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California Roots Festival 2024

Discover what California’s best raggae fest can bring

Dates: May 24–26, 2024

California Roots Festival
California Roots Festival
California Roots Festival

The California Roots Music and Art Festival, or Cali Roots, is an annual American music and art event. Held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterrey, California, it features live painting and reggae-rock, folk, and hip-hop acts on stage. The festival is packed with live music performances, refreshing beverages, fantastic food, and sustainable practices.

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This fantastic three-day event is all about the quintessential Californian vibes. The festival boasts an impressive lineup across its three days. Friday kicks off with performances from Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, E-40 & Too Short, Fortunate Youth, J Boog, Xavier Rudd, The Elovaters, Living Legends, Tropidelic, Kabaka Pyramid, and Arise Roots. Saturday features Damian "Jr Gong" Marley & Stephen Marley, Burning Spear, Tribal Seeds, The Expendables, L.A.B, Rawayana, Souls of Mischief, Claire Wright, and The Wide Eyed Kids.

Headliners Rebelution, Pepper, Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco, Collie Buddz, The Green, Little Stranger, Artikal Sound System, Coyote Island, and DMP will close out the weekend on Sunday. With such a diverse array of artists, attendees can expect a thrilling and eclectic musical experience throughout the festival. The shows start at 12 pm daily, and all amplified music will end by 11 pm each night.


General Admission Tickets include a one-day pass for $140, a two-day pass (May 25-26) for $285, and a tree-days pass, which gives you access to all weekend events, for $330. VIP Admission's three-day pass is $780. It includes an official California Roots Music & Arts Festival VIP wristband, expedited festival entry, access to the VIP viewing areas & VIP area bathrooms. The organizers also offer ticket & hotel packages starting at $529 per person.

History of the Festival

The California Roots Festival started in 2010 as a one-day event and has grown into one of America's largest reggae festivals. It is considered more of a movement than just a simple music festival, for it delivers a multi-layered experience for music lovers. Monterey County Fairgrounds roots back to some stories. There, Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire during the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, changing the whole generation's view on music festivals and life as it was.

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Authors: Sophia Andrus