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Top 10 Fall Music Festivals of 2022 in California

Why should summer festivals have all the fun? Fall in California is the perfect time of year to be outdoors at a music festival. It’s not too hot or too chilly, and the weather is perfectly inviting for a dance party and camping weekend. Make the most out of this season by dancing with your friends at a music festival. We’ve done a little digging to find the top 10 festivals you don’t want to miss, including details about tickets, camping, and whether or not you can bring your RNBW stash into the event. 

Top 10 Fall Music Festivals

No matter your favorite genre of music, there is always a festival for your taste. And, you just might discover your new favorite artist at a festival you never thought you’d like. Stay open to the possibilities and see what calls to you from our list of fall music festivals. 

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Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival has been around for a long time. It’s the “longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world,” and the lineup reflects this accreditation. If you’ve never considered yourself a big jazz fan, this festival will convert you. Check out the absolute best musicians of this genre at the 65th Jazz Festival held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

  • Dates: September 23-25
  • Music Genre: Jazz
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: *No

Ticket prices range quite a bit depending on your desired experience. Head to their website for pricing and information.

*The festival website does not explicitly state that weed is not allowed, but they do have a strict no-smoking policy.

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Ohana Festival

The Ohana Festival is a three-day event in Dana Park. Catch legends Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, and Pink as weekend headliners. The venue is incredible, and the main stage faces the Pacific. 

  • Dates: September 30-October 2
  • Music Genre: Rock, blues, indie, folk, storytelling, funk, soul 
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: *Probably

Single-day GA passes start at $159, and three-day passes start at $450. Catch a shuttle to the venue 

*The Ohana site mentions that “narcotics and drug paraphernalia” are prohibited, but there is no mention of smoking or weed on site. 

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Joshua Tree Music Festival

If you’ve never been to the iconic Joshua Tree, this is the perfect reason to go. The Joshua Tree Music Festival offers an experience to feed the mind, body, and soul. In addition to plenty of music, you can also check out body workers, energy healers, yoga, and workshops. 

  • Dates: October 6-9
  • Music Genre: Global-ethno melodies, funk, soul, dance-world-electro-funk’n groove
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: *Yes

Four-day festival passes start at $250, with parking passes, camping, and RV tickets sold separately. 

*The JTMF website does not state anything about weed policies. Smoking is not allowed in the Music Bowl or Boogaloo stages, but it is allowed at your campsite. 

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Dirtybird Campout

Ready to have the best time of your life? Dirtybird Campout is the place for you. It’s like summer camp for adults, where your favorite DJs are the camp counselors. There are games, sports, swimming, and dancing your booty off. Bring all your best buds (RNBW included) and spend a few days at the gorgeous Modesto Reservoir Campground. 

  • Dates: October 7-9
  • Music Genre: EDM, trance, house, bass, techno
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: *Yes

Three-day passes start at $359, but camping and RV passes are sold separately. Select camping add-ons like shower access, lockers, glamping, and BBQ feasts (yes, you read that right). 

*Their website makes no mention of prohibiting smoking weed.

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Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

If you want a luxury festival experience, this is it. Sonoma Harvest Music Festival is a small festival at B.R. Cohn Winery. It was created to be a smaller, more intimate festival experience with 10 bands over two days. Enjoy plenty of fine wine from the vineyard, plus Northern California craft beer and gourmet food from Sonoma County restaurateurs. As for the acts? Thievery Corporation, Portugal. The Man, Phantogram, and Yoke Lore, to name a few. 

  • Dates: October 8-9
  • Music Genre: Rock, indie, psychedelic, electronic, alternative
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: No

Single-day tickets start at $149, and two-day tickets start at $249.

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Desert Daze

Desert Daze is an epic three-day festival at Moreno Beach at Lake Perris. Catch music right on the beach and camp onsite for the ultimate music festival experience. This year’s headliners are Tame Impala, Iggy Pop, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

  • Dates: September 30-October 2
  • Music Genre: Rock, blues, country, indigenous, folk, and more
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: Yes

The cannabis laws are pretty lax at Desert Daze, so just don’t be a dummy, and you’re good to go. While you have to leave your pets at home, emotional support animals are allowed inside the festival grounds.

Three-day passes are $399 and are expected to sell out, and there are plenty of single-day tickets. Check out all of the camping options, including RV and airstream rentals. 

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Rebels & Renegades Festival

Rebels & Renegades Fest brings hippies and cowboys together for amazing live music, delicious foods, art stations, and an expansion marketplace featuring many local makers. In addition to the main stages, you’ll find plenty of acoustic pop-up shows throughout the grounds for an intimate musical experience. 

  • Dates: October 15-16
  • Music Genre: Americana, outlaw country, bluegrass, folk
  • Camping: Yes, RV camping
  • Weed Allowed: *Unclear

R&R Fest is at the Monterey County Fairgrounds with headlining acts Trampled by Turtles, Orville Peck, Cody Jinks, Houndmouth, and Shooter Jennings. Tickets start at $239. 

*According to their website, “no illegal substances” are allowed. This is a pretty common clause that can be tricky when weed is legal. However, they also state that bags are subject to search. 

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Hangtown Festival

Hangtown Festival comes proper with a lineup too incredible to miss. Check out Railroad Earth (3 nights!), Beats Antique, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Molly Tuttle, and Brothers Comatose, among others. The event is held at Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

  • Dates: October 20-23
  • Music Genre: Bluegrass, electronic, funk, rock, soul, jam
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: *Probably

Hangtown tickets are available in multiple pricing tiers. Advanced four-day passes are $280.50 and two-day passes are $155. There are children and teen pricing, parking passes, RV and camping pass, and VIP experiences.

*There is no statement prohibiting weed or drug use at Hangtown. However, you cannot smoke inside the Music Area.

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Escape Halloween

Escape Halloween is a music festival experience like no other. Located at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Escape Halloween will spook, thrill, enchant, and entertain you. You can guarantee a unique audiovisual event with stages like the Psycho Circus and the Sewer District. Check out sets by Alesso, Black Tiger Sex Machine, 100 Gecs, and more.

  • Dates: October 28-29
  • Music Genre: EDM, house, techno, dubstep, trance, hardstyle
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: No

No camping and no weed allowed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your buzz on before you head to the event, and you are sure to have a killer time once you arrive. Tickets for Escape Halloween start at $139.95.

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Punk in the Park

Punk in the Park will scratch the itch for headbanging with headlining acts like Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Murder City Devils, and Dead Kennedys. This two-day event takes place in Oak Canyon Park in Orange County. There will be plenty of food and craft beer; every attendee can sample free beer from noon to three. 

  • Dates: November 5-6
  • Music Genre: Punk
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: *Probably 

There are plenty of ticket tiers to choose from. Select day passes, VIP passes, or full weekend experiences. You can expect to spend anywhere from $55 to $300.

*Smoking is allowed at Punk in the Punk, but their website doesn’t clarify what kind of smoking. 

Footloose and Fancy-Free

Ready to start packing for one of these fall music festivals? Check out our ultimate checklist of festival must-haves to ensure you have everything practical and fantastical. As always, stay safe, make amazing memories, and dance your face off.