The 2018 California summer music festival season just ended so it must be time for the 2019 California summer music festival season to start. How far are you willing to go for a music festival? Zero miles? We can’t help you. But if you’re willing to go at least a few blocks there’s probably a music fest happening nearby. If you’re willing to travel all the way to the desert there’s definitely something for you. Once again, we’re starting to pull together a guide to 2019’s California music festivals starting in San Francisco heading to Los Angeles and beyond. This list is clustered by the distance starting from San Francisco (sorry, we’re SF-centric) and heading down the coast (admittedly, this format is a little confusing so we’ll probably arrange it by festival date at some point in the future). It’ll be updated as new music festivals and performers are announced.
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Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) is an annual two-day festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. Performers at the festival are traditionally a mixture of hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock. It historically takes place in September or October. Between 2007 and 2016 the festival took place on the San Francisco Bay island called Treasure Island. The festival organizers took 2017 off to regroup and in 2018 moved to Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
Treasure Island Music Festival is notable for booking performers who might be on the cusp of breaking out. Festival-goers are likely to see an opener at TIMF who will be a hot ticket at other festivals the following year. The festival has shifted over the years to include bigger headliners like Sigur Ros in 2016 and Deadmau5 in 2015.
TIMF is a relaxed music festival experience. Like many festivals, Treasure Island has two stages, but those stages are staggered so performances aren’t competing. This removes the common festival frustration of choosing between two bands who might overlap.
After a brief hiatus, the Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to the Bay Area this fall. The festival won’t be dropping stakes on the namesake island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Instead, Treasure Island Music Festival will take over Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park giving festivalgoers a lovely view of the Bay Bridge which previously was the connector to the festival’s island namesake.