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With Memorial Day approaching, we’re almost in high gear of summertime fun. There’s lots to be had in the High Sierra like fishing, mountain biking and hiking in the great outdoors. The question is how do you celebrate a day well played? For us, there’s nothing better than hearing live music while sipping a cold beverage. Fortunately, the Sierra Nevada range is home to many High Sierra Summer Music Festivals happening all season long.

Concerts in the Pines

Twain Harte, California

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When: Every Saturday from June 15th through August 31st

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Jill & The Giants – One Of The Acts from Last Year at the Concerts in the Pines – Appears Courtesy – Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce

Every Saturday night during the summer months, Twain Harte hosts the Concert in the Pines. A different regional live band is featured each week on the Rotary Stage at Eproson Park. The park itself is situated amongst towering pine trees and boasts some warm fresh mountain air. Hence where the name of the series comes from. Concerts start at 6pm and usually go till around 8pm, sometimes later. These concerts are free to the public but you may want to arrive early to secure a spot as the lawn area will quickly fill up with blankets and low-back chairs. Alcohol is allowed within the park.

Bass Lake Live

Bass Lake, California

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When: Various Fridays from May 24th through August 30th

Appears courtesy – Visit Yosemite Madera County

The 2019 Summer Concert Series (formerly known as Jazz on the Lake) is returning yet again to the Pines Resort’s Gazebo Deck and Lawn overlooking Bass Lake. Guests will enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful Bass Lake from the deck at The Pines, along with the opportunity to partake in a BBQ buffet, drink specials and games — all while listening to top-notch live bands perform in a variety of musical genres.

Music on the Green

Mariposa, California

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When: Every Friday & Saturday from May 31st through August 24th

Image appears courtesy: Mariposa Arts Council

Every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer, the Mariposa County Arts Council hosts the Music on the Green Summer Concert Series in downtown Mariposa’s outdoor Art Park. These free concerts begin at 7pm and feature folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, reggae, country and world music bands.

Tacos & Tributes

Visalia, California

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When: May 17th & June 21st

A “jammin'” weekend at Garden Street Plaza – Image Appears Courtesy – Visit Visalia

Formerly known as Blues, Brews & BBQ, for 2019 they’ve decided to switch things up. Instead of BBQ, you can now enjoy tasty tacos, thirst-quenching drinks and souvenirs from a lineup of bands that tribute famous musicians. Come to Garden Street Plaza for a free show and enjoy another year of Downtown Summer Jams.

Yosemite Music Festival

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High Sierra Music Festivals
Image appears courtesy – High Sierra Music Festival

Besides the deep list of annual summer music series going on all across the Sierra Nevada, the Yosemite Music Festival is an event of its own. The largest outdoor music event of the summer is in its 17th year and takes place at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, featuring more than a dozen bands. The goal is to provide a simple and stunningly mellow environment for people to interact with incredible quality original music by local, regional, national and international bands. 

Regardless of your favorite live music or the food you enjoy most, we’ve got you covered. After you finish your day, pull up an Adirondack chair, lay back and take in the easy summertime vibes the High Sierra has to offer while listening to some live music.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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