Not all summer music festivals require a road trip to the desert; in fact, you’ll find a pretty even split between local L.A. venues and day trip destinations. Most do, however, require plunking down a sizable chunk of change—thankfully we have plenty of free concerts to balance them out. While festivals aren’t the only upcoming concerts this summer, they certainly generate the most buzz—particularly the summer music festivals below.
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Summer music festivals near L.A.
Virgin Fest is coming to L.A. on June 6 and 7, 2020 and it’ll feature multiple stages spread across the Banc of California Stadium and most of Exposition Park. It’s being billed as a huge party to kick off summer each year—yes, there are already plans to make it an annual event. We won’t know the lineup until early next year, when tickets go on sale, but it’ll lean Top 40.
The old Taylor is dead and the new Taylor is… still filling mega venues with undeniably catchy pop songs. This time around, Swift is spending her only West Coast concert date of 2020 at SoFi Stadium, the NFL’s newest swanky space. Look out for the announcement of some major opening acts for Lover Fest West, as it’s being billed, before it rolls into town on July 25 and 26.
Though locally born EDM juggernaut HARD Summer has hopped around Southern California in recent years, its dedication to bringing the biggest names in the hip-hop and electronic scene has stayed the course. Though we’re still waiting for the 2020 lineup, last year included the likes of Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland.
We have no clue who’ll be playing the L.A. debut of Primavera Sound, but if last year’s lineup at its lauded Barcelona originator is any indication (Solange, Janelle Monáe, Robyn, Tame Impala, Future and James Blake, among others), this could quickly become L.A.’s go-to music fest.
Celebrate L.A.’s burgeoning Eastside with a free music festival—what’s not to like? Echo Park Rising is back for its eighth year with over 100 handpicked local up-and-coming bands, comedians, film screenings and more. With venues ranging from the Echo and Stories Books & Cafe to Button Mash and the parking lot of TAIX French Restaurant, as well as various special discounts and sales at local businesses, this is always a neighborhood affair not to be missed.
Kaaboo is moving over to San Diego’s Petco Park for another eclectic lineup of adult alternative favorites. The “mix-perience” (yep) comes with clean amenities, artisanal cuisine, fashion pop-ups and local artwork. Views of the main music stage can be enjoyed from a variety of vantage points: on a chaise lounge, in a pool, on a volleyball court or inside a premium cabana.
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 (still to be announced).
Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival once again lands at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, with a to-be-announced lineup (last year included sets from the Strokes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tash Sultana and more). The fest’s name comes from the Hawaiian concept of family, and as such the beachfront festival will give back to its own community by donating a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.