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CN&R’s annual Nor Cal music festival guide

Good vibes at Chico World Music Festival.

Good vibes at Chico World Music Festival.

Photo by Alan Sheckter

This year’s festival season has it all—dirt-twirling campouts, hipster happenings, bourgeoisie VIP parties—and from May to September there are tribes of all stripes gathering somewhere between Humboldt County and Monterey. Here’s our annual guide to the summer festivals of Nor Cal:

Emissions Festival: May 19-22, Belden. Bass music fest featuring: The Pharcyde, DJ Numark, Lunice, many more. Tickets: $250.

Bottlerock: May 26-28, Napa Valley. Music and culinary performers include: The Roots, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Modest Mouse, Martha Stewart, Roy Choi, Jose Andres, more. Sold out—tickets available on secondary market only (Stubhub, etc.).

Strawberry Music Festival: May 25-29, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Featuring: Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Elephant Revival, Marcia Ball, more. Tickets: $60-$95 (single day) to $255-$325 (two- to four-day passes, camping included).

Live 105’s BFD: June 10, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. Featuring: Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, more. Tickets: $37.50-$125.

Huichica Music Festival: June 9-10, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. Featuring: Beachwood Sparks, Allah Las, Cass McCombs & Dan Horne, more. Tickets: $40-$65 (single day) to $95 (two days).

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival: June 15-18, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Featuring: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, more. Tickets: $35-$60 (one day, no camping) to $130-$155 (four days, camping included).

Monterey International Pop Festival: June 16-18, Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey. The fest’s 50th anniversary, featuring: Father John Misty, Norah Jones, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Jack Johnson, more. Tickets: $105 (single day) to $295 (three day).

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival: June 16-18, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville. Featuring: Barrington Levy, Third World, Tarrus Riley, Gentleman, more. Tickets: $70-$85 (single day) to $185 (three days). Camping: $90 per car.

Kate Wolf Music Festival: June 22-25, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville. Featuring: John Prine, Bruce Cockburn, Carrie Rodriguez, Paul Thorn Band, Sarah Lee Guthrie, more. Tickets: $70-$105 (single day) to $210-$300 (two to four days, with camping). Parking extra.

ID10T Festival: June 24-25, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. Music and comedy performers include: Weezer, Chris Hardwick, Animal Collective, Car Seat Headrest, Demetri Martin, more. Tickets: $65-$99.50.

Sacred Movement: June 22-25, Lake Concow Campground, Concow. Featuring: Healing artists; music by Capleton, Jelly Bread, Mystic Roots, Wolfthump, Black Fong, more. Tickets: $35-$40 (single day) and $90 (three days).

High Sierra Music Festival: June 29-July 2, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincy. Featuring: Ween, Trey Anastasio Band, Andrew Bird, Galactic, Gov’t Mule, more. Tickets: $275.75 for four-day passes, with camping. Parking extra.

Burger Boogaloo: July 1-2, Mosswood Park, Oakland. Featuring: Iggy Pop, John Waters, Red Kross, X, Buzzcocks, Guitar Wolf, more. Tickets: $69-$99 (single day) and $129 (two day).

California WorldFest: July 13-16, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Featuring: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tommy Emmanuel, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Hannah Jane Kile, more. Tickets: $40-$65 (one day) to $115-$170 (two to four days). Camping extra.

Northern Nights: July 14-16, Cook’s Valley Campground, Mendocino/Humboldt. Featuring: Living Legends, Cherub, Big Wild, more. Tickets: $229 (three days). Camping extra.

Guitarfish Music Festival: July 27-30, Cisco Grove Campground & RV Park, Cisco Grove. Featuring: The Main Squeeze, Katdelic, Vieux Farka Touré, Liberation Movement, more. Tickets: $50-$90 (single day) to $170 (four days). Camping included, parking extra.

Vans Warped Tour: Aug. 4, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. Featuring: T.S.O.L., Sick of It All, Dance Gavin Dance, GWAR, more. Tickets: $42-$53.

Reggae on the River: Aug. 3-6, French’s Camp, Garberville. Featuring: Slightly Stoopid, Junior Kelly, Sly & Robbie with Marcia Griffiths, Mystic Roots Band, more. Tickets: $200-$250 (three to four days, with camping).

Outside Lands: Aug. 11-13, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Featuring: Metallica, The Who, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Queens of the Stone Age, more. Tickets: $375 (three days).

For the Funk of It: Aug. 11-13, Belden. Featuring: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Vokab Kompany, Mojo Green, Hi Strangeness, more. Tickets: $140 (three days). Camping free; parking extra.

Chico World Music Festival: Sept. 9, Chico State. Featuring: TBA. Free.