High Sierra Music Festival started in 1991 and takes place every Fourth of July weekend in the small town of Quincy in northern California. Over the past three decades, the festival has evolved into a multi-stage event at the Plumas County Fairgrounds with over 10,000 people in attendance. High Sierra is known for highlighting the best in bluegrass, electronica, jazz, indie rock, and reggae, including past artists My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Bela Fleck, and The Black Crowes. It’s a feel-good, community-style festival for music fans conscious about wellness and the environment, providing sessions for yoga and guided meditation, plus on-site composting and a food drive for the hungry.
High Sierra Music Festival has a ton to offer beyond just excellent music. Many of the activities have a wellness component, including yoga, pilates, and guided meditation. There’s also a glowing night parade, silent disco, and midnight fire performances!
Food options at the festival are plentiful, and include vegetarian and vegan options. Craft beer nerds are in luck, too: Deschutes Brewery, Lagunitas, and Sierra Nevada are all available on tap.
Don’t forget that High Sierra is the rare music festival that’s totally child-friendly. A family campground is available for those traveling with kiddos, and on-site nannies can be reserved for less than $15 an hour. There are plenty of family-friendly events, too, including a family breakfast, puppet parade, story time, and children’s performers. For all of the family activities, check out the festival’s website.
PLUMAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
204 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971
This year’s headliners are Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James, Dispatch, Umphrey’s McGee, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Galactic. The rest of the lineup includes: The Del Mccoury Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents Eat A Bunch Of Peaches, Steel Pulse, The Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Mandolin Orange, Del & Dawg (Del Mccoury/David Grisman Duo), Alo, The Polish Ambassador, The New Mastersounds, Manic Focus, Pnuma (Live), The Travelin’ McCourys, Stanton Moore And Skerik’s Emerald Quintet Feat. Scott Metzger, Robert Walter and Chris Stillwell, Too Many Zooz, Sisters Of The Strawberry Moon Feat. Luther Dickinson, Birds Of Chicago and Sharde Thomas, The Nth Power (Marvin Gaye Tribute), The Lil Smokies, Tauk, Big Something, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Natalie Cressman, Andy Frasco & The U.N., John Kadlecik’s Fellowship Of The Wing Feat. Jay Lane, Reed Mathis, and Todd Stoops, Reid Genauer & Folks, Songhoy Blues, Star Kitchen, Gaby Moreno, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Cris Jacobs Band, Amo Amo, Cha Wa, Ron Artis Ii & The Truth, Royal Jelly Jive, The Suitcase Junket, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Mapache, Valley Queen, Templo, Diggin Dirt, Rainbow Girls, and Let’s Be Leonard.
There are a few different options for RVs at High Sierra, but electric and water hookups are limited, so keep that in mind. This year, it appears the campsites with hookups are sold out, but check the festival’s website for updates.
For a “boondocking” experience without hookups, there are two main campgrounds. Camp 70 is within walking distance of the fairgrounds (passes start at $250.50). You can also stay at the Lee Road Annex ($190.50 for a standard RV between 18’ to 35’ in length, $250.50 for RVs longer than 35’).
Camping is a major part of the experience at High Sierra Music Festival! Whether you have your own or plan to rent an RV, staying in an RV allows you to have all the comforts of home while you’re in Quincy for the weekend. Learn more about RV camping at High Sierra here.
If you’re looking for a budget option, you’re in luck: Tent camping is included with the price of your ticket at High Sierra. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, though, so be sure to get there as early as possible. The festival venue has permanent restrooms and showers, and organizers also bring in portable toilets and a shower trailer for overflow. A family campground is available for attendees traveling with children.
Feeling fancy? Check out the Show Sherpa package, which includes a cabin-style tent, chairs, lantern, free coffee in the mornings, one free bag of ice per day, and access to a full camp kitchen with large gas grill, expedition stove, utensils, and pots and pans.
Quincy is a tiny town of fewer than 2,000 people, but there happens to be a few hotels nearby. The Quincy Feather Bed Inn has five guest rooms and two guest cottages. If you’re traveling with a group, check out the Quincy Courtyard Suites, which has a limited number of two-room suites. Finally, there’s the Gold Pan Lodge, which is close to the downtown area with restaurants and shops.
If you’ll be flying in, the closest airport to the festival is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is about an hour and a half away. Plumas Transit offers a limited number of shuttle rides from the Reno airport to High Sierra, but reservations must be made by noon on June 26, 2019. Other airport options include the Sacramento International Airport (about 3 hours away), the Oakland International Airport (about 4.5 hours away), and the San Francisco International Airport (about 4.5 hours away).
For those traveling by car, the festival organizers recommend using the fairgrounds’ address (204 Fairground Road, Quincy, CA) to locate driving directions.
If you plan to have a vehicle with you, you’ll need to purchase a parking pass. Prices start at $20 for express lot parking with free shuttle rides and go up to $150.50 for on-site vehicle passes. (RV prices are discussed below!)
Want to get there early? For $20 (cash only), you can arrive Wednesday morning to set up your campsite.
Snag tickets for the High Sierra Music Festival online through Eventbrite. If you need RV or parking passes, you can add those on during checkout.
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