The USA hosts different music festivals to celebrate its Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July. One such event is High Sierra Music Festival which allures hordes of music lovers to the town of Quincy in California. This small town has been hosting the power-packed music festival since 1991. In 2015, the four-day festival is scheduled from 02nd to 05th July. Music is certainly the major pick of the festival but painters, parades, food vendors, creative performances and camping will add to the experience here. Let’s check a few of the most prominent highlights that make High Sierra much more than just a music festival.


Get a multi-day pass in case you plan to enjoy camping while attending this music festival. The camps are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can choose from a pool of on-site and off-site camping options. Some of the most popular camping areas here are Hillside, Show Sherpa and Big Meadow. A complimentary shuttle service is available for the ones opting for off-site camping. Shady Grove Campground makes for the best camping site for families as it is extremely quiet and peaceful at night.


Food vendors at High Sierra Music Festival serve lip-smacking dishes to both vegetarians and meat lovers. Organic options can also be found on the menus of these vendors; at Quench Cafés, you have the option to pick your drink from an array of all-natural beverages. Besides, the festival features special stalls offering crafted beers from New Belgium, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. If you are fond of beer and wine, you ought to be a part of High Sierra Swirl, the official wine and beer event of the festival.

Family Area

Parades: This is perhaps the most popular highlight of Family Area during which visitors paint their faces and dance wildly in colourful clothes. Bring your own clothes or get them on rent at the festival. Performances by puppeteers and other members of a group called Third Planet Ceremonial Celebrations are the main attractions of these parades.

Living Folklore: This is one of the hot favourites of High Sierra Music Festival. Listen to stories narrated by giant puppets, enjoy clown yoga, and participate in captivating storytelling sessions for a fun-filled day.

Jennifer Aguirre –Magic Apron Stories: Jennifer Aguirre is a popular name in the Family Area of High Sierra. She has been performing at the festival for several years now and narrates her themed puppet stories through songs. Kids or adults, this show engages one and all.

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