Dance outside

A guide to Nor Cal’s season of music festivals

Delhi 2 Dublin performs at the 2013 Cal WorldFest in Grass Valley.

Delhi 2 Dublin performs at the 2013 Cal WorldFest in Grass Valley.

Photo by Alan Sheckter

The best vacations are those during which you become fully immersed in your travel destination, where your real life melts away and you get rejuvenated by being plugged into something other than bills, bosses and alarm clocks. For many locals, that full immersion comes in the form of several days spent camping and dancing in the woods with several thousand like-minded fun-lovers at one of the many spring/summer music festivals spread out across Nor Cal.

And there are many opportunities for getting away and cutting loose in the coming months. Let the celebration of summer begin.

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival

June 12-15, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Featuring: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, more. Tickets: $35-$55 (one day) to $160 (four days). Camping included.

Huichica Music Festival

June 13-14, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. Featuring: David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Mount Eerie, The Blank Tapes, Meg Baird, more. Tickets: $30 (Friday), $50 (Saturday), $75 (two days).

Reggae in the Hills

June 13-15, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp. Featuring: Junior Reid, Tribal Seeds, Luciano, Prezident Brown, Mystic Roots, more. Tickets: $14-$60 (one day) to $110 (three days). Free camping.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

June 20-22, Mendocino County Fair, Boonville. Featuring: Shaggy, Rebelution, Sly & Robbie, Barrington Levy, Seun Kuti, SambaDá, more. Tickets: $60-$75 (one day) to $170 (three days). Camping: $75.

Vans Warped Tour

June 26, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland. Featuring: Anberlin, Less Than Jake, Survive This!, Teenage Bottlerocket, and tons more. Tickets $45 (general admission).

Sacred Movement

June 27-29, Lake Concow Campground, Concow. Featuring: Healing artists, plus music by Delhi 2 Dublin, Jelly Bread, Tracorum, New Monsoon, Dylan’s Dharma, Wolf Thump, Bogg, more. Tickets: $30 (one day) to $75 (three days with camping).

Kate Wolf Music Festival

June 27-29, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville. Featuring: Joan Baez, Los Lobos, Jackie Greene, Rodney Crowell, Darlene Love, Beausoleil, more. Tickets: $185-$210 (two-three days, with camping). Parking extra.

High Sierra Music Festival

July 3-6, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy. Featuring: Widespread Panic, Lauryn Hill, Beats Antique, STS9, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Del McCoury Band, Lettuce, more. Tickets: $75-$80 (one day) to $160-$222.50 (two- to four-day passes, with camping). Info:

Rockstar Mayhem Festival

July 6, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. Featuring: Korn, Body Count (feat. Ice-T), Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, Cannibal Corpse, more. Tickets: $25-$115.

California WorldFest

July 10-13, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Featuring: Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Delhi 2 Dublin, Claire Lynch Band, Antsy McClain, Incendio, more. Tickets: $60 (one day) to $180 (four days with camping).

Wanderlust Festival

July 17-20, Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe. Music and yoga festival featuring: The Polyphonic Spree, Big Gigantic, DJ Krush, MC Yogi, more. Plus, art, theater and yoga and meditation classes. Tickets are $100-$475 for single-, three- or four-day all-inclusive music and yoga packages.

Northern Nights

July 18-20, Cook’s Valley Campground, Mendocino/Humboldt. Featuring: Beats Antique, Zion I, Justin Martin, Odesza, Viceroy, The Floozies, more. Tickets: $139-$179 (three days, with camping).

Reggae on the River

July 31-Aug. 3, French’s Camp, Piercy. Featuring: Jimmy Cliff, Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Fishbone, Israel Vibration, Iration, Third World, more. Tickets: $190 (three days with camping) to $250 (four days with camping).

Guitarfish Music Festival

August 1-3, Cisco Grove Campground, Cisco Grove. Featuring: The Mother Hips, Everyone Orchestra, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Pimps of Joytime, California Honeydrops, more. Tickets: $169 (three days with camping).

For the Funk of It

Aug. 15-16, Highway 70, Belden. Featuring: Jelly Bread, Brownout, Moksha, Afrofunk Experience, Funk Revival Orchestra, Gravy Brain, more. Tickets: $30-$50 (one day) to $65-$75 (two days).