Guitarfish Music Festival is one of the best-kept secrets for local music lovers and those travelling from afar wanting to bask in nature, soak up some beautiful Cali sun and listen to some great music. About 20 minutes from Truckee, it’s location make it an easy jaunt from the Bay Area, as well as the surround Reno/Tahoe areas and the idyllic location and super sweet vibes make it the perfect summer escape. Prepare for a festival experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and engaged, rather than depleted and over-stimulated.

Dance – River

July 25-28, 2018 – 9th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival at Cisco Grove Campground in Emigrant Gap, California. (Photo by Foster Snell)

How many festival sites have their own private river?? Guitarfish does! The south fork of the Yuba River runs along the south border of the beautiful Cisco Grove Campground which becomes the festival site for the duration of the event. During the heat of the day, attendees truly can ‘dance, river, repeat’.

The Funk-Fueled Lineup

The 2019 lineup features the likes of Kinky, The California Honeydrops, Yak Attack, Afrolicious and more. It’s an absolute treat to see these artists in an intimate setting, surrounded by the trees and boulders that make the dance floor into a natural amphitheater. The size of the festival (about 2000 people) means you can get up close to the stage and still have plenty of room to move, or hang a hammock in the trees nearby and still enjoy an unobstructed view of the stage.  Get a taste of what to expect with the official Guitarfish 2019 Spotify Playlist.

2019 Lineup Highlights – Not To Be Missed

Do check out: Kinky – Mexican dance-infused alt-rock; The California Honeydrops – vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes; Portland based livetronica power trio Yak Attack; dance fusion party instigators Afrolicious; Smoked Out Soul – hip-hop, funk, soul fusion; Earth Arrow – Afro beat/hip-hopjammed out eight-piece Diggin Dirt.

A Truly Family Friendly Experience\

July 25-28, 2018 – 9th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival at Cisco Grove Campground in Emigrant Gap, California. (Photo by Foster Snell)

The festival is uber family friendly! They have a dedicated family camp and stage (the Starfish Stage) with special activities and performances for the younger music lovers. The sweet community vibes of the festival help to create a safe and positive space and the organizers work hard to foster this atmosphere and make the festival an inclusive experience accessible and enjoyable for all ages.   

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what others had to say about Guitarfish Music Festival.

“Ultimately though what makes Guitarfish so special is the community of people who attend. Spreading love and parading the ‘come as you are’ attitude with each action, the attendees create a energy that is like no other, and will have you wishing you never left.” Buzznet

“A hidden gem of an event in California with incredible live banks, beautiful forest, the Yuba river and insanely sweet vibes. This is where we let our hair down and celebrate some of the best musicians around, from funk to soul.” Yogascapes

“It’s the perfect place for music lovers to unplug from their hectic daily routines and reconnect with themselves and a pop-up community of around 2,000 humans.” Tahoe Weekly

The 9th Annual Guitarfish Music Festival is coming up July 25-28, if you’re looking for an event that’s true to its humble beginnings, where you can drop right in and feel like you’ve instantly joined the family, this is it!

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