Oct 6-9, 2023
Oct 6-9, 2023
What You'll Find at Solaura
You won't know many of our main acts - and that's the way our attendees like it. We source the best hidden and rising talent in California, from funk to psych rock, soul, indie, brass bands, and more. Don't miss the analog liquid light shows.past lineups
Ever been to a full-on bluegrass hoedown? Here's your chance. Swing dancing, wagon saloons, hay bales, and nonstop fiddles will rock your world.Past artists
A helipad nestled among the San Benito mountains bumps electronic music from top Bay Area DJs - groovy house, funk, hip hop, and disco all night long. No boring tech house allowed.
Every sunset, all of Solaura gathers on our highest peak overlooking the valley to celebrate the golden hour of summer to live music. It's a truly unique, magical moment.past photos
A repurposed horse stable offers ten late-night stalls filled with tarot card readings, costume closets, free dumplings, art exhibits, and more. Expect the unexpected!past stalls
A horse paddock serves as our daytime center for workshops from all backgrounds - dating gameshows, comedy acts, late-night cabarets, and morning yoga.See workshops
We've learned that our people love making food for each other. So we've made it a part of Solaura! You'll find pop-up pancakes, dumplings, lamb roasts and more all weekend long.See food
Feeling the heat after a long day of dancing? We've got a refreshing pool and some excellent grills to help you recharge. A Sunday afternoon classic.
Our tea house is the perfect tool to sink into a flow state, find spontaneous connections, and maybe catch an acoustic artist. Some of our attendees spend all weekend here!
what questions should i ask?
Solaura isn't like your traditional music festival with long lines, crowded food, pushy festival-goers, or bands that just perform, stay in VIP sections and leave.
It's a relaxed gathering built by and for its attendees - a 4-day intermingling of musicians, experience creators, electronic producers, live music fans, cooks, burners, and more.
We prioritize intimate performances, spontaneously gifted experiences, free food where you'd least expect it, and most importantly a warm and open culture.
As a result, 70% of our attendees come back annually, and we have some of the highest satisfaction ratings of any festival in California.
Solaura is located on a private ranch 2.5 hours south of San Francisco and 1.5 hours south of Santa Cruz, in a beautiful valley surrounded by cattle, imposing mountain ranges, and animals of all types. We'll message festival ticket holders with the exact location the week before the festival!
Solaura 2023 will be held from Oct 6th to Oct 9th. The festival will open for campers Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM, and attendees should plan to leave by 2:00 PM on Monday.
To source the best talent when they're available to play, we sign and publish our artists gradually from May - September. Similarly, our immersive experiences and food pop-ups are continually updated from our launch all the way to the week before Solaura.
A fun statistic - 85% of our attendees buy a ticket before ever seeing our final lineup poster! We've earned their trust and hope to earn yours as well.
At Solaura, our focus isn't on bringing the biggest names, but rather curating the best undiscovered, talented, off-the-beaten-path live bands in California.
As a result, most of our attendees may only know a couple of the headliners heading in - but to a tee, they give us amazing reviews on our bands year after year! There's something for every single genre of music lover at Solaura (except psytrance - we can't help you there).
Yes! We never want financial concerns to be a blocker when attending Solaura!Get a ticket
If price is a factor for you to attend Solaura, or if you're facing difficult extenuating circumstances, we have a small batch of tickets available for $200 each via our Equity Access program.
No problem! Head on over to our main FAQ page and we'll get you sorted.FAQ Page
FROM THE FOUNDERS
The privilege to bring together a community as beautiful as Solaura, and to have it grow entirely organically to where it is today has been such a blessing for us! Every September, we're amazed at the experiences that come together, from pop-up sangria bars to Bigfoot's Lair to the absolutely lit Bluegrass Holler saloon.
2022 is a big year for us! Not only is it Year Five, we're making a move to what will hopefully be our long-term home - a stunning backcountry ranch with rolling mountains and dreamy views to die for. On top of that, we're extending Solaura by a day (Fri-Mon) and kicking off a new contributor program for the All-Stars that make Solaura magical every year.
Want to get involved? We'd love to bring your vision to our Solaura fam - just reach out! We're ready to roll and holdin' on tight to our (newly acquired) cowboy hats for the wild journey this next five years is going to be! 🐴🤠
Deric, Alex, Elena, Jon