Ever wonder what EDM festival you could go to? Usually, people decide first by how close the festival is to them. Well for Californians it doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue. California hosts a lot of EDM festivals and Southern California has the luxury to be able to go to Las Vegas festivals pretty easy as well.
Sounds unfair to others, but we don’t exactly control the location of these festivals. Living in California does give you closer access to these wonderful events though.
So, what are the main EDM festivals in California?
- Beyond Wonderland
- Hard Summer
- Nocturnal Wonderland
- Escape Psycho Circus
Technically, some other festivals could be added to this list as well, but the reason they are not is that it is not mostly EDM artists. Other festivals, like Coachella, have maybe a couple EDM artists, but not nearly close to these other festivals. All of these festivals listed above are almost purely EDM based.
Which is wonderful for those that don’t like other genres of music. There is no reason to attend a festival for music you truly don’t like or wait for hours waiting for just 1 EDM artist to play.
These festivals have outstanding lineups as well. There really is something for everyone. Let’s get more detailed.
Ever wanted to feel like you fell into the world of Alice in Wonderland? Look no further! Beyond Wonderland is an Insomniac festival that is based on Alice in Wonderland. With stages named after memorable characters and performers dressed to fit the part.
Each stage tends to have a different genre of EDM. There is Trance, House, Dance-punk, Dance, Drum and bass, and Techno. The lineup consists of artists like Dash Berlin, Tiesto, Kill the Noise, R3HAB, Chris Lake, Fisher, Bijou, k?d, and many more.
All of this takes place in March around the 16th and 17th at the Nos Event Center in San Bernardino, California. It is a 2-day festival and you can only get a 2-day ticket, there are no 1-day tickets available. And you can not sell off the other day since it is tied to your name and is a wristband that gets scanned.
General Admission tickets start at $149 plus taxes and fees. Must be 18+ to attend and 21+ for VIP. VIP tickets start at $249 plus taxes and fees. They do have layaway plans available as well.
An Insomniac festival hosted in July on the 14th and 15th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
There are two stages: Frequency 1.1 and Frequency 2.2. Artists performing: Virtual Self, Kaskade, Rezz, Kayzo, Joyride, Slushii, NGHTMRE B2B Slander, k?d, Shiba San, and many more.
General Admission Tickets start at $129 for the 2-day tickets and $84 for a Single Day ticket. Must be 18+ to attend.
An Insomniac event that is presented by Basscon. It is hosted at the Nos Event Center in San Bernardino on July 27th and 28th.
The lineup includes Adrenalize, Atmozfears, Darksiderz, Hpnotic, Keiji, The Prophet, Brennan Heart, Gammer, Sub Zero Project, and more.
General Admission Single Day tickets start at $55 plus taxes and fees. General Admission 2-day tickets start at $100 plus taxes and fees. Must be 18+ to attend.
This time it is not an Insomniac event, but a Hard event. Hard Summer has many different genres playing. It is another 2-day event, but you can buy only 1-day tickets for either day.
Instead of being at the Nos Event Center it is actually at the Speedway in Fontana, California. It is held in August on the 4th and 5th for 2018. It is a bit smaller and has fewer stages, but the lineup is not sacrificed one bit.
Artists that will be playing consists of Marshmello, Zeds Dead B2B Jauz, Louis the Child, Slushii, Jaden Smith, Fisher, Travis Scott, Diplo B2B Dillon Francis, Virtual Self, San Holo, Ghastly, k?d, and many more.
I do suggest checking out both days because the lineup is split pretty equally for ones to see.
General Admission Single Day tickets start at $79, plus taxes and fees, and 2-day tickets start at $129, plus taxes and fees. VIP SIngle Day tickets start at $139, plus taxes and fees, and 2-day tickets start at $249, plus taxes and fees. Must be 18+ to attend and 21+ for VIP.
In love with Trance? Want to be immersed in a dream-like state? Then Dreamstate is right for you. Insomniac hosts yet another amazing festival and this time for the Trance lovers.
