High Sierra Music Festival Celebrates 25 Years
While Grateful Dead fans are Fare Thee Well-ing in Chicago over the Fourth of July Weekend, Sensible Reason and any other sensible souls will be faring quite well attending the 25th annual High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA. Located about eighty miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, High Sierra has assembled the most attractive lineup of the summer, including The String Cheese Incident x4, Umphrey’s McGee, John Butler Trio, The Word, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and if I listed all of the other household festival names on this lineup it would span the entire article. Because I’m confident seeing the lineup below will convince you this is where you should spend your Independence Day, I will skip to some tips on how to get there and how to make this the most fun you have this summer.
How to Get There
If you are considering flying to the event, you have two options. Reno, NV, as mentioned above, is about 80 miles from Quincy, and thus about a two hour drive through the Toiyabe and Plumas National Forests. Option two is a flight into Sacramento, CA, which lands you about 150 miles from the festival; however, you spend those extra seventy miles in two other national forests, the Tahoe and Eldorado. If you don’t find it necessary to rent a vehicle for the weekend, Plumas Transit provides transportation to and from the festival grounds. For those of you lucky enough to be in close enough proximity to drive to the event, please exercise extreme caution and attention to detail to ensure we all make it to the party safe and sound. If you ever find yourself in a hurry on the way, just remember life’s about the journey, brah.
What to Bring
If you are flying in, at the very least bring a tent. There is a Safeway and a Natural Foods in Quincy, so most, if not all other amenities can be purchased within a few miles of the festival grounds. As for your suitcases, the average high in July is 90, and the average low is about 50, so pack for it! Do not skimp on the sunscreen and don’t forget your favorite festival hoodie for when you’re boogieing down at the late nights. It is also recommended that you coordinate with your friends to bring and build some shade for yourselves, as northern California summers will be dry, sunny and hot. In addition, make sure to pack each smile and every hug you own, as they will be paramount in ensuring your weekend unfun-proof.
What to do Outside the Festival Grounds
Plumas County and the surrounding areas contain enough land to keep Bear Grylls occupied for years. If you’re planning on making a trip out of the event, I recommend finding a campground or an area in a national park that fits your desires. To narrow your search, check out the following links to a few options I am considering this summer.
Warning: As it states on High Sierra’s website, please do not attempt to wade or swim in the nearby Feather River before or after the festival. The website claims people have drowned by doing so and strongly advise against it.
So Now That You’re Coming
Weekend passes are still available for $245.00 from High Sierra’s ticketing website. This will include four days of music and camping. As shown below, the late night shows range from $22.50 to $28.50 plus fees and are available for purchase here. Any further questions should be referred to the festival’s contact page. Remember this is a family-friendly environment, so please be conscious and courteous to the little guys and gals when you’re enjoying yourselves and one another. Otherwise, we’ll see you in the Sierra Nevadas sharing ‘Mericas and plenty of Sierra Nevadas in July!