2023 California Roots Music & Arts Festival

March 24, 2023
2023 California Roots Music Festival

Amazing music takes root in California on May 25-28, 2023, at the California Roots Music & Arts Festival. This multi-day event features an electrifying roster of performers. This festival brings good vibes through a commitment to sustainability peppered throughout every aspect of its sounds and experiences. It has become a model for socially aware, environmentally active institutions.

Festival front of the stage angle

Over the years, Cali Roots has raised thousands of dollars for Save Our Shores, Calling All Crows, the Surf Rider Foundation, Love Hope Strength, the Nowell Family Foundation, the Redwood Forest Foundation, and many more organizations. The "roots" aspect of this festival isn't just symbolic. The festival has helped to plant nearly 7,500 redwood seedlings! If you're planning to join the goodness by attending the 2023 California Roots festival, look at some essential information to make the trip smoother!

What Is This Festival All About?

Founded in 2010, the California Roots Music & Arts Festival (Cali Roots) is an immersive event that brings together the world's best folk, hip-hop, and reggae artists in one place! Its location at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California, is a nod to the Monterey Pop Festival, which is infamous for being the event where Jimi Hendrix set alight his guitar in 1967. While this underground reggae event started from humble roots, it now attracts up to 13,000 attendees seeking freedom of thought, expression, and sound each year.

Who Is Playing at the 2023 California Roots Festival?

Music Festival

This year's lineup is among the best in the festival's history. Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Shaggy, Kyle Smith, Lila Ike, Atmosphere, Thievery Corporation, and Sublime With Rome are just a handful of the dozens of acts set to take the stage. For those who believe that families that rock out together stay together, you'll appreciate that Cali Roots is an all-ages event that offers free admission for kids aged 10 and under!

Other Events Taking Place


While music takes center stage at Cali Roots, this festival is a multisensory experience that offers many ways to learn, connect, and grow. Group yoga, sound healing, and interactive art experiences are all on the itinerary. Let's just say that paint-streaked clothing is the unofficial uniform of Cali Roots. Those looking for a VIP experience can book the Redwood Experience to enjoy "lounge" access that offers special treats, snacks, and other perks.

Things to Do Near the Cali Roots Festival

Why not make a long weekend a little longer by lingering around beautiful Monterey once the California Roots Music & Arts Festival is over? Local attractions great for unwinding after the festival include Old Fisherman's Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Nature Preserve, and Pebble Beach Golf Links. As a foodie town, Monterey also boasts an exceptional collection of breweries. Check out our rundown of the five best breweries near Monterey if you want to end your fantastic festival weekend with a toast to good vibes!


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