Beer & food are not included but sold separately

YORBA LINDA: Ragfest Nixon Library in October 2022
ragfest.com

WOODLAND: One Love Reggae Festival August 31-September 1, 2019, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Yolo County Fairgrounds
1250 Gum Ave.
Woodland, CA
 $75-up, OneLoveOneHeartReggae.com 
 Camping On-site tent camping available. 
One Love One Heart Reggae Festival attracts over 10,000 people from all over California and Oregon. Families come to experience the vibes full of music, food, and love. Over the weekend, many top food, crafts, art and brews are available throughout the fairgrounds and a family-friendly atmosphere ensues, including a Kids Zone.

JUNE LAKE: June Lake Jam Fest September 6-9, 2019
Gull Lake Park
June Lake Loop
June Lake, CA
$, monoarts.org
June Lake Jam Fest produced by Mono Council for the Arts

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Blues Festival September 7, 2019, 12 Noon - 8 p.m.
Embarcadero Marina Park North
$, sdbluesfest.com

PLACERVILLE: Dry Diggings Camping and Music Festival September 1-4, 2022
El Dorado Fairgrounds
drydiggingsfestival.com

SIMI VALLEY: Cowboys & Cabernet Music Festival September 23, 2018, 3:30-7 p.m.
Hummingbird Ranch
Simi Valley, CA
$50-65, cowboysandcabernet.com

STOCKTON: Bump Festival's Sounds of Summer September 22-23, 2018
$50-up, bumpfestivals.com
Windmill Cove Bar & Grill
 Stockton, CA
Bump, an EDM music festival, is back with an age 18+ event

MARTINEZ: Bay Area Blues Festival September 22-23, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission, mainstreetmartinez.org 
Line up:    

SACRAMENTO: Tejano Conjunto Festival September 1-2, 2018 Tejano Conjunto Festival Annual event taking place Labor Day Weekend. Location: Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95838  $25-35 tickets | eventbrite.com

LONG BEACH: New Blues Festival September 1-2, 2018
El Dorado Regional Park 7801 E Wardlow Rd. Long Beach, CA $40-250 newbluesfestival.com 

LINCOLN: Funk Fest  September 1, 2018
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
thundervalleyresort.com
O'Jays, Ohio Players and more

INGLEWOOD: The First Annual Tailgate Fest September 1, 2018  The Forum grounds
Inglewood, CA
$109-up, LATailgateFest.com
Toby Keith headlines the inaugural, one-day country music and tailgating extravaganza. Super VIP includes reserved Lawn Chair Viewing and access to a stageside pool. The star-studded Country Music Festival brings the stage right to your tailgate.  Fans can bring their own grills, coolers, games, and more to enjoy the show from their own tailgate as TAILGATE FEST brings the stage to the tailgaters outside The Forum on the venue grounds.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA: I. E. Jazz and Wine Festival September 1, 2018
Beautiful Mountain View Winery, 10013 8th St, Unit W, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Live jazz music and bands, great wine, selection of food vendors and a marketplace.   iejazzfest.com
Line up: Jason Weber | Michael Haggins | Vaughn Fahie | Jazz Zone | Teryn Re | Nick Gomez | I.E. Jazz Experience

BROWNSVILLE: Brownsville Blues Festival September 2, 2018, 12 Noon - dusk Ponderosa Park Brownsville, CA facebook.com/brownsvillebluesfestival 
Line up: Willie G | Backyard Blues Band | Andy Santana 

LINCOLN: Rewind Fest September 2, 2018
$45-up, thundervalleyresort.com
Lineup: Mickey Thomas, A Flock of Seagulls, Bow Wow Wow, Wang Chung

MT. SHASTA: Blackberry Music Festival September 2, 2018, 12- 6 p.m.
Mt Shasta City Park
Nixon Rd
Mt Shasta, CA
Free, mtshastachamber.com
The Festival features bands beginning at Noon. Also, a variety of games and races for children will be organized through out the day, a barbeque, beer & other beverages and Blackberry Pie & Ice Cream! The Mount Shasta Rotary presents the Annual Blackberry Music Festival. Line up: Leslie Tift & Tom Scott, Rockit, & Secret Society Handshake

TURLOCK: WSGMA Labor Day Gospel Music Celebration September 3, 2018, 12-6 p.m.
Gospel
Turlock Community Auditorium
1574 E. Canal Dr.
Turlock, CA
$15-18, wsgma.com 

SAN BERNARDINO: High Life Music Festival September 1 - 2, 2018
San Bernardino
highlifemusicfestival.com
High Life Music Festivalfeatures top artists (T.I., Fat Joe, B-Legit, Yo Gotti, etc.), a marijuana  exhibit, and an area for medical marijuana cardholders. Age 18+.

PINECREST: Bear Music Fest September 7-9, 2018
 $199-up, bearmusicfest.com

LAKE TAHOE: World Concert for Peace September 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage, trailsandvistas.org

NORTH FORK: Whitey Morgan's  Annual Birthday at Bandit Town September 8, 2018
Bandit Town USA
55420 Road 226
North Fork, CA 93643
$Sold out, banditbrand.com
BBQ, music festival and Allnight Campout at Bandit Town

ORINDA: Orinda Jazz Festival September 9, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
Orinda Community Church
10 Irwin Way
Orinda, CA
$10-$20 suggested donation, facebook.com/orindajazzfestival

KERNVILLE: Fishstock Music Festival 
Kernville Rodeo Grounds
 friendsofthekernriverhatchery.org

GUERNEVILLE: Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Postponed till 2019
russianriverfestivals.com

LONG BEACH: Folk Revival Cancelled in 2018  - Bye bye

ANTIOCH: Delta Blues Festival March 2, 2019
Waldie Plaza
deltabluesfestival.net

LOS ANGELES: Western Music Association Showcase Sunday, September 17, 2017, Noon-3 p.m.
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA
$14, theautry.org
Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the romantic Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American cowboy. Hosted by the California Chapter of the Western Music Association.

SAN LUIS OBISPO: La Guitarra September 2019

JACKSON: Main Street Jackson Musical Organ Rally  Experience the music of yesteryear! Unusual musical band organs from all over the country and their colorful owners, performing on Main Street, Jackson. See these wonderful machines work and learn a little about America's past. Days of 49 & Musical Organ Rally. An authentic wagon train of twenty horse-drawn wagons will pull into Jackson, CA  

RIVERSIDE: Mariachi Festival November 10, 2018, 9 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Fairmount Park
Riverside, CA
$fee riversideca.gov

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