About the festival


After 29 years at Live Oak Camp in Santa Barbara County, the Live Oak Music Festival is moving to El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo County, starting on June 21-23, 2019. To learn more about why we’re moving, click here. Nestled in the beautiful El Chorro Valley that runs between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, the site is filled with old oaks, sycamores, and other native trees that provide restful shade and beauty.

The temperate climate, the trees, 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.


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, soul 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, many under the shade of oak and sycamore trees. There are limited hook-ups available for an extra fee. Campers may bring their own food, or choose from a diverse array of delicious food booths and trucks.

Adding to the fun of the main stage music are two side stages, plus a collection of arts and crafts booths, music workshops, fireside jamming, dances on Friday and Saturday nights, and entertainment for children of all ages.

A variety of daytime activities for children, from a fairie garden, to arts & crafts, to a major talent show, give the youngsters not so interested in the main stage music something to do while their parents sit back and enjoy the music at our three stages. At night, for those teens more interested in mingling than listening, a variety of activities are available for their entertainment.

Live Oak's on-site radio station, aKORN.

Live Oak's on-site radio station, aKORN.

While all this is going on, aKORN Radio, our solar-powered, on-site station, broadcasts live the festival events as they happen, including the main stage, the workshops and other events. This keeps everyone aware of all that is unfolding inside the festival gates throughout the three days.