BY ELLA FOSTER
Monterey County Fairgrounds
If you’re looking for a grand kick off to summer, this three-day reggae festival full of vendors, food trucks and, of course, good music is the way to go. The only downside is the timing—you better be ready to ace your finals the following week!
Iration, Rebelution and Slightly Stoopid headline this year’s festival, joined with others such as Steel Pulse and Stephen Marley.
“I go for the music and the experience,” CHS senior Billy Andrzewki says. “I’m most excited to see Atmosphere on Friday.”
One-day general admission tickets are sold on the website for $110 with an extra fee. Three-day general admission tickets run for $230 with an additional fee.
Cali Roots also focuses heavily on being eco-friendly and a zero-waste event. The festival has refillable water stations and special tickets that plant two redwood trees per one pass purchased.
For more information, go to californiarootsfestival.com.
Lightning in a Bottle
Lake San Antonio
Take a dip, groove to some Anderson Paak or join a yoga class at Lightning in a Bottle this year. With more than 50 artists playing and countless workshops, there’s no room for boredom over the course of the five-day festival.
There are eight different stages at LIB, all of which are accessible once inside the grounds. This electronica festival headlines with Zhu, Griz, Anderson Paak and The Glitch Mob.
LIB focuses not only on music, but the overall experience. Throughout the festival, there are 150 talks and discussions with world-renown visionaries and hands-on workshops. There are also various other culture offerings such as dance and yoga.
Tickets have gone up since the original release, with the last round selling at $325 plus additional fees. The festival only issues tickets for every day, with no one-day passes offered. RV and camping permits are available for the concert-goers, ranging from $130 to up to $725.
“I’m looking forward to the vibe of the festival,” 2016 CHS graduate Kamryn Cosmero explains. “It’ll be nice to bond with my friends and be able to do some yoga or other things that aren’t usually offered at music festivals.”
For more information, go to lightninginabottle.org.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
If country music is your thing, you’ve found your festival. Country Summer offers big name bands such as Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and Toby Keith on the Chevy Silverado Stage. Grab your boots and mosey on over to Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The festival offers RV as well as tent camping, going for roughly $100 for the weekend. One-day general admission tickets come in at $89 and three-day general admission goes for $249.
If you plan on camping out, you’re not just paying for a place to sleep. The Country Summer Campground offers access to the Camper’s Lounge and Country Summer After Party. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the first two nights, campers can enjoy late night food and music by Dee Jay Silver. See y’all there!
For more information, go to countrysummer.com.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The grass is green, the sun is shining and Outside Lands is calling your name. The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and Florence + The Machine will take the stage that weekend in Golden Gate Park, along with many others.
The festival includes alternative, hip hop, electronica and everything in between. Three-day general admission tickets currently run for $375, and unlike most festivals, camping out is prohibited due to being in the city, with a number of hotels available for stay nearby.
Outside Lands is known not only for the music, but for its food, wine and art. There is a sports lounge called “Wine Land” for tasting from different vendors and even an arcade set up for the weekend.
“This year will be my second time at Outside Lands,” Carmel High sophomore Ellie Wyckoff says. “I just love seeing so many different types of people and listening to live music.”
For more information, go to sfoutsidelands.com.