Best Hip Hop Festivals In California

Today we’re going to look at some of the hottest Hip Hop music festivals we’ve seen in a long time. This list will not be in a ranking order and will include festivals throughout California. Festivals are arguably the best place to see live performances, as it provides audiences with the ability to see many popular artists at one location, and packed into a weekend or holiday break. From San Francisco to Los Angeles, these are some of the best festivals we have ever seen.

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Rolling Loud

Rolling Loud is arguably the number one hip hop festival in the United States at the moment. The festival is in Los Angeles and Miami but hopes to expand to China and Japan very soon. The festival features some of the best hip hop artists on the planet and continues to grow in popularity. If looking for Hip Hop, this is the place to be. This years performers included Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice Wrld, and Playboi Carti.

Camp Flog Gnaw

From world reknowned Hip Hop artist Tyler the Creator, comes Camp Flog Gnaw, a Hip Hop focused music festival located at Dodger Stadium. Performances by YG, 21 Savage, and of course Tyler the Creator as well as many others were the hype of this years lineup. You may have also recently seen a viral video of Drake being booed off stage. Tyler and company apoligized to the rapper and criticized the fans who booed him and thus making him leave the stage. Regardless of the controversy, this festival is very fun and focuses heavily on Hip Hop.

Hard Summer

Hard Summer is one of the hottest festivals in California located at the Speedway in Fontana. Rain or shine, this festival goes on. The festival, like many is 18+. Although a mix between EDM and Hip Hop, the festival attracts some of the biggest names in Hip Hop like Snoop Dogg, Lil Uzi, and Kid Cudi and has shown no sign of slowing down.

Head in the Clouds

Last year, 88Rising gave fans underrepresented cultures and artists a big stage with it’s Head in the Clouds Music + Art Festival in Los Angeles. The agency and music label is committed to expanding the American urban music scene, and in 2018, its roster of Asian and Asian-American talent was joined by Anderson. Paak and hosted about 10,000 attendees.

Head in the Clouds comes to Los Angeles State Historic Park in August and features performances from 88Rising artists Rich Brian, Joji, Higher Brothers, Niki, August 08 and Dumbfounded, plus K-pop stars iKON, Jackson Wang, Korean rapper DPR Live and more. The new EDM stage will feature DJ sets and performances from K?D, Josh Pan, Manila Killa, Y2K, Deb Never, Park Hye Jin and Qrion


The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an yearly music and arts festival put on at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley.

Although not particularly known for hosting Hip Hop, Coachella over the last 5 years have brought some of the biggest Hip Hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, YG, Sheck Wes, Kid Cudi, Gucci Mane, and many more to perform on some of the best and biggest stages. Although not technically a Hip Hop festival, Coachella has earned their spot on this list by bringing the best of the best to Coachella Valley.

Grizzly Festival

Grizzly is a Hip Hop Festival in Fresno California. Schoolboy Q, G-eazy, E-40, Nas, Lupe Fiasco and Snoop Dogg are some of the big names that have had the opportunity to perform at this festival. There are now 3 stages that will host performers for both days of the festival. The Yosemite Stage is the biggest stage and is placed at the West side of the festival, followed in size by the Sequoia Stage at the South/West corner of the event, followed by the Silent Disco Stage at the South/East corner. Lastly, the Red Bull stage will be placed nearest the entry in the Norht/East area near Grizzly Eats a.k.a. Vendor Village.

FYI, Vendor Village is a multitude of food trucks and food options, which is perfect considering you can NOT bring in your own food.

Bill Extending Nightlife in San Francisco, Oakland Passes Through Assembly

The California Assembly approved a bill Wednesday sponsored by State Senator Scott Wiener allowing certain cities to extend alcohol sales at bars, nightclubs and restaurants to 4 a.m.

Wiener tweeted that the passage of his bill is “a huge step forward.”

Nine cities are part of the 5-year pilot program, including San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.

The bill allows, but does not require the cities to extend hours for alcohol sales. The bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 46-14 and now heads to the Senate for a vote. If it passes there, it will go to Governor Jerry Brown for his approval.

Opponents say the bill would add new costs and lead to more dangerous roads.
Similar bills have been introduced and killed several times since 2004.