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Festival season may have begun months ago, but it's still just getting started. The warmest months of the year produce more outdoor music events in Northern California than any sane person can keep track of. To help you through them, we've compiled this breezy guide to the best events both within S.F. and in easy driving range. There are family-friendly festivals, riverside bacchanals, and lots of good places for the pale-skinned and desk-bound to get out of doors. So consider your options, buy your tickets well in advance, and don't forget the suntan lotion.
Huichica Music Festival
Expect: A food, wine, and music festival for the DIY pickling set.
Pricing: $18 (Friday-only ticket) to $90 (VIP two-day pass)
What's special: It offers a top-notch indie-folk lineup and posh grub without the snooty vibes.
Stern Grove Festival
June 16-Aug. 18
Expect: To get there early if you want clear views of the stage.
Where: Sigmund Stern Grove Park, 19th and Sloat, S.F.
What's special: There's a major free concert in S.F. every Sunday afternoon for most of the summer.
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
Headliners: Damian and Stephen Marley, SOJA, Max Romeo, Bombino
Expect: Paeans to peace, love, and Jah; ganja smoke.
Pricing: $64.29 (Friday-only ticket) to $180.34 (three-day pass)
What's special: It's a reggae-leaning music festival in the weed capital of the world.
Rockstar Mayhem Festival
Expect: Pentagram tattoos, neck beards, power chords.
Pricing: $42-$93.90; $200 (VIP)
What's special: It will be the longest exposure to sunlight many of these people get all year.
High Sierra Music Festival
Expect: A mini-Bonnaroo in the mountains.
Where: Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds, Quincy
Pricing: $85 (single-day pass) to $205 (four-day pass)
What's special: It offers a family-friendly Fourth of July camping trip with lots of live music.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
Headliners: Kim Nalley, Crystal Monee Hall, Afrolicious
Expect: Three stages of music, and the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast.
Where: Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy, S.F.
What's special: You get to savor the old flavor of the Fillmore, once a world capital of jazz.
Phono Del Sol Music Festival
Expect: A pleasant afternoon chilling in one of the city's under-appreciated parks.
Where: Potrero Del Sol Park, Potrero and Cesar Chavez, S.F.
What's special: You get to see some of the best indie rock bands anywhere playing in the sunshine.
Reggae on the River
Expect: A swimsuit bacchanal.
Pricing: $190 (three-day festival pass) to $250 (four-day early arrival pass), camping included.
What's special: For its 29th edition, Reggae on the River is returning to its traditional home in the Redwoods.
Outside Lands Music Festival
Expect: The closest thing Northern California has to Coachella, except with fog and wind.
Where: Golden Gate Park, S.F.
Pricing: $249 (three-day pass) to $545 (three-day VIP pass); single-day ticket prices TBA
What's special: Paul McCartney, for one thing; plus, the Outside Lands mix of music, food, and drink bests any other big local festival.
First City Festival
Expect: Skinny jean- (or skinny cut-off-) types rocking out and giggling on carnival rides.
Pricing: $149.50 (two-day pass) to $279.50 (two-day VIP pass)
What's special: A primo lineup of indie bands kicks off the inaugural edition of this event.
Rock the Bells
Expect: Gut-rumbling beats; words your mom wouldn't like.
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Pricing: $115.75 to $265.50 for two-day passes