Loyal fans come year after year to party and relax at High Sierra Festival. The four-day music festival always kicks-off over Independence Day weekend and is a celebration of all things newgrass, jazz, reggae and electronica. AllTheRooms has rounded up the top High Sierra Festival highlights.
Every year, High Sierra Festival goes out of its way to be family friendly. It has a family village with tons of activities and performances taking place over the weekend. Artsy activities include making your own tie dye t-shirts, up-cycling musical instruments and the chance to create art from natural materials. The festival encourages families to be creative together and engage with nature, too.
For the parents looking for a bit of ‘me’ time, the festival offers a super useful on-site nanny service, called Rockin’ Nanny. Kids can enjoy a slumber party from 8pm-4am in a safe environment with snacks, games and crafts. It’s a great opportunity for kids to make friends while parents let their hair down at the festival. The cost is $15 an hour, and is totally worth it.
The festival is set in a stunning, mountainous woodland in Quincy, California. While so many other festivals are set in cement parking lots or degraded fields where it’s easy to disconnect from nature, HIgh Sierra helps you maintain that connection. At High Sierra Festival, you are surrounded by a beautiful woodland and camping among the trees, so you can really feel a sense of connectivity.
Something that High Sierra festival goers love is the amazing atmosphere and sense of community. The festival is known as a real favorite for many — it’s often described as a festival spent with one big family. With such a focus on crafts and activities, it’s easy to meet others and make new friends.
The first High Sierra Festival took place in 1991. Every year, top blues, newgrass, jazz, and electronica acts take to the festival stages. Past festival highlights include performances from the likes of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The String Cheese Incident, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, The Black Crowes and The Slip, who have played for 12 consecutive years. The festival also has late night shows for those looking to dance into the night.
Is there anything more relaxing than camping in a woodland? Festival goers can set up camp in tents or RVs onsite. There’s a more kid-friendly section of the campground that is quiet at night too. Plus, AllTheRooms has alternative accommodation options if camping isn’t your thing.
The festival has a different costume theme for each day. Past themes included ‘sparkalicious delight’, ‘1960s flower power’, ‘ride the wild side’, a giant pajama party, rainbows and unicorns and an American flag day. Who knows what fun themes are in store for next year?
While there are plenty of activities for children, there are also tons to keep adults occupied too. There’s a real focus on mind, body and spirit at the festival that’s aligned with the natural setting. You can find activities like group yoga classes, acroyoga and holistic hoopdance. For even more stimulating activities, there’s the festival parade, midnight fire shows and silent discos.
The festival is known for its mouthwatering street food options, including fish tacos, paella and Afro-Caribbean cuisine. It’s a great opportunity to try foods from different corners of the world and as well as alternative options, such as vegan and sugar-free.
The next High Sierra Festival will take place on July 5-8, 2018 so save the date.