Live music is good for the soul, and with the shimmering Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, it sings to the hearts of both beat and beach lovers alike. Huntington State Beach stretches for two uninterrupted miles just south of Huntington City Beach and the Huntington Beach Pier, creating an epic outdoor venue for concerts in the sand. Smaller crowds, ample parking, restrooms, bonfire pits, and a paved beach path make for a convenient, accessible, and unparalleled open-air experience.
Every year, Huntington State Beach boasts a killer concert lineup. Mark your 2019 calendar for these three not-to-miss shows.
The largest country beach bash on the West Coast, Coastal Country Jam returns to Huntington State Beach on Saturday, April 6. Headliner Tim McGraw is joined by Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott, Mason Ramsey, and more. Organizers have wrangled up a day of fun in the sun, featuring amazing barbecue, beach bars, hammocks, line dancing, and art installations. The all-ages event runs from noon-9 p.m. Tickets cost $125 for general admission and $299 for VIP. Cabana packages and more are available for the fanciest of cowboy and cowgirls. Yee-haw! coastalcountryjam.com
KROQ, Travis Barker, and John Feldmann have teamed up for the second year in a row to bring Huntington State Beach two glorious days of some of the best acts in ska, punk, and reggae on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. Headlining are Blink-182, The Used, and Goldfinger, plus other beloved groups like The Aquabats, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Save Ferris, and more. One outstanding festival feature is its family-friendly focus: Kids under 10 enter free with a paid adult, which includes access to the Lil’ Punk Kidzone. Other perks include food for even the pickiest of eaters, craft beer and cocktails, beach games, and a vendor village housing local artisans. The fest kicks off at noon and goes until 9 p.m. both days. Weekend general admission starts at $79.99, with single day general admission running $39.99. VIP, cabana, and shuttle ticket options are also available. backtothebeachfest.com
Join The Red Rocker on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29, for the second installment of his music festival and car show at Huntington State Beach. Details are sparse, but last year’s rockin’ lineup featured Sammy Hagar & The Circle, including Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson, plus REO Speedwagon, Reel Big Fish, Tijuana Dogs, and more. A curated collection of classic cars showed alongside the tunes, and festival-goers enjoyed gourmet food from Hagar’s cookbook and eateries, as well as Huntington Beach’s own SeaLegs. Early bird tickets are on sale now starting at $90 for general admission and $600 for VIP options. hightidebeachparty.com