Music festivals in the Bay Area, except for Outside Lands

Music festivals in the Bay Area, except for Outside Lands

(KRON) — The summer festival scene returns this weekend with the Outside Lands Music Festival, but the festivities are far from over.

Here are eight other music festivals coming to the Bay Area with a wide variety of music genres and activities to choose from. Whether you’re into jazz, pop, or Afrobeats, the Bay Area has a festival for you.

Petaluma Music Festival (August 6)

Is Outside Lands not your scene or out of your price range? Consider attending the Petaluma Music Festival instead. The festival features a lineup of 14 artists including Jackie Greene, Anders Osborne, Dustbowl Revival, Jackie Venson and more on three stages.

In addition to music, the festival will feature beer, food, vendors and merchandise. A music artist booth will allow the audience to meet their favorite artists, get autographs and purchase merchandise. The event may also feature a silent auction.

General admission tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $169. Proceeds from the festival support music education programs in Petaluma Public Schools.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (August 12-14)

The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest brings together a lineup of jazz bands and performers in addition to panels and films. This year’s performers are Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ledisi, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Charlie Wilson, Durand Jones & The Indications and others.

The festival also worked with bars and clubs throughout downtown San Jose to provide live music Thursday through Sunday. None of the locations will have cover, and many are within walking distance of the festival. Buskers and up and coming bands will perform on street corners around the festival to fill the walk from stage to stage with music.

The festival will feature a nightly cultural market on August 13th and 14th, where artists and creatives sell works that celebrate the diverse cultures of San Jose.

Stern Grove Festival Grand Picnic (August 14)

The Stern Grove Festival has been hosting free concerts in the forested Stern Grove since the beginning of the summer, and will culminate its events with the Big Picnic on August 14.

The concert will be hosted by Phil Lesh & Friends, a rock band led by the former bassist of The Grateful Dead, and will feature DJs Midnight North and Freak Flag Radio Walkin’ Love and Arevenotedead.

The concert is free, but table reservations are being sold for $5,000 to $10,000 to raise money to run the free events.

Portola Music Festival (September 24-25)

Goldenvoice will host its inaugural Portola Music Festival in San Francisco this fall. Known for hosting festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, Goldenvoice has announced a lineup of electronic and pop artists for the show.

The two-day festival will be headlined by Flume and The Chemical Brothers, and will feature artists such as Kaitranada, James Blake, MIA Jamie kk and Charli XCKX.

One-day tickets start at $199.95 and two-day tickets start at $299.95. The event is limited to participants 21 years of age or older.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (September 30 – October 2)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns with its first live festival since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will fill Golden Gate Park with bluegrass tunes in late September.

The concerts will be held in Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow and Marks Meadow. Celebrations on Fridays and Saturdays last from 13:00 to 19:00, and on Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has confirmed that eleven artists will perform at this year’s festival: Sam Bush, Galactic F: Anjelika “Jelli” Joseph, Buddy Miller, Allison Russell, Dashavn Hickman with Charlie Hunter, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Las Cafeteras, Joey Oladokun, Charlie Crockett, Lucius and Marcus Mumford. Tickets for the event are free.

Lost in Riddim Afrobeats Festival (October 1-2)

The Lost in Riddim Afrobeats Festival brings international music artists to San Jose to celebrate the African diaspora and its influence on world music. The event has 36 confirmed performers over two days.

The festival will be at Cunningham Regional Park and will feature artists including Wizkid, Davido, Burn Boy, Sean Paul, Ella May, Skepta, Tiwa Savage and many more. The event will also feature food from local vendors, bars, band and festival merchandise and free water.

Tickets cost $225. The event is open to all ages.

Day to Night Festival (October 15-16)

The day-to-night festival will bring two days of DJs and music artists to San Francisco’s Treasure Island. With a focus on dance music, Day to Night Festival promises attendees “the best music with your best friends” and a “one-of-a-kind party.”

Saturday’s festivities will feature Dom Dolla, Lee Foss, Booka Shade and more, and Sunday’s will feature Artbat, Tinlicker, Township Rebellion, Cristoph and more. The festival will also include pre-parties and after-parties that will last a total of three days of events.

Tickets start at $20, and VIP packages are available.

Second Ski Music Festival (October 29)

The second Ski Music Festival, curated and hosted by DJ Porter Robinson, features a lineup of electronic music acts. The festival will take place in Oakland and will feature RL Grime, Kiari Pamiu Pamium, Bladee, salute, Magdalena Bai and more.

Hosted by Goldenvoice, the company behind the Coachella and Portola music festivals, tickets for the one-day event start at $159.50. There will also be bars and food vendors at the venue.

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