The L.A. Mag Guide to Every Music Festival That Matters in 2019

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Coachella draws thousands of fans out to the desert each spring, but just because it’s the biggest name in the game doesn’t mean it’s the only music fest around. These days, there are music festivals practically every weekend from April to October, with one catering to every genre and aesthetic preference. To help you identify the best fests in the west, we’ve rounded up some top options within a road-trip’s distance of L.A.

2019 Music Festivals Guide

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

April 12-14 and 19-21, 2019
Indio, CA

The alpha and omega of modern music fests, you probably already have an opinion on Coachella. It’s huge and expensive, but also an experience and if you’re prone to FOMO, you won’t want to miss out.

Key artists: Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, Khalid
Cost: $429 – $999

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Marfa Myths

April 25-28, 2019
Marfa, TX

This music, art, and culture festival in the artiest town in Texas is the brainchild of a Brooklyn record label, Mexican Summer, and a Marfa arts foundation, Ballroom Marfa. Campers, adventure-seekers, and anybody ready to experience something really unique and “out there” are encouraged.

Key artists: Deerhunter, Cass McCombs, John Early & Kate Berlant, Tim Hecker & the Konoyo Ensemble
Cost: $15-$220


Stagecoach Festival

April 26-28, 2019
Indio, CA

Stagecoach is the Coachella of country music. Same organizers, same venue, and just one week later, though a few thousand fewer attendees. Guy Fieri fans can pass the time at Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, the TV host’s hand-curated collection of BBQ vendors.

Key artists: Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Cost: $369 – $1,399

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Just Like Heaven Festival

May 3-4, 2019
Long Beach, CA

If you took the type of artists who might have played an “indie rock” stage at Coachella or FYF in the past, gathered them up, and gave them their own festival, you get the idea of Just Like Heaven. There’s some Elder Millennial nostalgia at play; if you read Pitchfork circa 2007, you’re going to have a really great day. Don’t be confused by the dates of the fest, the show is a single-day, just run through twice. You’ll be buying tickets to either Friday or Saturday unless you’re a die-hard who wants to see the same bands both times.

Key artists: Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Passion Pit, Beach House
Cost: $170 – $270


Beachlife Festival

May 3-5, 2019
Redondo Beach, CA

This new South Bay fest brings a multi-generational gathering of performers together to play a waterfront stage, right by the Pacific Ocean waves. Want to BYOBoat? You can at Beachlife, with special on-site mooring passes.

Key artists: Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Dawes, Best Coast, Everclear
Cost: $95 – $2,500


FORM Arcosanti

May 10-12, 2019
Arcosanti, AZ

FORM Arcosanti has established itself as the festival for people too cool and arty for regular festivals. This year’s music programming includes a talk from Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter, poetry readings, and immersive art installations, in addition to a great musical lineup.

Key artists: Florence & the Machine, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Kaytranada, Channel Tres, Skrillex
Cost: $350 – $1,750


EDC Las Vegas

May 17-19, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

An institution in the dance music world, there are EDC-branded events held around the world, but this is the granddaddy of them all. If you’re up for a long weekend of furry boots, crazy light shows, and the highest caliber of talent on the global dance music circuit, EDC is for you. Bill Nye (yes, as in the Science Guy) hosts this year’s opening ceremonies.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $355 – $709


Lightning in a Bottle

May 8-13, 2019
Buena Vista Lake, CA

Let go of your inhibitions and embrace a more colorful, spiritual, out-there version of yourself. Music, activities, yoga, culinary programming, and more eye-popping art than you’ve ever seen are waiting for you at LiB. Most likely you’ll be camping–and this is actual camping, in the hippie-rustic way–but they also literally promise “the most fun you’ll have in your entire life.”

