High Sierra Music Festival started in 1991 and takes place around the 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. The 2021 festival has been postponed due to COVID health protocols but will return in 2022. For more information on the postponement, click here.
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.
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.
Medical professionals are on-site 24 hours a day. Medical teams are in the Grandstand Meadow (daytime only) and near the Late Night Plaza (24 hrs). Locations are also marked on the Festival Map.
Several “brick & mortar” restrooms are throughout the fairgrounds with accessible facilities and showers. High Sierra supplements with accessible port-o-johns.
A viewing platform is available for guests with disabilities accompanied by one companion in the High Sierra Music Hall where Late Night Shows and Artist Playshops are held.
Plumas County Fairground
204 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971
2022 High Sierra Music Festival lineup will be announced at a later date. Past lineups included The String Cheese Incident, DISPATCH, Umphrey’s McGee, Stanton Moore and Skerik’s, Emerald Quintet feat. Scott and Greensky Bluegrass. Visit this page to learn more about the 2022 lineup and when it will be announced.
There are a few different options for RVs at High Sierra, but electric and water hookups are limited, so keep that in mind. 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.
The closest Amtrak and Greyhound stations are in Chico or Reno. Plumas Transit provides limited shuttle service between the Reno airport and the festival grounds.
The festival is located at 204 Fairground Rd in Quincy, CA. Click the map marker below for driving directions. A limited number of on-site vehicle passes are available for purchase. See Camping & Parking for parking options.
Plumas Transit will provide a local bus service along its regular service route, including stops at in downtown Quincy, Quincy Natural Foods, Safeway, and SaveMor. The shuttle will depart approximately every half hour from Fairgrounds Road, just outside the main entrance. Cost is $1 each time you board the bus. More info at plumastransit.com.
Friday, Saturday: 8am-9pm
Parking availability and prices vary on the type of vehicle. To learn more, click here.
A VEHICLE PASS is required for anything with wheels and a motor under 18’ long.
An RV PASS is required for any vehicle, camper, trailer or vehicle/trailer combination that is between 18 and 35 feet in length.
A JUMBO RV ANNEX PASS is required for any vehicle, camper, trailer or vehicle/trailer combination that is more than 35 feet in length parking off-site.
We hope this guide to High Sierra has been helpful! Here at RVshare, we love to help people explore the amazing outdoors or attend an event with comfort and ease. Visiting High Sierra Music Festival in an RV allows you to enjoy this awesome event without the stress of tent camping. Regardless of whether you choose to visit High Sierra in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us your photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media for a chance to be featured on our blog or social media!
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