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
April 12-14 and 19-21, 2019
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
RELATED: Full Coachella coverage by L.A. Mag
April 25-28, 2019
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
April 26-28, 2019
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
RELATED: Full Stagecoach coverage by L.A. Mag
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
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
May 10-12, 2019
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 – $1,750
May 17-19, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
An institution in the dance music world, there are EDC-branded events held around the world, but this is the granddaddy of them all. If you’re up for a long weekend of furry boots, crazy light shows, and the highest caliber of talent on the global dance music circuit, EDC is for you. Bill Nye (yes, as in the Science Guy) hosts this year’s opening ceremonies.
Key artists: Alison Wonderland, A$AP Rocky, Black Coffee, David Guetta, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tokimonsta
Cost: $355 – $709
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
May 18, 2019
Powerhouse is the signature festival of local radio station Power 106. For this year’s festival at the FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, they’ve pulled together some significant names from the hip hop scene, including Tyga, G-Eazy, T-Pain, and more, to fill out one-night, single-stage fest that packs in a lot for the modest price and time commitment.
Key artists: G-Eazy, T-Pain, Tyga, A-Trak, Mustard
Cost: $35 – $250
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. June’s edition featured Justice, Jai Wolf, A-Trak, Pete Tong, Dusky, but August brings a whole new set of artists, including Claude VonStroke, Snakehips, and a DJ set from Toro Y Moi.
Key artists: Toro Y Moi, Hot Since 82, Hippie Sabotage, Ekali
Cost: $45 – $275
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
August 3-4, 2019
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: Kid Cudi, Juice WRLD, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, JPEG Mafia, Alison Wonderland
Cost: $79 – $249
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: Paul Simpn, Mavis Staples, Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne
Cost: $375 – $795
Real Street Festival
August 10-11, 2019
Local radio station Real 92.3 presents this new fest featuring a lineup of many of the rappers getting regular airplay, from established stars A$AP Rocky, Migos, and Future, to trending stars like Megan Thee Stallion, Blueface, and Saweetie. The event, taking place on the Honda Center grounds in Anaheim, is billed as the largest music festival yet staged in Orange Country.
Key artists: Future, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Migos, Big Sean
Cost: $99 – $1,799 (or $19,000 for the Ultra VIP private table package for 10)
August 31, 2019
Curated by The Cure (get it) this one-day, one-time-only festival brings together a collection of that iconic band’s favorite artists. Nobody involved has any intention of making this an annual event, so if you like the idea, go now. Basically, if you enjoy The Cure even a little bit, this is a no-brainer.
Key artists: The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Chelsea Wolfe
August 31 & September 1, 2019
Spend your Labor Day weekend at Golden Road brewing for this annual fest that celebrates local beer and local music. It’s affordable, low-key, and always fun.
Key artists: Phantom Planet, Lemaitre, Pell, Lauren Ruth Ward
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: Dave Matthews Band, Mumford & Sons, Bryan Adams, Black Eyed Peas, REO Speedwagon
Cost: $259 – $3,199 (or $17,500 for the “Ultimate Hang” VIP package)
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)
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 Jonathan Van Ness and the Pod Save America hosts.
Key artists: Chance the Rapper, Post Malone, Zedd, Lil Wayne, Janelle Monáe
Cost: $315 – $2,750
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
October 4 – 7, 2019
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
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
October 19-20, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
All My Friends Festival launched in 2018 and returns for a sophomore year. Held at the ROW DTLA complex, this in-town fest fits in three stages entertaining some 20,000 attendees. The 2019 lineup is yet to drop; last year’s performers included Jamie XX, M.I.A., and Gucci Mane.
Key artists: TBA
November 9-10, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
Tyler the Creator’s carnival-themed festival returns to Dodger Stadium this year. The lineup for 2019 is currently still under wraps, but previous talent has included Billie Eilish, The Internet, Lauryn Hill, and other top artists.
Key artists: TBA