Beyond wanting to see the big trees, many journey into the heart of the Redwoods for a different type of experience, one that “raises the vibrational frequency” and gets you dancing to the beat of nature, quite literally. Humboldt County has long been known as a place where one can soak up the beauty of the surrounding forests, rivers, and ocean, but did you know Humboldt County is also home to world-class music festivals as well. With festival sites unlike any others, Humboldt County music festivals are indeed rare gems. Look into the following Humboldt County summer music festivals if you are seeking some serious booty shaking redwood fun in this upcoming festival season.
Voted 2015’s “Best Music Festival in Humboldt County”, Benbow Arts & Music Festival takes place each year at beautiful Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in Garberville, CA. Featuring more than 100 unique pefromances by eclectic entertainers on 4+ stages, the 2016 event will showcase a diverse array of local to international talent. This Humboldt County favorite music festival will also feature 120 handmade craft, food, and non-profit vendor booths, a kid zone, a fine arts showcase, Belly Dance Temple, and so much more… all set upon a backdrop of ancient redwoods and the majestic Eel River!!! A not to be missed event.
Tucked along the Eel River under towering Redwood trees just off of US Highway 101 on the border of Humboldt & Mendocino counties, a short 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, lies Cooks Valley Campground, site of this 3-day celebration of music, art, food and local culture. In addition to an epic location and top-notch music talent, Northern Nights Music Festival features local & global arts and crafts, a collection of regional craft brews & wines, a mindful space for yoga and meditation, organic food offerings, and local area non-profit vendors….all lending to a truly Californian festival experience. Check out the complete lineup of this years Northern Nights Humboldt County Music Festival.
For those of you into the positive vibrations of Reggae music you simply cannot miss this favorite longstanding Humboldt County summer music festival which is in fact the most iconic and longest running reggae music festivals on the planet. Reggae music fans from all over the world flock to French’s Camp in Garberville CA for this 4 day music festival full of irie vibes, smiles, and sunshine on the banks of the majestic Eel River. Check the 2016 Complete Lineup for Reggae on the River and start planning your summer reggae excursion today as this year (like most) will be on fire!
While all of these festivals offer onsite camping why not extend your stay a few days before or after the festivities to really take in more of what Humboldt County has to offer. Hike Redwood National Forest, tube down the Trinity Rier, surf the waves of the Pacific Ocean, or eat, drink, and explore your way through Eureka and Arcata. And why not do so in the style and comfort of a fabulous Redwood Coast Vacation home? While camping offers a unique and interesting way to connect with the festival-goer community, after several days of camping at any of these Humboldt County music festivals a vacation homes will seem like quite the luxury and also offer a change of pace back into the non-festival way of life. Visit the festival webpages listed above and check out listings of over 100 Humboldt County vacation rentals and start planning the summertime fun today.
Author: Dawn Marie
Travel Passionista, Marketing Maven, and Guest Contributor.