It’s no secret California has an amazing music scene.
With amazing weather, diverse landscapes, and of course being home to many top artists, there’s a reason the golden state has so many shows and festivals.
Let’s dive into our list of the best EDM festivals in California!
Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Goldenvoice
Coachella - the cultural phenomenon in Indio, California is a must for clout chasers who love good music and great food. This goliath of a festival offers amazing artwork posted throughout the venue.
You should expect a more casual crowd with genres ranging from rap, to EDM, to Indie.
Wanting to see popular influencers and even celebrities in real life? You’re almost guaranteed to run in to someone at Coachella!
Nocturnal Wonderland - Insomniac
For a list of the best EDM festivals in California, we couldn't miss As America’s longest-running face festival, Nocturnal Wonderland is a not-so-hidden gem hosted in the beautiful Southern California.
Beyond Wonderland - Insomniac
Insomniac truly went for a unique fantasy-themed EDM festival with Beyond Wonderland.
The sister festival to the wildly successful Nocturnal Wonderland, Beyond delivers with a breathtaking atmosphere and all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a top-tier Insomniac festival.
Lightning In A Bottle - Do Lab
Lightning in A Bottle takes a holistic approach and encompasses the California vibe by incorporating yoga classes, guest speakers, meditation stations, and interactive art stations into the popular EDM festival.
Lightning has done a great job asking its community how to improve year-over-year and what has done a fantastic job adding new activities and improving their sound design.
We highly recommend Lightning for all California festival goers!
Hard Summer - Hard Events
Hard Summer takes the heat to a new level with popular headliners and a massive 170,000 audience, breaking recent records for the biggest festival in Fontana, California’s history.
In 2023, you can expect a mix of EDM and Hip-Hop artists including Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Alison Wonderland, and Porter Robinson.
Crssd Festival - Fingers Crssd
A rather unique festival in the mix is the insanely popular Crssd Festival that takes place in the sunny San Diego, California. Crssd is known for its perfect weather, amazing visuals, and a beautiful beachfront setting.
Due to the location and guaranteed good weather, Crssd will always be at the top of our lists for people looking for a fun music festival in Southern California.
Countdown NYE - Insomniac
New Year's Eve is packed full of fun parties and festivals in California. However, Countdown NYE takes the cake when it comes to size and lineup. This “alien” themed festival comes with the added bonus of the ball drop on NYE to really get the crowd hyped.
For a fun NYE festival, give Countdown a shot in San Bernardino.
Dreamstate SoCal - Insomniac
Dreamstate has become a beacon of trance music for fans all over the world. As one of the best EDM festivals in California, Dreamstate offers a unique blend of trance subgenres that quickly became a “have to” festival for all trance fans.
Expect intense visuals, an excellent venue, and of course world class trance music!
Splash House - Goldenvoice
The legendary Palm Springs music festival, Splash House, is a mega pool party that doubles as a top-tier EDM festival.
Enjoy fun in the sun, a hotel that’s attached to the venue, and the comforts of not having to uber anywhere at Splash House.
If a massive EDM pool party sounds fun to you, Splash House should be a must on your list.
Escape: Psycho Circus - Insomniac
Insomniac’s Escape is a unique horror-themed EDM festival that suits the spooky setting of Hallloween perfectly.
Insane bass music, world-class cosplay and an amazing, spooky atmosphere makes Escape a legendary experience. For all of our horror lovers out there, Escape is perfect for you.
We hope you loved our list of the best EDM festivals in California! If you’re looking to expand to the rest of the nation, we encourage you to visit our top list of the top 10 edm festivals in the US.