Reggae on the River is an annual festival, taking place on the first weekend in August in Humboldt County, California. The festival started in 1984 to raise money for the Mateel Community Center to rebuild the community hall in Garberville that was burnt by an arsonist. The festival is held at French's Camp, north of Piercy, about 10 miles (18 km) south of Garberville, CA. Previous line-ups included Culture, Third World, Iration, Busy Signal, The Original Wailers, Arrested Development, Cham, Don Carlos, Israel Vibration, Anthony B., and the Marley brothers. The three-day festival is now organized by High Times Productions—part of the New York-based High Times Media.
Humboldt County is a beautiful area located some 200 miles (321 km) north of San Francisco. It contains over 40% of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests, protected or strictly conserved.