Key artists: Flying Lotus, Santigold, Toro Y Moi, Disclosure, Channel Tres, DJ Koze
Cost: $300 – $410

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Splash House

June 7-9 and August 9-11, 2019
Palm Springs, CA

Pack your best neon-colored swimsuit for this poolside weekend dance fest that takes place at Palm Springs resorts and venues. Expect DJs all day, followed by open-air parties and other affairs after the sun sets.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $40 – $275


KAABOO

Once Upon a Time in the LBC

July 27, 2019
Long Beach, CA

Spend a summer day kicking back with a mix of hip hop heavyweights that spans from Snoop Dogg and YG to Blueface. The show takes place at Queen Mary Events Park, the area surrounding the historic ship, and offers some extravagant VIP packages including bottle service, cabanas, and other fun upgrades.

Key artists: Snoop Dogg, The Game, Warren G, Lisa Lisa, Zapp, Ginuwine
Cost: $100 – $4,500

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HARD Summer Music Festival

August 3-4, 2019
Fontana, CA

HARD has changed a lot in recent years, with new management in charge, higher production values, and a new lease on life. The EDM and hip-hop oriented festival still gives the fans what they love and keeps them dancing the summer nights away.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $79 – $249

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Outside Lands

August 9-11, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Cool Bay Area temperatures and plenty of tree cover (the fest is nestled into Golden Gate Park) make this an attractive option, particularly for those who enjoy combining their festival-going with a getaway out of town. The food and wine program is typically a highlight, too.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $375 – $795


KAABOO Del Mar

September 13-15, 2019
San Diego, CA

There’s a lot going on with this one. The venue is on sand, literally next to the water, but they also have a viewing area where you can watch the show while in a pool. The food programming, Palate, includes “culinary rock stars.” There is an on-site spa and beauty area offering hair styling, massages, and skin treatments. There are art galleries. There is a comedy stage full of A-listers. There are after-parties in a custom-built pop-up dance club. Oh, and we hear there’s some music.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $259 – $3,199 (or $17,500 for the “Ultimate Hang” VIP package)


Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food, and Music Festival

September 14, 2019
Ensenada Baja California, Mexico

You’ve probably been considering a getaway to the Guadalupe Valley wine country, the trendy weekend destination for gourmet-inclined west coasters du jour. And now you’ve got a specific excuse. This one night festival includes Mexican and American acts, mostly in the electronic vein, along with food and wine experiences from well-known chefs–and, since it’s only one day, your Sunday is free to explore more of the region before you head back north.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $80-$200 (food is included with ticket purchase)


Life Is Beautiful

September 20-22, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

A big, bombastic festival, as only Las Vegas can deliver, Life Is Beautiful has risen quickly to become one of the region’s top pop fests. In addition to major musical artists, the experience includes a comedy stage, art exhibitions, and destination-worthy dining pop-ups. The “Ideas” stage is a unique offering, with TED Talk-inspired lectures from interesting folks like RuPaul and Karamo Brown.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $135 – $2,495


Ohana Festival

September 27-29, 2019
Dana Point, CA

This weekender is ostensibly curated by buddies Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam) and Kelly Slater (of professional surfing fame). Unlike the blacktop or trampled grass of most festivals grounds, Ohana takes place literally steps from the ocean and sand of Doheny State Beach. Historically a go-to for singer-songwriters and mellow vibes, the 2019 lineup is a bit more rock-forward.

Key artists: Jenny Lewis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, Tash Sultana
Cost: $128 – $1,350


Dirtybird Campout

October 4 – 7, 2019
Waterford, CA

Located on an actual campground outside of Modesto, this festival might be the perfect compromise if you’ve got L.A. friends and Bay Area friends and everybody wants to meet up. Enjoy three days of music–plus a full program of grown-up summer camp games and activities that makes this weekend unique.

Key artists: TBA
Cost: $245-$385


Desert Daze

October 10-13, 2019
Lake Perris, CA

Always heavy on vintage rock n’ roll vibes, Desert Daze takes place nestled between scenic mountains and Moreno Beach. The festival even has an on-site beach club and boats available to VIPs, as well as showers and proper bathrooms to make camping a much more pleasant experience. Desert Daze is a smaller festival with great vibes, the crowds never feel overwhelming, and you can always take a break from music to explore surreal art installations or stop by the Mystic Bazaar.

Key artists: Stereolab, Animal Collective, More TBA
Cost: $199 – $499

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