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Grab your dancing shoes: Southern California music festivals to check out

PHOTO: Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up KAABOO Del Mar
Posted at 2:32 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 17:04:09-04

(KGTV) — Music brings people together, crossing language and political barriers to create one united experience.

That vibe could not be more evident as music festivals, where several acts perform for fans of all musical preferences. And in Southern California, there's plenty to choose from.

If you're considering a trip to a festival without having to journey across the state or country, San Diego is home to few major gatherings. But if you want to break from town a little, you don't have to look too far.

Cost: starting at $299 (3-day general admission)
Del Mar's KAABOO music and arts festival has made a tradition of packing the fairgrounds with a varied lineup of music icons for the young and old. With a range of ages and musical preferences to cater to in the San Diego area, the festival has packed multiple stages throughout the grounds with comedy acts, chart-toppers, and culinary experiences.

Cost: starting at $110
San Diego's Waterfront Park is transformed into an electronic music destination with two days of artists during festivals in the spring and fall. Chromeo, Cut Copy, Odesza, Jungle, TV on the Radio, and Jamie XX have all taken the stage.

West Coast Weekender
Cost: starting at $49.99 (single-day pass)
Viejas Casino has become the new home of West Coast Weekender, a celebration of dance music and culture. Not only can attendees expect multiple stages of music, but can also take part in a conference featuring topics including DJing, marketing, and art.

Cost: starting at $369 (3-day general admission)
Stagecoach has become a destination for country music fans across the U.S., booking artists like Like Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, and other stars — anyone who has established themselves as a country music heavyweight or the next big thing.

Cost: starting at $429 (3-day general admission)
For those who are all about the hits, Coachella boasts the best in current top artists and up-and-coming icons across two weekends of music across Indio's multiple stages. In addition to the vast lineup of A-list talent, the festival also packs in art experiences.

Beyond Wonderland
Cost: starting at $99 (single-day pass)
San Bernardino's Beyond Wonderland festival turns the fanciful and at-times bizarre world of Wonderland into EDM central, attracting some of the latest and greatest in electronic music talent to stages covered in psychedelic lights and pyrotechnics.

Joshua Tree Music Festival
Cost: starting at $50 (single-day pass)
A family-friendly music festival? It's a thing. The Joshua Tree Music Festival offers free entry to kids 10 and under, family camping, a "kidsville," Joshua Tree education, yoga, live painting, and more. And that's all without sacrificing booking top artists who span music genres from across the globe.

Beachlife Festival
Cost: starting at $95 (single-day pass)
Redondo Beach's Beachlife Festival oozes Southern California beach vibes, with its kicked back atmosphere, seaside dining experiences, and iconic musicians such as Willy Nelson, Jason Mraz, Slightly Stoopid, and Ziggy Markley.