Summer may be over, and Coachella and FYF have bid us farewell, but festival season is still in full swing. It’s no surprise that the hight majority of music festivals still going off are all in Southern California. No doubt about it, So Cal has it all. We have the weather, the desert, the mountains, the beach and the city. It’s the perfect location for year-round outdoor music events. From niche festivals to rock star headliners, check out these 10 Fall music festivals you need to attend!
Please note: for those too afraid to attend a music festival, or thinking of canceling their plans after hearing about the Las Vegas massacre, don’t live in fear. Don’t let terrorism rule you. Read this past Grimy Goods post. It holds true more than ever.
Red Bull Music Academy
I wouldn’t exactly call this is a “music festival” but it is a pretty cool music event with some ace acts. The Red Bull Music Academy takes place October 6 through the 29 and features performances and conversations by a variety of acts such as St. Vincent, Alice Bag, Dam-Funk, Ice-T, Sophie and more. Red Bull Music Academy’s annual festival has been going strong for five years in New York, now it’s Los Angeles’ turn.
Cal Jam is making its way to the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino on October 7 for an incredible night of music you will not want to miss. Announced by the Foo Fighters, the lineup will feature an impressive list of rock acts including: Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Wolf Alice, Babes in Toyland, White Reaper, Japandroids and many more.
Joshua Tree Music Festival
No frills, no fakes, no fashion wars — it’s genuinely all about the music and good vibes at the12th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival. Popping off this weekend October 5-8, get down in the gorgeous desert with some good people. This year’s lineup includes Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, TURKUAZ, The Last Internationale, Vieux Farka Toure and many more acts from around the world!
This year’s Desert Daze will take place October 12-15 at the Institute of Mental Physics in Joshua Tree, CA. Nestled in the scenic desert, attendees can enjoy a gorgeous natural landscape (and stars for days) including the visionary architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and son Lloyd Wright.
Festival of Disruption
The David Lynch Foundation is back with the Festival of Disruption at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The multi-media show will kick off October 15 and will include musical performances by headliners Bon Iver and The Kills, along with highly anticipated sets by Sharon Van Etten, TV On The Radio, Laura Marling and more. Additionally, Festival of Disruption will feature DJ sets by Moby and Shepard Fairey, exhibits of David Lynch and photographer William Eggleston, talks by artist Ed Ruscha and actor Bill Pullman, and much more.
Cloak and Dagger
Spaceland and Restless Nites have teamed up to deliver the first every Cloak & Dagger Festival. Taking place Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22 at the Globe Theatre and The Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, the Cloak & Dagger Festival will make its debut. Filling two theaters with a unique lineup of acts spanning darkwave, electronic, psychedelic, punk and more — the Cloak & Dagger Festival is looking to be quite the niche festival treat.
The Growlers Six
We all know why the Growlers ain’t down with the Observatory any more, and many fans have followed suit after last year’s fiasco, but the show must go on! The Growlers continue their Beach Goth legacy with Growlers Six. The two-day festival will take place Oct. 28-29 at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro. Already a waaaaay better location than the Observatory grounds. Growlers Six will feature The Growlers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Butthole Surfers, Girl Talk, Beach Fossils, Dan Auerbach and MANY more awesome acts.
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
Tyler, The Creator is back with his Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. In its 6th year, the festival is looking more dope than ever. Taking place October 28-29 at Exposition Park Los Angeles. Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival will feature Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Solange, Kid Cudi, Migos, Justice, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Yachty, 2 Chainz, Vince Staples, The Internet, Willow & Jaden Smith, Trash Talk, Kelis, and many more must-see acts. View the full Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival lineup below!
Tropicália Music & Taco Festival
Well this is quite the niche music festival. The folks from the Observatory introduce Tropicália Music & Taco Festival, taking place Saturday, Nov. 11 at Queen Mary Park. Paying homage to the rich Mexican culture in Los Angeles, the festival features a variety of Mexican, Chicano and all around Latino acts, as well as bands from all parts of the world. Headlined by LA’s very own Chicano Batman, the group will also be joined by Los Tigre’s Del Norte, and Kali Uchis. Other performing acts include Alina Baraz, King Krule, Goldlink and more.
Celebrating animal rights arrives Circle V music festival. Circle V is the first-ever music festival that’s all about animal rights! Taking place at The Regent in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, November 18 the all-ages event returns with Waka Flocka Flame, Moby, DREAMCAR, Reggie Watts, Rauryand more! Additionally, Circle V will have DJs, vegan food and beverages (beer gardens as well as non-alcoholic kombuchas), speaker panels, a vegan vendor village and more. While Circle V appeals largely to the vegan community, the event is all about inclusivity, celebrating their message while bringing animal rights issues to the masses and inviting all to be a part of their movement.