That’s So Cal: 10 Must-See Spring and Summer Music Events

With spring  in full bloom and summer just around the corner, it’s time to soak up the sun and turn up the tunes. The Event Team destination management company is back at it with our monthly “That’s SoCal” series, and for this edition, Taryn and John-Carlo (our SoCal sleuths) have hunted down the hottest Southern California music happenings in the coming months. From free and family-friendly to up$cale and adult-oriented, there’s no reason not to tune up your air-guitar and rock out to Southern California’s amazing music scene!

San Diego

Beyonce (San Diego, CA):
Get your leotards ready for the concert of the summer. Come watch the Queen Bey for her first performance as a solo artist in any San Diego venue since 2007. If Beyoncé’s screen stealing Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show is any indication of what’s to come, The Formation World Tour will be nothing less than fun, fabulous, and fierce.
May 12, 2016, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA – More info

KAABOO (Del Mar, CA):
Batting cleanup later this summer will be KAABOO’s sophomore showing. (It’s impressive 2015 debut featured No Doubt, The Killers, and Zac Brown Band). KAABOO is a curated upscale three-day “sound voyage” that combines rock-n-roll, comedy, art, gourmet food, cleanliness and comfortability. The full lineup has yet to be posted, but so far includes the likes of Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers,  Gavin DeGraw, Dana Carvey,  and more!
September 16-18, Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – More info

Orange County

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival (Newport Beach, CA):
SoCal’s infamous contemporary jazz and R&B festival returns this June to Newport Beach. The artist line-up continues to grow. Already scheduled to appear: Michael McDonald, Gerald Albright, and Stephanie Mills. Don’t miss out on the largest jazz festival in Orange County!
June 3-5, 2016, 1107 Jamboree Rd Newport Beach, CA – More info 

Toyota Summer Concert Series (Costa Mesa, CA):
No Orange County summer is complete without taking in a show or two at the Pacific Amphitheatre. It is the perfect ending to a day spent at the Orange County Fair. The Summer Concert Series opens up with rock legends, STYX and Boston. Come back again to hear current hit makers such as: Andy Grammer with Rachel Platten, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with Matt Nathanson, and Hunter Hayes with Cassadee Pope.
July 15-August 14, 2016, 100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA – More info

Los Angeles

Broke L.A. Music and Arts Festival (Los Angles, CA):
Didn’t end up snagging a Coachella ticket and can’t afford to buy one off of a third-party site? Broke L.A. Music and Arts Festival (Formerly Brokechella) could be your solution. Showcasing up-and-coming musical talent in the hip-hop, indie, and electronic genres, you’ll get a sneak peek of tomorrow’s stars. With 5 stages (one hosting stand-up comedy), cheap drinks, a huge selection of food vendors, and a $20.00 ticket price, it’s easy to see why this festival’s attendance has skyrocketed in recent years.
April 23, 2016, 695 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA – More info

FYF Fest (Los Angles, CA):
At FYF Fest’s annual two-day music festival, expect to witness a masterful blend of rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic music with performers such as Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, and LCD Soundsystem on this year’s lineup. Tickets for this all ages event may be purchased online or at Amoeba Music and Fingerprints Music stores for a discounted price.
August 27-28, 2016, L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA – More info

Palm Springs

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Indio, CA):
You may have to stalk several radio contests or trade your car in on Craigslist to score tickets at this point, but there’s good reason Coachella’s two-weekend festival is in high demand. In addition to a diverse lineup of indie, rock, hip-hop, and electronic acts, the legendary Guns N’ Roses will be headlining Saturday as part of their first tour since 1993. Venture out to the desert for the annual festival to get your music, dancing, and crowd surfing fix. Crop tops optional.
April 15-17 and 22-24, 2016, Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA – More info

Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival (Indio, CA):
No it’s not Deja vu; Indio is home to yet another famous festival. Break out your boots and kick the dust up for California’s largest country music festival. The biggest names and most noteworthy up-and-comers will be at this year’s annual Stagecoach. The current Queen of Country herself, Carrie Underwood, will be headlining along with Eric Church and Luke Bryan.
April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016. Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA – More info 


Santa Barbara

Concerts in the Park (Santa Barbara, CA):
“Boston has the pops, Hollywood has the bowl, and Santa Barbara beats them all with spectacular summer music at Chase Palm Park!” Concerts in the Park has been a Santa Barbara tradition for years, and for good reason. This free summer gathering promotes California talent every week in July and August, with the 2016 schedule coming out in June. Don’t forget to bring your picnic gear to accompany the beautiful views of the Santa Barbara waterfront and make it a day to remember.
Ongoing Summer Dates, 323 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA – More info

Live Oak Music Festival (Santa Barbara, CA):
Beginning in 1988, Live Oak Music Festival started out as a gathering for people seeking non-mainstream music with cultural roots and has since grown to a 3-day festival with multiple stages, food vendors, and even an art walk, while continuing to stay true to its origins. This year’s entertainment will include the likes of Wynonna and the Big Noise, Jay Farrar (Trio), and James McMurtry. Keep in mind that this is a family friendly festival, with a massive activity schedule curated specifically for the little ones.
June 17-19, 2016, 4600 CA-154, Santa Barbara, CA – More info

Need More Info?

If you’re hosting a corporate meeting or event in Southern California and want more information on group options for concerts and music festivals in the area, don’t hesitate to contact The Event Team corporate event planners today! We can also help you plan a completely exclusive and private music event of your own – our corporate event planning services include permitting, off-site venue selection, entertainment booking, decor, catering, staffing, transportation, and more! Check out a few of our music-inspired decor style sheets below, and contact us for more decor inspiration!


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