Bay Area music festivals other than Outside Lands

Bay Area music festivals other than Outside Lands

(KRON) – The summer festival scene returns this weekend with the Outside Lands Music Festival, but the celebrations are far from over.

Here are eight other music festivals coming to the Bay Area with a wide variety of music genres and activities. Whether your interest lies in jazz music, pop, or Afrobeats, the Bay Area has a festival for you.

Petaluma Music Festival (6 August)

Is Outside Lands not your scene or is it out of your price range? Instead, consider attending the Petaluma Music Festival. The festival features a lineup of 14 artists across three stages, including Jackie Greene, Anders Osborne, Dustbowl Revival, Jackie Venson and more.

In addition to music, the festival features beer, food, vendors and merchandise. A music artist booth allows audiences to meet their favorite artists, get autographs, and shop for merchandise. The event may also include a silent auction.

General admission tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $169. Proceeds from the festival support music education programs at Petaluma public schools.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (12-14 August)

The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest brings together a number of jazz bands and artists in addition to panel discussions and films. This year’s artists include Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ledisi, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Charlie Wilson, Durand Jones & The Indications and more.

The festival has also partnered with bars and clubs throughout downtown San Jose to feature live music Thursday through Sunday. There are no entrance fees to any of the venues, and many are within walking distance of the festival. Buskers and up-and-coming bands perform on the street corners surrounding the festival to fill the path from stage to stage with music.

The festival features the Culture Night Market on August 13-14, where artists and creatives sell works that celebrate San Jose’s diverse cultures.

The Big Picnic of the Stern Grove Festival (14 August)

The Stern Grove Festival has been hosting free concerts in the wooded Stern Grove since the beginning of the summer and will cap its events with The Big Picnic on August 14th.

The concert will be headlined by Phil Lesh & Friends, a rock band led by former The Grateful Dead bassist, and Midnight North and Freak Flag Radio DJs Walkin’ Love and Arewenotedead will perform.

Attendance at the concert is free, but table reservations are being sold for $5,000 to $10,000 to raise money for the venue to continue hosting free events.

Portola Music Festival (September 24-25)

Goldenvoice will host its first Portola Music Festival in San Francisco this fall. Known for hosting festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, Goldenvoice has announced a lineup of electronic and pop artists who will be performing.

The two-day festival is headlined by Flume and The Chemical Brothers and will feature artists such as Kaytranada, James Blake, MIA Jamie xx and Charli XCX.

Single day passes start at $199.95 and two day passes start at $299.95. The event is restricted to participants aged 21 and over.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Sep 30 – Oct 2)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns with its first in-person festival since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, set to fill Golden Gate Park with bluegrass tunes in late September.

Concerts are held at Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow and Marx Meadow. The Friday and Saturday celebrations are from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday celebrations are from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has confirmed that eleven artists will be attending this year’s festival: Sam Bush, Galactic F: Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, Buddy Miller, Allison Russell, Dashawn Hickman with Charlie Hunter, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Las Cafeteras, Joy Oladokun , Charley Crockett, Lucius and Marcus Mumford. Tickets for the event are free.

Lost in Riddim Afrobeats Festival (1-2 Oct)

Lost in Riddim Afrobeats Festival brings international music artists to San Jose to celebrate the African diaspora and its impact on global music. The event has 36 confirmed performers over two days.

The festival will take place in Cunningham Regional Park and will feature artists such as Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Sean Paul, Ella Mai, Skepta, Tiwa Savage and many more. The event also features food from local vendors, bars, band and festival merchandise and free water stations.

Tickets cost $225. The event is open to all ages.

Day to Night Festival (15-16 Oct)

The Day to Night Festival brings DJs and musicians to San Francisco’s Treasure Island for two days. With a focus on dance music, the Day to Night Festival promises attendees “the best music with your best friends” and a “one of a kind party”.

Saturday’s celebrations will feature Dom Dolla, Lee Foss, Booka Shade and more, and Sunday will feature Artbat, Tinlicker, Township Rebellion, Cristoph and more. The festival will also feature pre-parties and after-parties to make up a total of three days of events.

Tickets start at $20 and VIP packages are available.

Second Sky Music Festival (29 Oct)

Curated and directed by DJ Porter Robinson, the Second Sky Music Festival features an array of electronic music artists. The festival takes place in Oakland and features RL Grime, Kyary Pamyu Pamyum, Bladee, Salute, Magdalena Bay and more.

Hosted by Goldenvoice, the company behind the Coachella and Portola music festivals, tickets to the day-long event start at $159.50. The venue will also feature bars and food vendors.

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