The Live Oak Music Festival is held at Live Oak Camp, about twenty minutes northwest of Santa Barbara. Nestled in the river valley that feeds Cachuma Lake, the site is filled with old oaks that provide restful shade and pristine beauty.
The temperate climate, the shady oaks, the early summer setting, and the slow-moving pace create a pastoral backdrop for relaxing and listening to great music with family and friends. It's hard to imagine a better way to kick off the lazy days of summer.
View of the audience area in January
The focus of the Live Oak Music Festival is, of course, the main stage performances. With musicians from all over the United States and across the globe performing, this hub of the festival is the gathering place for everyone to hear and see some of the finest entertainers anywhere do what they do best: play music. Ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music, and touching most genres in between, the main stage provides cultural entertainment and education. The music on the main stage is engineered by a top-notch crew, so the sound is second to none for an outdoor venue.
From the opening of the Live Oak Music Festival gates on Friday morning at 8:00 to the closing of the same at noon on Monday, the three-day event provides basic camping accommodations under the shade of old oak trees. Rounding out the camping fare, a variety of diverse food concessions are available.
Adding to the fun of the mainstage music is a collection of arts and crafts booths, music workshops, fireside jamming, and rowdy barn dances on Friday and Saturday nights.
A variety of daytime activities for small children, from a fairie garden, to arts & crafts, to a major talent show, give the youngsters not so interested in the mainstage music something to do while their parents sit back and enjoy the show beneath the shade of a towering oak. At night, for those teens more interested in mingling than listening, a variety of activities are available for their entertainment.
While all this is going on, AKORN Radio, our solar-powered, on-site station, broadcasts live the festival events as they happen, including the mainstage, the workshops and other events. This keeps everyone aware of all that is unfolding inside the festival gates throughout the three days.