San Diego’s KAABOO Del Mar festival (held September 16–18) is certainly a festival in name, but what it compares to, really, is a resort vacation. In addition to the standard elements of a great festival — live music and comedy — KAABOO boasts artisanal, gourmet food, public art installations, and a fully air-conditioned, indoor spa experience, offering things like blow-outs and manicures for women, and fresh shaves or cuts for men.
The food portion of the event, Palate, features dishes from various locally and nationally renowned chefs to go along with samplings from wineries and various small-batch distilleries, plus a vast selection of local craft beers.
At the comedy tent, which is so stacked it could be its own standalone event, former SNL stars Sarah Silverman, Dana Carvey, and Darrell Hammond lead the way. Cheech and Chong, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Comedy Central’s hilarious Natasha Leggero, and current SNL star Vanessa Bayer are also set to perform.
And, of course, the most important part of any music festival — the music itself. KAABOO is led by nostalgic favorites for all ages, including Jimmy Buffett (for the Parrot Heads), Jack Johnson (for the bro’s bros), Aerosmith (for the classic-rock heads), and Fall Out Boy (for the twentysomethings a bit too young for Blink 182 but too old for One Direction). Also performing are current chart-toppers The Chainsmokers, plus Hall and Oates, Grouplove, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Isbell, and a ton more.
It’s the second year for the festival, which saw The Killers and No Doubt headline its debut lineup a year ago. Opening its doors at 11:30 PST each day, KAABOO Del Mar will make you rethink expectations of what, exactly, a music festival should be.
Tickets to the festival are available here.