Here’s the hottest of the fall festivals to close out your 2018.
Autumn is in full swing. For a lot of people that means pumpkin spice lattes, and low-key outings. But this is Southern California – there’s no snow on the palm trees, and there’s no need to pack up that over-sized Unicorn floaty just yet. Here are a few of the hottest autumnal festivals to keep you warm through the holidays.
ESCAPE: PSYCHO CIRCUS
October 26 – 27, 2018
San Bernardino, Ca.
Escape: Psycho Circus is Insomniac’s two-day take on a Halloween festival. Artists, performers, and concert-goers alike take part in this macabre celebration of the wicked.
At this ghoulish rave, circus tents house four stages: The Chopping Block, Slaughterhouse, Ghoul’s Graveyard, and Cannibal’s Tea party. There’s plenty of ways to get lost here; most notably, The Asylum. This is the festival’s labyrinth-like maze, a Wonderland-esque descent into madness. While General Admission tickets for this fast-approaching festival are sold out, there is still time to grab a VIP Pass.
One Love Experience
November 2-4, 2018
Lake Perris, Ca.
One-Love Experience is a humble but mighty festival located in Lake Perris, California. For 3 days, dance, chill, and connect lakeside at one of SoCal’s biggest little festivals. Complete with 5 stages, yoga classes, and consciousness-expanding workshops, One-Love is the perfect place to “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” And yes, you can swim in the lake.
Day of The Dead
November 3, 2018
Los Angeles, Ca.
Located at Los Angeles’ Historic Park is Downtonwn LA’s annual Day of The Dead Festival. With only one night to celebrate it, this 21+ event hits hard and fast. This year, acts like Justice, Die Antwood, Knife Party, Shiba San, and Less Foss B2B will be headlining the stages. Eat, dance, and enjoy this Día de los Muertos celebration; just make sure to check the facepainting guidelines before you go all in.
CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL 2018
November 10 – 11, 2018
Los Angeles, Ca.
From the mind of Tyler, the Creator, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival is a two day spectacle complete with carnival games and Ferris wheel – and of course a killer lineup of artists handpicked by Tyler himself. This year, that talent includes Kids See Ghosts, Brockhampton, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, and plenty more.
For the first time this year, the Hip-Hop Festival will be held at Dodger Stadium. According to a press release though, this won’t be enough to contain all the festivities which will “take place in the areas outside of the ballpark itself.” While tickets are sold out, there is a fan-to-fan ticket exchange where ticket holders can trade up their tickets to those who want them. Good luck!
November 23 – 24, 2018
San Bernardino, Ca.
Hypnotic waves of bass mix together with endless splashes of laser light in this deliciously disorienting festival. The two-day trance extravaganza takes place in San Bernardino, California and brings together the best of the genre to play across 5 stages. Another one of Insomniac’s productions, Dreamstate has become a beloved traveling festival among the trance community. If you’re looking for something to match those spacey fall vibes, than slip into Dreamstate.
December 14 – 15, 2018
Los Angeles, Ca.
For the first time, Rolling Loud will be setting up in Downtown LA. Rolling Loud is pretty much the premiere Hip-Hop festival, bringing together the biggest names in Rap for two days of non-stop partying and music. Lil’ Wayne, Post Malone, Cardi B, and Lil Uzi Vert will be headlining this one, but wait until you see the rest of the lineup. Tickets are still selling but going fast.
Countdown NYE 2018
December 31 – January 1, 2019
San Bernardino, CA
Acrobatic colors of light, multiple stages, and of course, a big ball that drops at midnight. Countdown NYE 2018 is Insomniac’s EDM banger to usher in the new year. Choose where you want to be at the countdown from these four unique stages: The Mothership, The Nebula, Area 51, and Twilight Zone. While the headliners have not yet been announced, concert-goers can expect a solid lineup of EDM emcees and trap DJs. Pair this with Countdown’s circus-like atmosphere and hoard of time-traveling performers, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable blast off into 2019.
SnowGlobe Music Festival
December 29 – January 1, 2019
Lake Tahoe, Ca.
Maybe you’re looking for a festival that really does suit the season. If you’re tired of desert camping and lake floaties, than the SnowGlobe Music Festival is the one for you. Housed in South Lake Tahoe, this EDM festival takes place among the frost and pines, bringing you hot beats in that frigid, Tahoe air. Usher in the new year with headliners like Diplo and RL Grime. While it’s too soon to whether there will be snow, one thing is for sure: there’s no camping, it’s way too cold. What they do have is a team of tour buses to bring you into the area with drop-offs at nearby hotels.
January 18 – 19, 2019
San Francisco, Ca.
Maybe you’re looking to take your festivities a little further North. In that case, you’ll want to check out San Francisco’s WobbleLand. With swampy bass and savage drops, WobbleLand is an out-of-this-world submersion into the filthiest EDM and Drum & Bass. ZOMBOY is headlining this one with more names still adding to the roster.