Los Angeles and the music scene might as well be best buddies. There’s no shortage of great acts with LA roots, nor are there any lack of concerts and festivals in the area. From the Top 40 to brand new indie and alternative, there is something for every music enthusiast who wants to celebrate with others. There are way more than ten great festivals in and around LA, but you have to start somewhere. And if you have time to go to more than ten in a year, good for you (and we’re jealous)!

#1- Coachella (Los Angeles)

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Coachella is no secret. It’s become a cultural and music icon far beyond the reaches of LA. Three days of music with an ever changing and eclectic lineup bring in over 125,000 people from all over every year. Headliners are big name talents- Beyoncé, Eminem, and the Weeknd for this year. Mix parties and a huge food scene with so many music lovers, and you’ve got one of the biggest deals this side of anything. And it’s a goldmine for Instagram opportunities too.

#2- Cal Jam (San Bernardino)

Focused on rock music, Cal Jam brings in big names and big crowds. Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age made their Cal Jam mark in 2017. Carnival games and rides, artisans and vendors, a mobile recording studio- lots of reasons to rock out at Cal Jam. The spirit of Cal Jam has been rocking on since the 1974 California Jam festival, its namesake, and a spot that hosted names like Deep Purple.

#3- Adult Swim Festival (Los Angeles)

Combining their signature comedy with a major lineup gives Adult Swim the appropriately named Adult Swim Festival. Run The Jewels, Big Freedia, Neko Case, Flying Lotus, and T-Pain are only some of the music features making an appearance.

#4- Joshua Tree Music Festival (Joshua Tree)

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This desert festival is focused on indie artists that most not already in the scene will not know of. There’s free water (much needed), service-charge-free tickets, and even yoga classes. Get to know some of the 30+ artists with some time away in the desert.

#5- Desert Daze (Lake Perris)

Desert Daze doesn’t have the same big crowds as other festivals, but the lineup is no lightweight. Tame Impala, Death Grips, and Ty Segall are some acts to expect. There’s a beach club and boats for VIPs, as well as showers and bathroom facilities to make camping a bit more enjoyable. There are also hiking trails if that’s your thing.

#6- Cloak & Dagger (Los Angeles)

Like your music scene a bit darker? Cloak & Dagger, an exclusive goth club, also hosts a yearly festival. Music is accompanied by performance art and other activities. There aren’t many rules, besides the strictly-enforced dress code. Wear black- that’s it.

#7- Treasure Island Music Festival (Oakland)

Previously planted at San Francisco’s Treasure Island, the festival now has its home in the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park of Oakland. I know, a bit og a trek- but worthwhile. Local artists and international picks combine to form an approachable -but fresh – lineup. A$AP Rocky, Santigold, and Courtney Barnett are some sights to see.

#8- All My Friends Festival (Los Angeles)

Dance and R&B is the focus of this new festival. The outdoor venue at ROW DTLA hosts artists like Gucci Mane, Jamie XX, and M.I.A. Two stages are well utilized, and it’s worth keeping an eye on this festival newcomer.

#9- Ohana Festival (Dana Point)

Leave it to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and pro surfer Kelly Slater to combine music and waves for the ultimate end-of-summer jam. Instead of trampled and crowded green spaces (that quickly turn brown), Ohana Festival takes place on the beach and features singer-songwriters and more mellow acts, like Mumford & Sons and Beck.

#10- Music Tastes Good (Long Beach)

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Combine trendy artists and rising culinary stars and you have Music Tastes Good. And you don’t even have to be VIP to get a hold of the gourmet and special eats. Expect James Blake, Parquet Courts, New Order, and other similar artists to make an appearance.

How’s that for a starting list of festivals to attend?