There are two stages: The Dream and The Vision. Performing are Alpha 9, Avalon, Blastoyz, Captain Hook, Vini Vici, Allen Watts, Factor B, Key4050, Monoverse, Paul Van Dyk, and many more.
It is a 2-day festival held on August 17th and 18th. This time at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. They do sell 1-day and 2-day tickets.
General Admission Single Day tickets start at $80 plus taxes and fees. General Admission 2-day tickets start at $120 plus taxes and fees.
Want to be surrounded by the creatures of the night in a very colorful way? Nocturnal Wonderland is all about Wonderland after Dark. Mythical creatures and creatures of the night come out to play in the stages and performers.
The stages are the Wolves’ Den, Labyrinth, and Sunken Garden. Artists performing include AC Slater, Bijou, Habstrakt, Illenium, Kill the Noise, NGHTMRE & Slander present: Gud Vibrations, Wavedash, and many more.
Another 2-day event and is held in September around the 14th and 15th. It is not at the Nos Event Center like most of the other Insomniac festivals in California, but instead at the Glen Helen Regional Park.
General Admission 2-day tickets start at $99, plus taxes and fees. Again they only sell the 2-day tickets, no 1-day tickets available. You must be 18+ to attend.
They do have camping available as well. It is 3 nights of camping and you have to buy a general admission ticket as well for the festival. They have 4 options for camping: Tent Camping that starts at $160, Car Camping that starts at $220, Lakeside Camping at $290, and RV Camping that starts at $284. All of these do have fees as well.
Halloween is what Escape is all about. Get dressed up all you want, whether you want to be something cute or something scary. Just have fun with it! Escape Psycho Circus is another Insomniac festival that goes all out with their theme. Spooky, scary, and a bit freaky. Stages themed just like Halloween with their Ghouls Graveyard, Cannibal’s Tea Party, The Chopping Block, and the Slaughterhouse.
Each stage is hosted by a different recording company and has different genres of EDM playing. You can expect artists like Ghastly, Marshmello, Alan Walker, Illenium, NGHTMRE, Slander, Pulsatorz, R3HAB, and many more to perform. 2018’s lineup has not been confirmed yet.
This time it all takes place in October around the 26th and 27th at the Nos Event Center in San Bernardino, California. It is another 2-day event and you can only buy 2-day tickets, there are no 1-day tickets. You are not allowed to sell one of the days off because it is a wristband tied to your name.
General Admission tickets start at $159 plus taxes and fees. Must be 18+ to attend and 21+ for VIP. VIP tickets start at $309 plus taxes and fees. There are layaway plans available and you can still buy 2018’s tickets to Escape.
New Year’s Eve event for Insomniac. Party away the last days of the year and start your New Year off with amazing people and music.
There are three stages: the Resolution stage, Infinity stage, and the Continuum stage. The lineup consists of artists like Alison Wonderland, Borgore, Deadmau5, Diplo, G Jones, Galantis, Habstrakt, Joyride, Shiba San, Porter Robinson, Yellow Claw, and many more.
On December 30th and 31st at the Nos Event Center in San Bernardino, California for this festival.
They do have both 1-day and 2-day tickets for this one. General Admission Single Day tickets start at $99, plus taxes and fees. General Admission 2-day tickets start at $179.
There you have it!
California does have a lot of EDM festivals throughout the year. Oddly enough, most tend to be hosted by Insomniac in one way or another.
If you love EDM and won’t be able to make it to any of the festivals, don’t worry too much. There are plenty of EDM shows going on throughout California as well.
If one of your favorite artists aren’t performing at these festivals, then check to see if they are going on tour. If so, check into what date is closest to you and try to make it to their show.
Trust me you will enjoy yourself so much more if you get to hear some of your favorite artists. Good thing is that many popular and outstanding artists do perform at these festivals. You may even find a new artist to add to your favorites.
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What is your favorite festival? Do you prefer one specific genre at a festival or do you enjoy festivals with multiple genres? Let us know by commenting below!