The hills of the tri-valley are fading into a golden hue. Grapevines are growing. Fruits are ripening. Summer is beckoning to casual listeners and music fans alike to come out and play in music festival playgrounds.
Coachella 2013 has ended but that marks the beginning of music festival season. No matter what your musical taste, California has more music festivals to offer — for a price. As the cotton gets higher, so will the sale of the tickets and passes for these upcoming festivals:
Napa, Calif./May 9-11/$299-$399 (bottlerocknapavalley.com)
Napa is hosting its first music and comedy festival. If you like the Black Keys and Demitri Martin, this one’s for you.
Monterey, Calif./May 24-26/$55-$100 (californiarootsfestival.com)
Reggae, ska, arts and Mother Earth come together in this four-year-old festival. The likes of Matisyahu and Slightly Stoopid are gracing the stages of Monterey rain or shine.
Lightning in a Bottle
Temecula, Calif./July 11-15/$90-$275 (lightninginabottle.org)
Performing and visual arts meshes with electronica and house music. Listen to some Nikolas Jaar and watch the Lucent Dossier Experience while munching on some high quality vegetarian food.
San Francisco, Calif./August 9-11/$250-$550 (sfoutsidelands.com)
Now on its fourth year, big names rivaling that of SoCal’s Coachella will be taking over Golden Gate Park for an entire weekend. Familiar names like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hall & Oates and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs join with up-and-comers like Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Atlas Genius and Jurassic 5.