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Music festivals within driving distance of L.A.

Hit up these hometown music festivals, as well as ones within driving distance of L.A., from Las Vegas to the Central Coast

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Whether a day trip or a Metro ride away, there’s no shortage of music festivals near Los Angeles. We’re not just talking about summer music festivals either—thanks to Southern California’s persistently pleasant climate, we can enjoy outdoor fests nearly year-round. So lace up a comfortable pair of shoes for these music festivals within driving distance of L.A., from single-day affairs to camping excursions.

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Lil Wayne’s cannabis brand GKUA inked a deal with the Coliseum for 4/20 events, and this August fest is the first event to arrive. So far we just know that it’ll feature Lil Wayne, Young Money and some undisclosed friends. It’s also being billed as taking place at the Torch at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, a rather bizarre sliver of pavement between the Olympic torch and the headless statues that’ll fit a stage, beer garden, basketball hoops, art and assorted vendors. So, yeah, that’s Uproar…

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Say goodbye to dusty thoroughfares and violent porta-potties: Splash House takes the music festival concept off of sweltering desert land and places it poolside. Movers and shakers at this multi-location getdown are shuttled between the Saguaro, the Margaritaville and the Renaissance to lap up big-name dance acts and DJ sets. This August’s lineup includes Bob Moses, Gorgon City, Tokimonsta, Tycho and San Holo.

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This springtime spin-off in Insomniac’s Wonderland series takes its whimsical, carnival-like atmosphere to this trance-heavy festival. The dreamy, multi-stage experience includes the likes of Kayzo, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland and Flosstradamus.

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This surf-inflected music fest will once again take over the Redondo Beach coastline for three days. This year’s lineup includes Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley performing the songs of Bob Marley, Cage the Elephant, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Gary Clark Jr., Portugal.The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Revivalists, Men at Work, Silversun Pickups, the Wallflowers and G.Love & Special Sauce.

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Bask in the glow of the blinking Las Vegas lights during this beautiful mess of a music festival. Eighteen city blocks become a playground for music lovers of all types at the genre-spanning Life is Beautiful. Embrace all of the things that are both wonderful and awful about Vegas trips and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic lineup; the 2021 iteration includes Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Glass Animals, Green Day, HAIM, Illenium, Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug and more.

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Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival once again lands at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, and the Pearl Jam frontman will be pulling double duty on the lineup. Kings of Leon, Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam top this year’s fest. The rest of the beachfront event’s lineup includes the likes of My Morning Jacket, Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers, Spoon, Yola, Mon Laferte, Sharon Van Etten, the Frames, Mac DeMarco and more.

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