The Best Music Festivals in Southern California

Since I currently reside from that area, I decided why not make a list of the best music festivals in Los Angeles and it's surrounding areas. Let's just make it the best music festivals in Southern California. So if you are planning to come down here, or head on up here for that matter, here is a list of the biggest, and best music festivals in Southern California. For the best music festivals in the world click here.

NAMM (January)
Anaheim, CA
NAMM Website
NAMM is not much of a music festival but more of a music exhibitors expo, sort to speak, about all the current and upcoming technological advances in the music industry. Lots of music industry insiders attend this event.

Coachella Valley, CA
Coachella Website
If you haven't heard of Coachella by now, and you live in Southern California, "How dare you." It's the biggest music festival this side of the Mississippi, and some might even say its the biggest in the entire nation.

Stagecoach (April)
Coachella Valley, CA
Stagecoach Website
A huge country music festival that happens the weekend after Coachella, since it is put on by the same promoter, Goldenvoice.

Lightning in a Bottle (May)
Lighting in a Bottle Website.
Happening over a couple of days this is like a smaller Burning Man, still with a lot of people.

Electric Daisy Carnival
(June... moved to Las Vegas.)
Electric Daisy Carnival Website
Electric Daisy Carnival is a big eletronic music event that is held annually and features some of the biggest in dance music. They also have carnival rides, hence the name carnival.

HARD Summer (August)
HARD Summer Website
New promoter HARD (I still don't know if that stands for anything), has recently been on a roll thanks to booking artists like Justice, MSTRKRFT, and Boys Noize. So if you're into that style of music, then you'll like HARD events.

Sunset Junction (August)
Sunset Blvd
Sunset Junction Website
Sunset Junction is a street fair that has become popular over the years as they shut down parts of Sunset Blvd for this event. They have also booked bands like the Black Keys and Cold War Kids to perform.

Street Scene (September)
San Diego, CA
Street Scene Website
Probably the biggest rock music festival in Southern California next to Coachella. Street Scene boasts a great line up, and remains as a fast growing music festival.

Nocturnal Festival (September)
Nocturnal Festival Website
Another huge electronic dance music festival.

LA Weekly Detour (October)
LA Weekly Detour Website
This is a mini-Coachella music festival happening in downtown Los Angeles. Although, they are currently on hiatus?

Monster Massive (October)
Monster Massive Website
Another huge electronic dance music festival. Yet this one happens around Halloween so people are likely to dress up in costumes. ooohh!

HARD Haunted Mansion
HARD Haunted Mansion Website
HARD's other big music event happens on or around Halloween.

Together As One (New Year's Eve)
Together As One Website
Another big electronic dance music festival. This time you can ring in the new year with thousands of party goers.

Giant Village (New Year's Eve)
Giant Village Website
A 21 and over event that features mainly electronic dance music. Although one year I saw The Killers there, but they haven't really had bands since. It's still a good bet if you want to party down with the 21 and over crowd for the New Year's celebration.

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